Director of Production
Eric Bridges Director of Production
Eric Bridges is an alum of California State University, Fullerton, graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Directing. Directly following graduation he worked as a professional stage manager, starting in Special Events with his Alma Mater – Cheers to Joe! And Concert Under the Stars. He has been a professional stage manager in Los Angeles and Orange Counties for 5 years, working mainly with non-profit companies. He joined LBO in 2017 as Assistant Stage Manager for The Fairy Queen and has worked consistently with the company, recently as Stage Manager for the popular Love Potion.
Head of Experience & Partnerships
Bronson Foster Head of Experience & Partnerships
Bronson Foster is a strategist and leader who believes that our shared creative and cultural expressions demonstrate the best of what we can achieve. His work focuses on increasing capacity, innovating systems, creating space, utilizing data and research, empowering people, and future thinking for arts and cultural organizations. In 2021, he joined the team at Long Beach Opera where he is Head of Experience & Partnerships. In this role, he oversees the experience design ecosystem for the organization while developing key partnerships with LBO’s communities. He also currently serves as a mentor in the Protégé Program at Arts for LA. Previously, Bronson has worked with the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, Boulanger Initiative, and Live Music Project. He has served on the leadership council for Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles and various professional organizations’ committees such as the Association of Arts Administration Educators.
In conjunction with arts and culture leadership, his creative work is expressed as a musician specializing in contemporary works where he can be found on stage crafting sounds. Bronson completed his graduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC) where he earned a Master of Science degree. His thesis, “Interdisciplinarity and Innovation: An Interconnected Future for the Arts,” examines the complexities of creative ecosystems and proposes building engagement in broader spaces that strengthen cultural communities. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Bronson currently finds home in the exciting Los Angeles region.
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Head of Development & Philanthropy
Nico Bejarano Head of Development & Philanthropy
Nicolás Bejarano joined the team at Long Beach Opera in 2021 as a Development Associate. He is a Colombian contemporary and new-music specialist and advocate currently based in Los Angeles. He has worked as a trumpet player with innovative LA groups including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the experimental opera company The Industry, the Los Angeles Chorale Lab and the American Youth Symphony; and has worked on projects for composers LaMonte Young, Kris Bowers, Ellen Reid, Nina Young, David Rosenboom, Nico Muhly, and Frederic Rzewsky to name a few.
Bejarano has presented masterclasses and been a guest lecturer at the University of California San Diego, National University of Colombia, and Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. Bejarano holds a BMUS from McGill University's Schulich School of Music and an MFA from the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Marketing & Patron Services Associate
Katie Speer Marketing & Patron Services Associate
This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at cac.ca.gov
Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Opera events are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission