Designers


left to right: Melissa Bruning, Grethe Holby, Jay Cloidt, Halie Mourabito, Hillary Jackson and Paul Coffey.
Hildegurl Eve Beglarian is the one on the floor of the set beneath Grethe's foot. Photo by Arthur Elgort.

 

Director, Grethe Barrett Holby
Set Design, Franco Colavecchia, Paula Sjblom
Costume Design, Melissa Bruning
Audio Consultant, Jay Cloidt
Technical Directior, Glenn Reed Production
Hair & Make-Up, Halie Mourabito
Assistants, Paul L. Coffey, Hillary Jackson

 

 

 



Halie Mourabito making up Hildegurl Elaine Kaplinsky just before the curtain goes up.
Photo by Arthur Elgort

Franco Colavecchia (set designer) has designed for New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, San Antonio Opera Festival, Den Norske Oper Oslo, Monte Carlo Opera House, Pacific Opera Canada, Broadway, and off-Broadway. He was honored by Television Arts and Sciences for La boheme for Opera Company of Philadelphia and received an Award to Artists in the Theatre from the British Arts Council.

Paula Sjblom (set designer) has worked on opera productions such as Glass' Akhnaten, Boito's Mefistofele, Sallinen's Horseman, Szokolay's Blood Wedding, Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims, and Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street, all at Ystad Opera, Sweden, as well as Don Giovanni for Bronx Opera. Other New York credits include Asylum at Naked Angels, The Man with the Flower in His Mouth at Actors Studio, and A.L.M. and Vanishing Act at T. Schreiber Studio. Currently, she is assisting Robin Wagner on the new opera Staden at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.

Melissa Bruning (costume designer) received her MFA in costume design at New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts. Theater credits include Cursing Macbeth at the Harold Clurman, Flurry Tale at Trinity Church with AOP, The Mutilated at Actors Studio, Beirut at Expanded Arts, and several productions at New Perspectives Theatre, including Richard III with Austin Pendelton and Kolonists in collaboration with Theatre M. Her film credits include the soon-to-be-released independent feature Under Hellgate Bridge and assistant work on Love Walked In, Claire Dolan, and Scarred City.

 

left to right: Melissa Bruning, Halie Moro and Grethe Holby
Photo by Arthut Elgort

Paul L. Coffey (production assistant) recently earned his B.A. in performing arts and English at Colby College in Maine. He has performed with the New York City Opera and Glimmerglass Opera companies. Voice-over credits include Fox Television and Stephen King's Pet Sematary. More recently, he has worked extensively in music and theater at Colby, performed at Theater at Monmouth and Waterville Opera House, and appeared in the independent film Through the Looking Glass.

Hillary Jackson (production assistant) has worked as stage manager on Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and Lisa Peterson and David Bucknam's musical The Waves, both directed by Lisa Peterson at New York Theatre Workshop, as well as Suzan-Lori Parks' The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, directed by Beth Schacter at BACA Downtown. She has also worked on productions such as Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart at Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynda Barry's The Good Times Are Killing Me at The Second Stage, and the Big Apple Circus's 1993 show, Goin Places.
Hillary Jackson with Hildegurl Eve Beglarian. Photo by Arthur Elgort.