OCSP has temporarily suspended operation until we can safely resume
rehearsals and performances.
We know it has been a quiet few months, and we apologize, but exciting things are afoot! Meet the new members of our team-
Christopher Mirto is a director, teacher, sometimes producer, and sometimes actor. Starting out as an actor, training at Stella Adler Studio of Acting while a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Christopher found directing through a series of extraordinary events. He went on to Yale School of Drama where he earned his Master’s degree in directing.
Some of his career highlights include performing in two of Richard Foreman’s plays at the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre in New York City, playing Christina Crawford opposite Joey Arias in Christmas with the Crawfords, and directing a revival of Dionysus in 69 at The Performing Garage. He co-created The Ophelia Project with soprano Cree Carrico and co-wrote the musical Three Sisters, or The Dormouse's Tale with Brian Valencia.
Before joining the faculty at Oberlin Conservatory, Christopher worked as a freelance artist, while teaching at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He spent a year as the Artistic Directing apprentice at Studio Theatre in Washington DC.
A frequent collaborator with Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, where he has staged Carmen and La bohème, and The Marriage of Figaro. He has directed operas at Manhattan School of Music, Curtis Institute, and with the Longfellow Chorus in Portland, Maine. Recent productions: the Pulitzer-winning Angel’s Bone by Du Yun and Royce Vavrek; Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up (Oberlin Conservatory); Musica Extrana(Spain); and the world premiere of Wild Beast of the Bungalow by Rachel Peters and Royce Vavrek this coming January 2020.
Sagana Ondande is beyond thrilled and honored to be apart of OCSP. Born and raised in Oak Park, IL, he is a second-year vocal performance major at Oberlin Conservatory, and studies under Salvatore Champagne. Sagana will be performing the role of Puck in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this fall at Oberlin. He had a dream to sing professionally as a singer for churches and opera houses and then open a non-for-profit school of music in Kenya. He enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, going on exciting adventures, and making lifelong memories.