Before coming to COCA, Ann Aurbach was a professional freelance stage manager, concentrating in opera. Some of Ann’s career highlights include working on the World and Chinese premieres of Zhou Long’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Madame White Snake, as well as operas recorded both for local PBS broadcast and international DVD. Most recently, Ann was the Production Stage Manager at the Des Moines Metro Opera Summer Festival for their 2011 season. She has also worked with Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Anchorage Opera and Indianapolis Opera, among many others. Ann holds a BA from Indiana University-Bloomington in Theatre and Drama with a concentration in Stage Management. Ann grew up in St. Louis and is pleased to be back in her hometown, participating in the arts community that inspired her career path.