Dionysios Kyropoulos - director
Dionysios began his study of stagecraft as a student at the Theatre of Changes drama school in Greece. In 2011 he started his academic research on acting for opera which he continued during his MPhil studies at the University of Cambridge and is currently further developing as part of his DPhil studies at the University of Oxford. As an opera singer he has performed numerous roles in the UK and abroad, and has worked with companies including the British Youth Opera, Cambridge Handel Opera, MidAmerica Productions, Riverside Opera, Unexpected Opera and Longborough Festival Opera. He has directed Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Purcell’s The Indian Queen, Cavalli’s Gli Amori d’Apollo e di Dafne, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Teatro Principal de Burgos, in Spain. Other directing work includes Tamerlano, Partenope and Rodelinda by Handel, Livetta e Tracollo by Pergolesi , Strange Ghost by David Earl, Blow's Venus and Adonis, and Timothy Kraemer’s children’s opera Ulysses and the Wooden Horse. In Oxford he directed Molière’s comedy The Doctor in Spite of Himself (Burton Taylor Studio), Coward’s play Hay Fever (New College Cloisters), and Purcell’s opera The Prophetess (Keble O’Reilly). For more information, please visit his website: www.kyropoulos.com
Adrianna Stoiber - musical director
Adrianna is a postgraduate student at New College reading for a Masters in Music (Performance). She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a recipient of the Arthur Becknell Accompanying and Chamber Music Scholarship, and she also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Musical Instrument Research from the University of Edinburgh. She spent three summers with the College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod (Falmouth, Massachusetts) working on a total of twenty-seven productions as piano accompanist and associate conductor. Before coming to Oxford, she spent five years as a freelance pianist and music director in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas, working with organisations such as the Florentine Opera Company and Chicago Summer Opera.
Amy Thompson - choreographer
Amy is a first year undergraduate Classicist at St. Anne’s College. She grew up in Manchester where she trained in ballet, tap, and modern from an early age before graduating from the Royal Academy of Dance with a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. Since then she has taught all three genres across the North-West, entering students for classical examinations and preparing them for performance. During this time, Amy created a number of variety performances featuring ballet, tap, and contemporary routines. She also choreographed competitive artistic gymnastic routines for young athletes. During sixth form, Amy was co-choreographer for an amateur production of Me and My Girl and dance rehearsal assistant for productions of Oklahoma! and Calamity Jane. Amy has greatly enjoyed working with the cast of The Fairy Queen and she hopes that this is her first choreographic endeavour of many in Oxford.
Rebecca Thornton - designer
Becca is a second year Fine Art student at St John’s college, who tends to specialise in photography, print and bookmaking. She often works with subject matter involving memory, dreaming and unreality, meaning The Fairy Queen aligns with her artistic interests. Becca has experience in both exhibition installation and design for publication, acting as journal manager for the Art History Society’s journal, Oculus.
Klara Kofen - costume designer
Klara is doing a Masters in the European Enlightenment at the University of Oxford. In April 2014, Klara was the co-director and production designer for The Coffee Opera, which was performed in Glasgow under the musical direction of John Butt. In June 2015, she acted as design-director for the Raucous Rossini production of L’inganno felice. In September, she was the stage manager and prop master for the Birmingham Opera Company Production of The Waiter’s Revenge, directed by Max Hoehn. In October, she acted as the stage manager for the Theatron Novum production of The Prophetess. In June 2016, Klara is going to direct a newly orchestrated version of Thomas Campbell’s The Last Man in the prisons of Oxford Castle. In July, she is going to co-direct a touring production of Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, again with Raucous Rossini. Klara is currently writing a new opera with composer James Oldham, and works for Wastepaper Opera Company.
James Percival - lighting designer
A former DPhil student in Music at St Hilda’s College whose sound work has been described as ‘visceral and immersive soundscape’ (Cherwell Stage) and ‘evocative sound design’ (Daily Info), James Percival’s previous Oxford student productions include (as sound designer) RENT, Semi Monde, The Furies, Pentecost, Chicago; (as video designer) Singin’ in the Rain, King Lear; (as Production Manager) Living Together, Our Country’s Good; and as lighting designer, Never Mind Where Your Daughter Lies (Keble O’Reilly), The Handmaid’s Tale, Der Gelbe Klang (Jacqueline du Pre Music Building), and La Calisto (New College Antechapel).
James Hardie - orchestra leader
James Hardie (ARCO) is Masters student in History, having previously completed an undergraduate degree in Music at Oxford University. James was Organ Scholar, and an Academic Scholar of Keble College. During his time there he accompanied and conducted the choir, and played on tours and recordings. He has studied harpsichord with Mahan Esfahani, and organ with Duncan Ferguson, Simon Nieminski and William Whitehead. James directs The Henry Ley Singers, a chamber choir founded in 2012, ranging from 8-16 voices. He has also played organ and harpsichord continuo for Kist of Musick, Oxford Baroque, Dunedin Consort, and Jubilate!. In 2014, James founded the Keble College Early Music Festival, a five-day festival running in late February each year. Now in its third year, the festival aims to present early music in an engaging and contemporary manner, presenting eminent international artists, as well as student performers.
Jennifer Hurd - sound designer
Jennifer is in the second year of her English DPhil at Exeter College, and holds an undergraduate degree in English and Theatre from the University of Ottawa. She currently works as casual LX crew at the New Theatre Oxford, and previously worked as casual crew with IATSE Local 471 in Ottawa. Jennifer was a followspot operator for 42nd Street (Oxford Playhouse), the lighting and sound technician for The Tour (Spangle Entertainment), lighting designer on Yesterday (Burton Taylor Studio), and assistant lighting designer on Living Together and Noises Off (Oxford Playhouse). For The Phantom of the Opera (Keble O’Reilly), she was both the costume designer and deck effects (pyrotechnics). She has also recently been the stage manager of RENT, Pentecost and Singin’ in the Rain (Oxford Playhouse), production manager of Around the World in 80 Days (OUDS National Tour 2015), and producer and DSM of His Dark Materials: Part II (Keble O’Reilly). She will be the lighting designer for Dr. Faustus (Keble O’Reilly), and the fight choreographer for an upcoming adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke (Reprint Productions).
Eleanor Sax - assistant director
Eleanor is a first year English Language and Literature student at Lincoln College. She has been involved in drama throughout her time at school, directing Joseph in year 13. In her first term she directed the Lincoln Cuppers team in their performance of Harold Pinter’s One for the Road (Burton Taylor Studio). The Fairy Queen is, however, her first major production at Oxford and she hopes to be involved in drama throughout her degree.
Marisa Crane - assistant costume designer
Marisa is a first year Fine Art student at The Queen’s College. The Fairy Queen is the first performance she has worked on. In her personal practice she is interested in the associations we project onto textiles and the relationship fabric has with landscape and narrative. Natural forms inspire her designs and are often translated into her work, either directly with use of organic materials or abstractly through textures and patterns.