In honor of National Women’s History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on the women working behind-the-scenes at the Lobero Theatre Foundation.
Here is a peek into who these amazing women are and the role they play in keeping this theater running smoothly.
Marianne Clark (pictured top right) has been with the Lobero for 22 years. As our administrative director, her work covers a wide range. She describes her work as, “ensuring all of the amazing artists and arts organizations who perform on the Lobero stage feel welcome and supported while they are here.” Marianne also oversees grant writing to foundations, works closely with David Asbell on artist contracts and embodies our operational history.
“Ensuring all of the amazing artists and arts organizations who perform on the Lobero stage feel welcome and supported.”
Marianne’s most memorable show at the Lobero was Largo Goes to Hell in 2007. Fun fact about Marianne, she was in a rock band in high school.
Cecilia Martini-Muth (pictured top middle) has worked at the Lobero for 21 years as our graphic designer. She describes her work as, “visually representing the Lobero in the best way possible.” All the graphics that you see in print or online are created by her capable hands. The most memorable show for Cecilia was the White Oak Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. A fun fact about Cecilia is that she is a trained dancer and has not only performed on the Lobero stage, but has stage-managed many productions in our beautiful venue.
“Visually representing the Lobero in the best way possible.”
Sheila Caldwell (pictured top, left) has work for the foundation for 6 years. Many of you may recognize her as our hostess with the most-est at our pre-show receptions. However, Sheila does much more working on our development team as the personal liaison to the Lobero Theatre Associates, writing and sending out gift letters and organizing and executing donor appreciation and fundraising events. She describes her work as, “juggling multiple projects.” In our minds, that is an understatement. The development team relies on her heavily for tracking donations and keeping up with the needs of our donors. Sheila’s most memorable show was When the Lights Go Out. Fun fact about Sheila is that she has produced or co-produced nearly 20 dance production on the Lobero stage.
Genevieve Rhiger has worked at the Lobero for 15 years as the ticketing and database manager. She describes her job as, “keeping track of data.” For every show that goes up at the Lobero, Genna builds the seat map and sets the pricing codes. She is a master at building and managing seating for each show, which is, believe it or not, an art form. Using data prediction, she can see how shows will sell in order to assign the correct seating types. Her role straddles across departments as data plays an important role in of daily work of the theater in different ways. Genna’s favorite show was The Eels and Richard Thompson’s 1000 Years of Music. Fun fact about Genna is that she makes potholders.
Angie Bertucci, the marketing & communications director, just celebrated 10 years at the Lobero. For those who don’t know, all communications sent out from the Lobero are meticulously overseen by her. This includes social media, blog posts, e-newsletters, Backstage at the Lobero, posters, ads and more. She has this to say about her work, “I love learning about new music and cultural taste-makers through this job and bringing them to the people.” Her favorite show at the Lobero was Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama, where she received a signed setlist from the Dr. himself. Fun fact about Angie is that she toured Tokyo with a rock band.
“I love learning about new music and cultural taste-makers through this job and bringing them to the people.”
Adrienne DeGuevara is in her third year at the Lobero. In her job as assistant director of development, her primary work is making sure that all the logistical needs of the development department are flowing efficiently. In her words, “the most important aspect of my job is curating donor experiences and acting as a liaison for sponsor and donor needs for each event.” Her favorite two shows at the Lobero were, A John Waters Christmas (2017) and The Cowboy Junkies (2019). Fun fact about Adrienne is that prior to landing the assistant director position she worked as the hospitality coordinator for the Lobero talent. That meant making sure the musicians and their crew all had the creature comforts needed to perform and feel at home at the Lobero. No brown M&M’s were ever requested.
“The most important aspect of my job is curating donor experiences and acting as a liaison for sponsor and donor needs for each event.”
Concessions and Events
Betsy Craig has spent 7 years at the Lobero as she puts it, “keeping the booze flowing!” Betsy is our events and concessions manager. If you have a special event or have ever visited our concessions stands, you’ve most likely seen or met Betsy. She manages up to 10 bartenders and was key in organizing the installation of our upgraded carts and tap systems. She schedules and coordinates all activity in our courtyard where many private events like film festival parties and opera happy hours are held. Her favorite shows at the Lobero are recurring ones like It’s Magic and Danceworks. A fun facts about Betsy is that she is a huge fan of historical fiction. She can tell you about Winston Churchill’s mother (an American heiress) or list Henry VIII’s various wives and how each met their ends in great detail.
“Keeping the booze flowing!”
Box Office Team
Gina Graham, our box office manager, has been with the Lobero for 5 years. She feels, “the most important aspect of my job is connecting with people.” Gina manages up to 5 employees in the box office and oversees all ticket sales, works with renters on building their seat maps and makes sure ticketing runs smoothly. She is also one of the friendly faces patrons are greeted by when picking up their tickets at Will Call. Her most memorable show was Neil Young and Promise of the Real in the summer of 2018. One fun fact about her is that she is one quarter Venezuelan.
“The most important aspect of my job is connecting with people.”
Diane Torres has worked in the Lobero box office for 6 years assisting patrons in purchasing tickets and greeting people in person when they come to purchase or pick up their tickets at the box office window. For her, the most important aspect of her job is being a strong collaborator on the box office team. Most memorable show for her was seeing the band Oh Wonder. A fun fact about Diane is that she was named after Princess Diana.
Emily Valenzuela, has worked for the Lobero for 8 months now as the assistant box office manager. In addition to assisting Gina in managing all things box office, she also assists Genna Rhiger in building shows on our ticketing database. She feels the most important aspect of her role is, “providing easy, kind, accommodating service to all Lobero guests to make sure that our events are accessible to everyone.” Most memorable show so far was the Steve Miller Band. She grew up listening to their hits like “The Joker,” and seeing that song performed live was surreal for her. Fun fact about Emily is that she hosts a radio show on KCSB 91.9 FM playing everything from Shoegaze to Bossa Nova to Fuzz.
“Providing easy, kind, accommodating service to all Lobero guests to make sure that our events are accessible to everyone.”
You can keep up with the Ladies of the Lobero on Social Media, and in each issue of Backstage at the Lobero.
Make sure to let the amazing women in your life know how much they are appreciated during Women’s History Month, this year and every year.