Creator and Director
Alaina is the founder and Artistic Director of indie opera company Loose Tea Music Theatre where she collaborates with DJ’s, projection artist and filmmakers to produce genre breaking productions. With them she has directed re-imagined contemporary versions of Dissociative Me (Gounod’s Faust), Love in the Age of AutoCorrect (Mozart/Stravinsky) and La Tragedie de Carmen (Bizet). Currently she is leading a re-focus of Bizet’s Carmen as #YesAllWomen that discusses current social issues like gender equality, class society and the impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This year, Loose Tea partnered with Toronto Summer Music Festival on a fully staged version of L’Histoire du Soldat at Koerner Hall in July. Alaina also directed/designed Cosi fan Tutte for Muskoka Opera in August 2018.
Last year Alaina directed and designed HausMusik for Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Orchestra and SOPAC’s inaugural season presenting Suor Angelica and Pagliacci to critical acclaim. She also directed/designed L’isola Disabitata for Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa for their 40th anniversary, and was apprentice director for Joel Ivany at the Canadian Opera Company with Carmen.
She has apprenticed with Atom Egoyan at the COC’s Die Walkure in 2015. Alaina has also assisted under Ashlie Corcoran at the Royal Conservatory of Music for Don Giovanni in 2013.
Craig is a not-for-profit administrator, fundraiser, event producer, designer and photographer with over 20 years’ experience. He has worked on events big and small in the Toronto and Hamilton areas, including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, and co-created and produced a children’s festival in Toronto and the Hammer Bluesfest in Hamilton. Craig also spent two years producing events and programs for Burlington Public Library. He recently worked with Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, leading to “Whose Opera Is It Anyway?” becoming a regular monthly show, and is now developing more comedy-related projects.
He has studied Theatre Production and Arts Marketing at Ryerson University and Special Events Management at George Brown College, and is a graduate of Durham College’s Sports & Entertainment Management program.
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