LEADERSHIP & STAFF
Lyric Theatre is committed to expanding our network of Bay Area artists and patrons. At this time we are searching for additional members of our Board of Directors who can bring special skills and underrepresented perspectives to our group.
Please contact Larry Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about joining our board.
President, Board Member
Larry caught the performing bug following his 2000 Lyric Theatre debut in The Mikado and has appeared in more than twenty Lyric Theatre productions. In addition he has been involved as producer, set designer, and master carpenter. A former board trustee and president of the Berryessa Union School District in San José, he is now retired from a career in the biotechnology profession.
Contact Larry about: Board of Directors
Secretary, Board Member
Paul has been a member of Lyric Theatre since singing Lord Mountararat in their 1984 production of Iolanthe. A public school music teacher for 31 years, he continues serving kids and families as an accompanist and organist for the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo and two high school choirs. Paul has performed and conducted for companies across the Bay Area including Lamplighters, Berkeley Opera, Oakland Opera, SF Opera, Pocket Opera, South Bay Musical Theatre, Tabard Theatre.
Ask Paul about: Pianos, Vocal Coaching, and Virtual Choirs and Orchestras
Ann is a long time board member and Orchestra Manager, she chaired the Repertoire committee for 7 years, and then the Production Staffing Committee, and was President of the Board from 2013 to 2019. Ann is a violinist from childhood taught by her violinist father. With 38 years at Lyric Theatre, she loves playing in the orchestra and bringing this beloved music to life.
Contact Ann about: orchestra, Lyric Theatre history
Board Member, Marketing Manager
Dennis debuted in his first performance on stage with Lyric Theatre’s Iolanthe in 2007. Since then he has appeared in 14 chorus roles for Lyric Theatre, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Mission City Opera, and Woodside Community Theater. Highlights include comprimario roles as Street Sweeper in OSJ’s La Boheme, Notary in La Perichole, Franz the Butler in Sound of Music, and Guccio in Gianni Schicchi. Dennis also enjoys hiking, golf, travel, and spending time with wife and families.
Ask Dennis about: marketing
Board Member, Box Office & Database Manager
Originally from Chicago, Chris found Lyric Theatre in the phone book in 1988 and ever since has (sometimes simultaneously) been a performer, an asst. stage manager, a stage manager, an asst. music director, a producer, a production consultant, a Board member and now spends time assigning the audience to their seats. Currently working in the Theatre Department at Foothill College and directs the St. Luke Lutheran Church choir.
Ask Chris about: advice on producing a show, Lyric Theatre history
Bruce's love of Gilbert & Sullivan propelled him to join up with Lyric Theater in 1990 as an accompanist for shows. He has worn many hats with the company over the years, including accompanist, treasurer, producer, music director, newsletter editor, and dramaturg. His enjoyment of operetta genre has led him to restore many shows for presentation in our Discovery series. He is currently also the president of the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project, LIVE!
Ask Bruce about: the Patter Post, operetta, Victor Herbert
After years of performing in non-musical plays, Asha took a chance on light opera and joined Lyric Theatre's 2019 production of The Gondoliers as Tessa. She is particularly interested in reimagining classic works in ways that resonate with contemporary audiences. A former middle school teacher, she now works in curriculum development and has designed pedagogically sound, user-friendly learning materials used by educators and students across the United States. Twitter and Instagram @ashakellysf
Ask Asha about: digital events, IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, access), education, design and photography
Sharon has served on the Lyric Board since March 2019. She is a long-time supporter of the Lyric community and a former performer (La Périchole, ’89), and her late son, Jim Martin, was a performer and print graphics designer for Lyric for many years. Her background is in the marketing of training products and programs. In 2008, she retired from Apple and has worked part-time since then for a non-profit institute in Cupertino. In her spare time, she spends time with family, and gardens, reads, quilts, paints watercolors, and sings.
Ask Sharon about: events scheduling, marketing
Barbara first joined Lyric Theatre in 1973 and has designed and directed many shows over the years. She is a Professor and Costume Designer at Santa Clara University, and holds an MFA in Theatre Design from Southern Methodist University. Barbara has worked in costume design and construction for numerous theatre companies including Summer Repertory Theatre, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cabrillo Stage, and Opera San Jose.
Ask Barbara about: costume design, stage direction
Jeff has been part of Lyric Theatre since birth, as his father is Bob Yaeger former Lyric board member and long time orchestra member. Jeff started playing in the orchestra in 2001, and debuted as music director in 2012. Jeff is currently the director of the Milpitas Community Concert Band, and is the Music Teacher at Cupertino Middle School. Jeff is an advocate for the lesser known Gilbert and Sullivan works Utopia and The Grand Duke, and is passionate about researching American composer James M. Fulton.
Ask Jeff about: music research
Literature and performing arts have always been near to Anja’s heart. Growing up in Berlin, Germany, she immersed myself in the arts through books and theater. Anja soaked in as much as she could from Berlin’s broad and varied performing arts scene. In the late 1990s Anja and her husband came to Silicon Valley and fell in love with the area. They decided to settle and raise their family here. An IT project manager in her professional life, today Anja applies her work experience to the theater field.
Contact Anja about: volunteering in any capacity