The Production Team 2002 Biographies

Melissa Shiflett (Composer, Music Director)
Melissa Shiflett’s composing career began as resident composer to the experimental Dream Theatre at the Body Politic Theatre in Chicago. Her operas have been produced by the Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Minnesota Opera New Music Theatre Ensemble, Piccolo Productions in Chicago and the American Chamber Opera Company in New York City.
Excerpts from her opera Dora were presented by the New York City Opera in their first Showcasing American Composers series in 1999. Ms. Shiflett received grants supporting the orchestration and the workshop performances of Dora from the Diverse Forms Artist Grants (Rockefeller and Jerome Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts), the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance program, Meet the Composer and, most recently, the Aaron Copland Fund for New Music. Her art songs, Songs on Beauty, Death and Nature and Water Dreams will be premiered at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall by Soprano Shauna Holiman, April 18th, 2002. These songs are recorded for release this spring on Albany Records. Ms. Shiflett is a music instructor at the 92nd Street Y and is a member of ASCAP. (Website Link)
Nancy Fales Garrett (Librettist, Director)
Nancy Fales Garrett began her theatrical career as writer and director at La MaMa E.T.C. where her early plays  How The Made It, Predicates: A Dance and Ark were produced.Playing in Local Bands was presented by the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and subsequently produced at Yale Rep, the Magic Theater and various small regional theaters.Some Sweet Day was produced at Dorothy Lyman’s Directors’ Theater in Los Angeles and later at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven where it was directed by Seret Scott. Ms. Fales Garrett teaches Playwriting at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, and directs Shakespeare’s comedies at Shakespeare in the Valley, a workshop for teenagers at the West Kortright Center in East Meredith, New York. When she is not working in theater, she assists her husband and younger son on the family farm, an organic dairy in upstate New York.
Douglas Anderson (Conductor)
Douglas Anderson is a conductor, composer, producer, and educator. He studied at Columbia University, where he earned three degrees culminating with a doctorate in music composition. He made his conducting debut with the Boston Ballet on Broadway, and has conducted a variety of orchestras and ensembles in the northeastern United States. He is currently a Professor of Music and Chairman of the Department of Music and Art at BMCC, as well as Executive Director and Conductor of the American Chamber Opera Company. His opera Medea in Exile was premiered in June, 2000, and his Chamber Symphony No. 3 was premiered in March, 2001, and has been performed several times throughout the Northeast since then.
The American Chamber Opera Company, Inc.The American Chamber Opera Company, founded in 1984 by Douglas Anderson, is internationally recognized for its performances of chamber operas in English. Under Dr. Anderson’s musical and administrative direction, the company has presented over sixty productions and has been featured on local, national and international radio, including National Public Radio, the Pacifica Network and the Voice of America. American Chamber Opera Company celebrates chamber opera as a significant musical and dramatic genre and encourages the development of American lyric music by providing a forum for exceptional works of the past, present and future.
Lisa J. Bloch (Projections)
Lisa J. Bloch has been working in the film and television industry in various capacities for the past eight years; most notably, she produced Nickelodeon’s five-hour Millennium special ”Nickellennium” which featured children from around the world talking about their hopes and dreams for the future, and art directed Amir Naderi’s feature film “A,B,C…Manhattan” which screened at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals.
Marcos Dinnerstein (Production Stage Manager, Choreographer)
Marcos Dinnerstein has choreographed for ballet and opera companies while performing in ballet, modern dance and theatre in a career spanning 20 years. He was a member of the Metropolitan Opera corps de ballet and taught ballet at Barnard College. He has since moved to the dark side (of the stage) as a stage manager.
Kate Herman (Costume Designer )
Kate Herman has designed clothes and hats since 1983 for her company, Etak. She is currently teaching costume design at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn and at the West Kortright Center Young Peoples Theater Arts Workshop. She designed costumes for Macbeth, Waiting for Godot, andTrue West at Luna Stage. Her Halloween designs were showcased in Country Living’s ‘Hand Made Halloween’. She has been featured in New York Magazine, Child Magazine, Family Circle and The New York Times, & her Halloween designs were showcased in a book by Country Living.
Regan Oakley (Assistant Costume Designer)
Regan Oakley has worn many different hats, both literally and figuratively, working as a costumer, actor and writer in theater and film. Recent endeavors include completing her MFA from Columbia University.
Jorge Parodi (Assistant to the Music Director)
Jorge Parodi has been an Accompanist and an Associate Coach in the Department of Vocal Arts at the Juilliard School since 1998. He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University. As Music Director of its opera productions, he conducted the New York premiere of Giovanni Bononcini’sCamilla. He is Assistant Conductor with the Opera Company of Brooklyn and Bohéme Opera (NJ). In past seasons, he worked at the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Opera Company of Philadelphia and Connecticut Grand Opera. He is on the faculties of the International Vocal Arts Institute and of the Lake George Opera Festival. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed widely throughout Argentina, the United States, Israel, Italy and Canada. He is featured in recordings for Albany Records and Aurophon (Germany).
John C. Scheffler (Set designer)
John Scheffler, originally from New Orleans, lives in a beautiful 1864 brownstone in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. He teaches Set Design at Brooklyn College.
Matthew Staniec (Lighting Designer)
Matthew Staniec has designed shows for numerous New York companies and theaters as well as the 2001 Window Box series in Times Square. He assists Greg MacPherson on theatrical, industrial, and residential projects and is the current Lighting Director for Penn & Teller.