Niky Wolcz studied at the Theater Universitat in Bucharest. For decades, he has been in high demand as an actor, teacher, and director throughout Europe. He has been on the faculty at Columbia since 1996, where his productions have included Twelfth Night, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (directed with Andrei Serban), Ionesco's Bald Soprano and The Lesson, and Turandot (directed with Ursula Wolcz). European directing credits include La Dispute, The Birds, Scapin, L'Adororation, The Shadow, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Waiting for Godot, and The Temptation of St. Anthony. In opera, he has directed productions of Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Il Campiello, La Boheme, Roberto Devereaux (with Andrei Serban), Prince Igor, Contes d'Hoffman, The Merry Widow, L'Italiana, and Pagliacci. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in December 2003 with his choreography for the company premiere of Benvenuto Cellini.