Utah Rep Board of Directors


JOHNNY HEBDA (Artistic Director) Johnny is the founder of Utah Rep and has been the company’s artistic director since its founding in 2012. He has acted in, directed or produced more than 80 productions throughout the U.S., on both stage and film, including performances in regional theaters such as The Lost Colony (performing the title of role of Romeo under the direction of Terrence Mann in his original rock musical adaptation of “Romeo & Juliet”), Roxy Regional Theatre, and Off-Off Broadway with the American Family Theatre in New York City, in which he toured more than 30 cities in various productions. He is a former member of Actor’s Equity and a current member of the Screen Actors’ Guild, an active theater critic for Utah Theatre Bloggers Association and the American Theatre Critics Association. Favorite directing projects include “Side Show” and “Carousel” (both with Utah Rep); “Parade” (Outstanding Student Director Award, BYU), “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” and “The Little Shop of Horrors.” Johnny is a graduate of Roosevelt University (MA in Directing), Brigham Young University (BFA in Music Dance Theatre) and The Florida School of the Arts Conservatory (AA in Musical Theater). Favorite acting credits include Clyde Barrow in “Bonnie & Clyde” (Broadway World Regional Award Best Actor in a Musical) and Steve in “Grace” (both for Utah Rep); CB in “Dog Sees God,” Applegate in “Damn Yankees,” and Mozart in “Amadeus” (Florida Theatre Conference: Best Actor, College Division). www.johnnyhebda.com.

Cylie Janiece (Operations Director) Cylie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University. Since graduation, she has been involved in many productions through out Utah, both back and on stage. After being the Costume Mistress for Bonnie & Clyde, Cylie joined the board of Utah Rep as the Box Office Manager. She is now the Operations Director for Utah Rep and continues to assist in Stage Management, Costumes, and Producing. 



LEE HOLLAAR (Managing Director) Lee is an emeritus professor of computer science at the University of Utah, where he has been on the faculty since 1980. Before coming to Utah, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received is Ph.D. in 1975. His undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering, from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His research has involved computer networking, distributed systems, computer hardware development, and computer and intellectual property law. A theater lover, Lee attends over 100 plays a year, and has been involved with the technical side of theater since 1960. He is a former board member of the Litchfield, Minnesota, Opera House and was responsible for its stage lighting and sound systems. He is also a member of KUER’s advisory board and a volunteer stage electrician at Pioneer Theatre Company.