The Tacoma Opera Staff

Nichole Cooke,

Finance Director

Our Finance Director was born and bred in the Tacoma area. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration and Hispanic Studies. Nichole has been an opera lover for many years, but recently joined our team to play a critical role behind the scenes. Her love for human connection and helping run a nonprofit has become a passion. She is dedicated to continue making the Tacoma Opera a success in the South Sound region.

Karen Sudderth,

Administrative Manager

Our Administrative Manager grew up in Western Washington and graduated from the University of Washington, majoring in Voice Performance and Broadcast Journalism.  After finishing her Master’s Degrees in Business Administration/Marketing and K-8 Education from the University of Puget Sound she moved to Los Angeles and sang professionally with the Los Angeles Opera, and numerous musical theatre/light opera companies in the Greater Los Angeles area. She has travelled all over the world while working in film for over thirty years as an actress, voice over artist, script writer and editor, casting director and choreographer. Karen has now made Tacoma her home and is active in several community organizations.  She is thrilled to join Tacoma Opera and share her love of music and the arts. 

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