Milwaukee Opera Theatre
Creating dynamic, singer-centered art; exploring the beauty of the human voice; sparking the imagination of both audiences and artists; and transforming the bountiful landscape of classic and contemporary lyric theatre.
Jill Anna Ponasik, Producing Artistic Director
As producing artistic director of Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Jill Anna Ponasik revels in the opportunity to direct, perform, program, and support artists and their work. Actively engaged in expanding access to opera, MOT works with community partners in dance, theatre, and music to generate new work and create innovative productions of existing work that aim to transform the landscape of contemporary lyric theatre - with a special emphasis on artists who live and work in the Milwaukee area. These projects have included 26 - a fantasy inspired by Italian songs and arias, a toy-theatre production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Jason Powell’s comic opera Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom, Dominic Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, Nautilus Music-Theatre’s Meditations on Arion, the tango-opera Maria de Buenos Aires, a classroom Candide, The Eurydice Project - a three year collaboration with Carroll University, The One Stop Opera Shop - a cabaret for Skylight Music Theatre, the rock recital Guns N’ Rosenkavalier, the world premiere of Kamran Ince’s Judgment of Midas, Walton and Sitwell’s Façade, and a L'Enfant et les Sortiléges that was built out of trash.Jill Anna has maintained a commitment to new work, fresh approaches to the classics, and working with excellent, innovative companies throughout her career. As a performer, she has appeared in productions with Nautilus Music-Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Skylight Music Theatre, VocalEssence, Theatre Latte Da, Skylark Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Bronx Opera, New Dramatists, Alchemist Theatre, and Milwaukee Opera Theatre among others. Jill Anna has received awards from The Metropolitan National Council Auditions, The Schubert Club of St. Paul, Milwaukee's Civic Music Association and the Wisconsin and Minnesota chapters of NATS. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. For more about Jill Anna, visit her website at www.jillannaponasik.com.
Daniel J. Brylow, Company Manager
Music-theater artist Daniel J. Brylow has contributed to the burgeoning field of contemporary opera and new music-theater as a stage director, performer, translator, and arts administrator. He has participated in some capacity in several world premiere operas, including Judgment of Midas (Ince), Kocho (Fisher), Río de Sangre (Davis), Border Towns (Brooke), Time and Motion Study (Brooke), and a new English adaptation of Don Giovanni which he co-wrote. His original chamber adaptation of Wagner's Ring Cycle for four performers and a piano condensed the gargantuan cycle to a mere two-hours, providing "a clearheaded distillation of arguably the most complex, convoluted story in all of opera." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Upcoming projects include directing a world premiere play for the inaugural Milwaukee Fringe Festival and writing the English translation/adaptation for MOT's production of The Magic Flute. Danny is a graduate of Bennington College with a degree in Music and Drama, and the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute with an emphasis in Stage Direction. For more about Danny, visit his website at www.danielbrylow.com.