Michael Baron Named Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

News   Michael Baron Named Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma Michael Baron, who recently served as associate director of the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, moved to the Midwest in June to take over as artistic director of the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.

Lyric Theatre, located in Oklahoma City, announced Baron's appointment July 5. Baron's credits include The Whore of Sheridan Square, a comedy celebrating the life and work of Ridiculous Theatre Company founder Charles Ludlam, which Baron wrote and directed at La Mama, E.T.C.; Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad; Miss Richfield's High Hair, High Hopes, Hygiene; and more than 60 productions regionally, at Signature, Ford's Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Trinity Repertory, and elsewhere.

Baron said in a statement, "I am committed to producing the best in award-winning musicals and plays; fostering the development of new works by today's new generation of composers, lyricists, and playwrights; providing the highest-quality theatrical training for students at the Thelma Gaylord Academy and bringing the classics of the American musical to a new generation of theatre patrons. Under my leadership, and with the support of Lyric's wonderful staff and board of directors, it is my goal to continue to bring the best of American theatre and beyond to Oklahoma City."

As Oklahoma's leading professional theatre, Lyric Theatre produces musicals and plays in two venues: the 279-seat Plaza Theatre and the 2,430-seat Civic Center Music Hall.

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