Other Companies

2018

The Wreck

Opera Omaha, ONE Festival
Production Stage Manager
Curator & Director: Annie Saunders
Composer & Arranger: Mariana Sadovska
Production Designer: Kate Fry
Lighting Design: Pablo Santiago
Sound Designer: Cricket S. Myers
Wig and Make up Design: Ronell Oliveri
Unique Elements:
  • Show was created in 10 days.
  • Production was conceived, created, designed, performed and run by all females (minus the lighting designer and sound engineer).
  • An immersive, new opera, all locally sourced in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Written up in the Wall Street Journal (as part of the ONE Festival): it explores a distinctly female experience of domesticity, alienation and escape with a captivating mix of music and text.
  • Worked with 4 amazing musicians as part of Opera Omaha’s collaboration with ICE

IYOV, PROTOTYPE Festival www.prototypefestival.org

Conductor & Composer: Roman Grygoriv
Composer & Pianist: Illia Razumeiko
Stage Manager
Director: Vladyslav Troitskyi
Live Video Mixer: Mariia Volkova
Lighting Designer: Nataliya Perchyshena
Sound Engineer: Caley Monahon-Ward
Sound Engineer: Makysm Kapusta
Unique Elements:
  • The show had already been performed in the Ukraine and Europe before coming to PROTOTYPE Festival. We had 1 day to tech before our Final (and only!) Dress and opening.
  • Composers, conductor, director, all singers, lighting designer and video mixer all spoke Ukrainian with limited English.
  • The set mostly consisted of 2 projectors, live video feed (run by an intern) along with video graphics all mixed live by the designer.

The Happiest Millionaire Concert

Screenplay by AJ Carothers
Music by Richard M and Robert B Sherman
Adapted by Doug Thompson and Alex Beck
Production Stage Manager
Director: Alex Beck
Music Director: Mark Hartman
Choreographer: JustinHenry
Lighting Design: Joe Doran
Sound Design: Nick Simone
Unique Elements:
  • 50th Anniversary and the very 1st time any of this music (or story) had been presented live, on stage.
  • Cast included Lesley Ann Warren (reprising original role), Joyce Bulifant (reprising original role), Dana Ivey, Tonya Pinkins, Brooke Shields, Brad Oscar, Nicholas Barasch, Christopher Carothers (son of AJ Carothers), Cherish Myers, Luca Padovan, and Sam Poon.
  • Also included a chorus of 20 people who sang in Lets Have A Drink on it and the Finale.
  • As a benefit concert, we raised over $10,000 for BC/EFA.
  • Produced at Joe’s Pub (which has no dressing room monitors or clear com system).

2017

The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare, Boston Lyric Opera (2017)

Music by Julian Grant
Libretto by Mark Cambell
World Premiere
Stage Manager
Director: David Schweizer
Assistant Director: Katherine Carter
Conductor: David Angus
Set and Projection Design: Caleb Wertenbaker
Lighting Design: Robert Wierzel
Costume Design: Nancy Leary
Wig and Make up Design: Jason Allen
Movement Director: Melinda Sullivan
Unique Elements:
  • World Premiere opera commissioned by Music-Theatre Group with the support of Boston Lyric Opera.
  • Performed at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts which has a glass ceiling and windows (made for an interesting matinee performance).
  • Worked with both the composer and librettist during the whole rehearsal and tech process.

War Stories, Opera Philadelphia, O17 Festival https://www.operaphila.org/

Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Monteverdi
I Have No Stories to Tell You, Lembit Beecher and Hannah Moscovitch
Production Supervisor
Director: Robin Guarino
Assistant Director: Andreas Hager
Conductor: Gary Thor Wedow
Stage Manager: Brett Finley
Design Consultant (Scenic): Andromache Chalfant
Lighting Design: Mary Ellen Stebbins
Sound Design: Dan Perelstein
Costume Design: Kaye Voyce
Unique Elements:
  • Performed in 2 location (The Cloisters and Great Stair Hall) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Had 2 hours to load in and 1 hour to strike the show (including lighting and sound) every night.
  • Museum Conservationist had to approve anything that touched the ground (ie light fixtures, props, furniture) and the level of light shining on art or the walls.
  • Daniel Perelstein worked closely with Lembit Beecher to create a soundscape for his piece, to include sound cues created by Beecher, and to mic singers in order to make them sound more naturalistic within the Great Stair Hall.
  • Part of Opera Philadelphia’s (very successful) inaugural O17 Festival.
  • Production was sold out before we even started rehearsals.

2015

Magic Flute, Piedmont Opera www.piedmontopera.org

Mozart
Assistant Stage Manager
Director: Andrew Nienaber
Conductor: James Allbritten
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Freyman
Set Rented from Sarasota Opera
Lighting Design: Norman Coates
Wig and Make up Design: Martha Ruskai
Unique Elements:
  • Cast consists of 19 principals and 29 chorus.
  • Run crew told me the running paperwork was the most complete, up to date and easy to read paperwork they ever received on the 1st day of tech (a huge compliment considering we had the scenes in a different order than how Sarasota produced the show).

Così fan tutte, Opera Naples

Mozart
Production Stage Manager
Director: Marc Verzatt
Conductor: Ramón Tebar
Lighting and Projection Design: Tláloc López-Watermann
Costume Design: Judy Hushon
Hair and Make up Design: Gina Weiner
Unique Elements:
  • I called the show from behind a wall with no view of Maestro and only a small monitor of the stage.
  • First performance in the newly created Wang Center.
  • Lead soprano insisted the air conditioning was making her lose her voice, so we performed with no AC, in Southern Florida, in April.
  • No AD, ASM , Production Manager or TD.

2014

La Boheme, Opera Naples www.operanaples.org

Puccini
Production Stage Manager
Director: Oliver Kloeter
Conductor: Ramón Tebar
Set Rented from North Carolina
Lighting Design: Nick Cavallaro
Principal Costumes rented from Malibar
Costumière: Judy Hushon
Hair and Make up Design: Gina Weiner
Unique Elements:
  • Cast consists of 8 principals, 33 chorus, 19 children’s chorus and 2 supers.
  • Due to Visa issues with the lead soprano, the entire show was staged with an understudy (who also went on for the 1st orchestra dress).
  • Funny fact: the Opera Guild provided food all during tech. They saw the prop food (set on the prop table for preset) and thought it was theirs so they cut up all the bread and served it to the performers pre-show. Causing us to have no bread during final dress for that number.

2012

Madama Butterfly, Opera Santa Barbara www.operasb.org

Puccini
Production Stage Manager
Director: Keturah Stickann
Conductor: Sara Jobin
Set Rented from Virginia Opera
Lighting Design: Lucas Benjamin Krech
Costume Supervisor: Ivy Chou
Hair and Make up Design: Heather Sterling
Unique Elements:
  • Pinkerton arrived late so we staged half the show with a cover.
  • Child playing Trouble had stage fright and no stage experience.
  • A patron fell before the top of a performance, causing ambulance to be called and for the show to hold for almost half an hour.