What I did last summer: Montreal, Chautauqua, and a horror film in the woods!
In May, I had the opportunity to serve as the Showcase Director for the OPERA America 2016 New Works Sampler at the annual OPERA America Conference. This year’s conference took place in Montreal. The host of the conference, Opéra de Montréal, served as an excellent production partner to introduce excerpts of new operas to the industry audience. It was a huge pleasure to work with composers and librettists: Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, Kimberly Reed, David T. Little, Royce Vavrek, Ricky Ian Gordon and Willliam Hoffman and companies such as American Opera Projects, Fort Worth Opera and Cincinnati Opera. And, of course, a roster of brilliant singers and instrumentalists.
I spent the bulk of my summer at Chautauqua Opera, where Steven Osgood, triumphantly led his first season as General & Artistic Director. I had a wonderful time directing the family entertainment series show, Hojo-To-Jo! To the Opera We Go! as well as the Studio Artists Scenes Program. In addition, I assisted Keturah Stickann on a brilliant new production of La Traviata. I also assisted and served as dance captain/additional choreography for Ned Canty’s anime and manga inspired production of The Mikado.
Finally, I wrapped up my summer with a few days on set of the horror feature film, Camp Wedding, for which I am co-story writer and executive producer. Produced by MINORapocalypse and directed by Greg Emetaz, Camp Wedding (on-set photos by Kat Croft) explores a destination wedding gone horribly wrong. We filmed at a camp in New Jersey and one of the scariest moments was not the subject matter but a mama bear and her cubs who kept wandering on set trying to crash the film.