Creative Team

Director & Set Designer

Richard Kagey

Richard Kagey began his career at Seagle Music Colony as a 16 year-old singer in 1963.


Since then he has continued to act, direct, design and teach for colleges, universities, the Broadway Theater, professional opera companies and regional community theaters across the United States.


He has designed and directed more than 300 productions including standard repertoire, children’s opera and world premieres.


Mr. Kagey has been instrumental in the Colony’s development of new work over the past ten years as director and designer.



To be announced


Darren K Woods

Darren K. Woods is currently the Artistic Director of Seagle Music Colony, the country’s oldest and most prestigious singer training program and also of the newly formed American Center for New Work Development.

Mr. Woods has been with Seagle in some leadership capacity since 1996.  Mr. Woods was formerly the General Director of Fort Worth Opera (2001-2017) a company that was transformed by restructured festival format, and a devotion to new American opera.

Considered a leading expert in 21st century opera composition, Mr. Woods was hailed by Opera News in 2012 as one of the “25 influencers in the world of opera” for the next decade.

In addition to mainstage opera productions, Fort Worth Opera launched a contemporary chamber opera series in 2008 called Opera Unbound and in 2013, Mr. Woods further advanced the company’s commitment to new work by starting Frontiers, a composer – librettist competition to identify new operas still in development.

He has served on the board of Opera America as a Vice President of Artistic Services.

Prior to his management positions, Mr. Woods performed nationally and internationally as an operatic tenor for twenty years. He also served as General Director of Shreveport Opera.

Mr. Woods frequently judges vocal competitions including the Richard Tucker Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Lieber Competition, Denver Opera Guild Competition, Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and Marguerite McCammon Competition.



Artist will be chosen will be Seagle Music Colony alumni as well as current Seagle artists.