Leadership

Our Artistic Director and Managing Directors handle most of the day-to-day operations for Starlight. Although they work closely hand-in-hand, these two positions have specific duties. The Artistic Director is responsible for the productions and events, while the Managing Director deals more with the business side of the theater.

DAN
ASHLOCK

Artistic Director

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

“Long, Sunday Afternoon” from Blood Brothers. From the first line of “No kids out on the street today” to the the section of the song that comments how much the characters misses his friends!

NENA
RIPPENKROEGER

Managing Director

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

"Alone in the Universe" from Seussical.

Our Board

Our governing board is comprised of volunteers, who serve a three-year term. They generally focus on big-picture direction for the theater, while still staying up to date with the current season. The board meets once per month, and all board meetings are open to the Starlight membership. The most recent board minutes can be found here.

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STACY
GIBBONS

Most Embarrassing Role in an Elementary School Play:

I played a toy in my 4th grade Christmas program. I had to dance while wearing a huge cardboard box that covered me from my head to my knees.

President

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SUSAN
GIBSON

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

"I'm All Alone" from Spamalot.

Vice President

KRISTIN
DYBVIG-PAWELKO

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

Either "Stop the World" from Come From Away or "Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie.

Secretary

LYNN
GOLDEN

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

“I’m Still Here” from Follies. Bring it on, COVID. Make my job harder. Cancel every important event in my life. Put my health at risk. Make all the TP disappear. You won’t win...I’m STILL here!

Member-at-Large

CATHY
MERRILL

Most Embarrassing Role in an Elementary School Play:

I had to play BOTH The Cow that Jumped Over the Moon and the Cow in The House that Jack Built in 8th grade for a show we took to multiple elementary schools. Being a girl, playing a COW in 8th grade....a real self-esteem builder!

Member-at-Large

HEATHER
RIDDLE

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

"Revolting Children" from Matilda. If you think of my kids singing it about their mom instead Mrs. Trunchbull, it fits to exactly to what is happening at the Riddle household. 
#lovemy5kids #COVIDcrazy!

Member-at-Large

CHRISTINA
ROBINSON

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

"Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid because I WANT TO BE WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE.

Member-at-Large

JENNIFER
SCOTT

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. The last few months have been stressful and heartbreaking at times, but I have a strong support system that’s always there for me, including a snugglebug for a dog and very talkative bird. 

Member-at-Large

ABETH
SPENCER

Shakespearean Character You Most Relate To:

Romeo. I'm a romantic who loves grand gestures, I like climbing things, I enjoy poetry and wearing tights, and I have a bad habit of acting impulsively without gathering all the information.

Member-at-Large

RAQUEL
JARVILL

Musical Theater Song That Best Illustrates Your Time in COVID-Quarantine:

My wonderful husband and I both get to work from home during this quarantine and it is nice to reclaim the commute time. “Something Good” from Sound of Music.

Immediate Past President

BARBARA
SURLOFF

Most Embarrassing Role in an Elementary School Play:

Not elementary school, but I was playing Yente in Fiddler on the Roof. I hadn’t been on stage since college so I was a little nervous. I was singing "The Rumor" and I sang about Tevye marrying his DAUGHTER Tzeitel and going off to live in NEW YORK!!! I saw the director throw the script up in the air, shaking his head.

Board Member Emeritus

Starlight Community Theater

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Phoenix, AZ 85085

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