Kathleen Spencer | Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director
Co-founder and Co-Executive Director Kathleen Spencer is a New York based mezzo-soprano. She has sung at various summer festivals and has appeared in roles such as Miss Jessel in Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw with the Chautauqua Music Institute, Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto with the Asheville Lyric Opera and the Janiec Opera Company, Effie in The Ballad of Baby Doe with the Janiec Opera Company, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at Manhattan School of Music, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Vancouver Opera Studio. Other roles include Henrietta M. (The Mother of Us All), Mädchen (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) & Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel). Scene work includes: Angelina (La Cenerentola), Carmen/Mercedes (Carmen), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Erika (Vanessa), and Babs (Roman Fever).
Along with performing, Kathleen is passionate about working with the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York to build stronger nonprofits by providing resources and trainings on better nonprofit management. She also enjoys serving on the worship team at Liberty Church.
Alexandra Clint | Artistic Director
Alexandra Clint is a New York-based performer, director/choreographer, and dramaturg. She has worked with City Lyric Opera Company, New York Theater Barn, Village Light Opera Company, Urban Stages, Manhattan School of Music Senior Opera Theater, and the McCarter Theatre Summer Shakespeare Program. Favorite performing credits include Broadway Goes A Cappella at Feinstein’s/54 Below, On the Twentieth Century (Lily Garland), Ordinary Days (Claire), and Die Zauberflote (Pamina). She is a graduate of Gettysburg College (BMus) and the Manhattan School of Music (MMus) and is currently the Associate Director of Youth Programs at Steps on Broadway.
Megan Gillis | Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director
Megan Gillis co-founded ARE Opera with Kathleen Spencer in the Fall of 2016. She believes in creating art that is engaging, affordable, and accessible to all people. Megan is thrilled to be at the helm of a company that works to create a welcoming platform for young opera singers and invites all audiences to be a part of their artistic process. Megan is also an active arts administrator with Steinway & Sons as House Services Manager and Events Coordinator at Steinway Hall in New York City.
She continues to expand her passion for music on the stage. Megan graduated from the University of Georgia ('13) and Manhattan School of Music ('15) with degrees in Vocal Performance and has performed roles such as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Gertrude Stein in The Mother of Us All. Megan made her international debut in 2012 at the Gottisher Saal in Salzburg, Austria performing Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. In the Fall of 2018, she will be traveling to Iceland to perform with 40 other musicians with Apartment Sessions, a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist collective.
Nehemiah Rolle | Special Programs Coordinator
Nehemiah is always thinking about how creative communities and artistic/cultural institutions can contribute to an ecosystem of social good. Interested in how arts & culture shape our social and political imaginations, he is passionate about the intersection of art and politics, musical theatre and performance, and cultural policy and civic engagement - a field he studied in college. By day, he works works with nonprofit organizations to leverage skills-based volunteering for a variety of capacity building needs at Catchafire. Prior to joining Catchafire, Nehemiah was the National Director of the Roosevelt Network, the nation’s largest network of college students and young professionals working on local and state policy research and advocacy. Outside of work, Nehemiah is an amateur film and tv critic, and huge performance art fan. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University (BA '15).
Kelsey Bayless | Digital Marketing Associate
Kelsey is a recent graduate of the Haslam College of Business at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She majored in Marketing with a collateral in Supply Chain Management. She is skilled in digital marketing strategy, social media strategy, and content development. Prior to her work with City Lyric Opera, she interned with the Christian music label “Centricity Music” to kickoff her career in the digital marketing field. She enjoys helping and encouraging others and sees digital marketing as a perfect avenue to reach people. Outside of work, Kelsey loves writing music, spending time with family on the water, and hanging out with her pup, Sadie!