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Staff

Dave Pier,
Executive Director

Dave Pier joined Folsom Lake College as Executive Director for the new performing arts center in January, 2010, bringing with him an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge of the performing arts field. He has a diverse educational background and has worked for over 25 years with various community arts organizations. In addition to his leadership and management experience, Dave has an extensive history in performing arts production - including sound engineering, house managing, and managing/directing. Before entering the arts management field, he worked as a research scientist in the private sector.

Dave holds degrees from Carleton College (B.A., Physics), Columbia University (B.S., Electrical Engineering/Acoustics), and Stanford University (M.S., Materials Science and Engineering). In 1995, he earned an M.B.A. in Arts Administration from University of California, Los Angeles where he chaired the student wing of the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts and did his management residency work at Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum. Dave comes to Folsom Lake College after having recently facilitated the opening of the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto (a new performing arts center with 1,250 and 444 seat state-of-the-art theatres). Since its successful premiere in September 2007, the Center and its programs have continued to grow, exceeding expectations with over 330,000 people participating in over 550 events held at the Center in its first two years of operation.

Previous experience includes service as Managing Director of the John Anson Ford Theatres, Hollywood's historic theatre complex (a 1,241-seat amphitheatre and 87-seat indoor theatre) and Director of the Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge where he was responsible for start-up and management of a new 500-seat theater and its presenting program.

Dave is a passionate musician with a background in technical theatre and has managed and directed a 17-piece big band.

Lisa Burrage,
Ticket Office Supervisor

Lisa Burrage joined the Harris Center for the Arts staff in October, 2010, arriving from the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance at Florida State University (FSU) where she had overseen ticket operations for fine arts events since 1999 - typically handling over 300 events per year. Additionally, she mentored graduate students in the School of Theatre's MFA Theatre Management program and was also a member of the Strategic Management Team which coordinated all aspects of the operation of the School of Theatre. While at FSU, Lisa was twice nominated for the FSU Max Carraway Award for Customer Service Excellence.

Lisa has been a member of the International Ticketing Association (INTIX) since 1994, where she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Regional Groups Committee and has previously served on the Professional Development Grant Committee and the Peer Consulting Committee. Through this association, Lisa networked with other ticketing professionals in the state of Florida to help found the Florida Association of Ticketing (FLOAT). Lisa served on the FLOAT Executive Committee as the Annual Meeting Coordinator and the Financial Coordinator.

Before working at FSU, Lisa held positions as the Box Office Manager for Emory University; Box Office and Marketplace Manager for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival; and House Manager for the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications / emphasis in Theatre Management from Berry College.

Eduardo Garza,
Technical Director

Eduardo Garza joined the Harris Center for the Arts staff in May, 2011. Eduardo grew up in Tampico, Mexico, and studied Music Production and Engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. He has worked in Audio/Video system design, sales and installation; Live Event technical production and support, Audio Recording on location, specializing in the capture of live acoustic music. He has experience in acoustic design for recording studios, performing spaces, listening rooms and houses of worship. Eduardo also has deep expertise as a front-of-house live audio mixer, in musical events as well as large corporate shows. Eduardo has served as Sound Designer and operator for straight plays and musical theater. He has extensive experience in location sound recording, editing and post production for video and film. He has edited countless hours of speech recordings for corporate, motivational and educational program material.

Most recently Eduardo was the Technical Director at the Espacio Cultural Metropolitano in Tampico, Mexico where he oversaw an 1150-seat multipurpose venue and a 450 seat black-box. In 2010, Eduardo supervised the theatrical systems install for the Centro Cultural Reynosa in Reynosa, Mexico, which included that country’s first fully motorized lineset.

Jacob Cantu,
Assistant Technical Director

Jacob Cantu joined the Harris Center staff in August, 2014. Previously, Jacob served as Technical Director at the University of Texas at Brownsville Arts Center where he oversaw the technical operation of the facility which included an 811 seat main hall, three multipurpose rooms and art gallery. His background includes audio engineering, lighting design, stage management, and live event production for theater, churches, corporate events, and concerts.

With a Bachelor's of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, Jacob has worked on feature films, documentaries, and commercials in all aspects of production. He has served as director, producer, editor, camera operator, photographer, and motion graphics artist for various multimedia projects and production companies. Most recently he was in charge of video and live streaming operations at Texas Southmost College.