opera freak meets theatre geek
Having many interests was always something Teiya was known for in their youth whether it was piano lessons, writing songs on the guitar, soccer, choir, jazz band, student council, learning German, or public speaking. But being solely a professional opera singer for 9 years post university wasn’t about to hold them back from exploring their long-time desire to create.
empowering authentic artistry
My name is Teiya, and this is my artistic philosophy: I was asked to do this by an opera director early in my career, probably over ten years ago. The person who asked me is Tom Diamond. You might know him or know his work. Tom is loud, bold, no-holds-barred out there in his beautiful gayness and artistic fervour, simultaneously. I envied his courage and ability to be fully and authentically himself in every way possible. I idolized him. I envied him. And I feared him. Looking back I don’t think I actually feared the man, but I think I feared the joy and self-worth he had for himself and for opera.
singer / actor / drummer / teacher / writer / producer / leader
Since late 2016, Teiya has begun creating theatre, playwriting and performing in an opera-inspired solo theatre show called The Queen in Me, originated at…
why we need to “amplify” artists…
No, I’m not talking about mics and speakers, I’m talking about creating change in the systemic way we have done things in Arts, but more specifically, in opera.