The mission of Glendale Arts is to integrate the arts into the identity, growth and economic vitality of the City of Glendale by presenting programming and creating partnerships that benefit youth, patrons, artists, organizations and businesses in the community and at the Alex Theatre.


Glendale Arts envisions a vibrant and healthy community that supports, cultivates and appreciates the arts.


Glendale Arts Administration

Elissa Glickman

Elissa Glickman

CEO, Glendale Arts

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Nina Crowe

Nina Crowe

Director of Fund Development & Community Partnerships

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Melissa Schwing

Melissa Schwing

Community Engagement and Development Coordinator

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Lauren Nearhoff

Lauren Nearhoff

Grant Writer

Douglas Brown

Douglas Brown

Bookkeeper / Payroll Administrator

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Glendale Arts Community Programs

Jess Castillo

Jess Castillo

Special Events Manager, GA Community Programs

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Alex Theatre

Maria Sahakian

Maria Sahakian

Director of Marketing & Events

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Ben Karasik

Ben Karasik

Director of Theatre Operations, Alex Theatre

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Bob O’Neill

Bob O’Neill

Technical Director, Alex Theatre

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Judith Baker

Judith Baker

Box Office Manager

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Rafa Posada

Rafa Posada

Assistant Technical Director, Alex Theatre

Darren Mora

Darren Mora

Head Sound Engineer, Alex Theatre

Lido Montovo

Lido Montovo

Maintenance Supervisor

Ashley Vaughn

Ashley Vaughn

Event Manager, Alex Theatre

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Executive Committee

Vincent Espinoza, Chair
Community Partner

Pete Weir, Vice Chair
Peter D. Weir, CPA

Mark MacCarley, Treasurer
MacCarley & Rosen, PLC

William “Randy” Slaughter, Secretary
Community Advocate

Elissa Glickman, CEO
Glendale Arts

Philip Lanzafame
Director, Community Development Department

Board of Directors

Richard Bardwell, MD
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

Pam Elyea
History For Hire

Dr. Peter J. Green, DMA
Chair, Visual & Performing Arts Division /
Professor of Music, Glendale College

Harry Hull
Hull Homes Realty

Susan Hunt
Community Partner

Phil Kubel
The Stronach Group / XBTV

Abraham Meltzer
Office of the United States Attorney

Charles Moore
Citizen’s Business Bank

Jenny Schwing
Wolfe Managing GP

Pamela Tyus
AM870 The Answer/Salem Communications

Paula Unger
Community Partner

Jill Vasant
Caruso Affiliated/
The Americana at Brand

Lisa Yeghiayan
Massage Envy Glendale

City of Glendale Liaisons

Philip Lanzafame
Director, Community Development Department

Jennifer McLain
Principal Economic Development Officer,
Glendale Economic Development Corporation

Advisory Council

Jeanne Armstrong
Former Director of Development Services,
City of Glendale

Alex A. Baroian
Baroian & Peto LLP

William Boyd Jr.
Charles Dunn Company

Marco Brambilla
Forum Architectural Planning

Patrick Campbell
Bartlett Catering Services

Randy Carter
Motion Picture Director/Producer

Eileen Givens
Former Mayor, City of Glendale

Ronald Grzywinski
Law Offices of Ronald Grzywinski

Jeero Habeshian
Glencrest Realty

Bruce Hinckley
Former Corporate CFO, Retired

Max Howard
Exodus Film Group

Rick Lemmo
Caruso Affiliated / Downtown Glendale Association

Betty Porto
Porto’s Cafe & Bakery

Jose Sierra
JM Sierra Company

Gene “Chip” Stone
The Stone-Beck Group at Morgan Stanley

Tegan Summer
Prospect House Entertainment

Michael Velazquez
Sadd Velazquez Higashi Shammaa

Joylene Wagner
Community Partner

Jim Wilke
Retired / Past Glendale Arts & Alex Regional Theatre Board Chair


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