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Thor Steingraber Thor Steingraber is an American opera and theater director, and arts leader/manager.


Steingraber has held three leadership positions at American performing arts centers: Kimmel Center in Philadelphia where he was Senior Vice President; the Los Angeles Music Center where he was Vice President of Programming; and the Valley Performing Arts Center (also known as the Soraya), located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, where he is currently the Executive Director. [1] While in Philadelphia, Kimmel Center and The Philadelphia Orchestra underwent a period of protracted negotiations during the Orchestra’s bankruptcy proceedings. Steingraber was instrumental in leading the Kimmel Center’s response during this transitional period. In Los Angeles, Steingraber oversaw the opening of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, an extension of the public/private partnership between The Music Center and Los Angeles County.

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Steingraber has been directing operas for fifteen years, and his work has been seen in cities across America, from New York's Lincoln Center to the San Francisco Opera. He has also directed in Asia (the Hong Kong Arts Festival) and made his European debut in 2010 in Barcelona. He has directed 400 years of operatic repertoire in five languages, but is particularly known for his renderings of Mozart's operas (Santa Fe, Los Angeles, [2] Austin, Memphis, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, New York, [3] and Pittsburgh).

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Steingraber's multi-disciplinary collaborations range from young painters at the Chicago arts magnet school to designers like Maurice Sendak and David Hockney. In recent years, Thor's work has turned to Wagner—in Los Angeles and San Francisco he directed Tristan und Isolde , and in Chicago, he was the Associate Director of Wagner's Ring Cycle, starring Plácido Domingo. He also works for Mr. Domingo at the Los Angeles Opera, the company that has been Steingraber's artistic home for fourteen years.

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Maurice Sendak American illustrator and writer of childrens books

Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Jewish-Polish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Sendak also wrote works such as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and illustrated many works by other authors including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.

David Hockney, is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

Since 2002, Steingraber was teaching singers in universities and conservatories, including the Curtis Institute, Yale University School of Music and California State University where he was Distinguished Guest Artist in 2008. Steingraber teaches acting and scene-work, with an emphasis on character development employing a broad range of analytic processes.

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Steingraber is a writer. His recent articles can be seen in The Boston Globe [4] and Inside Arts. He also wrote Canta Luna, a play about Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca who was executed in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Canta Luna was produced at the Boston Court Theater in Pasadena, California in 2006.

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In 2008 and 2009, Steingraber was in residence at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was the Mid Career Fellow for Arts, Culture and Media at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He also received a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard's Kennedy School, focusing on the management of nonprofit organizations and the intersection of public policy and the arts. For his work at the Kennedy School, he was awarded the annual Littauer award.

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Harvard University private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about civil society among scholars, practitioners, policy makers and the general public, by encouraging scholarship, developing curriculum, fostering mutual learning between academics and practitioners, and shaping policies that enhance the sector and its role in society. The Hauser Center was established by Rita Hauser and her husband Gustave M. Hauser in 1997.

His own management experiences began with founding an inner-city youth theater program in conjunction with the San Francisco YMCA. Later, he was Director of Production at the Utah Festival Opera. Since its inception, Thor was responsible for planning and implementing the growth of the Festival, including the development of a new 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) production facility and the implementation of an OSHA safety program.

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