DEBORAH VANDERGRIFT (stage manager) has over 30 years of experience in arts management, producing, production management, and stage management. She is honored to be working with Beth Morrison Projects for the first time and is thrilled to be returning to her first love, opera. Highlights of her career include positions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and Centennial Park at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Some of the many artists she has had the pleasure of collaborating with include Michael Kahn, Michael Wilson, Mark Lamos, Rebecca Taichman, JoAnne Akalaitis, Anne Bogart, and Tracy Brigden. Currently Director of Production at Chicago Opera Theater Vandergrift holds an MFA in stage management from University of California, San Diego, and a BA from Oberlin College. Her work on this performance is dedicated to the memory of Rose Marie and Stanley Vandergrift.