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Thursday, June 21
 

11:00am

Building Authentic Partnerships
Limited Capacity full
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Arts leaders and community leaders will share how they have built authentic and effective partnerships, both independent from and in support of season programming.  Participants will learn strategies for successful collaboration with partner organizations from different sectors in their communities.

Moderators
avatar for Larry Desrochers

Larry Desrochers

General Director & CEO, Manitoba Opera
2018/19 marks the start of Larry’s 19th season as General Director & CEO of Manitoba Opera. Larry has been privileged to hold a number of leadership positions in his career, having served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Founding Producer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Batya Abramson-Goldstein

Batya Abramson-Goldstein

Former Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council
Batya Abramson-Goldstein joined the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in November of 1988 and retired as its Executive Director in January 2016.JCRC programs Batya developed include the Riga/St. Louis Sister Community Project; the Student to Student Program, a prejudice reduction... Read More →
avatar for Camtrice Bexten

Camtrice Bexten

Community Opera Fellowship Coordinator, Opera Omaha
Cam Bexten, working to bridge disciplines and build community, has experience with a plethora of collaborations throughout her career. Prior to joining Opera Omaha in 2017, Cam worked in the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Service Learning Academy, building partnerships between nonprofits... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Borths

Joshua Borths

Director of Education and Community Engagement, Arizona Opera Company
Joshua Borths is the current Resident Stage Director and Director of Education and Community Engagement at Arizona Opera, and has previously held positions at Des Moines Metro Opera, the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), the Seagle Music Colony, and the Crested Butte Music Festival.As... Read More →
avatar for Kayhan Irani

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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Threshold Acoustics

Sponsor: Artistic Administration Network
Threshold provides acoustics and audio/video design consulting for performing arts buildings, aware of tradition and turned toward the future, relating to each client and project with clarity, accessibility and individuality.


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Regency Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012

11:00am

Messaging Our Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Opera companies have a positive impact on the artistic, social, educational and economic health of communities throughout the year, but we are not telling this story in a way that contributes to the positive perception of opera, reinforces company brands and builds constituent loyalty. Hear from colleagues about the benefit of investing in documentation, distillation and communication of everyday work.

Speakers
avatar for Ceci Dadisman

Ceci Dadisman

Digital Marketing Manager, FORM
Ceci is an arts marketer with 15 years of experience working with organizations of all sizes utilizing innovative methods. She is a nationally recognized leader in her field and specializes in fostering meaningful engagement through digital marketing. A frequent public speaker, Ceci’s... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Myers

Michelle Myers

Associate Director for Strategy and Organizational Development, Opera Theatre of St. Louis
Michelle Myers is a passionate arts administrator with more than 10 years of experience in supporting the arts. As the Associate Director for Strategy and Organizational Development at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL), she works with the company’s Board of Directors and oversees... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
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SD&A Teleservices

Sponsor: Marketing/PR Network
Committed to making the world a better place, SD&A works exclusively with nonprofit organizations to help them raise money for a wide variety of worthy causes. This is our sole mission, and we've been doing it successfully for 35 years. Known for our flexible approach to campaign... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102

3:30pm

Opera Artists as Activists
Opera is a powerful art form with the capacity to tell stories that are deeply personal and resonate with the world around us. Yet, the long development cycle of new works makes it difficult for opera to generate dialogue on the issues that matter most in an environment where last month’s pivotal issue has already been superseded. A panel of composers, directors and performers will discuss paths for artist-activists to inspire change through opera.

Moderators
avatar for Christian De Gré

Christian De Gré

Director, Opera Center, OPERA America
Mexican Artist Christian De Gré has spearheaded numerous international projects in film, theater, television, music, publishing, web-media, fine-art and radio such as Fatty Fatty No Friends (New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for Best Music and Best Musical), Beware The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kayhan Irani

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 →
avatar for Laura Kaminsky

Laura Kaminsky

Ambassador/Composer
Composer of AS ONE (co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed), the most frequently produced contemporary opera, with two dozen productions since its 2014 premiere at BAM. Currently working on TODAY IT RAINS (also with Campbell and Reed), commissioned by Opera Parallele in collaboration... Read More →
avatar for Ben Krywosz

Ben Krywosz

Artistic Director, Nautilus Music-Theater
Producer/Director/Dramaturg BEN KRYWOSZ is the co-founder of Nautilus Music-Theater, for which he serves as Artistic Director. The company’s work blurs the distinction between classical opera, American musicals, and innovative alternative work. In addition to directing fully-staged... Read More →
avatar for Gill Sotu

Gill Sotu

Teaching Artist, The Old Globe Theatre Company
Gill Sotu is a multi-faceted artist weaving poetry, music, soul, humor, and thought provoking passion into captivating and memorable performances. He is a two time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, two time Raw Performing artist of the year, and a three time TEDx San Diego presenter. He... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Fisher Dachs Associates

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 →


Thursday June 21, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102
 
Friday, June 22
 

3:30pm

Community Engagement: Defining Success
As the core mission of opera companies expands to include community connectivity and audience engagement beyond the main stage, quantifying “success” is more challenging. A panel of professionals from both in and outside the opera field will discuss how they have defined success in community-engagement initiatives and methods for effective program assessment and evaluation.

Moderators
avatar for Mitra Sadeghpour

Mitra Sadeghpour

Director of Opera, University of Northern Iowa
Mitra Sadeghpour, DM, opera educator and soprano, joined the University of Northern Iowa School of Music in 2014 after 12 years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she was honored as a Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professor. At UNI, Dr. Sadeghpour directs the opera program... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Brightman

Stacy Brightman

Vice President, Education and Community Engagement, LA Opera
As Vice President for Education and Community Engagement at LA Opera, Stacy Brightman is responsible for the oversight and production of programs that serve 140,000 students and family members annually. She develops and supervises all public scholarship initiatives that engage students... Read More →
avatar for Maria Bradford, CFRE, MA, MBA

Maria Bradford, CFRE, MA, MBA

Director of Community Engagement, St. Louis Community Foundation
Maria Bradford joined the Foundation in July 2017 to provide leadership for efforts to connect nonprofit organizations with the Foundation’s  programs and services. In addition to oversight of Give STL Day, she manages several grant-making programs housed at the Foundation and... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Medici

Lauren Medici

Director of Engagement Programs, Opera Omaha
As the Director of Engagement Programs at Opera Omaha, Lauren Medici oversees all education and public programming, including the Holland Community Opera Fellowship. She specializes in making the arts accessible through cross-sector collaboration, and her work with Opera Omaha has... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Neal

Brandon Neal

Administrative Coordinator, Education & Community Programs, The Santa Fe Opera
Brandon Neal is the Administrative Coordinator of Education and Community Programs for the Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Neal is responsible for a variety of programs for the SFO, including the chamber opera productions, apprentice tours and other special programming. He also manages the... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Regency Ballroom A, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Area of Focus EDU
  • KEY THEME Civic Action
  • Live Stream Recorded for archival use.
 
Saturday, June 23
 

8:00am

Specialty: Civic Action Group Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

Members of the 2017 and 2018 cohorts of the Civic Action Group are invited to share updates and discoveries in their civic practice work and continue the discussions from the January meeting.

Speakers
avatar for Roberto Bedoya

Roberto Bedoya

Cultural Affairs Manager (and Minister of Belonging on USDAC Cabinet), City of Oakland
Roberto Bedoya is Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, CA, overseeing the Cultural Affairs Unit, housed in the City's Department of Economic and Workforce Development. He previously served as executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, overseeing grant making... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Sterling 3. 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

11:00am

Don't Start, Stop!
Discussion about improving diversity inevitably begins with ideas for new efforts, but many established company practices reinforce barriers that inhibit progress and counteract new initiatives. In this session, participants will be invited to reflect on the actions and activities that should be stopped in order to make newcomers feel more welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Marc A. Scorca

Marc A. Scorca

President/CEO, OPERA AMERICA
Marc A. Scorca joined OPERA America in 1990 as president and CEO. Under his leadership, the OPERA America membership has grown from 120 opera companies to nearly 2,500 organizations and individuals. The organization has also administered two landmark funding initiatives in support... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Fisher Dachs Associates

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 →
avatar for Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Sponsor: Trustee Network
Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof are management consultants in the arts with an unparalleled record of success in assisting their clients in executive search, effective organizational planning, capital campaign, successful facility development and dramatic improvement to contributed... Read More →
avatar for Schuler Shook

Schuler Shook

Sponsor: General Director sessions, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners | Lighting Designers
Schuler Shook is an internationally recognized theatre planning and consulting firm with extensive experience in opera facility planning.  Our clients include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sydney Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera... Read More →
avatar for SD&ampA Teleservices

SD&A Teleservices

Sponsor: Marketing/PR Network
Committed to making the world a better place, SD&A works exclusively with nonprofit organizations to help them raise money for a wide variety of worthy causes. This is our sole mission, and we've been doing it successfully for 35 years. Known for our flexible approach to campaign... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Regency Ballroom A, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

1:15pm

Leading Community Conversations
Small companies are demonstrating their civic value as conveners and facilitators by leading community conversations around repertoire choices that connect to larger issues. In organizing town halls, forums and art exhibitions, companies are forging new partnerships and sparking dialog. Speakers in this session will provide practical examples of methods to help you achieve deeper engagement with your community on socially and locally relevant subjects.

Moderators
avatar for Jason Hardy

Jason Hardy

Director of Development, Opera Memphis
Jason Hardy currently serves as the Director of Development at Opera Memphis. He joined the company in 2016 after serving as the Managing Director at OperaDelaware. Prior to this work, Hardy had an 18-year career as a leading operatic bass with a complimentary career providing data... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Hass

Rebecca Hass

Director of Community Engagement, Pacific Opera Victoria
Rebecca Hass is the Director of Community Engagement for Pacific Opera Victoria, having joined the team this past December. Her key role at the company involves the launch this fall of The Co|opera|tive, a suite of community programming and partnerships, including forums, exhibits... Read More →
avatar for Cecilia Nadal

Cecilia Nadal

Executive Director, Gitana Productions
Cecilia Nadal is the Executive Director of Gitana Productions, which she founded in 1996. Using music and the dramatic arts to encourage acceptance between diverse populations, Gitana was the region’s first arts organization with a focus on cross-cultural engagement through the... Read More →
avatar for Christina Rios

Christina Rios

Artistic Director, R-S Theatrics
Christina Rios is a trained lyric coloratura, the mother of four children, the wife of an incredible human, and the Artistic Director of R-S Theatrics, a professional theater company dedicated to producing St. Louis premieres of thought-provoking work that demand conversation long... Read More →
avatar for Jerome Shannon

Jerome Shannon

Executive Director, Music Director, Principal Conductor, Pensacola Opera
Praised for his “skill and verve” (New York Times), Shannon celebrates nearly 30 years as a professional operatic pianist, vocal coach, conductor and administrator. During this time, Maestro Shannon has held leadership positions with Sarah Caldwell’s Opera Company of Boston... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Creative Youth Development
Learn how opera companies are partnering successfully with humanitarian organizations serving victims of human trafficking, incarcerated youth and other marginalized communities. A moderated discussion will focus on a unique program development approach that listens to individual participants to help them reach personal and professional goals.

Moderators
avatar for Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Director of Community Programs, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Alejandra Valarino Boyer is the Director of Community Programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she oversees Lyric Unlimited’s community engagement initiatives, including creative youth development programs, the creation of devised works, and artistic productions. Most recently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Coons

Cheryl Coons

Program Manager, Storycatchers Theatre
CHERYL COONS is a program manager for the Temporary Lockdown Ensemble of Storycatchers Theatre, which serves the young residents of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago. Storycatchers Theatre works exclusively with incarcerated or court-involved youth in the Chicago... Read More →
avatar for Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei

Performing Arts and Opera Consultant
Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei is a dedicated and accomplished music educator and community programmer, bringing a unique vision to what the future of arts education looks like. As an industry innovator, she recently initiated a nationally-recognized collaboration joining opera with human trafficking... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102