Voice and Opera at Eastman
Lindsay Warren Baker began her association with the Eastman Voice and Opera Department in 2001 when she joined Eastman Opera Theatre’s stage management team. Having served as EOT’s production stage manager for nine seasons, she now continues her work with the department as a staff acting instructor and dramatic coach. Lindsay leads the Freshman Introduction to Acting and Sophomore Scene Study Seminars and occasionally assists other courses including Advanced Opera Seminar, Vocal Audition Synergism, Opera Workshop and Introduction to Lyric Theatre. In addition to her work at Eastman, Baker is a freelance stage director, playwright/composer, teaching artist and yoga instructor. Recent directing credits: Dear Diary by Betsy Hahm (Young Writers Showcase, Geva Theatre Center), Haydn’s Lo Speziale and Vittorio Gianni’s Beauty and the Beast (Rochester Lyric Opera), Jennifer Bellor’s Christabel (Eastman School of Music), and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (SUNY Geneseo). Writing credits: Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A Musical (Most Promising Musical, NYMF 2011) which will premiere at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in April 2015. She has also worked in various capacities with Geva Theatre Center and the Ohio Light Opera. Education and Training: O’Neill National Theater Institute, O’Neill NTI Moscow (Moscow Art Theatre), Dagara Music Center (Ghana), St. Olaf College (BA Music Education and Theater), SUNY Empire State College (MA Liberal Studies, degree candidate).
Mark Houser, Technical Director for Eastman Opera Theatre, has been an IATSE local 25 member since 1983 and has worked in all professional venues in Rochester, NY. He has also worked hundreds of traveling productions in all areas of stagecraft, traveled for CMI communications as a AV Technical Manager for corporate events across the country and has served as the General Manager for the full service contractor of the Meadowlands Exposition Center.
Josh Lau, Production Stage Manager of Eastman Opera Theatre, was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from Punahou School. He received a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Music from Nazareth College, where he was both a performer and a stage manager of numerous productions and a stagehand for the Arts Center. He interned with Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, Michigan and Bristol Valley Theatre in Naples, NY. At BVT he was Apprentice Program Director in addition to Stage Manager. He also volunteered and stage managed for the Rochester Fringe Festival. In Hawaii he was a teaching assistant for the summer school musical theatre class at Punahou, stage managed for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, and volunteered for Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Charles Murdock Lucas is a scenic designer working for theatre and opera companies across the United States. Recent productions include Mary Poppins (Children’s Musical Theater, San Jose), Oliver! (Cabrillo Stage), The Pirates of Penzance, (Ohio Light Opera), Honky Tonk Angels (Virginia Stage Company), and The Winter’s Tale (Texas Shakespeare Festival). He received his Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he was the A. J. Fletcher Opera Fellow in Scene Design. He is a recipient of the 2012 USITT Scene Design Award Sponsored by Rose Brand. His designs for Il tabarro & Krapp’s Last Tape appeared in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. He has exhibited work at the 2011 National Design Portfolio Review at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City, the 2011 Michael Merritt Design Showcase at the Goodman Theatre and at the 2011 USITT Young Designer’s Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Select images of his designs are published in Scene Design and Stage Lighting – 10th Edition by by R. Craig Wolf and Dick Block. Visit him at www.charlesmurdocklucas.com or on twitter @CMLSceneDesign
Nic Minetor has been a full-time lighting designer in the upstate New York region for more than 25 years. Since 1988, he has been the resident lighting designer for Eastman Opera. In addition, he has designed for Finger Lakes Opera and Mercury Opera, as well as for the performing arts program at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Children’s Theatre, Geva Theatre Center and Blackfriars Theatre. He is the lighting director for the PBS television show Second Opinion, show on more than 240 stations nationally, and for several sports programs on Time Warner Cable news. He also designs exhibition lighting for the University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Nic has provided principal photography in more than 20 travel and nature guides published by The Globe Pequot Press and Quick Reference Publishing
Mary Griswold has had the great good fortune since 1995 to participate in thirty seven productions with Eastman Opera Theater as scenic artist and/or set designer, and on one occasion, Transformations, as costume designer as well. Her top five favorite Eastman Opera productions have been Candide, La Finta Giardiniera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweeney Todd, and Cosi fan Tutte. Ms. Griswold is a native of Rochester but has primarily made her career in Chicago, designing the premieres of more than fifty new plays and musicals, working with theater and opera companies large and small, television stations and scenery shops. Some notable productions include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with the Organic Theater Company, on WTTW-PBS TV, at the Goodman Theater and on tours in the US and Europe, She Always Said, Pablo, at the Goodman and the Kennedy Center, for which she shared in three Joseph Jefferson Awards, and The Mother of Us All (twice), The Good Soldier Schweik and Postcard From Morocco with Chicago Opera Theater. She has served as a regional and national officer of United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829, IATSE, including a brief stint as president during its centennial year, and was the first MFA graduate of the Northwestern University Theater Department.
Adriano Gato is certified with Full Distinction by Fight Directors Canada. His work as a fight director has been seen in over 50 productions across the country, most recently at Geva Theatre Center, Irish Classical Theatre, and Niagara University, his alma mater and where he serves as the current Artist in Residence for the Department of Theatre and Fine Arts. Adriano has taught stage combat for many professional and educational institutions, including the New York State Theatre Education Association, Geva’s Summer Academy and the Memphis Theatre Teacher’s Association. Adriano is also a Fight Instructor Apprentice to Fight Master Daniel Levinson at Rapier Wit in Toronto, Ontario. As an AEA member, Adriano was awarded an Acting Fellowship to train with Michael Kahn at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., winner of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Professional acting credits include productions with Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Round House Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Walnut Street Theatre, along with many award winning theatre companies in Buffalo, including the acclaimed production of THE LIAR at Irish Classical Theatre. Adriano was honored with two Artvoice Artie Nominations: Outstanding Actor in a Play for the world premier adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for 33 Variations.