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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 

Artistic

Zackery Hayhurst, Director of Artistic Administration
Christopher Cano, Head of Music and Director, Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio
Rachel Stanton, Company Manager
Henri Venanzi, Chorus Master
Marianne Shifrin, Orchestra Manager
Laura Tagawa, Orchestra Librarian

Box Office

Rhea Shaffer, Box Office Manager
Sarina Lacina, Assistant Box Office Manager
Christopher Daly, Box Office Associate

Costume Shop

Kathleen Trott, Costume Shop Manager
Cece Sickler, Cutter/Draper
Becky Giblin, Master Stitcher
Haley Peterson, First Hand
Brooke Arthur, Wardrobe Supervisor

Development

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

Education

Cassie Robel, Director of Education
Diana Olivares, Tucson Teaching Artist
Mark Benjamin Hockenberry, Tucson Teaching Artist
Michelle Perrier, Tucson Teaching Artist
Mitchell Sturges, Tucson Teaching Artist
Woan Ching Lim, Tucson Teaching Artist
Jenina Gallaway, Phoenix Teaching Artist
Vanessa Naghdi, 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
Danielle Wetzel, Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Marketing

Carlotta Soares, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations
Cece Roeder, Marketing Manager
Megha Khona, Marketing Assistant

Production

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 Camacho, Wig & Makeup Manager

Arizona Opera Staff Email Addresses

Company admin staff email addresses are constructed as follows: first letter of first name + last name @ azopera.org. For example: Jane Smith (jsmith@azopera.org)