The Lyric Theatre community lost a remarkable friend, supporter, and talent on Tuesday, October 22, as Joann Stanfield passed away peacefully, surrounded by family.

Joann and her husband, Bob Stanfield, first joined Lyric in 1975, and together defined what it meant to be part of the Lyric Family. Talented and funny, Joann played many a comedic part on the Flynn Stage, and when Bob Directed, she often Produced. Together they helmed well-received productions of Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Music Man, among others—setting a high standard of quality, and helping to build an audience base that are still seeing Lyric shows today.

Joann holds the record for Lyric’s longest-running continuous volunteer, having served as Lyric’s Box Office Chair for 40 years, from 1976 to 2016, without missing a single show. Joann’s last gift to Lyric was to serve on the Capital Campaign Committee for the new Creative Space, and was thrilled to see the space open this year. You can stop by anytime and see the Joann Stanfield Box Office Window right in the lobby, welcoming each new visitor to the home for Lyric that she helped create.

Before her beloved Bob passed away in 2015, he told Joann, “Make sure you enter stage right, that’s where I’ll be looking for you.”

Joann, we thank you for your time and commitment to Lyric. We are sad to see you exit our stage, but we are warmed in knowing that you’re now reunited with your favorite leading man.


Joann’s family has asked that in lieu flowers, donations be made to Lyric Theatre Company, in her honor. All gifts received via our website until December will be attributed to a Joann Stanfield Memorial Fund.

To donate by check, please note in the memo line if you are intending your gift to go toward this Fund. Checks can be made out to Lyric Theatre Company, and mailed to the following address.

Lyric Theatre Company
7 Green Tree Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403