PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts Welcomes New Board Member Ralph Iannelli

Santa Barbara, CA. October, 2015 – The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), which owns and operates the historic Granada Theatre, is pleased to welcome Ralph Iannelli to the Board of Directors. The mission of the SBCPA is to promote the overall vitality and sustainability of the performing arts in Santa Barbara by providing a state of the art historic landmark to host the eight resident companies: CAMA, the Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League, and UCSB Arts & Lectures.
“On behalf of the SBCPA, I am pleased to welcome Ralph to the board,” says Dan Burnham, Chairman of the SBCPA Board of Directors. “Ralph’s extensive experience in the corporate sector and his commitment to education and the arts are a great addition to the board, and we look forward to his help in working to advance the SBCPA’s mission to engage, inspire, and enrich our community.”
Ralph T. Iannelli, a 40-year veteran of finance, venture capital, and technology markets, has garnered a vast amount of experience and knowledge within the investment community. Mr. Iannelli is President and CEO of Essex Capital Corporation, a Santa Barbara based asset management firm he founded in 1993. Mr. Iannelli is involved with numerous local foundations in the Santa Barbara area, focused on education, law enforcement, and non-profit foundations such as Bishop Garcia Diego High School, Marymount of Santa Barbara, I Civics, Police Activities League, and the Santa Barbara Foundation.
The 2015-16 Granada Theatre Board of Directors includes: Dan Burnham, Chairman; Carrie Ohly-Cusack and Eric G. Phillips, Vice Chairs, Roberta Griffin, Treasurer; Mary Tonetti Dorra, Secretary; Scott Brittingham; Richard T. Caleel; Hal Conklin; Patricia Gregory; Palmer G. Jackson, Jr.; L. Robert Johnson; Chris Lancashire; Gretchen Lieff; Philip W. Marking; Sharol Siemens; Rob Sternin; Michael Towbes; Carol Wilburn; and Chrisman Executive Director Dr. Craig Springer.
To learn more about how to support The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts or The Granada Theatre, please contact the Development Department at or (805) 899-3000 or visit


The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), a privately-funded 501 (c)3 corporation established in 1988, is dedicated to providing best-in-class production, sales and administrative support to arts organizations from throughout the Santa Barbara region, including its Historic Theatre District Partners (Lobero Theatre and the New Vic Theatre) as well as its eight resident companies (CAMA, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League and UCSB Arts & Lectures). 
The SBCPA’s most visible service is operation of The Granada Theatre.  Purchased by the SBCPA in 2003, restored and reopened in 2008, The Granada Theatre is blessed with state-of-the-art electrical systems, sound systems, lighting systems, fly system, large and up-to-date dressing rooms, as well as contemporary audience amenities. By providing a world-class venue with skilled house management staff, production staff, marketing and ticketing services staff, the SBCPA is making it possible for many of Santa Barbara’s finest performing arts organizations to present their programs with the highest level of contemporary production support and audience comfort. For more information please visit


Sydney Gardner, (805) 845-4068

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