Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Inc.
1727 Nw 16th St
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 St
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 office:
1727 NW 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $4,311,659.00
Projected Expenses $4,311,494.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1963
IRS Ruling Year 1984
State Registration Expiration May 2017
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 that first summer in 1963 when the curtain went up on Lyric’s inaugural production, 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, their 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 extension of the regular season to include nine productions, the opening of the Thelma Gaylord Academy and the development of a statewide arts outreach program.
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 currently has subscribers and arts outreach in 53 out of 77 counties throughout Oklahoma.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Performing Arts
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Description Lyric's 2017 Season consists of 9 shows performed between two venues (Lyric’s Plaza Theatre on NW 16th Street and downtown Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall): ASSASSINS, I AM MY OWN WIFE, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, Disney’s WHEN YOU WISH, WEST SIDE STORY, IN THE HEIGHTS, ROCK OF AGES, LYRIC'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and Lyric’s first Theatre for Young Audiences production, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH. With accessibility and inclusion at the forefront of programming decisions, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH will also include a sensory-friendly performance designed for children with autism and/or other sensory-processing disorders and special needs.
Population Served Families General/Unspecified 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. Over the past decade, Lyric saw unprecedented growth, transitioning into a year-round theatre company, successfully completing a $10 million capital campaign and raising the 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 also heavily weighs the feedback we receive from show patrons and the media. And to keep-up with our tech-savvy patrons, Lyric takes advantage of Internet and social media opportunities, both as excellent venues for self-promotion, but also as important tools for gauging audience reactions to Lyric shows and other activities. Recently, Lyric has also implemented an intrinsic impact survey that helps us gauge the intellectual, emotional, social and aesthetic effects of each production on our patrons.

Lyric’s arts education branch, the Thelma Gaylord Academy, was established in 2001 to nurture young artistic talent and is committed to providing a safe, fun and educational environment focused on cultivating the young musical theatre performers of tomorrow, as well as creating a love for theatre in all students that will last their entire lives. The 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 voice lessons. The Academy also offers production classes that culminate in a full production at the end of each semester, complete with sets, costumes, props and a live band.

The 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 of our students have seen success on Broadway and in national tours, all of our 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 Adolescents Only (13-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
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. It 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 over 35,000 students across the state each year.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) K-12 (5-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 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, it is evaluated at several points throughout the year, which include 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.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Michael Baron
Start Date Apr 2010

At Lyric, Michael Baron has directed 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 & the annual production of LYRIC’S 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, Titus Burgess, Laura Griffith); Adventure Theatre: world premiere musical 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 most recently the 2016 Oklahoma Governor's Arts Award for Community Service. He is currently on the board of directors for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Senior Staff
Jim ReynoldsManaging Director
Catherine WarrenDevelopment Director
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
Board Chair
Name William R. Kakish MD
Company Affiliation Mercy Hospital
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 30, 2017
Board of Directors List
Carol Ringrose Alexander Retirement Investment AdvisorsVoting
Mollie Bennett McCurdy Community VolunteerVoting
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
Bill Martinez Chesapeake EnergyVoting
Lori Mathena HPC Physical TherapyVoting
Louise McFall Community VolunteerVoting
Robert S. McKown InsuranceVoting
Scott McLaws First Fidelity bankVoting
Debbie Nauser Access MidstreamVoting
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
Beverly Quarles Watts Watts & WattsVoting
Linda Whittington Corner EnergyVoting
Monica Wittrock First American Title & Trust CompanyVoting
Don T. Zachritz RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 19
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, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $4,311,659
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $4,311,494
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 Year201520142013
Total Revenue$4,240,468$4,416,733$4,361,861
Total Expenses$4,618,200$4,301,414$4,282,872
Revenue Less Expenses($377,732)$115,319$78,989
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$99,463$98,550$105,479
Individual Contributions$342,673$317,666$295,552
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,258$1,242$1,169
Unrealized Gain/Loss($94,162)$248,220$557,988
Membership Dues------
Special Events$134,476$207,756$271,913
Revenue In-Kind----$81,910
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$4,010,062$3,682,657$3,590,553
Administration Expense$393,119$372,389$448,542
Fundraising Expense$215,019$246,368$243,777
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.921.031.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%15%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$10,782,688$11,051,281$10,597,250
Current Assets$863,316$936,526$371,352
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,193,320$1,084,181$745,469
Total Net Assets$9,589,368$9,967,100$9,851,781
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.720.860.50
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $2,535,394Earned Revenue $2,319,087Earned Revenue $2,021,904
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $848,439Foundations & Corporations $808,646Foundations & Corporations $675,717
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $342,673Individuals $317,666Realized & Unrealized Gains (Losses) $557,988
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose The campaign's purpose is to raise funds for Lyric's endowments to help fund classic musical works, new musical works and arts education.
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
FY2015 financial information is from the IRS Form 990 and FY2014 is from audited financial statements.
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 St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 524-9310
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Michael Baron
Board Chair William R. Kakish
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mercy Hospital


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