Vista native Mike Bradford has been named General Manager of Moonlight Amphitheater in the City of Vista effective August 10, 2022. Bradford will oversee Moonlight’s business and administrative functions and work alongside Production Artistic Director Steven Glaudini to shape the vision and future of the company and its seasons. Bradford has worked in technical production for The Moonlight’s summer season for the past three years. He acted as interim technical director in 2019 and 2021. He is also responsible for the design elements of “Jingle Terrace Park”, the annual driving holiday experience at Brengle Terrace Park.
Bradford comes from the Moonlight Cultural Foundation (MCF), where for the past 14 years he served as Director of Arts Education and Producer of Moonlight Youth Theater (MYT). A passionate and dedicated leader in providing arts education opportunities in the region, Bradford has expanded the scope of MCF programs to include internships, workshops and classes, summer theater camps and the opening of the MYT studio. .
“I am pleased to welcome Mike Bradford to the City of Vista as the new General Manager of Moonlight,” said Mike Pacheco, Director of Recreation and Community Services. “Mike’s ability to think creatively and strategically in operational matters, as well as his passion for the Moonlight Amphitheater, will be a tremendous asset. We are fortunate and excited to have him join the team.”
“Growing up in Vista, Moonlight has been the playhouse for me and my family for many years. I’m honored to continue to build and strengthen the impact Moonlight has on our community,” Bradford said. “I am thrilled to partner with and work alongside Production Art Director Steven Glaudini, the incredible team at Moonlight, and everyone in the City of Vista who recognizes the importance of the arts in the lives of those who I look forward to continuing Moonlight’s great legacy as a year-round destination for the highest quality musical theater productions, concerts through Moonlight Presents, cabarets at ClubM and other cultural artistic events.
In addition to his work at MCF and MYT, Bradford worked as a senior business analyst for Optum Rx, a subsidiary of United Health Group specializing in data analytics, workforce management and budget planning.
ABOUT MOONLIGHT AMPHITHEATER
Winner of several San Diego Theater Critics Circle Awards, among others, The Moonlight is the city of Vista’s cultural arts program and its productions are produced in partnership with the Moonlight Cultural Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm theater. Called “San Diego’s #1 Outdoor Theater” by San Diego Magazine, the Moonlight Amphitheater produces high-caliber Broadway musicals in the 1,800-capacity Moonlight Amphitheater, owned and operated by the City of Vista. The theater is currently producing its 41st summer season of musicals with “Ragtime” and “Kinky Boots” scheduled after productions of “Memphis”, “Cinderella” and “Something Rotten!”.
For more information about the Moonlight Amphitheater, visit moonlightstage.com.