Alejandra Valarino Boyer is an arts administrator dedicated to creating positive social impact and building community through the arts. She leads Seattle Opera’s learning programs and community engagement initiatives as its Director of Programs and Partnerships, and oversees the implementation of the company's racial equity plan. Alejandra is the founder of BIPOC Arts, an online database that celebrates BIPOC opera professionals.
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Previously, Alejandra was the Director of Community Programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she oversaw community engagement initiatives, including creative youth development programs and artistic productions. Alejandra worked closely with community organizations to grow Lyric’s presence outside of the Lyric Opera House. She developed Lyric’s Caminos a la ópera, which engaged with Chicago’s Latinx communities through collaborative and culturally relevant events and programs.
Alejandra is an alumna of American Express Leadership Academy and Opera America's Leadership Intensive. She serves on the Opera America’s Racial Justice Network and Women’s Opera Network steering committees. She holds degrees in music from Florida State University and Northwestern University.
Designed and led Chicago Voices Community Created Performances. Coordinated several community groups and led over 20 staff and artistic personnel in the creation and performance of community-devised works. Created and developed website to support the full Chicago Voices initiative.
Established Lyric’s Caminos a la ópera initiative in ongoing collaboration with Latinx community partners to create culturally relevant programming. Produced theatrical productions, including the creation of Canciones y arias, a concert performance combining opera and mariachi for sold-out community performances.
Created EmpowerYouth!, an afterschool creative youth development program for teens in partnership with the Chicago Urban League. Led artists and project staff in the execution of the program for 30 high school students. Oversaw production of culminating performance.
Developed and launched a new works program for Washington State composers and librettists - www.seattleopera.org/creationlab
Developed and launched a fellowship program for arts administrators of color in partnership with Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, KingFM, and Seattle University. www.seattleopera.org/fellowship.