LINDA KELSEY, Actress

Linda Kelsey is probably best known for her portrayal of reporter Billie Newman in the critically acclaimed CBS series, LOU GRANT. During her five years on LOU GRANT she received five Emmy, and two Golden Globe nominations.

Linda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she received a McKnight Fellowship in acting. Her professional career began at the Guthrie Theatre, where she appeared for two season in such roles as Miranda in THE TEMPEST, Maggie in THE LOVERS, and Teresa in THE HOSTAGE. She has also appeared at the Long Wharf Theater as Creena in A PAGAN PLACE, directed by John Lithgow. At the Ahmanson Theater she portrayed Mary Warren in THE CRUCIBLE, with Charlton Heston, and at the Kennedy Center she was Nellie in the Eva Marie Saint production of SUMMER AND SMOKE. She costarred in the highly acclaimed West Coast premiere of DUET FOR ONE, at the Back Alley Theater.

She recently appeared as Annie in the Guthrie production of WHEN WE ARE MARRIED. Other theatre credits include the role of Sister Aloysius in DOUBT for the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire and a variety of roles at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul: Agnetha in FROZEN, Mother Superior in AGNES OF GOD, Sarah in THE O'CONNER GIRLS, Penny in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Cora in GOING TO ST. IVES, Mary Stuart in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTTS, Constance in GOOD NIGHT, DESDEMONA, Dorthea in ELEEMOSYNARY, Marion in BIOGRAPHY, and Kate in DANCING AT LUGNHASA.

Linda has toured, since 2002, in the role of Emily Dickinson in THE BELLE OF AMHERST which was first staged at the Phipps Center for the Arts.

Her television career includes guest starring roles on over thirty television series, including TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, ER, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, MASH, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, ST. ELSEWHERE, RAY BRADBURY THEATER, and MIDNIGHT CALLER. She has also starred in the made for television movies, A PERFECT MATCH, SOMETHING FOR JOEY, HIS MISTRESS, A FAMILY TORN APART, IF SOMEONE HAD KNOWN, and A PLACE TO BE. In the miniseries ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN, she portrayed Lucy Mercer, and played Lee Remick's sister in the miniseries NUTCRACKER: MONEY, MADNESS AND MAYHEM. She appeared in the feature film MIDNIGHT MAN, with Burt Lancaster.

In addition to LOU GRANT, as a series regular, she played the role of Kate Harper on DAY BY DAY, for NBC. Linda also co-starred in the role of Carol for Billy Crystal's series, SESSIONS, for HBO.

ANNE MARIE KETCHUM, Soprano

Anne Marie Ketchum is widely recognized for her performances of contemporary art music, vocal chamber music, solo recitals and opera. Martin Bernheimer (Los Angeles Times) effectively summed up her vocal excellence when referring to her "radiant tone," and Daniel Cariaga (Los Angeles Times) wrote that "one has to admire Ketchum's vocal poise, interpretative directness and musical immersion." She has made several recordings of contemporary music (Orion, North/South Consonance and Raptoria Caam Labels) in addition to a CD of vocal chamber music, a collaborative project that she launched with the Los Angeles based Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble. In addition she has premiered numerous works by such composers as Ernst Krenek, Aurelio de la Vega, Daniel Kessner and Maria Newman. She has also been instrumental in the first United States performances of works by Shulamit Ran, Alexander Goehr, Hans Werner Henze, Carlos Chavez and Silvestre Revueltas. A well known interpreter of twentieth century Latin American art music, Ms. Ketchum has appeared at the International Forum of New Music in Mexico City, the Monday Evening Concerts series at the Los Angeles County Museum, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella New Music Series and Los Angeles County's Sundays Live Series. Her numerous appearances with the Long Beach Opera include the U.S. Premiere of John Cage's Europera 4, which was subsequently released on CD. She has recorded works ranging from Schubert to Shostakovich to Aurelio de la Vega. Her recent recording of Morton Lauridsen's Cuatro Canciones on the RCM label, was honored with a Grammy nomination.

Ms. Ketchum is a Professor of Music at Pasadena City College where she is the director of the Opera Program. She is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Verdi Chorus, a well-established organization located in Santa Monica, California, which is dedicated to performing opera chorus repertoire in concert.

VICTORIA KIRSCH, Pianist

Victoria Kirsch curates and performs a wide range of text-based musical programs in a variety of local, regional and national venues. She received a Chairman's Grant from former NEA chair Dana Gioia, which she dedicated to the creation of This, and My Heart, the first of several staged collaborations. She creates exhibit-based concerts at local museums, including the USC Fisher Museum, where she has presented yearly concerts as part of the campus-wide Visions and Voices program since 2004. She serves as music director of both the Los Angeles-based Operetta Foundation, which presents staged concerts of rare operetta gems, and Opera Arts, a Coachella Valley-based organization featuring operatic concerts with piano and orchestra.

In 1998, Victoria began an extensive collaboration with Julia Migenes (Carmen in the 1984 film with Plácido Domingo), playing for two of the celebrated soprano's shows, Diva on the Verge and Franz Schubert. Ms. Kirsch has played Diva on the Verge at L'Opéra Comique in Paris, the Peacock Theatre in London, L'Opéra de Monté Carlo in Monaco, Hawaii, San Francisco and the East coast, in addition to sold-out runs at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Recent Diva tours have included shows in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Recent tours of Franz Schubert have included Los Angeles, Greece, Turkey and New Caledonia. In 2003, she joined Ms. Migenes for a concert at the Fez Festival of Sacred Music.

An active recitalist, Victoria collaborates frequently with a number of Southern California-based opera singers, including Anne Marie Ketchum, Suzan Hanson, Shana Blake Hill, Brian Asawa, Nmon Ford, Cedric Berry, Roberto Perlas Gomez and Dean Elzinga. She has performed on numerous local and regional chamber music series, including Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, Sundays Live at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Grand Performances at California Plaza, Jacaranda in Santa Monica and the Brand Library Music Series in Glendale.

Victoria has served as répétiteur/chorusmaster/assistant conductor for Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Santa Barbara and Mississippi Opera. She has been a popular teaching artist for LA Opera's Education and Community Programs Department, participating in Opera for Educators and LA Opera 90012 programs. She served on the vocal faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1987-1992, playing in the studio of renowned baritone and master teacher Martial Singher, and she has been a faculty member of the Malibu-based SongFest summer art song program since 2007.

BONITA HELMER, Set Designer

Bonita Helmer is a Los Angeles-based painter represented by the George Billis Gallery. Franç oise Gilot served as her mentor, and she is a faculty member at the Otis College of Art and Design. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout the world, including Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

ROBERT SCALES, Lighting Designer

Robert Scales is the former Dean of the University of Southern California School of Theatre (1993-2002). He has also had a long and distinguished career as a lighting designer for many professional theatre organizations, including such prestigious theatres as Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre and the Stratford Festival Theatre of Canada.