Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors
Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors support Professional Company Members based in the U.S. in hiring women for key artistic leadership roles.
OPERA America believes that American audiences benefit from the creative perspectives, experiences, and talent of women in all facets of opera production.
Women Stage Director and Conductor Grants respond to the underrepresentation of stage directors and conductors who identify as women. They advance gender parity in the field by incentivizing opera companies to hire women for these roles.
Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors are supported by the Marineau Family Foundation.
Women Stage Director and Conductor Grants support up to 50 percent of contract fees, up to $10,000, for women stage directors or conductors hired for the first time by applicant companies.
Eligibility: OPERA America’s Professional Company Members based in the United States may apply.
Professional Company Member staff can log in to view grant guidelines and application deadlines. To learn about becoming a Professional Company Member, visit Organizational Membership.
Meet the Grantees
|D. Lynn Meyers, stage director||Fierce
|The Glimmerglass Festival||NJ Agwuna, stage director||The Magic Flute|
|Houston Grand Opera||Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor||Carmen|
|Long Beach Opera||Jenny Wong, conductor||Pierrot lunaire/Voices from the Killing Jar|
|Michigan Opera Theatre||Kaneza Schaal, stage director||Blue|
|New Camerata Opera||Kimille Howard, stage director||Refractions|
|Opera Columbus||Tiffany Chang, conductor||Tosca|
|Opera Steamboat||Maria Sensi Sellner, conductor||The Barber of Seville|
|West Edge Opera||Indre Viskontas, stage director||Katya Kabanova|
Learn more about grant projects in the press release.