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

To produce quality professional theatre; to encourage and educate talented individuals; to promote collaboration among the arts; and to enrich the quality of life for the people of Oklahoma.

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 $4,769,055.00
Projected Expenses $4,766,507.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1963
IRS Ruling Year 1984
State Registration Expiration June 2020

To produce quality professional theatre; to encourage and educate talented individuals; to promote collaboration among the arts; and to enrich the quality of life for the people of Oklahoma.

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 56 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 continues its leadership among regional theatres in diversity and inclusion efforts that are integral parts of the organization’s artistic vision. As such, all Lyric's Theatre for Families productions include sensory-friendly performances designed for children on the autism spectrum/other sensory processing disorders/special needs. For these distinctive performances, Lyric modifies lighting and sound elements, in addition to providing a resource guide to families and a quiet room outside of the theatre for families to relax.

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. Lyric’s 2018 season featured the Oklahoma-premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical FUN HOME, featuring Deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank as Joan.

Lyric’s arts outreach program, Musical Interactive, continued to impact Lyric’s youngest and most underserved patrons. Oklahoma! Interactive, Lyric's most popular touring program, has traveled the state during the 2018-2019 school year. Telling the story of our statehood through the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma! Interactive is on track to reach almost 60,000 students this school 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

Lyric's 20120 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): THE CAT IN THE HAT, HAVING OUR SAY, DISTANT THUNDER, MATILDA, GREASE, KINKY BOOTS, HEAD OVER HEELS and LYRIC'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL. With accessibility and inclusion at the forefront of programming decisions, CURIOUS GEORGE: THE CAT IN THE HAT will include a sensory-friendly performance in addition to an American Sign Language interpreted performance. Every production during the season will have ASL-interpreters at specific shows during the run of the production. Lyric's website will list the dates of the ASL performances.

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).


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 50,000-60,000 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 When We’re Gone (world premiere), Disney’s Freaky Friday, Fun Home, Disney’s When You Wish, James and the Giant Peach, I Am My Own Wife, Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof, Dreamgirls, Mann...And Wife (world premiere), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (world premiere), Big Fish with David Elder and Tony-nominee Emily Skinner, Oklahoma!, An Inspector Calls, A Little Night Music with Tony-nominee Dee Hoty, Les Misérables, Triangle, Big River, Tarzan, The Glass Menagerie, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Call Me Madam with Tony-winner Beth Leavel, Spring Awakening, Ragtime, Oliver!, Boeing Boeing, Always...Patsy Cline, December Divas, The Rocky Horror Show and the annual production of Lyric’s A Christmas Carol (also adapted). He has directed over 95 productions at theaters across the country including the current production of A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other regional directing highlights include - ZACH Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher, Spring Awakening; Signature Theatre: The Little Dog Laughed, Songs for a New World starring Tony-winner Alice Ripley, Tony-nominee Brian D’Arcy James, Emmy-nominee Titus Burgess, and music direction by Jason Robert Brown; Adventure Theatre: James and the Giant Peach, the world premiere musical Big Nate; Goodspeed Musicals: Meet John Doe; Trinity Repertory Company: The School for Scandal. La Mama: The Whore of Sheridan Square (wrote and directed, published in anthology Plays and Playwrights 2006). NEA: 2010-2018 Poetry Out Loud National Competition Finals with hosts, John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington and Anna Deavere Smith. Teaching: American University, Brown University, Holy Cross College and Rhode Island College. Michael has been a theatre grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Training: B.A. in Theatre Arts, Wake Forest University; MFA in Directing, Trinity Repertory Conservatory. Michael served as the Associate Director of Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia-winner of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Michael received the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical in Washington, D.C. for Adventure Theatre’s production of A Year with Frog and Toad, the 2016 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, and a special award from Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disabilities Concerns. He is a board member for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Senior Staff
Michael BaronProducing Artistic Director
Michael Bratcher-MagallanezDirector of Marketing and Public Relations
Kerrie Brinkman-White
Jim ReynoldsManaging Director
Ashley WellsAssociate Artistic Director
Number of Full-time Staff 25
Number of Part-time Staff 15
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 13
Female 12
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Sarah Fisher
Company Affiliation Devon Energy
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
List Current as of Aug 20, 2019
Board of Directors List
Carol Ringrose AlexanderRetirement Investment AdvisorsVoting
John BedfordOklahoma City UniversityVoting
Sharlene BranhamBrown Lake ExplorationVoting
Kurt CarterMerrill LynchVoting
Terrance CasonHPC Physical TherapyVoting
Edward ClementsClements Food CompanyVoting
David DobsonHolladay & ChiltonVoting
Brad FergusonInterBankVoting
Sarah FisherDevon EnergyVoting
Ellen FlemingBank of OklahomaVoting
David J. Flesher M.D.Orthopedic AssociatesVoting
P. Kay FloydLawyerVoting
Eric Friedman M.D.NeurosurgeonVoting
Jim GrantChesapeake EnergyVoting
Ralph HeimSonic Restaurants, Inc.Voting
Brenda HernandezTango PRVoting
Janet HudsonCivic VolunteerVoting
Lou C. KerrThe Kerr Foundation, Inc.Voting
Jerry KuhnYucatan Taco StandVoting
Carrie LeonardCommunity VolunteerVoting
Randy LewisOGE Energy Corp.Voting
Paula LovePublic Relations ConsultantVoting
Lori MathenaHPC Physical TherapyVoting
Mollie McCurdyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Robert S. McKownInsuranceVoting
Scott McLawsFirst Fidelity BankVoting
Sarah MooreFirst American Title Insurance CompanyVoting
Judy Reyes-HendersonOklahoma City UniversityVoting
Richard RiggsMcAfee & TaftVoting
Gary RosenhamerInsuricaVoting
Carl ShorttCarl Shortt PhotographyVoting
Ellen SpiropoulosPhillips Murrah, P.C.Voting
Lesley St. JohnCivic and Cultural VolunteerVoting
Mary Deane StreichCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mary Ann TomlinsonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Jon TrudgeonRetiredVoting
Monica WittrockFirst American Title & Trust CompanyVoting
Meredith Wolfe
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 20
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, 2019-Dec 31, 2019
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $4,769,055
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $4,766,507
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$4,185,160$4,947,789$4,515,373
Total Expenses$4,682,501$4,634,911$4,539,999
Revenue Less Expenses($497,341)$312,878($24,626)
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$78,490
Individual Contributions----$371,472
Investment Income, Net of Losses$5,110$2,597$1,920
Unrealized Gain/Loss($262,913)$691,048$281,936
Membership Dues------
Special Events$174,047$157,737$171,849
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$3,973,429$3,956,422$3,860,083
Administration Expense$494,740$465,198$452,638
Fundraising Expense$214,332$213,291$227,278
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.891.070.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%15%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$10,402,227$10,934,401$10,707,192
Current Assets$765,371$720,621$738,310
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,021,948$1,056,781$1,142,450
Total Net Assets$9,380,279$9,877,620$9,564,742
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.750.680.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $2,542,585Earned Revenue $2,406,875Earned Revenue $2,475,417
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $1,390,167Contributions $1,415,393Foundations & Corporations $733,684
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $336,166Realized & Unrealized Gain/(Loss) $691,048Individuals $371,472
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.
While the 2019 budget projection is showing a loss, a one time transfer from the cash reserve of $75,000 will balance the budget.  
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s and by the Organization.  Oklahoma City Community Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy of the information not verifiable on Form 990 or Audit.
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 217
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Michael Baron
Board Chair Sarah Fisher
Board Chair Company Affiliation Devon Energy