A Singer's Approach to Poetry and Text: Toolkit
Monday, March 15, 2021 – 7-9:30 pm
Meeting ID: 967 5429 8088
Graham Cozzubbo’s work encompasses theatre, opera and contemporary music theatre. Originally from Calgary, he spent two seasons at Alberta Theatre Projects as an Artistic Associate and co-founded New Century Stage. Work in theatre includes productions of Krapp’s Last Tape starring John Neville for the duMaurier World Stage and Soulpepper Theatre. He directed Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman and When We Dead Awaken in staged readings for The Classical Theatre Conspiracy and Hart House Theatre in Toronto. The National Post’s Robert Cushman praised the production and stated, “Graham Cozzubbo, clearly a director to note, gave a production that, however economical, was a production, with superb lighting and sound.”
Graham directed the Canadian premiere of Welsh playwright Gary Owens’ Cancer Time for Toronto’s Summer Works, an outdoor production of Electra for Canopy Theatre, the critically acclaimed Canada House by Karol Korczynksi, and mostly recently the second installment in the trilogy, Canada Steel independently produced at Tarragon Theatre.
In opera he has directed for the opera companies of Calgary, Québec, Edmonton, Victoria, Houston, Toronto, and Cincinnati. Committed to new work and music he began a long association with the Banff Centre for the Arts where he was the Assistant Artistic Director of the Contemporary Opera program (Keith Turnbull Artistic Director) and directed a number of productions including premieres of Andrew Toovey’s Spurt of Blood, Henze’s El Cimarrón, and wrote and directed Erik Satie: The Velvet Gentleman.
In collaborating with singers and instrumentalists he has realized a number of projects that revolve around animating the concert stage. Highlights include staging Patricia O’Callaghan: A Cabaret co-directed with Albert Schultz for the Banff Centre and Soulpepper Theatre, collaborations with Gregory Oh in staging the music theatre of Georges Aperghis, and the workshop production of George Elliott Clarke and D.D. Jackson’s new work Trudeau: Long March/Shining Path at the Harbourfront World Stage Festival.
As an educator he has taught for the Banff Centre, Humber College, Wilfrid Laurier University and served on the faculty of the University of Toronto
Since 2019, Graham joined the team at Dean Artists Management as an artist manager for the opera division, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in the live performing arts in Canada and abroad.