Our alumni are working in the industry. Here are some highlights of a few of them:
Wesley Barnes (2015) went to NY right after graduation. Regional credits include Choir Boys at Briggs Opera House, Vermont, and In the Heights at Theatre Under the Stars, Houston as well as a production of In the Heights at the Chance Theatre. He has been on two dance tours of Germany and one dance tour of Taiwan.
Tanae Beyer (2005) is the Education Director and Literary Manager for the Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA (see www.chancetheater.com) where she also stage-manages frequently. She stage-managed The Chance’s production of The Who's Tommy which was remounted at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts..
Kelsie Blackwell (2008) works full time as a parade dancer at Disneyland and has appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Co’s Twelfth Night (Viola) and As You Like It (Rosalind) and as well as Frost/Nixon at the Maverick Theatre in Fullerton in 2013. See the review of "Frost/Nixon" at ocregister.com.
Spencer Blair (2012) is a working improv actor in Chicago. Previously he appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Co’s Twelfth Night (Feste), and As You Like It (William, LeBeau, Oliver MarText, Hymen), and Avenue Q at the Empire Theatre - which won rave reviews in the O.C. Register.
Haley Brown (2013) stage managed for Looseleaf Theatre Co – As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice, Newport Theater Arts Center – The Children’s Hour, and was an assistant stage manager in L.A. for The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was then hired by All for Kidz (The NED Show) as a touring Edutainer taking a one-person show about bullying, being a champion in school and life. She tours America and abroad with this unique show that involves acting and yo yo tricks!
Aimee Burdette (theatre minor, 2012) appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Co’s production of As You Like It (Jacques) and The Comedy of Errors (Luciana). Other credits include Ghosts (Regina) at North Coast Repertory and Summer and Smoke (Nellie) at New Village Arts.
Aurora (Long) Culver(2009) latest endeavors include directing for Unbound Productions, Costa Mesa Playhouse, and acting with the Crescent Troupe for the Fringe Festival. With her company On the Edge Theatre Productions she has directed shows such as Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The 39 Steps.
Kendall Davis (2016) appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Co’s production of Romeo and Juliet (Gregory and Apothecary) in 2016. He had previously appeared with the company as an intern on As You Like It (Corin).
Alex Dominguez (2015) is working to make her way as an actor in New York City!
Andrew Eddins (2009) is the voice of Optimus Prime at Universal Studios theme park. He recently appeared in the Looseleaf Theatre Co.’s The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio) As You Like It (Oliver) and Twelfth Night (Sebastian).
Katie Foggiano (2015)) is in her second internship (2016-17) at a Tony Award-winning LORT theatre – currently she is at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in a producing internship after completing an artistic internship (2015-16) at La Jolla Playhouse where she worked directly for the casting and literary departments. Outside of that she has stage managed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Fruitless Moon Productions and I, Joan for Mitsopolous Productions and directed the production of Ozombie bin Laden: in 3-D! for the San Diego Fringe Festival.
Courtny Greenough (2006) is the company manager and a resident stage manager at the Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA (see chancetheater.com). She has also interned at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse and currently works as Coordinator for Educational Operations at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. In 2016, she stage managed the OC premiere of the musical Dogfight for the Chance.
Caleb House (2013) is a dancer and character at Disneyland.
Justin Jorgensen (2011) holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts Administration at Southern Utah University where he worked for the Tony-Award Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. He then went on to be Associate Artistic and Development Director for New Village Arts Theatre in San Diego. In 2015 he accepted a position as Sponsorship and Special Events Coordinator at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Melissa (Cheffers) Kirchstein (2013) is living in Pagosa Springs, CO. She is performing in Cabaret (Frenchie), The Little Mermaid (Atina) and A Funny Thing Happened... Forum (a Protean) at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Other credits: The Music Man (Marian) at the Durango Arts Center and The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia) at the Strater Theatre, The Night Cap Club (Lorna), Cowboys Are My Weakness (Selway), A Chorus Line (Tricia) and featured ensemble in Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.
Kierney Loucas (2016) stage managed Looseleaf's production of Romeo and Juliet and is off to Thessaloniki, Greece to serve as an intern at the performing arts department of the University of Thessaloniki.
Jaclyn Pennington (2016) worked as properties designer for Looseleaf’s production of Romeo and Juliet (2016) and appeared as a swashbuckling Balthazar as well. She was previously in Looseleaf’s Merchant of Venice (Lady in Waiting). She is assistant director for Claudio Quest at the Chance Theater (opening 2017).
Marisa Persson (2008) is a SAG-AFTRA actress, model, and voice over artist in L.A.. Recently, she appeared in several national commercials (AT& T U-verse, Ask.com, ESPN), in festival renowned webseries (We Are Angels, The Dark Knight Retires) indie films including Imperfect (United Film Festival Los Angeles) and Status Single (Funny or Die), and in ION TV’s holiday movie Defending Santa starring Dean Cain. On stage she appeared with Macha Theater and the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Six Upset Women and It's Important to Leave As Well and won a great review from the L.A. Times in Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. marisapersson.com.
Brock Powell (2011) studied with Bill Farmer (voice of Disney’s Goofy) and started a career in Voice Over working on Stan Lee’s Comikaze Convention and its web-series counterpart as well as the web series Comics N’ Cocktails. He provided creature and sound effects for master of horror, Eli Roth, and voices for CollegeHumor, Disneyworld, and a cartoon coming to Netflix. Brock is the official voice of the Kool-Aid Man for Kraft and has done Kool Aid commercials and the cross-over Kool Aid/Geico Insurance television ad. In his spare time he has been a part of the theatre company “Fred Willard’s Mo Hos” in L.A.
Ron Rapp (1994) has sung in over 51 productions for over 15 years with Opera Pacific, and has also appeared with the Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera and with the Pacific Chorale. He attended South Coast Repertory Theatre's Professional Conservatory and appeared in productions there.
Naomi (Rogers) Murden (2011) lives and works in L.A.. She has created the YouTube channel “WHATSHERNAME” and has worked as an actor/creator for the Imagination Machine in Orange County. You can see her video with her new group Dame Squad at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xvaWZhpykU. She has appeared with Looseleaf Theatre Co. in The Comedy of Errors (Nell) and As You Like It (Audrey).
Jeremy Schlitt (2011) works as a character at Disneyland and recently appeared in Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), The Merchant of Venice (Launcelot Gobbo), The Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Ephesus), As You Like It (Silvius), and Twelfth Night (Antonio). Other credits include The 39 Steps and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) with On the Edge Theatre Productions.
Nicole (Salimbeni) Schlitt (2014) spends her days working for Disneyland in a technical capacity, and when not there she is a resident artist with The Chance Theater. She worked as the stage manager for Looseleaf’s production of The Merchant of Venice (2015).
Jacob Schott (2015) moved to NY right after graduation. He is a member of InViolet Theater Company where directs, acts, and produces work focused on empowering actors and emerging writers. He is a co-founder of the Improv group The Downtowners. His day job is Operations Manager at Culture Project Theater which focuses on giving voice to the marginalized and shining a spotlight on injustice. www.jacobpeterschott.com
Nicholas Scutti (2015) is moving to Chicago to work in improvisation and to keep writing. He recently penned the San Diego Fringe Festival play Ozombie bin Laden: in 3-D!
Trenton Semple (2014) appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors and The Merchant of Venice.
Marisa Smith (2014) appeared in the San Diego Fringe Festival production of Ozombie bin Laden: in 3-D! (2016)
Sarah Spenker (2012) appears on the evening news in Lodi, CA for TEAM MY58 at KCRA/KQCA Channel 3: My58. She has appeared in Lend Me A Tenor (Maggie), Chicago (Annie, ensemble), and Young Frankenstein (ensemble) at Stockton Civic Theatre as well as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Honey) for That’s Showbiz. And in 2016 she was assistant director for 1776 for Stockton Civic Theatre.
Masako Tobaru (2005) is the technical director of the Chance Theater, Anaheim, CA (see chancetheater.com) where she frequently designs as well. See her profile on the theatre alumni profile pages.
Chris Tornow (1994) is the owner of his own commercial production company, Pfinix Creative Group, where he directs and designs his own productions for top businesses including Bosch Tools, Rubbermaid, Nissan, and Microsoft on one of the largest sound stages in Orange County. Tornow has been working professionally as a Production Designer/Art Director for more than 15 years and is a lecturer at the Dodge School of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
Megan Tisdale (2013) is working for costume services at Disneyland.
Hannah Welter (2009) worked as a lead scenic artist for Gothic Moon Productions and as production manager at Concordia. She currently works for Sets Unlimited and Pfinix Creative Group. She has returned to design costumes at Concordia for Hamlet, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Pride and Prejudice and the 2010, 2012, 2016 Gala of Stars.
Lauren Winnenberg (2014) received an M.A. in Arts Politics at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2016) where she received a Lew & Edie Wasserman Research Grant. She is a founding member of Salty Corkscrew Theatre Co and a member of Theatre 68. She recently assistant directed Come Back (Theatre 68) and stage managed for the NYC Women's Work Festival and New York Fringe Festival. She has worked with Culture Project, Untitled Theatre Co. #61, Phantom Projects Theatre Group, and Creative Kids Playhouse of Orange County. Find her at: www.Laurenwinnenberg.com
Morgan Yachinich (theatre minor, 2016) moved to NY right after graduation where she is a co-founder of The Downtowners improv troupe.
Katie (Braun) Zakkak (2013) completed an MA in Theatre Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School in 2016.