Opera Bites 2018 Bios
Claudia Barnett (Absent Grace)
Claudia Barnett won the Andaluz Award Jury Prize from Fusion Theatre in 2016. She’s developed five plays with Venus Theatre, where Witches Vanish premiered as part of the Washington, D.C. Women’s Voices Theater Festival in 2015. Her plays have also been developed and performed at 5th Wall Productions, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, MultiStages, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, and the Tennessee Playwrights Studio. Her current project is Kingdom (a play about Snow White and climate change). She’s a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University and the author of I Love You Terribly: Six Plays (2012) and No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister: A Play in Two Acts (2015), both published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. www.claudiabarnett.net
Liz Bartucci (Steve)
Liz Bartucci is a screenwriter and playwright from Brooklyn NY. A graduate of the Actors Studio MFA Program, for which she was awarded a full scholarship to attend, Liz went on to receive a highly coveted spot in the prestigious Walt Disney Studios/ABC Entertainment Screenwriting Fellowship
“Steve" is published in Smith & Kraus' The Best 10 Minute Plays (Contemporary Playwrights Series) and is currently being developed as a film.
Mark Harvey Levine (A Case of Anxiety, Misfortune)
Mark Harvey Levine has had over 1600 productions of his plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Lima to London. This is the first time they've been turned into operas, though. His next play will have more Toreadors. His work has won over 35 awards and been produced in ten languages. Evenings of his short plays have been seen in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, Sydney, Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, Boston and other cities. A Spanish-language movie version of his play “The Kiss” (“El Beso”) premiered at Cannes, showed at the Tribeca film festival, aired on HBO and DTV (Japan). Mark recently moved from LA to Indianapolis. It has less traffic but more mosquitoes. He's not sure if it's a good trade-off.
Don Nigro (Midsummer)
Don Nigro is the author of over four hundred plays, nearly half of which are published by Samuel French in 57 volumes. His plays have been translated into many languages and produced all over the world, including recent productions in Spain, Greece, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Ireland, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, England and Argentina. He has written the long cycle of Pendragon plays, which trace American history from the eighteenth century to the present through the experience of one Ohio family; a Russian cycle of plays tracing the struggles of Russian writers from Pushkin through Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky to Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva and Pasternak; and a series of plays about the intersecting lives of Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, Beckett, Woolf, and other Modernist writers.
Lila Palmer (Sunshine Girl)
Lila’s commissioned produced operas include Harbour (2015); Dead Equal (2016); Two-Step (2016); Sunshine Girl (2017); Changing Stations (2017); Heard (2017); The Jewel Merchants (2017) and Scraww (2018) and Julie (2019 upcoming). Her first play, The Suffrage, is in production. She is a co-director of music theatre company Not White Noise; co-director at Producer Gaggle Haus and house soprano for Four Corners Ensemble. Lila recently completed Tapestry Opera’s biannual LibLab intensive. Upcoming projects include a film opera commission on the life of Julie D’Aubigny for New Camerata Opera and the UK stage premier of her opera Dead Equal in partnership with the British Army. She is currently an artist-in-residence with American Lyric Theater, NYC and divides her time between New York and London.
Carol Real (The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry)
Carole Real’s one-act The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry has had over 100 productions in the US, Canada, England, Australia and Asia. It was included in Take Ten: New Ten-Minute Plays, edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold, Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, Janet Burroway, Penguin Academics, and has been translated into Chinese. Other one-acts include Don’t Say Another Word, produced at 59E59th St. Theatre in New York and The Guard Will Escort You to Ruff-Ruff, produced by EST/LA. Why the Beach Boys Are Like Opera, also a one-act, was developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York and produced at the Fountain Theater and the Met Theater in LA. Full length plays include Doesn’t Anyone Know What a Pancreas Is?, The Bad Friend and We Used to Be Fun. Carole is a Yale graduate and a lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York.
Becca Bly (Assistant Stage Manager)
Becca Bly is a second year Master’s student in Vocal Performance at Longy School of Music.
Luisamaria Hernandez (Assistant Stage Manager)
Luisamaria Hernandez is a Boston based soprano who recently graduated from Longy School of Music of Bard College with a M.M. in Vocal Performance. She studies with Carol Mastrodomenico, and while at Longy performed the roles of Infantin in Alexander Zemlinsky’sDer Zwerg and Louise in Franz Von Zuppe’s The Finishing School . Luisamaria has performed with the Opera Tampa Chorus in productions of La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, and Rigoletto.Her past scene credits include Rosalinda, Fiordiligi, Pamina, and Romilda.This coming season, Luisamaria will be choreographing Longy's production of Countess Maritza as well as performing locally.
Daneille Smith (Stage Manager)