I am a deviser and director of new opera born and based in los angeles.  

I came to the idea of directing opera after studying experimental theater in college & playing in nightclubs as a musician for more than a decade.  Gradually I saw that opera was the synthesis of everything I loved: composing stage pictures, complex music, projects epic in scope & scale.  

An bizarre dream of performing Ionesco in a jewel box theater  indirectly led me to devising new opera and concert-theater works with extraordinary composers, librettists and designers across the country.

the latest

--+  Everything Rises, my collaboration with Jennifer Koh, Davóne Tines and Ken Ueno, at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) was a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

--+ Last fall, I spent a month in Knoxville at the Longhaven Artist Residency with choreographer Daeun Jung & composer Daniel Corral, devising a dance opera to be produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice.

--+ This month, i  associate-direct Proximity at Lyric Opera of Chicago, with libretto by Anna Deavere Smith, music by Daniel Bernard-Roumain, Caroline Shaw & John Luther Adams; directed by Yuval Sharon.

opera | concert theater

popular music

Before pivoting to opera, I worked as the songwriter, choreographer, guitarist & lead singer of Brooklyn-based punk-funk band Trick and the Heartstrings, & LA disco ensemble Yellow Alex. I collaborated with Grammy winning producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence + the Machine) & had song placements in indie films, ABC TV and the iTunes worldwide playlist. My last record, House of Discipline, received over a year of airplay on LA’s KCRW.

prisoner of fashion    /    house of discipline

body & voice

I sometimes perform in my own & other folks’ work as a guitarist, singer, reciter & pantomime.

As a bandleader, I frequently choreograph movement for musicians.

art does not organize parties, nor is it the servant or colleague of power. rather, the work of art becomes a political force simply through the faithful representation of the spirit. it is a political act to create an image of the self or of the collective.

[lewis hyde]

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