Musical Theatre of Anthem


Board Members

Jackie Stewart Hammond(Producing Artistic Director, Resident Vocal Director, Director, SPAI Instructor)
is an ariZoni award-winning Music Director who has received 11 ariZoni award nominations and 3 NYA award nominations. She has been teaching music and theatre for over twenty years. She graduated with honors from San Jose State University where she majored in Creative Arts and minored in Musical Theatre. Jackie is a graduate of the American Musical Theater Artists’ Institute where she rigorously trained in voice, dance, and acting, as well as Shakespeare, improvisation, and stage combat. She also spent a summer studying opera with the chairman of the music department from Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Jackie has extensive experience in the performing arts and professional theatre where she has played leading roles in many musical productions, and has also received an ariZoni nomination for her portrayal of Cinderella in Into the Woods. Other favorite roles have included Gino/Harpo Marx (Day in Hollywood/Night in the Ukraine), Lily and Miss Hannigan (Annie), Cathy (Last Five Years), and the Witch (Into the Woods). Jackie has worked with all ages in theatrical performances from age five through adult. She composed original arrangements of many musical theater songs for San Jose State University’s Touring Group, “Company One” where in her college years, she performed with them, as well.

Jackie has vocal directed, directed, and choreographed for many theatres in California and Arizona, including one of the nation's largest youth theaters in San Jose. Directing and performing experience includes well over seventy shows to her credit with prestigious theaters such as American Musical Theatre of San Jose (Equity Theater, over 2600 seat house), Cabrillo Stage, Foothill Music Theatre, This Side of the Hill Players, Second Stage West, University Theater, Desert Foothills Theater, Theaterworks, West Bay Opera, Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose, Young People’s Theater, and iTheatre Collaborative and Arizona Broadway Theater performing in Jeff Kennedy’s Christmas Cabaret.

Jackie has held many titles including Miss Santa Clara County and was third runner-up in Miss California State. She has participated in and judged countless California state scholarship and talent competitions, as well as talent competitions in Arizona. In addition to being involved with theater, Jackie has been a classroom teacher and Reading Specialist. Jackie has also taught music in schools for many years. She teaches private voice lessons, and her students have performed professionally and in national tours. In addition to Jackie’s musical talents, she is married to her husband, Jeff, and they have twin children who are the lights of her life. It has always been Jackie’s dream to open her own theater and she thanks everyone for their wonderful support.

Jeff Hammond
brings with him extensive business education and years of work experience. He has been working in the business and technology fields for the past 16+ years and is currently working in the Technologies department of a Fortune 500 financial services company. Jeff has a MBA in Technology Management from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurial Management from San Francisco State University where he graduated with honors. He also completed a semester of study at the International Arnhem Business School in the Netherlands.

In addition to working for a large corporation for the past 11+ years, Jeff has many years of experience working for small, start-up companies in a variety of roles including Marketing Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Office Manager, and Assistant Head Instructor at a martial arts school. He has also been running his own web design company for the past 10 years.

Evon Kishbaugh
moved to Anthem from Wilton, CT in 2005 with her husband Lyle and daughter Jessica. Evon worked for 20 years at PB Capital (a US subsidiary of Germany's Postbank) and its predecessor, BHF-BANK. For over 10 years, she was the Chief Credit Officer where she supervised the credit and loan administration staff responsible for the overall approval process of a $4 billion portfolio focusing on investment grade, middle market and real estate accounts. When she is not spending time with her family, Evon enjoys volunteering as Box Office Manager for MTA, assisting her daughter's MTA theater events and school activities, baking (with the help of the Food Network) and pursuing her daily workouts.

Justin Carlson
attended Arizona State for his undergraduate degree , earning a Bachelor's of Science (Cum Laude) with Honors. He also earned his Master's of Business Administration (MBA) from ASU - WP Carey School of Business with a specialty in Finance. Justin spent 5 years working for Wells Fargo both as a branch manager and an Officer in their trust services department. He held the position of VP of Sales & Marketing for a Financial Services wholesale company and grew the company from $36 million per year in New Assets to over $300 million in my final year.

Justin currently owns and manages a Financial planning and tax office in the Northwest Valley. They are also partners in (2) Majerle's Sports Bars in Goodyear and Scottsdale. He has 2 children - McKenna and Brett. Justin and his wife, Joy, love Anthem, the community and the blessings of great neighbors and friends.

Gloria Foy
moved from New York to Arizona back in 1992. She lived in Tennessee from 2000-2003 with her husband and returned to AZ in 2003. Gloria worked as a project manager for several home building companies in both Arizona and Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her children's school and volunteering as show coordinator at MTA. Her strong organizational skills and take charge attitude help her when show coordinating several shows a season at MTA.

Brian Kunnari
is a Valley native with a long history in the Arizona arts scene. Brian toured the world as a member of the Phoenix Boys Choir in elementary school and began composing music professionally during high school while enjoying time on stage in band, choir and theater. By college, Brian was working full-time as a composer starting his own original music house, Imagescore Music while working towards his Bachelor's degree in Music Theory and Composition at ASU. His musical career lead him to projects with Disney, the NBA, Kartchner Caverns, KTVK, the AZ Science Center, A Ludwig Dance Theater, Theater Works and many more. He won national Addy awards for radio jingles, Arizoni awards for original theatrical compositions and freelanced for the top jingle house in NY, David Horowitz Music Associates.

In 2003, Brian joined the staff of Phoenix Theatre and in 2005, he was named the Director of Marketing and Communications as well as staff composer for Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company. After 9 amazing seasons, Brian headed to the Phoenix Suns where he served as the Director of Marketing for the Phoenix Mercury. Brian is currently the Group Account Director for R&R Partners, a national advertising agency best known for their Las Vegas campaign, "What Happens Here, Stays Here" where he heads integrated advertising efforts for APS, Avnet, Cox Business, the Health & Wealth Raffle benefitting Barrow at St. Joseph's, First Solar, the AZ Department of Agriculture and more.

Brian is also a hardcore Disney geek currently living in West Wing with his wife Stacey and two incredible daughters, Ellie and Presley. He is so proud to be a part of this incredible gem of an arts organization that is MTA and to help secure its success and longevity nurturing young talent in the northwest Valley.