Staff

JARROD KOPP (Executive DirectorJarrod Kopp is the Executive Director of Theatre Tulsa. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he studied journalism and theatre. His spent more than 25 years in various communications files including journalism, PR, advertising and corporate communications. During those years, Jarrod spent his spare evenings working with various local theatre companies as an actor and director while also consulting with them pro bono on branding and marketing. Jarrod was part of the original team the rescued Theatre Tulsa from near-bankruptcy in 2012, and applied his business experience and passion for theatre into a massive reinvigoration of the company that is still growing rapidly to this day.

SARA PHOENIX (Artistic Director) Sara serves as Artistic Director for Theatre Tulsa. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Oklahoma and has been involved in theatre across the country as an actress, teacher, director, and choreographer. Most recently for TT, Sara directed and/or choreographed Cats, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde and Oliver! She has performed in and directed productions nationally and has traveled as a director and actress in Europe. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Theatre and is Chairman of their Education Committee. This summer Sara organized and facilitated the National Youth Theatre Summit and she looks forward to serving as a facilitator for the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association’s Artistic/ Managing Directors Conference this fall. She is also a certified theatre adjudicator for theatre festivals all over the country. Sara is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

MELISSA SPARKS (Production Manager) Melissa is from Biloxi, Mississippi where she started performing in community theatre and worked on productions in college while studying broadcasting and coaching the equestrian team. Melissa earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Mississippi State University. After college, she worked at Stagedoor Manor and on Carnival Cruise Lines and moved to Tulsa in 2011. Since moving to Tulsa, Melissa has worked with Theatre Tulsa, Clark Youth Theatre, Heller Theatre Co., Midwestern Theatre Troupe, and Odeum Theatre Company. She now works full time as the Production Manager for Theatre Tulsa and as the General Manager of Clark Youth Theatre.

PETE BRENNAN (Education / Community Outreach Coordinator) Pete Brennan is a Tulsa native and theatre professional with an eye towards social justice and outreach. After a successful performance career in National and International Broadway Tours, Pete pursued an MFA at the Boston Conservatory. Upon returning home to Tulsa, he began exploring his passion for outreach and advocacy. Pete is a current Advisory Board Member of Oklahomans for Equality, and is a member of the inaugural 2018 cohort of Artist, Inc. Tulsa. He was recently asked to serve as a featured panelist for 108 Contemporary’s talk-back discussion about race issues in the arts, and is a regular Master Class instructor at his Alma Mater, the University of Tulsa. In 2017, alongside his best friend, Karlena Riggs, Pete created and performed an original cabaret-style show exploring the issues faced by our homeless population for the Performing Arts Center’s Summerstage season entitled “Seeking Shelter.” With Theatre Tulsa, Pete is working to increase the opportunities afforded to our underprivileged communities through programs like AHHA’s Artists in the Schools, the Harwelden Institute, and new and original programming for Tulsa-area students and adults alike.

MANDY GROSS (Resident Costume Designer) Mandy’s recent costuming credits include Amadeus, Ragtime, Cabaret, Richard III, and Jesus Christ Superstar. She started her costuming career with Theatre Tulsa in 2015 and has continued to learn and grow with the help of her best friend and costuming partner, Lisa Hunter, and their mentors, Crista Patrick and Deborah Belford. She would also like to thank her husband, Fletcher Gross, for his constant support and her Theatre Tulsa family for being so welcoming and supportive. She is very excited to continue her costuming journey with Theatre Tulsa and their 95th season.

LISA HUNTER
 (Resident Costume Designer) Lisa graduated from Stephen F Austin State University with a BA in Theatre in 2008. Her recent costuming credits include Amadeus, Ragtime, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Elf Jr., and Cabaret.  She also did hair and makeup for Fiddler on the Roof.  Her acting credits include Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, Celia in As You Like It and Ensemble for Will Rogers Follies, Cabaret, and Richard III. She would like to thank all her friends and family for all their support and her costuming partner Mandy for pushing her to be more and more creative with each production they work on together.