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The American Prize in Directing
The American Prize winner:
LINDA LISTER, director
for "Sancta Susanna" and "Suor Angelica"
Las Vegas, NV
Among judges' comments: "…this is a riveting production that gets to the core of the opera…"
KRISTINA KEENER IVY, director
for "The Music Man"
Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy
|KRISTINA KEENER IVY|
Kristina Keener Ivy, producer and director, is a former high school choir director turned professional performer and private music instructor. She has performed with various jazz bands, as a member of various church worship teams, on three film soundtracks, and in numerous musical theater productions throughout the Southwest. She has also worked as a musical director for over 20 local productions including Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical and High School Musical. Four years ago she founded Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy and their first two productions were nominated for 12 National Youth Arts Awards and won three. She is looking forward to producing many more main stage productions and touring shows with Top Billing Entertainment.
DANIEL ELLIS, director
Among judges' comments: "….a balanced piece…clear direction throughout."