Artist

Alaina Viau

Director

Alaina is a daring director, creator, and producer based in Toronto. She is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of award-nominated opera company Loose Tea Music Theatre, where they create genre defying productions that center on critical social issues, raising underrepresented voices and cross-cultural relationships. They are defined by seeking to push and challenge the opera experience: “The stunning originality of Viau’s vision…grip the imagination.” – Opera Going Toronto. Alaina is a queer, disabled artist seeking a new framework for safe and compassionate creation processes that dismantle hierarchical practices. She is Director-in-Residence at the National Theatre School in 2022 and was a finalist in Crow’s Theatre National RBC Rising Star Emerging Directors Prize, who “will make a strong impact on the performing arts in Canada”.

This 21-22 season Alaina is directing the fall and winter operas at Wilfred Laurier University, focusing on responsible presentation of traditional operas and contemporary Canadian opera performance. Alaina is co-creator for a new non-binary opera based on the story of genderfluid and trailblazing pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and The Museum of the Lost and Found with Olivia Shortt. She is directing The Musical Stage Co’s One Song Glory, and a film adaptation of Emily the Way You Are, an opera about artist Emily Carr by Jana Skarecky.

The 19-20 season saw Alaina DORA nominated for Outstanding New Opera for Singing Only Softly, a new opera based on the redacted and missing pages of Anne Frank’s Diary. With Loose Tea Music Theatre, Alaina launched the BIPOC Composer Librettist Development Program to support emerging opera creators and leads the production of new works by diverse creators. Her first film short was an official selection at the USA Film Festival Dallas.