Who am I?


Cara Consilvio is a director and producer of opera, film and theater. Her love of the arts began at a very early age. Crowned a "LOAA" (lover of all arts) by her friend and frequent collaborator, Greg Emetaz, Cara works in multiple disciplines and thrives in inter-disciplinary 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 the 2018-2019 season, Cara Consilvio will direct the world premiere of Inheritance at UCSD, Suor Angelica for Tri-Cities Opera, An American Dream for Anchorage Opera, The Elixir of Love for Piedmont Opera and The Threepenny Opera for Syracuse Opera. Recent directing projects include Hydrogen Jukebox for Chautauqua Opera, Glory Denied and Hansel and Gretel for Tri-Cities Opera, Street Scene, After Life and Dialogues of the Carmelites for Loyola University New Orleans and The Merry Widow for The Hartt School. Cara has directed educational outreach shows at Tri-Cities Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Saratoga and Chautauqua 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. In 2018, she will assist at Boston Lyric Opera and Central City Opera.

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 film short film C.I.T., which has screened at eleven festivals. She produced the NEA Opera Honors video tributes, NEA Jazz Masters videos, and the OPERA America New Works Forum videos as well as narrative films, including the award-winning Bowes Academy and an upcoming feature film entitled Camp Wedding.

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