BIPOC Composer Librettist Development Program
New Team Member Biographies
They/Them/Theirs: Anishinaabe from Nipissing First Nation
Olivia Shortt is a Tkarón:to-based multi-disciplinary performing artist. They are a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, noisemaker, improviser, composer, sound designer, curator, and producer.
They had her Lincoln Center (NYC) debut performing with the International Contemporary Ensemble in Michael Pisaro’s A Wave and Waves, their Australian debut in 2017 premiering new Australian and Canadian works, their film debut performing in Atom Egoyan’s upcoming film Guest of Honour, as well as recorded an album one and a half miles underground with her duo Stereoscope in the SnoLAB (Neutrino Lab in Sudbury, Canada).
They have also been named a 2020 cohort member of Why Not Theatre’s ThisGEN Fellowship and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Emerging Creators Unit. Their most recent works include writing their first string quartet ‘the body remembers’ as part of the JACK Quartet’s inaugural 2020 JACK Studio in NYC (including a musical land acknowledgement in collaboration with the student of the NYC Face The Music Program), composition and sound design for ‘Welcome To My Underworld’ (Director Judith Thompson in collaboration with Soulpepper), as well as composition and sound design for ‘Brain Storm’ with Lucid Ludic Productions and Why Not Theatre.
As an activist, they are alumni of the 2018 cohort of the artEquity facilitator training program (New Orleans, LA), as well as the 2019 Toronto Arts Council’s Leaders Lab and was a lead organizer and co-founded the Toronto Creative Music Lab (TCML)
Charlotte Siegel is a soprano and singer/songwriter from Toronto. She just completed a Graduate Diploma in Opera and Voice from McGill University where she also holds a Masters in Opera and Voice studying with Dominique Labelle, and John Mac Master. She obtained her Bachelors of Classical Voice Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied under Frédérique Vézina. Charlotte placed 3rd in the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio Competition 2019 and was also a finalist in the Atelier Lyrique National Auditions 2019 (Opéra de Montréal). She recently performed the roles of Rose Maurrant (Street Scene), Nancy (Albert Herring), Elle (Knoxville: Summer of 1915), and covered Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera McGill. Other role highlights include Micaëla (Carmen) with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) with Opera McGill. In 2018 Charlotte attended the Chautauqua Institute Voice Program run by Marlena Malas. In July 2016 she completed the Bel Canto Opera Program in Munich, Germany, where she sang Mozart excerpts including Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She is currently part of Pacific Opera Victoria’s Civic Engagement Quartet and looks forward to joining them this summer for their 41 days of Opera Program.