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Production Notes: Producers and Designers

Vireo, the groundbreaking made-for-TV opera, is now available for streaming. Watch the 12 full episodes and dive into the world of Vireo through librettos, essays and production notes. Find more bonus content on KCET.org and LinkTV.org.

John Spiak, Director/Chief Curator, GCAC
After 17 years as a curator at Arizona State University Art Museum, John Spiak became the director and chief curator of Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), an essential partner in the production of Vireo.
Vireo is an artist residency project of Grand Central Art Center, a unit of California State University at Fullerton – College of the Arts. GCAC dedicated to the investigation and promotion of contemporary art and visual culture: regionally, nationally, and internationally through unique collaborations among artists, students, and the community. GCAC is the result of a unique partnership between the California State University at Fullerton and the City of Santa Ana. Located ten miles south of the main campus in the heart of downtown Santa Ana, the art center is a mixed residential, commercial and educational complex. The art center is a 45,000 square-foot, full city-block long and half-city block deep, three-level structure that houses: live/studio spaces for visual arts graduate students, the Grand Central Main Gallery, Project Room, Education/Teaching Gallery, Grand Central Theater, classrooms, and a studio and living space dedicated to the center’s international artist-inresidence program.

Anne Marie Gillen, Producer
Anne Marie Gillen, CEO of Gillen Group LLC is an independent Producer, Consultant, Lecturer and Corporate/Executive Coach who is extensively experienced in motion picture development and financing. Ms. Gillen is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by Variety. Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives was published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®.

Marnie Burke de Guzman, Bay Area Producer
For more than twenty years, Marnie Burke de Guzman has served in both nonprofit executive and project director roles helping to lead cultural organizations in better understanding their audiences and developing innovative strategies, programs, and content to engage stakeholders, serve visitors, and accommodate users more effectively. She is the founder and director of ArtRise Projects in San Francisco, to plan, produce, and promote innovative projects. Clients have included the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, FOR-SITE Foundation, Fort Mason Center, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Game Face Productions, KQED, the Kadist Art Foundation, the Pew Center for Arts & Culture, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walker Art Center.

Christine Wright, Costume Designer
For over 30 years Christina has designed award-winning costumes for opera, film, theatre and themed entertainment. Her work has included Monsters of Grace (Robert Wilson/Phillip Glass), David Schweizer’s Peer Gynt at Kansas City Rep and La Jolla Playhouse, Bill Viola’s Quintet of the Astonished (seen in museums worldwide) and Richard Montoya’s American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, directed by Sam Woodhouse at the Denver Center Theatre (2011 Henry award for outstanding costume design).

Greg Cotten, Director of Photography
Greg Cotten is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California.

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