Meet the Staff

  • Douglas Sumi, M.M.
    Music Director/Conductor

    American pianist and vocal coach, Douglas Sumi, has served on music staff under such conductors as James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Patrick Summers, William Lacy, Michele Mariotti, and Emmanuel Villaume. In addition, he has been répétiteur for main stage productions at LA Opera and frequently works with the singers in the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. He has toured Russia with the young artists in a cultural exchange, giving concerts and master classes at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Center and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

    Mr. Sumi enjoys cooking, exercise, reading, experiencing other cultures, and searching out quality restaurants. He holds a Master of Music degree in Classical Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under the guidance of Warren Jones.

  • Mike Mahaffey
    Fight Director

    Mahaffey is a highly creative and qualified fight director, actor, and teacher of stage combat who works in all avenues of the entertainment industry—film, stage and television. He is recognized as a certified teacher and fight director by The Society of American Fight Directors, and is also a member of the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, Revenge Arts, and the Los Angeles Fight Academy. His credits include Chronicles of Narnia, Resident Evil: Degeneration, The Gold Retrievers, The Last Stand of the 300, and The Three Musketeers.