Board of Directors

 

RON HOFMANN
Chairman

Ron Hofmann is currently managing director of B|W|R Public Relations, where he has been since 1996. Prior to joining B|W|R, he was Vice President of the Rick Miramontez Company. He has been an entertainment and lifestyle publicist for over 20 years and has overseen a spectrum of corporate and entertainment clients, including brand integration (Lincoln, AOL), actors (Jason Alexander, Dana Carvey, James Woods), authors (Lemony Snicket), personalities (Jon Taffer, Tom Leykis), events (Live Earth, HBO Comedy Festival), film festivals (Palm Springs, CineVegas), networks (Sí TV, Current), television/film (Malcolm in the Middle, Soul Surfer), theater (Rock of Ages, Sunset Boulevard), consumer products (Stella and Dot, Chooka) and technology companies (Netflix, ShoeDazzle).



NICHOLAS ANTONIAN
 

Nick Antonian, CPA, MBA is the Treasurer of the Groundlings. He is currently a Director at Marcum LLP in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. As a member of the Assurance Service practice and National Retail and Consumer Products Group, he works on the financial audits and reviews for multiple clients as well as mergers and acquisitions. His experience includes working with clients in the high technology, manufacturing, distribution, furniture, and retail and apparel industries and provides post-audit business consulting services including financial forecasts, advanced modeling and recommendations for operational efficiencies. Nick can be contacted at Nick.Antonian@marcumllp.com.



RICK DAVIS
 

Rick Davis is a corporate transactional and litigation attorney for individuals and businesses, including performers, writers, production companies, and Fortune 500 companies. His firm also serves as outside counsel to The Groundlings.



LYRIC LEWIS
Main Company Rep
 

Hold on to your butts..." Literally Lyric's favorite quote from her favorite movie. Lyric has spent her life crossing the country to get to this bio, born a Saints fan in New Orleans, transplanted to the frigid cheese curds of Minnesota, and then landing at Syracuse to earn a B.F.A. in Theater (GO CUSE!). Then after she couldn’t handle anymore lake-effect snow, she moved to L.A, thank GAWD! She is a main cast member on the brand spankin' new MADtv on the CW, and some of her other credits include: DRUNK HISTORY, THE GAGGLE, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, GAY SKIT HAPPENS, and all sorts of other fun things!  You may have also seen her in the 2015 CBS Diversity Showcase, and, if you're a traveler, in the 2015 New Faces: Characters showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal!...she is now an expert in poutine. She is BEYOND excited to be in the Main Company and cannot WAIT to give laughs upon laughs...upon laughs, until you're tired of laughing...if that's possible. Oh right, and her favorite movie is Jurassic Park! Heeeeey Steven Spielberg, for if and WHEN you read this bio.



ARIANE PRICE
Main Company Rep
 

Ariane Price is passionate about the energy that can only be experienced performing in and watching LIVE theater. Her book “The Amazing Ned” is soon to become a screenplay. Her blog “Tales of a Real Hollywood Mom” on tumblr.com is fun to read. She has happened to appear in numerous TV shows and a few movies. She’s the co-creator of the totally unique live talk show “Happy Hour” with alum Cheryl Hines, and cast mates Lisa Schurga and Lauren Burns. And because laughter is the best medicine, she’s also a doctor.



Michael Chuven
Main Company Rep
 

Originally from Australia, Michael Churven came to America as part of the Australian wave in the early ‘00s and is thrilled to be a Main Company member at The Groundlings Theatre. His television credits include MODERN FAMILY and Tru TV’s YOU CAN DO BETTER. He has appeared on Australian television in the series BUTTERFLY ISLAND and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SKIPPY. Theatre credits include the Australian national tour of THE KING AND I and Open Fist Theater’s production of DELEARIOUS.



PHYLLIS KATZ
Alumni Rep
 

A pioneer member and former director of The Groundlings, Phyllis has enjoyed working in TV, film and stage as an actor, writer and director. Her one-woman show, "Katz: Music & Characters," won a Drama-Logue award for best performance; her play; "Codependently Yours," was an L.A. Weekly award nominee; and her first film short, "Shoedini," ran on I-film for a year with a 10 rating. She most recently appeared inReno 911, Strong Medicine, and the film Taking the Plunge and was the female lead on Showtime's cult comedy Sherman Oaks. As a songwriter, she co-authored three TV theme songs and the anthem for Project Literacy and was a regular contributor to FX's Son of the Beach. In addition to co-creating The Groundlings School, Phyllis does private coaching and conducts writing, character development, and song improv workshops across the country. She is a contributing writer for OurLa.org. and her first book Hipwrecked: My Health Insurance Sucked, So I Went to India will be available this fall.