Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Inc.
1727 NW 16th Street
Oklahoma City OK 73106
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Lyric Theatre and Thelma Gaylord Academy
Lyric Theatre
Mission Statement For over 50 years, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's mission and purpose has been to provide excellent musical theatre, nurture artistic talent, promote collaboration among the arts, and to enrich the quality of life for Oklahomans. The core values that drive Lyric's operations involve developing live musical theatre as an American art form, sustaining professionalism in every aspect of operations, and providing professional quality entertainment at an affordable price.
Contact Information
Contact Name Jim Reynolds
Contact email
Address 1727 NW 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone (405) 524-9310
Fax 405-524-9316
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donations can also be mailed to Lyric's administrative office:
1727 NW 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $4,256,379.00
Projected Expenses $4,256,010.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1963
IRS Ruling Year 1984
State Registration Expiration June 2018
Mission For over 50 years, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's mission and purpose has been to provide excellent musical theatre, nurture artistic talent, promote collaboration among the arts, and to enrich the quality of life for Oklahomans. The core values that drive Lyric's operations involve developing live musical theatre as an American art form, sustaining professionalism in every aspect of operations, and providing professional quality entertainment at an affordable price.
Background Since 1963 when the curtain went up on the organization's inaugural production of OKLAHOMA!, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma has been telling the stories of farmers and cowmen, Broadway hopefuls, red-headed orphans and many other classic and contemporary characters. Founded by 12 prominent Oklahomans who wanted to bring professional musical theatre to Oklahoma City, Lyric's mission was to eventually attract a broader audience from counties throughout the state.  Since that time, Lyric has not only reached patrons from more than 55 counties and several neighboring states, but also expanded its programming with the restoration of the Plaza Theatre, the opening of Lyric's Thelma Gaylord Academy and the development of a statewide arts outreach program, Musical interactive.

Lyric has become a rising leader among regional theatres in diversity and inclusion efforts that are integral parts of the organization’s artistic vision. As such, Lyric’s spring 2017 production of Roald Dahl’s JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH included two sensory-friendly performances designed for children on the autism spectrum/other sensory processing disorders/special needs. For these distinctive performances, Lyric consulted with several theatres, including Adventure Theatre MTC and Orlando Repertory Theatre, on best practices for sensory-friendly theatre. Lyric partnered with Autism Oklahoma for the project and was featured in a 30-minute documentary on OETA (Oklahoma’s local PBS affiliate) on the making of sensory-friendly theatre. Lyric modified lighting and sound elements for the production, in addition to providing a resource guide to families. Autism Oklahoma provided specialized volunteers to serve as ushers and staffed a quiet room during the performances.

As first demonstrated in Lyric’s 2016 production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF featuring Deaf actors, Lyric’s drive to make theatre accessible to, and reflective of, all Oklahomans has only just begun. Already in the works for Lyric’s 2018 season is the Oklahoma-premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical FUN HOME, featuring Deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank as Joan, as well as a sensory-friendly performance of Lyric’s TYA production of JUNIE B. JONES.

Lyric’s arts outreach program, Musical Interactive, continued to impact Lyric’s youngest and most underserved patrons. The program closed the spring 2017 semester with 1776 INTERACTIVE and began the new school year in the fall of 2017 with CALL ME MADAM INTERACTIVE, based on Oklahoma’s first female ambassador, Perle Mesta. Over the course of the two semesters, Musical Interactive served 53,395 students at 134 schools across the state and continues to be offered free of charge. The program’s reach is tied to the amount of program funding available each year.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Central Oklahoma
El Reno
Midwest City/Del City
Nichols Hills
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
The Village
Warr Acres/Putnam City

Lyric serves Oklahomans of all ages and backgrounds. Lyric's administrative office, Thelma Gaylord Academy program for children, and performance venues are located in Oklahoma City. Lyric has ticket subscribers from nearly 100 cities across the state, but primarily serves the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Lyric's Thelma Gaylord Academy serves on average 200+ local students each year. Musical Interactive is offered free-of-charge to interested Oklahoma schools and is open to all grade levels.

Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts & Culture
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Description Lyric's 2018 Season consists of 8 shows performed between two venues (Lyric’s Plaza Theatre on NW 16th Street and downtown Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall): CROWNS, JUNIE B. JONES (Theatre for Young Audiences), FUN HOME, Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY, HELLO, DOLLY!, MAMMA MIA!, WHEN WE'RE GONE (world-premiere new musical) and LYRIC'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL. With accessibility and inclusion at the forefront of programming decisions, JUNIE B. JONES will include a sensory-friendly performance in addition to an ASL-interpreted performance, and FUN HOME will have ASL 'on demand' as well as projected lines/graphics on the set to further assist the audience and Deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank throughout the production.
Population Served General/Unspecified Families K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Until 2001, Lyric was primarily a summer stock theatre company housed at a university, producing long-running, large-scale musicals with mostly local talent. Since moving to the Civic Center for its summer shows in 2002, and later with the opening of its Plaza Theatre in 2007, Lyric has seen unprecedented growth; transitioning into a year-round theatre company and successfully raising its artistic quality to the level of other top regional theatre companies.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. The most objective manner in which the success or failure of a season is measured is by ticket sales. However, though ticket sales are a clear measurement of financial success, they don’t always clearly measure artistic success. When evaluating our seasons, Lyric heavily weighs feedback we receive from show patrons and the media. And, to keep-up with tech-savvy patrons, Lyric takes advantage of web-based and social media applications for self-promotion and gauging audience reaction(s) to shows and other activities. Lyric has also implemented an intrinsic impact survey that helps determine the intellectual, emotional, social and aesthetic effects of each production on our patrons.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Program success is monitored by Lyric's staff leadership (Michael Baron, Producing Artistic Director, and Jim Reynolds, Managing Director), in conjunction with Lyric's Board of Directors.

Lyric’s arts education branch, the Thelma Gaylord Academy, was established in 2001 to nurture young local artistic talent. Lyric's Academy is committed to providing a safe, fun and educational environment focused on cultivating the musical theatre performers of tomorrow, as well as creating a love for theatre in all students that will last their entire lives. Lyric's Academy offers professional training in all areas of musical theatre performance for students ages 4-18, including dance, acting and music classes as well as private lessons. Lyric's Academy also offers production classes that culminate in a full production at the end of each semester, complete with sets, costumes, props and music.

Lyric's Academy has become a significant training ground for the youth of Oklahoma City, even for students not pursuing a post high school arts education. While some Academy students have seen success on Broadway and in national tours, all students leave with more self-confidence and a strong sense that through hard work and perseverance they can find success. In an effort to eliminate financial barriers that would otherwise prohibit some students from participating in Academy programs, Lyric has established endowment funds and partnered with local organizations to provide scholarship opportunities for those students.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Program success is monitored by Lyric's Director of Primary Education and Director of Secondary Education. The Director of Primary Education, Rozz Grigsby, holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences and a BA in Theatre Arts, and has previously worked for Oklahoma Children's Theatre and Orlando Repertory Theatre. The Director of Secondary Education, Nicholas Bartell, holds a BFA in Drama and has been actively working and teaching in Oklahoma for over 16 years, including most recently at Longfellow Middle School. He has also taught for Sooner Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Lyric, and The Namron Players Theatre (of which he is a founding member).

Description Lyric’s arts outreach program, Musical Interactive, is a touring musical production featuring an original script with select songs and scenes from an established Broadway musical. A traveling troupe of professional performers entertains and educates groups of students about the history of the musical and its creators along with information about historical events and figures of that time. They interact with the students by singing selections from the musical, teaching them a dance step, involving them in the storyline, conducting a sing-along and much more. A take-home study guide is also distributed to teachers and students, which includes a more in-depth history of the musical along with puzzles, activities and class discussion topics. The program is free of charge to interested Oklahoma schools and is open to all grades, reaching between 35,000-40,000 students across the state each year.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. To ensure the program is on track, Musical Interactive is evaluated at several points throughout the year, including assessing the artistic and educational value of the existing program and any new program in development, conducting site visits at various schools to observe student reactions, and the comparison of school statistics to determine how well the program is reaching underserved populations and new communities. Success is determined by the combination of these subjective and objective evaluation criteria that help us determine whether or not the program is accomplishing its goals. Statistical data provides us with a measurable method with which to evaluate the program, but nothing can compare to the joy it brings watching students participate in the program. Their excitement for the production and enthusiasm to participate are delightfully fun to watch, but the smiles on their faces as they leave the room are priceless.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Program success is monitored by the Education Committee of Lyric's Board of Directors. The Education Committee annually determines if program strategies were met. They meet and discuss the program objectives, review the budgetary impact of Lyric’s education programs, and determine whether stated goals have been met in an artistic, educational, and financially responsible manner. If the program reached new/rural/target population schools, received positive teacher feedback that the program was relevant and age appropriate, and funding is in place to maintain the program, then the program is considered successful and the structure is in place to move forward in renewing the program for another year.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Michael Baron
Start Date Apr 2010

At Lyric, Michael has directed ASSASSINS, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, I AM MY OWN WIFE, Disney's WHEN YOU WISH, MANN...AND WIFE, DREAMGIRLS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, AN INSPECTOR CALLS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, LES MISERABLES, TRIANGLE, BIG RIVER, TARZAN, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, CALL ME MADAM, SPRING AWAKENING, RAGTIME, OLIVER!, ALWAYS...PATSY CLINE & Lyric's annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (also adapted). He has directed 80+ productions at theaters across the country including the current production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. Other regional directing highlights include Zach Theatre: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER; Signature Theatre: THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (starring Alice Ripley, Brian D’Arcy James, Laura Griffith); Adventure Theatre: BIG NATE, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, STUART LITTLE; Goodspeed Musicals: MEET JOHN DOE; Ford’s Theatre: THE CIVIL WAR (Associate Director); Washington Savoyards: THE MUSIC MAN; Lincoln Theatre: JULIA NIXON: LIVE IN CONCERT; Trinity Repertory: THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL; NYC: NICE JEWISH GIRLS GONE BAD; La Mama: THE WHORE OF SHERIDAN SQUARE (wrote/directed, published in anthology Plays and Playwrights 2006). NEA: 2010-2014 Poetry Out Loud National Competition Finals (hosts John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington, Anna Deavere Smith). Teaching: American University, Brown University, Holy Cross College, Rhode Island College. He received a 2003-2005 NEA/TCG Directing grant & has been a theatre grant panelist for the NEA, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts. Training: B.A. in Theatre Arts, Wake Forest University; MFA in Directing, Trinity Repertory Conservatory. He served as the Associate Director of Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (winner of the 2009 Regional Theatre TONY Award). He received the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical and the 2016 Oklahoma Governor's Arts Award for Community Service. Currently on the Board for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Senior Staff
Beth AdeleDirector of Marketing
Jim ReynoldsManaging Director
Catherine WarrenDirector of Development
Ashley WellsAssociate Artistic Director
Number of Full-time Staff 20
Number of Part-time Staff 18
Number of Contract Staff 200
Number of Volunteers 300
Staff Retention Rate 79
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 10
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2015
Board Chair
Name Brad Ferguson
Company Affiliation InterBank
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 18, 2018
Board of Directors List
Carol Ringrose Alexander Retirement Investment AdvisorsVoting
Sharlene Branham Brown Lake ExplorationVoting
Kurt Carter Merrill LynchVoting
Terrance Cason HPC Physical TherapyVoting
Randy Compton Core Business AdvisorsVoting
Brad Ferguson InterBankVoting
Sarah Fisher Devon EnergyVoting
Ellen Fleming Bank of OklahomaVoting
David J. Flesher M.D.Orthopedic AssociatesVoting
Betty K. Fletcher Real Estate AgentVoting
P. Kay Floyd LawyerVoting
Eric Friedman M.D.NeurosurgeonVoting
Janet Hudson Civic VolunteerVoting
William R. Kakish Mercy HospitalVoting
Lou C. Kerr The Kerr Foundation, Inc.Voting
Carrie Leonard Community VolunteerVoting
Randy Lewis OGE Energy Corp.Voting
Paula Love Public Relations ConsultantVoting
Lori Mathena HPC Physical TherapyVoting
Mollie Bennett McCurdy Community VolunteerVoting
Robert S. McKown InsuranceVoting
Ian Ogilvie Morgan StanleyVoting
Richard Riggs McAfee & TaftVoting
Gary Rosenhamer InsuricaVoting
Carl Shortt Carl Shortt PhotographyVoting
Mary Deane Streich Community VolunteerVoting
Mary Ann Tomlinson Community VolunteerVoting
Jon Trudgeon RetiredVoting
Linda Whittington Corner EnergyVoting
Monica Wittrock First American Title & Trust CompanyVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 16
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018-Dec 31, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $4,256,379
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $4,256,010
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$4,515,373$4,240,468$4,416,733
Total Expenses$4,539,999$4,618,200$4,301,414
Revenue Less Expenses($24,626)($377,732)$115,319
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$78,490$99,463$98,550
Individual Contributions$371,472$342,673$317,666
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,920$1,258$1,242
Unrealized Gain/Loss$281,936($94,162)$248,220
Membership Dues------
Special Events$171,849$134,476$207,756
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,860,083$4,010,062$3,682,657
Administration Expense$452,638$393,119$372,389
Fundraising Expense$227,278$215,019$246,368
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.921.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%87%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%13%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$10,707,192$10,782,688$11,051,281
Current Assets$738,310$863,316$936,526
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,142,450$1,193,320$1,084,181
Total Net Assets$9,564,742$9,589,368$9,967,100
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.650.720.86
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $2,475,417Earned Revenue $2,535,394Earned Revenue $2,319,087
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $733,684Foundations & Corporations $848,439Foundations & Corporations $808,646
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $371,472Individuals $342,673Individuals $317,666
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 4.5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose

Naming opportunities remain open for Plaza Theatre seats, but active solicitation of endowment gifts will not be re-visited until Oklahoma’s economy rebounds.

Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Lyric's Board of Directors voted to change its fiscal year in 2010.  Formerly from 11/1 - 10/31, we changed to a calendar year.  To correct this, Lyric made fiscal year 2010 a two month year with a separate 990.  Beginning on January 1, 2011, Lyric's fiscal year coincides with the calendar year. 
Additionally, Lyric's audit in 2010 encompasses both the 2009 and 2010 years for a 14 month audit.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff. 
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Address 1727 NW 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 524-9310
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Michael Baron
Board Chair Brad Ferguson
Board Chair Company Affiliation InterBank


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