Cara's 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 is a director and producer working in opera, film and theater.
Cara brings her extensive performance background and training as a dancer, actor and singer to her work. She holds 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. The organization produced workshops, new play festivals, dance and theater productions and art festivals under her tenure.
Cara furthered her acting training with programs at American Conservatory Theater and Williamstown Theater Festival. During her seven years as an actor in New York, Cara studied acting and improv with Michael Howard, Gene Frankel, Kurt Braunohler, Armando Diaz, while performing in independent film, theater and dance.
As a singer, Cara trained in musical theater and opera. She studied with Bill O'Neill, Mark St. Laurent, Craig Wich, Gloria Parker, Martina Arroyo and completed three years of post-baccalaureate studies in vocal performance at SUNY Fredonia.
In the 2016-2017 season, she directed Hansel and Gretel for Tri-Cities Opera, Street Scene for Loyola University, and will direct Hydrogen Jukebox at Chautauqua Opera and Glory Denied at Tri-Cities Opera. Recent directing projects include educational outreach shows at Tri-Cities Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Saratoga and Chautauqua Opera and directing the 2014-2016 Chautauqua Studio Scenes program.
Cara has been an assistant director for Fort Worth Opera, Opera Saratoga, Chautauqua Opera, American Opera Projects and Portland Opera. As an assistant director, Cara worked on the world premieres of As One and The Long Walk.
Her teaching engagements include an adjunct lecturer position at the Boston University Opera Institute in 2014-2015, where she taught acting and directed the one-act operas Gallantry, and Fables as well as the scenes programs.
Cara is the co-founder of Hup! Productions. Her film directing projects include her narrative film short film C.I.T., which has screened at eleven festivals over its run. As a film producer, Cara has 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 called Camp Wedding.