Pacific Opera Victoria | Dennis Garnhum, Director
Pacific Opera Victoria
Director, La traviata
Pacific Opera Victoria debut as director of Verdi's La traviata in October 2009.
Dennis is currently Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary.
Prior to his
appointment at Theatre Calgary, Dennis
spent three years living in New York City.
While there he
directed Rat In The Skull at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the premiere of the musical Two Orphans by Pulitzer-prize nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck in Boston.
Dennis was the Special Projects Producer at the Long Wharf Theatre where he worked on the development of the opera Brundibar (Tony Kushner/Maurice Sendak.)
Prior to his move to New York, Dennis
directed plays at almost all the major theatre companies in Canada. For the Stratford Festival of Canada, Dennis
directed The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and premieres of two plays by Timothy Findley, Shadows and The Trials of Ezra Pound.
directed at the Shaw Festival for six seasons.
In addition, Dennis
directed Of Mice And Men at Neptune in Halifax, Sleuth at the Saidye Bronfmann
in Montreal, and A Christmas Carol at Theatre New Brunswick.
Dennis has also enjoyed working closely with theatre students, directing The Laramie Project at the National Theatre School of Canada, and Arcadia at the University of British Columbia.
Dennis' concert versions of Beethoven Lives Upstairs and Hallelujah Handel have toured across North America.
In 2002 Beethoven Lives Upstairs debuted internationally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Special events which Dennis
has conceived include a one night celebration of Stephen Sondheim at Harbourfront's World Stage in Toronto, with the musical theatre legend in attendance.
In Great Barrington, MA, Dennis
developed a one night celebration for the 100th anniversary of the newly restored Mahaiwe Theatre.
Dennis spent three summers in the Opera Program at the Banff School of Fine Arts working as Assistant Director to acclaimed opera director Colin Graham.