Lyric Staff and Board

Staff Bios

Mary Nye Bennett
Artistic Director

Mary Nye Ben­nett, a proud Geor­gia native, has spent the past 16 years as a pro­fes­sion­al in the artis­tic com­mu­ni­ty. She grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­sis­sip­pi in 2001 with a BFA in Musi­cal The­atre per­for­mance. She incred­i­bly proud to call this city her home and is grate­ful to live in a city with such a strong and vibrant Artis­tic com­mu­ni­ty. Local­ly, she has per­formed at the Atlanta Lyric The­atre, the Alliance The­atre, Actors Express, The­atre in the Square and the Auro­ra the­atre. She took her first teach­ing job in 2001 as chore­o­g­ra­ph­er for Rocky Moun­tain Repara­to­ry theatre’s Youth The­atre pro­gram in Grand Lake, Col­orado where she was a com­pa­ny mem­ber for 8 years. She even­tu­al­ly advanced to Direc­tor of the entire Youth The­atre Work­shop pro­gram. Her Atlanta Lyric jour­ney start­ed as an actor in the 2009 pro­duc­tion of Hair­spray. In 2012, Mary joined the Lyric admin­is­tra­tive staff as Direc­tor of Edu­ca­tion and Devel­op­ment. In Decem­ber of 2016, Mary was select­ed to take over as Artis­tic Direc­tor of the Lyric. She is thrilled to be tasked with deliv­er­ing the high­est qual­i­ty enter­tain­ment to her patrons as well as pro­vid­ing enrich­ing artis­tic oppor­tu­ni­ties the great tal­ent in this city!


Jeff Macko
Orchestra Manager

Jeff Macko received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Per­for­mance from Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty, New Orleans. A native of Detroit, Jeff trans­plant­ed to Atlanta in 2000 after spend­ing 26 years play­ing and teach­ing in New Orleans. Since arriv­ing in Atlanta, Jeff has played with The George Carre Band, the Atlanta Wind Sym­pho­ny, Bob Martin’s Take Note Big Band, “Sparklett,” the Peach Trio, the Mount Paran Church of God Orches­tra, the Stage Door Play­ers, the Laigh Lan­g­ley Band, “Group Ther­a­py,” the Rehoboth Bap­tist Church Orches­tra, “Inquir­ing Minds,” The Alan Kni­eter Orches­tra, The Sug­ar­loaf Com­mu­ni­ty Church Band, “Mixed Com­pa­ny,” the John’s Creek Bap­tist Church Orches­tra, and The Atlanta Lyric The­atre.


Koby Parker
Box Office Manager

Koby grad­u­at­ed from Rein­hardt Uni­ver­si­ty in 2013 with a BFA in Musi­cal The­atre after attend­ing Short­er Uni­ver­si­ty for the major­i­ty of his col­lege career. He has been work­ing as a pro­fes­sion­al actor since then at places like the Lyric, the Alliance, and Tell-Tale Children’s The­atre. He joined the Lyric team as an actor in Decem­ber of 2012 and then jumped onboard full-time in Octo­ber of 2015 as Box Office Man­ag­er. He could not be more thrilled to be a part of this won­der­ful team!


Troy Parker
House Manager

Troy Park­er, grad­u­at­ed from Rein­hardt Uni­ver­si­ty in 2013 with a BFA in Musi­cal The­atre Per­for­mance. Local­ly, he has per­formed at 7 Stages, Fab­refac­tion The­ater, Stone Moun­tain Park and Tell­tale Children’s The­atre. Region­al­ly, at the Big­fork Sum­mer Play­house, ArtSpot Edu­ca­tion­al The­atre (Inter­na­tion­al Tour) and in Texas: The Musi­cal Dra­ma at the Palo Duro Canyon. He began work­ing for the Lyric as a Stage Man­ag­er, and was thrilled to accept the offer to become the House Man­ag­er at the begin­ning of 2017! Cur­rent­ly he works full time at Stone Moun­tain Park as the Mar­ket­ing Coör­di­na­tor, with three fur babies, Chip, Del­la, Ranger, and his won­der­ful hus­band, Koby, at home. He is hon­ored to be a part of this fan-freakin-tas­tic and delight­ful team!


Jessica De Maria
Marketing and Development Coördinator

Jes­si­ca De Maria is an Atlanta based per­former, writer, edu­ca­tor and Arts Admin­is­tra­tor. Jes­si­ca most recent­ly served as the Devel­op­ment Man­ag­er at Actor’s Express and has been on the staff at Geor­gia Shake­speare and Hori­zon The­atre. She has taught act­ing, improv, pup­pet mak­ing, play­writ­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tive arts with the Alliance The­atre, Geor­gia Ensem­ble The­atre, the Cen­ter for Pup­petry Arts, Serenbe Play­house and Auro­ra The­atre. Jes­si­ca also devotes her time to cre­at­ing orig­i­nal musi­cals with her writ­ing part­ner, Chase Pea­cock. She has appeared in many pro­duc­tions and projects around Atlanta. Jes­si­ca is a proud grad­u­ate of Oglethor­pe Uni­ver­si­ty and holds a mas­ters degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Flori­da. www.jessicademaria.com


Board of Directors

David Pers­son – Chair
Lynn Stevens – Vice Chair
Sta­cye Bak­er – Trea­sur­er
Mon­i­ca Gwinn – Sec­re­tary
Paula Grothe
Tom Brown­ing
Michael Ever­hart
Bev­er­ly Collins
Sam Matthews
Brent Brown
Rich Erick­son
Michael Fried­man
Bil­ly Hall
Shirley Klebenow
Deb­o­rah Lev­ey
Bill Plant
Patrick Miha­lik
Cathey Turn­er
Ash­ley Warn­er