Dara Weinberg (put an “@” between daraweinberg and gmail.com) is a writer/director who specializes in the intersection between poetry and drama, especially in forms related to the Greek chorus. From 2011-2013, she is studying Polish theatre on a two-year Fulbright grant: specifically, Teatr Chorea in Łódź, under the supervision of Joanna Klass at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
She and composer Douglas Pew received one of the inaugural commissions for the Washington National Opera / Kennedy Center’s American Opera Initiative, for their twenty-minute opera “A Game of Hearts.”
Texts for performance she has written or co-written have been produced or are forthcoming at the Washington National Opera (as part of the American Opera Initiative), Cincinnati’s NaNo Opera Works, the Opera America showcase, the Warsaw Festival of American Dramaturgy, the Kraków Jewish Community Center, the Kraków Jewish Culture Festival, Komuna//Warszawa, the Touch Theatre (Dotknij Teatru) Festival in Łódź, and the Central Contemporary European Theatre conference in Budapest.
Other writing (archived here), including criticism and poetry, is published or forthcoming in Biweekly.pl, American Theatre Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, CultureSpot Los Angeles, the Hopkins Review, Urbanite Baltimore, Foothill, and Explosion-Proof.
She has co-founded two ensembles in the United States that continue to produce new work: the Parallel Octave, a Baltimore-based improvising chorus, in 2010; and the Indy Convergence, an artists’ residency program in Indianapolis, in 2008. Parallel Octave produces a new compilation of short films based on poems, titled ANTHOLOGY, each summer at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.
She has an MFA in poetry from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and is a third-generation Los Angeles resident.