Hawaii Performing Arts Festival has named Justin John Moniz, current Associate Executive Director, award-winning singer, actor, and stage director, the festival’s new Executive Director, effective August 7, 2017.Moniz has previously held the positions of Associate Executive Director, Assistant Artistic Director and chair of the festival’s prestigious voice faculty.
Moniz has recently been appointed Associate Executive Director of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Under his leadership and artistic vision, the organization surpassed recent financial goals, and yielded the highest student recruitment in the festival’s thirteen year history. Moniz has previously held the positions of Assistant Artistic Director and chair of the festival’s prestigious voice faculty.
Moniz joins the faculty at Millikin University as Coordinator of Vocal Studies beginning this August. The voice area at Millikin University includes over 200 vocal performance, musical theatre, music education, business, and industry majors, and an active voice faculty of twelve.
Moniz’s recent production of The Mikado earned him THIRD PLACE for The American Prize in Directing competition. In addition, the piece also garnered a special award for ENSEMBLE EXCELLENCE. Congratulations to all of this year’s competitors!
In his Hollywood debut, Moniz received great acclaim as “the most solid singer of the swanky affair,” for his performance during ‘A Night at the Stork Club’ at Los Angeles’ Three Clubs. Stage and Screen also noted, “…our intrepid performers, who had a rock ’em, sock ’em blend, gave us everything from the famous (the still-catchy ‘Lullaby of Broadway’) to the obscure (the winning ‘Mr. Right’).”
Moniz recently earned the BroadwayWorld award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance of the title role in Opera Grand Rapid’s recent production of The Student Prince. Congratulations to this year’s illustrious list of nominees.
Moniz has recently been nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance of the title role in Opera Grand Rapid’s recent production of The Student Prince by BroadwayWorld.com. Voting is open through December 31, 2016. Please consider casting your vote today!
After his first season on the voice and directing faculty (while overseeing vocal activities as chair of Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s vocal division), Moniz accepts a new post as Assistant Artistic Director, effective immediately. Now in its thirteenth season, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival brings together some of the most talented young musicians from across the world to Hawaii to study under a world-class faculty each summer.