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Our Team

As is our mission, the Arizona Opera staff strives to elevate the transformative power of storytelling through the music—cultivating community, strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.

Arizona Opera Staff

Joseph Specter, President and General Director 


Zackery Hayhurst, Director of Artistic Administration
Christopher Cano, Head of Music and Director, Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio
Cody Steele, Company Manager
Henri Venanzi, Chorus Master
Shawn Campbell, Orchestra Manager
Laura Tagawa, Orchestra Librarian

Box Office

Sarina Lacina, Box Office Manager
Christopher Daly, Box Office Associate
Elijah West, Box Office Associate

Community Engagement

Kyle Homewood, Director of Community Engagement and Special Programs

Costume Shop

Kathleen Trott, Costume Shop Manager
CeCe Sickler, Cutter/Draper
Becky Giblin, Master Stitcher
Shelby Joiner, Costume Workroom Asst & Painter/Dyer
Hannah Fallstrom, First Hand
Claire Mezzetta, Lead Dresser


Ashley Parks, Director of Development
Samuel Lowry, Associate Director of Development, Institutional Relations
Logan Marshall, Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving
Sarah Smith, Senior Individual Giving Manager
Courtney Kenyon, Annual Fund Manager
Shannon Fose, Special Events & Stewardship Manager
Jenny St. John, Development Consultant


Cassie Robel, Director of Education
Michelle Perrier, Soprano, Tucson Teaching Artist
Diana Olivares, Mezzo-soprano, Tucson Teaching Artist
Mitchell Sturges, Tenor, Tucson Teaching Artist
Mark Hockenberry, Baritone, Tucson Teaching Artist
Chia-Chun Ko, Pianist, Tucson Teaching Artist

Finance and Administration

Joann Serra, Director of Finance, Administration, and HR
Dawn Busby, Staff Accountant
Iryna Comstock, Accounting Associate
Luke Matlock, Office Manager & Executive Assistant


Tom Michel, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations
Ellen Hinkle, Marketing Manager


Greg Hirsch, Resident Lighting Designer & Director of Production
Tim Stettler, Technical Director
Luke Matlock, Production Operations Administrator
Alanna Maniscalco, Properties Supervisor

Stage Management

Keri Muir, Production Stage Manager
Brandon Ehrenreich, Assistant Stage Manager

Wigs and Makeup

Alita Lopez, Wig & Makeup Manager