“Ten Most Influential Hispanic-Canadians” award-winner Guillermo Silva-Marin is the founder and General Director of Toronto Operetta Theatre. A modern day Renaissance man, Guillermo claims experience as a performer, stage director, writer, set and lighting designer, teacher and producer. Performance highlights include appearances with the Canadian Opera Company, New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and symphony orchestras in Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, El Paso, Mexico and Puerto Rico. He made his debut in Ireland directing Opera Cork's The Merry Widow in 2007 in association with conductor Kevin Mallon. During the 2006-2007 academic year, he served as Co-Director of Opera McGill, after almost 8 years as teacher and stage director at McGill. An avid supporter of Canadian creations, he has overseen six world premieres in the past 8 years: Kamouraska by Charles Wilson, Earnest, The Importance of Being by Victor Davies and Eugene Benson, Taptoo! by John Beckwith and James Reaney, Isis and Osiris by Peter-Anthony Togni & Sharon Singer, A Tale Two Cities by Victor Davies, and A Northern Lights Dream by Michael Rose.