NON:OP Staff

Christopher Preissing

Christopher Preissing

Composer and Artistic Director

Composer, intermedia artist, collaborator, and artistic instigator, Christopher Preissing creates music and sound for live performance, fixed media, and interactive installation. He has been Artist-in-Residence and Fellow at Beloit College, Indiana University, Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Djerrassi, and Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has received awards from Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago, and American Composers Forum. He received a Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship and a Columbus School for Girls Endowed Fellowship in support of residencies at Djerassi and the VCCA. Previous director of the Chicago Composers Forum, and producer of two large-scale productions of John Cage’s Musicircus, he is the founder of the Chicago multi-arts collective NON:op, Open Opera Works. Recent projects include f(H2T) from Here to There, an immersive, interdisciplinary opera (2014, Chicago); I Was Born for This, collaborative installation with 14 channels of sound (2014, Notre Dame); and The Floating City, a score for Kristina Isabelle’s multimedia dance (2013, Chicago). In addition to Thunder, Perfect Mind, an immersive sound-movement opera for soprano, percussion, chorus and dance company, he is working on a setting of Dante’s Divine Comedy with Carmen-Helena Tèllez and with Amey Miller on a sound-book collaboration, In Search of Margaretta Black.

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Ron Wachholz

Ron Wachholz

Development Director

Ron became Development Director for NON:op OPERA in January, 2015. He came from Collaboraction Theatre where he served as the Director of Community Partnerships from 2013. Prior to that, he was the Resident Director for Historical Perspectives for Children (HPC) with companies located in Boston, Chicago, and Minneapolis. He has directed over 90 plays and musicals, including two off-broadway at the Nat Horne Theatre in New York. Wachholtz has several adaptations that have been produced as an author and received a Jeff award for Design for 84, Charing Cross Road at Chicago Cooperative Stage. Prior to HPC, he was the executive director, artistic director, or managing director of DuPage Repertory Theatre and Theatre Hikes in Chicago; The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise; Playhouse on the Square, Memphis; and Nettle Creek Playhouse and Silbiger Theatre in Indiana. Ron also taught theatre and television courses at Wayne State College, Nebraska. He has developed or reorganized a half dozen not-for-board organization during his theatre career. He also managed the development, funding and construction of theatres for Wayne State College, Nebraska, Nettle Creek Playhouse in Indiana, Circuit Playhouse, Memphis, TN, and The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise, Idaho.

Education
BFAE Wayne State College, Theatre/Communications
MS Indiana State University, Television/Theatre Design

Myra Hinrichs

Myra Hinrichs

Aministrative Assistant

A graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she studied violin performance in addition to receiving a Mathematics degree, Myra hails from Saint Paul, Minnesota and has now migrated south to Chicago. She is a founding member of the contemporary string trio Chartreuse, and also of the jazz sextet deturtle. In addition to performing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Madison Symphony, she teaches at several music schools in the greater Chicago area. She is always searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie.