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Sunday, May 7 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Culturally Sensitive Producing FULL

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As stewards of the art form, opera leaders have the opportunity to foster important discussions and build understanding through the works they produce. With equity, diversity and inclusion in mind, this session explores issues around cultural sensitivity and the production of new works and traditional repertoire, including season planning, casting and community engagement strategies. At every stage of producing, there are opportunities for important internal and community considerations. Join a conversation and hear examples from the field.

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Leah D. Barto

Director of Learning and Leadership, OPERA America
Leah D. Barto is an arts and culture professional specializing in leadership development, arts education, and strategic impact. As director of learning and leadership at OPERA America, she oversees field learning at the annual conference and is the lead administrator for OPERA America’s... Read More →

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Michael Bolton

Vice President, Community Initiatives, Opera Philadelphia
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Randall Eng

Resident Composer, New York University
I am an opera composer. I also teach at New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, a 2-year MFA program training composers and librettists to create opera and musical theatre. At NYU, I run the Tisch Opera Lab, in conjunction with American Opera Projects and director... Read More →
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Cayenne Harris

Vice President, Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Cayenne Harris was appointed the Director of Lyric Unlimited for Lyric Opera of Chicago in July 2012. As the lead administrator for Lyric's community engagement and audience development initiatives, Ms. Harris has played an essential role in the creation of Lyric Unlimited – its... Read More →
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Anh Le

Assistant Director of Marketing, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Anh is the Assistant Director of Marketing at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL), overseeing all direct mail and print collateral in addition to providing key strategic support for audience building and community outreach efforts. In addition to her duties at OTSL, Anh has spoken... Read More →
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David Lomeli

Casting Manager & Hart Institute for Women Conduct, The Dallas Opera
David Lomeli joined The Dallas Opera in July of 2014 as Artistic Coordinator. In June of 2015 he was promoted to Associate Artistic Administrator. In April of 2016, David was promoted to Casting and Hart Institute for Women Conductors Manage where he assisted Music Director Emmanuel... Read More →
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Nkeiru Okoye

Composer, HARRIET TUBMAN Opera
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Sean Waugh

Artistic Planning Manager, San Francisco Opera
Sean Waugh joined San Francisco Opera in May 2010 and currently serves as artistic planning manager, assisting with casting, season planning, and overseeing artistic operations for the company. Sean has helped lead a number of strategic initiatives at SFO including the formation of... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Seminar Theater, 2nd Floor