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Wednesday, June 20
 

4:30pm

Women’s Opera Network: Taking Control of Our Narrative
Limited Capacity filling up

Women leaders will share how artists and audiences are reimagining women’s stories in opera, both in standard repertoire and through the creation of new works. A second discussion will focus on practical ways to build a personal network, take risks to jump barriers, and establish gender parity in an environment that confronts misogyny and respects women. Attendees will also learn how the Women’s Opera Network is connecting mentors and protégés, creators, colleagues and allies.

Reception to follow.

REFERENCE AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS SESSION:
Book: Opera, or the Undoing of Women by Catherine Clement


In our continued effort to provide resources and content that is relevant to our members, please take a moment to take our soft skill survey.  Collected responses will be used to help formulate programming for future WON calls, webinars and conference sessions. All contact information will be kept confidential and only used by OPERA America staff and WON steering committee members for participation requests.  

Survey Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/26TDSWW


Moderators
avatar for Jane Pigott

Jane Pigott

Trustee, Lyric Opera of Chicago
I love travelling around the world to collect musical experiences.
avatar for Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

General Director, Madison Opera
Kathryn Smith is General Director of Madison Opera, a Vice Chair of OPERA America's Board of Directors, and Chair of the Women's Opera Network Steering Committee. Under her leadership, Madison Opera has expanded its repertoire with twelve company premieres, created a Studio Artist... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ana De Archuleta

Ana De Archuleta

President & CEO, ADA Artist Management
Ana De Archuleta has quickly established herself as one of the most sought after managers in the operatic field. Representing a thriving roster of vocalists, conductors, and directors worldwide, ADA Artists can be seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National... Read More →
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Cheryl Hickman

General and Artistic Director, Opera on the Avalon
Cheryl Hickman is the General and Artistic Director of Opera on the Avalon (Newfoundland), a company which she founded in 2009. She has been the Artistic Director since it’s inception and took on the role of General Director in 2014. She led a $3 million capital campaign, supported... Read More →
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Gayle P.W. Jackson

President & CEO, Energy Global, Inc.
Gayle Jackson has 40 years of international energy industry experience spanning conventional fuels production, transport, trading, marketing, energy efficiency, advisory services for early-stage cleantech companies and for private equity firms, public policy formulation and consulting... 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 →
LK

Liz Kellogg

Human Resource Director, The Santa Fe Opera
Director of Human Resources, with the Santa Fe Opera since 2000.SPHR, member of SHRM and the Northern New Mexico local chapter.Human resource generalist, with areas of emphasis in all major areas of the discipline. Have practiced in HR for going on 30 years!
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Esther Nelson

General & Artistic Director, Boston Lyric Opera
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Karen Quisenberry

Production Director, Minnesota Opera
Karen Quisenberry joined Minnesota Opera as Production Director in August 2013. Since her arrival she has had the privilege of working on a number of world premiers including The Manchurian Candidate, The Shining, and Dinner at Eight, while helping to develop creative design teams... Read More →
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Jeri Sedlar

Member, OPERA America Board of Overseers
Jeri Sedlar is an author, motivational speaker, and has earned the title of America’s “rewiring®” expert. She is a master of retirement life planning and has been doing research on personal growth and transition for over 20 years. She has interviewed hundreds of professionals... Read More →
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Karen Slack

Soprano
Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, a seamless legato and great dramatic depth, American soprano Karen Slack was most recently heard as Anna in Le Villi with Scottish Opera, Alice Ford in Falstaff with Arizona Opera, Aida with Austin Opera, Donna Anna with Nashville... Read More →
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Dona D. Vaughn

Artistic Director, Opera Maine & Manhattan School of Music

Sponsors
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Caleres

Sponsor: Women's Opera Network and Reception, Caleres
Caleres is a diverse portfolio of global footwear brands, which fit people’s lives: Family, Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion. Our products are available virtually everywhere - in the over 1,200 retail stores we operate, in hundreds of major department and specialty stores... 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 →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Regency Ballroom A/B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Area of Focus WON
  • KEY THEME Equity
  • Reservations Required Yes
  • Live Stream Recorded for later distribution
 
Thursday, June 21
 

11:00am

Equity Begins with Access to Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Community choruses and local church choirs are common gateways to discovering talent as a singer. Recognizing talent is the first step, but socioeconomic challenges prevent many aspiring singers from opportunities to train, network and forge paths to success. Learn about companies that are creating bridges for talented singers from all walks of life.

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Anthony Davis

Composer
Opera News has called Anthony Davis, “A National Treasure,” for his pioneering work in opera. He has been on the cutting edge of improvised music and Jazz for over four decades as a collaborator with Wadada Leo Smith, James Newton, and with his own ensemble Episteme. Anthony Davis... Read More →
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Julia Gallagher

Assistant Production Director, Minnesota Opera
Julia Gallagher currently serves as the Assistant Production Director at Minnesota Opera where she supports all facets of Production with a focus on special projects, education and new works. Julia also serves as the Chair of Minnesota Opera’s Diversity Council. She was a member... Read More →
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Tracy L. Wilson

Director of Community Relations, Cincinnati Opera
Tracy L. WilsonFriends and colleagues fondly refer to Cincinnati Opera Director of Community Relations and 2008 Emmy Award® nominee Tracy L. Wilson as the “The Connection Lady.” Tracy has created and produced several Cincinnati Opera community events and programs, including the... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →
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LiveNote

Technical/Production Network and Under 35 Mixer Sponsor, InstantEncore
LiveNote® - The Philadelphia Orchestra and InstantEncore have combined forces to introduce LiveNote® - an interactive performance guide for your mobile app. With LiveNote, your audience can view translations, program notes, and images smoothly in real time via any internet conn... 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 B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, 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
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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 →


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

3:30pm

Opera on Broadway
Between the streamlined revival of Porgy and Bess in 1942 and the brief run of Menotti’s Maria Golovin in 1958, 18 productions of works by Weill, Blitzstein, Bernstein and Menotti brought the expansiveness of opera to the Great White Way. Although most of them avoided the label “opera,” many grappled with contemporary issues of race, ethnicity, diversity and inclusion in ways that remain relevant today. This lively panel will focus on the challenges and rewards of performing these proto-crossover pieces, with particular emphasis on the socially critical, musically diverse and dramatically potent Broadway operas of Weill, Blitzstein and Bernstein.
Presented by The Kurt Weill Foundation.

Moderators
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Kim Kowalke

President and CEO, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc.
Kim Kowalke is Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music and Professor of Music at the University of Rochester, where he is also the Richard L. Turner Professor Emeritus in the Humanities. He is the author of many articles and four books on 20th-century music and theater... Read More →

Speakers
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John Mauceri

Conductor
John Mauceri has taken a leadership role in editing, restoring, and performing two American art forms: the Broadway musical and the music composed by refugee composers who fled WWII and settled on the West Coast, including those who composed for films. He is the former music director... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Racette

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 →
avatar for Tazewell Thompson

Tazewell Thompson

Librettist and Director, BLUE, Glimmerglass Festival
Tazewell Thompson is an internationally-acclaimed director of opera in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and the USA; and theatre, with over 85 productions (many world and American premieres, with over 20 productions at Arena Stage, where he served for many seasons as associate artistic... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Regency Ballroom C/D, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012
 
Friday, June 22
 

8:00am

Roundtable/Breakfast: People of Color in Opera
Limited Capacity filling up

OPERA America has continued to move forward in discussing racial equity and justice, addressing the issue at the organizational and field level. Hear what steps have been taken toward undoing racism within our organization and spheres of influence.  Allies are welcome.
Continental breakfast is provided.

Attendees are encouraged to continue with a second part of this discussion from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Gryde

Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
Brandon represents the opera field in front of Congress, the White House and Federal agencies, working on a range of issues that include support for the NEA and Arts in Education programs, tax policy for nonprofits, and international exchanges issues. He previously served as Communications... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →


Friday June 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Regency Ballroom A, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • KEY THEME Equity
  • Reservations Required Yes

8:30am

Roundtable: Leadership Intensive — Power and Privilege
Limited Capacity seats available

An extended session will take a deeper dive into the issues of power and privilege. This roundtable is a peer learning group for alumni of OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive program.

Speakers
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Michelle Ramos

Executive Director, AlternateROOTS
Dr. Michelle Ramos brings a deep and incredibly robust diversity of experience to her new role as Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS. Her background includes most recently working in criminal justice reform as Project Director of the Vera Institute of Justice, philanthropic wo... Read More →

Sponsors
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American Express Foundation

Sponsor: Leadership Intensive
At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society, and we dedicated resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees. We seek the best methods, programs and partners that provide current and future nonprofit leaders with... 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 →


Friday June 22, 2018 8:30am - 10:15am
Sterling 5, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Area of Focus LI
  • KEY THEME Equity
  • Limited Access By invitation

9:00am

Roundtable: People of Color in Opera
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Continuing a conversation that started at Opera Conference 2017 in Dallas, this roundtable fosters dialogue among artist and administrator colleagues of color, as part of OPERA America’s strategy for addressing barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion in opera.  This session is open to attendees in any job category. Allies are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Gryde

Brandon Gryde

Director of Government Affairs, OPERA America
Brandon represents the opera field in front of Congress, the White House and Federal agencies, working on a range of issues that include support for the NEA and Arts in Education programs, tax policy for nonprofits, and international exchanges issues. He previously served as Communications... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Regency Ballroom A, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

3:30pm

Moving Toward an Equitable Organizational Culture
Limited Capacity filling up

Opera’s homogeneity is increasingly out of place in a country that is ever-more diverse.  Motivated by increased self-awareness, external expectations and the potential for increased artistic richness and relevance, companies are striving to improve equity in hiring, programming, casting and community engagement.  To be successful, new practices must be rooted in changed organizational cultures.  Learn from leaders who have succeeded in guiding organizational cultures to achieve greater equity.

Speakers
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Kira Hudson Banks

Associate Professor of Psychology, Saint Louis University
Dr. Kira Hudson Banks is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University and focuses on race, racial identity and intergroup relations. She has worked in the field to improve intergroup relations since 1998 through research, community outreach, and school-based interventions... Read More →
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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 →
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Julie Grady Heard

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inlcusion, Cincinnati Opera
I am passionate about embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's implementation and sustained presence in our Mission, Vision and every step of our strategic priorities.
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Andrew Jorgensen

Director of Artistic Planning and Operations / General Director Designate, Washington National Opera / Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Andrew Jorgensen will become the fourth General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on July , 2018. He is currently the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (WNO), where this season he has also been acting as Interim... Read More →
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Melanie Powell-Robinson

Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Melanie Powell-Robinson is the Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership. She serves the St. Louis region through her dedication to community service and advocacy for inclusion and equity both professionally and socially.Melanie’s dedication to community advocacy began... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →
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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 →
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LiveNote

Technical/Production Network and Under 35 Mixer Sponsor, InstantEncore
LiveNote® - The Philadelphia Orchestra and InstantEncore have combined forces to introduce LiveNote® - an interactive performance guide for your mobile app. With LiveNote, your audience can view translations, program notes, and images smoothly in real time via any internet conn... Read More →
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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 →


Friday June 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Regency Ballroom B, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
 
Saturday, June 23
 

9:15am

Recognizing and Undoing Racism
Limited Capacity seats available

Structural racism continues to influence decision-making at all levels, including choices made by and for opera companies. Structural racism plays a role in hiring practices, organizational funding, marketing and season planning, but can leave many unaware of its influence because of the unconscious nature of biases and inherited practices. In this session, community leaders will reveal patterns of racism and how opera company staff and board members can dismantle these practices within their own institutions.

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 →
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Mark Edward Kent

President, The Biome Foundation
Mark Kent is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Operatic Performance from Washington University and Master of Fine Arts in Operatic Performance from DePaul University. Mr. Kent made his professional debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 1999... Read More →
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Timothy O'Leary

General Director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Timothy O’Leary has been General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis since 2008, heading a leadership team that includes OTSL Music Director Stephen Lord and Artistic Director James Robinson. Mr. O’Leary currently also serves as Chairman of the Board of OPERA America, the... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Powell-Robinson

Melanie Powell-Robinson

Executive Director, Diversity Awareness Partnership
Melanie Powell-Robinson is the Executive Director of Diversity Awareness Partnership. She serves the St. Louis region through her dedication to community service and advocacy for inclusion and equity both professionally and socially.Melanie’s dedication to community advocacy began... Read More →
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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 →
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Felicia Shaw

Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Felicia W. Shaw joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis as its Executive Director in 2015. A native St. Louisan, Felicia brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector.Previously, Felicia served for eight years as Director... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 9:15am - 10:45am
Regency Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnur Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
  • KEY THEME Equity
  • Live Stream Live Stream

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
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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 →
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 →
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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 →


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

11:00am

Merging Musical Traditions
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating operas that incorporate the rich musical heritage of an ethnic community requires an open mind and heart to embrace differences in rhythms, tonal structure and even performance practices. Panelists will share their experiences in harmonizing these differences into a unified work — and what they learned along the journey.

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Hahn

Christopher Hahn

General Director, Pittsburgh Opera
avatar for Daniel Kramer

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 →
avatar for Keturah Stickann

Keturah Stickann

Stage Director
I'm a stage director and choreographer with specific interests in new work, mid 20th century work, and French rep. Currently trying to dip my toe in self producing and on a constant mission to present opera honestly, tell our stories well, and help opera maintain a cultural relevance... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →
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.


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

1:15pm

Identity in Storytelling
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.

Moderators
avatar for Kurt Howard

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 →

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 →
CJ

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 →
avatar for Daniel Kramer

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 →
avatar for Patricia Racette

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

Composer
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 →

Sponsors
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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
Regency Ballroom F, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102

2:45pm

Culturally Conscious Casting
General and artistic directors share audience expectations to see diversity on stage across the repertoire and in specific roles. Hear from colleagues about their strategies for identifying, nurturing and casting singers who reflect the diversity of our communities.

Moderators
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Molly Dill

Producing Director, Houston Grand Opera
Molly Dill began her career as a stage manager, working with opera and theater companies across the country, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera in upstate New York, and Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine. While... Read More →

Speakers
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Clare Burovac

Director of Artistic Operations, Portland Opera
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Andrew Jorgensen

Director of Artistic Planning and Operations / General Director Designate, Washington National Opera / Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Andrew Jorgensen will become the fourth General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on July , 2018. He is currently the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center (WNO), where this season he has also been acting as Interim... Read More →
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David Lomeli

Casting Manager & Hart Institute for Women Conduct, The Dallas Opera
David Lomeli joined The Dallas Opera in July of 2014 as Artistic Coordinator. In June of 2015 he was promoted to Associate Artistic Administrator. In April of 2016, David was promoted to Casting and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Manage where he assisted Music Director Emmanuel... Read More →
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Ian Rye

CEO, Pacific Opera Victoria
With Pacific Opera Victoria Ian has stewarded the creation of over 50 new opera productions, supported 5 new opera commissions, cultivated an enhancement of artistic scope and scale, and shaped a co-production model that has positioned Victoria-made productions on opera stages across... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →
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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.


Saturday June 23, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Regency Ballroom E, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency 315 Chestnut Street, St, Louis, MO 63012