The Company

We Value Artistic Integrity, Musical Excellence, Collaboration, Community Engagement & Inclusion

Our Mission

Chicago Fringe Opera is dedicated to presenting innovative vocal works with an emphasis on new and contemporary styles, engaging with the Chicago community through intimate and immersive performance experiences, and fostering and empowering local artists.

Our Vision: Chicago Fringe Opera is at the forefront of producing dynamic contemporary vocal works in the city of Chicago.

Laura Smalley

Executive Director

George Cederquist

Artistic Director

Catherine O'Shaughnessy

Music Director

Gabriel Di Gennaro

Associate Artistic Producer

Julia Elise Hardin

Administrative Officer

Giovanna Jacques

PR Director

Brad Caleb Lee

Production Designer

Jessie Lyons

Administrative and Events Associate

Ted Nazarowski

Technical Director

Jenny Schuler

Marketing, Brand, Web, & Design Director

Clarissa Parrish Short

Marketing Associate

Bridget Skaggs

Vocal Arts Associate

Jonathan Zeng

Artist & Board Liaison

Board Members

Matthew Godfrey
President
Sarah Geocaris
Board Member
Joshua Taylor
Board Member
Lara Yang
Board Member

Artistic Ally

Alumni

Aaron Wardell
Baritone
Achilles Leonidas Bezanis
Tenor
Alexandra Enyart
Conductor
Alex Salas
Soprano
Alyssa Arrigo
Pianist
Amber Treadway
Production Design Intern
Andrew Groble
Baritone
Andy Hall
Saxophone
Andy Hudson
Clarinet
Audrey Q Snyder
Cellist
Caitlin McLeod
Costume Designer
Casey Baker
Collaborative Pianist
Chris Cvikota
Sound Designer
Chris Sies
Percussion
Codrut Birsan
Conductor
Danielle Taylor
Violinist / Violist
Diana Stoic
Soprano
Emelinda Escobar
Violinist
Enid Smith
Dancer
Eric Staves
Actor
Gillian Hollis
Soprano
Hannah Christiansen
Violinist
Isabelle Rund
Jani Parsons
Pianist
Jared Esguerra
Tenor
Jay Koch
Lighting Designer
Jennifer Shanahan
Flutist
Josephine Yang
Pianist
Kaileen Miller
Soprano
Karla Wong
Visual Artist
Katy Compton
Soprano
Latitude 49
Ensemble Group
Laura Kaminsky
Composer
Mark Haddad
Bass
Maureen Smith
Soprano
Maxwell Seifert
Baritone
Megan Fletcher
Soprano
Melissa Arning
Mezzo Soprano
Michael McElvain
Pianist
Molly Plunk
Clown
Nathan Ward
Tenor
Sarah Ponder
Mezzo-Soprano
Shanna Philipson
Costume Designer
Stephanie Cluggish
Costume Designer
Thomas Bailey
Tenor
Timothy Steeves
Violin
Tierra Whetstone
Mezzo-Soprano
Tobias Wright
Tenor
Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation