Monica Harte is the Cultural Services Manager for the City of Torrance where she oversees the Torrance Theatre Company, the Torrance Art Museum, and Cultural Services Classes. She produces city-wide events including the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and Torrance Summer Nights, a festival of free concerts, theatre, comedy, and movies at the Wilson Park Amphitheatre. Author of theatrical works and academic articles, her research explored solo performance as an extension of vocal pedagogy. In New York, she co-founded Remarkable Theater Brigade (RTB) where she produced OperaShorts (10-minute operas) at Carnegie Hall as well as full-length operas, ballets, musicals, and tours to critically ill, special-needs, and at-risk children. As a producer, her passion for weaving modern themes into classical works was seen in the anime-style Madama Butterfly, biker-version of Carmen, and vampire-themed Don Giovanni that she produced for Nevada Opera.