The Creative Team of
The Pleasures of
(Stage Director, Choreographer)
Catherine Turocy is recognized as one of today’s leading choreographer/reconstructors and stage directors in 17th- and 18th-century period performance, with over 70 Baroque operas to her credit in the US and abroad. She has been decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters and has received many other awards, among them a BESSIE in New York City for sustained achievement in choreography. Internationally Ms. Turocy has worked with conductors Nicholas McGegan (Festival Orchestra of Goettingen and Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco), the late Sir Christopher Hogwood (Academy of Ancient Music in London), Sir John Eliot Gardiner (English Baroque Soloists in London), Philippe Herreweghe (La Chapelle Royale in Paris) and Wolfgang Katschner (Lautten Compagney in Berlin). A founding member of the Society for Dance History Scholars and the Dance Studies Association, Ms. Turocy has lectured on period performance practices around the world and has contributed articles to numerous books and journals.
Photo Credit: Alexis Silver
Rebecca Harris-Warrick taught music history at Cornell from 1987 to 2021, also serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Department of Music. Much of her scholarly work, primarily in the area of 17th- and 18th-century opera and ballet, has been informed by her interests in performance and performance practice, nourished by her own experiences as a baroque flutist and a student of Renaissance and baroque dance. Some of her research has been brought into practice on the stage, such as in opera productions at the Boston Early Music Festival, and in the several performances she has organized at Cornell of baroque operas or ballets, in which Cornell students have had the opportunity to work with professional musicians and dancers.
Adam Shulman (BFA/BA ‘23) studies Fine Arts, Performing and Media Arts, and Music in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Architecture, Art & Planning. While studied in Rome during the Fall 2021 semester, he captured pictures and video which appear in our production’s projections. In Spring 2021, he presented “After Nature had Drawn a Few Breaths,” a projection and lighting installation on the exterior of the Schwartz Center. Adam designed sets for “Reach for the Sky” (PMA, 2021), “Asiamnesia” (PMA, 2021) and "L'His
toire du Soldat" (Hubbard Hall, Cambridge NY, 2018). He is developing a theatrical wildflower garden which he will assemble and perform in as his honors thesis.
Jason Simms (he/him) is an award-winning and multiple award nominated scenographer for Theater, Opera, Musicals, and Film & Media. Jason has designed for New York stages and companies including The Public Theater, Second Stage, Partial Comfort Productions,13P, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Soho Playhouse, The Ohio and New Ohio, The Metropolitan Playhouse, Third Rail Projects, Waterwell, The Sheen Center, The Cherry Lane, The Bushwick Starr, The Juilliard School, and more. Regional venues include Pioneer Theatre Co., Salt Lake City; Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bucks County; Denver Center Theatre Company; The Old Globe, San Diego; Philadelphia Theatre Company; George St. Playhouse; Berkshire Theatre Group; Aspen Opera, and more. Other projects include designs for the Bronx Zoo as well as 1991, a virtual reality documentary exploring the Turkmen artists’ experience through the collapse of the Soviet Union set to premiere at the Venice Biennale in the fall of 2022. Jason has taught at Montclair State University, Fordham University, and Williams College and is currently an Assistant Professor of Design at Cornell University’s Department for Performing & Media Arts. He received his training at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle (BFA) and NYU, Tisch School of the Arts (MFA).