Halifax Summer Opera Festival is thrilled to announce Nova Scotian director Richie Wilcox as acting warmup facilitator!

What a treat! Nova Scotian director Richie Wilcox will join us to facilitate our acting warmups and classes for the Festival participants.

Richie Wilcox, originally from Cape Breton, is a multi-talented actor/director/singer. Wilcox has worked for numerous theatre companies over the past 20 years including Neptune, 2B Theatre, Irondale, Canadian Stage, Opera Nova Scotia, Festival Antigonish, and Angels & Heroes. Most recently, Wilcox directed Theatre Outre’s Castrati: An Electro Drag Opera for the International Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin. He also directed the world premiere of Liam Monaghan’s How To Leave and UNSEX’d for Theatre Outre. Wilcox directed Kazan Co- Op’s world premiere of Daniel MacIvor’s I, Animal and is the volume editor of the newly published New Essays on Canadian Theatre: Daniel MacIvor. Upcoming projects include directing Girls! Girls! Girls! in Halifax in July! Wilcox divides his time between Halifax, Toronto and Lethbridge, Alberta.

Welcome Allison Grant, our stage director for Giulio Cesare!

Sadly, stage director Joel Ivany will not be able to join us for our 2014 production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare.  However we’re very we’re very happy to welcome the awesome Allison Grant to the team!

Allison comes from a background as a choreographer, and has directed and/or choreographed for both opera and theatre. Recent directing credits include Roméo et Juliette for Vancouver Opera, Don Giovanni and choreography for Candide at the Opera Division of The University of Toronto, as well as movement director and Assistant Director to Neil Armfield for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Canadian Opera Company.

Learn more about Allison at her website, allisongrant.ca!