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Kaley K. Smith, Stage Manager

Originally from Potter, Nebraska, Kaley Smith received her BM in Vocal Performance and BA in English Literature and Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012. In 2014, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Masters of Music in Opera Direction. After moving to Chicago, IL, she began working with The Second City Touring Company as a stage manager, including the Holidays in the Heights Review Show in December of 2014. In the past two years, she has worked as a stage manager and assistant director with Opera North, Opera Saratoga, Opera Delaware, Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, Opera on the James, Opera Columbus, the University of South Carolina, and Indiana University. Last January, she directed Le Nozze di Figaro in Augusta, Georgia, and she has also directed remounted productions of Petunia and Jack and the Beanstalk with FBN Productions, Inc., a children’s opera company based in Chapin, SC. After Rigoletto, she will head back to Omaha, NE to begin work on the world premier of Stranger from Paradise, based on the life and poetry of William Blake.