Main Stage Directing

Opera

  • Tosca (The St. Petersburg Opera, February 2013)

  • The Magic Flute (The Bay View Music Festival, July 2010)

  • La Traviata  (The St. Petersburg Opera, June 2009)

  • Roméo et Juliette (Opera Company of Brooklyn, May 2007)

  • Così fan Tutte (Intimate Opera, May 2006)

  • La Traviata (Intimate Opera, June 2005)

 

Musical Theater

  • Once Upon a Mattress (Merit School of Music 2018)

  • Into The Woods (Merit School of Music 2017)

  • Urinetown (After School Matters 2015)

  • Oklahoma (After School Matters, 2014)

  • Ragtime (After School Matters, Summer 2013)

  • Once on this Island (Chicago High School for the Arts, Spring 2012)

  • A Little Night Music (The St. Petersburg Opera, September 2010)

  • Into the Woods (The St. Petersburg Opera, September 2009) 

          

 

Operetta    

  • Patience (Savoyaires, September 2012)

  • Trial by Jury, The Zoo Eyes, and No Eyes (Savoyaires,  September 2011)                                              

 

Directing: Educational Opera/ Children’s Theater

Director/Choreographer   

  • Stone Soup (Lyric Opera of Chicago OperaKids,May 2011)

  • Into the Woods Jr. (Chicago Opera Theater- COT for Teens, April 2009)

  • Pirates of Penzance (Chicago Opera Theater- COT for Teens, April 2008) 

  • Alice in Wonderland (Chicago Opera Theater- COT for Teens April 2007)

  • Beauty and the Beast Jr (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2009) 

  • The Music Man, Jr. (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2009) 

  • Bye Bye Birdie Jr. (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2009) 

  • The Wizard of Oz (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2008) 

  • Willy Wonka Jr. (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2008) 

  • The Pirates of Penzance (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2008) 

  • Guys and Dolls (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2008)  

  • Annie Jr. (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2007) 

  • Fiddler on the Roof Jr. (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2007)  

  • Mikado (Abridged) (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2007) 

  • Oklahoma Jr. (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2006) 

  • H.M.S Pinafore (Abridged) (Light Opera Works Music Theatre Camp, July 2006)     

                                                                                      

Director/ Writer

  • The Flowering Tree (Chicago Opera Theater - Opera for All, Spring 2008)

  • La Clemenza di Mozart (Chicago Opera Theater - Opera for All, Spring 2009)

  • Opera Wind-Free Show (Chicago Opera Theater - COT 4 Teens, December 2006)

 

Assistant Directing and Production         

  • La Traviata -Dir. Andrew Sinclair (San Diego Opera, April 2010)

  • Nabucco -Dir. Lotfi Mansouri (San Diego Opera, February 2010)

  • La Bohème -Dir. E. Loren Meeker (San Diego Opera, January 2010)

  • La Bohème -Dir. Michael Ehrman (Indianapolis Opera, November 2009)

  • Regina -Dir. Michael Scarola (Utah Opera, January 2009)

  • Orlando -Dir. Justin Way (Chicago Opera Theater, May 2008)

  • Così Fan Tutte- Dir. Michael Ehrman (Intermezzo Opera, August 2004)

  • Albert Herring -Dir. Michael Ehrman (Intermezzo Opera, August 2004)

Teaching

The Chicago High School of the Arts (ChiArts High School)(September 2010 to Present)            

  • Classical Voice

  • Music Theater Voice

  • Professional Development (both for Classical and Musical Theatre)

  • Theory for Dancers

 

Merit School of Music and Lyric Opera of Chicago (March 2011 to Present)

  • Stage Director of the Opera/ Music Theater Ensemble

  • Acting and Movement for the Musical Stage

  • Vocal Techniques

(Part of the new Renée Fleming Initiative Vocal Partnerships: a joint venture between

Lyric Opera Chicago And Merit School of Music)

 

Lyric Opera of Chicago (January 2011 to Present)

  • Lyric OperaKids Teaching Artist                                                   

  • Explore Opera Teaching Artist                                             

 

The Bay View Music Festival, Bay View, MI (Summer 2010)

  • Acting and Movement Teacher                                                    

 

Chicago Opera Theater (Fall 2006 to Fall 2009) 

  • Chicago Opera Theater for Teens - Stage Director/Voice Teacher/Acting Teacher                                     

  • Opera for All - Teaching Artist 

 

Roosevelt University (Fall 2007 to Spring 2009)                                                            

  • Opera Scenes and Role Preparation Classes (Adjunct Faculty)      

 

DePaul University-Community Music Division  (Fall 2004 to Summer 2009)                  

  • Director of Musical Theatre Workshop                                         

 

Light Opera Works – Summer Musical Theater Workshop (Summer 2006, 2007,2008, 2009)         

  • Stage Director                                                                            

 

Education

  • M.M. Vocal Performance: DePaul University   B.M. Vocal Performance: Roosevelt University

  • Acting: Wesley Balk, Peter Amster, Graham Cozzubbo, Seth Reines, and Harry Silverstein

  • Directing: Seth Reines  Extended Voice: Richard Armstrong (Roy Hart Theatre)

  • Voice: Theresa Brancaccio, Karen Brunnsen, Jane Bunnell, Susanne Mentzer

  • Improvisation: Player’s Workshop of Second City  Dance: Lou Conte Dance Studio

  • Movement: Kelly Arnsby, Barbara Howse-Meadows, Actor’s Gymnasium

  • Languages: German (Relatively fluent), Italian and Spanish (Read, Comprehend, Some Conversation), French (Read)

  • Utah Opera (Studio-Artist Ensemble Program): Spring 2003 (Christopher McBeth-Director)

  • Intermezzo Young Artist Program: Summer 2001 (Mitch Piper and Connie Barnett-Artistic Directors)

  • Bel Canto Institute: Summer 2000 (Jane Klaviter – Artistic Director)

  • Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute: Summer 1999 (Ben Krywosz – Artistic Director)

  • Banff Centre for the Arts: Dramatic Integration 1997 (Keith Turnbull- Artistic Director, Graham Cozzubo – Program Director, Marie-France Lefebvre- Music Director)

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