Resume

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Recent Employment

 


Lehigh University, Zoellner Arts Center: Guest Director for Kurt Weill One-Woman Show, “Music at Lehigh” Series

University of Iowa School of Music: Visiting Artist and Faculty Member

Lehigh University, Zoellner Arts Center: Guest Director for world premiere of THE LIFE AND LOVE OF JOE COOGAN

Great Mountains Music Festival, Korea:  Guest Director for Earl Kim music/theatre productions with Sejong Soloists, based on texts by Samuel Beckett and Anne Sexton


Directing Experience

 


University of Iowa Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre: LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, TROUBLE IN TAHITI & AMELIA GOES TO THE BALL

Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy:  I PECCATI DI VECCHIEZZA (Director and auteur, mainstage production, Teatro del Giglio),  Director for Bel Canto Student Workshop

Temple Opera Theater:  LE ROSSIGNOL & L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES,  DIE FLEDERMAUS,  DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES,  ALBERT HERRING,
L’AMICO FRITZ (winner Best Production, National Opera Association Competition)

Opera in the Ozarks: Stage Director for LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Lafayette College:  MAJOR BARBARA,  SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR

Kutztown University:  ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION

Opera at Lehigh:  IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA,  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

Zoellner Arts Center -  Ulrich Artist-in-Residence as Director for TONY CARUSO’S FINAL BROADCAST & THE MUSIC MASTER

Lehigh University:  Music Dept. - Founder & Director of Opera/Music Theatre Workshop
PIRATES OF PENZANCE
,  A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC,  INTO THE WOODS  
LUVME (Lehigh University Very Modern Ensemble):  HIN UND ZURÜCK,  FOOTFALLS
Theatre Dept. - PILGRIMS

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble:  THE SUICIDE

College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati:  DON GIOVANNI,  SUSANNA’S SECRET & FOOTFALLS (winner Outstanding Achievement Award, Midwest Chamber Opera Festival)

Williamstown Theatre Festival:  THE JEWISH WIFE,  COME & GO,  EH JOE

Harvard University:  FOOTFALLS,  THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO

Other Representative College Theatre Productions:  THE MANDRAKE,  BASEBALL PLAY,
SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY,  FIGARO’S MARRIAGE,  SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS,  
CAMINO REAL,  ANTIGONE,  WAITING FOR GODOT,  AMERICAN BUFFALO,   WOYZECK,  
THE PLACE WHERE THE MAMMALS DIE
,  BRECHT ONE-ACTS,  THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Pennsylvania Opera Theatre:  COMPOSER/LIBRETTIST PROJECT, David Ives, librettist

Buckingham Opera Theatre, NY:  THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO,  LA BOHÈME

Lenox Arts Center:  BERKSHIRE WRITERS’ FESTIVAL (Lyn Austin, Producer)

Pittsburgh Opera Theatre:  THE TELEPHONE,  THERE & BACK

Opera Renaissance, Pittsburgh, PA:  THE BELLOWS (Director and Translator)

Woods Hole Theatre Company:  TANGO

Whitewater Opera Company, Richmond, IN:  THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (recorded live for Indiana Public Television broadcast)



Assistant Directing Experience

 


Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA:  NARRATIVES (Beckett texts set by composer Earl Kim, featuring Irene Worth) world premiere

Williamstown Theatre Festival:  Assistant to Artistic Director (Nikos Psacharopoulos) for mainstage season

People’s Theatre Company, Cambridge, MA:  FANSHEN (Maxine Klein, Director)

Chicago Lyric Opera:  GIANNI SCHICCHI and LA SCALA DI SETA (Italo Tajo, Director)

Manhattan School of Music:  Assistant Director for Opera Program (Lou Galterio, Director) 

Opera Barga Festival, Italy:  Assistant Director to Italo Tajo



Teaching Experience

 


University of Iowa:  Visiting Assistant Professor and Opera Director, 2012-2013 (graduate and undergraduate level courses: Directing Seminar, Special Topics, Opera Workshops)

Temple University (Boyer College of Music & Dance):  Director & Acting Teacher for Opera Workshops (graduate and undergraduate levels), 2007-2008

Lehigh University:  Faculty member for Lehigh in Italia semester abroad, spring 2000
Adjunct Professor of Music, 1995-2002
Adjunct Professor of Theatre, 1991 and 1982

College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati:  Visiting Assistant Professor of Opera
and Resident Stage Director, 1983-1985
Opera Lucca Festival summer program faculty 1997 and 2002

Kutztown University:  Assistant Professor of Theatre (temporary contracts), 2005-2006;  1995-1997

Northampton Community College:  Adjunct Professor of Theatre, 2002-2003; 1980-1982

Stonehill College:  Adjunct Instructor of Speech and Theatre (One year replacement contract)



Education

 


Boston University School for Theatre Arts                                     
Master of Fine Arts (directing) THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, thesis production    

Chatham College Bachelor of Arts (drama and music) MOZART & MAVRA, tutorial production

Patrick Tucker Shakespeare Workshops for Actors and Directors
(New York City, funded by continuing education and faculty development grants)

Carnegie-Mellon University
Pre-college acting and fine arts student

Lovelace Theatre (Pittsburgh PA):  apprentice, actor, puppeteer, company tour manager   (Margo Lovelace, Artistic Director)

Languages:  Speaking/reading knowledge of Italian, French, Spanish and German