Objective   

 

Creative Education/Teaching Position in an exciting and collaborative arts organization or school

Creative/Administrative Experience

 

Lyricabella Productions

             Founding Artistic Director (2013-present)

  • Writer, Producer of anti-bullying touring show, How Andy Found His Voice

  • Teaching Artist training and consultation, as well as arts curriculum development.

  • Author of Indy at the Opera, and The Indy Stories, currently presenting Blonde Lady Arts Education Literary Tours to schools.

  • Writing and producing Musicals and Theatrical Events including critically acclaimed plays, operas, and musicals: Moments of Truth, Not Without Our Women, Josephine and The Sheep of Dreams, Whiskers!, Kiss the Frog, Alice in Cyberland, The Snow Queen,  and ambient music for various plays.

  • Voice and Acting Studio

 

San Francisco Opera Guild     

              Creative Director (current)

  • Director of Opera Scouts/ Italia (in)canta program

  • Director of The Year of Cultural Understanding programming: Bilingual and cultural integration through opera

  • Director of The Year of Compassion programming and concept:  Social Emotional Learning practice through opera

  • Defining and quantifying objectives and expected outcomes, best practices for all education programming

  • Identifying focus and overarching vision for new programming and mission of education for the company

  • Training teaching artists in existing and pilot programming

  • Speaking and presenting at public functions and to possible funders and corporate donors

             

              Conservatory Director/Producer/Composer (2007-2016)

  • Director of Summer Conservatory Training program

  • Consultant for special projects and performances

  • Composer, arranger and director for performances honoring Charlotte Shultz, Frederika von Stade, David Gockley, and Matthew Shilvock

  • Teaching artist training

  • Singer in holiday concerts

 

             Director of Education (2006-2013)  Summer Conservatory Director (2008-2016)

  • Responsible for directing, casting, booking, and coordinating all aspects of touring, in classroom, and in theater education programs including Sing a Story, Opera a la Carte, Book to Bravo, Voices for Social Justice, Creative Opera Workshop, Student Dress Rehearsals, Opera Junior! and Summer Conservatory, working with 200 schools and reaching 50,000 students annually.

  • Created/Implemented classroom composition program, Book to Bravo!, Voices for Social Justice, and Summer Conservatory.

  • Wrote Study Guides for over 30 operas for San Francisco Opera main stage productions and Cinemacasts.

  • Created and Managed $300,000 budget for Education Programs.

  • Hired, supervised and trained 30-40 teaching artists and support staff.

  • Representation at Arts and Resource Events; marketing to/partnering with schools, donors, other arts organizations.

  • Lead all professional development workshops for classroom teachers and program training for teaching artists.

  • Wrote, directed, and produced California tour of anti-bullying show, How Andy Found His Voice.

 

Academy of Art University, San Francisco

            Adjunct Professor, School of Acting (2015-present)

  • Teaches Graduate courses in singing and dramatic literature:  GLA 619, Culture and Identity in American Modern Theater

  • Graduate Vocal Production

  • Advanced tap and jazz technique

  • Arts Experience High School courses in singing and musical theater

 

Escuela Bilingue Internacional

            Middle School Drama Teacher (2015-2017)

  • Taught 6th, 7th, 8th grade drama, designs curriculum in collaboration with other arts specialists, directs plays

 

42nd Street Moon, San Francisco

            Director Family Programming (2002-2009)

  • Responsible for family matinees:  hosted discussion forums and creative activities particular to each show.

  • Wrote study guides for over 25 musical productions, 
     

 

El Paso Opera, Texas

            Stage Director, Opera on Wheels Outreach Program (2004-2005)

  • Worked closely with Education Director in adapting main stage operas for youth performances.

  • Directed The Magic Flute and The Telephone for touring in Texas and Mexico.

TADA! New York, NY

            Artist-in-Residence, Director/Choreographer (2004-2005)

  • Taught acting, singing, and dance in Theatre Conservatory, NYC public and private schools.

  • Wrote original scripts with at risk youth, creating original curriculum based mini-musicals and plays.

 

Stagedoor Manor, Loch Sheldrake, NY

            Director/Choreographer, Teacher, College Advisory Committee (2003-2006)

  • Directed and choreographed young artists in full-scale musicals The Baker’s Wife, Oklahoma, Oliver, Jerry’s Girls, Annie, Leader of the Pack

  • Taught classes in Improvisation, Acting Scene Study, Voice, Tap, Professionalism, and Audition Technique.

 

Wicked Stage Theatre, San Francisco

            Co-Artistic Director (2005-2008)

  • Produced one act plays with music, corporate and holiday entertainment.

  • Managed marketing and publicity for each event.

  • Ran education in-services and workshops.

  • Co-directed Summer Theatre Conservatory 2006, 2007

Papillion Players, San Francisco

            Founding Artistic Director (1999-2002)

  • Directed youth in creating new pieces (scenes, monologues, songs, movement) particular to self-image/adolescence.

  • Produced Young Playwrights Series, managed all financials and marketing.

  • Taught music and theatre theory and history, hired additional guest artists for Master Classes.

Vector Theatre Company, San Rafael, CA

            Artist-in-Residence (2001-2002)

  • Wrote curricula for schools in accordance with California Arts Education Standards.

  • Created curriculum based performing arts projects for Marin Schools.

Galatean Players Ensemble Theatre, Concord, CA

            Associate Artistic Director (1996-1999)

  • Duties included grant writing, publicity, educational outreach, managing budgets, reading and selection of season, casting and coordination of special events.

  • Music Direction, Choreography and Costuming of several main stage productions.

Walnut Creek Civic Arts, CA

            Producer/Director (1999-2006)

  • Produced, cast, staffed, maintained budget, and directed all Summer Theatre Conservatory Musical productions:
    You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Little Prince, Once Upon a Mattress, Kiss the Frog, Guys and Dolls

Additional work with young artists

  • Albany High School, CA:  Musical Theater Director:  Once Upon a Mattress, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls (2013-2017)

  • Head-Royce School, CA:  Opera Director and Lecturer:  Dido and Aeneas, Sweeney Todd (2015-16)

  • Theatreworks, Silicon Valley:  Acting Teacher (2015)

  • Peninsula Youth Theatre, Mountain View Center for the Arts: Stories on Stage Director (2006-2008)

  • Glenview Elementary School, Marin, CA:  General music teacher for grades k-6 (2003-2004)

  • YES! Theatre, Marin, CA:  Director/Choreographer for main-stage musicals (2000-2003):                                                                                                                                        West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Annie Warbucks, A Christmas Carol

  • East Bay School of the Arts, Berkeley, CA:  Taught chorus, singing, song-writing (2001-2002)

  • American Conservatory Theatre, SF, CA:  Choreographer in Youth Conservatory (2001)

  • Pineapple Dance Studios, Covent Garden, London, UK:  Taught Musical Theatre and Voice (2000)

  • Prospect Sierra Middle School, El Cerrito, CA:  Director/Composer:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2000)

  • Emerson Elementary School, Berkeley, CA:  Taught playwriting, musical theatre, tap, drama,voice (1995-1998)

  • Marin Theatre Company, CA:  Assistant Director of Youth Conservatory (1996)

  • Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy, San Diego, CA:  Director of drama program and shows (1990-1993):                                                                               Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver, Carousel, Bus Stop

 

 

 

Drama, composition, humanities, music, art, social justice in year long program

  • Oakland Military Institute (2012-13)

  • St. Jarlath School (2012-13)

  • St. Martin de Porres School (2011-12)

  • Harding Elementary (2010-12)

  • NEA Community Learning Center (2011-12)

 

 

 Lynwood, Jefferson, Canyon Elementary, Ohlone, Novato HS, Sonoma Academy, San Marin HS, Galileo HS, Crystal Springs HS, Heritage HS, Leadership Public School, Hillsdale HS, San Rafael HS, Skyline HS, Arroyo HS, Las Lomas HS, Campolindo HS, Miramonte HS.

Masterclasses/Creative Opera Workshop/Book to Bravo!

Voices for Social Justice residencies

Related Employment

Stagecraft Studios, Berkeley, CA:  Designed, created, and pulled costumes for clients, productions, and festivals (1999-2002)

Magic Theatre, SF:  Literary Committee (1998-2001)

The Imagination Company, SF:  Touring Actor/Educator (1997-1999)

Children’s Theatre Wing, Pleasanton, CA:  Touring Actor/Educator (1994-1997)

National Theatre for Children, Touring Actor/Educator: Tom Sawyer National Tour (1993)

Sylvan Learning Center, El Cerrito, CA:  Reading, writing, math tutor and test administrator (2003-2004)

 

Freelance songwriting and composition, including critically acclaimed plays, operas, and musicals for youth:

Dreamers, Whiskers!, Kiss the Frog, Alice in Cyberland, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

The Snow Queen, Christmas Present, Not WIthout Our Women, Moments of Truth, and ambient music for various plays.

Education

Music            B.A. Music: University of California, San Diego.  Cum Laude, Departmental Honors; minors in Italian and Dramatic Literature

Acting          California Shakespeare:  Apprentice Company; A.C.T. :  Meryl Shaw, Bruce Williams, Barbara Scott, Tim Orr, Andrew Hurteau; Old Globe Theatre,

                          San Diego:  David Wright; Suzuki Training:  Jeffrey Bihr;  Viewpoints Training:  Todd Salovey; Meisner Training:  Rachael Adler

Dance           Tap, classical ballet, Modern, Jazz, Belly, Choreography

Honors

  • 2017  Project of Special Merit Award Recipient for Design/Implementation of Opera Scouts:  OVI, Dallas

  • 2013 Women Arts and Media Collaboration Award finalist for original musical:  Moments of Truth

  • 2011 Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Scriptfest Finalist for original musical:  Not Without Our Women

  • 2009  Project of Special Merit Award Recipient for Design/Implementation of “Book to Bravo!” Composition Program:  OVI, Santa Fe

  • 2002  SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award:  Best Leading Actress in a Musical:  Whispers on the Wind

  • 2000 Dixon Place NYC Competition Winner for Original Musical:  Alice in Cyberland

  • 1998  SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award Nomination/performance:  Fanny

Related Skills

Computer literate (Filemaker, Office, Excel, Word, Finale and Sibeliius music software programs), organized and punctual, broad knowledge of theatre, dance and musical genres and their applications, extensive experience training teaching artists and personnel. Languages:  Italian, Spanish, some French, German, and Dutch.  Strong writing and critical thinking, organization and collaboration.

Professional Affiliations

Member Actors’ Equity Association, Dramatists Guild, Teaching Artist Guild, Theatre Bay Area, Theatre Communications Group, Arts Providers Alliance of San Francisco, Go Mighty, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, TYA USA

 

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