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 president@lyrictheatre.org if you are interested in learning more about joining our board.

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LARRY TOM

President, Board Member

president@lyrictheatre.org

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

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STEVE AUSTIN
Vice President, Board Member
stevea@lyrictheatre.org

Steve first learned about Gilbert & Sullivan by listening to a children's record of G&S favorite songs, and when he arrived at Stanford as a freshman was fortunate to be involved in lighting design for dorm-based theatrical productions. He helped found the Stanford Savoyards and lit their first 4 productions. Joining GSSSJ in 1980 as Master Electrician for Ruddigore, he has since designed the lighting for over 40 Lyric Theatre productions. Steve has served as president (1999-2005), producer for several shows, secretary, and supertitles designer. He is currently our vice-president, manages our relationships with theater venues and the IT committee, and serves as chair of the Organization committee. By day he performs business systems analysis. 

Ask Steve about:  Board candidacy, theater venues, IT, lighting design, company history

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PAUL ZAWILSKI

Secretary, Board Member

paul.zawilski@gmail.com

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

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ANN BYLER

Board Member

annb@lyrictheatre.org

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

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DENNIS GAUSHELL

Board Member, Marketing Manager

marketing@lyrictheatre.org

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

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CHRIS FRYE

Board Member, Box Office & Database Manager 

info@lyrictheatre.org

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

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SHARON MARTIN

Board Member

info@lyrictheatre.org

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

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JEFF YAEGER

Board Member

info@lyrictheatre.org

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

Website: www.ForgottenAmericanMusic.com

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LETITIA BURTON
Board Member
lburton525@gmail.com

Letitia Burton joined the Lyric Board in March of 2021. A recently retired high school teacher, she is now pursuing her passion for the performing arts.  Although she has done a few productions with the Sunnyvale Community Players, she is more actively pursuing her nurturing her talents as a solo jazz artist. Letitia also sings with several Bay Area community choirs, including the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Community Choir, and the Freight and Salvage Singers. As a member of the Lyric board, she is looking forward to learning the inner workings of theater production, and to serving the Lyric community in any way she can.

Ask Letitia about: educating diverse populations of students, inclusive community building, and art as a form of activism

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GARY STANFORD
Board Member
stanfordjr@gmail.com

Gary Stanford Jr is a Bay Area native (born in SF) and has lived in the Bay Area peninsula and South Bay for his entire life. He graduated from San Jose State in Computer Engineering and has worked for and done High Tech, Communications, Sports Gaming, Retail, and Online Business Companies in the Bay Area. Since 2019 he has been president of the Board of North California Arts Collective. He is also on the Board of Directors with Throckmorton Theater (Mill Valley), Z-Space theater (San Francisco), Woodside Community Theater, and Hillbarn Theater (Foster City).

Ask Gary about: musical theater

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AISHU RAMAMURTHI
Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator
volunteers@lyrictheatre.org

Back in India, Aishu Ramamurthi started singing and acting in local theatre productions as well as assisting in stage productions backstage. After moving to the US, she has involved herself in more theatre work at The Tabard and Lyric, accappella, singing and more. Her day job is in operations and she is excited to join the Board of Lyric as the volunteer coordinator.

 

Contact Aishu about: volunteering in any capacity

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BRUCE HERMAN

Board Member

info@lyrictheatre.org

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

Website: http://vhrplive.org/

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KATHLEEN O'BRIEN

Costume Shop Manager

info@lyrictheatre.org

Contact Kathleen about: costume rentals