Bonnie Franklin

Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

Watts Village Theatre

Deanne Bray

Darby Cahill

Sheldon Epps

Barbara Gannen

Gai Jones

Deborah LaFranchi

Elizabeth Tobias

Granville Van Dusen


Originally from Seattle, DARBY CAHILL came to Los Angeles in 2002, where she earned degrees in both Public Relations and Theatre with a minor in Public Management at USC. After graduation, Darby worked in event planning and publicity at NBC Universal until 2007 when she became the Managing Director of the Lyric Theatre, a brand new 99-seat black box on La Brea Avenue. As Managing Director, Darby contributes to many aspects of theatrical production, from box office to set construction to publicity, event planning, assistant directing and so much more. Darby is also Program Director for the La Brea Barnstormers, a summer theatre camp for at-risk youth supported by the Lyric Theatre Foundation. July 2008 marked the second year of the program, which doubled in size after its inaugural year. Participants in the La Brea Barnstormers are from many walks of life; all come from low-income homes, more than half are in the foster care system and some have parents incarcerated in state or federal prison. The La Brea Barnstormers program gives these children (ages 6-13) the opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment through the production and performance of a full-scale musical. Darby is extremely passionate about the impact that theatre can have on a young person's confidence level and hopes to continue the La Brea Barnstormers program for years to come. She would like to thank the Women in Theatre for this amazing award, all of the staff at the Lyric and her wonderfully supportive family.