Mark Danni (Director) – Mark is currently the Founding Artistic Director of TheatreZone, A professional Equity theatre company in Naples, FL. He has been involved with many Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional productions as a Director, Music Director, Conductor and Drummer/Percussionist. New York City directing credits include: What Would Esther Williams Do In A Situation Like This?, Sea Fever and Aggravation. Regional directing credits include: The Medium, The Telephone, Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing…Forum (with Eddie Mekka), Mack & Mabel (with Gary Sandy), Cole (with Nancy Dussault), Blood Brothers and Evita (with Andrea McArdle), Stepping Out and Little Women (with Donna McKechnie), High Spirits (with Georgia Engel), Man Of La Mancha (with Jeff McCarthy), Show Boat (with Opera Naples), and over 30 other productions. He has conducted the National Tours of Les Miserables and Barnum, as well as Signature Theatre’s production of A Little Night Music. Regionally, he has music directed over 15 productions. As a Drummer/Percussionist, Mark’s credits include Broadway: Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Joseph… Dreamcoat and Grand Hotel. Off-Broadway: Nunsense. National Tours: The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Fame, Hair, 42nd Street, Nunsense and the European Tour of Evita. Mark, originally from Buffalo, NY, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a proud member of The Society for Directors & Choreographers and the American Federation of Musicians.
Danielle Ranno (Stage Mamanger) is thrilled to be a part of Opera Roanoke’s 40th Anniversary production of Sweeney Todd! Based out of Florida, she currently serves as the Resident Stage and Production Manager at TheatreZone, and will be starting her sixth season in January. Favorite credits include: Xanadu, Sweeney Todd, Annie (with Vickie Lewis), Chess (with Michael Amante), 110 in the Shade (with Jim and Kassie DePaiva), Grand Hotel, Next To Normal, A Funny Thing…Forum (with Eddie Mekka), Little Women (with Donna McKechnie) and Blood Brothers (with Andrea McArdle). Opera credits include: La heure espagnole, Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville, The Medium, The Telephone, Otello, Tosca and the world premiere of Scalia/Ginsgburg. Next month, Danielle will be joining Gulfshore Opera and TheatreZone with Brigadoon. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and The Stage Managers’ Association.
Hailing from Alsace, France, Aurelien has been on the music staff of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, USC Thornton Opera, UCLA Alpert School of Music, Pacific Opera Project, Palm Beach Opera and the Los Angeles Opera Education department. He was musical director of the Chamber Opera of USC from 2008 to 2013 and more recently with the Kahilu Theatre (Hawaii). Aurelien has played for eminent singers such as Marilyn Horne, Phyllis Curtin, Dawn Upshaw, Frederica von Stade and Rod Gilfry. He has assisted and performed under conductors such as James Conlon, Robert Spano and John Williams. Aurelien holds degrees from the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg, Syracuse University and the University of Southern California, and attended the Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2010. In addition to joining the staff of Opera Roanoke and OperaDelaware, this season includes the music direction of The Marriage of Figaro with Tidewater Opera Initiative and Massenet’s Sapho with Angel City Opera.
Tláloc López-Watermann (Lighting & Projections Designer) is very happy to be back at Opera Roanoke with Sweeney Todd, one of his all time favorite shows! His lighting and projection designs have been seen at Castleton Festival, North Carolina Opera, Toledo Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Roanoke, Shreveport Opera, Guerrilla Opera (Boston, MA), Crested Butte Music Festival, DiCapo Opera (NYC), Brevard Music Festival, and in January 201 at Pittsburg Opera with Little Women. He has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, and a MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch. In 2002, Tláloc had the pleasure of being a part of Arena Stage as the Allen Lee Hughes Lighting Fellow. He is the owner of Light Conversations LLC. Check out his Facebook page at facebook.com/lightconversations.
Audrey Hamilton-Shelton (Costume Director) holds an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Alabama; a MAT in English from University of West Alabama; and a BFA in Theatre from the Mississippi University for Women. Recent costume/hair/make up designs: WITTENBERG, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA(American Shakespeare Center); SPAMALOT and NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, (Washington and Lee University) SHREK THE MUSICAL(New Stage, Jackson); INTIMATE APPAREL; A MIDSUMMERS NIGHT’S DREAM; PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE; EURYDICE; and TWELFTH NIGHT.
Fred Deeben (Assistant Costume Director) recently designed productions of The Bald Soprano and Jack or the Submission at SUNY Oneonta in upstate NY. This past summer he was the Costume Crafts Manager at The Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown NY. From 2000 to 2014 Fred served as a Resident Costume Designer and Crafts Supervisor at PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theater) in Santa Maria CA. Also at PCPA, Fred was a faculty member of the Technical Theatre Conservatory training program, teaching Costume Design, Costume Crafts and Theatre Graphics. Fred has also designed costumes at other venues across the country including: The Western Stage, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Millikin University, Pacific Repertory Opera, Solano College Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Oklahoma State University and The Lycian Center. Favorite past designs include: Les Miserables, Hairspray, Pride and Prejudice, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Rivals, The Music Man and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Originally from Sunbury PA, Fred received his BA in Art at Gettysburg College and his MFA in Design and Technical Theatre at Syracuse University. Many thanks to Opera Roanoke for the opportunity to work on this production of Sweeney Todd.