Born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1969. Studied theater and comparative literature as well as fine arts, video and performance at the University of Minnesota, later completing the Master of Fine Arts in directing at Columbia University, School of the Arts in New York. Current works include; the vr installation Sei Siegfried, as part of the RING 20.21, Bayreuth Festspiele, Bayreuth Germany where he will direct Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, in 2023.
Scheib and his collaborators have made performances at theaters and festivals around the world, including the Bayreuth Festspiele, the Berliner Staatsbank, Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz Berlin, Theater Augsburg, Opera Wuppertal, Staatstheater Darmstadt in Germany, Festival D’Automne Paris, Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, English National Opera / London Coliseum, Royal Opera House London / Hackney Empire, LA Opera / Redcat, Maison des Arts Creteil Paris, Spoleto Festival, The Kitchen in New York City, Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, Saarlandisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, New York City Opera, Hong Kong Dance Company, National Theater Budapest, Walker Art Center, Manchester Opera House, Norwegian National Theater Academy Oslo, Trafo in Budapest, Festival d’Opéra de Québec in Canada, Athens Festival, Greece.
Winner of the Evening Standard award for Best Musical in 2018, Scheib’s West End staging of Jim Steinman’sBat Out of Hell, continues to tour internationally. In 2009 Scheib was named best New York theater director by Time Out New York, and American Theater Magazine counted him among the 25 theater artists who are likely to shape American theater for the next 25 years. He is the winner of the OBIE Award for best director for his Fassbinder adaptation Word of Wires and was honored to receive the Guggenheim Fellowship for his stage adaptation of Samuel Delany’s epoch-evolving novel Dhalgren under the title Bellona, Destroyer of Cities.
Scheib is a Professor for Music and Theater Arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the program in Theater Arts and holds the Class of 1949 Professorship Chair.