About the Authors

Elizabeth Fulford Miller

Elizabeth Fulford Miller
Elizabeth Fulford Miller in the Italian Christmas Revels (photo by Sheppard Ferguson)

A cast member since 1993, and Washington Revels Music Director since 2004, Elizabeth has experienced all aspects of creating a “Revels.”   In addition to providing music direction for the annual Christmas Revels, she also directs or oversees the direction of all other Revels productions, including outreach performances, and personally directs the Washington Gallery Voices, a small ensemble that has performed at numerous venues.  By day, a librarian and Webmaster at the Library of Congress, Elizabeth also designs and maintains many Web sites for local artists and musicians, including the Washington Revels (www.revelsdc.org).

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Andrea Jones Blackford

Andrea Jones Blackford, Washington Revels Jubilee Voices Music Director.  Photo by Amber Ilene Curry.
Andrea Jones Blackford at Oakley Cabin (Photo by Amber Ilene Curry).

Since 1993, Andrea Jones Blackford has been affiliated with the Washington Revels in many roles–chorus member; Board member for 10 years; and now, music director of the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices. Andrea, a native of Detroit, served as unit director for the 2006 American Christmas Revels, directing the production’s “Jonkonnu” sequence; portrayed educator Nannie Helen Burroughs in the Washington Revels/Library of Congress presentation, Discovering Hidden Washington; and served as assistant director and performer for the initial production of Bridges of Song, Revels’ collaboration with THEARC and Allen Chapel AME Church in Southeast Washington. 

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Helen Fields

Helen Fields (photo by Rowena Gee)
Helen Fields (photo by Rowena Gee)

Helen Fields has been in the Christmas Revels chorus since 2004. In that time she’s sung in English, French, German, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Latin (lots of Latin), and probably some other languages. She has appeared on stage in a wide variety of headgear and, once, with a giant spoon. Her first experience of the Christmas Revelswas as an audience member in 1988. In her life outside of Revels, she is a freelance science journalist.

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Roberta Gasbarre

Roberta Gasbarre serves as Artistic Director of Washington Revels as well as Stage Director for the Christmas Revels. Roberta is also the Director of the Smithsonian Institute’s Discovery Theater and recently finished her Masters in Fine Arts from Towson State University. Some highlights from her incredibly varied career include choreography and directing at Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, The Shakespeare Theater, Roundhouse Theater, and Washington Jewish Theatre. She has taught at Gallaudet University, George Washington University, University of Poznan, Poland and Montgomery College. Her dedication to educational theater is evident in her extensive experience with, among others Wolf Trap Farm Park, Living Stage Theatre Company a venture of Arena Stage, Kaiser Permanente Health Education Programs and the Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington. Roberta is married to Oran Sandel, local actor and master drama teacher, and has two sons.

Coming soon… Artistic Director’s Blog

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