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Cynthia S Stokes

Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Applied Intercultural Arts Research – GIDP

Endowed Chair, Amelia T Rieman

Music Bldg, Room 229
520-626-0322

M.F.A. University of California at San Diego

American stage and opera director Cynthia Stokes’ professional career is devoted to developing community through the power of live performance in unexpected locations and thru the  use of new media. Her site-specific installations include: La hija de Rappaccini staged in an architectural slot canyon on the campus of the University of Arizona; Queen of Carthage, set overlooking the Pacific Ocean for La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW Festival; and Dominic Argento’s The Andrée Expedition with American baritone, Michael Chioldi set in an abandoned marble quarry.

She reimagined Andrée as an intimate VR experience with Chioldi and media designer Peter Torpey.  The Andrée Expedition 360 VR insists upon intimacy and encourages an active role for the audience, the performer and pianist; all  three floating on an ice pack suspended in air and suspended in time. It was  presented at SXSW in March 2022 and at the National Opera Association in 2023.

Directing highlights include Silent Night, Piedmont Opera; Le nozze di Figaro, San Antonio Opera, Roméo et Juliette, San Diego Opera; Pagliacci,  Opera San Jose; Madama Butterfly,  Opera Philadelphia; Homies and Popz (tour), Los Angeles Opera; Margaret Garner, Cincinnati Opera and Opera Carolina. She worked as directing staff for Dallas Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, The Florentine Opera, Opera Pacific, and Glimmerglass Opera.

Recent funding includes Arizona Commission on the Arts; UA Provost Grant for a Digital and Performing Arts Lab; and a Qualcomm Ideas Grant. She holds an M.FA. in Directing from UC San Diego and is the Amelia Rieman Endowed Chair for Opera Theater at University of Arizona.

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Arizona Arts

The renovated Marroney Theatre reopens this week with the debut of Sweeney Todd by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television, celebrating the newly christened stage named in honor of one of our most beloved alumni, actor Craig T. Nelson.

The theatre has new seating, state-of-the-art screening equipment, and a sound system. These updates will allow the venue to double as one of the most technologically advanced film screening rooms in Tucson. Plus, there are upgrades to the east entry, lobby, box office, and restrooms.

β€œThe reopening of the Marroney Theatre marks an important milestone for the Arizona Arts Master Plan,” said Andrew Schulz, vice president for the arts. β€œWe have upgraded a space used by generations of theatre students and soon by our film students as well.

All of this was made possible thanks to the generosity of private donors as well as university leadership who provided critical matching funds.

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The renovated Marroney Theatre reopens this week with the debut of Sweeney Todd by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television, celebrating the newly christened stage named in honor of one of our most beloved alumni, actor Craig T. Nelson. 

The theatre has new seating, state-of-the-art screening equipment, and a sound system. These updates will allow the venue to double as one of the most technologically advanced film screening rooms in Tucson. Plus, there are upgrades to the east entry, lobby, box office, and restrooms.

β€œThe reopening of the Marroney Theatre marks an important milestone for the Arizona Arts Master Plan,” said Andrew Schulz, vice president for the arts. β€œWe have upgraded a space used by generations of theatre students and soon by our film students as well. 

All of this was made possible thanks to the generosity of private donors as well as university leadership who provided critical matching funds.

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