Biographies

Paula M. Kimper ~ Composer.

Paula M. Kimper of New York City is active as a composer of opera, theater, dance, film and song. Ms. Kimper’s first opera, Patience & Sarah, received its world premiere in Lincoln Center Festival ’98, and was most recently performed in Oakland, California. (see www.patienceandsarah.com) The Captivation of Eunice Williams, commissioned by the PVMA of Deerfield, MA, premiered in July 2004. Ms. Kimper’s third opera based on The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder received a workshop in October 2007 with Old Deerfield Productions. EMPTINESS, A suite of Mahadeviyakka, for two voices, guitar and dancer was commissioned by Amy Pivar, premiered at NYC’s Dance New Amsterdam in March 2007, and can be viewed on www.viddler.com. SKINNY MARYS TALK ABOUT FAITH, and 10 of 10,000: Mermaid Lullabys, for two voices and cello, were commissioned and premiered by Seraphim. Glacier Bay, an award-winning short film directed by Douglas Moser, features music by Kimper. For more info go to: www.paulakimper.com

Harley Erdman ~ Librettist.

Formerly the Artistic Director of Troupe Texas in Austin, Mr. Erdman holds a PhD from the University of Texas and is Associate Professor of Theater at UMass, where he currently serves as Chair. His recent work includes writing the script for West Side Stories: Amherst 2000, an interview theater piece with Roberta Uno (co-production of New WORLD Theater and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, 2002) and translating The Move, a contemporary Mexican play by Vicente Lenero (University of North Carolina/Charlotte, 2002). Mr. Erdman also wrote the lyrics for Archipelago of Delight, an original puppet musical (UMass Department of Theater, 2001) and the libretto for Monsters Among Us, a community “rap opera,” (Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA, 1999). He was the dramaturg for Clothes, an adaptation of the story by Chitra Divakaruni (New WORLD Theater/UMass Department of Theater, 1998) and for God of Vengeance (UMass Department of Theater, 1996). Mr. Erdman’s other interests include Spanish and Latin-American theater, musical theater, and community-based theater. His book “Staging the Jew“ was recently published by Rutgers University Press. Email

Linda McInerney ~ Co-Conceiver and Producer.

A graduate of Middlebury College with a double major in Theater and French, and a student at the National Shakespeare Company Conservatory and also with Mira Rostov, Ms. McInerney has been a member of Actors Equity since 1983. She has worked for over fifteen years as an actor, singer, director, and producer in New York and throughout New England, with credits including Circle Repertory Company and ABC’s All My Children. She earned an MFA in Directing from UMass and is Artistic Director of Old Deerfield Productions, where her credits include The Glass Menagerie, The Belle of Amherst, Blithe Spirit, Sealskin, John Brown’s Body, Women of the Valley, Roshomon, The Miser, Pride’s Crossing, Plainsong, Molly Sweeney, She Stoops to Conquer, W;t, Waiting for Godot, The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Ms. McInerney has also taught theater at Deerfield Academy, Deerfield Elementary School, Eaglebrook School, and UMass. She lives in Deerfield with her husband, Chris, and her sons, Mark and Matt.Email