José Israel García
José Israel García (better known as Joey) is a stage director based out of Brownsville, Texas. Joey is a recent graduate of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, earning a Bachelor of Music in Education. In 2017, Joey was assistant director for UTRGV Bravo Opera Company’s production of Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld—which earned first place in the National Opera Association’s 2016-2017 Production Competition. Later that summer Joey was selected as Directing and Stage Managing Intern for Red River Lyric Opera in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was assistant director and stage manager for Händel’s Alcina, under the mentorship of Paul Houghtaling. In 2016 Joey assisted in production design for Bravo Opera Company’s production of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, where he drew parallels between the Germanic folktale and Mexican folklore. This summer Joey joins Chicago Summer Opera as a Directing Fellow, making his directorial debut with Dan Shore’s The Beautiful Bridegroom.
Margaret Jumonville is an opera and theater director based in Austin, Texas. She has been a Young Artist Director with Opera NEO (San Diego) and Opera Steamboat (Colorado). Directing credits include: La Clemenza di Tito (upcoming) and Così fan tutte for Butler Opera Center, Cavalleria Rusticana/Opera Steamboat, Golden: a new opera/Cohen New Works Festival; Suor Angelica/Butler Opera Center; Fairy Queen/Opera NEO. Assistant director: H.M.S. Pinafore and Ulysses/Opéra Louisiane, Alcina/Opera Steamboat, Don Giovanni/Opera NEO. A stage manager on the side, Margaret has stage managed opera and theater across the country, most recently in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Margaret holds degrees in music from the University of Notre Dame and Duquesne University and a Master’s in Opera Directing from UT Austin, where she is currently working on her DMA in Opera Directing, studying with Dr. Robert DeSimone.
Kt shorb is a director, writer, performer and Producing Artistic Director of the Austin-based theatre troupe, Generic Ensemble Company. Directorial work includes: Carmen, a devised all-Latinx show based on the Bizet opera; 893|Ya-Ku-Za; Scheherazade; The Mikado: Reclaimed; Robin Hood: An Elegy; Radio Kaduna; and A Tortoise Walks Majestically on Window Ledges. They are pursuing a PhD in Performance as Public Practice at the University of Texas at Austin.
Marcoantonio Real-d’Arbelles is currently serving as Assistant Conductor of The Miami Symphony Orchestra. In April 2013, Mr. Real debuted with MISO at the Adrienne Arsht Center where he performed with blues master Corky Siegel. He has also led performances in MISO for the Family, MISO @ the Parks, and MISO @ St. John’s series. In 2016, he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Mayor of Doral for his contributions to the arts and cultural life in Miami. Outside Florida, Mr. Real has conducted Ft. Wayne Philharmonic (Indiana), Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra (Georgia), The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Camerata Antonio Soler (El Escorial, Spain), and Chamber Philharmonic of Catalonia, which awarded him the Conducting Prize by its musicians. He has also worked with the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, part of the world famous EL SISTEMA, assisting Maestro Eduardo Marturet. Mr. Real has conducted in productions of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Bizet’s Carmen, and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias in Cincinnati with CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. He was also invited to Italy for the Arezzo Opera Festival where he assisted in a production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and led performances of Bellini’s Capuleti e i Montecchi, Gluck’s Orfeo, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Since moving to the Twin Cities, Mr. Real was appointed Associate Executive Director of the Bach Society of Minnesota. He was also named a recipient of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund. Future projects include conducting positions with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Menotti’s The Medium with Miami Music Festival, and Chicago Summer Opera in productions of Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw and Mozart’s Magic Flute.