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Production Apprentice Alumni

2019/20 Production Apprentices


Travis Baldwin 

2nd Year Lighting Design Apprentice

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Education: BFA in Theatre Design & Production from Oklahoma City University

Experience: Lighting Design for Arizona Opera, Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Silverthorne, Colorado, and Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Luci Burdick

3rd Year Stage Management Apprentice

Hometown: Urbana, Ohio

Education: B.F.A. in Stage Management from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University

Experience: Assistant Stage Manager at Arizona Opera, Assistant Stage Management Intern at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Production Assistant at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Stage Manager at Thunder Bay Theater in Alpena, Michigan, Stage Manager at Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University


Cody Grasher

1st Year Costume Apprentice

Hometown: Grain Valley, Missouri

Education: BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Design and Technical from the University of Missouri

Experience: Worked as a stitcher/dresser for the Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre at Mizzou, worked as a costume studio technician for the University of Missouri's Theatre Department, worked as a stitcher/dresser intern for the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and returned as a stitcher for another season at the Utah Festival Opera


Emma Jackson

2nd Year Costume Apprentice
Co-Sponsored by: Dr. Paul S. Symchych

Hometown: Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey

Education: Studied Fashion and Costume Design at Kent State University

Experience: Ran wardrobe for productions at Kent State University, head costume designer for an independent film at Kent State University, Costume design internship in Los Angeles, California.


Mattaea Reeves

1st Year Costume Apprentice
Sponsored in part by Nancy Foster

Hometown: Cave Creek, Arizona

Education: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Theatre Major, Design and Technology Emphasis, Arts and Cultural Management Minor.

Experience: Ran wardrobe at Northern Arizona University and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Designed and built costumes at Northern Arizona University, Pinnacle Creative Arts Studio, Northwest Christian School, and Desert Foothills Theater. Award recipient from Northern Arizona University, Desert Foothills Theater, and the National Youth Arts.

Shyla Bonham

2nd Year Stage Management Apprentice

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona

Education: BA in Theater Design and production from Arizona State University

Experience: Stage manager and Assistant stage manager at Tacoma Little theater, Assistant Stage Manager at Arizona Opera, Stage manager at Now and Then theater company, Assistant stage Manager at Southwest Shakespeare, Stage manager and Assistant stage manager at East Valley Children's Theater, Stage Manager at Binary Theater Company, Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager at Arizona State University.


Interested in applying for the Production Apprentice Program? Click below to submit your application.


For more information about the Production Apprentice Program, please contact Luke Matlock at or by phone at 602.903.5719.

Arizona Opera’s Production Apprentice Program is made possible through the support of: Karen Fruen, Paul S. Symchych, M.D., Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Nancy Foster, and Fred and Arleen Schwartz.

If you are passionate about continuing the traditions of opera for the next generation, this is your opportunity! For more information about supporting this program, or to inquire about sponsoring an apprentice, contact Logan Marshall at 602.218.7331 or