Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

About Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

About Us

Entertaining Central Texas Since 1976


About Gilbert & Sullivan:
The Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas were composed between 1871 and 1896 in Victorian London. Their sparkling musical scores by Sir Arthur Sullivan and their dazzling lyrics by Sir William S. Gilbert have kept them popular throughout the English-speaking world ever since. They've been called the "Saturday Night Live" of their day for their satiric appeal, but they have proven universal and timeless in their comic and ironic treatment of human foibles through their "airy persiflage" and "innocent merriment." And the popular appeal of the music has endeared them to millions who cherish "laughing song and merry dance." They are arguably the most popular "musical comedies" ever written for the stage. For more information about Gilbert & Sullivan visit The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive or GSOpera.

Read the History of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin / 1976-2001 by Leland L. Smith

Our name changed from "The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin" to "Gilbert & Sullivan Austin" in April 2017.

Our Mission:
Entertaining and educating Texas audiences since 1976, Gilbert & Sullivan Austin is dedicated to spreading the topsy-turvy humor and joyful music of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

Grand Productions:
GSA is known for its highly acclaimed annual Summer Grand Productions (performed usually in June) from the G&S repertoire. These productions are fully staged, and performed with a live orchestra. learn more

Season Productions:
Several times throughout the year, the society produces recital musical performances of G&S selections as well as songs from opera and musical theater. In addition, other special programming such as celebrations and lectures are produced. Most are free to attend.

Several times throughout the year, the society produces a sing-along program of music and history featuring G&S and other musical works. G&S Musicales are full of singing and fun and are open to all. Musicales are free to attend.

Wand'ring Minstrels and Community Outreach:
Gilbert & Sullivan Austin is an educational group, dedicated to spreading and teaching the joys of G&S. The Wand'ring Minstrels are our ambassadors to the Central Texas community. The Minstrels perform for schools, private parties, and community groups of all types. Delightfully fun shows range from lively recitals of Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular tunes to interactive, mini-productions of full summer productions. learn more

Volunteer Opportunities:
If you are interested in volunteering, we would love to hear from you. learn more

Watch a 2019 video that tells the story of Gilbert & Sullivan Austin.
Board of Directors
Libby Weed President: Serves as an educational consultant after a career in elementary and secondary education; has served since 1996 on the board and has previously sung in the chorus of GSA shows.
Dave Wieckowski Treasurer & CFO: Retired CPA, formerly Regional Finance Director at Whole Foods Market; has served on the board since 1998; has performed as an extra in shows in past years.
Diane Radin Vice President & Grants Manager: Retired Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at UT Austin; has been a community volunteer and member of the board of trustees of several local and national non-profits; co-chair of Jewish Foundation of Austin & Central Texas.
Michael Meigs Secretary & Bursar: Editor, translator and reviewer, publisher of Central Texas Live Theatre, an on-line journal covering Austin, San Antonio and elsewhere in the region. Retired Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State.
David Little Publicist & Webmaster: Director of Media Services with the Texas General Land Office. Previously Director/Production Manager at KVUE-TV.
June Julian Musicale Coordinator: Administrative professional for 25+ years, currently Administrative Specialist at Advanced Micro Devices. Classically trained opera singer who performs with Austin Opera, Spotlight on Opera, Austin Theatre Project, Austin Chamber Ensemble, ZACH Theatre, Alamo City Opera, Texas Concert Opera Collective, and GSA. On GSA Board 2005-2009 (President 2007-2008), rejoined 2015.
Robert L. Schneider Wand’ring Minstrels Coordinator: Classically trained opera singer with a Bachelor of Arts degree in K-12 music education; has appeared in many GSA productions as well as other musical productions in the greater Austin area.
Rosa Mondragon Harris Scholarships Coordinator: IT Project Manager at UT. Classically trained singer who has sung with Tapestry Singers, Austin Opera Chorus, One Ounce Opera and in several GSA musicales and productions.
Charles Smaistrla Legal Counsel: Lawyer and economic consultant; worked at the Public Utility Commission of Texas as an administrative law judge; in private practice since 1991, first as an economic consultant, now as an attorney representing clients in probate and guardianship cases.
Kent Smith Legal Counsel & Publicity: Lawyer with 36 years experience; partner at Reed & Scardino LLP; involved in fitness, competing in powerlifting meets, Austin Fit magazine’s “Austin Fittest” contest, Camp Gladiator Games, etc.
David Treadwell Special Projects & Grants: Chemist and consultant; has sung in the GSA chorus.
Sarah Slaughter Volunteer Coordinator: Owner of Texas Oven Co.; heritage food advocate and community volunteer; classically trained flutist.

Board Members - January 7, 2018
Sue Caldwell Newsletter Editor
Arthur DiBianca Database Manager
Steven Schwartzman Events Photographer
Janette Jones Musicale Director
Chris Bugge
Allan Longacre
Byron Arnason
Special Projects
Gilbert & Sullivan Austin Hall of Fame
Sue Caldwell, Frank Delvy, Reba Gillman, Len Gillman, Russell Gregory, Enid Hallock, Janette Jones, Robert Mellin, Rosemary Russell-Vines, Katharine Shields
Inducted November 5, 2006
Arthur DiBianca, Bill Hatcher, Libby Weed, Ralph MacPhail, Jr., Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Inducted March 3, 2011 - See photos
Dave Wieckowski, Monica Kurtz, Holton Johnson, David Little
Inducted October 20, 2016 - See photos

Artistic Director

Ralph MacPhail, Jr.
Ralph MacPhail, Jr.
is Professor of Theatre emeritus, Bridgewater College in Virginia, where he taught and directed for 33 years. "Rafe" began directing for GSA in 1998 and was named our first Artistic Director in 2005.
More about Ralph
Music Director
and Conductor

Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
maintains a full performance schedule at home and abroad. He has been GSA Music Director since 1994.
More about Jeffrey
The Society holds nonprofit status under 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin
is a member of the
Austin Creative Allilance

The Austin Arts Advocacy Coalition


Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

PO Box 684542 / Austin, Texas / 78768-4542 / 512.472.4772 /

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at



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