Merlin Artistic Team
Beth Greenberg (Stage Director), is renowned for her work with the New York City Opera. For the Lincoln Center company she's directed original mainstage productions of Tales of Hoffmann and Turandot, as well as revivals including Der Rosenkavalier, Tosca, La Traviata, Intermezzo and La Boheme. Across the river, aboard an oil tanker moored in Red Hook, Brooklyn, she recently directed the site-specific Il Tabarro. ! Beth Greenberg has earned a solid reputation for her collaborations with contemporary composers. She works on all phases of a new show's development, from early libretto and workshop readings to fully- staged productions. Upcoming new productions include the professional World Premiere of Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter for Denver's Opera Colorado; Harriet Tubman by Nkeiru Okoye for America Opera Projects; Rigoletto for the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice; and the world- premiere of Laitman's The Three Feathers, adapted from the Grimm fable by librettist Dana Gioia, former NEA Chair.
She earned a Fulbright to Germany where she apprenticed with Gotz Friedrich at Berlin's Deutsche Oper. As an educator, she's been a Mentor Director for the SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) Foundation, and has taught Master Classes at Mannes and Malibu's SongFest. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music and Brooklyn College.
Adrian Slywotzky (Musical Director), was the founding conductor of the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra, and served as Music Director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra from 2007 to 2010. He holds a Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Shinik Hahm; he has also studied in master classes with Kenneth Kiesler, Peter Oundjian, and Christoph Campestrini. Following his passion for teaching, Adrian has worked as an educator throughout New England. Since 2005 he has been on the conducting staff of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, where he has recently been named Associate Conductor; and he directed the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra for the 2008-2010 seasons.
For five years Adrian was Director of Instrumental Music at Hopkins School in New Haven, and he has taught at Neighborhood Music School, Elm City ChamberFest, and the Southern Maine String Camp. As a violinist, Adrian has participated in festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, California Summer Music, and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival. Adrian holds a BA in Architecture from Yale College, where he studied violin with Kyung Yu, and an MM in Violin Performance from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Wendy Sharp.
Jamie Burnett (Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, Technical Consultant) is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Theater Production Design. His Connecticut area resume includes tenure as Master Electrician at Long Wharf Theater followed by Technical Director/Lighting Designer for the Educational Center for the Arts in the 80s and 90s, designing 100s of productions in the Arts Hall and the Little Theater. He is a consultant, designer, special events planner, and film/video Gaffer as well as a licensed electrical contractor. Recent work includes Lighting design for Evita at Guilford High School, Sets and Lights for The Green Bird at ECA. The complete lighting System Renovation of the Paul Mellon arts Center Theater at Choate Rosemary Hall. And The eye catching LED Kinetic Lighting on the Stamford Train Station.
As resident Set and Lighting Designer for New Haven's Elm Shakespeare Company for the past 17 years he designed lighting for the past summer's production of Macbeth and the previous summers lighting for Measure for Measure in Edgerton Park New Haven. Also last Springs, American Buffalo at Kehler Lidel Gallery. With Projects for a New Millennium, he was Producer/Lighting Designer/Production Manager for the smash hits Terra Continuum (1999) and 2001's Terra Lumina, and 2005's Terra Mirabila the grand multimedia extravaganzas performed in the Stony Creek Granite Quarry. He also designed PNM's Branford Luminata 2010 lighting the town hall on the Branford Green. Planning is underway for a 2013 production in Stony Creek Quarry.
In 2005 he was recipient of the New Haven Arts Award. Jamie is a licensed Electrical Contractor and owns his own electrical contracting and special event business, Luminous Environments LLC, specializing in consulting, design, renovation and installation of theater and studio lighting and rigging systems.