Skylark Opera Theatre is led by professional arts management team, Bob Neu, as Artistic Director and Megan Millett, Administrative Manager. The duo bring decades of experience in the arts and entertainment world to the organization. They are joined by a skilled Board of Diretors who are committed to providing audiences with exceptional performances and ensure the Skylark mission continues.
Robert Neu, Artistic Director
Megan Millett, Administrative Manager
BOARD of DIRECTORS
Ann Spencer, President
Erin Duffy, Secretary
Bob Neu, Artistic Director
Robert Neu has directed over ninety productions of operas, musicals and plays throughout the country. His recent productions include West Side Story for Central City Opera and Shreveport Opera; St. Matthew Passion for Central City Opera, Shreveport Symphony and Colorado Symphony; The Magic Flute for Pacific Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra; Don Giovanni for Opera Orlando, Opera Steamboat and Skylark Opera Theatre; La Boheme for Colorado Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Opera Orlando and Shreveport Opera; Florencia en el Amazonas for Opera Steamboat; Bernstein’s Mass, Peer Gynt (also adaptation), La Traviata, Fidelio, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Candide, and Carousel for Minnesota Orchestra; Hansel and Gretel with Minnesota Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony and Colorado Symphony; Tosca and The Music Man for Colorado Symphony; Don Pasquale, Carmen, St. John Passion and The Barber of Seville for Lyric Opera of the North and Opera Orlando; Art and Death of a Salesman for Bloomington Civic Theater; The Marriage of Figaro for Bellevue Opera, Spokane Opera and Skylark Opera Theatre; Ayn Rand in Love for Chameleon Theater; The Laramie Project, Godspell and Blithe Spirit for Lyric Arts Theater; On the Town, Wonderful Town, The Fantasticks, Candide, Putting It Together, The Tragedy of Carmen, Cosi fan tutte and Don Pasquale for Skylark Opera Theatre. Upcoming: Otello for Pacific Symphony, The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Orlando, Hansel and Gretel for Opera on the James.
Thirteen of Neu’s productions have received “Best of the Season” citations from various media including Minneapolis Star Tribune, Cincinnati Post, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio. His production of The Laramie Project received awards for Best Ensemble and Outstanding Theater Event from Broadway World.
Neu teaches masterclasses in audition techniques for the University of Minnesota’s opera department, and he is a Resident Director at Lyric Arts Theater, and Artistic Director of Skylark Opera Theatre. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is the co-founder of Angels & Demons Entertainment, a production and arts consultancy organization. He is represented by Uzan International Artists.
Megan Millett, Administrative Manager
Megan holds a B.S. in Liberal Studies from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD and a Master of Business Administration from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. She has long had a passion for supporting the arts and has worked at many music venues in her career such as Brookings’ Performing Arts Center, and locally Minneapolis’ First Avenue, State Theater, Orpheum Theater, Pantages Theater, Thursday Musical and Orchestra Hall. She has tried her hand at many front of house activities ranging from ticket sales, security, bartending, audio recording, and stage managing. She was also active on the board of the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis for four years.
Ann Morelli Spencer, President
Ann Morelli Spencer fell in love with opera when a college friend gave her Madame Butterfly excerpts for Christmas and has never looked back! A graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard Law School, she recently retired after a varied career that ranged from Indian law to commercial real estate. In addition to her service on the Skylark Board, she is a past member of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Boards, for both of which she served as Chair.
After studying theatre as an undergraduate Jack worked professionally as a designer and technician in the Twin Cities with Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. He then moved to the west coast to study for a master’s degree and served on the theatre staff at Cabrillo College and University of California, Santa Cruz. Jack left theatrical pursuits for a time to go to law school and has practiced law in the Twin Cities since 1984 and teaches business law at local colleges. Since his return to theatre in 2005, he has acted, directed and designed sets and lights for several Twin Cities producing groups, most recently, 4 Community Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Buffalo Community Theatre, Theatre 301, Eden Prairie Players, and Morris Park Players; and has served on the advisory board for 4 Community Theatre, Skylark Opera Theatre and Chain Reaction Theatre Project.