Beth Morrison

President & Creative Producer

Recipient of the Musical America Award for Best Artist of the Year and Agent of Change and a Kennedy Center Next50 Honoree, Beth Morrison is hailed as a “contemporary opera mastermind” (LA Times) and “a powerhouse leading the industry to new heights” (WQXR), Beth Morrison is an opera and theatre producer, President and Creative Producer of Beth Morrison Projects, and Founding co-Director of the PROTOTYPE Festival.

Beth created Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) in 2006 to identify and support the work of emerging and established living composers, and to create a new kind of opera (“Beth Morrison is her own genre”-Opera News). BMP is celebrated as having been an industry disruptor and is now a tastemaker at the forefront of musical and theatrical innovation by commissioning, developing, producing and touring the groundbreaking new works of a diverse group of living composers and their collaborators, which take the form of opera-theatre, music-theatre, and vocal-theatre.

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Sam Linden

Executive Director

Sam Linden (he/him) comes to BMP from TDC, a Boston-based nonprofit consulting firm working across the arts and culture sector. There, his client work included shepherding business planning processes, grantmaking strategies, financial turnarounds, and large-scale mergers for performing arts institutions, funders, museums, and arts service organizations. Prior to TDC, Sam was the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at Yale Repertory Theater. Earlier in his career, he held roles in strategy, marketing, and operations at LaPlaca Cohen, Center Theater Group, the Yale Cabaret, and various community-based arts education organizations.

Sam holds a BA with honors in music from Harvard University, an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. As a composer, lyricist, and librettist, he is an alumni of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner Andrew and their rescue cat, Latke, where he is an avid museum-goer, a former classical saxophonist, and a singer in the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.

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Board Leadership

  • Nancy Sanders
    Board Chair
  • Beth Morrison
  • Dr. Michael Siegal, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Richard Ellingsen
  • Miles Benickes
  • Charlotte Isaacs
  • Kiki Ramos Gindler

  • Mark Wanek

  • Scott Lord

  • Helen Little

  • Greg Spears

  • Ralph Dandrea

  • Sandy Pressman

  • Kamala Sankaram

  • Morris Robinson

  • Marian Godfrey

  • Fred Peters

  • Nicholas Firth



  • Linda Brumbach
  • Renée Fleming
  • Nathan Gunn
  • David Howse
  • Colleen Jennings-Roggensack
  • Joseph V. Melillo



Cynthia Bastidas


Cynthia is a NYC based actor and filmmaker from California’s Imperial Valley. She has worked as a voiceover artist, in TV commercials and on stage and screen.

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Sarah Bellin

Prototype Festival Producer

Sarah Bellin, is an internationally active producer, director and musician for stage and film. During Sarah’s tenure as Managing Director for NYC’s critically acclaimed theatre company BEDLAM, she spearheaded the production of the company’s innovative Shakespearean New Media Series. As Co-founder and Producing Director for the Swiss performance group Kollektiv-20-14, Sarah oversaw the fundraising and producing efforts of a diverse body of experimental works that have toured extensively throughout the German-speaking world.

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Gabriel Esparza

Production Associate

Gabriel Esparza (he/him/his) is a Colombian-American theatrical lighting designer, technician, and electrician originally from Durham, North Carolina. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College Gabriel has worked with The American Dance Festival, FESTA (Festival de Teatro Alternativo), Theatre in the Park (Raleigh, NC), and most recently A.I.M by Kyle Abraham. Currently based in New York City, Gabriel draws from his multi-cultural background to create art that challenges and interrogates the accepted order of things.

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Mia Kong

Artistic & Management Assistant

Mia Kong is an arts administrator and classically trained singer native to Brooklyn, NY. She holds a B.M. in Music Business with a Vocal Emphasis from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a M.A. in Performing Arts Administration from NYU Steinhardt. She has worked as an administrator and educator at organizations such as Reva Inc and most recently the Brooklyn Music School. She is thrilled to join the BMP team as the Artistic & Management Assistant.

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Julia Mendes

Senior Associate Producer

Julia Mendes first worked with Beth Morrison Projects as the Associate Producer for the 2023 PROTOTYPE Festival and is excited to join the organization full time as Senior Associate Producer. She has worked as a producer and administrator for a range of other organizations in the fields of music, theater, and film, including Mabou Mines, Sundance Institute, Second Stage Theater, and NJPAC, and is a proud graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is thrilled to be part of the BMP team, helping bring innovative new music into the world.


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Roderick Murray

Director of Production

Roderick Murray (in the beforetimes he was a lighting designer) The majority of his work has been with dance and music, both experimental and traditional, and experimental operas.

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Betsy Podsiadlo

2023 Mellon Producing Fellow

Betsy Podsiadlo is the 2023 Mellon Producing Fellow joining the BMP team after finishing her Master’s in Voice at The New School this May. In addition to her work as a producer Betsy is an active composer, performer, songwriter, and educator with specializations in new opera, choral music, and traditional Appalachian styles. She hopes to use her training from the BMP Producer Academy and the Mellon fellowship to create performances by and for rural Appalachian artists.
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Carlos Diaz Stoop

Associate Producer & Director of Administration, BMP: Producer Academy

Carlos joined BMP as the Associate Producer for New Works in July 2021. Previously he was employed as the Program Associate at The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, a multi-disciplinary grantmaker in the arts, where he supported the Performance program, cross-program functions, and served as the coordinator and founding member of the Center’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

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Patty TBD

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Patty TBD is beyond excited to join the BMP team! Fresh off the heels of their undergraduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill, Patty comes to BMP from the Chelsea Theater in North Carolina, where they worked as Website & Digital Media Coordinator. With an extensive personal & professional history in music, theatre, design, and film, they are excited to maintain and further BMP’s cutting-edge vision for the future of opera and vocal theatre.

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Liz Uchtman

General Manager

Liz is thrilled to be joining the Beth Morrison Projects team as the General Manager. Prior to joining BMP, Liz was the General Manager at Ensemble Studio Theatre, supporting the development of provocative and authentic new plays.

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Victoria Voketaitis

Director of Touring

Victoria Voketaitis is thrilled to join BMP after several years as a Performing Arts Consultant working with theater and music companies, along with serving as Artistic Producer for the documentary Rachmaninoff Revisited. An accomplished music industry executive, she worked for Steinway & Sons as Administrator of Concert and Artist Activities, co-producing the company’s 150th Anniversary concert series at Carnegie Hall.

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Kendra Wieneke

Director of Development

Kendra Wieneke (she/her) has enjoyed a diverse career as a music educator, classical singer, and nonprofit administrator and is thrilled to join the team at BMP after six years working in higher education advancement. She holds degrees in music education and vocal performance from Eastman School of Music and in arts administration from Florida State University. She is a proud Chicago native, dedicated yogi, and lives in New York with her rescue pup Johann Sebastian Chewbacca, known to friends as Chewie.

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