[Digital Magazine] ON Media Honors 2019-2020 Season Arts Heroes in Phoenix

[Digital Magazine] ON Media Honors 2019-2020 Season Arts

Have you ever entered a theatre or museum and wondered how all this magic came together: the lighting, the set design, the costumes, the exhibits? Who helped those actors on stage become who they are today…..perhaps a life-changing theatre teacher in 3rd grade?

The individuals who make the arts happen are tirelessly committed to what they do—without them, the magic of the arts would not be what it is today. Those unsung heroes are critically important to the success of the arts community. I am sure you know of or have seen some of those behind-the-curtain heroes.

For the past four years, ON Media, publisher of theater programs in Phoenix and Tucson (and onstageaz.com), has honored an arts hero each month of the performing arts season.

Read about our 2019-2020 Arts Heroes in the booklet below.

September 2019: Judith Wolf

October 2019: Jen Rogers

November 2019: Mike Focareto

December 2019: Valerie Bontrager

January 2020: Tom Raffaeli

February 2020: Rita Hamilton

March 2020: Allan Naplan

April 2020: Christopher Cano

May 2020: Doug Sydnor

Sponsored by the Salt River Project in Phoenix, this program believes in the heroes behind the scenes. Each month, a hero is selected for each city, and nominations are submitted by the community. The hero is featured in a two-page article and photo in all theatre programs for that one chosen month. The heroes gather at the end of the season for a celebration. While diverse in interests, age, and backgrounds, they are all passionate about the arts of Arizona!

Now is your chance to recognize an Arts Hero! Do you know of a hero you would like to nominate?

Visit ON Media to submit your nomination.

Arts matter to all of us!


Mac Perlich



Linda “Mac” Perlich grew up in Phoenix. She and her husband, Russ, own ON Media, launched more than 40 years ago. They also founded Act One, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the arts to underserved students and families. Mac’s favorite performance is “The Nutcracker,” featuring three of her favorite things: the ballet, the symphony and Christmas!


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