Creative Production + Public Programming
I also work as a Creative Producer, driven by a values-based work engine tuned toward amplifying voices and stories that highlight the complexity of our culture and society.
I believe in the power of questions more than in the certainty of answers.
Current projects include
Iphigenia (Executive Producer)
A new opera by Wayne Shorter (composer) and Esperanza Spalding (libretto), directed by Penny Woolcock with set designs by Frank Gehry.
Iphigenia, based on the powerful Euripides play about agency, choice, and sacrifice, is a new operatic collaboration between two of the most visionary and daring musical voices of our time: 10-time Grammy Award-winning composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and 4-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, and vocalist Esperanza Spalding. Architect Frank Gehry, one of the luminary creative forces of his generation, will create set designs for a production by opera and film director Penny Woolcock.
Conductor Clark Rundell will lead a vocal cast of 13 with Spalding in the title role, joining forces with the Wayne Shorter Quartet and musicians from wild Up, one of Los Angeles’s most intrepid new music ensembles.
Shorter’s revolutionary method of “symphonic improvisation” will meet and dialogue with Spalding’s dynamic libretto, key elements of which will shift and change for each and every performance.
Audiences will never see the same show twice.
Wayne Shorter, Composer
Esperanza Spalding, Librettist and performer
Penny Woolcock, Director
Clark Rundell, Conductor
Featuring Wayne Shorter Quartet + WildUp
Frank Gehry, Scenic Design
Keith Skretch, Video Design
Kevin Pollard, Costume Design
Jeff Tang, Executive Producer
Mara Isaacs, Project Consultant
Additional creatives to be announced.
NationalSawdust+: performance and conversation (Associate Producer)
A lively performance and conversation series, curated by Elena Park, in which luminaries from across disciplines share their passion for music and explore ideas, making surprising connections. The series taps artists and thinkers from theater, film and visual art, literature, science and beyond, to create insightful programs that reflect their own interests. Whether through live performances, conversations, or readings, each program has its own alchemy, engaging the audience in new and unexpected ways. Often topical, and always imaginative, National Sawdust+ is an ideal space for those with curiosity, adventure, and vision.
The series has featured musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, Caroline Shaw, Du Yun, Pussy Riot, and Radiolab's Jad Abumrad; visual artists Marina Abramovic, Carrie Mae Weems, Mickalene Thomas, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths; writers Maria Popova (brainpickings.org), Doreen St. Felix (The New Yorker), and Jacqueline Woodson; and directors Julie Taymor, Michael Mayer, and Richard Eyre, among many more.
Public Programming + Audience Engagement
Moderator | Composer Panel
Brooklyn Youth Chorus | Silent Voice: If You Listen Concert @ National Sawdust | April 28, 2018
Panelists: Julia Adolphe, Olga Bell, Paola Prestini, Shelley Washington, and Bora Yoon.
Moderator + Co-Producer Tackling Turandot: A Complex Cultural Puzzle
The Metropolitan Opera + Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA) @ MoCA
Panelists: Du Yun, composer | Will Berger, author + radio commentator | Woody Fu, comedian