Interview: Lina Tetriani, Artistic Director

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by Rachel Wilson

On Saturday June 23, the Brooklyn Music School’s Music Theatre Program will present the performance of “To Dream a World”. This unique performance features an original tale of how William Shakespeare imagined the characters for his works. As a boy, his dreams take him to magical worlds where he meets the characters that eventually end up in his plays.

Lina Tetriani is the Vocal Department Chair for the Brooklyn Music School, a voice instructor and the artistic director of the Brooklyn Opera Works and Summer Vocal Arts. I had the chance to interview Lina, who is the artistic director for “To Dream a World” and asked her why this is a show you don't want to miss!


Q: What do you think makes this production unique?

A: The themes explored in our production of "To Dream a World" are profoundly universal and relevant, especially in today's climate. "What is truth and reason?" "What is love?" "What is right and wrong, and do they ever exist at the same time?" "What is inspiration?" "What does the creative process entail?" We are exploring these themes together through original music and script written by the talented faculty and students at BMS. To tell the story we used the characters from Shakespeare plays and adapted his style for our younger students. This is the most unique aspect of the production.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the show/music?

A: The journey of human inspiration as a part of larger creativity, and Shakespeare's writing and characters.

Q: What is the overall process for putting together a show like this? 

A: Lots of hard work from both faculty and students!

Our program integrates rigorous training in drama, singing, dance and offers specialized workshops. Classes are offered in conjunction with rehearsals and culminate in performances in the BMS Playhouse. Music and drama rehearsals, staging and choreography (Marie Zvosec), costumes (Deborah Wright Houston) and stage design as well as the technical aspects of theater, are all part of the bigger picture. 


Q: What is it like working with the students? 

A: Working with students is by far the most inspiring part of what we do as educators. It has been great to observe their passion for theater, music, and dance, and has been a true joy to see their curiosity grow through the process of putting on the production.

Q: What do you like most/what was your favorite part of working on this production?

A: Working on beautiful music, exploring fundamental truths and concepts through Shakespeare and his plays with our young students. 

Q: Why do you believe people should attend this show? 

A: The show will feature original music by composer and faculty member Pamela Martinez and powerful script by Danielle Carooll with Deborah Houston as dramaturg, and will showcase our talented young performing artists. We will be using different instrumental effects and image projections to create a deep mood/atmosphere for each scene and accurately portray "the world" that young Will Shakespeare journeys in his dreams in order to find his "flower of order and inspiration." 

Q: Is there anything else you would like to say about the show?

A: I invite everyone to see this wonderful production on June 23rd and support our hard-working students when they bring it to life. 


  • Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
  • Brooklyn Music School Playhouse Theater
  • 126 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • Tickets: $15-20