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!


Stephanie Polhemus
Company Manager

Stephanie Polhemus received a BA in Theatre from the University of West Georgia and an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is a freelance Scenic Designer, Props Designer, and Stage Manager who has worked with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Georgia Shakespeare, Serenbe Playhouse, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, and Georgia Ensemble Theatre among others.  She is also currently the Resident Scenic Designer at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. She came to the Lyric after spending seven years teaching theatre at the University of West Georgia.  She first worked with the Lyric in 2011 as a Props Designer and is thrilled to be joining the Lyric team full-time!


Liz Campbell
Production Manager

Liz Campbell is a graduate of Niagara University where she earned a BFA in Theatre in 2003. Originally from Buffalo, she has been living in Atlanta since 2004, working as a Stage Manager with the Alliance Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Horizon Theatre among others. She first joined the Lyric family in 2013 as the Stage Manager for Ragtime. Liz is happy to be part of the team and is excited about aiding in the enrichment of our astounding local artistic community.


Jackie Lenz
Box Office Manager

Jackie is recent graduate of Kennesaw State University where she majored in Theatre and Performance Studies and minored in Psychology. She started working for the Lyric Box Office in January of 2020 but has been working with Lyric Theatre since their production of Newsies in 2018. Since then, she has worked in various capacities with the Lyric as an Assistant Stage Manager, Deck Crew member, Wardrobe Crew member and intern. She also works as a freelance Makeup Artist and Designer in the Atlanta area. She is honored to be a part of the Lyric family and to work with such an amazing team of artists every day.


Troy Parker
House Manager

Troy Parker is an Atlanta based actor, creative and performance driven Marketing, Communications, and Development professional. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Reinhardt University in 2013. Locally, he has performed at The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 7 Stages, Fabrefaction Theater, The Wallace Buice Theatre Company, Stone Mountain Park and Telltale Children’s Theatre. He has over sixteen years of Administrative and Management experience along with seven years of Marketing, Public Relations and Development/Sales experience. He served as the Marketing Coordinator and Filming Liaison for Herschend Family Entertainment’s Stone Mountain Park until August of 2019, as the Office Manager for the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University until March of 2021, and as the Assistant General Manager of the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre prior to taking his current position as the Assistant Director of Corporate Relations for United Way of Greater Atlanta. At the Lyric, he also worked as a Stage Manager in 2016 before transitioning over to serving the fan-FREAKIN-tastic and delightful patrons of the theater as the House Manager the beginning of 2017.


Elizabeth Neidel Wexler
Group Sales

Elizabeth Neidel Wexler is a graduate from Kennesaw State University where she received a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies with a minor in Dance. She has performed and choreographed for numerous Atlanta theatre companies, including over 20 Atlanta Lyric Theatre productions. Elizabeth has a group sales background from the Alliance Theatre, Young Audiences and the Woodruff Arts Center, selling tickets for their Theatre for Youth productions and Education Programs. Elizabeth is elated to join the Atlanta Lyric team!


Board of Directors

David Persson — Chair
Lynn Stevens — Vice Chair
Deborah Levey— Treasurer
Patrick Mihalik — Secretary
Paula Grothe
Tom Browning
Anne Fancissen
William A. Kiser, Ed.D
Patti Schoettler
Holly Thomas

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