The Scarlet Ibis Bios
Brittney Page Whatley: Stage Manager
Brittney Page is thrilled to be back with Boston Opera Collaborative after working on Opera Bites in 2017. Previous production credits include Road Show (Lyric Stage Company), Lost Tempo (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Twelfth Night of the Living Dead, and The DARE Project (Anthem Theatre Company). Brittney thanks her husband and family for their steady patience and support. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University.
Emma Cooney: Assistant Stage Manager
Emma Cooney is a stage manager for opera, theatre, and dance. Recent local credits include the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker and Boston Lyric Opera’s world premiere of Schoenberg in Hollywood. Originally from Nebraska, she has returned close to home for summers at Des Moines Metro Opera and Central City Opera. In May, Emma will earn her BFA in Stage Management from Boston University. She looks forward to working on the BU Opera Institute’s upcoming productions of Dolores Claiborne and The Cunning Little Vixen. The Scarlet Ibis is her first show with the Boston Opera Collaborative.
Andy Nice: Scenic Designer
Andy Nice holds an M.F.A in Scenic Design from Boston University's School of Theatre, Boston, MA. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Notable designs: Cortland Repertory Theatre's SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WEST END HORROR, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Astoria Performing Arts Center), the Boston University Opera Institute's DON GIOVANNI built by the Huntington Theatre Company, FAUSTE ET MARGUERITE (Boston Opera Collaborative) ROCK OF AGES (Des Moines Playhouse), Boston Center for American Performance's THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN IN THE MOON MARIGOLDS and THE IMAGINARY INVALID at the Virginia Wimberly Theater in Boston's South End. Andy is resident scenic designer at Boston Opera Collaborative.
Chris Bocchiaro: Lighting Designer
Chris Bocchiaro is excited to return to Boston Opera Collaborative, having previously designed Albert Herring, Rinaldo, Our Town, Idomeneo, Family Feuds, Faust et Marguerite, and As One Chris’ work can be seen throughout the greater Boston Area, most recently at: Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Hub Theatre of Boston, imaginary beasts, and Apollinaire Theatre. Chris was the recipient of the 2013 IRNE award for Hairy Tales. He holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Emerson College.
David Orlando: Production Manager
David returns to Boston Opera Collaborative after working as the Lighting Designer for La Boheme and production electrician for La Rondine. Other recent work includes designing Sweets by Kate and Eurydice at Boston University and Classic Repertory Company’s Othello and To Kill a Mockingbird. He has had the recent pleasure of assistant designing at Boston Conservatory, Berkshire Theater Group, American Repertory Theater, and Boston Lyric Opera. He also formerly served as the resident lighting designer of the New Classics Company. David received his BFA in Lighting Design from Boston University. He is originally from Marstons Mills Massachusetts. He is looking forward to working on BOC’s Don Giovanni this March.
Chloe Moore: Costume Designer
Chloe Moore is excited for her second collaboration with the BOC team to help bring The Scarlet Ibis to life. She previously worked as the designer on Boston Opera Collective’s La Boheme, as well as Boston University's Angels in America Parts 1 & 2. She is in her second year in BU's MFA program for costume design. For more of her work, please visit chloemooredesigns.com.
Jessica Pizzuti: Technical Director
Jessica Pizzuti returns to BOC after working with As One and La Bohème last season. She is the technical director at Tufts University and works as a freelance technician in the Boston area. PizzutiScenery.com.
Hannah Solomon: Master Electrician
Hannah is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University. She is a freelance lighting designer and electrician in the Boston area. She had a great time working on this production and hopes you all enjoy it, as well. Happy New Year to the BOC community! Recently, she designed Angels in America Part 1 at Boston University and worked as the Assistant Lighting Designer for the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of a Doll’s House Part 2. Upcoming she will be assisting on Ragtime at Wheelock Family Theatre, and designing Laughs in Spanish at Boston Playwright’s Theatre.
Maria Whitcomb: Supertitle Operator
A native of New York State’s beautiful Catskill Mountain region, Maria is an MM candidate in Opera at the Longy School of Music, where she is a pupil of Jayne West. She holds both an M.A. from Syracuse University’s Janklow Arts Leadership Program, and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Syracuse’s Setnor School of Music, where she studied under the tutelage of Janet Brown. Pursuing a passion for new music, Maria will be thrilled to create the title role in Bruno Faria’s Voices Followed (The Illumination of Joan of Arc) on March 22nd in Pickman Hall.