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Seattle Opera.

Staff Directory

Directors

General Director:

Christina Scheppelmann

Director of Programs & Partnerships:

Alejandra Valarino Boyer

Director of Artistic Administration & Planning:

Aren Der Hacopian

Director of Marketing & Communications:

Kristina Murti

Director of Production:

Doug Provost

Director of Development:

Allison Rabbitt

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer:

Jane Repensek

Director of Human Resources:

Nancy Del Villar Vivé

Departments

Administration

Dominica Myers
Associate Director of Administration

Artistic

Mary Brazeau
Artistic Administration Manager

Meggie Watson
Associate Director of Artistic Planning

Jonathan Dean
Dramaturg

Paula Podemski
Company Manager

Emmy Ulmer
Titlist


Music

John Keene
Head of Music Staff and Chorusmaster

Philip A. Kelsey
Assistant Conductor

David McDade
Head of Coach-Accompanists

Jay Rozendaal
Coach-Accompanist/Orchestra Librarian

Emily Cabaniss
Company Librarian/Archivist and Music Associate

Stephen Wall
Chorus Personnel Coordinator

Beth Kirchhoff
Chorusmaster Emeritus


Stage Management

Yasmine Kiss
Production Stage Manager

Catherine Costanzo, Julianna Brei-Crawley
Assistant Stage Managers

Teresa Micheletti
Production Assistant

Development

Hong Chhuor
Associate Director of Development

Chris Burkett
Individual Giving Officer

Julia Curns-Welch
Institutional Giving Officer

Caitlyn Davis
Stewardship and Events Associate

Matt Lider
Individual Giving Officer

Stephanie Matsunaga
Development Operations Coordinator

Tosha Mayo
Development Coordinator

Erica McIntyre
Development Operations Manager

Catherine Merlo
Sr. Individual Giving Officer

Anna Nolan
Institutional Giving Associate

Ahana Sen
Stewardship and Events Associate

Isabel Thomas
Research and Database Manager

Caroline Webb
Stewardship and Events Manager

Programs and Partnerships

Rachelle Adams
Operations Manager

Naomi André
Scholar in Residence

T.J. Callahan
Programs Communications Coordinator

Courtney Clark
School Programs Manager

Sara Litchfield
Youth & Family Programs Manager

Lokela Alexander Minami
Community Engagement Manager

Britney Schroeder
Production Manager, Community Projects

Stephanie Sintef
Tour & Productions Coordinator

Finance

Marissa Betz-Zall
Associate Director of Finance

Randee Byrd
Payroll Manager

Victoria Campbell
Accounts Payable/Receivable Associate

Lindsey O'Connor
Senior Accountant

Trevor Torres
Payroll Assistant


Facilities 

Todd Clark
Facilities Manager

Mark Nebel
Facilities Coordinator


Information Systems

Iain Quigley
Desktop User Support Technician

Stuart McLeod
SQL Developer and CRM Administrator

Marketing & Communications

Brittany Rall
Associate Director of Marketing

Arryn Davis
Marketing Coordinator

Gabrielle Nomura Gainor
Communications & Public Engagement Manager

Glenn Hare
Senior Communications Manager

Ed Hawkins
Marketing Manager/Copywriter

Larisa Melkumova
Graphic Designer

Erika Norris
Web Producer

Meg Stoltz
Digital Marketing Manager


Sales and Services

Michelle M. Carrasquillo
Associate Director of Marketing, Sales and Services

Gregory Schell
Ticket Operations Manager

Kristin McCarthy
Audience Services Manager

Corrie Yadon
Patron Experience Manager

Debra McKinney
Group Sales Coordinator

Katrina Finder, Alexander Hawker
Audience Services Lead

Erin Buck, Yoojeong Cho, Katrina Fasulo, Leonie Fogle, Shelly Traverse, Emma Wahl, Cassie Willock
Audience Services Representatives

 
Direct Sales

Ed Boyd
Direct Sales Manager

Megan Bailey
Direct Sales Assistant

Mary Hobbs
Senior Account Representative

Angie Bolivar, Virginia Jackson, Dorothea Kopta, Cheryl Nance, Claudio Remirez, Gail Sage, Albert Sanders, Toni Zeigler
Account Representatives

Production

Russell Crosbie
Technical Director

Alicia Moriarty
Assistant Production Director

Maria Sasse
Assistant Production Manager

Chris Reay
Projection Coordinator


Costumes

Susan I. Davis
Costume Director

Heidi Zamora
Costume Show Manager

Ieva Ohaks
Costume Rental-Stock Coordinator

Hannah Tyo
Costume Assistant

Denise Barry
Lead Cutter

Miriam Goodman-Miller
Crafts Supervisor

Christy Kazimour
Wardrobe Head


Hair & Makeup

Liesl Alice Gatcheco
Hair & Makeup Manager

Calli Dey
Lead Principal Hair & Makeup Artist


Stage Crew

Charles T. Buck
Master Stage Carpenter

Jason Balter, Bruce Warshaw
Assistants Master Stage Carpenters

Justin Loyd
Head Flyman

Adam Lantz, Matthew Lint, Robert Millard, Jason Wagoner
Assistant Stage Carpenters

Jim Nash
Master Electrician

Martin Cunningham
Assistant Master Electrician

Molly Brindley, Chris Dimoff, Jim Gable
Assistant Electricians

Hannah Fenske
Properties Master

Sandy Burke
Assistant Properties Master

Petrude W. Olds Jr.
Assistant Properties

Chris Reay
A/V Supervisor

Terence Grey
Head of Sound

Executive Bio

Christina Scheppelmann. copyright Christian Machio.Christina Scheppelmann, General Director

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Christina Scheppelmann is the fourth General Director to lead Seattle Opera.

As the Artistic Director General at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, a position she held from 2015-2019, Scheppelmann was responsible for programming, casting, and overall artistic direction.

Prior to that, she was the first Director General of the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman), the first theater of its kind in the Gulf Region, where her mission was to present high-quality music, opera, and dance from around the world. Under her leadership, ROHM established an excellent reputation as a cultural destination in Oman and opened doors for international musical and cultural relations.

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As Director of Artistic Operations at Washington National Opera, Scheppelmann oversaw the artistic planning for 11 years in collaboration with General Director Plácido Domingo. She was instrumental in fundraising efforts, leading to grants for individual productions, ongoing projects and renovations. Her passion for the artform and interest to see it flourish into the future led her to conceive of and secure funding for WNO’s American Opera Initiative, offering young composers and librettists a developmental forum in which to bridge the gap between conservatory training and full-length commissions.

A long-time champion of young artists, she has led masterclasses, lectured at artist training programs, and judged vocal competitions around the world.

Scheppelmann began her career in the arts early-on, performing in the children’s choir of the Hamburg State Opera. After completing a degree in banking, she left her home country of Germany in 1988 to work in an Artist Management agency in Milan. Fluent in five languages, she quickly became known for her communication skills and was soon offered a job in arts administration at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

In 1994, she was recruited by Lotfi Mansouri to assist him at San Francisco Opera where, as one of the youngest artistic administrators at the time, she continued her work in planning seasons and hiring singers, conductors, directors and designers. Ms. Scheppelmann prides herself on having built solid collaborative relationships with union and civic leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, and national and international press.

Scheppelmann was previously awarded the rank of Commendatore in the Order of the Star of Solidarity by the Italian government for her career-long work promoting opera and Italian culture. She also served as the Vice President for the board of Opera Europa, the professional organization of opera houses and festivals.

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