Who am I?


Cara Consilvio is a director and producer of opera, film and theater. Crowned a "LOAA" (lover of all arts) by her friend and frequent collaborator, well-known video designer Greg Emetaz, Cara works in multiple disciplines and thrives on interdisciplinary projects. 

Cara brings her extensive performance background and training as a dancer, actor and singer to her work. She earned a BA in Dramatic Art and Dance from U.C. Berkeley, where she trained in Graham and Cunningham technique with Marnie Wood and Carol Murota. As a student, Cara ran an interdisciplinary arts organization called CPAA. Under her tenure, CPAA produced workshops, new play and art festivals, and dance/theater productions. She pursued advanced acting training with the American Conservatory Theater and Williamstown Theater Festival. During her seven years as an actor in NYC, Cara studied acting and improvisation with Michael Howard, Gene Frankel, Kurt Braunohler and Armando Diaz, performing in independent films, theater and dance. As a singer, Cara trained in musical theater and opera. She studied voice with Bill O'Neill, Mark St. Laurent, Craig Wich and Martina Arroyo, and completed three years of post-baccalaureate studies in vocal performance at SUNY Fredonia.

In 2018, Cara directed the world premiere of Inheritance by composer Lei Liang and librettist Matt Donovan for UC San Diego. She directed After Life and Dialogues of the Carmelites for Loyola University New Orleans and The Merry Widow for The Hartt School. She also directed her first Suor Angelica with Tri-Cities Opera. In 2019, she directs An American Dream with Anchorage Opera, The Elixir of Love with Piedmont Opera, and The Threepenny Opera for Syracuse Opera. Previous directing debuts include Hansel and Gretel for Tri-Cities Opera and Street Scene for Loyola University. Cara earned outstanding reviews for Hydrogen Jukebox at Chautauqua Opera and Glory Denied at Tri-Cities Opera. Other recent directing projects include educational outreach shows at Tri-Cities Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Saratoga and Chautauqua Opera; she also has directed scenes programs for Chautauqua Opera and Central City Opera.

Cara has been an Assistant Director for Central City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Saratoga, Chautauqua Opera, American Opera Projects and Portland Opera. As an assistant director, she worked on the world premieres of As One and The Long Walk.

Teaching credentials include an adjunct lecturer position at the Boston University Opera Institute in 2014-2015. Cara is a co-founder of Hup! Productions. Her film directing projects include her narrative short film C.I.T., which has screened at eleven festivals and her upcoming short film Dry. As a producer, her films include the award-winning Bowes Academy and an upcoming feature film entitled Camp Wedding. She also produced the NEA Opera Honors video tributes, and the NEA Jazz Masters videos and directed promotional videos for the OPERA America New Works Forum and the American Composers Orchestra.

"I Am" – written by 11-year-old Cara Consilvio