Laura Smalley is the Marketing & Communications Associate at Chicago Opera Theater as well as the Development Director for Chicago Fringe Opera. She is passionate about expanding the reach of opera and championing the art form for modern audiences. Laura has worked in marketing and development for many prominent arts organizations, including Des Moines Metro Opera and Stage 773. A lifelong lover of music, Laura holds a BM in Vocal Performance from DePaul School of Music. While in school, she founded two student music ensembles that self-produced and performed contemporary and original works, and works regularly as a singer and performer in the Chicago area.