Our alumni are working in the industry. Here are some highlights of a few of them:
Wesley Barnes (2015) moved to NYC to pursue acting and has appeared In the Heights at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston TX, a new play called Choir Boy by Tarrell Alvin McCranney at Briggs Opera House in Vermont. He has also has also done three international tours as a featured dancer/performer with Magic of the Dance in both Germany and Taiwan. Recently he was cast in a production of The Scotsboro Boys directed by the original Broadway director. Outside of performing in shows, Wesley is a proud member of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Co (LA/NY). He works as the social media coordinator and house manager for St. Luke's Off Broadway Theatre.
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 in Chicago where he is a writer and improviser. He graduated from Second City’s Conservatory and Writing program as well as the Improv Olympic’s improvisation program. He co-created the Chicago troupe Droday which produces a weekly comedic variety show and he regularly performs with his sketch group – We The Freaks. Previously he appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night (Feste), and As You Like It (William, LeBeau, Oliver Mar Text, Hymen)
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 (Double Major - theatre & Biblical Languages - 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). He is now studying at the LCMS seminary in St. Louis.
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.
Kate (West) Griswold (2008) worked for Gothic Moon Productions as a scenic artist and production assistant. She currently serves as Director of Operations for Mastermind Production Group Inc. She has recently assisted Mastermind in providing audio and/or lighting services for events like the world premier of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2017), The Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party (2016 & 2017), the world premier of Disney's Moana (2016), the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage Performance (2015 & 2017), and the MTV Fandom Awards (2015 &2016) as well as other local events in the L.A./Orange County area. Go to: www.mastermindpg.com
Caleb House (2012) 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.
Zackary Karges (2011) is working towards a teaching credential and a Master of Dramatic Arts at Sierra Nevada College.
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.
Amanda (Nuckolis) Linhardt (2011) worked as a production assistant and scenic artist for Gothic Moon Productions and currently teaches at Orange County High School for the Arts.
Ryan Lindhardt (2012) works as a production assistant and lighting designer in a number of Orange County venues and for T.V. commercials. He does a lot of work for Theophany films.
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.
Evy Moody (2016) is a member of L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre improv troupe in Burbank. She’s also done voiceover work for Waba Grill and a media company called Just Call Me Doc. She recently served as the assistant director of Spamalot at La Serna High School and appeared in a production of the opera The Marriage of Figaro for Mysterium Theatre Co. in La Habra.
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. He is slated to appear in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed) for Looseleaf.
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) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (2017).
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. He also directed Turbulence for Network Theatre Company's one-act festival. His "day jobs" have included Operations Manager at Culture Project Theater, audition monitor for Actor's Equity, and assistant company manager for the Bard Summer Arts Festival (2017). He is currently working for the Schubert organization as an assistant producer on their upcoming off-Broadwary production of Goldstein the Musical at The New World Stages. www.jacobpeterschott.com
Nicholas Scutti (2014) s in Chicago working in improvisation for the improvisational comedy company, The PSATs, and is writing for the online show Every Other Week Or So with Brittany Handler. In 2016 he 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) worked full time for costume services at Disneyland from 2013-2017.
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.
Brittney S. Wheeler (2008) is an Ovation Award-winning actress and singer who has performed in over 40 professional productions in L.A., Orange County and Ventura County. She appeared in the regional premiere of The Color Purple (Jarene the head church lady) and in the remount of Couerage Theatre Company's Failure: A Love Story at the prestigious Kirk Douglas Theatre and she is slated to appear in the West Coast premiere of Vote! the Musical (Venora Fowler). Aside from her acting, she has directed the musical Edward at Long Beach Playhouse and she is a company member and casting associate for Celebration Theatre, an LGBT theatre in North Hollywood.
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 New York after graduation where she works as a production assistant (alongside 2016 grad Jacob Schott) for Distinguished Concerts International New York which works in venues like Carnegie Hall. She has stage managed and worked as a lighting board operator Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Jacob and Morgan also started their own improv group – The Downtowners – and Morgan frequently works with Jacob at Culture Project.
Katie (Braun) Zakkak (2013)completed an MA in Theatre Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School in 2016 and is now a drama teacher in the Dehesa School District in El Cajon, CA.