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LYRIC THEATRE STAFF

Baron
Producing Artistic Director

Michael Baron

MICHAEL BARON (PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) – At Lyric, he directed The Prom, Big River, Carousel, Head Over Heels, Master Class, Grease, Lyric Kids’ Clubhouse, Frost/Nixon, Titanic, Singin’ in the Rain, Bright Star, When We’re Gone (world premiere), Disney’s Freaky Friday, Fun Home, Disney’s When You Wish, James & the Giant Peach, I Am My Own Wife, Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof, Dreamgirls, Mann...And Wife (world premiere), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (world premiere), Big Fish with David Elder and Tony-nominee Emily Skinner, Oklahoma!, An Inspector Calls, A Little Night Music with Tony-nominee Dee Hoty, Les Misérables, Triangle, Big River, Tarzan, The Glass Menagerie, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Call Me Madam with Tony-winner Beth Leavel, Spring Awakening, Ragtime, Oliver!, Boeing Boeing, Always...Patsy Cline, December Divas, The Rocky Horror Show and the annual production of Lyric’s A Christmas Carol (also adapted).
He has directed over 100 productions at theaters across the country, including co-directing with Sandra Mae Frank an ASL/Spoken English production of The Music Man at The Olney Theatre in Washington, D.C., co-directing with Brian Cheslik an ASL/Spoken English production of Cinderella at ZACH Theatre/Deaf Austin Theatre, and the current production of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other regional directing highlights include ZACH Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher, Spring Awakening; Signature Theatre: The Little Dog Laughed, Songs for a New World starring Tony-winner Alice Ripley, Tony-nominee Brian D’Arcy James, Emmy-nominee Titus Burgess, and music direction by Jason Robert Brown; Adventure Theatre: James and the Giant Peach, the world premiere musical Big Nate; Goodspeed Musicals: Meet John Doe, Trinity Repertory Company: The School for Scandal. La Mama: The Whore of Sheridan Square (wrote and directed, published in anthology Plays and Playwrights 2006). NEA and Poetry Foundation 2010-2023: Poetry Out Loud National Competition Finals with hosts Joy Sunday, John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington and Anna Deavere Smith. Teaching: American University, Brown University, Holy Cross College, Oklahoma City University, and Rhode Island College. Michael has been a theatre grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Training: B.A. in Theatre Arts, Wake Forest University; M.F.A. in Directing, Trinity Repertory Conservatory. Michael served as the Associate Director of Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia-winner of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Michael received the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical in Washington, D.C. for Adventure Theatre’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad, the 2016 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, a 2016 special award from Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disabilities Concerns, the 2021 Yad B’Yad, Hand in Hand Award from the Jewish Federation of OKC and the 2022 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Olney Theatre’s production of The Music Man. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and an emeritus board member for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.
Jim
Managing Director

Jim Reynolds

JIM REYNOLDS (Managing Director) is now in his sixth year at Lyric Theatre. As a life-long professional in theatre management, he has an extensive background in marketing, public relations, sales, project management, strategic planning, fundraising, and patron loyalty strategies. Prior to Oklahoma City, he was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at ZACH Theatre – the leading regional theatre in Austin, TX. During his 25-year tenure he was an integral part of growing ZACH’s annual budget from $550,000 to $8,000,000 and opening two state-of-the-art theatre facilities. Prior to that, he was the Sales Director at Dallas Theater Center, helmed by Adrian Hall and Peter Donnelly – both acclaimed leaders in the first and second generation of the American regional theater movement. Fresh from the University of South Carolina, he served as Patron Manager and Production Business Manager at the Alliance Theatre/Atlanta Children’s Theatre, the Southeast’s leading regional theatre and Tony Award-Winner. Jim has served as a civic volunteer with several non-profit organizations and was, most recently, the Board President of the Plaza District Business Association.
Ashley
Executive Producer

Ashley Wells

ASHLEY WELLS (Executive Producer) – celebrates 22 years with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and recently was honored as recipient of the Arts in Education Governor’s Arts Award. She is on the board of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Chairs the Membership Commitee. AT LYRIC: The Play That Goes Wrong, Kinky Boots (Director), Matilda (Director), Nunsense, Disney’s Newsies (Director), Hello, Dolly! (Director), Junie B. Jones (Director), Rock of Ages (Director), The Wizard of Oz (Director), The Fantasticks (Director/Choreographer), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Choreographer), Billy Elliot (Director), Pageant (Director), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Director), Les Misérables (Choreographer), Triangle: A New Musical (Associate Director), The Odd Couple (Director), Big River (Choreographer), Tarzan (Choreographer), Some Enchanted Evening (Director), Sweet Charity (Director) with Tony Award-winner Billy Porter, Spring Awakening (Choreographer), Lyric’s A Christmas Carol (Choreographer), Oliver! (Choreographer), The Rocky Horror Show (Choreographer), Urinetown: The Musical (Co-choreographer), Jesus Christ Superstar (Choreographer), Oklahoma! (Co-Choreographer), Hello, Dolly! (Co-choreographer), Cabaret (Choreographer/Ensemble), Chicago (Choreographer/Merry Murderess). REGIONAL THEATRE: The Play That Goes Wrong, Oklahoma City University (Director); Phantom of the Opera, North Shore Music Theatre (Ensemble); Evita (Ensemble), Brigadoon (Jean), The Music Man, Music Theatre of Wichita (Zaneeta Shin); La Cage Aux Folles, Casa Mañana (Anne). BROADWAY AND NATIONAL TOUR: Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing (Ermengarde).

Artistic & Production

Matthew
Production/Company Manager

Matthew Sipress

Fabian
Resident Lighting Designer/Master Electrician

Fabian J. Garcia

FABIAN J. GARCIA (Resident Lighting Designer) – Five years with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. AT LYRIC: Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Play That Goes Wrong, Big River, The Rocky Horror Show 2019 & 2022, Head Over Heels, Distant Thunder (World Premiere), Master Class, Grease, Nunsense, Denise Lee: Pressure Makes Diamonds (World Premiere), Lyric’s Moonlight Cabaret, Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2020-2022, Having Our Say, Frost/Nixon, Curious George: The Golden Meatball. REGIONAL THEATRE: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Theatre Under The Stars; Cyrano de Burgershack, The Wizard of Oz, She Kills Monsters, Newsies Jr., Into The Woods, Puffs: Or seven Increasingly Eventful Years At A Certain School Of Magic and Magic, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, Tuck Everlasting, Lion King Jr., Mary Poppins, Rockademy Experiment, Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy. OTHER THEATRE: Coming Home for Christmas, Music of Billy Joel, Ragtime & All That Jazz, A Classic Christmas, The Magic of John Williams, Megan Hilty Live!, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert, The Sound of Simon and Garfunkel, The Hot Sardines, Oklahoma City Philharmonic; Ruddigore, Cimarron Opera; Lizzie: The Rock Musical, Small Mouth Sounds, Southern Plains Productions; Kinky Boots, 1776, Theatre Tulsa; Jesus Christ Superstar, Oklahoma University; She Loves Me, Oklahoma State University; Notes on Survival, Oklahoma Contemporary Museum.
Isabel
Lead Electrician/Lighting Supervisor

Isabel Delgado

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Corey
Resident Sound Designer/Engineer

Corey Ray

COREY RAY (Resident Sound Designer) – has worked as an Audio Engineer in the Live/Recorded Music Industry for 15 years and obtained a B.A. in Applied Technology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014. Corey joined Lyric in March of 2020 and has since produced audio for Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Prom, The Sound of Music, The Play That Goes Wrong, Big River, Lyric’s A Christmas Carol, The Rocky Horror Show, Matilda, Carousel, Kinky Boots, Master Class, Grease, Nunsense, Distant Thunder, Lyric’s Kids Clubhouse/Cabaret, Head Over Heels.
Lauren H
Guest Services/Facilities Manager

Lauren Hathcoat

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Josiah
Technical Director (Summer)

Josiah Brooks

JOSIAH BROOKS (Technical Director) – is a proud graduate of Chipola College (FL) with an associates degree and the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.F.A. in Theatre and Performance. Josiah has been employed with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma since the summer of 2015. Whether it was on stage or backstage, he has been a part of 30 productions with Lyric since then. Recently he was the Deck Supervisor and Head Flyman for the 2022 & 2023 Summer season at the Civic Center, also appearing in the ensemble of the spectacular Kinky Boots. Other positions held at Lyric have been Carpenter, Electrician, Welder, Flyman, Assistant to the Director, Fight Choreographer, Stage Combat teacher for Lyric’s Academy. Josiah loves being involved in theatre getting his start in community theatre in his hometown of Dothan, Alabama. He is also very proud of his work as a Technical Director, Director, Acting Coach and Designer for Spark Theater Company, a Young Artists theatre in his hometown.
Steven
Technical Director (Fall)

Steven Gilmore

JOSIAH BROOKS (Technical Director) – is a proud graduate of Chipola College (FL) with an associates degree and the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.F.A. in Theatre and Performance. Josiah has been employed with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma since the summer of 2015. Whether it was on stage or backstage, he has been a part of 30 productions with Lyric since then. Recently he was the Deck Supervisor and Head Flyman for the 2022 & 2023 Summer season at the Civic Center, also appearing in the ensemble of the spectacular Kinky Boots. Other positions held at Lyric have been Carpenter, Electrician, Welder, Flyman, Assistant to the Director, Fight Choreographer, Stage Combat teacher for Lyric’s Academy. Josiah loves being involved in theatre getting his start in community theatre in his hometown of Dothan, Alabama. He is also very proud of his work as a Technical Director, Director, Acting Coach and Designer for Spark Theater Company, a Young Artists theatre in his hometown.
Josie
Scene Shop Manager

Josie Walley

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Matt
Production & Rental Associate

Matthew Alvin Brown

MATTHEW ALVIN BROWN (Production & Rental Associate) – AT LYRIC: Lyric’s OKLAHOMA! Interactive, Matilda, Lyric Kids’ Clubhouse Interactive, The Rocky Horror Show, Frost/Nixon, Lyric’s A Christmas Carol, When We’re Gone, Hello, Dolly!, I Am My Own Wife, Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof, An Inspector Calls, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Odd Couple, Ragtime, Boeing Boeing, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers. NEW YORK: Rainbow Around the Sun, New York Musical Theatre Festival. REGIONAL THEATRE: The Rocky Horror Show, AntiGravity Orlando. LOCAL: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, Company, Passing Strange, Pollard Theatre; The Normal Heart, The 39 Steps, Next To Normal, Peter and the Star Catcher, CityRep; Jesus Christ Superstar and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, OKC Theatre Company; Venus in Fur, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice, Oklahoma Shakespeare. Brown serves as instructor/director for Lyric Theatre’s Thelma Gaylord Academy Rokademy Experiment.
Emorie
Paint Charge

Emorie Mansur

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James
Carpenter

James Tabor

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Pate
Carpenter

Pate Spencer

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Costumes

Jeffrey
Costume Director

Jeffrey Meek

JEFFREY MEEK (Resident Costume Designer) – 24th season and over 130 productions with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. REGIONAL: Ohio Light Opera: Over 50 productions, including Lady Kate - World Premiere, Regrets Only - World Premiere, The Arcadians - U.S. Premiere, The Grande Duke - U.S. Premiere; Evan Bernardin Productions: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, National Tour; ZACH Theatre: Cinderella; Tulsa Opera: 2003/2004 Seasons; Casa Mañana Playhouse: Annie, Disney’s High School Musical, A Christmas Carol - The Musical; Stage One: I Do, I Do, Are We There Yet? - World Premiere, Swing; Eastman School of Music: 3 Seasons; Triad Theatre: Kids in America; Colossal Studios: Family Pirate Adventure; Adventure Theatre: James and the Giant Peach - Helen Hayes Nomination. LOCAL: OKC Philharmonic: 15 years of A Very Merry Pops; Reduxion Theatre: 7 Seasons, Hair, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Romeo & Juliet; Carpenter Square Theatre: Importance of Being Earnest, Maritius; Oklahoma Children’s Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird; Jewel Box Theatre: Bus Stop, Leading Ladies, 37 Postcards, Nunsense II - The Second Coming, Suite Surrender, South Pacific. FILM: Fingerprints, Pearl, Agenda.
Dayna
Costume Shop Associate/Academy Designer

Dayna Brown

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Marketing and Communications

Purple Sillouhette
Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Susan Webb

Bio Coming Soon!
Miki
Marketing Manager

Miki Galloway

Bio Coming Soon!

Box Office

Derek
Box Office Manager

Derek Kenney

Bio Coming Soon!
Abby
Box Office Associate

Abby Welch

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Development

Charlie
Director of Development/Capital Campaign

Charlie Ludden

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Mia
Special Programs & Events Associate

Mia Sherlock

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Sydney
Individual Campaign Manager

Sydney Lahodny

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Education

Rozz
Director of Education

Rozz Grigsby

Bio Coming Soon!
Lauren L
Education Associate/Interactive Coordinator

Lauren Leppke

Bio Coming Soon!

Business

Leia
Finance Manager

Leia VanLue

Bio Coming Soon!
Angela Dambold
Payroll & Accounts Payable Administrator

Angela Dambold

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PATRON SERVICES TEAM:

Pam Barrymore
Val List
SMART, Strategic Marketing for the Arts