San Diego Junior Theatre Alumni

Betty Arnold King

Betty Arnold King BETTY KING is a San Diego native who started her theater training at San Diego Junior Theatre under the auspices of Don and Bonnie Ward. She performed and worked at Starlight prior to attending USC as a Fine Arts Major and Dance Minor. She graduated with a BS in Education from USC in 1981 and MA in Education from SDSU in 1990. Fourteen years ago she helped start C-MENT (Christian Musical Enrichment Theatre) at Penasquitos Lutheran Church and has been the Director and Choreographer since 2002. She has also been an assistant director and choreographer at BBYT as well as at Westview High School. Betty has been blessed with the opportunity of combining her love of theatre with teaching children and, as a mother of three daughters, feels strongly that all children should be taught to sing and dance.

Sharon Barcom Hoffer

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Sharon Barcom Hoffer

Sharon Barcom Hoffer has had a love for theater since she was a child. At age 9 she joined the Junior Theatre Wing of the San Diego Community Theatre (now, the Old Globe Theatre). her first show was at the Old Globe in The Rose and the Ring with Dennis Hopper. Shortly after, the Junior Theatre Wing set out on its own and became San Diego Junior Theatre. Sharon was Dorothy in its first production - The Wizard of Oz. Nine years and many productions later she became president of the Junior Board of Directors. She also performed at Starlight Opera during her college years.

Sharon's career took her in a variety of directions from modeling to teaching manners to company training. She was the Human Resources manager for both Bullock’s and Saks Fifth Avenue for 20 years She also worked as a bridal consultant for First United Methodist Church and the U.S. Grant Hotel. She is currently the bridal Consultant for Neiman Marcus. Throughout the years, Sharon's love of theater never waivered. She was never far away from the stage, this time as an audience member sharing it with her son, Jeff. She introduced her first granddaughter, Briana to the theaterat age 4. Sharon made sure to teach proper manners and how to be a good audience member. When her second grandaughter Morgan came along she too, learned the beauty of live theater.

Briana coined the name "Grandma Red" to refer to Sharon and now even her grandchildren's friends call her that.

John Maxwell Bardt A.E.A.

John Maxwell Bardt A.E.A.

I joined San Diego Junior Theatre in 1957 and performed the title role in Puss and the Boots under the direction of Robert Chambers. This theatrical introduction expanded my imagination and lead to 5 years of classes and a score of plays: Buffalo Bill, Circus Days, the Blue Bird, Cinderella, Snow White, Rip van Winkle, and Tom Sawyer. I worked under the direction of John DePuglio and knew Sharon Barcum, Shirley Clark, Mike Hoffer, Dee Ann Johnson, Victor Buono. In 1962 I was cast as the Marquis of Dorset in Richard the III at the Old Globe Theater and was one of the first six paid apprentices to perform a variety of roles during the next four consecutive National Shakespeare Festivals under the direction of Craig Noel, B.Iden Payne, Duncan Ross, and Allen Fletcher. In 1966 I joined the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco under the direction of William Ball performed in Six Characters in Search of an Author, the Seagull, and Charlie's Aunt. I was awarded a Full Scholarship at the School of Performing Arts and studied acting and directing with Aasad Kelada. I performed in Jean Giradeux's North American premiere of Judith, and the Boyfriend under the direction of Jack Tygett. I also worked with Starlight Opera under the direction of Jack Tygett in 1776, the Sound of Music, South Pacific and the Music Man. I eventually earned my Bachelors Degree with Distinction from ALMEDA College and in 1973 became the Founding Producer of the BEAR STATE THEATRE, INC. We produced Tom Paine by Paul Foster. After this I would travel with the First National Tour of No, No Nanette and work with Rose Marie in Everybody's Girl at the Off Broadway Theater.

Annette Bening

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Annette Bening was a very shy girl when growing up, however she was very sincere and very friendly. Also very outgoing. She took drama classes at Patrick Henry High School and San Diego Junior Theatre.

Bening studied at San Diego Mesa College, and completed her drama degree at San Francisco State University. She later studied at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, and joined its acting company.

She struggled in Hollywood for about five years before finally getting a break.

Bening married Warren Beatty in 1992. She was the first choice to play the role of Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty (1999).

At the Telluride Film Festival in September 2004, film critic Roger Ebert finally asked if she was the lady seen in the Columbia Pictures logo. Bening said the "artists told me it was me. But just the face. Not the body." They told her they chose her face because they felt that she had the look of stern nobility that was perfect to represent artistic intregrity.

Theatre

Coastal Disturbances (Mar 4, 1987 - Jan 3, 1988) 1987 Theatre World Award winner, 1987 Tony Award nominee, Best Featured Actress in a Play

Television and Film

Jump Shot (2005)
Under My Skin (2005)
Mrs. Harris (2005) .... Jean Harris
Diva (2005)
Being Julia (2004) .... Julia Lambert
Open Range (2003) .... Sue Barlow
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002) TV Series .... Abigail Adams
What Planet Are You From? (2000) .... Susan Anderson
American Beauty (1999) .... Carolyn Burnham
In Dreams (1999) .... Claire Cooper
The Siege (1998) .... Elise Kraft/Sharon Bridger
Mars Attacks! (1996) .... Barbara Land
The American President (1995) .... Sydney Ellen Wade
Richard III (1995) .... Queen Elizabeth
Love Affair (1994) .... Terry McKay
Bugsy (1991) .... Virginia Hill
Regarding Henry (1991) .... Sarah Turner
Guilty by Suspicion (1991) .... Ruth Merrill
The Grifters (1990) .... Myra Langtry
Postcards from the Edge (1990) .... Evelyn Ames
Valmont (1989) .... Marquise de Merteuil
The Great Outdoors (1988) .... Kate Craig
Hostage (1988) (TV) .... Jill
Manhunt for Claude Dallas (1986) (TV) .... Ann Tillman

Notable TV Appearances
"The Sopranos" in episode: "The Test Dream" (episode # 5.11) 16 May 2004
"Wiseguy" .... "Karen Leland" in episode: "One on One" (episode # 1.6) 15 October 1987
"Miami Vice" .... "Vicky" in episode: "Red Tape" (episode # 3.19) 13 March 1987

Information from Internet Broadway Database and Internet Movie Database.

Danny Bernardy

Danny Bernardy Danny Bernardy has found himself living in New York for the past five years, after a cloudy four years in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon and a sunny 18 years prior in his native town of San Diego. He spent three of those New York summers in Greece with One Year Lease, where he was reportedly seen singing while swimming in a gold corset and tunic (Iphigenia Crash Land Falls…) and cussing in a church (Phaedra’s Love), among other endeavors in the name of cutting-edge theater. Some of Danny’s New York credits include: Every Girl Gets Her Man (SOHO Playhouse), Cougar Cabaret (Don’t Tell Mama), Love’s Labour’s Lost (NY Classical Theatre), The Black Dahlia (York Theatre), 24 (NY Theatre Workshop), and PHAEDRA x 3 (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional credits include: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Delaware Theatre Company), Vincent in Brixton (Virginia Stage Co), and Macbeth (Pittsburgh Hazlett). TV: One Life to Live (recurring), As the World Turns (Guest Star), FEED ME! (Follow Productions). Danny is a proud member of AEA and AFTRA.

Eileen Bowman

Eileen Bowman Eileen Bowman has been seen in numerous regional productions across the country. Some of her favorite roles include Eliza in “My Fair Lady,” Lina Lamont in “Singing In The Rain,” Agnes Gooch in “Mame,” and for the 10th year as Grandma Who in “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Old Globe Theatre. She has been seen on TV and in film, but is best remembered as ‘Snow White’ opposite Rob Lowe on the 61st Academy Awards Telecast seen by over half a billion people. God bless Junior Theatre. Thank you for everything.

Molly Bowman-Styles

Molly Bowman-Styles As a proud San Diego Junior Theatre alumna, Molly enjoyed performing with several San Diego County theatrical companies — including Starlight Musical Theatre, East County Performing Arts Center, and the Fiesta and Lawrence Welk Dinner Theatres – before beginning a career in public affairs. Since earning her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of San Diego, Molly has honed her public affairs skills as a Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Lynn Schenk, a Senior Advocacy Director of the American Heart Association’s Western States Affiliate, and in her current position as a member of the American Lung Association of California’s Public Policy Staff. She is delighted to be a member of the San Diego Junior Theatre Board of Trustees. Molly resides in La Jolla with her husband, Shawn and their adorable cocker spaniels, Winky and Buddy.

Kimberley Briggs Layton

Kimberley Briggs Layton (SDJT '81) is a third generation San Diegan. She attended San Diego High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine.

Following in the footsteps of her very political grandfather, James B. Abbey who was the District Attorney for San Diego County in the 1930s, Kimberley went to work in politics first working with then State Assemblywoman Lucy Killea rising quickly to become Killea's Chief of Staff after her controversial election in 1989 to the State Senate. During her almost eight years with Killea, Kimberley worked both in San Diego and Sacramento to shape new laws affecting the State of California.

In 1995, Kimberley was appointed by the Mayor of San Diego to direct the Department of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of San Diego. In this capacity, she coordinated all legislative activity for the City in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and advised the Mayor and City Council on issues pending before these legislative bodies.

In March of 1998, Mayor Susan Golding, appointed Kimberley to serve as her Chief of Staff, overseeing and advising on all issues pending before the City Council and coordinating efforts with the City Manager's Office. In this position she was personally involved with all the major policies and proposals affecting the City of San Diego.

However, in June 2000, after having become Golding’s longest serving Chief of Staff, Kimberley decided to make an interesting career change and accepted the newly created position of Director of Public Affairs — Corporate/Community Relations for the San Diego Chargers.

In this capacity Kimberley works to expand the Chargers’ outreach and impact in the San Diego community while enhancing the Chargers’ corporate, business, education and charitable relationships. She also oversees and coordinates the activities of the Chargers Community Foundation which has awarded over $8 million dollars to schools, students and critical causes in San Diego County.

Kimberley has twice been named one of the 50 to Watch by San Diego Magazine, and in 2003 was named one of the 40 Under 40 by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.

She serves on numerous community boards including, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Star/Pal (San Diego’s Police Athletic League), the San Diego Civic Light Opera Association (Starlight Theatre), the San Diego Downtown Partnership and LEAD San Diego,

Kimberley Layton is married to her husband of twelve years, Farrell Layton, a Detective with the San Diego Police Department.

Jill Brow Weller

Jill Brow Weller attended her first Junior Theatre play when she was 6 years old and she knew right away that someday she wanted to be involved with the organization. She is proud to have been involved with Junior Theatre from the late 1970’s until 1982. First crew position: Spot Light for “Bye Bye Birdie.” First on-stage appearance: Cherry Laurel in “12 Dancing Princesses.” Other shows: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Babes in Toyland, Mary Poppins, No No Nanette, Cheaper by the Dozen, Anything Goes, I Sincerely Doubt that this Old House is Really Haunted and Grease. It was a television production class at Junior Theatre that introduced Jill to the magic of “the little screen” and since that time she has gone on to graduate from San Diego State University with a degree in Broadcast Management. Now celebrating more than 20 years in the television industry, she is Director of Research for FOX Television’s local stations, FOX11 and My13 in Los Angeles. Jill lives in Redondo Beach with her husband and son.

Lisha Brown

Lisha Brown Bio coming soon!

Erin Gray Brown

Erin Gray Brown ’s obsessive compulsion to be on stage started at the age of nine when she played the “Angel” in a school production of “Johnny Appleseed”. After moving to San Diego from Texas with her family, and baby sister Jennie Gray, Erin was cast in “Gypsy” at the Jewish Community Center along with her mother and sister. Her one and only Junior Theatre production came a few years later when she was cast as a chorus member in “No, No, Nanette." Since then Erin has performed in many different productions in many different areas of the country. From San Diego to Whitefish, Montana with a few stops along the way. Some favorite roles include: Miss Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Belinda (Noises Off), Kate (Taming of the Shrew), Olive (Female version of The Odd Couple), The Kid (The Roar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the Crowd), Antonia (Man of La Mancha), Sandy (Grease), Hattie (Laundry and Bourbon), and Frumah Sarah (Fiddler on the Roof). Erin lives in Del Mar, spitting distance to her sister Jennie, and works as a clinic supervisor at UCSD Student Health Services. Erin’s greatest role to date is that of mother to her beautiful daughter, Casady and wife to her wonderful husband, Mark Brown.

Tanya Bulette

Tanya Bulette Tanya (Vogan) Bulette starred in her first JT production, "Jack and the Beanstalk" as the front half of Betsy the Cow. She later went on to perform in shows such as "FAME" (Doris' Mom), "No, No Nannette" (Betty), "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" (Lucy), and "Grease" (Rizzo). Tanya graduated in 1990 from Monte Vista High School and attended San Diego State University where she earned a degree in Journalism with a minor in Advertising.

Tanya never stopped performing and throughout college performed in over 9 different musicals with Christian Community Theatre. Many of her castmates were friends from JT!

Tanya was also featured in the 1996 Sea World Commercial "Rockin' Summer Nights". In 1997, she married her high school friend, Steve Bulette, Jr. who played the lead role "Johnny" in Tim McGraw's popular music video, "Don't Take the Girl". Currently, you can see both Steve and Tanya on Sunday mornings on Turning Point, WB Channel 5 (San Diego), performing periodically in the dramas for Shadow Mountain Community Church. She and her husband have been members of the SMCC Drama Team since 1995.

Tanya is now a Guidance Counselor and Steve is a Math Teacher and Wrestling Coach at their alma mater, Monte Vista. They have two young boys, Gage (8) and Jake (6) who are now students at Junior Theatre.

Victor Buono

Victor Buono was born February 3, 1938 in San Diego, California, to Victor F. and Myrtle (Keller) Buono. As a child, he studied drama and participated in productions at San Diego Junior Theatre. He began working professionally as an actor in 1956, when he played in Volpone at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. After attending Villanova, he began work in television, where he had guest roles in several detective shows. Buono made a big screen splash in 1962 with his role in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? His performance as the underemployed and drunk musician Edwin Flagg won him an Oscar nomination.

He acted in a wide variety of films, plays and television shows, including drama, mysteries, comedy, science fiction, horror, and westerns (spaghetti and otherwise). Buono could steal a scene with just a mischievous smirk, a wave of his hand, or a well-timed sigh. He was sought after for his wonderful voice and diction. He was also known for being large, six-foot four-inches tall and over 300 pounds.

Buono wrote a book of poetry on the subject of being fat, and read his poetry on the comedy album Heavy! in 1972. One of his poems, Fat Man's Prayer, was a hit and is still often played on alternative radio. Many people remember him for his appearances on talk shows and the lecture circuit, but he was best known for the roles of "King Tut" in the Batman TV series.

His career was short, as health problems stemming from his weight finally caught up with him. Victor Buono died January 1, 1982 at his home in Apple Valley, California.

Theatre
Aladdin (An evil magician, San Diego Junior Theatre, 1953)
Volpone (Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 1956)
Knight of the Burning Pestle (Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 1957)
Witness for the Prosecution (Defense attorney, Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 1957)
King Henry IV, Part 1 (Falstaff, 1958)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (Sheridan Whiteside, Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 1959)
As You Like It (Duke Senior, Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 1960)
Hamlet (King Claudius, Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 1960)
The Gazebo (Old Globe Theater, San Diego, 1962)
Peter Pan (Captain Hook, Salt Lake City)
Just We Three (One-man show)
Remembrance of Things Past (One-man show)
This Would I Keep (One-man show)
Many Happy Return$ (Malcolm Pingree, Desert Inn, Las Vegas)
Camino Real (With Al Pacino and Jessica Tandy)
King Henry IV, Parts 1, 2 (Falstaff, San Diego National Shakespeare Festival, San Diego, 1974)
The Last of the Marx Brothers' Writers (Jimmy Bryce)
Camelot (King Pellinore, 1975)
The Guardsman (Los Angeles, 1976/77)

Films
The Story of Ruth (Uncredited, 1960)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Edwin Flagg, 1962)
Four for Texas (Harvey Burden, 1963)
My Six Loves (Bit part, 1963)
Robin and the Seven Hoods (Sheriff Potts, 1964)
The Strangler (Leo Kroll, "The Strangler," 1964)
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Samuel Eugene Hollis, 1964)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (Sorak, 1965)
Young Dillinger (Prof. Hofman, 1965)
The Silencers (Tung-Tze, 1966)
Sleep With the Devil (1966)
Who's Minding The Mint? (The Captain, 1967)
Target: Harry / How to Make it (Mosul Rashi, 1969)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (A mutant, 1969)
Big Daddy / Paradise Road (A. Lincoln Beauregard, 1969)
Boot Hill (Frank Fisher, 1969)
Savage Season (Jason Fatt, 1970)
The Seoul Affair (Never released, 1970)
Mother / Up Your Teddy Bear (Skippy, 1970)
L' Uomo dagli occhi di ghiaccio / The Man with the Icy Eyes (1971)
The Mad Butcher [...of Vienna] / Meat is Meat (Otto Lehmann, "The Butcher," 1971)
The Wrath of God (Jennings, 1972)
Northeast of Seoul (Isaac Portman, 1972)
Arnold (Minister, 1973)
Moon Child (The Maitre'd, 1974)
The Evil (The Devil, 1978)
Target ... Earth? (Homer the Archivist, 1978)
Chinese Cape / China Heat (Everett Maddox, 1980)
The Man with Bogart's Face (Commodore Anastas, 1980)
The Flight of Dragons (animation voice-over, 1982)

Television
On the Go (1959)
The Rebel ("Blind Marriage," 1960)
Checkmate ("Moment of Truth," 1960)
SurfSide 6 ("Deadly Male," 1960)
Thriller (Carolik, "Girl With a Secret," 1960)
Thriller (Dr. Van de Velde, "God Grante That She Lye Stille," 1961)
Sea Hunt ("The Saint Story," 1961)
Harrigan and Son ("The Testimonial," 1961)
The Detectives ("A Piece of Tomorrow," 1961)
Hawaiian Eye ("Point Zero," 1961)
77 Sunset Strip ("The Legend of Leckonby," 1961)
77 Sunset Strip ("Bullet for Santa," 1961)
77 Sunset Strip ("The Disappearance," 1962)
77 Sunset Strip ("5," 1963)
Michael Shayne ("The Trouble With Ernie," 1961)
The Untouchables ("Mister Moon," 1961)
The Untouchables ("The Gang War," 1961)
The New Breed ("Cross the Little Line," 1962)
GE Theater ("Firebug," 1963)
The New Loretta Young Show ("Hey Rube," 1963)
Perry Mason (Alexander Glovatski, "The Absent Artist," 1962)
Perry Mason (John Sylvester Fossette, "The Simple Simon," 1964)
Perry Mason (Nathon Fallon, "The Grinning Gorilla," 1965)
Perry Mason (Ben Huggins, "The Twice Told Twist," 1966)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater ("Memorandum for a Spy," 1964)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater ("Russian Roulette," 1965)
I Spy (Karafatma, "The Turkish Delight," 1966)
T.H.E. Cat (General Burek, "Lisa," 1966)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Colonel Hubris, "The Deadly Goddess Affair")
The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (Sir Cecil Seabrook, "The Phi Beta Killer Affair," 1967)
The Wild Wild West (First episode, Wing Fat, "The Night of the Inferno," 1965)
The Wild Wild West (Count Carlos Manzeppi, "The Night of the Eccentrics," 1966)
The Wild Wild West (Count Carlos Manzeppi, "The Night of the Feathered Fury," 1967)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Dr. Tabor Ulrich, "The Cyborg," 1965)
Batman (King Tut, "The Curse of Tut," 1966)
Batman (King Tut, "The Pharoah's in a Rut," 1966)
Batman (King Tut, "The Spell of Tut," 1966)
Batman (King Tut, "Tut's Case is Shut," 1966)
Batman (King Tut, "King Tut's Coup," 1967)
Batman (King Tut, "Batman's Waterloo," 1967)
Batman (King Tut, "The Unkindest Tut of All," 1967)
Batman (King Tut, "I'll be a Mummy's Uncle," 1968)
Dick Tracy (Mr. Memory, "The Plot to Kill NATO," 1966-7? Unsold)
Daniel Boone (Milo Quaife, "The Ballad of Sidewinder and Cherokee," 1967)
The Danny Thomas Hour ("The Scene," 1967)
The Legend of Robin Hood (1968)
The Dinah Shore Special (1969)
It Takes a Thief ("The Three Virgins of Rome," 1969)
Here's Lucy (Arthur Vermilion, "Lucy Gets Her Man," 1969)
The Flying Nun (Marko the Magnificent, "Sisters Socko in San Tanco," 1969)
The Tonight Show (Guest appearance, 1969?)
Get Smart! (Hannibal Day, "Moonlighting Becomes You," 1970)
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury ("Operation: Bribery," 1971)
The Virginia Graham Show (Guest appearance, 1971?)
Night Gallery ("A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank," 1971)
Night Gallery ("Satisfaction Guaranteed," 1972)
Assignment: Vienna ("Annalisa," 1972)
Goodnight, My Love (Julius Limeway, 1972)
The Mod Squad ("Sanctuary," 1972)
CBS Playhouse ("The Lie," 1973)
The Brian Keith Show (Palmer, "The Big Build Up," 1973)
Mannix ("Search in the Dark," 1973)
Crime Club (Judge Roger Knight, 1973)
Orson Welles' Great Mysteries ("Money to Burn," 1973)
Hawaii Five-O (Eric Damien, "The $100,000 Nickel," 1973)
Benjamin Franklin: The Ambassador (1974)
The Odd Couple (Dr. Clove, "The Exorcist")
The Odd Couple (Lovelace, "The Rent Strike," 1975)
Ellery Queen ("The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman," 1975?)
The Tony Randall Show (1976)
The Practice ("Jules and the Bum," 1976)
High Risk (Sebastian, 1976)
Alice (Mr. James, "The Last Review," 1976)
Sirota's Court (Pilot episode, 1976)
Brenda Starr (Lance O'Toole, 1976)
Liar's Club (A panelist, 1976-1978)
Nancy Drew (Seth, "A Haunting We Will Go," 1977)
The Man From Atlantis (Mr. Schubert, "Melt Down," 1977)
The Man From Atlantis (Mr. Schubert, "The Mudworm," 1977)
The Man From Atlantis (Mr. Schubert, "Hawk of Mu," 1977)
The Man From Atlantis (Mr. Schubert, "Man O'War," 1977)
The Man From Atlantis (Mr. Schubert, "Crystal Water, Sudden Death," 1977)
The Rita Moreno Show (TV pilot, 1978)
Flying High ("North by Northwest," 1979)
Return of the Mod Squad (Keith Starr, 1979)
Better Late Than Never (Dr. Zoltan Polos, 1979)
Backstairs at the White House (William Howard Taft, "The Tafts, Wilsons and Hardings," 1979)
Supertrain (Mistro, "Hail to the Chief," 1979)
Taxi (Jim's Father,"Going Home")
Murder Can Hurt You! (Ironbottom, 1980)
Katmandu (Unsold TV pilot, 1980)
More Wild Wild West (Dr. Messenger, 1980)
Fantasy Island (Dr. Albert Z. Fell, "With Affection, Jack the Ripper," 1980)
Vega$ (Jim, the Gambler, "Black Cat Killer," 1980)
Vega$ (Jim, the Gambler, "A Deadly Victim," 1980)
Vega$ (Jim, the Gambler, "The Killing," 1981)
Vega$ (Jim, the Gambler, "Seek and Destroy," 1981)
Judgement Day (TV pilot, Mr. Heavener, 1981)

Information compiled from the Internet Movie Database, David Culp's "Victor Buono Fan Page", and "Victor Buono: these were giant steps for young acting giant who leaped from San Diego stage to Hollywood," San Diego Union, 7 Jan 1962, E2.

Trish Buttrill

Trish Buttrill Trish Buttrill was involved in Junior Theatre from 1968 to 1974. She received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCLA, and her M.F.A. in Acting, from UCLA as well. Trish has extensive performance experience including a role at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego where she received the Globe's Atlas Award for her performance in "La Ronde". She also received numerous acting awards at UCLA, and worked for a time as a voice-over actress. She can be heard as the voice of Susan B. Anthony at Disney's EPCOT Center. She was employed for several years as a script analyst in the film industry. Tricia finally found her niche as a high school drama teacher. She was San Jose Unified School District's 2001/2002 Teacher of the Year, and also received the 2001 Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce's "Outstanding Educator of Silicon Valley" as part of their "Legends and Leaders" series. Trish received an IDEA award from the Anti-Defamation League for her work in teaching tolerance at the school site. Trish teaches and directs in San Jose, California.

Lloyd “Skypp” Cabanas

Lloyd “Skypp” Cabanas currently sits at a desk inside a bungalow in the middle of a parking lot at the Music Center of Los Angeles County. He supports the Ahmanson Theatre's ticketing system and customer service departments and is currently involved working on www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. When he's not staring at the computer screen at his IKEA purchased desk he's out on his bicycle pretending he's some kind of famous cyclist - but not Lance Armstrong.. some other famous cyclist...

Rex Camphuis

Rex Camphuis Rex Camphuis has been working in Theater, Film, Television or Circus Production since 1986. Rex attended The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and San Diego Jr. Theater. After a 3 season apprenticeship at San Diego’s Starlight Opera Rex went to Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz where he studied Acting and Direction for the stage. While working for the Tandy Beal Dance Company as a stage manager Ms. Beal became San Francisco’s Pickle Circus’ Artistic Director. Rex stage-managed the Pickles from '92-'95. In '96 he moved to Los Angeles to begin work in film and television production where he was the Production Coordinator for WB’s “Felicity” and ABC’s “Alias”. Rex served as the Board President for Pasadena Jr. Theater, a youth theater school, for 4 years. In '04 Rex Co-directed and was the Musical Director of the Pickle Circus production Birdhouse Factory. His directing work along with partner Aloysia Gavre continued with the Pickle Circus productions High Water Radio, Elevation 63 and Vertigo. Rex spent the '07/’08 season as San Francisco's Traveling Jewish Theatre’s Associate Producer and Sound Designer in Residence whose credits include their recent productions of Rose and Death of a Salesman. Also in ’07 Rex and Aloysia co-founded TROUPE VERTIGO a theatrical circus entertainment company bringing the thrill of the circus and the art of the theater to special events and theatrical productions around the world. LA based Troupe Vertigo delightfully indulges in a genre-bending mixture of dance, music, theatre and circus. An ensemble of acrobats, dancers, aerialists and actors Troupe Vertigo innovates theatrical circus production. Their new production and performance space is also the home of Cirque School, home to professional circus artists and amateur circus enthusiast alike. Cirque School opens up the world of circus arts to anyone and everyone with an wonderful Aerial Circus Fitness Program for Anybody and Any Body. Located in Hollywood it has quickly become one of the new homes of the circus arts in LA. He recently Co-Produced five short Children’s Defense Fund documentaries for JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath.

Jason Connors

Jason Connors has been working in theatre for the last ten years, beginning at San Diego Junior Theatre and moving on to the Playwrights Project where his own original plays started being produced. Since then he has worked with the Fritz Theatre, Sledgehammer, Actors Alliance, The Blank Theatre (LA), Planned Parenthood’s IMAGES Theatre, Grossmont Stagehouse, Voices of Women, the JCC, and now the wonderful 6@Penn Theatre.

Liz Crabb Breen

Liz Crabb Breen Liz Crabb Breen was an active member of Junior Theatre from age 8 to 18, performing in over 20 productions at both the Puppet Theatre and the Casa del Prado, including the lead role of Abby Brewster in “Arsenic and Old Lace”. As a member of the JT touring troupe known as “Confetti”, Liz appeared in numerous performances of “A Thurber Carnival” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. She also appeared with the Civic Light Opera under the direction of Don and Bonnie Ward in “Camelot”. Liz started off in college as a Theatre Arts major, but has since gone on to perform not on the stage, but in the laboratory, the classroom, and the lecture hall, where she pursues research and teaches in the field of immunology. Active for more than twenty years at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Liz is currently a professor there studying and teaching about the immune system, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and aging. Although it has been many years since she appeared in costume and make-up on the Junior Theatre stage, Liz credits much of her success as a teacher and public speaker to the training and experience gained at JT.

June Cummins

June Cummins was active in Junior Theater for 10 years, from ages 8 to 18. After she graduated from San Diego High, a stone throw from Casa del Prado, she went to the University of California, Berkeley and then to Columbia University, where she obtained her Ph.D. in English literature. While her dissertation was on modernist British writers such as Virginia Woolf, she is now a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University specializing in children's literature. She feels quite certain her interest and now expertise in this genre stems from her involvement with J.T. Her first published article was about the film adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and she has published many more articles on topics ranging from Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter. At SDSU, she has taught several different children's literature classes, including a graduate seminar on children's literature and film. Recently, she has been developing a second specialization in Jewish-American literature, an interest that has grown out of the biography she is writing of author Sydney Taylor, who wrote the All-of-a-Kind Family books (the first mainstream books to depict Jewish children). She is married to a completely non-theatrical person, and they have three sons, ranging in age from 9 to 17. She fondly remembers her J.T. years and friends.

Daryl Daley

Daryl Daley Daryl Daley is so happy to be back up on the Junior Theatre stage! She has been involved in musical theatre since age 7, and has been in about 20 productions at JT, playing such great roles as "Adult Ensemble," "Citizen of the Jungle" and "Teenager." Since graduating in 2005, she has been a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in Art and Design with a concentration in Graphic Design. Daryl is also currently a member, and the Art Chair of her sorority, Sigma Kappa. She would like to thank her parents for first bringing her to Junior Theatre and always supporting her in all her endeavors, and her JT family for all the memories, and for always being here to come home to.

Brandon Davidson

Brandon Davidson Brandon Davidson has Junior Theatre to thank for his first young and professional theatre experiences. He was part of over fifteen productions with Junior Theatre including Crazy For You, West Side Story, Miracle Worker, And The World Goes Round, Merrily We Roll Along, and Guys and Dolls.

Upon graduating from La Jolla High School, Brandon attended the Boston Conservatory, earning a BFA in Musical Theatre and having the honors of speaking at his graduation.
Some regional theatre credits include Stages St. Louis, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, and Welk Resort Theatre. Favorite shows include Gypsy (Tulsa), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), 42nd St (Thief/Billy u/s), City of Angels (Werner/Luther), West Side Story (Baby John), Crazy For You (Mingo), and Cabaret (Cliff).
Brandon has also performed solo in concert with the Boston Pops in ?Broadway Legends.?
Brandon currently lives in New York City.

Monica Dean

Monica Dean Monica Dean is committed to making a difference in the community both on and off the air. Monica joined the NBC 7/39 news team in June 2004.

Monica comes to San Diego from Bakersfield, Calif., where she anchored the weeknight 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for the CBS affiliate KBAK and the news at 10 p.m. for the Fox affiliate KBFX.

The Associated Press Television-Radio Association named Monica "The Best Television Spot News Reporter" in 2004. Monica received three Awards of Excellence from the Kern Press Club in 2003 and 2004 for best reporting series, best light feature and best serious feature.

Monica Dean has lived and worked all over America, but California has always been her home. Raised in San Diego, she was actively involved in San Diego Junior Theatre and graduated from the University of San Diego High School. Monica earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California at Los Angeles. She went on to earn her master's degree in journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago where she was awarded that school's highest honor, "The Harrington Award," for excellence in achievement and for highest promise in broadcast journalism.

Monica got her first on-air reporting job as the Washington D.C. political correspondent for WCAX, the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vt. While in the nation's capital, Monica was also the television health reporter for an eight-station news group stretching across the United States.

Monica began her news career in Los Angeles as a news desk assistant and production assistant at KTTV Fox 11 News, where she also assisted in the production of several Emmy-nominated half-hour special reports. Her career has included radio reporting for WKVT-AM in Brattleboro, Vt.; newspaper reporting for the daily newspaper of Hilton Head, S.C.; writing and producing for the online broadcast news Web site 1KTV.com.

In her free time, Monica loves singing, sewing, exercising, biking and world traveling --- activities she shares with her husband and family members.

Drop Monica a line: Monica.Dean@nbc.com.

Ashley Fox Linton

Ashley Fox Linton photo

Ashley Fox Linton Roles at Junior Theatre include Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Charlotte in Charlotte's Web, Fudge in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Kim McAfee in Bye, Bye, Birdie, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Peter Pan in Peter Pan, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Polly Baker in Crazy For You and many others. She served as President of Confetti and directed and choreographed the original musical Athens High.

While in San Diego, she also performed with San Diego Opera and as Alice in Once on a Summer's Day at SDSU and The Theatre in old Town. Since then, Ashley attended The Boston Conservatory to earn her BFA in Theatre. While in Boston she also performed with Berklee College of Music and worked with the film department at Harvard University.

Other theatre credits include the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables (Cosette); Regional: Baby (Lizzie); North Coast Repertory Theatre, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Old Globe Theatre; Call Me Madam, Goodspeed Opera House; Evita, Helen Hayes Theatre Company; A Chorus Line, Titanic, Seacoast Repertory. Workshops: David Zippel's Princesses, NAMT; Oh Rats! York Theatre Company, Grinch 10th Anniversary, Old Globe. Film: Have Dreams, Will Travel. Soloist with the Boston Pops “Best of Broadway” at Symphony Hall. Proud member of Actor's Equity Association. Ashley currently resides in Manhattan and her next project will be the Broadway National Tour of the smash hit Wicked!

www.ashleyfoxlinton.com

Casey Gardner

Casey Gardner is currently majoring in theatre performance at San Diego City College. Casey is a veteran of San Diego Junior Theatre, where he performed over a period of 8 years and was in Confetti. Casey was a member of the International Thespian Society and served as president of his troupe. He appeared in Coronado Playhouse's 2007 "Dracula." Casey performs at the National Comedy Theatre (NCT) in shows of competitive improvisational comedy. At SeaWorld San Diego he performed in the summer nighttime dolphin show "Ignight!" and in the Halloween Sea Lion and Otter show "Clyde and Seamour's Trick or Treat."

Russell Garrett (Giesenschlag)

Russell Garrett (Giesenschlag) lives in Central Massachusetts where he is the Artistic Director of Foothills Theatre Company, a professional regional theatre in Worcester. He worked as an actor based in New York for over 20 years before moving into directing and choreographing at theatres around the country. He still occasionally performs when the schedule allows. He misses the San Diego weather come February but enjoys living in New England.

Darlene Geer Gould Davies

Darlene Geer Gould Davies

is a JT Kid. She joined the Junior Theatre
Wing of the Old Globe Theatre in 1951, acting in seven Junior Theatre
productions over the years and performing in six shows at The Old Globe.
Darlene studied at the Pasadena Playhouse during the summer of 1956,
entered San Diego State College in early 1957, and graduated with a B.A.
in theatre in January, 1962. She was awarded the only SDSC dramatics
award for the year 1961. Darlene earned her Master's Degree in Speech
Pathology in 1965 and an Educational Specialist degree from Point Loma
Nazarene University in 1985. She undertook additional studies at Emerson
College and Purdue University.

After many years of teaching and supervising in speech pathology
programs at San Diego State University, Children's Hospital and Health
Center, and Naval Regional Medical Center, Darlene retired from SDSU
with the title Professor Emerita. She continues to hold a California
license and national ASHA certification as a speech-language pathologist.

Darlene was appointed and reappointed by five San Diego Mayors to five
separate boards and commissions, including the Commission for Arts and
Culture and the City Parks and Recreation Board. She served as Chair of
the Balboa Park Committee. Later, she chaired the County of San Diego
Commission on the Status of Women. Darlene served as a member of the Old
Globe Theatre Board of Directors for 12 years.

Among her awards and honors are: Salvation Army Woman of Dedication;
SDSU Meliorism Award; San Diego County Mortar Board Outstanding Alumna;
SDSU Technology Innovation Award; Darlene Davies Day in both City and
County of San Diego; State of California Commendation of Darlene Davies
Resolution introduced into the California State Senate proceedings by
Senator Christine Kehoe; SDSU Monty Oustanding Alumna Award;
Commencement speaker for College of Health and Human Services in Cox
Arena; San Diego Junior League Charter Day Award; Naval Regional Medical
Center award at 40th anniversary of the Speech and Hearing Center; SDJT
HONORS recipient.

Darlene co-produced 15 professional videos for Mingei International
Museum, funded by Akaloa/Cargill foundations, which documented
significant exhibitions. Those videos aired repeatedly on UCSD TV,
traveled with exhibitions, and may now be viewed on Vimeo. Darlene has
written and edited articles for Ranch and Coast magazine, where she is
Arts and Culture Editor, for 20 years. She has authored three articles
for the San Diego Journal of History, and is currently writing a
continuing series about the1915 Panama-California Exposition for Ranch
and Coast magazine. Darlene also authored a digital comprehensive and
interactive three-part history of the SDSU School of Speech Language
Hearing Sciences (1925-2013) for which a unique university website was
created.

Returning to her roots, Darlene is the official The Old Globe Historian.

Michael Gier

Michael Gier began his entertainment career at SDJT starting with chorus roles and working his way up to leading roles ending with the role of Tom in No, No, Nanette. His first paying job was with The Brightside with Don & Bonnie Ward. After working extensively in local theatres, Michael moved to Los Angeles to continue his career. He became an accomplished Equity performer starring in musical productions throughout the United States. Over the years Michael has had the privilege of making a living as an entertainer performing all over the world on stage, television and film as an actor, singer, dancer, and on-camera host. A few of his television and film credits include working with Gene Hackman in Geronimo, Ben Kingsley in Mrs. Harris, Gregory Hines in Tap, Brooke Shields in Suddenly Susan, The Middleman, In Living Color, Simon and Simon, a recurring role on The Bold & The Beautiful, and guest appearances on Days of Our Lives, and Passions. Michael worked as a featured soloist at the 2,300 seat Lawrence Welk Champagne Theatre in Branson, MO as one of their new young stars performing with the original Lawrence Welk television stars and a 20 piece orchestra. While with the Welk family, he also appeared in three nationally aired Lawrence Welk television specials, released an album Forever In Love, and on Labor Day performed as a soloist on the nationally aired Jerry Lewis “Stars Across America” MDA telethon. During Branson’s off season, Michael performed his headlining cabaret act for a number of cruise lines on a variety of ships. Michael has been the on-camera host for television shows Your Ticket To Branson and Snapshot: Long Beach interviewing celebrity guests such as: Debbie Reynolds, The Lennon Sisters, Roy Clark, Glen Campbell, Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop and many others. The show also included cooking segments, craft segments and stories out on location. He’s hosted many live PBS fundraisers, industrial and training videos. He was seen worldwide (including MTV here in the states) as an actor and principle dancer in FatBoy Slim's music video "Praise You", directed by Academy Nominated Director Spike Jonze. Due to the video's popularity, Michael performed "Praise You" with FatBoy Slim live at the MTV Music Awards in New York on 9/9/99, walking away with three of the four awards the video was nominated for. In October of 2003, Spike Jonze released a short film entitled "Torrance Rises" starring Michael and the others from the fictitious Torrance Community Dance Troupe. For more on Michael’s entertainment career, go to www.MichaelGier.com. In the middle of a five year stint as Wild Bill in Wild Bill’s Wild West Extravaganza at the 850-seat dinner theatre in Buena Park, CA Michael decided to find a back up career should his entertainment career slow down, which led him into real estate investing. He enjoyed real estate so much that by choice he made it his new career, and entertainment became a hobby. His company, Gier Enterprises, Inc. at www.GierEnterprises.com, builds homes to sell, and purchases homes as rentals. His company, Nationwide Property Investments, LLC at www.NationwidePropertyInvestments.com, helps others become real estate investors through education and investment opportunities. His one hour live radio show Creating Wealth Through Real Estate airs weekly on KHTS AM1220. Most recently, Michael started another company, Protect Yourself, LLC at www.2ProtectYourself.com, to help people protect themselves from Fraud and Identity Theft scams.

Vesta “Vicki” Gleissner

Vesta “Vicki” Gleissner Vesta “Vicki” Gleissner was exposed to the entertainment field from the get-go. The niece of acclaimed cowboy Gene Autry found her parents home filled with actors, musicians and Hollywood Studio employees. She became a member of Professional Screen Children’s Guild at age 5 and appeared on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse and in several TV shows. In 1948 her parents moved to San Diego and she was soon enrolled with the San Diego Jr. Theater for training. Her first appearance was in the “Rose and the Ring” and her favorite roles were Snow White in “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” and the Griffin in “Alice in Wonderland”. She appeared at the Old Globe as Queen Elizabeth on the Green, Mopsa in “A Winters Tale”, and Hippolita in “A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream”. She also appeared in the Old Globe’s two seasons at Sherwood Hall in La Jolla as the Stepdaughter in “Six Characters in Search of an Author” and Patricia in “A Memory of Two Mondays”. When the then Falstaff Tavern became a theater in the round Vesta participated in the opening season as Abigail in “The Crucible”. Vesta’s last appearance on the main stage was in 1967 as Essie in You Can’t Take it with You. After her marriage to her Air Force husband Vesta took a hiatus to raise her two sons, Christopher and Richard. The stage called again when they were stationed in Denver, CO and Vesta performed at Bonfils Theater as Mrs. Grose in “The Innocents”, Sally Cato in “Aunty Mame” and at the Third Eye Theater as Mary Stuart in “Mary Stuart”. She also appeared in several segments on PBS. The late 70’s found the family transferred back to California and Vesta won the role of the Senora in the Ramona Pageant and both acted and directed at the Palace West Theater and the Ramona Playhouse where she received an Inland Theater award for her performance as Mother Superior in “Agnes of God”. Currently Vesta acts and directs at the Patio Playhouse in Escondido and last season won an ACT award for her performance of the Nurse in “It Runs in the Family”. Thoughts on JT: “I can not think of Balboa Park without being flooded with wonderful memories of the talented and creative people that surrounded me at San Diego Junior Theater. Always, in my minds eye, is a picture of my beautiful mother, Wilma, close by sewing costumes, building props, and calming nerves. It was an honor and privilege to be a part of JT”.

Debbie Glivar Roberts

Debbie Glivar Roberts is an award winning musical theatre expert with more than four decades of experience. Recognized as a gifted soprano vocalist she has appeared in more than 150 musical productions, concerts, television specials and recordings throughout the United States and Europe. As a music and vocal director, conductor and musician Debbie has worked with students of all grade levels. Her passion for inspiring and teaching children has lead her to become one of San Diego's most highly sought after voice and audition coaches.
Debbie studied all aspects of musical theatre at San Diego Junior Theatre, where she participated in 11 productions. She was a member of JT's original Repertory Players, the precursor to Confetti, and worked as stage manager for JT's first production at the Casa del Prado Theatre, Wizard of Oz.
While attending college Debbie was a JT Teaching Artist and performed with Starlight and Valley Music Theatre. At age 18 she was invited to sing with the internationally acclaimed San Diego Opera Chorus where she performed for four seasons until she moved to New York. As a member of the prestigious New York Choral Society, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, on PBS television and the RCA recording of A Holiday Celebration with Peter, Paul & Mary. Debbie appeared at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria where she sang in two operas and chamber music concerts with I Cantori di New York. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.
As founder and director of Broadway Vocal Artists, she specializes in the Broadway music library. Debbie teaches the simple, step-by-step easy tools required to maximize vocal talent while minimizing anxiety, resulting in well-rehearsed and stress-free musical theatre auditions, callbacks and casting. Ms. Roberts’ students have appeared at JT, on Broadway, film, television, recordings as well as community theatre and school productions.
Debbie’s musical theatre expertise has brought her to positions as Founding Musical and Vocal Director for the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center’s Kroc Kids, Children’s Theatre Workshop Director for the renowned New York summer stock theatre company, the Mac-Haydn Theatre, Artist In Residence with Young Audiences of San Diego and vocal coach for high school and community theatre projects.
Mrs. Roberts lives in La Mesa, California with her husband Larry Roberts, an athletic trainer. Visit her website at debbieglivarroberts.com.

Heidi Griffin Aiem

Heidi Griffin Aiem Heidi participated in JT from 1977 - 1983. She performed in numerous shows but most enjoyed her experiences in Grease, Little Mary Sunshine and Bye Bye Birdie. Heidi performed in community theatre productions with Grossmont College, Covenant Ark Theatre and Octad One Productions. After graduating from San Diego State University in 1988 with a degree in French, Heidi went to Northwest Africa with the Peace Corps. Upon her return she found her passion working in healthcare with underserved populations. She has worked with in HIV/AIDS since the late 1980's most recently at UCSD working with HIV-positive women, children and pregnant women. She currently manages HIV Counseling and Testing and Partner Services Programs for the County of San Diego in Public Health Services. Heidi is married to a great guy and has a very talented 20 year-old son and hilarious 8 year-old son -- Jakob and Rhys. Heidi credits much of her humor and passion towards life to her wonderful experiences in San Diego Junior Theatre.

Patrick Hamill

Patrick Hamill After being actively involved in his high school drama class and
community theater, Patrick graduated from high school and then from
San Diego State University. He moved to Austin, TX where he followed
his interest in computer network communications and worked as a
Systems Analyst for the Texas Dept. of Transportation. He soon
accepted a position with the Dell Server Test group. After leaving
Dell, Patrick has worked as a network engineer at a computer security
firm and is now a Test Engineer for NetQoS; a computer network
performance company. Patrick is still active in theater by
volunteering and performing with the local community theaters in
Austin, TX.

Ellen Harvey

Ellen Harvey grew up in San Diego and loved being a part of Junior Theatre. From the moment she did her first musical "No, No, Nanette", (which was directed by Ole Kittleson and choreographed by Don & Bonnie Ward) she was hooked and couldn’t wait to start taking classes year round. Even though she was only at JT for two years, she did her first Shakespeare play "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and ended with her most favorite role of all, "Mary Poppins". She attended Helix High, but transferred to The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis for her senior year. She graduated from CTC’s conservatory program and decided that she wanted to go to college back East. She received her BFA in Acting from Boston University, and has lived in both New York City and Los Angeles ever since. Her parents still live in San Diego, having both just retired from SDSU as Theatre Arts Professors.

Ellen is currently playing Ms. Darbus in the National Tour of “Disney’s High School Musical” which will end its long run in August of 2008. When not on tour ("Mamma Mia", "Doctor Dolittle"), she lives in New York City where she has appeared on Broadway in "The Music Man", "Thou Shalt Not", and "Most Happy Fella". She gives a big shout out to all JT alums! For more info you can go to www.ellenharvey.net

Jay Heiserman

Jay Heiserman Jay currently serves as the full-time Art Director for The Ellen Degeneres Show, for which he has received two Emmy awards for Outstanding Art Direction/Set Design/Set Decoration. In addition, he keeps busy with many other production designs in the Los Angeles area. Jay graduated with a BFA in scene design from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. At 5 years old, Jay can remember returning from a Junior Theatre production of The Music Man and re-creating the set he had seen on the Casa Del Prado stage out of wooden blocks and cardboard. For Junior Theatre, Jay has designed “actual” scenery for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Crazy for You, Charlotte’s Web, and The Secret Garden. Some of his favorite designs elsewhere include: Oliver!, Always…Patsy Cline, The Women, Amadeus, Cinderella, and Lost in Yonkers.

Bill Hoese

Bill Hoese is a biology professor at California State University Fullerton and uses his experiences from JT every day in class while performing “street theater” to engage students in learning biology. Whether it’s dancing like a fiddler crab to illustrate animal communication or juggling pins while lecturing to demonstrate nervous system function, acting plays a pivotal role in exciting students about the wonders of biology. He is also director of the Southern California Ecosystems Research Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, and trains diverse students for careers in ecology and environmental biology.

Christian Hoff

Christian Hoff began his stage and screen career at age eight. Performing became an instant passion and he began training as an actor, singer and dancer. When he was eleven, he followed his Dad and Brother into music and bought his first guitar. By age twelve he was a member of three professional actors unions: Actors Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild.

His first break on screen was dancing a pas de deux with Shirley Maclaine in her television special Every Little Movement, then on stage in the original Los Angeles company of Evita under the direction of Harold Prince. Christian balanced a family life in San Diego, California while maintaining his theatrical career in Hollywood, bridging the transitions from child actor to young adult and beyond with unique perspective. During these formidable years he utilized his diverse talent and experience to continue doing what he loved best with guest appearances and regular roles in television and film, commercials and regional stage productions. Notable career highlights over the decades include portraying Walt Disney in One Man’s Dream, providing the voice of Richie Rich in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series of the same name, hosting the cable series Eyes and Ears Inside Disney, playing Shelley Winters bad-boy step-son in her one and only sitcom Shelley, replacing David Arquette as Frank-n-Furter in the Los Angeles production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Tiffany Theater, touring as King Herod with Sebastian Bach in Jesus Christ Superstar, his Broadway debut in The Who’s Tommy (original cast album) with Michael Cerveris and his Broadway return, starring as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys (original cast album).

Christian has always been drawn to “real life” characters both on screen: as Walt Disney in One Man’s Dream, as Kevin Anderson in Just A Regular Kid, An AIDS Story with Florence Henderson and Ronny Cox, as James “Moog” in Honor Thy Mother with Sharon Gless, as Sid Stockdale in In Love and War with James Woods and onstage: as George M. Cohan in George M!, as Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies, and Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys.

Christian has been a guitarist and singer in a number of bands, sung the national anthem at major sporting events and has performed on The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. Christian is father to the precious Eli, Erika and Baby Elizabeth and husband to actress Melissa Hoff.
“Soli Deo Gloria.”
http://www.christianhoff.com

Michael Hoffer

Michael Hoffer Mike was born in a USMC Hospital in Quantico, Virginia just south of Washington D.C. His theatrical career began at the early age of 6 when his Mom took him to an audition for the very young role of Peter in MOTHER CAREY‘S CHICKENS-the Senior Play for Tustin Senior High School, he got the part and had to learn all of his lines by memory as he couldn’t yet read! San Diego’s Junior Theatre beckoned and he did it all; acting in many plays among them; THE GREAT BIG DOORSTEP with the late Victor Buono as his Father, CARRIBBEAN HOLIDAY with Raquel Tejada Welch, ROBIN HOOD, A DRAGON, HERO & A KING, ALI BABA & THE FORTY THIEVES. Musical Director/Composer/Pianist for; THE WIZARD OF OZ, LOVE RIDES THE RAILS-OLIO, & MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. He held the title of President of SDJT’s Board of Governors and served on that Board. At The Balboa Bowl SummerTeenage Operettas, under the direction of Maria Fielding and Don Ward, he appeared in THE GOLDEN TRAIL (Tad) & THE GIPSY BARON (Otto).
Reluctantly at age 18 he left SDJT for college at SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY and majored in Theatre Arts. He was President of the SAN DIEGO STATE MUSICAL COMEDY GUILD and acted in their productions of THE BOYFIREND (Bobby Van Heusen), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Wizard) and GOLDILOCKS (George Randolph Brown). He appeared in several SDSU roles; LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE (Billy Jester), MADWOMAN OF CHAILOT (Dr. Jardin), THE AMERICAN DREAM (Young Man). In his SDSU Senior year he was awarded; THE OUTSTANDING THEATRE ARTS STUDENT AWARD. Locally he also appeared at THE OLD GLOBE as Emmett in TAKE HER SHE’S MINE and garnered a nomination for THE ATLAS AWARD for BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR. At STAR-LIGHT OPERA he performed in many shows from THE RED MILL to DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, the highlight being Hugo in BYE-BYE BIRDIE. Moving to Hollywood and with a friends connection got an audition for influential Casting Director Ruth Birch, casting him in several GOMER PYLES-which made his USMC Dad very proud! Television shows; THAT GIRL (Jimmy) with Marlo Thomas, MANNIX, GENERAL HOSPITAL, Commercials, and Industrial films followed. Hollywood theatrical jobs; THE WEB & THE ROCK- A Paul Gregory Production, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Prince Dauntless), THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL (Sheriff Sam Staples). Summer Stock at Berkeley’s Melodyland Theatre; singing in the Chorus and working with Ginger Rogers in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, THE MUSIC MAN with Van Johnson, BELLS ARE RINGING -Anne Jeffreys, SOUTH PACIFIC with Janet Blair, and SHOWBOAT. The lure of a “frequent pay check” landed him at UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD first as a Tour Guide and eventually as Director of Entertainment. ABC-TV was his next assignment as Co-ordinating Producer for Special Projects for the network’s Entertainment Division. Working with a gamut of celebrities; Elizabeth Taylor, Regis Philbin, Princess Diana, Howard Cossell, Ann-Margaret, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, Michael Feinstein, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, President Bill Clinton, Shirley Jones, Eva Gabor, Lucie Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Gwen Verdon, Warren Beatty, Merv Griffin, Kathie Lee Gifford, Yvonne DeCarlo, and even Zsa Zsa Gabor! Hoffer along with Producers Donald Colhour and Vince Maynard founded HMC Entertainment which produced documentaries, and Specials among them; THE GEORGE GERSHWIN MEMORIAL CONCERTS on the 50th Anniversary of Gershwin’s passing, at the Hollywood Bowl. Mike’s last time “on the boards”; 42ND STREET (Abner Dillon) in “believe it or not” Kirkcaldy, Scotland at the ADAM SMITH THEATRE. Recent projects involve creating and managing Theatre and Opera tours to England, Ireland and Italy under his THEATOURS Company and PROTRAVEL INTERNATIONAL Living in the Hollywood Hills just a short distance from THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN and enjoying his life, companion, and friends. He has served on The Board of Trustees for First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, and is now an Elder at Wilshire Christian Church. Another “hat” he wears is as Special Events Director for Wilshire Christian Church. Mike is a proud member of SCREEN ACTORS GUILD, ACTORS EQUITY and AFTRA. “SDJT was an invaluable asset to my career and I will always cherish my time there-not just for what I learned but for the friendships made there”. HAPPY 60th SAN DIEGO JUNIOR THEATRE!

Trevor Hollingsworth

Trevor Hollingsworth Trevor was last seen at Cygnet Theatre as Harry Bailey and others in "It's a Wonderful Life." San Diego Rep: "A Christmas Carol", "King Lear." Trevor was Assistant Director for "The Goat or Who is Sylvia" as well as "A Christmas Carol" and "King Lear." He has worked with P33 Inc and has performed numerous roles at Starlight Civic Light Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego, and 6 @ Penn.

Leasa Hood Shukiar

Leasa Hood Shukiar is a native San Diegan and began performing at the age of 4 and was hooked from that first sound of applause. She attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and couldn't wait until she turned 8 and could follow in her sister's footsteps and attend Junior Theatre. Leasa's performing has literally taken her around the world. She even fell in love while performing, when she met her future husband in a production of "Singin' In the Rain.". She is married to acclaimed jewish composer, David Shukiar. Leasa taught 3rd grade with Los Angeles Unified school district for 4 years until her first little performer was born and now teaches dance in Simi Valley, California. Leasa loves being a mom to her 2 daughters, Carly-7yrs.
and Hayley-2yrs.

Mylinda Hull

Mylinda Hull a fourth-generation San Diegan, graduated O’Farrell SCPA and San Diego Junior Theatre, made her professional debut at Starlight Opera, earned her Equity card at Welk Dinner Theater, continued on to San Diego Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. Her most recent SD performances were as Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress (Starlight) and Joan in The Lark (Second Star Productions). Mylinda resides in New York City.

On Broadway
42nd Street (Anytime Annie, 2001 Tony Award-winning revival)
Damn Yankees (Lola, opposite Jerry Lewis, National Tour)

Off-Broadway
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Regional
Chicago (Roxie)
Kiss Me Kate (Lois)
The Pajama Game (Gladys)
Cabaret Verboten (Gussie)

Television
Crazy for You (Tess, PBS Great Performances)

Lisa Jaret

Lisa Jaret (SDJT '87) is the Arts in Education Program Manager for the Washington State Arts Commission, where she manages several grant programs, a roster of teaching artists, and other projects related to supporting arts education at K-12 public schools. She's an ex-officio board member for ArtsEd Washington, and a newly appointed member of the Arts Education Advisory Group for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Prior to coming to WSAC in 2005, Lisa worked at Seattle Children's Theatre for 13 years (1992-2005), where she was the Administrative Director of Education Programs and oversaw significant growth of the SCT Drama School. She hold a B.A. in Humanities from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University. Lisa was involved in JT from about 1979 through 1987, which proved to be a great foundation for a continuing career in arts administration and arts education.

Jesse Johnson

Jesse Johnson just released his first CD, "Cause & Effect". Those who wish to purchase a CD or just listen to the tunes can go to
www.jessejohnsononline.com He is on his way to New York to open a production studio with a fellow actor from Hairspray.

Jesse is currently one of the touring cast members of Hairspray the Tony-winning musical, and is a San Diego Junior Theatre alum.

Jesse, a Helix High School graduate who played the male leads in SDJT's West Side Story in 2000 and Once on This Island in 2002, is part of the touring ensemble for Hairspray, which is directed by another San Diegan, Jack O'Brien, the artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre.

Johnson, who plays IQ on the tour, was born and raised in the East County area of San Diego and his family lives in the Del Cerro area.

Darcy Kavanagh Raust

Darcy Kavanagh Raust Darcy Kavanagh Raust enjoyed the acting classes and shows at the SDJT from 1979 - 1981. She was a part of Meet Me in St. Louis, Actin' Up, and No No Nanette.
Darcy was involved with the Boston Public Theater, and the Harwich Jr. Theater in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She took part in a summerstock theater called Theater-By-The-Sea in Warwick, Rhode Island. She attended the Boston Conservatory of Music and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. She acted in a couple of Off-Broadway productions, before returning to school to earn degrees in elementary and special education. She lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband and two children, Kristen and Andrew. She still acts, focusing on commercial work for TV. She also teaches school part time in Concord, NH.

Jason Kent

Jason Kent is a partner in the Emerging Companies and Public Companies practice groups and a member of the Cooley Godward Kronish Business department. He joined the Firm in June 2000 and is resident in the San Diego office. The Firm's San Diego office was recently named the #1 firm in San Diego as ranked by area corporate board members, according to Corporate Board Member magazine.

Mr. Kent represents private and public technology companies in a wide range of corporate and securities matters, including private financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and employment and compensation arrangements. He also represents venture capital funds and investment banking firms in connection with private financings and public offerings. Mr. Kent represents companies in the biotechnology, medical device, software, semiconductor, retail, wireless, internet and education industries. His clients range from start-ups to companies with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues.

In 2007, Mr. Kent was named by his peers and colleagues to the "Top San Diego County Attorneys" list in the category of Corporate Transactional, as published by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

In 1998, Mr. Kent received his J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. In 1995 he graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College, earning his B.A. in Economics and Accounting.

Mr. Kent is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Association.

EDUCATION
Stanford Law School
J.D., 1998
Order of the Coif

Claremont McKenna College
B.A. Economics and Accounting, 1995
Summa cum laude


BAR ADMISSIONS
The State Bar of California

MEMBERSHIPS
American Bar Association

San Diego County Bar Association

Ole Kittleson

Ole Kittleson Ole Kittleson joined SDJT as a student in 1950 and performed in 8 plays and musical. In later years he directed over 20 plays/musicals for the organization. He also served 2 years as President of the SDJT Board of Directors. Now’s that for a FULL CIRCLE!! Ole appeared off-Broadway in NYC in “Leave It To Jane” and “Little Mary Sunshine” and has appeared/directed over 60 musicals for Starlight Musical Theatre. He has also directed/performed at the Welk Resort Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, North Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Glove Theatre, Schroeder’s Club & Cabaret, 6th@Penn and Moonlight. He is the co-founder of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and was inducted into the San Diego Theatre Hall of Fame (2004) by San Diego City Schools, Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse. He is the lyricist for over 25 published musicals with Samuel French, Pionner Drama and Bakers Plays. The Little Theatre at SDSCPA was recently named the Ole Kittleson Little Theatre. In 2004 Starlight named him as their Man-of-the-Year.

Tyler Knell

Tyler Knell Tyler’s involvement in San Diego Junior Theatre began back at age 9 in the year 1997, thanks in large part to the urging of some of his friends at the time. While still reluctant to perform for an audience, he began to participate in summer camp and classes before finally auditioning at age 10. His first show, “The Wizard of Oz,” was such a fun and inspiring experience for him that he has continued to perform at and remain involved with SDJT in nearly every aspect for the next 9 years. His favorite memories include “Oliver!” in which he met some of the best friends he has ever had, and the Advanced Musical Theatre production of “Into the Woods,” during which he felt blessed to be able to act alongside some of Junior Theatre’s most talented students in a unique setting. Tyler currently attends the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts as a film production major. Some of his short films have been screened at film festivals throughout the San Diego and Los Angeles areas and he hopes to use the many skills that he has learned from his time at Junior Theatre in becoming a successful film director at the next level. He would like to thank Desha Crownover, Will Neblett, Mike Anthony, and all of the students, instructors, directors, and parents that have made San Diego Junior Theatre an unforgettable experience for him.

Lulu Lloyd

Lulu Lloyd is proud to say that since her JT days she has continued to professionally perform. Most recently she started as Lucy in 'Jekyll and Hyde' at Cabrillo Music Theatre. Other recent credits include 'The Full Monty' at Musical Theatre West and a company membership at Sierra Repertory Theatre where she played Ado Annie in 'Oklahoma!', Georgie in 'The Full Monty', Amy in 'Charley's Aunt', Herself in 'Back to Bacharach', The Narrator in 'Joseph...Dreamcoat', Lizzy in 'Baby' and Elizabeth in 'Paint Your Wagon'. She has also performed in her local San Diego at the Lyric Opera and the Starlight Bowl. Lulu graduated from the Studio Program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She is a very proud member of Actors Equity Association. If it weren't for SDJT Lulu might not have met Scott Viets, who directed her there as Nancy in Oliver. Scott called Lulu in 2002 to come work for Sierra Rep where she got her Equity Card, the opportunity to meet incredible people and really jumpstart her professional career.

Dana Lyn Baron

Dana Lyn Baron Dana Lyn Baron (SAG, AFTRA, AEA) hails from San Diego, California, by way of Kittery, Maine and Chicago, Illinois. Her professional stage life began singing and hoofing away in musicals: Slings and Eros (West Coast Premiere), Weird Romance (West Coast Premiere), Bye Bye Birdie, 42nd Street, Singing in the Rain, No No Nanette, Sugar Babies, and Phantom. Other favorite stage roles include: Lucy in The Women (Circus Theatricals), Meg in Crimes of the Heart (HB Playwrights Foundation), Darlene in Hurly Burly (The Actors' Loft, NYC), Carol in Red Cross (Duality Playhouse, NYC), and Maria in Twelfth Night (Knightsbridge Theatre). In addition to stage and on-camera work, her voice over highlights include: 24 Day Zero (as Teri & Kim Bauer, opposite Kiefer Sutherland), World of Warcraft, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, among many others. While living in NYC, she began producing short films under her LongStoryShort Productions banner, including Riley’s Fan and Ultraviolet. Dana has trained with Jack Stehlin, Susan Batson, Bjorn Johnson, Paul E. Richards, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Groundlings, The British American Drama Academy, La Jolla Playhouse Summer Conservatory, and she received her B.A. in Mass Communication Studies at UCLA. She is a member of the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble.

Francine Maigue

Francine Maigue San Diego’s very own Francine Antoinette Maigue was crowned UCLA’s Homecoming Queen and is now known as the university’s “Royal Bruin.” Proudly representing UCLA’s Office of Residential Life, where she served as President, Resident Assistant (RA) and is now Assistant Resident Director, as its Royal Bruin nominee, Francine submitted an application including essays and lists of her many college achievements and was then invited as a finalist to be interviewed by a panel of judges consisting of UCLA leaders and alumni. After stunning the esteemed panel with her beauty, wit, composure and charm, she took home the beautiful crown sponsored by the renowned Sarah Leonard Jewelers. Francine is being honored for her outstanding service to the UCLA community, academic excellence and other university achievements. This is the first time in several years that such an honor is being awarded.

Among Francine’s many college honors, she has been awarded the prestigious UCLA Distinguished Bruin and Woman for Change Awards, numerous scholarships, is a member of eight honor societies and is even on the Dean’s List. As a World Arts & Cultures major, concentrating in Dance Studies, Francine’s artistic achievements include being hand-picked to perform with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project, representing the university and winning at the prestigious American College Dance Festival, held at The John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., choreographing a musical featured at New York’s Lincoln Center and founding her very own dance company, Outta WAC, which toured the Southern California area at charity events and appearances at Downtown Disney and the House of Blues. Francine also developed The Neverland Youth Dance Project (NYDP), a college bound program for aspiring performers who wish to pursue dance at the university level and beyond. In addition, she recently completed work on a DVD documentary entitled "Youth in Studio & Competitive Dance: No Small Act of Heroism," which she produced and directed.

San Diegans have had the privilege of watching Francine grow up on local stages as she performed for years with The Ballet Conservatory, San Diego Junior Theatre, Christian Community Theater, Starlight (San Diego Civic Light Opera), Chula Vista High School’s The Main Attraction and The Body Arts Center. The community celebrated her with a grand debutante ball held in 1998 complete with a horse-drawn carriage at our San Diego Convention Center. Francine is perhaps best known as 1999’s Miss Philippines and for having been the eight-time Pacific Coast Talent Champion for her prowess in dance (with consecutive wins from 1992-1999). She now serves as Dance Educator and Public Relations Manager for Theresa Bendorf’s award-winning *Mystic Stepper School of Dance, San Diego’s undisputed Home of Champions located in Allied Gardens. A veteran of stage and screen, Francine can also be seen in commercials and films.

As Homecoming Queen, Francine’s main responsibilities included attending her royal coronation as her peers cheered her in the campus’s Bruin Plaza, judging contests included in the festivities, riding in the famous parade and attending the spirit rally. Of course no Homecoming would be complete without a Homecoming football game, which Queen Francine got to watch with her loved ones from the special alumni press box. UCLA’s mighty Bruins were victorious beating Stanford 21 to 0. There was much to be celebrated as the day of the winning game also served as Francine’s birthday!

*To make arrangements for appearances, interviews and photo shoots with Francine, call 619.241.1105 or email fmaigue@orl.ucla.edu

Mona Mansour

Mona Mansour is a playwright who lives in New York City. Her plays include Me and the S.L.A. and Girls Gone Scouting (with Andrea Berloff), which was part of New Work Now at the Public Theater, as well as the NY Fringe Festival. Girls Gone Scouting is headed to off-Broadway in fall 2008. Mona was recently chosen as “One of 50 to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild. Television credits include produced episodes of Showtime’s Dead Like Me and the CBS show Queens Supreme. She curated, with Lisa Kron, a piece for gay, lesbian, transgender and questioning youth called ‘Nuff Said, which was performed at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC. Excerpts from Others was performed in May 2006 at NYC’s Flea Theater, directed by Sharon Lennon. In her spare time, she teaches improv and writing classes to adults over 60 in NYC.

Sylvia Martinez Avey

Sylvia Martinez Avey (SDJT ’72-’82) credits her career today to her beginnings at Junior Theater. Following Junior Theater, she was awarded a full scholarship from KNSD/KCST to San Diego City College and two years later San State University where she received her Bachelors in Television Management. While attending college and 7 more years thereafter, she worked for the local television station in production and operations. Sylvia and her husband John made a move to Chicago’s public television station, WYCC where she became Program Director and Acting General Manager in 1993. Continuing in the public television vein she later served as General Manager for the public television station KWBU/KCTF in the Central Texas region. Desiring the big city again, she and her husband moved to the Big D (Dallas) where she took the position as Director of Programming & Marketing for the independent television station, KXTX. After 11 years away from Southern California, she and her husband returned to the area and now works in Burbank as Raycom Media’s Corporate Program Director managing the company’s 46 television stations syndicated programming acquisitions. Sylvia and her husband John live in Studio City with their dog, Sammi and their cat, Mr. Big.

Gordon McLachlan

Gordon McLachlan Gordo McLachlan no longer attends UCLA, half by choice of his and half by choice of UCLA administrators. After returning home to San Diego he designed the set for Junior Theatre's production of "Zombie Prom." Currently he divides his time working for "the man" and operation his found art group "The Merry Art Pranksters" and his performance troupe "$.02 Canary", both of which are filled to the brim with members from Junior Theatre, both past, present, and future. He is currently a carnie/performer with downtown's irrereverent and ultraviolet Technomania Circus. www.technomaniacircus.com

Jeremy McQueen

Jeremy McQueen (SDJT Class of ‘04) currently lives in New York City where he is a senior in The Ailey School/Fordham University, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance degree program. While in school, Jeremy has dance professionally for The Chase Brock Experience and has returned to San Diego several times to dance as a guest artist with the California Ballet Company. Over the past four years he has had the privilege of dancing works by; Alvin Ailey, Nicolo Fonte, Christopher Huggins, Alonzo King, among many others. As a choreographer, Jeremy recently choreographed and produced EVOLVING: Beyond the Essence An Evening of Works by Jeremy McQueen, which was presented by The Ailey School. In May, Jeremy will make his Carnegie Hall debut performing with the Aeros Quintet. Following graduation, he will joining the cast of Susan Stroman’s Tony Award-Winning Musical, CONTACT, at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts.

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell Brian Stokes Mitchell was born on Halloween in Seattle, Washington.  Since his father was a civilian electronics engineer working for the Navy, his family traveled throughout the Far East, living for several years in the Philippines and Guam.

At age 14, Mitchell's family moved to San Diego where he began appearing in plays in high school.  He began his studies at the San Diego Junior Theatre and performed at the San Diego Civic Light Opera and the Old Globe Theatre.  It was the Twelfth Night Repertory Company, an Emmy-Award winning, multicultural improvisational group, which brought Stokes to Los Angeles in 1977.

Stokes' television career took off with a memorable role on the critically acclaimed series, "Roots: The Next Generations." Additional television credits include recurring roles on "Frasier," "Trapper John, MD," and "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

Mitchell won a Tony award for his starring performance in a revival of Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me Kate! in its first Broadway revival.

Stokes currently divides his time between New York and Los Angeles with his wife, actress Allyson Tucker. For more info, go to brianstokes.com.

Theatre

Man of La Mancha (Dec 5, 2002 - Aug 31, 2003), 2003 Tony Award nominee, Best Actor in a Musical
Dreamgirls (Sep 24, 2001 - Sep 24, 2001)
King Hedley II (May 1, 2001 - Jul 1, 2001), 2001 Tony Award nominee, Best Actor in Play
Kiss Me, Kate (Nov 18, 1999 - Dec 30, 2001), 2000 Tony Award winner, Best Actor in a Musical
Ragtime (Jan 18, 1998 - Jan 16, 2000), 1998 Tony Award nominee, Best Actor in a Musical
Kiss of the Spider Woman (May 3, 1993 - Jul 1, 1995)
Jelly's Last Jam (Apr 26, 1992 - Sep 5, 1993
Oh, Kay! (Nov 1, 1990 - Apr 14, 1991)
Mail (Apr 14, 1988 - May 15, 1988 ), 1988 Theatre World Award

Television and Film

Call Me Claus (2001) (TV) .... Cameron
Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001) (TV) .... Earl Delacroix
Double Platinum (1999) (TV) .... Adam Harris
Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (1999) TV miniseries .... Duke Kahanamoku
Prince of Egypt (1998) .... Jethro
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) TV Series .... Trevor Newsworthy (1994)
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby (1993) (TV)
I Yabba-Dabba Do! (1993) (TV) .... Additional Voices
Ernest Green Story (1993) (TV)
Capitol Critters (1992) TV Series .... Additional Voices
Edward II (1991) .... Chorus of Nobility
Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) TV Series .... Additional Voices
Ghost Dad (1990) .... Teacher
Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988) (TV) .... Bonejangles
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (1988) TV Series .... Additional Voices
Houston Knights (1987) TV Series .... Sgt. Nat Holliday (1987-1988)
Trapper John, M.D. (1979) TV Series .... Dr. Jacob/Justin 'Jackpot' Jackson (1979-1986)
Roots: The Next Generations (1979) TV miniseries .... John Dolan

Notable TV Guest Appearances

"Crossing Jordan" playing "D. A. Jay Myers" in episode: "Someone to Count On" (episode # 1.21) 29 April 2002
"Frasier" playing "Cam Winston" in episode: "The Love You Fake" (episode # 9.20) 9 April 2002
"Crossing Jordan" playing "The Stranger" in episode: "For Harry, With Love & Squalor" (episode # 1.19) 8 April 2002
"Frasier" playing "Cam Winston" in episode: "Mother Load: Part 2" (episode # 9.13) 15 January 2002
"Frasier" playing "Cam Winston" in episode: "Mother Load: Part 1" (episode # 9.12) 8 January 2002
"In the House" playing "Dr. Stone Clarke" in episode: "Three the Hard Way" (episode # 2.16) 19 February 1996
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The" playing "Trevor" in episode: "Asses to Ashes" (episode # 3.10) 16 November 1992
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The" playing "Trevor" in episode: "A Night at the Oprah" (episode # 3.9) 9 November 1992
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The" playing "Trevor" in episode: "Boyz in the Woods" (episode # 3.8) 5 November 1992
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The" playing "Trevor" in episode: "Here Comes the Judge" (episode # 3.7) 26 October 1992
"Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The" playing "Trevor" in episode: "Hilary Gets a Job" (episode # 3.4) 5 October 1992
"Batman" playing "Brian" in episode: "Fear of Victory" (episode # 1.19) 29 September 1992
"Tiny Toon Adventures" playing "Vinnie" (voice) in episode: "Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool" 10 December 1990
"Mancuso, FBI" in episode: "Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die: Part 2" (episode # 1.15) 16 February 1990
"Mancuso, FBI" in episode: "Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die: Part 1" (episode # 1.14) 16 February 1990
"Night Court" playing "Mr. Morley" in episode: "Another Day in the Life" (episode # 5.16) 18 February 1988
"227" playing "Ed" in episode: "The Honeymoon's Over" (episode # 3.9) 28 November 1987
"$10,000 Pyramid, The" playing "Guest Panelist" 1 December 1986
"Hotel" playing "Lucas Todd" in episode: "Resolutions" (episode # 2.23) 12 June 1985
"Hot Potato" playing "Panelist" in episode: "Celebrity Hot Potato"
"Love Boat, The" in episode: "Doc's Big Case/A Booming Romance/The Senior Sinners" (episode # 6.16) 22 January 1983
"White Shadow, The" playing "Lucius Robinson" in episode: "Spare the Rod" (episode # 1.11) 17 February 1979

Bio and photo courtesy Brian Stokes Mitchell, at http://www.brianstokes.com/stokes.html. Credits from Internet Movie Database ( http://www.imdb.com ) and Internet Broadway Database ( http://www.ibdb.com ).

Casey Nicholaw

Casey Nicholaw Casey Nicholaw was heavily involved in Jr Theatre productions in the late 70's before he went off to UCLA and New York. Having just been nominated for a Tony award for best choreographer for SPAMALOT, SDJT congratulates him!

Sara Nichols

Sara Nichols Sara S. Nichols is a dynamic public speaker who has appeared on Larry King, Jerry Springer, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer and talk radio. She is the political/spiritual columnist for the online magazine Rudolf's Diner. She is also studying to be a spiritual practitioner and sings in a new thought gospel choir. She lives in cohousing in downtown Sacramento with her husband, a senior advocate for the Sierra Club, along with their two children. Founding Partner, Gross National Happiness Team. http://snicholsblog.blogspot.com/

Matthew Novotny

Matthew Novotny Matthew went to Point Loma High School, where he was taught by one of San Diego's best, Priscilla Allen. Priscilla gave Matthew the guidance to pursue lighting design as well as acting. He attended San Diego Junior Theatre, where he was part of over 50 productions, including Bye Bye Birdie (Mr. Macafee), Peter Pan (Mr. Darling), as well as The Crucible (Judge Danforth), The Miser (Harpagon), and Antigone (Kreon).

Matthew then went to San Diego State University, wanting to continue in acting, but not ignoring lighting design. That summer Matthew designed the lights for a critically acclaimed hit production of Godspell, and the following year was hired by San Diego Junior Theatre to become their master electrician, as well as joining the San Diego Comic Opera, now Lyric Opera San Diego, as their master electrician. In Spring of 2000, Matthew decided to put acting on the back burner and focus on design.

His design career took off with Somewhere Over the Rainbow for SDSU, Really Rosie for San Diego Junior Theatre, The Bad Boy Next Door and Street Theatre for the Quentin Crisp Theater, and the 40th annual production of MADCAPS.

He became the lighting designer in residence for San Diego Comic Opera, designing productions of The Gondoliers, The Gypsy Princess and The Boyfriend. He also designed productions like O' What Precious Nonsense for the SDSU Opera, and The Magical Ms. Piggle Wiggle for Junior Theatre. In 2002 he designed productions of HMS Pinafore, The Barber of Seville, and Babes in Arms for San Diego Comic Opera/Lyric Opera San Diego, How to Eat Like a Child for Junior Theatre, and Rumors for Scripps Ranch Theatre.

In 2003, Matthew worked on Lyric Opera's Abduction From the Seraglio, Junior Theatre's production of The Secret Garden, (2003 Billie Award winner), and Super Bowl XXXVII.

Currently, Matthew is attending Boston University for graduate school in Lighting Design.

Lighting Design
 
The Game (2004) Intermezzo/Kennedy Center
Die Fledermaus (2004) Lyric Opera San Diego
Holiday Memories (2003) Boston University Theatre
Oliver! (2003) Lyric Opera San Diego
Together Again for the Very First Time (2003) Lyric Opera San Diego
Sticky Fingers (2003) Point Loma High School
The Secret Garden (2003) San Diego Junior Theatre
Abduction From the Seraglio (2003) Lyric Opera San Diego
Babes in Arms (2002) Lyric Opera San Diego
The Barber of Seville (2002) San Diego Comic Opera
Rumors (2002) Scripps Ranch Theatre
How to Eat Like a Child (2002) San Diego Junior Theatre
Zeiger Show (2002) Point Loma High School
HMS Pinafore (2002) San Diego Comic Opera
Spanish Touring Group (2002)
San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus (2001) Casa Del Prado Theatre
The Boyfriend (2001) San Diego Comic Opera
Gypsy Princess (2001) San Diego Comic Opera
Eastern Standard (2001) Backyard Productions
Zeiger Show (2001) Point Loma High School
Oh, What Precious Nonsense! (2001) San Diego State University Opera
The Gondoliers (2001) San Diego Comic Opera
Magical Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (2001) San Diego Junior Theatre
Blue Window (2001) Backyard Productions
San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus (2000) Casa Del Prado Theatre
Somewhere Over the Rainbow... (2000) San Diego State University
Street Theatre (2000) Quentin Crisp Theatre
The Wake of Jamey Foster (2000) Backyard Productions
Really Rosie (2000) San Diego Junior Theatre
The Bad Boy Next Door (2000) Quentin Crisp Theatre
MADDCAPS 40th anniversary (2000)
Ain't Misbehaven (1998) Visions Theatre Company
Godspell (1998) Visions Theatre Company
Fiddler on the Roof (1998) Point Loma High School
Fame (1997) Point Loma High School

Information from http://www.matthewnovotny.com/bio.php.

Tyler Ochoa

Tyler Ochoa appeared in eight shows from 1971-1979 (Wizard of Oz (twice),
Snow White, The Hobbit, The Boy Friend, Best Foot Forward, Winnie-the-Pooh,
Music Man (Quartet)), and in Love's Labours Lost at the Old Globe Theater.
At Stanford, he played Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream and the MC in
Cabaret, and sang in and conducted several Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. He
is now a Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, specializing in
copyright and intellectual property law. He recently returned to the stage
in Lyric Theater of San Jose's production of "1776." Thanks to Don and
Bonnie Ward, Ole Kittelson and everyone for many wonderful memories!

Ric Oquita

Ric Oquita Ric Oquita studied at Junior Theatre from 1975 to 1979 and went on to Acting Conservatory programs at USC and Cornell. He has been a company member of the Milwaukee Repertory Theare, the Mixed Blood Theatre and Ping Chong and Company.

Influenced by his collaborations with Ping Chong and ACT-UP, Ric began to develop a passion for “actorvism”, integrating his love for theatre and education with grassroots outreach and social action, collaborating with a diversity of community groups, academic institutions and social service organizations.

This led to opportunities to write and perform original work as a solo artist and playwright. He began writing and performing solo pieces while living in Minneapolis, inspired by a community of supportive inter-disciplinary artists committed to nurturing and participating in one another’s projects.

Ric continues supporting the work of other artists by hosting monthly salons in which artists across mediums can meet, exchange ideas and share resources. While living in NYC, Ric participated in salons hosted by JT Alum Wyn Wilson. After Wyn moved West, he continued to host salons in Brooklyn for several years and has carried on in Germany at gatherings known as “Ric’s Café.”

Ric is a also passionate educator and worked as a Teaching Artist with various arts organizations in New York for 10 years. He developed arts-in-education literacy-based programs for Early Childhood grades with an organization in Manhattan called Making Books Sing.

Ric has been living in Bielefeld, Germany since early 2006, collaborating with Theaterwerkstatt Bethel, a professional theatre serving the physically and mentally disabled. In 2007, Ric conceived and choreographed “Grün Kommt” for Theaterwerkstatt, a movement-based piece exploring the resonances and themes of waiting at traffic lights.

In 2008, Ric will be performing at the Mixed Blood Theatre in the bi-lingual comedy ‘Waiting for the Hearse” and in Stadt Theater Bielefeld’s production of ‘Struwellpeter” (Shockheaded Peter). Also, his play “Echoes from the New World,” a commission by Teatro del Pueblo in St. Paul, will continue touring the Midwest.

Visit Ric online at www.oquita.com or contact at ric@oquita.com

Lizbeth Persons Price

Lizbeth Persons Price Bio coming soon!

Erin Petersen

Erin Petersen

Bio coming soon!

Brian Polk

Brian Polk Brian Polk was cast and crew for 40 shows at Junior Theatre from 1998 to 2005 and served as Secretary and President of Confetti during his final two years. Brian graduated from Point Loma High School in 2005 and is now a rising student at Harvard University. He has appeared in several shows with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, among them: Richard II, as Richard, last spring and the Gilbert and Sullivan Players' 50th anniversary production of H.M.S. Pinafore, as The Right Honourable Sir Joseph Porter. Brian is also the incoming president of OTI, Harvard's oldest improv comedy troupe, and sang in Harvard's Holden Choirs his freshman year. This coming fall, Brian will be returning for his second year as a cast member of Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Harvard's yearly, original burlesque musical, which tours New York City and the island of Bermuda for a handful of shows each spring after thirty shows in Cambridge. The Hasty Pudding Company welcomed Scarlett Johanson and Ben Stiller to Cambridge in style this past year with its annual Man of the Year and Woman of the Year celebrations. Hasty Pudding's 159th annual production, The Tent Commandments, included Brian as the Stewie-Griffin-esque ringmaster, Barney Munbailey. Brian studies American History and Literature and Medieval Literature and Art at Harvard.

Helen Prine

Helen Prine saw her first Junior Theatre production, “Seventeen,” starring Eric Onstead, when JT was still performing shows at the old Puppet Theatre in Balboa Park. “At that time,” Helen recalls, “I don’t think I knew what it was to be an actor, I just knew that I wanted to (had to) do that!” Helen joined JT as soon as age would allow and was a thrilled member until she turned 18.

Some of her favorite shows/experiences are “Peter Pan” (with Brian Mitchell), “L’il Abner” (with Kirby Ward), “Huckleberry Finn” (her very first lead — ‘Mary Jane Wilkes’), “12 Dancing Princesses” (her first lead with director Ole Kittleson), and “No! No! Nanette!” (as ‘Pauline’, Helen worked opposite the wonderful, scene stealing vacuum sweeper that her father, Randy, built and costumes by mother, Marilyn.), and Saturday Theatre Dance Classes with Don and Bonnie Ward (“My first dance partner in “the swing,” was…can you believe this…Jamie Torcellini!”). Helen was thrilled to be a member of “Confetti,” getting the opportunity to visit different schools and perform many shows including ‘Lucy’ from “Good Man Charlie Brown” and a musical with original music by Bill Cantos. Her experience with Junior Theatre was greatly enriched by the chance to work with her mother and father, Marilyn and Randy Prine; two extremely talented people whose theatre experience started because they didn’t want Helen left alone down in Balboa Park. Their theatre careers took on lives of their own as Mom, Marilyn, became Costume Mistress (following in Leason Strong’s very intimidating footsteps) and Dad, Randy, as Technical Director (Don Ward still laughs with Randy about the special effects in “Mary Poppins” — Christian Hoff was ‘Michael Banks’).

Although in “real life,” Helen became a working office-person, she still pursued theatre in her spare time. She got the opportunity to perform all over San Diego in such wonderful roles as ‘Adelaide’ in “Guys and Dolls” and “In Stitches” (an original work by Ruff Yeager with the part of the evil villainess, ‘Marcelle’ written “just for her”). She still is very active in local theatre and has had the opportunity to perform such memorable roles as ‘The Wicked Witch’ in “Wizard of Oz,” ‘Flora’ in “No! No! Nanette” (from which she ‘borrowed’ heavily from Liz Pearson’s interpretation), ‘Cheese Grater’ in “Beauty and the Beast,” ‘Fruma Sarah’ in “Fiddler on the Roof,” and ‘Lina Lamont’ in “Singing in the Rain.” Although the vacuum cleaner from “No! No! Nanette” has recreated its role numerous times and has toured with professional companies all over the United States; Helen has been content to perform locally. Her most adventurous roles have been “Mrs. Brown” in the PBS American Experience Documentary, “John Brown’s Holy Wars” (the abolitionist…not the singer) and most recently, the Cagelle, ‘Hannah’ from “La Cage Aux Folles.” Although it’s a little daunting to have the most beautiful, sexy role she’s ever played be a drag queen, she loved every minute of it.

Colette Pritchard Fox

Colette Pritchard Fox When Colette (Pritchard) Fox recalls growing up in San Diego, some of her brightest memories involve the many hours & days spent at the Casa Del Prado taking JT classes & rehearsing for shows, and touring schools with Confetti. Colette was in Junior Theatre from age 8 to 18 and shows spanned “The Wizard of Oz” around 1970 to “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” in 1979. (Yes, I’m getting old!) Her crew assignments ranged from managing the telephones for “Bye Bye Birdie” to stage managing “Babes in Arms.” After high school, Colette earned her undergraduate degree at UCLA and then a master’s in broadcast journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She interned at CNN’s Washington bureau and then worked as an on-camera reporter at the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the CBS affiliate in Honolulu. She then went on to produce for “America’s Most Wanted” and the Newseum in Washington, DC. Currently, Colette is a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer & producer in Honolulu, conducting & coordinating interviews for network & cable as well as producing a public affairs program for PBS Hawaii and contributing to print & online publications. A documentary Colette co-wrote & co-produced aired on The History Channel and is now showing at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Colette’s only theatrical outlet these days is the annual SPJ Gridiron Show – a musical satire production to raise scholarship funds for the Society of Professional Journalists. Meanwhile, she keeps busy raising two overly dramatic children.

Jennie Pyles Gregory

Jennie Pyles Gregory is a Real Estate Agent for Keller Williams Realty-Los Feliz in Los Angeles. This Fall she will be teaching English as a Second Language to Adults in the evenings for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Jennie can be seen in the opening scene of the feature horror film “Plague Town” which will be released in selected theaters this fall and later on DVD. Jennie also filmed all the “behind the scenes” footage for future featurettes of “Plague Town”.

Jason Rao

Jason Rao Jason Rao went to the University of California at Santa Cruz where he balanced both theater arts studies with pre-med, graduating with a BS in chemistry. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for a few years, Jason went on to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine receiving his doctorate in Molecular Medicine in 2001. From there, Jason was a fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and went on to a position within the U.S. Department of State working on the next generation of "Science Diplomacy" in countries like Russia, Indonesia and Pakistan. This year, Jason lived in Islamabad serving as the advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. He is now living in Washington DC, working as the Director of the Bioengagement Program for the State Department, which provides assistance around the globe to develop safe public health and research capacity. Jason has found his training at JT to be very much the key to success; all the world's a stage- especially when you are representing the US Government!

Lou Romano

Lou Romano Lou Romano was born in San Diego, Ca. in 1972. He took an interest in drawing at an early age and studied theater arts, performing in plays throughout junior high and high school. After graduating in 1990 he studied animation at The California Institute of the Arts.

Since then he has worked as an illustrator and designer on various
projects including The Powerpuff Girls and The Iron Giant. He was
also the Production Designer of Brad Bird’s, The Incredibles for Pixar Animation Studios.

He lives in Berkeley, CA.

Jan Tassi Rominger

Jan Tassi Rominger After having grown up in Junior Theatre (1970-1980), Jan went on to graduate from San Diego State University with a degree in Recreation Thearapy. In 1981, Jan was hired by Don Ward as a Teaching Artist at JT before moving on to other children's theaters and professional ventures in Seattle, Phoenix, New Mexico and San Francisco. Jan is currently the Founder and Artistic Director of TheatriKIDS, an educational theater component of Theatrikos Theatre Company in Flagstaff, AZ. Jan moved to Flagstaff seven years ago and started the program with 35 elementary aged students, which has grown every year, with an expected registration this summer of 375 young actors hitting the boards at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse.

James Ruddy

James Ruddy (83-84): Ruddy has been with The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the past couple of years; in the CSU. Ruddy hopes to survive the department until about 2021. When possible Ruddy would like to return to the stage and play his favorite role, The Fool in King Lear.

James Saba

James Saba

JAMES SABA
James recently directed Lost in Yonkers for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Other HSRT shows include Scapin, Sylvia, Two Rockin’ Gents (an original musical that he created with Steve Gunderson), as well as over 20 theatre-for-young audience productions. Last summer he directed Girl Scouts of America (written by SDJT alum, Mona Mansour) for the New York International Fringe Festival. Other credits include All in the Timing and 7 Stories for the MFA Program at the Old Globe Theatre; Lucky Stiff, Philadelphia Story and Blithe Spirit at Webster University. In San Diego he directed The Mystery of Irma Vep (Diversionary), Game of Love and Chance (Moonlight), Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (NCRT), and the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s The Boy Who Fell Into a Book (Lamb’s Players). He assisted Craig Noel on seven productions at the Old Globe. He was a member of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab in 2005 and the SSDC Observer to Casey Nicholaw on the Encore’s revival of Follies. His SDJT directing credits include Bye Bye Birdie, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Joseph... Regional acting credits include San Diego Repertory Theatre, Lamb's Players Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago, the Circle Repertory Theatre Lab, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the Cleveland Playhouse.

Kaleb Scott

Kaleb Scott (aka Held) spent 16 years in the performing arts as a dancer, choreographer, singer, actor and model. He was born in Toronto, Canada and started studying at age 7 in San Diego. San Diego Youth Ballet, Junior Theatre, UTC Ice Skating, Victory Gymnastics, Munich International School, Geneva International School of the Arts, New York's American Dance Machine, Dance Electric, California Ballet, School of Creative and Performing Arts, and Starlight Theatre where his stomping grounds. Favorite roles: Oliver (Oliver!), Scarecrow (The Wiz), Gollum (The Hobbit), Jude (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Derma/Cover Girl (LaCage Aux Folles).

Kaleb transitioned from the performing to the visual arts in 1991 to become an international, commercial and fashion/art photographer with a sleek and dramatic style. His work has been published in TIME, Sports Illustrated, "O" magazine and Popular Photography, just to name a few. His work has been chosen by McGraw-Hill publishers as an example of great advertising for their book on Basic Marketing.

Please visit Kaleb's website at http://www.kalebscottphotographs.com

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
Christmas for the Year of the Child 1979
Ballet Matinee 1980
Scenes of Christmas 1980
Happy Holidays 1980
The Twelve Dancing Princesses 1981
The Toymaker's Christmas 1986

San Diego Junior Theatre
Aesop's Falables 1980
Christmas Fantasy - Raggedy Andy 1980
Mary Poppins 1982

O'Farrell, School of Creative and Performing Arts
An Evening of Dance 1982
Halloween at the Star of India 1985
Where's Charley? 1985
Dance Winter Concert 1986
The Wiz - Scarecrow 1986
Winter Dance Concert 1987
The Third Annual Youth Dance Festival 1987
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1987
Spring Dance Concert 1987
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Benjamin 1987
Winter Concert 1988
Student Dance Productions - You Bring Me Joy - 1988
Advanced Vocal Spring Concert - 1988
Spring Dance Concert '88 1988
Winter Vocal Concert 1989

Munich International School, Starnberg, Germany
Christmas Fest Program - 1982
The Hobbit - Gollum 1983
Oliver! - Oliver 1983
An Evening of Comedy 1983
A Christmas Carol - Marley's Ghost 1983
Brigadoon - Charlie Dalrymple and Choreographer - 1984
Bye Bye Birdie - Hugo Peabody and Choreographer - 1985

Starlight Civic Light Opera
Call Me Madam 1987
Annie Get Your Gun 1987
South Pacific 1987
Show Boat 1988
Anything Goes 1988
Fiddler on the Roof 1988
42nd Street 1988
Peter Pan - duet with "Peter" Cathy Rigby 1989
My One and Only 1989
Jesus Christ Superstar - Jude 1989
Me and my Gal 1989
LaCage Aux Folles - Derma and Cover Girl 1990
Singing in the Rain 1990
Evita 1990
Carousel 1990

Various
Renaissance Celebration - Rippledinck 1982
The Music Makers - Ballet through the Ages - 1982
Ecole International de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland - The Boy Friend - Bobby van Husen 1983
I.S.T.A. Festival, Frankfort, Germany - The Pie and the Tart 1984
City College - City Motion 1986
California Ballet - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Sea World 1987
San Diego Ballet Theater - Festival of Arts 1987
ECC Dance Production 1988
Fountain Valley High School - Choreographer's Winter Dance Concert 1988
Peninsula Dance Arts Company 1988
San Diego City/County Music Educators Assoc. - Choir Festival 1988
Torrey Pines Theatre - Sound of Music - Choreographer 1992
Torrey Pines Theatre - The Prodigious Snob - Choreographer 1998


Emily Shackelford

Emily Shackelford is a San Diego native, and a proud San Diego Junior Theatre Alum! She developed her love for theatre through SDJT's educational program, and is overjoyed to work with the new generations of SDJT students! In May of 2009 she recieved her B.F.A. in Theatre from Stephens College, in Columbia, Missouri. While studying with Stephens, she spent a summer at the Okoboji Summer Theatre, in Okoboji Iowa, where she performed in 3 of the 9 mainstage productions, and worked in the scene shop, costume shop, light shop, box office, house management, and even dappled in sound design. Also at Stephens, she spent a year working as the Public Relations Director for The Warehouse Theatre Company, the student-run theatre on campus. She started as a teaching artist at San Diego Junior Theatre the summer of 2009, and will be directing Lyle Lye the Crocodile in September!

Roya Shanks

Roya Shanks is currently performing in “The Quotable Assassin” at Altered Stages, 212 West 29th Street, Chelsea, through Nov. 18; (212) 352-3101.

Following is the New York Times review by Miriam Horn,Published: November 6, 2006. Find out more about Roya at www.royashanks.com

This pairing of one-acts by 24-year-old Keith Boynton makes a perplexing evening: the first play seems the work of a callow youth, but the second reveals a strong talent with a blossoming mastery of his craft.

“Walls,” about a grieving young woman unsettled by the reappearance of the lover who abandoned her, is a shambles. The story and characters never fully cohere, remaining patchworks of a few trite revelations; the deficiencies are only made worse by monochromatic performances and by Mr. Boynton’s own meandering direction.

Then “The Quotable Assassin” begins. Directed by his mother, Sandra Boynton (best known for her children’s books and the Grammy-nominated CD “Philadelphia Chickens”), Mr. Boynton delivers a fierce, articulate performance as Simon Dubanev, a revolutionary awaiting execution for murdering his king. (Though his country remains unnamed, the historical parallels and music from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers suggest Russia.) He is visited in prison by a beautiful writer of society novels, Lucia Noss (Roya Shanks).

Dressed in finely wrought taffetas and millinery by the costume designer Rachel Ford, Ms. Shanks finds in this heroine depths of vulnerability and moral courage beneath the polished manners and wit. Lucia has used her influence at court to keep Simon alive long enough for her to research her next novel. By turns contemptuous, flirtatious, vengeful and tender, they argue about politics and morality with a fire that makes it believable that men would surrender to either of them, even to their doom.

Impassioned debates between radicals and reformers have a long literary lineage that includes Turgenev’s “Fathers and Sons,” Camus’s “Just Assassins” and Tom Stoppard’s “Coast of Utopia” (soon to open in New York). Mr. Boynton’s language is sufficiently vigorous and fresh (in this second play at least) to make him a talent worth watching.

The major flaw of “The Quotable Assassin” is the jarring fast forward of plot in the final scenes. Mr. Boynton might consider ditching “Walls” and writing a true second act for his far more fascinating heroes.

Jessica Sheridan

Jessica Sheridan Jessica Sheridan received a thorough education in all aspects of theatre during her nine years with SDJT. She learned, not just performing, but all the myriad tasks it takes to get a show up and running from painting the sets; publicity; selling tickets; to operating the light and sound boards; ensuring scenery and props are where they belong; costumes, hair, and makeup are right; and how to call a show. As a performer, she had ample opportunities to learn her craft. In Jessica’s first JT show she played a Munchkin, Jitterbug, and Ozian in The Wizard of Oz. She continued in many other roles–working her way up from the chorus to leads over the years–ending as Rizzo in Grease. In addition to her training at SDJT, Jessica danced for 14 years with the Janie Cushing Dance Studio in Pacific Beach and received a full scholarship to USIU’s School of Performing Arts. She left USIU after two years when professional work intervened. She currently lives in New York City. Jessica earned her Equity card in San Diego while playing in shows at Starlight, Theatre East, the Lyric Dinner Theatre, and several shows at Lawrence Welk’s Village Theatre. Subsequently she has been back in San Diego performing with several national tours. She also had the great opportunity to be in the world premiere performances at La Jolla Playhouse of Harmony, a musical conceived and written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. Other credits include: BROADWAY AND NATIONAL TOURS: The Producers (Shirley Markowitz, Touch-Me-Feel-Me); Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); Footloose (Betty Blast, Eleanor Dunbar); How to Succeed … (Smitty) – a role she first did at JT; and Les Miserables (Mme. Thenardier). OFF BROADWAY / REGIONAL: Play It Cool (Mary) — a world premiere for which Jessica was nominated for a 2007 Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Musical and for an LA Weekly Award for Best Musical Performance and for Best Musical Ensemble; Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mrs. Claus); A Funny Thing Happened … (Domina); Hello Dolly (Ermengarde and u/s Dolly); Liza–Stepping Out (Demon Diva) —Jessica went on to tour the US and Europe with Liza; Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene); Music Man (Mrs. Paroo); The King and I (Lady Thiang); Nunsense (Sr. Hubert); La Cage aux Folles (Jacqueline); Anything Goes (5 times total, 3 as Bonnie [once opposite Ray Walston], and 2 times as Reno Sweeney) – 6 times if you count that she first played Reno Sweeney at JT; and
Side by Side by Sondheim (Woman I). FILM: The Producers (Bavarian Peasant, Little Old Lady, Late Actress); and Liza Live from Radio City (Demon Diva) – also shown on PBS’ Great Performances.

Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons is now Bill Polk. Bill is Mohawk and after marrying Jennifer Polk, took her clan ties. They are both retired from the San Diego Unified School District. Their 7 year old daughter Ayla has done numerous productions at the Casa Del Prado Theatre with the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.

From Bill’s first production, “Ali Baba” (1975) to the last, “Babes in Toyland” (1983), the J.T. family was instrumental in Bill’s preparedness to serve. Whether as a U.S. Army Military Police officer, S.D.P.D. officer or teaching Severely Emotionally Disturbed Special Ed. students for the district, the theatrical experience he received was a key to his success.

Now in the life of Chinook dog breeder and family man, Bill says: “When I burst out singing, it is because J.T. put a song in my heart so long ago. I want to thank San Diego Junior Theatre for making musicals seem real. Because they can be!”

Erica Simpson

Erica Simpson is an Emmy nominated Videographer/Editor/Reporter now working for KPBS Television. Prior to that, she worked for KGTV, KUSI and Stu Segal Productions.
She was also cinematographer and supervising editor on an independent film that was shown around the world.

She attended San Diego Junior Theatre off and on from 1983-1991. Her JT credits included roles in "Where the Lilies Bloom"
"Winnie the Pooh"
"Grease"
and
"Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

She attended O'Farrell School of Creative and Performing Arts from 84-86 and 88-90. And was a member of New Image Teen Theater.

When she isn't working on documentaries for KPBS, she is travelling the world and learning about different cultures.

Kevin Six

Kevin Six was once an up and comer in the nonprofit arts community, where he worked in ticketing, sales, as a marketing and PR director, grantwriter and executive director. This was before he discovered the flying trapeze. Add that to surfing and, well, you know…

He now makes his living as an actor and writer and as a surf and flying trapeze instructor.

Kevin co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in "A Change of Heart and Mind", which won the audience choice award at the 2005 San Diego 48-Hour Film Project. He was also part of the Emmy-winning New Image Teen Theatre production on KPBS television. As an actor, he has appeared at Faultline, the Old Globe, Fritz, the Marquis and San Diego Junior Theatres as well as on several industrial and commercial film projects.

Kevin is the author of two books, "Creating a Beautiful Art Business" and "Hell’s Swells"; three plays; three screenplays; a musical; and several poems. His play, "Love Negotiated" was a finalist in the 2006 Diverse Voices Playwriting Contest sponsored by the Hinton Battle Theatre Laboratory. His play "The Cake Women" will be published in 2008 in Smith and Kraus’ The Best 10-Munite Plays of 2007.

Kerry Slattery

Kerry Slattery joined Junior Theatre in 1956, and at age 13 in 1957 was cast in the title role of "Cinderella", an experience which caused her to realize she was destined for a career in theatre and she set about to prepare for it. At Junior Theatre, she subsquently played the role of Beauty in "Beauty and the Beast" (double cast with JT alumna Sharon Barcom Hoffer!), and then appeared in a number of San Diego community theatre productions while still in Junior High.

Her family moved away from San Diego with her career Navy father, and she continued to act in community theatre, and studied at the theatre department at San Francisco State (later getting a theatre degree from Cleveland State University). She returned to San Diego briefly to attend a semester at San Diego State, playing the lead in "The Queen and the Rebels" and to work as an apprentice at the last season of the (old) La Jolla Playhouse, where she played the bride in "Member of the Wedding," starring the remarkable Ethel Waters. Two years later she joined Equity in a remarkable Los Angeles production of "Medea" with Dame Judith Anderson.

She worked professionally as an actress for 24 years--in New York, Los Angeles and regional theatre -- including 4 national tours and over 100 commercials. Somewhere in the middle, she returned to San Diego again and received a Master's Degree in Linguistics from U.C. San Diego.

Kerry retired from acting in 1989 to work on the production side of the film industry, and in 1996 opened an independent bookstore in Los Angeles -- Skylight Books -- where she continues proudly as co-owner and General Manager.

She credits San Diego Junior Theatre, especially under the direction of the inspirational Jack Harrington, with instilling in her at an early stage an understanding of professional work habits as well as a lifelong appreciation for the joy and richness of theatre.

Suzy Schierholt Smith

Suzy Schierholt Smith had a blast at Junior Theatre from 1980-1984 starting with being on the crew for "I Sincerely Doubt This Old House Is Very Haunted" at the Puppet Theatre while the Casa del Prado was being remodeled. Favorite memories include being in or being on the crew for "Heidi, "Babes in Toyland," "Anything Goes," "Midsummer Night's Dream," "Mary Poppins," and her personal favorite "Snow White" (how incredibly cute was Andy Collins as Prince Charming?). After leaving Junior Theatre and SCPA in 1984, Suzy headed off to the University of Miami in Florida to obtain degrees in political science and economics. While in Miami, Suzy had her biggest (ha-ha) moments in show business as a model and extra (on such fabulous gigs as the movie "Revenge of Nerds Part II" and episodes of "Miami Vice"). After living and working in San Francisco and Seattle, Suzy returned to San Diego and received a Master's degree in Rhetoric from San Diego State. She has fun at her job as a technical writer for the software company Adobe. Happily married to Kent Smith since 1997, Suzy has a son named Kellen and a daughter named Schuyler that attend Longfellow Spanish Immersion Magnet School in the Bay Park neighborhood of San Diego. Kellen and Schuyler are also proud second generation Junior Theatre students. Suzy frequently forces her family to listen to original Broadway cast albums and Internet radio stations that play songs from the Great American Songbook. She will play "Name That Tune" with anyone who dares.

Adam Stein

Adam Stein After college Adam moved to New York and started acting. He played a small role in Julie Taymor's production of Titus Andronicus, got an Equity card and went to Chicago to do a two-hander at Steppenwolf, then returned to graduate school at NYU where he got an MFA in 1998. Since then, he's been acting professionally doing shows at regional theatres all over the country, and appeared on Broadway for a year in The Lion King as Zazu the blue hornbill. One of his biggest thrills was coming back to San Diego to play the lead role in Don Juan at the Old Globe Theatre. Over the last couple of years he's transitioned into writing. He's had articles published in GQ, the New York Times Magazine, and Glamour, and he's currently on the writing staff of a new television show shooting in New York called "Damages," starring Glenn Close. He plans to act again someday but he's enjoying seeing where this particular road takes him. In addition, he has a three year old son named Somerset and he's in a band called The Petersons (www.myspace.com/essexonhaughatuck).

Karina Tepper

Karina Tepper participated in JT from 1973 until 1979. She enjoyed dancing in Mary Poppins, the Music Man, and Meet Me in St. Louis. She also danced with Starlight in No No Nanette, Music Man and South Pacific.

After completing her BS in Political Science at SDSU, she gave up Theater to begin a career at Nordstrom. Now in her 24th year at Nordstrom, she helps train and support the Buyers and Merchants who sit in Orange County and Los Angeles.

She has a daughter, Kennedy and a son Tyler who enjoy sports, the outdoors and their friends. She resides with her husband and kids in the Los Angeles.

Justin Valdez

Justin Valdez Justine Valdez began her Junior Theatre experience at the age of nine through summer camps and classes. Three years later, she appeared in her first show with Junior Theatre in their original cast of SLEEPING BEAUTY as Cinderella. Justine has been a part of over 10 productions with Junior Theatre. Some of her favorites include BYE BYE BIRDIE, PETER PAN, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, CRAZY FOR YOU and THE WORLD GOES ROUND. While doing productions with Junior Theatre, Justine has performed all throughout the San Diego community including the Coronado School of Arts, San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, The Coronado Playhouse, Young Audiences of San Diego, Southwestern College and at professional sporting events as a solo performer singing the National Anthem. Much of her career over the past nine years has been working extremely close with director Bill Virchis and Teatro Mascara Magica. Justine currently lives Los Angeles and in May 2005, she graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts- Hollywood where she took her final student bow as Desiree Armfeldt in Sondeim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Justine made her theatrical debut in the Los Angeles world-premiere musical as Candi McCallister in ZANNA DON'T! at West Coast Ensemble. The show received three Ovation Award Nominations and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Ensemble. Recently, she has been working closely with director Tom Robinson at The Glendale Centre Theatre in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and as Urleen in FOOTLOOSE. Currently, Justine is a Studio Guide at Universal Studios-Hollywood and gives public and private VIP tours of the Universal's movie studio lot to hundreds of guests weekly. She also gives tours of the iconic Kodak Theatre- home to The Academy Awards. On top of that, she assists with children's art classes and gives tours to elementary students at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. When Justine isn't giving tours, she is writing and creating her one woman show with the words and songs of Liza Minnelli called JUST...Like Liza. www.myspace.com/justinevaldez


Eric von Metzke

Eric von Metzke Eric von Metzke began his life in theatre at the age of 12 when he participated in the backstage crew for arguably the best JT show ever produced, Peter Pan (1994). Eric’s favorite roles at JT include Rooster in Annie, Harold Hill in Music Man, The Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz and the title role in Hans Christian Anderson. Eric is a graduate from San Diego State University and has been performing professionally for the last 3 years at such venues as Starlight, San Diego Musical Theatre and Sea World among others. He is currently working on his Masters in Education while still finding time to jam with his band.

Kirby Ward

Kirby Ward Kirby Ward has been in the entertainment industry for over thirty-five years and is a veteran of over sixty theatrical productions. As the original Bobby Child in the London West End premier of Crazy For You he received an Olivier Award nomination and later a Helen Hayes Award nomination at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. You can hear his performance on the London cast recording. He was also featured in the Broadway revival of Show Boat directed by Hal Prince. As director and choreographer, Kirby has created material for Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor, worked with Bette Midler and James Caan on the film For The Boys, and has directed and choreographed both off-Broadway and regionally all over the US. Kirby was instrumental in translating George Gershwin’s lyrics and Ken Ludwig’s book of Crazy For You into Korean when he directed the Korean premier in Seoul. He’s been named Best Director of 2002 and 2005 in Boston for his critically acclaimed productions of Singin' in the Rain and Crazy For You and recently received the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Best Director of a Musical for 2005. He’s appeared in concert at the The Hollywood Bowl, with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony and the Pacific Symphony in Orange County. Kirby has written for television and film, most recently wrapping on an original short film that he also directed for the film festival circuit called Down in the Mouth. His original new musical Romancing the Throne was featured at the Theatre Building Chicago’s New Tuners series and Goodspeed Music Theatre's New Artists Festival.
www.kirbyward.com

Beverly Ward

Beverly Ward www.beverlyward.com

Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward Kelly Ward has acted, produced, written and directed for television, film and stage. Notable credits include co-starring roles in the movies Grease, The Big Red One and Zoot Suit, co-writing the feature films Once Upon A Forest and All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, and directing voices for hundreds of cartoons including: Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, 101 Dalmatians, Casper, The Pink Panther, Back to the Future and Fievel's American Tales. His executive experience includes four years as V.P. of Animation at MGM, and two years as V.P. Creative Affairs at MCA/Universal Family Entertainment.

Teri Weisenberg Ang

Teri Weisenberg Ang Teri Ang is a JT alumni and is excited to be part of this year’s 6oth anniversary as the director for “How To Eat Fried Worms”. She has been involved in theatre since she was 8 years old starting at JT of course (when she was Teri Weisenberg). She has been a theatre arts teacher at Valencia Park Center for Academics, Drama and Dance, a San Diego City Schools performing arts magnet for the last 21 years. There she has directed countless youth theatre productions. She has also worked for many community theatres doing stage management, production and acting.

Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson Graduated from Junior Theatre in 1981. First crew: grip on "Little Mary Sunshine" with Brian Mitchell and Maria Estrada (performed in the round so I didn't have to move anything)
First show: Best Foot Forward with Maria Estrada (my hero with the draw string pants)
Debut singing alone: "Bye Bye Birdie": 'Hi Nancy'. Highlights: Stage Managing "Twelve Dancing Princesses" with a cast on my leg, Ole Kittleson (always), playing Bunny in "Babes in Arms", getting a solo tap dance choreographed by Don Ward in "Good News", Fat Girls slumber party for "Good News" with Kim Briggs, Judy Oishei and Jessica Sheridan. Post JT credits: Film and TV: I'll Do Anything, Noises Off, Nightcourt, Hooperman; won a load of money on SuperPassword; singing/dancing medical illustrator on the People's Choice Awards. Theatre: 2 Dramalogue and 1 LA Weekly award. Every musical know to man pretty much all over the country. Mostly a lot of cabaret and club work in NYC and environs. Currently working as a facilitator for a Capgemini, a French consulting firm.

Billy Wolfe

Billy Wolfe BILLY WOLFE

I joined Junior Theatre in 1974 when I was 13. My neighbor Marc Delveaux, five years older than me, was in Junior Theatre, and he recommended to my mom that I join JT since I was so inclined to “hamming it up.” I attended Alan Sharf’s drama workshop on Saturday afternoons. We studied character, motivation, improvisation and pantomime. It was heaven. That summer I tried out for and was cast in my first show, “Naughty Naught.” I had roles in 15 JT shows total, plus two or three Confetti shows, and worked on the stage crew for six or seven others. During that time I studied acting, musical theater dance, mime, TV production and playwrighting. Favorite shows and memories include Tom Sawyer (Kirby Ward’s tap dance in ‘It Ain’t Fer Me’); The Hobbit (playing cards and spin-the-bottle upstairs in the costume loft); Peter Pan (Brian Mitchell as Captain Hook, flying by Foy); The Innocents (I overacted terribly as the child possessed); Li’l Abner, Best Foot Forward, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella (Little Christian Hoff was my page); Jo, Bye Bye Birdie (I was married to Roxy Cantos); The Pied Piper (great songs by Bob Austin); Seventeen, and How to Succeed in Business (alas, my last show, the end of a happy era).

Thanks to Don and Bonnie Ward, Ole Kittleson, Alan Sharf, Roberta Jordan, D. J. Sullivan, Pat McCune, and all the great teachers and directors who gave me so much. As a teenager I spent most of my time trying to stay under the radar and never said thanks. Also thanks Mom for driving me to “all those damn rehearsals.” After JT I received a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of California at Berkeley. I directed the Bay Area Youth Theatre in Berkeley with my wife Joan. We moved to Austin, Texas, in 1986 to raise our growing family. Will, Sam and Sadie are now grown and out of the house — almost! I play and teach piano for a living as well as compose music, and Joan teaches creative movement to young children ages four to eight. Not a day goes by that I don’t use something I learned at Junior Theatre, a song, a phrase, a dance step, a technical term. I wouldn’t be able to make it up as I go along nearly as well as I do without my JT experience.

Ellen Zolezzi

Ellen Zolezzi was a Junior Theatre member from 1987-1996, Ellen performed and crewed in over 30 productions. Some of her leading roles include Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Susan in Company, Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Lucinda in Into The Woods. Ellen also attended and received her diploma from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where her credits include Lola in Damn Yankees, Lucielle Early in No, No, Nanette, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly, Judith in Sophisticated Ladies, and Sonya in Godspell. S.D regional credits include Jane in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby at the Civic Theatre, Wendy in Peter Pan at the Welk, and a Minion in ʽDraculʼ at the S.D. Repertory Theatre. Ellen went on to receive her BFA in theatre at The Boston Conservatory, and now happily resides in New York.

Off Broadway credits include Julie Glynn in Johnny On A Spot (Peccadillo Theatre), Bird Girl #2 in the Suessical revival (Lucille Lortel Theatre). National Tour and Original Cast Recording, Bird Girl #2, Seussical (revival). National Commercials: Optimum Online (Mama Puppet/voiceover) and Bridezilla. Regional Theatre Credits include: Crazy For You (Polly Baker), White Christmas (Judy Haynes), George M (Agnes Nolan), Mame (Pegeen Ryan), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Alice).
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