About Us

Entertaining Central Texas since 1976

About Us

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 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 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.

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 group performs 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.
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GSA intends to offer $1,000 scholarships to two (2) recipients for the 2019-20 academic year. GSA reserves the right to modify the amounts and number of recipients based on the recommendation of the GSA Scholarship Committee.

Applicants must:

1. Be pursuing a professional career in music or musical theater (preferably vocal performance)
2. Be enrolled or enrolling in a professional course of study in the United States (university, college, or conservatory music degree program, apprenticeship program, Young Artist Program, etc.)
3. Have an affiliation with Central Texas (resided, studied, or performed in the Central Texas area)
4. Be at least a graduating high school senior

Please make sure that you meet all application requirements before applying.

Late or incomplete applications and ineligible applicants will not be considered.

To apply, please download and complete the application form. To submit applications, please email application form and related attachments to scholarships@gilbertsullivan.org.

Board of Directors

Libby Weed
Diane Radin
Vice President & Grants Manager
Dave Wieckowski
Treasurer & CFO
Michael Meigs
Secretary & Bursar
Sue Caldwell
Publications & Scholarships
Leann Fryer
Musicale Coordinator
David Little
Robert L. Schneider
Wand’ring Minstrels Coordinator
Sarah Slaughter
Volunteer Coordinator
Charles Smaistrla
Legal Counsel
David Treadwell
Donor Outreach
Michelle Vanecek
Historian & Office Manager

Creative Directors

Ralph MacPhail, Jr.
Artistic Director

Mr. MacPhail 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.

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Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Music Director

Dr. Jones-Ragona maintains a full performance schedule at home and abroad. Jeffrey has been associated with GSA productions since 1994, and was named our Music Director in 2005.

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Musicale Director

Janette Jones
Musicale Director

Janette was named to the first Hall of Fame for Gilbert & Sullivan Austin in recognition of her outstanding contributions as an actor and singer to GSA productions since the 1980s. In addition to continued performance, Janette uses her immense creativity to create and direct musicales.


Byron Arnason
Special Projects
Chris Buggé
Special Projects
Arthur DiBianca
Database Manager
Allan Longacre
Special Projects
Katie Schneider
Wand’ring Minstrels Program Manager
Steven Schwartzman
Events Photographer
Saundra Ragona
Playbill Advertising

Hall of Fame

2006 Inductees
Sue Caldwell
Frank Delvy
Reba Gillman
Len Gillman
Russell Gregory
Enid Hallock
Janette Jones
Robert Mellin
Rosemary Russell-Vines
Katharine Shields

2011 Inductees
Arthur DiBianca
Bill Hatcher
Libby Weed
Ralph MacPhail, Jr.
Jeffrey Jones-Ragona

2016 Inductees
Dave Wieckowski
Monica Kurtz
Holton Johnson
David Little