Dalia Ibelhauptaite was born in the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1967, and became a director at the age of 15 when she formed the Young Theatre Company in Lithuania. At the Young Theatre Company, Dalia worked as a director and playwright until 1985 when she became assistant director at the Vilnius State Theatre. She trained at the Russian Drama Academy, graduating after three years.
In 1990, she directed To Damascus at the Moscow Lencom Theatre. In 1991, Ibelhauptaite was invited to the Royal National Theatre Studio in London, and directed A Lawsuit as well as doing a series of workshops on Russian classical plays. She has been in London ever since. Ibelhauptaite has also given masterclasses at National Opera Studio and Royal National Theatre Studio in London, and is a popular teacher in China, Israel, Holland, France, Los Angeles and India.
Ibelhauptaite directed Svejk at The Duke's on 42nd Street last year, which was her first show in New York. It was nominated for a Drama League award as distinguished production of the year.
Ibelhuptaite married Dexter Fletcher in 1997 after the pair met on the set of one of her stage productions in London.
Walpurgis Night by Erofeyev and Sejk (Gate Theatre)
Gamblers by Gogol (Tricycle Theatre)
Mirandolina by Goldoni (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith)
The Impressario From Smyrna by Goldoni and Promise (Old Red Lion Theatre)
The Crucible by Miller and The Lower Depths by Gorky (Lamda)
Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare (CSSD)
Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare for the Shi-Wa Charity Gala at the Globe Theatre, London.
Svejk (The Duke's, New York)
Don Giovanni, Mozart (Musica Nel Chiostro, Batignano Festival, Italy)
Rigoletto Verdi (Hackney Empire, London and UK tour for The Opera Company)
Madama Butterfly Puccini and Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky (Opera North, UK)
Don Pasquale Donizetti (Opera Zuid, Netherlands)
Un Ballo In Maschera Verdi (Lithuanian National Opera)
I Pagliacci Leoncavallo (Congress Palace, Lithuania and The National Opera Studio)
Showcase (The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London)
La Forza del Destino G.Verdi (Lithuanian National Opera)
La Boheme Puccini (Congress Palace, Lithuania )
Die Zauberflöte Mozart (Congress Palace, Lithuania )