THE ESSENTIAL DETAILS
I can't live without strong tea, dark chocolate, the ocean, dance, music, and song.
I believe that when people tell you, "Your vision isn't possible," that's simply a challenge for you to prove them wrong.
I love my husband, my three kids, throwing unforgettable dinner parties that culminate with impromptu Broadway singalongs around the piano, and curling up with my favorite British dramas on Netflix. (I am currently obsessed with Poldark...)
Nothing makes me feel prouder than seeing the curtain lift on opening night for a project that I helped to bring forth into the world.
THE OFFICIAL DETAILS
Here are a few of my career highlights:
- OPERA SINGER
I worked as a professional opera singer for 20 years, performing leading roles at Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Vancouver Opera, the Stratford Festival, at Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, and many other venues.
With no previous fundraising experience, I raised $45 million to construct a new state-of-the-art performing arts space on the west side of Los Angeles, The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, and raised a grand total of $123 million over my 17 years working at the theater.
I sang operatic arias to grab people's attention at fundraising dinners and used every skill in my toolkit to excite, inspire, and help people "see" the big vision of our project. I had no "rulebook" for raising millions - so I made up my own. It worked.
- ARTISTIC PRODUCER / PROGRAM DIRECTOR
I directed The Broad Stage for 17 years, bringing world class performances and unique, original works to audiences in Los Angeles, including performances by Placido Domingo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, London's Shakespeare's Globe Theater, edgy, underground folk, blues, jazz and rock artists, a magic show directed by Neil Patrick Harris, and many other exciting projects.
The theater enjoyed healthy profits, rave critical reviews, and consistent audience growth each year during my time there.
- CURRENT PROJECTS
I currently work independently as an artistic director, producer, and advisor, helping to bring new & meaningful projects into the world through my company, Crucial Arts.
I am developing a folk opera, Hadestown, which is scheduled to debut off-Broadway in spring 2016.
I am also helping to curate a new arts festival in Palm Springs, California, which will open in spring 2016 featuring performances by opera legends like Placido Domingo and Renée Fleming.
I am open to learning about new projects and opportunities. You can contact me here.
- TO DOWNLOAD MY OFFICIAL RESUME / CV, CLICK HERE.