You have to want to be understood. Full Stop
— Stephanie Blythe

Dr. Asel has been the co-artistic director and stage director of the Award Winning University of Texas - Brownsville Bravo Opera Company for three years.  In the past three years the Company was selected to perform in the 2014 National Opera Association Annual Scenes Competition where they placed third in the graduate category.  The companies production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte won second place in the 2013-2014 Annual Production Competition, Division I. 

In addition to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (University of Texas at Brownsville, 2014), Other directing credits include Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado (University of Texas at Brownsville, 2015), Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (University of Texas at Brownsville, 2013), and an abridged, english language version of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (University of Texas at Brownsville, 2012-2014) and several scenes programs ranging from Monteverdi's L'incoranazione di Poppea (University of Colorado- Boulder, 2011) to Bernstein's West Side Story (University of Texas - Brownsville, 2014).

Dr. Asel's scholarship in the area has focused on pedagogy of directing.  She has designed an acting and movement centered curriculum for young singers to build their craft.  She uses dramatic coaching and character development as the impetus for staging.