Lissa Reynolds Selected as ‘Woman of Distinction’ | SPARC Founder Receives Honor from Assemblymember Holden

Assembly member Chris Holden has selected Lissa Reynolds as a Woman of Distinction in the 41st District, but the event to honor her has been postponed on account of the coronavirus

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | SPARC Founder, Lissa Reynolds

State Assembly member Chris Holden has selected Lissa Reynolds, who has done so much to enhance the arts in South Pasadena, as a Woman of Distinction, but the event to honor her and others in the 41st District has been postponed on account of the coronavirus outbreak.

Holden was scheduled to recognize Reynolds and other outstanding women on March 19 at the 41st Assembly District Spring Open House before it was put on hold until a later date.

“Governor Newsom joined State health officials in recommending that gatherings of 250 or more people across the entire state be canceled to deter the spread of the novel coronavirus,” wrote Holden on his website. “Smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of six feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus should be limited to no more than ten people, while also following social distancing guidelines.”

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He stressed taking the necessary steps to protect those with underlying health conditions the most at risk.

Reynolds is the president of the California Performing Arts Centre at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. Over the past 23 years, she has been the theatre’s its co-artistic director and manager.

She has produced plays and performed in numerous films, television productions, and commercials.

In addition, Reynolds is the founding director of the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), established in 2009. The Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, advocates for the arts in the city and schools. She also works closely with the local Chamber of Commerce on its popular Arts Crawl events and the Eclectic Music Festival each spring. However, the Eclectic Music Festival has been canceled this year on account of the coronavirus outbreak.

Reynolds is being recognized along with nine other women in the 41st Assembly District.