CASTING DIRECTORS


We thank our professional casting directors:

Megan Richards (B.M.E., M.M., NCVS Certified Vocologist) graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Baylor University, and then went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from New York University, Steinhardt. Megan studied voice and voice pedagogy under vocologist and founder of Mindful Voice Production, Dr. Brian Gill. She has performed internationally and across the U.S. in places such as The Kennedy Center and New York City, as well with Celebrity Cruises. Directing credits include both professional and educational productions such as Robin Hood, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and Elf Jr. Upcoming directing projects are Clue and The Steadfast Tin Soldier by local composer, Allen Robertson. Private voice students include professional actors with national tour credits, as well as pre-professional singers who have earned memberships into elite auditioned ensembles and are frequently featured as soloists and in leading roles. Additionally, Megan teaches remotely as adjunct faculty for the University of Utah Music Theatre department.
 

Christina Pozzi  I am a recent graduate of The University of Texas with a BFA in Theatre Education. Currently, I am a first year teacher working at Bailey Middle School in Austin ISD. Most of my work in theatre education involves working with elementary students at ZACH Theatre. I started as an Education Intern and have been working with ZACH ever since as a Teaching Artist, developing and implementing my own curriculum in drama and musical theatre for grades PreK-3rd. Through my coursework at the University of Texas, I have taught lessons exploring different cultures through story dramas at KIPP Austin Obras and an arts integration lesson at UT Elementary. Earlier this year, I was a student teacher at Berkman Arts Integration Academy in Round Rock ISD and at Vista Ridge High School in Leander ISD. In addition to teaching classes, I helped run the improv club on both campuses and the UIL production of Shipwrecked at Vista Ridge HS. I was the Assistant Director for the Summer 2019 Youth Production of Peter Pan at ZACH Theatre with students in grades 5th-12th, and directed a ten minute production of Crimes of the Heart with students from Anderson High School in 2019. I am looking forward to my first year teaching and for all of my directorial experiences yet to come!


Sandra Mercado after making her debut at the Teatro Nacional in the Dominican Republic where she sang excerpts of Aida, Madama Butterfly, and Il Trovatore with Metropolitan Opera Tenor, Francisco Casanova, the country’s national newspaper El Nacional described her as possessing “a beautiful, crystal clear, and powerful voice”. Sandra has performed with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, the New Jersey Symphony, the NY Philharmonic among others in venues like Carnegie Hall, Bellas Artes, Symphony Space, NJPAC, and Congress Graz Stefaniensaal. An avid recitalist, her 2019-20 season included a lecture tour with pianist Laura Ahumada where they explore the influence of Spanish Music in The Americas. The tour included engagements in several cities including New Jersey, New York, and San Antonio, Texas. She was invited by Dietlinde Maazel to commemorate Maestro Maazel’s passing at the Castleton Festival singing Tosca with great success. She did 2 collaborations with American Opera Project (AOP) and MMH; a new opera “The Rat” from composer Wang Jie and the role of Patience in “Patience and Sarah” by composer Paula M. Kimper. The COVID related cancellations have halted plans to perform Beethoven’s 9th at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Concert Series in the fall, and a series of Cuban Music recitals at The Music and Mentoring House’s Concert Series in NYC. Some of her signature roles include: Giselda in I Lombardi, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Giovanna in Giovanna D’Arco, Aïda, Desdemona in Otello, Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Contessa D’Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Tosca. New to Austin, TX she works as a soloist for the Christian Science Church, and as a French, Italian, and German diction coach preparing young singers for College Auditions.