Acting Class & Special Guest
Tracy Callahan, Director - Tracy Callahan is a founding member of The Process Theatre Company. Directing credits there include CLOSER (Produced by Wasatch Theatre Company) and THE DUTCHMAN. Tracy has directed MANNING UP, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, SIX YEARS, and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE for The Salt Lake Acting Company. She is a freelance director in the Salt Lake Area where she has had the opportunity to direct for Plan-B Theatre and Dark Horse Theatre Company. Tracy is the Head of the Acting and Directing Program at Weber State University where she has directed over 30 productions. Some of her favorite educational productions include; CHARM, UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, ROMEO AND JULIET, AS YOU LIKE IT, ROAD, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION and THE BIRTHDAY PARTY. Two of her productions have been selected to be presented at the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington DC and several others have been invited to various regional theatre festivals. Tracy is currently directing VENUS IN FUR at The Salt Lake Acting Company and working with local playwright Julie Jensen on a staged adaptation of the award -winning book MOCKINGBIRD for The Kennedy Center For Performing Arts Theatre For Younger Audiences.
David Grayson, Special Guest - David Grayson, Professor of Musicology at the University of Minnesota, is a graduate of Harvard College. He studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger before earning his Ph.D. in musicology at Harvard University. The author of The Genesis of Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande”, he has written about the music of Debussy for American and European journals, including Cahiers Debussy, on whose editorial board he serves. He has contributed to the Cambridge Opera Handbook on Pelléas, “I Consigli del vento che passa”: Studi su Debussy, Debussy Studies, Debussy and his World, The Cambridge Companion to Debussy, Rethinking Debussy, Regards sur Debussy, “Pelléas et Mélisande” cent ans après: études et documents, and Music, Theatre and Cultural Transfer: Paris, 1830-1914. He has also lectured at international Debussy conferences in Paris, London, Milan, Geneva, and Montreal. He is completing an edition of Pelléas for the new critical edition of Debussy’s complete works (Oeuvres Complètes de Claude Debussy), published by Durand, a project that has involved collaboration with Pierre Boulez in Paris, Valery Gergiev in St. Petersburg, and Claudio Abbado at La Scala in Milan. The vocal score of this edition was published in 2010. His study of nineteenth-century Mozart ornamentation appears in Mozart’s Piano Concertos: Text, Context, Interpretation, and his book Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21 is in the Cambridge Music Handbooks series.
A onetime recording engineer at Rudolf Serkin’s Marlboro Music Festival, he has lectured for Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Minnesota Opera, has written essays for the program books of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and American Symphony Orchestra, has worked on special projects for Carnegie Hall and Sony Film and Video, and has contributed program notes to audio and video recordings on the CBS, Sony Classical, RCA/BMG, Deutsche Grammophon, and Chandos labels. He resides in Minneapolis with his wife, pianist Lydia Artymiw, who is also on the faculty of the University of Minnesota.