MANAGEMENT & STAFF
Carol Shaw, Executive Director and CEO
A lifelong lover of the arts and avid operagoer, Carol Shaw is also a veteran of the not-for-profit world. With expertise in building community partnerships and communicating the mission of organizations, as well as demonstrated management and finance skills, she was, most recently, the Director of Development and Director of Marketing & Communications for Youth Haven in Southwest Florida. Ms. Shaw also served as Executive Director of the David Lawrence Foundation for nine years, and then as Vice President of Development for both the David Lawrence Center and Foundation.
Hailing from culturally rich Chicago, Ms. Shaw attended the University of Illinois and Roosevelt University with majors in public administration and English. She served as Vice President of Development for Hazelden in its Chicago facility and as Regional Vice President for the American Cancer Society’s third largest market in the country. In addition, she served as a consultant to not-for-profit organizations with the firm of Nike B. Whitcomb and Associates which gave her a strong foundation for understanding agency needs and giving them the tools needed for success.
Currently, she is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a long-time member of The National Association for Female Executives. A former board member of the Economic Development Council of Collier County, she served as Treasurer and Vice President of Finance for the organization. Ms. Shaw is also a founding board member of Drug Free Collier where she chaired the Governance Committee.
Sharing a common vision for Opera Naples, Executive Director Carol Shaw and Artistic Director Steffanie Pearce form a commanding team. Their partnership creates a dynamic that furthers the mission of the organization, and is advancing the opera company to a new level of professional excellence and artistic renown.
Steffanie Pearce, Founding Artistic Director
Born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Steffanie Pearce began her career as an operatic soprano with formal studies at The Cleveland Institute of Music, finishing at The University of Southern California Opera Workshop.
Ms. Pearce was an apprentice with The Cincinnati Opera and The San Diego Opera. She was the winner of numerous international vocal competitions, including the Pavarotti Competition, Montreal International, D’Angelo, Baltimore Opera, and the American Traditions competition.
On the opera stage she is most noted for distinctive portrayals of tragic heroines: Tosca, Violetta, Leonora, Marguerite, Donna Anna, Mimi, and the Three Heroines of Tales of Hoffman. She has been a guest artist at many opera companies, including Opera de Marseille, Opera Lisboa, Opera Colorado, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, San Diego Opera, The Buxton Festival in England, Baltimore Opera, Opera Delaware, and the New Jersey Opera Festival.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Pearce has appeared as a guest soloist at such major theaters as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Philadelphia Academy of Music, Blossom Music Festival, and Marlborough Music Festival.
Soon after she moved to Naples in 2000, Ms. Pearce perceived an interest in opera within the cultural community. She incorporated Opera Naples in March, 2005, and became the founding General/Artistic Director. She continued in that capacity for six years, during which time the company matured and added staff until it became appropriate to separate the artistic and executive functions.
While her full-time focus is on her artistic/production duties, Ms. Pearce continues to perform locally and teach classical vocal technique.
Robin Shuford Frank, Music Administration, Chorus Master, Educational Outreach Director
As someone who dreamed of becoming a Broadway star as a child, it’s no wonder Robin Shuford Frank found herself serving as the Director of Educational Outreach, Chorus Master, Rehearsal Pianist – and multitalented go-to person – for Opera Naples.
Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Ms. Frank was introduced to the arts at an early age. She made her stage debut at age 14 in Palm Beach Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, and from there, she was captivated by the culture. Ms. Frank’s passions were pursued when she enrolled at The Florida State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education, and later a Master’s degree in accompanying and vocal coaching from Westminster Choir College. Thereafter, she served as an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, an Artist in Residence for Bak Middle School of the Arts, and a Pianist/Coach for Opera New Jersey.
After what was to be a temporary move to Naples became more permanent, Ms. Frank quickly became engaged in the arts world, met Opera Naples’ Founding Artistic Director Steffanie Pearce, and as they say…the rest is history.
Since joining Opera Naples, Ms. Frank has been instrumental – pun intended – in engaging Southwest Florida’s youth through the company’s student apprentice program, community outreach performances, in-school tours, and its young artist program. She also lends her talents as an accomplished pianist by serving as a rehearsal pianist for Opera Naples’ main productions, and as the head pianist for community concerts and ONcore appearances.
Frank works as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University and as Accompanist for The Festival Singers of Florida. She enjoys playing with the Naples Philharmonic and The Naples Players, as well as accompanying for various choral festivals and concerts.
Development Assistant, Office Manager
Stage Manager, Rentals & Props Manager
Marty L. Pearce