Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director based in New York City. She is a frequent collaborator on new music/theater pieces; these include Corey Dargel's Removable Parts, Thirteen Near Death Experiences, and The Three Christs; Susan Bernfield and Rachel Peters' Stretch, a fantasia; Chris Well's Big and Salty; and Phil Kline's Zippo Songs. Opera credits include Les Mamelles de Tirésias at Juilliard Opera; The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck at the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater. She is the Artistic Director of the OBIE-award winning Salt Theater; highlights include Stage Door, The Cherry Orchard and Conquest of the Universe. Regional work at theaters such as Perseverance Theater, Geva Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Southern Rep, Actor's Express, Virginia Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival. She is Adjunct Faculty at New York University, where she teaches directing. www.emmagriffin.net
Andrea Lauer (production and costume designer) Selected Costume Design: Broadway: American Idiot, Bring It On, the Musical. Recent Off Broadway: Midsummer Night's Dream (Classic Stage), RX (Primary Stages), Kiss the Air (Park Avenue Armory). Regional: Guthrie, Alliance, Berkeley Rep, Bay Street, Alley Theatre. Designer in residence for The Trey McIntyre Project Dance Company: Ladies and Gentle Men and Bad Winter (part of 2012 Next Wave), The Sweeter End, Ten Pin Episodes, and Gravity Heroes (set and costumes). Recent theatre and opera: sets: West Side Story (El Paso Opera), costumes: Title and Deed (Signature Theatre), A ...Supposedly Fun Thing (The Chocolate Factory), Imaginary Invalid (BARD SummerScape) and STREB One Extraordinary Day at the London Cultural Olympics.
For over 20 years, American Opera Projects (AOP) has been creating, developing and presenting exclusively new American opera and music Theatre Projects. AOP, based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has presented over 15 world premiere operas including Patience & Sarah (1998), Stefan Weisman's Darkling (2006), and Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking (2008). AOP-developed projects include Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Opera Santa Barbara, 2009; New York City Opera, 2011), Jorge Martín's Before Night Falls (Fort Worth Opera, 2010), Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness (Royal Opera House (UK), 2011), and Jack Perla's Love/Hate (ODC Theater and San Francisco Opera Center, 2012). UPCOMING: Gregory Spears's Paul's Case (AOP/UrbanArias, 2013). www.operaprojects.org
Brooklyn Academy Of Music's (BAM's) mission is to be a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. America's oldest performing arts institution, it is recognized internationally for innovative dance, music, and theater programming-including its renowned Next Wave Festival. BAM also features an acclaimed repertory film program, literary and visual art events, and extensive educational and community programs. The institution is led by President Karen Brooks Hopkins and Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo. www.BAM.org
Beginning in September 2011 and continuing for 16 months, the sesquicentennial will celebrate BAM's unique and resonant contribution to the artistic landscape of New York with commemorative events, special programs, and the publication of BAM: The Complete Works(Quantuck Lane)-a narrative and visual chronicle of the institution and its artists. In 2012 BAM looks forward to its exciting future with the unveiling of the newest addition to the BAM campus-the Richard B. Fisher building, the first new BAM venue since the Majestic Theater (now the BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater) opened in 1987.
Pictured: Phil Kline and Theo Bleckmann. Photo by John Labbé for AOP.