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Saturday, May 6 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase LIMITED

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See production presentations from the most promising young director-designer teams and meet the artists who created them. The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase is a biennial competition that identifies emerging director-designer teams, each of which has developed a production proposal from a diverse list of operas. Come see the artists who will advance opera’s multimedia richness in the years ahead. Made possible by a generous grant from the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.

Glory Denied (Tom Cipullo)
  • Ashley Tata, director*
  • Stephan Moravski, scenic designer
  • Liene Dobraja, costume designer
  • Abigail Hoke-Brady, lighting designer*
  • Brad Peterson, projection and video designer
Der fliegende Holländer (Richard Wagner)
  • Shannon Knox, director and scenographer*
  • Becky Heisler, lighting designer*
  • Gabrielle Heerschap, technical director*
  • Micaela Tobin, sound designer and composer*
Der fliegende Holländer (Richard Wagner)
  • Luke Harlan, director*
  • Alexander Woodward, scenic designer*
  • Fabian Fidel Aguilar, costume designer*
  • Andrew F. Griffin, lighting designer
  • Rasean Davonte Johnson, projection designer*
*Attending conference

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Mary Birnbaum

Stage Director, Self employed
Nominated for Best Newcomer of 2015 at the International Opera Awards in London, Mary Birnbaum has been singled out as a young stage director to watch. Her recent production of The Rape of Lucretia at Juilliard garnered a rave from Anthony Tommasini at The New York Times who... Read More →

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Luke Harlan

Der fliegende Holländer, director, Director Designer Showcase Winner 2017
Luke Harlan is an opera and theater director living in New York. Luke holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where he directed Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, as well as well as multiple world premiere plays. Luke was also the... Read More →
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Shannon Knox

Der fliegende Holländer, director and scenographer, Director Designer Showcase Winner 2017
Shannon Knox (Director, Scenic and Costume Design) is a designer, director born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is drawn to explorations of the super-text in old opera, imagining new productions as transmogrified still-life machines, by manipulations of audience association... Read More →
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Ashley Tata

Ashley Tata (director) works principally in the fields of new opera and multi-media performance. Recently: Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit (EMPAC and Dixon Place); the multi-media pop-up series “Out of Bounds” (PROTOTYPE Festival); Molière’s Don Juan (Fisher Center, Bard College... Read More →


The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund

The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund
The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund generously supports OPERA America's biennial Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase. Launched in 2008, the program provides emerging designers and directors with a national platform to introduce their work to industry leaders.

Saturday May 6, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT
Austin Ballroom 3, 2nd Floor