Creator/Director of WeARE - Adaawe, Stephanie Vlahos comes to the directing profession with the experience of a former, professional opera singer with a crossover edge. Her career has ranged in its collaborative work with artists such as Pierre Boulez, Andre Previn, Van Dyke Parks, John Adams, Ry Cooder, Jeff Bridges, Walter Hill, Sir Peter Hall, Director Peter Sellars, the composer Danny Elfman, and Music Producer David Was. Stephanie has coached and mentored students in theatre technique and voice for a number of years. Some of those students include: Angel Blue (premiering Violetta at Covent Garden this Fall), Julie Adams (Adler Fellow, winner of Metropolitan Opera Competition), Dawn Cantwell (Principal performer on Broadway, Sting's Last Ship and Wicked), and the band HAIM.
A recipient of the Chanel Diva Award, Stephanie has sung in opera houses nationally and internationally in addition to her direction of and performances in cabaret-influenced performance art, earning her the monicker of the moonlighting Diva by the Associated Press. Her one-woman shows toured Europe, most notably a tour in Greece where she was also featured as a Maria Callas character in Nicholas Triandafilydis film, Mavro Gala. One of 30 artists across the States to be nominated for the prestigious United States Artists Grant for directing in 2014, Stephanie is recognised for her unique stagings of classical work such as La Boheme with Lyric Opera Virginia, and Britten’s Little Sweep in collaboration with Maestro James Conlon not to mention a new work for the Confucius Institute conceived and directed by Stephanie entitled Pacific Cinderella that premiered in Hangzhou, China in 2013. Stephanie has directed opera, theatre, and event shows from sold-out performances of operas such as Le Nozze Di Figaro and Don Giovanni for California State University to critically successful Equity theatre productions of Old Wicked Songs and The Morini Strad.
Opera Posse and Mentorship
Stephanie's boutique company, Opera Posse, hit the ground running with a critically-acclaimed production of Amahl and the Night Visitors at California's State Theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse, with Malcolm Macdowell reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Her hybrid production with freely conceived lyrics by Stephanie and interpolated pop songs by young high school students entitled, Carmen High (after the opera Carmen), was not only featured in Getty Images with a rave review from Broadway World, it also received 5-stars at the Edinburgh Fringe.
A passionate advocate of outreach through education, Stephanie created a project at the LA County High School for the Arts, Full Circle Opera Project, dedicated to the outreach of opera not only by encouraging young singers to experience opera in performing grand opera themselves but through their own unique prism of perspective. Full Circle Opera Project earned a generous 15-year grant from the Thornton Foundation and was acknowledged as "ground-breaking" by the LA Board of Supervisors. "I have learned more about myself as an artist through mentorship than from all my years as a performer."
Stephanie earned her degree in music at Yale University with further studies in voice at The Juilliard School. While in Los Angeles, Stephanie was proud to serve on the Thornton School of Music, Board of Counselors at the University of Southern California . In addition to her work as a Stage Director, Stephanie served as Theater Coach for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera for five years. Stephanie is currently based in Edinburgh where she is working on a variety of projects with folks from both the States and the UK. Meanwhile, she still thinks every morning should have at least one biscotti in it.
Stephanie is excited to be working with her dear friend and colleague, Anindo Marshall on WeARE - Adaawe. As artists, Stephanie and Anindo share a passion for mentoring and for creating theatre and music with a mind toward encouragement, healing, and reflections on being human. Their new production company, WeRglobal, was conceived after the performances of the Fringe show created by Stephanie and starring Anindo entitled, WeARE - Adaawe. WeRglobal is dedicated to communicating important stories through music and stagings that not only involve unique artists but the community at large.
*If you are interested in vocal or theatre coachings with Stephanie, you can contact her thru her voicehousela page on FB or at m.me/voicehousela or on this website.