Pete M. Wyer, Composer, Co-librettist and Producer. London
Pete M. Wyer has created scores for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard and Royal Opera House as well as seven operas and music theatre works. Pete’s innovative, Manhattan-wide And Death Shall Have No Dominion, a setting of Dylan Thomas for the centenary of his birth in 2014, was performed by a synchronized headphone choir distributed across Manhattan, co-ordinated via a specially created app on smartphones and tablets.
He has worked extensively in theatre and in immersive sound. His theatre company SharpWire performed in the UK, Ireland, US and India from 2004 to 2009. His large scale immersive works use up to 72 independent audio speakers (as with The Sky Beneath Our Feet commissioned for Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles.
Melissa Salmons, Co-librettist and Producer. New York
Melissa Salmons has written over 1400 hours of serial drama for television. She is a two-time Emmy winner and a four-time recipient of the WGA Award for that work. Additionally, she’s written television movies, and segments for the iconic MTV series Liquid Television. In addition to Ga Sho, she is currently working on a play about Tibet.
Matthew Gray, Co-Director and Producer (for AOP). New York
Matt Gray was named General Director of AOP in 2019. He quickly relied on his background in film and theatre to develop AOP projects from the point of view of an audience member unfamiliar with opera, but well-versed in popular entertainment and modern storytelling, and continues to lead AOP with the goal of creating works for the stage that welcome new and adventurous audiences.
Operas directed include As One (AOP/New York City Opera, 2019; Columbus Opera, 2019; Chautauqua Opera, 2018; International Opera Projects in Berlin, 2016), Darkling (Center City Opera Theater, 2008), and opera workshops at AOP including AbSynth (Galapagos Art Space), Ga Sho (Numinous City) (Rubin Museum of Art), and Semmelweis (New York Academy of Medicine). In addition, he has directed concerts, cabarets, and plays around NYC, including Marianna Martines: A Legacy of Her Own (Sheen Center) and Bohemian Valentine (New York Fringe Festival). He is the co-writer and co-director of the 12-part serialized play Penny Dreadful which ran at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn for two years and the one-act play Stand Clear (2004, Teatro LATEA). He was also one of five directors on the award-winning indie horror anthology film The Moose Head Over the Mantel (2017).
Tenzing Soman, Co-Director. Dharamshala, India
Sonam was born in Darjeeling to Tibetan refugee parents. His father, Lhamo Tsering, who was born in the Kumbum area of Amdo (Chinese: Qinghai Province), served as Chief of Operations for the Tibetan resistance movement from the late 50s until the early 70s, and later, as a Minister in the Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile. His mother, Tashi Dolma, was from a village near Lhasa in central Tibet. He made his thesis documentary, The New Puritans: The Sikhs of Yuba City(1985), as a joint project with Ritu Sarin. Since then, all his film have been made in partnership with Sarin. A recurring subject in their work is Tibet, with which they have been intimately involved in a number of different ways: personally, politically and artistically. Through their films and artwork, they have attempted to document, question and reflect on the questions of exile, identity, culture and nationalism that confront the Tibetan people.
Ritu Sarin, Co-Director. Dharamshala, India
Ritu Sarin is an Indian film director, producer and artist based in Dharamshala, India. While at CCA, Sarin made a number of experimental films, including Hercules and The Mind Gap. In 1985, Sarin and Tenzing Sonam worked on their first film together, The New Puritans: The Sikhs of Yuba City, as a joint thesis project. The film was subsequently broadcast on national PBS.
In 1987, Sarin and Sonam moved to London were they worked as programme directors at the Meridian Trust, a Buddhist and Tibet-related film archive and production company. While at the Meridian Trust, they documented a number of historic trips made by the Dalai Lama, including his Nobel Peace Prize visit to Norway and his first trip to the Russian Buddhist republics of Kalmykia and Buryatia. They left the Meridian Trust in 1991 and founded their own company, White Crane Films. All their films since then have been made under its banner and includes several documentaries, video installations and two dramatic feature films.
A recurring subject in their work is Tibet, with which they have been intimately involved in a number of different ways: personally, politically and artistically. Through their films and artwork, they have attempted to document, question and reflect on the questions of exile, identity, culture and nationalism that confront the Tibetan people.
Their latest film, The Sweet Requiem, had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Villiam Dočolomanský, Producer and Presenter. DOX, Prague
Villiam is a theatre director, PhD. teacher, music composer, artistic director of DOX, Prague and Creative Director of Farm in the Cave.
Mila, Music Director (AOP). New York
Mila Henry is a music director, pianist and conductor, as well as Artistic Director of The American Opera Project. Hailed “a stalwart contributor to the contemporary opera scene” (Opera Ithaca), she provides musical dramaturgy to AOP works and serves as Head of Music for their Composers & the Voice program. She maintains an active and versatile career, leading works spanning folk operas to rock musicals to multi-composer collaborations, and performing at venues such as The Apollo, BAM, Circle in the Square, Dutch National Opera, LA Opera, Library of Congress, Lincoln Center, Opera Philadelphia and Pittsburgh CLO. Her recording credits include Love & Trouble (Roven Records, with Adrienne Danrich) and Voices of Women (Affetto Records, with Heather Fetrow). She is also a member of the alt-country band Opera Cowgirls. A native of the Philadelphia area, Mila holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Elizabethtown College.