Melissa Weaver, Director
Weaver has directed the collaborative creation of more than forty original music theater works. As General Director of First Look Sonoma, with partner, tenor John Duykers, Missy is currently developing text for Heart of the Great Divide with composer Philip Aaberg.
Weaver was a founding member of Bay Area’s George Coates Performance Works, the Paul Dresher Ensemble and of Main Stage West, where she recently directed Stef Smith’s Swallow and S. Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding. She directed and designed original operatic works for the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Long Beach Opera, and West Edge Opera. She directed Rinde Eckert’s The Gardening of Thomas D., Virko Baley’s Holodomor. Red Earth Hunger at Kiev Opera and the Gerald Lynch Theater; and directed Kurt Rohde’s Bitter Harvest, a farmer’s oratorio with Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Weaver collaborated with Amanda Moody on Serial Murderess, on Caliban Dreams, and on D’Arc, woman on fire, with music by Jay Cloidt. With music by Miguel Frasconi, she wrote and directed Trespass Knot and Hand to Mouth, also with Both Eyes Open “visual alchemist” Matthew E. Jones. Weaver was an artist-in-residence at CalArts from 2000-05, directing 5 original pastiche operas.