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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

Rhea Shaffer, Box Office Manager
Sarina Lacina, Assistant Box Office Manager
Christopher Daly, 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
Haley Peterson, First Hand
Brooke Arthur, Wardrobe Supervisor


Ashley Parks, Director of Development
Samuel Lowry, Associate Director of Development, Institutional Relations
Logan Marshall, Major Gifts Officer
Sarah Smith, Individual Gifts Officer
Max Seifert, Manager of Development Operations
Jenny St. John, Development Consultant


Cassie Robel, Director of Education
Vanessa Naghdi, Phoenix Teaching Artist
Miriam Schildkret, Phoenix Teaching Artist
Ryan Glover, Phoenix Teaching Artist
Vassilios Makavos, Phoenix Teaching Artist
Xuelai Wu, Phoenix Teaching Artist

Finance and Administration

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


Carlotta Soares, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations
Cece Roeder, Marketing Manager
Ashlee Ewell, Marketing Assistant


Greg Hirsch, Resident Lighting Designer & Director of Production
Tim Stettler, Technical Director
Luke Matlock, Productions 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