Announcing Tapestry’s New Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Intern

Tapestry is pleased to announce that The Metcalf Foundation has awarded a Performing Arts Internship to emerging Stage Director and Dramaturge, Jessica Derventzis. Jessica will be joining Tapestry’s team for the entirety of 2018.

Jessica Derventzis ”The evolution of opera and musical trends throughout history have always been fascinations of mine. I am most interested to [] develop my skills as a director, dramaturge, and administrator, and to explore opera in its fullest 21st century potential”

Michael Mori “We are pleased to welcome Jessica, a talented musician, director, and creative mind to the team in this momentous year of world premieres and new commissions. The future of the genre is as tied to its future leaders as it is to its new and evolving works and we are excited to see Jessica take a more integrated role in developing new works in Canada.”

The highly competitive Metcalf Internship program is geared to develop the next generation of leaders in the performing Arts: creators, performers, and arts managers, matching talented newcomers to the arts with appropriate mentors.  Jessica began her career with studies in piano performance at Queen’s University where she simultaneously worked as an accompanist for opera productions and collaborated with singers in the Voice Department.  Drawn to the theatrical world, she changed her major to include drama.  Following graduation, Jessica taught theatre studies at the High School level for 5 years directing over twenty productions while mentoring her students to achieve a well-rounded theatrical education, including acting, designing, technical theatre, and theatre history.  Leaving teaching to pursue a professional career in opera and her directing credits have included: Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème (Opera Kelowna), The Medium, L’Heure Espagnole (Stu&Jess Productions), Cinderella (Calgary Opera School Tour), Dido and Aeneas (Opera McGill), and La Voix Humaine (Little Opera on the Prairie). Jessica had the privilege of directing the Canadian premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town with Opera Nuova in 2015. She has also assisted for many internationally acclaimed directors at the major opera companies in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Jessica also started her own indie opera company called Stu&Jess Productions. They have produced 3 productions so far in Montreal in eclectic and unique venues. Jessica is an executive member of Indie Opera Toronto and Production Manager for Opera 5.

While at Tapestry Opera, Jessica will be working as Assistant Stage Director with Michael Mori and other directors in addition to rounding out her considerable experience in dramaturgy, administration/management, and production.

Jessica Derventzis photography by Brent Calis
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Alex Dobson and Erica Iris in Tapestry Briefs, Winter Shorts 2017