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Alumni Adventures: Anna Theodosakis, Stage Director

Anna Theodosakis directed The Rape of Lucretia (2016) and shares her busy and rewarding summer experiences!

My motto this summer was “you’re only young once”. It’s every young artists dream to book back-to-back contracts and this summer I had the immense privilege to work on four productions in under three months in three different provinces. It was intense but I wouldn’t have traded it for anything, even a day off.

Theodosakis Summer in Banff

Banff, Alberta. Photo: Jasper Leever

The first stop was beautiful Banff, Alberta. Emphasis on the beautiful!  I joined the Banff Centre’s Opera in the 20th Century five-week program, run by Joel Ivany and Topher Mokrzewski of Against the Grain Theatre, as the apprentice stage director. I had the opportunity to assistant direct Paul Curran’s Rape of Lucretia and work with some amazing emerging artists that are going far. Curran taught me so much in one day let alone the entire five weeks. His incredible Tosca is coming back to the COC this spring so get your tickets! Read more »

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Alumni Adventures: Katherine Belyea, Stage Manager

MYOpera alumna, Katherine Belyea, stage manager for Béatrice & Bénédict (2015) and The Rape of Lucretia (2016) shares her summer adventures!

Hello! My name is Katherine and I was the stage manager for MYOpera’s The Rape of Lucretia and Béatrice et Bénedict. This August, I am working with Highlands Opera Studio, which is a summer opera program in Haliburton, Ontario run by Richard Margison and Valerie Kuinka. The operas being produced this year are Gounod’s Faust and Dean Burry’s The Brothers Grimm and The Bremen Town Musicians, all performed at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion. My job is two-fold: I was stage manager for the Burry operas and I am apprenticing on Faust.

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Volunteer Spotlight on Robin Melick

This summer MYOpera has a second intern, Robin Melick, who is working with us to plan the seventh season – how lucky are we?! Robin is currently wrapping up his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studies with Founder & Artistic Director Kate Applin‘s former teacher, Kimberly Barber.

We asked Robin a few questions to get to know him a little better:

Where are you from? Kitchener-Waterloo Read more »