Lyric Arts Main Street Stage has announced Louis Berg-Arnold has been appointed Resident Music Director beginning with the 2015-16 season. This newly created position will work closely with the leadership of the Anoka-based theater in helping to shape the company’s artistic future and growth. In addition, Berg-Arnold will direct one production during the season and will serve as a mentor to guest directors.
“Louis is an exceptionally gifted musician. Beyond that, in his time at Lyric Arts, he has earned the respect of performers and instrumentalists alike with his ability to maintain our high artistic standards in performance while cultivating an environment in the rehearsal room that is collaborative, nurturing, and light-hearted,” says Laura Tahja Johnson, Managing Artistic Director. “When you combine those qualities with his professionalism and his devotion to Lyric Arts and our continued growth, it makes him a perfect choice to be Lyric Arts’ new Resident Music Director.”
As part of a two-year commitment, Resident Directors add a new dimension to the artistic viability of the organization. They serve as mentors to directors who are new to the organization and provide input to the theater in the areas of artistic vision and direction, as the theater works to build its reputation as an emerging company in the Twin Cities theater community.
“Louis’ talent, hard work, and good looks have made him an essential member of the Lyric Arts creative community, says Resident Director, Matt McNabb. "His musicals have been some of the most successful in the history of the organization. I look forward to many successful collaborations in future seasons!”
“I have really enjoyed working with Lyric Arts over the last several years, and I am very excited to take on this new role of Resident Music Director,” says Berg-Arnold. “Lyric Arts has established itself as a welcoming environment in which to develop new talent in the twin cities theater community, and I am looking forward to helping Lyric Arts continue to grow its musical excellence.”
Berg-Arnold’s first production as Resident Music Director will be Lyric Arts’ spring musical production, Shrek the Musical, running March 18 through April 22, 2016.
About Louis Berg-Arnold
Louis Berg-Arnold has been active performer in the Central Minnesota arts community for over 15 years. He has music directed four shows with Lyric Arts, notably Young Frankenstein and Into the Woods this past season. Louis has also worked for various theater companies throughout Minnesota and South Florida including the Actor's Theater of Minnesota and Opera Naples. He currently serves as the pianist for the Bemidji Alumni Choir, and is a new member of From Age to Age, a Twin Cities based choral music ensemble. Louis began studying music at the age of 4, and is classically trained on the piano, organ and viola, studying under Ann Oleksowicz, Dr. Kim Kasling, and Coco Bochonko, respectively. He has performed as a pianist, organist, violist and vocalist with various classical music ensembles in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Florida, including the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Symphony and the St. John's Boys' Choir.