OPERA America Chooses Participants for 2012 Leadership Intensive Program
Developing Future Leaders and Strengthening Opera Companies
14 Participants from U.S., Canada and Europe to Gather in Philadelphia and New York
OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce that 14 participants from the United States, Canada and Europe have been selected for its 2012 Leadership Intensive program. These future industry leaders were chosen by a team of opera executives, trustees and executive search consultants from a competitive pool of nearly 60 applicants.
The 2012 Leadership Intensive participants are:
- Dottie Allen, director of learning and community engagement, the Metropolitan Opera
- Daniel Anderson, multimedia designer
- Cristina Barbulescu, coordinator of public relations, Bucharest National Opera in Romania
- Annie Burridge, director of development, Opera Company of Philadelphia
- James Byrne, liaison to the office of the general director, Houston Grand Opera
- Nathan DePoint, company manager, Fort Worth Opera
- Claire Friday, production administrator, Boston Lyric Opera
- Scott Guzielek, artistic administrator, Washington National Opera
- Brian Hotchkin, artistic administrator, Opera Santa Barbara
- Emmalee Iden, director of education, The Atlanta Opera
- Lee Anne Mylewski, administrative director, Wolf Trap Opera Company
- Ian Rye, director of production, Pacific Opera Victoria
- Lena Vizy, marketing manager, De Nederlandse Opera
- Tom Wright, director of artistic planning, Vancouver Opera
Two participants each from Canada and Europe were chosen in collaboration with OPERA America’s sister organizations, Opera.ca and Opera Europa, to give the Leadership Intensive an international dimension.
The Leadership Intensive is part of OPERA America’s firm commitment to develop leaders who will advance the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera for years to come. The Leadership Intensive seeks to identify the most promising emerging leaders in a range of opera administration fields and provide them with the skills and contacts needed to advance to an executive level position.
As part of the Leadership Intensive, participants will attend seminars and workshops during Opera Conference 2012 in Philadelphia in June, where leaders from across the opera industry will come together to hone their craft and learn from one another. This experience will put the emerging leaders into direct contact with industry experts and current practitioners, who can provide guidance and help open doors in the future. Topics to be addressed during these Leadership Intensive sessions include marketing, development, communications and strategic planning.
Building upon the work of Opera Conference 2012, Leadership Intensive participants will attend a week-long session in New York City in July. Focusing on personal leadership development, participants will also gain exposure to decision-makers from within and outside the opera field and attend several performances.
Through these diverse training activities, the Leadership Intensive will prepare participants to become successful executive-level leaders, contributing to the strengthening of opera companies across the country.
“There is a steep learning curve when new staff take their first positions guiding entire departments or opera companies because there is no formal training process for these high-stakes positions,” stated Marc. A. Scorca, president and CEO of OPERA America. “The impressive number of applications that we received, in just the first year of the program, is evidence that our industry’s emerging leaders need this combination of valuable knowledge, skills and contacts.”
Thanks to a generous gift from American Express, Leadership Intensive participants pay no registration fees and receive a generous subsidy for travel and accommodations.