Isabelle McEwen was born in Montreal, Canada, and grew up there. She did a B.A. in Comminucation Arts at Concordia University and went thereafter to Hamburg,Germany, where she studied music theater at the Theaterakademie. She later wrote a PhD in Media Studies at the Hamburg University. After her theater studies she directed contermporary operas with the group New Opera Box that she founded. From 1989 to 1998 she worked with Hungarian artist Leonard Dax on experimental art projects and installations. In those years she started working on performances which became increasingly political. She also makes short films and works as a lecturer at the Hamburg University.
 
Studies:
   
1977 B.A. (Communication Studies), Concordia University, Montréal
   
1989 Diplom Musiktheater-Regie, Hochschule für Musik und Theater/ Universität Hamburg
   
2011 Ph.D. (Medienkultur), Universität Hamburg
   
Opera:
   
1985 Bach, Kaffeekantate/Bauernkantate, Opera stabile (Hamburgische Staatsoper), Hamburg
   
1987 F. Poulenc, Les mamelles de Tirésias, Hochschule für Musik und Theater
   
1988 M. Ohana, Trois contes de l’honorable fleur, Opera stabile (Hamburgische Staatsoper), Hamburg und Hebbel Theater, Berlin
   
1989 M.-A. Turnage, Greek, Kampnagel, Hamburg
   
1990 E. Krenek, What price confidence? Hochschule für Musik, Lübeck
   
1991 W.-A.Mozart, Zauberflöte, Mitteldeutsches Landestheater, Wittenberg
   
1993 A. Toovey, Ubu, Opera stabile (Hamburgische Staatsoper), Hamburg
   
1993 T. Johnson, Vier-Ton-Oper, Stadttheater Gießen
   
1997 W. Siebert, Der Untergang der Titanic, Opernhaus Halle
   
Theater and performance:
   
1999 waiting for my turn to die, I’m sure I heard a laugh.., Dansateliers, Rotterdam
   
2003 Hure (damit keine Stille eintritt), music theater, music: Ari B. Meyers, Festival feuer + flamme, Kampnagel, Hamburg
   
2005 HURE, multimedia work after Nelly Arcan, Hamburger Sprechwerk, Kampnagel (Festival 150% made in Hamburg), LICHTHOF Theater, Hamburg
2008 Revisiting HURE, performance, Hamburger Sprechwerk, Hamburg
2013 Van Goghs Schmetterling, mulimedia performance, LICHTHOF Theater, Hamburg
   
2014 INFAM I, lecture performance, LICHTHOF Theater, Hamburg
   
2015 INFAM I + II, lecture performance, LICHTHOF Theater, Hamburg
   
2016 Faktencheck, LICHTHOF Theater, Hamburg
   
2016 Dorcy Rugamba, Bloody Niggers!, Hamburger Sprechwerk
   
2017 SNAFU. Die ersten 100 Tage des Donald Trump, LICHTHOF Theater, Hamburg 
   
2017 Fela rewind, LICHTHOF Theater, Hamburg
   
Visual work:
   
1989 - 1997 collaboration with Leonard Dax on art projects and installations
   
1999 untold stories, future lies, project, D’X Galerie, Hamburg
   
2006 video installation Getriebene, Galerie Chez Linda, Hamburg, Galerie Tristesse deluxe, Berlin
   
Film:
   
2006 "WHORE", Antimatter Underground Film Festival, 1. Pornfilmfestival Berlin (1st prize), INPORT Video Performance Festival Tallinn, Boston Underground Film Festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Revolution and Sex Revolution Festival Tokio, Lausanne Undergroung Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Film Festival Internazionale di Milano, Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Strasbourg International Film Festival, Radar Hamburg, MuseumsQuartier, Wien
   
2007 "Ground and Beds", Salento International Film Festival, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Femina Women International Film Festival Rio de Janeiro, Moving Image Film Festival Toronto

"Das Geheimnis von Heinz", Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest, Independent Days 9

   
2013 "Un truc formidable", EMAF (premiere), Instants Vidéo Poétiques et Numériques, Marseille, KurzFilmFestival Hamburg (Veto Film #03 screening)