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Saturday, June 23 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Identity in Storytelling

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Who tells a story is as important as the story being told. This session will explore the intersection of artistic inspiration, personal identity and expectations of authentic representation of a community's culture.

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Kurt Howard

Director of Programs and Services, OPERA America
After three years as OPERA America's managing director, Kurt Howard shifted into the position of director of programs services in 2017. Howard is responsible for professional development programs, annual conference planning and execution, supervision of grant programs (specifically... Read More →

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Kayhan Irani

Founder, Artivista
Kayhan Irani is an Emmy-award winning writer, a producer, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. She creates art, media and live events to build community and engage audiences in social justice issues. Clients include NGOs, government agencies, and community organizations interested in using in story-based strategies for mobilization, engagement, and education.Kayhan... Read More →

Cerise Jacobs

Creator & Librettist, President, White Snake Projects
New opera. I'm interested in using the latest in technology to tell original mythic stories. PermaDeath, A Video Game Opera, is premiering September 2018 in Boston. We're creating 3D avatars using the gaming engine Unreal and Faceware to power the avatars faces so they can lip synch... Read More →
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Daniel Kramer

Artistic Director, ENO
Daniel Kramer is the Artistic Director of ENO. He is a NY Drama League Fellow and was also an associate at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, the Young Vic and a Creative Associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also been a guest artist and professor at Harvard University... Read More →
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Patricia Racette

Soprano Patricia Racette has appeared in the most acclaimed opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Paris Opera, Theater an der Wien, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Liceu... Read More →
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Huang Ruo

Composer/Conductor, Independant
Huang Ruo: composer & conductorComposer Huang Ruo has been lauded by the New Yorker as “one of the world’s leading young composers” and by the New York Times for having “a distinctive style.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient... Read More →
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Sheila Silver

I am the composer of A Thousand Splendid Suns, one of the featured works presented on the 2016 New Opera Showcase. Set in Afghanistan in the later half of the 20th century,  A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love and the triumph of the female spirit. Through different... Read More →

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Fisher Dachs Associates

Sponsor: Equity Theme, Fisher Dachs Associates
Fisher Dachs Associates is dedicated to creating performing arts spaces that work brilliantly for all constituents; the artists, the audience, management and staff. Our expertise is in planning and designing intimate, dynamic, technically superb and highly functional theatres, opera... Read More →

Saturday June 23, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102
  Open Session