Antigone X

Directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks. Mehrnaz Mohammadi as Antigone. Ryan Alexander Holmes as Zeno.

The Night Flight of Minerva's Owl

Music by Guang Yang. Libretto by Paula Cizmar. Chantelle Davis as Lady Owl; Asmik Arutyunyants as Mina. Music That Matters/Fight for the Right wrkshp at Pittsburgh Festival Opera.


Seven - a documentary play written by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz.

The Hotel Play - site specific

Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera; commissioned by Playwrights Arena and Center Theatre Group. Written by Paula Cizmar, Velina Hasu Houston, Jennifer Maisel, Nahal Navidar, julie taiwo oni, Janine Salinas, and Laurie Woolery.

The Chisera

Directed by Cheri Fortin. Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA.

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PFO, here we come….

PFO, here we come….

So. The contracts are signed. It’s almost time to let the cat out of the bag. (Why is there a cat in this bag…?) In 2020, composer Guang Yang and I are heading off to Pittsburgh to unveil our brand new opera. We’re waiting for PFO to make the formal...
FemFest at the Fountain — with a Fierce Cast

FemFest at the Fountain — with a Fierce Cast

The Fountain Theatre storms kicks off 2019 with FemFest – Plays By and About Women, and it’s a thrill to be included. First in the month-long series of events are readings of Lauren Gunderson’s NATURAL SHOCKS, with three different casts from three different theatres from all over town: Echo Theatre,...
Presenting the Work…

Presenting the Work…

It’s a thrill to be involved in an opera project and tremendously exciting to be able to show glimpses of the work as we go. (And it’s also tremendously helpful to hear the work as it’s being written, so that we can make sure that all of it flows organically.)...

ideas and issues

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