Treva Offutt will be directing James ans the Giant Peach during the 2016-2017 season. Treva is a singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, and visual artist. Over the years, Treva has had the honor of working with many dynamic dance/theater/music ensembles including: Roger Guenveur Smith’s Iceland, Fred Ho’s Big Red Media in the martial art opera, The Further Adventures of Monkey, Yoshiko Chuma’s School of Hard Knocks, and The Living Room Project, Patricia Parker Nelson’s PaNic with The William Parker Quartet, Belgium’s Remote Control Productions, Ireland’s Daghdha Dance Company, India’s Adishakti Theater Company, and New York-based Urban Bush Women. She has also had the great fortune to work as a vocalist with: Jamaican sacred and folk music ensemble Ancient Vibrations, the African Pop group Afro-Blue, the South African ensembles-Shyingoma, Osha, and Lucky Ngema and Friends, Mexican vocal project Choro Tajin, Phillip Hamilton, the David Murray Big Band, Sabir Mateen and Jeff Shurdett, Hammiett Blueit, Craig Harris, Dan Zanes and Friends, and with her own 8 member ensemble, a duo with guitarist Barry Salmon, and her trio Lulutoy with Andy Ezrin and Jean Baptiste Boclé. Most recently, Treva has had the pleasure of performing locally at Cain Park in Godspell, The Bop Stop with the Cleveland Stage Alliance, The Cleveland Museum of Art for the 1 Voice Festival, The Hanna with TMTP and The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and Karamu in Rasheeda Speaking. She has written four plays, is a member of SAG/AFTRA, and was a curator at The Kitchen, in NYC for 7 years. Treva is a Performing Arts teacher at Laurel School and is thrilled to be in her 8th Season with HYT!
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