Moorpark Foundation for the Arts
The mission of the Moorpark Foundation for the Arts is to provide support for and promote the arts, specifically the High Street Arts Center in the City of Moorpark. The Foundation’s goal is to raise funding through private donations, private and public grants and other resources to support the arts in Moorpark. Ultimately, it will be the mission of the Foundation to provide substantial financial support to the Arts Center so that it may eventually become independent of the city subsidy and organizational control. The Foundation will also make financial assistance available to groups and individuals enabling access and participation in the visual and performing arts in Moorpark.
For more information or to get involved please contact:
Hugh Riley, Executive Director
P.O. Box 157
Moorpark, CA 93020-0157
email: ridgeriley[at] msn.com
The Moorpark Foundation for the Arts is a Private, 501 (c) (3), Corporation in the State of California – ID # 3151203. Federal Employer Identification # 27-0319993.
Support the Arts in Moorpark
The Moorpark Foundation for the Arts relies on the generosity of many individuals who participate in one or more of our membership programs. Our Sponsors provide an essential base of annual support to the High Street Arts Center and maintain its status as a leader among Ventura County’s performing arts centers. In grateful acknowledgement, we offer a generous variety of sponsorship levels and benefits to enrich each member’s performing arts experience.
Board of Directors
Michael W. Marion
President and Executive Committee
Dr. Marion is a practicing Clinical Audiologist, having lived in Moorpark for the past 30 years. His professional experience has included Board of Director positions for the American Academy of Audiology, the Audiology Foundation of America and the California and Wyoming Academies of Audiology. He is accomplished in marketing, convention and event planning and scholarship fund raising. Dr. Marion received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Utah and Doctorate of Audiology from the Arizona Health Sciences Program. He is active in the performing arts as a singer with various acapela vocal groups and his wife, Laurel is an award-winning costumer for several community theaters including the HSAC. His daughters, Noelle and Missy are graduates of the Pepperdine theater program and are both currently working as professional actresses in live theater in NYC and California. His son, Christopher is an Environmental Science graduate from the University of Redlands and is working on the Master’s of Environment MENV degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Executive Vice President, Facilities Manager and Executive Committee
Hugh Riley is the MFA-HSAC ‘s Executive Vice President and led the formation of the Initial Foundation when it was established by the City in 2009. Hugh was responsible for the overall management of the High Street Arts Center while it was operated by the City from 2005 until 2009 thereafter with the MFA-HSAC until he retired as Assistant City Manager in December 2014. Hugh has continued to serve as the liaison to the City of Moorpark and successfully negotiated early building leases and the 2012 and 2015, Three-Year Operating Agreements for the High Street Arts Center and adjacent support buildings at 33 and 61 East High Street. With over 40 years of service in municipal government management, Hugh provides the MFA-HSAC with a unique variety of administrative experience and skills. Theater has been part of Hugh’s life since childhood and he has taught and practiced all facets of the theater arts including acting, directing, set design and construction, lighting and marketing. Hugh is a graduate of Penn State University and a Vietnam War Veteran.
General Manager and Executive Committee
Ken Rayzor is a broadcaster with thirty years’ experience in radio creating events for Disney, Sandals and the Grammys™ among others. He built a creative services company with advertising clients such as Nordstrom, Blue Cross, and Edison just to name a few. In theater he has directed numerous award winning productions that set box office records for their venues. He is a 20 year Moorpark resident and a past president of Moorpark Little League. He is entering his third season as General Manager of the High Street Arts Center. In that time attendance has increased 104% and revenues have grown by 167%.
Board Secretary and Front of House Manager
Theater is truly a family affair for Cara. She serves as Front of House Manager at the High Street Arts Center placing her in charge of the Box Office, Will Call, Concessions and promotion displays. Cara has been working behind the scenes since her daughter McKenna, husband John, and son John Michael found a passion for the stage. Cara has served as the director/co-director of “Christmas Magic” for the last 4 years at the High Street Arts Center. Cara is a teacher and Cheer Coach at Mesa Verde Middle School her in Moorpark.
Event Sound Engineer
Dr. Harper is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Moorpark Community College. Dr Harper has served four, 4-year terms on the Moorpark City Council and Redevelopment Agency Board and 2 terms on the Moorpark Unified School District Board of Education. He has extensive experience obtaining and managing funds for a wide range of educational programs and has been a strong supporter of the performing arts.
Event Sponsorship, Board Development
Bernardo M. Perez is a Development Project Manager with Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. He is also a Trustee and currently chairman of the Ventura County Community College District, Area 4 comprised of Moorpark, Simi Valley and the Santa Rosa Valley. He is a former Mayor and Councilmember for the City of Moorpark and has served on the Boards of various area community-based organizations including the Workforce Investment Board and Community Action of Ventura County. Bernardo is employed by Cabrillo Economic Development Collaborative where ha plans and develops affordable housing projects in the region.
Website and Online Marketing
Paul is the president and CEO of Maxon Computer, Inc., a software company specializing in 3D animation technology. He is a member of and an advisor to many educational arts programs including the Moorpark College Graphic Design and Multi-Media Advisory Board. Paul credits his personal and business success to his involvement in theater as a teen, which included acting, directing, producing and running business operations. He is proud to be able to give the next generation those same opportunities. His daughter Lilli is an accomplished stage, film and, television actress. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Masters Degree from UCLA.
Youth Theater and School District Liaison
Dr. Hays serves as Superintendent of the Moorpark Unified School District. She is honored and excited to be a part of the Moorpark Foundation for the Arts and will work to promote a partnership between Moorpark’s students and the theatre to foster our youth’s appreciation and involvement in the Arts.
Laurel is the financial manager at High Street Arts Center and also spends her time costuming various productions for HSAC and other county theaters. She has received a number of Four Star Alliance awards for her costuming activities.
Claudia Stone Sheppard
Box Office Manager
Claudia Stone Sheppard is a California State University, Northridge graduate with a B.A. from the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication with an emphasis in Media Theory and Criticism. She has over 15 years of experience working with children at The Phoenix Ranch School in Simi Valley, and with Carnival Cruise Lines. She is currently serving as the HSAC Youth Camp Coordinator and is an active member of Community Theater here at High Street and the SVCAC.
Set Design and Construction
Is owner of Sturdy Built, inc a local contracting company here in Moorpark. He first started building sets for the summer junior programs his daughters were in. He now builds and helps design most of the sets on the high street stage. His whole family can be found helping him out building sets. It truly is a family affair for his family.
Megan Rayzor has been involved on the theater scene for over fifteen years and entrenched in the youth theater world since 2009. She has been at High Street since 2010 and has worked on over 26 productions here. She holds a BA from UCLA (Major in History, Minor in Theater). and a MA from Pepperdine (Education) and teaches at Mesa Verde Middle School.