The success and experiences of our alumni are two of our most treasured resources and give our current students permission to dream. We hope we instilled in our alums the capacity for working hard, enhanced their appreciation for art making and artists, and created a supportive environment in which they could develop their skills and attitudes about art. Lastly we hope they were proud of the work you accomplished at Fullerton College.
Steven graduated from Fullerton College with honors, after performing in well over a dozen productions. Since enrolling at Fullerton, Steven has been involved with Comedy Sportz LA, The Groundlings, The Gourmet Detective, and had the honor of being selected as one of 43 international finalists for Juilliard's BFA Acting program in 2008. Steven has since transferred to The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, one of the Midwest's oldest and most respected conservatory programs.
Denise graduated from Chapman University Film School in 1998 and is currently using every ounce of her theatre and film background to entertain and educate her two children Mary(2002) and Sarah(2007). She is joyfully married(1995) to Patrick and living in Buena Park.
Bidalia Albanese is a performer, choreographer and director. Born and raised in New York, she trained at the School of American Ballet, the High School Of Performing Arts, Fullerton College, and graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in England. Her directing credits include Private Wars and The Unspeakable Act which premiered at The New York Fringe Festival. Bidalia's choreography has been seen at Guildford, Fullerton College, Wagner College, and The Hell Festival in NYC. She has performed in the UK west end, NYC (off off Broadway) and all around the States.
Bidalia is now living in San Francisco she was last seen in Shopping The Musical. Her and her husband Steven (A bay area nominated performer) teach and work as a team on musicals for The Marin Youth Performers at 142 Throckmorten Theatre in Mill valley. They have a son Monterey now 6.
Renee Allman was born and raised in Long Beach, California, where she attended Kennedy High School. She studied drama at Fullerton College, where she appeared on stage in "Crimes of the Heart," "Philadelphia Story" and "The Star Spangled Girl."
Her film credits include "Encino Man," and "The Stoned Age." She enjoyed shooting her most recent film, "Criminal Affairs," on location in Ireland, the home of her ancestors. On television, she has appeared on "High Tide," "Dangerous Women" and "Eye on L.A." Ms. Allman is the mother of ten year old Dustin Griffin. She enjoys all sports including swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, skiing, tennis and golf.
Heather Baker is a songwriter, vocalist, session and touring guitarist out of Orange County, California. Beginning guitar lessons at the age of eleven, Heather excelled in songwriting and her guitar playing abilities and began playing live in the school jazz band and an original punk band. Over time, consistent performing and recording lead her to be well versed in a variety of styles. Later after touring worldwide she began to study music and music technology at Fullerton College.
The bands that have thus far filled her time include As Night Falls (The Agency Records), Porpoise, Atreyu (Hollywood Records), The Afterlife (The Agency Records), The Iron Maidens (Powerslave Records), and Kerli (Island Def Jam Records) at the Hollywood premier of "Alice in Wonderland."
Heather has done session work for The Afterlife, As Night Falls, The Iron Maidens, Porpoise, and What's Fair whose latest LP was licensed to MTV Networks for television placement. She is currently doing all instrumentation and writing featuring drummer Jarrod Alexander (Death By Stereo, Dead Country) on The AfterlifeÂ’s E.P. with producer/engineer Sergio Chavez (P.O.D., Silverstein, Alien Ant Farm, Underminded) and touring part-time with The Iron Maidens.
Heather has found teaching the guitar a rewarding experience for several years. She finds importance in conveying her experiences on stage and in the studio to enlighten and teach new generations of musicians.
Graduated from UCI with a BA in Drama in 2006. Currently, I am an Entertainment Manager for Shows and Atmosphere Talent Operations for the Disneyland Resort.
Aja Bell, Resident Costume Designer of One More Productions.
Passions for theatre, art and the act of creating are the driving forces behind Aja's work. In love with designing since childhood, she received an education in Fashion Design at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, in Los Angeles. She then studied Theatrical Costume Design at Fullerton College. While there she studied with renowned costume designer Mela Hoyt-Heydon learning costume and millinery design. This enriching experience with a master in the profession would become crucial to her career development. Under Mela's tutelage she acquired an outstanding theatrical education from Fullerton College and received her BA in Theatrical Costume Design from Chapman University. During her undergraduate career she was honored to be a three time Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival costume design nominee. She has continued her education with graduate studies at California State University Long Beach and California State University Fullerton.
During her ten year career Aja has been fortunate enough to design, create and collaborate with theatre companies all over Orange County and Los Angeles including; The Garage Theatre, Stages Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Alive Theatre, Torrance Theatre Company, and Curtis Theatre. After freelancing for years, she is thrilled to have found her creative home as the Resident Costume Designer for One More Productions at The Gem Theatre. She is backed in her work by a team of talented and competent professionals led by Damien Lorton and Nicole Cassesso. With her fearless leaders at the helm and her costume shop fairies magic they create three-dimensional existence for characters. The people she works with are her dearest allies.
Aja also utilizes her foundation in fashion design while styling for celebrities and fashion shoots. She has styled fashion editorials in such magazines as; Glitterati, 944, Brentwood, and Maxim. Although, she isn't allowed to "dress and tell" Aja has worked with numerous celebrities styling them for movie premieres and awards shows including; The Golden Globes and The Oscars. She enjoys styling fashion editorials where she strives to incorporate theatrical costuming into fashion and vice-versa.
Aja believes in changing the world through art. She thrives on the excitement and challenge of theatrical costume design. "I love creating something from essentially nothing. I am rarely as happy as I am when I am sitting on the floor surrounded by fabric, sketches and my own craziness. I love pattern drafting, reworking period patterns and basically being a costume nerd and learning everything about a period I can."
The only thing that trumps her passion for the theatre is her love of her family. When she's not styling a fashion shoot or running around a theater she enjoys spending time with her amazing son Krystian and her invaluable family. Her family's endless support and inspiration are in every sketch, every fabric, and every stitch. Their love is the gift through which she can share her dreams and create new ones.
"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." Â— Oscar Wilde
JORDAN BESWICK began his career in Casting as an Assistant to Douglas Aibel on James Gray's "LITTLE ODESSA", and Tim Robbins' "DEAD MAN WALKING". He also assisted Georgianne Walken and Sheila Jaffe on; "DENICE CALLS UP," "DAYTRIPPERS," "CRAZY FOR A KISS" and "CROCODILE SHOES."
As Mr. Aibel's Casting Associate his credits include; M. Night Shyamalan's "SIGNS", Tim Robbins' "CRADLE WILL ROCK", James Gray's, "THE YARDS", Boaz Yakin's, "A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES", and Bart Freundlich's, "THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS".
As Casting Director his credits include; Sam Zalutsky's "YOU BELONG TO ME", Bent Hammer's "FACTOTUM" (Casting Consultant), Ira Sachs' "FORTY SHADES OF BLUE" (Memphis), Obie Scott Wade's "AL ROACH: PRIVATE INSECTIGATOR" Andrew Getty's "THE STORYTELLER", Zev Berman's "BRIAR PATCH", Jon Shear's "URBANIA", Tristine Skyler's "GETTING TO KNOW YOU", Christopher Goode's "DEAD DOG", Ami Canaan Mann's "MORNING", Carlo Nero's "UNINVITED", and Kief Davidson's "MINOR DETAILS", as well as six award winning short films; Jeff Stanzler's "LOVE GETS YOU TWISTED", Eric Weinrib's "JIMMY WALKS AWAY," Kelly Reichardt's "ODE", Kat Smith's "THE CLEARING", Sam Zalutsky's "STEFAN'S SILVER BELL", and Duncan Tucker's "THE MOUNTAIN KING".
Theatrically, Jordan was Casting/Literary Associate for New York's Vineyard Theatre, casting several plays including the original production of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winning, "HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE", Nicky Silver's "MY MARRIAGE TO ERNEST BORGNINE", Lynn Nottage's "THE POR'KNOCKERS", Lisa Loomer's "THE WAITING ROOM", and Polly Pen's "BED AND SOFA."
As Casting Director his theatrical credits also include Tristine Skyler's "THE MOONLIGHT ROOM" (Casting Consultant) - Worth Street Theatre Company, "HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH" - Westbeth/Jane Street Theatre, "JUNE MOON" - Drama Department, "TAKE MY BREATH AWAY" - BAM/Next Wave Festival, and the 1997 Powerhouse Theatre season for New York Stage and Film.
Other Literary assignments included reading and evaluating scripts for New Dramatists, Circle Rep, New York Theatre Workshop and Second Stage.
As a playwright, Jordan has had several of his short plays produced in New York. His first full length play, "CLUB HELL," was produced first as a rehearsed reading by Tamara Hinchco and Vanessa Redgrave as part of Ms. Redgrave's London Riverside Studios theatre season. It was directed by Marcus D'Amico and starred Daniel Craig, Emily Lloyd, John Hannah, Ben Walden and Jonathan Morris. It also received a staged reading in New York at New Dramatists starring John Cameron Mitchell, Madeleine Potter, Jonathan Sagalle, Peter Frechette and Jennifer Wiltsie. It premiered at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles, produced and directed by Robert Schrock.
His plays "SPLITTING THE ATOM" and "the F word"* had staged readings in New York at The Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and New Dramatists starring such actors as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edie Falco, Allison Janney, John Cameron Mitchell, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Grenier, Chris Noth, Evan Handler, Anthony Rapp.
*"the F word" was presented as part of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' New Play Network's "Journey From Page to Stage" Festival, then premiered at the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C., directed by Jeff Keenan and produced by the Actors' Theatre of Washington. It had its Paris premiere under the title "INCONCEVABLE" at the Manufacture des Abbesses, French translation/adaptation by Marianne Groves, directed by the author. Critics called the play, "insane, funny, derisive, tender, sensitive, thought provoking, soaring, interesting, realistic, topical, wild, intelligent, and very American."
His play "YOUTH IN ASIA" was recently presented at the Barrow Group in New York City as part of Diverse City Theatre Company's Green Room Series, directed by Victor Maog, as well as in Paris, France at the theatre Les Mathurins, directed by the author.
His new play "FREAK SHOW" (French translation/adaptation by Marianne Groves) was recently presented as part of the "Foire Saint-Germain" in Paris.
Jordan co-wrote (w/ Obie Scott Wade) the pilot episode of "AL ROACH: PRIVATE INSECTIGATOR" for Turner Classic Movies (L.A. Short Film Festival, 2004 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films [Audience & Critics pick, Best of Fest], Dragon Con 2004 Independent Short Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival).
As an actor, Jordan trained with Michael Moriarty, Mira Rostova, Sandy Dennis, Stephen Strimpell, Earl Hyman, William Hickey, Shelley Winters, Sally Kirkland, Martin Landau, Frederick Combs, Susan Peretz, Amy Wright and Guy Stockwell. He has appeared in a number of plays in Los Angeles and New York, as well as a handful of independent films.
As a director, Jordan's credits include; Film (France): "SCARE CITY" (New Filmmakers Winter Fest 2010), "ETHEL" and "ALICE". Theatre: Paris, France - Franz Xaver Kroetz's "CONCERT A LA CARTE", Paula Vogel's "AND BABY MAKES SEVEN", "INCONCEVABLE", Berlin - Lanford Wilson's "THE MOONSHOT TAPE", Los Angeles - Mart Crowley's "THE BOYS IN THE BAND", Albert Innuarato's "GEMINI", New York - Jane Willis' "SLAM", Lyle Kessler's "ORPHANS", Scott Tiler's "DIRTY LAUNDRY", North Carolina - Robert Patrick's "KENNEDY'S CHILDREN".
As an acting coach, Jordan worked at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York for five years and currently conducts intensive acting workshops at Studio VO/VF in Paris, France, and the Institut für Schauspiel Film und Fernsehberufe in Berlin, Germany.
Jordan is a member of the Casting Society of America (C.S.A.)
Jordan is eternally grateful to Fullerton J.C. for assisting him to create the remarkably strong foundation from which everything else in his life has been, and continues to be, built.
After leaving Fullerton College Dan worked as an independent Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer and Technician in Southern California for many years. After moving to Northern California the trend continued. Dan served as Resident Lighting Designer for Garbeau's Dinner Theater, and as member then later President of the Board of Directors for Theater El Dorado a local non profit theater company. Currently he passes the time as an Electrical Designer in the Sierra Foothills.
Shawn Michael Brewer graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Directing at Cal State Long Beach where he was placed on the President's Honor List every semester. He has been a part of the annual Director's Festival at Fullerton College every year since June 2000 and has received "Best of the Festival" honors three times among student, faculty, alumni, and local theater directors for Words Words Words (2001),The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage (2004),and Love Treats (2006), an experimental piece conceived and co-written by Shawn. Other directing credits include Babel's In Arms, Baby, Fuddy Meers, The Good Doctor, Waiting for Godot, Women and Wallace, and God's Great Supper from the six-hour Americana epic The Kentucky Cycle. He has also written an original show, Past Presence, that was self-directed and produced by the Resident Theatre Company. He has enjoyed working as co-Director for the 2002 Fullerton College High School Theater Festival, the largest festival of its kind in southern California. He has been the Resident Sound and Lighting Designer at Biola University for all productions since Autumn 2003 and freelances as a sound designer for Cal State Long Beach, Fullerton College, Pacific Art Theatre, Whittier Community Players, and he is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Favorite performing credits include Marcus in Funeral Parlor("Best of the Festival" honors, 2005), Lord Alfred Douglass in Gross Indecency (American College Theater Festival Nomination, 2001), John in The Importance of Being Earnest (American College Theater Festival Nomination, 2002), Schmendiman in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (OC Weekly Theater Award Nomination for "Best Supporting Performance", 2003), Abbe De Coulmier in Quills, Austin in True West, and Captain Nemo in the touring production of 20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea for Orange County high schools.
JILL BURKE is proud to be a La Mirada native and former Miss Anaheim. She attended Fullerton College, studying musical theater and music. Her first professional work began performing for the Walt Disney Company, portraying such characters as Princess Jasmine, Ariel, and Pocahontas. While traveling the globe, she was the principal vocalist for Norwegian Cruise Lines, and notably opened their production of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Music of the Night. Currently, she can be heard screaming the "Priceline Negotiator!" jingle, running nationwide. Her theater credits include: Lovelace A Rock Opera which won several L.A. WEEKLY awards including Best Ensemble, Violet (Musical Theater Guild), The Hot Mikado, The Third From the Left at the NYC and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Songs for a New World, which she was nominated for a L.A. Ovation Award, and Jacques Brel: A Life in Song , which she won a Ticket Holder Award for Best Cabaret Performance. Jill has had the privilege of singing with and for such stars as Tony-award winning Jason Robert Brown, Robert Morse, Richard Carpenter, and her "uncle" Johnny Mathis. She performs in a variety of projects: she stars in the cabaret revue entitled Hollywood Revisited, is a member of the acappella band Vybration, she is a featured vocalist for the master percussionist C.G. Ryche, and frequently belts out our National Anthem for the Anaheim Angels, Ducks and L.A. Lakers. And she enjoys teaching private voice lessons at Vibe Performing Arts Studio in Santa Clarita. For more information about Jill visit www.jillmarieburke.com.
Angela is currently in her last year in the undergrad directing program at UCSB and looking forward to directing/ being Co-Artistic Director of Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble upon graduating. Directing credits include: UCSB: The Gronholm Method by Jordi Galceran (US World Premire), Porque Yo?(by Angela & Company), I Created That! by Alyssa Willams (Original Work), The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage, Food for the Dead, Blue Elephant by Stacy Johnstone (Original Work),La Calavera (by Angela & Company), Hangar Theatre: The Women of Juarez Project (Devised 10min), Desire Desire Desire, Hillbridge High; Breath Of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble: 9ine Digits Away From My Dream (Touring ï¿½07-ï¿½08), With Empty Pockets y Una Sonrisa (Scholarship Winner); Fullerton College: Soldado Razo (FJC Winner Best of Fest 2004). Asst. Director credits: UCSB: La Ninera; Hangar Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Reeling, The Possibilities, A Ratï¿½s Mass; BOFLTE: WAC Iraq (Original Work), The Mexican OC. She is looking forward to graduating from UCSB in direction in theatre... Si Se Puede!
graduated from CSUF in 2001 with a degree in Theatre Arts. She had two plays produced as part of the CSUF One Act Festival. "Celtic Knot" made its debut in May of 2000, and "Chemistry" was produced for the 2001 festival. "Celtic Knot" was produced again in November 2001 at the Grand Central Theater of the Cultural Arts Center of Santa Ana and has since been produced several times across the United States. Screen appearances include "Primal Fear" and "The Little Princess" (as an extra, for the fun and costumes of it!). Her most recent stage appearance was in the Fullerton College production of "Sweeney Todd", enjoying a chance to hit those high notes one more time. After having taught high school drama and music for eleven years, she has now returned to professional theatre, working in costuming for Fullerton Civic Light Opera, McCoy Rigby Productions, and Jerome Carr Productions, in Orange County, CA, as well as Moonlight Dinner Theatre near Oceanside, CA. When not working on costuming, she spends her time writing and playing with her granddaughter.
For almost ten years she was in the irish band "The Tinker's Own", as female lead vocalist, as well as playing harp, concertina, pennywhistle, and bodhran. She made two CD's with "The Tinker's Own". The first CD "Old Enough to Know Better" features one of her compositions entitled "Take Me Away",, and her solo vocal "The Bergen" on the second CD, "Bending the Banshee's Ear", made #25 on the World Music charts. Also featured on this CD is her composition "Banshee Devil".
Allen Cutler was born and raised in Whittier California. While still in high school he was accepted into an intensive Stanislavsky workshop at the Pacific Theater Ensemble in Venice CA. The experience proved formative and weighed heavily into his decision to leave high school early in order to attend Fullerton College and its well known theater arts department. There he performed in productions of "The Crucible", "Six Degrees of Separation", "True West", and many more.
At the age of 18 Cutler was signed by The Gage Group, a well established talent agency. He soon began working in film and television projects. He later enrolled at the Los Angeles acting studio of his mentor Howard Fine. After 3 years of intensive training, he was invited to participate in Fine's Master Class, to which he still returns whenever time allows. Allen has appeared in more than 30 film and television productions including "Cold Case", "Without a Trace", and a recurring role on Lifetime's "The Division".
originally from Los Angeles County, where he studied theater at Fullerton College and The Groundlings. As an apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Patrick performed in two Humana Festival plays, No.11 (Blue & White) and Backstory. Since moving to New York, Patrick attended classes at the Second City Training Center in NY, has performed numerous shows with The Orphans and now stars in the indie feature film, Four Dead Batteries, about the life of an improv group.
Matt Damico (FC, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Juilliard School) recently finished his third season at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival where he is an Associate Artist. Some of his favorite roles there include: Parolles in All's Well that Ends Well, Iachimo in Cymbeline, and Iago in Othello. Other credits include: House of Gold, Italian Sojourn and The Ballad of Emmett Till (O'Neill Playwrights Conference); Saint Joan (St. Louis Rep); Hamlet, Life is a Dream, Caucasian Chalk Circle (South Coast Rep); Inherit the Wind and Death of a Salesman (Geva Theatre); Camille (Bard Summerscape); Richard II (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ); As You Like It (Indiana Rep); Sweet Mercy (NY Stage and Film); Dive, Thief of Man, & Zealot (Guthrie Theater), Othello, Dracula, & Acorn (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Twelfth Night and The Tempest (Colorado Shakespeare), Fizz (The Ohio Theatre), The Duchess of Malfi and Hamlet w/ Sean McNall (Kings County Shakespeare). TV: Law and Order - on the same episode with Eden Espinosa if you can believe it! He is a proud member of a wondrous theater company in NY called Partial Comfort Productions (www.partialcomfort.org).
Is a free-lance set, sound and lighting designer. JD (James De Lira) works for the Disney Co. He volunteers his time as a tech at his local church, he also volunteers in the LA and Orange County community centers for trouble teens. The most memorable Sound design was Roosters by Milcha Sanchez Scott, during that play JD got to work with his good friend Ernie Avila. You can also see his work in the scene shop above the Office, just look for the Pink Cadillac. JD is now happily married.
Lora went on to get her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is fluent in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture. She received her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008 from Hope International University in Fullerton.
Bret is a Freelance Scenic Designer and Props Master currently in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a recent graduate from The University of Missouri-Kansas City receiving his MFA in Scenic Design. Originally from Long Beach, California. Bret earned his BA in Technical Theatre from CSULB, having transferred from Fullerton College. He has worked as a Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, and Props Master in the Southern California Area. His work has been seen at CSULB, Fullerton College, BIOLA University, Cal Rep, and Golden West College.
Bret made his Kansas City debut in December of 2013, designing "Clybourne Park" at the Unicorn Theatre. That production was followed by "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" at UMKC in October 2014 and "The Liar" in April 2015 also at UMKC. Bret has previously been Prop Master for several of UMKC Theatre's productions, as well as the Coterie Theatre, and at the Unicorn Theatre. Bret has recently designed sets and props for the Unicorn Theatre's production of "The Whale" by Samuel D. Hunter & "The Way We Get By" by Neil LaBute as well as the set for "My Old Lady" by Israel Horovitz for Kansas City Actor's Theatre.
Bret is currently the Props Master for The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival as well as the Props Master for the Unicorn Theatre's current season.
Born February 2, 1978 in Anaheim, California, Eden is the daughter of Christian composer Eddie Espinosa. She is of Mexican decent and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Eden knew from a young age that she wanted to be a singer, but it wasn't until her high school days that thoughts of Broadway began to creep into her mind. During her college years Eden attended Fullerton College and worked at several Southern California theme parks, where she played roles such as Ariel and Pocahontas. It was during this time that she was discovered by casting directors for Brooklyn (a.k.a. BKLYN), who then introduced her to John McDaniel and Jeff Calhoun. The rest, as they say, is history. Eden was off to NYC after a brief stop in Denver for the BKLYN workshop. Once in the city, much to her delight, she originated the title role of Brooklyn on Broadway. Her first Broadway appearance, however, was not for BKLYN, but for another show you may have heard of: Wicked. Eden was the understudy for Nessarose and the standby for Elphaba in the original cast of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's Tony-award winning musical. She performed the lead role several times in Idina Menzel's absence, including a one month stretch while Menzel was out shooting the film Ask The Dust. Later, after BKLYN closed its Broadway run, Eden took over the role of Elphaba and was finally able to make it her own. We're so glad she did.
These days Eden is living once again in SoCal, and after nearly a year of starring as "Elphaba" in L.A.'s open-ended production of Wicked alongside former co-star, Megan Hilty, Eden is at present focusing on a career in film and television. Since her return to L.A., she has appeared in several television spots including turns on NBC's Law & Order and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, cable's Robot Chicken, and ABC's Ugly Betty. Eden has also made several live appearances around town at shows like Upright Cabaret, The KTLA Morning Show, 88's Cabaret, and The Hollywood Santa Parade.
As far as music outside of the theater goes, Eden is a big fan of singer-songwriters like Eva Cassidy, John Mayer, and Dave Matthews. She also listens to a lot of her friends' indie CDs. When asked if she'd like to record her own music, Eden says, "I'd like to record, and I've had a strong notion that I didn't want to do that till I had something to say, my own style, and my own niche."
Rachel Federoff appears in Millioinaire Matchmaker on Bravo. Wanting to utilize her background in booking and casting, Rachel Federoff jumped at the opportunity to work at the Millionaire's Club after watching how much her then boyfriend Destin Pfaff, enjoyed spending time with Patti Stanger. Although Pfaff was hesitant, with a little persuasion, she gave in and she joined the team. Now, Federoff is the VP of Matching and also oversees the company's Registration Department and Gay Division.
Born in the Orange County suburb of Tustin, California, Federoff attended Fullerton College where she studied Psychology and Theater Arts. She loves the vibrancy of city life and enjoys being close to the Hollywood scene. She is a self-described "Jill of all Trades" with a variety of unique interests and abilities including charity work and producing short films.
Composer/author Daniel Felsenfeld's recent commissions include the one-act opera The Bloody Chamber for the Boulder Chamber Opera, a 30-minute music theatre work for Sequitur, a resetting of David Bowie's lyrics for Real Quiet with Theo Bleckmann and Petra Haden, The Poet's Dream of Herself as a Young Girl for mezzo and piano trio to be performed at Stanford University by Amy Schneider and the Harmida Trio, and All Work and No Play, a work for piccolo and piano. His music can be found on the Endeavor and Koch imprints. Felsenfeld is also the author of eight books and hundreds of articles. He teaches at City College and lives in Brooklyn.
A very personal account of me and Leonard Bernstein's Mass:
A review, for the Web site of Symphony magazine, of a volume of Britten's diaries and Prokofiev's Journals:
for more information: http://www.danielfelsenfeld.com/felsenfeld-about.html
Amanda graduated from UCSD with a BA in Theatre in June 2007 with honors and was awarded the Chairman's Award for Distinguished Service. She has moved to LA and is working as Coordinator of Donor Services in the Development Department of the Music Center (Los Angeles Performing Arts Center) and preparing to audition for grad schools this winter.
After his time with the theatre department performing and working on shows, Tony ended up turning his focus to television. He is currently the Associate Producer on the CBS series Mike & Molly. Past shows have included Frasier, My Wife and Kids, Rita Rocks and Back to You to name a few.
After my time with the theatre dept (1986 to 1989) I moved to L.A. Since 1991 I have been working in television as an Associate Producer / Co-Producer. Credits include Frasier, Wings, Back to You, Rita Rocks, and My Wife and Kids to name a few.
Jana is currently working for 2 couturier companies in London and just finished freelance work making costumes for the Tower of London's 500 anniversary of King Henry the VIII.
has enjoyed reading how her fellow alums have been doing! Dyan currently resides in Orange County with her 11-year old daughter, and still takes to the stage as often as possible.
Donny Jackson graduated from Fullerton College in 2007, after receiving his AA Degree in Theatre Arts. While there he was the recipient of both the Paul Scop Memorial Scholarship, and the Marvon Levine Scholarship for Theatre Arts. He has also worked as a Lighting Designer for the Cypress Civic Theatre. Recently he has gone on to obtain his BA Degree in Technical Theatre and Design from California State University, Long Beach. Currently he's working on the pilot of the web tv series, Face of Man as an Artistic Director, and will begin is MFA work in Lighting and Scenic Design in the fall at UCLA.
After finishing Anaheim High School, Bob attended Fullerton College. Initially starting with just pre-med classes and a Theatre 101 class taught by George Archambeault, Arch soon talked him into appearing in a small role in "The Taming of the Shrew", and after that, he never looked back. A native of Southern California, Bob Lauder has been performing his entire adult life. He's shared the stage with Eric McCormack (Will and Grace), John Lithgow (Third Rock), Kristen Chenoweth, Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager), Cab Calloway, Joel Grey (Cabaret), Phyllis Diller, Marni Nixon, Marvin Hamlisch and comedian Red Buttons. He's had a National commercial running in the U.K. and was featured in the HBOFamily.com internet series "Deadwood". Bob had that sinking feeling but he survived the run as John B. Thayer in the 1st National Tour of "Titanic, A New Musical". L.A. audiences have seen him as the poet, Hajj in "Kismet" and Dr. Engel in "The Student Prince". He's also appeared as Ben Rumson in "Paint Your Wagon" and Juan Peron in "Evita" both earning him Dramalogue Awards, and as Michael in "I Do! I Do!" with his real-life wife Patti Diamond. An accomplished operatic baritone as well, he's sung across the country with opera companies such as Opera Pacific, Dayton Opera and Michigan Opera of Detroit, in roles as Marcello in "La Bohéme", Falstaff in Verdi's "Falstaff", Escamillo in "Carmen", Sharpless in "Madama Butterfly", Bottom in Benjamin Britton's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and as Dr. Falke and Frank in a half dozen New Year's Eve productions of "Die Fledermaus". Together with his wife, Patti, they had a headline act for 6 years on Cruise Ships, and currently run Gate Crashers Entertainment, an event entertainment company out of Las Vegas. Lately, Bob bleaches his beard and hair white every year to sing and dance as Santa Claus in the Fashion Show Mall's Christmas Spectacular, "Believe in the Magic" in Las Vegas, NV with 10 showgirl elves who high-kick alongside him . Lucky Santa Bob.
After graduating Fullerton College in 2001, Alex joined the Navy in 2003 and served 4 years onboard the USS Ronald Reagan. He was discharged honorably in late 2007, and has since then continued his service in the Navy reserves. He recently completed an 18 month mobilization in Kuwait serving as a Navy customs and border agent. He now reports to ACU-1 out of Coronado, San Diego. Additionally, he is currently working full-time as a counter-surveillance operative for a company and has once again decided to pursue his education at Cal State Fullerton. He is looking forward to graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice in Spring of 2015.
Sunset Leigh born and raised in Southern California...Spent much of her time growing up in the dance studio or at Disneyland. She trained professionally starting at a very young age in classic to modern dance disciplines. A Lover of Theater and Drama Sunset attended Fullerton College and spent some of her favorite years up on the Fullerton theater stage. A Lover of Adventure, Very outgoing, Classic, Sassy, Ultra Sexy, Edgy and always willing to try something new. She is a very hard worker and dedicated to everything she is apart of in her professional career and personal life. She's a go getter and will prove to be a patient and well poised model. Miss Leigh is an Actress, Dancer, Model, Choreographer, Promoter but above all a working artist.
Steven graduated from Fullerton College with honors, after performing in well over a dozen productions. Since enrolling at Fullerton, Steven has been involved with Comedy Sportz LA, The Groundlings, The Gourmet Detective, and had the honor of being selected as one of 43 international finalists for Juilliard's BFA Acting program in 2008. Steven has since transferred to The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, one of the Midwest's oldest and most respected conservatory programs.
Christine is a Stage Manager with the Disneyland Resort there she has been the PSM for shows such as, Golden Screams, Jack Sparrow's Swashbuckling Adventure, and many different Special Events. She also is an Equity Stage Manger who works part time with a company who produces Shakspeare for in the schools. Christine is married to Scott Peterson, who she met while working, "Remember...dreams come true," the fireworks show at Disneyland. They both contiune to work at the resort her as an ever moving Stage Manger and him as the Assistant Technical Director for the DCA expansion project.
Has been residing in the Los Feliz area and is one of the proud founders of the new theater company, Theatre Unleashed, which resides in North Hollywood (NoHo Theatre Arts District.) The company is 1 1/2 years old and going strong. He has been mainly focusing on directing, for the most part, directing original works as well as published ones, such as David Ive's All In The Timing. He was also an alumn of Stages Theater Company (in Fullerton) when it was still a warehouse in Anaheim where he also performed, directed and had a few writing credits under his belt. Carlos received his BA degree in Film Production and Media Arts from Cal State Long Beach and is currently working as the Technical Coordinator in subtitling for Deluxe Digital Studios, Burbank, (a major DVD production company that provides service to all of the major studios for film and television DVD releases.)
John Massey is currently touring the US and Canada playing Howard Cunningham on the 1st National Tour of HAPPY DAYS- A New Musical.
Ellen Monocroussos is an accomplished lighting designer with over five hundred plays, dances, and operas to her name. Among the shows she has designed are, "The Exonerated" (National Tour, The Actors' Gang), "Grendel" (Circle X, Open Fist Theatre), "Brazilian Nights" (John Anson Ford Amphitheatre), "Hallelulyah" (Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble), and "Little Shop of Horrors" (Vital Express Perfoming Arts Center). She also was the Assistant Lighting Designer on Tokyo DisneySeas theme park for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Legoland theme park for Gallegos Lighting Design. She recieved an LA Weekly Production Design Award and has been nominated for an Ovation Award, NAACP Theatre Award and Lester Horton Dance Award. http://ellendesign.net/
Ashley Renee Morales was born and raised in San Diego,California. Ashley grew up in front of the camera starting at the age of 5, producing and acting in home made remakes of "Snow White" and a made up sitcom called "Gemma's Point", with her best friend. Ashley started performing on stage at the age of 8 with dance and gymnastics. In High school Ashley was set on becoming a cartoonist but then found a creative outlet in the theatrical arts. She starred in all the school plays and was even chosen to be student director for "Bang,Bang, You're Dead"(a show about school shootings). Ashley was also chosen and given a scholarship to attend The Old Globe Shakespearean Conservatory, where she learned classical acting, set design, stage makeup technique, etc. She then starred as Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth", her first Shakespearean play. After high school, Ashley attended Fullerton College to further her studies in Theater acting. She then got the opportunity to work with Ron Michelson (The Ditech Guy) for Film/Commercial acting training, and also took work shops with Fullerton College Alumni Mathew Lillard (Shaggy on Scooby Doo). All of her acting coaches/teachers suggested that she become a Film actor instead because of her subtle more realistic impulses when delivering lines. Ashley now lives in Colorado where she is breaking her way into the Indie film scene. Ashley is an active member of AEC studios where she is furthering her acting career and honing her acting abilities.
After receiving her BA in Theatre from CSUF Colette Naffaa Puoci served as Casting Assistant at South Coast Repertory for 9 seasons. Some of her fondest memories include watching alumns Nathan Baesel and Matt D'Amico on the SCR stages. She and husband Mike are living in Seattle with their four daughters.
Graduated from TISCH School of the Arts at New York University. Working as a talent agent at an amazing agency representing some incredible actors and loving every minute if it.
David C. Pecoraro Invites Entertainment Industry to Contribute to iPad Book Project.
ANAHEIM, California-March 31, 2010- "With Apple's iPad, the technology is now available to create an interactive, media rich, iterative text book with real-time interactivity," says David C. Pecoraro, a professor of theatre at Vanguard University of Southern California.
He is inviting all entertainment professionals who were once in a high school / drama production to recall their stories from the high school years and provide advice to current high school students. These stories, combined with customized educational information and industry news will work together to create an educational product with high value. Stories are submitted via the Company Shepherd website.
Company Shepherd, L.L.C., a newly formed company, produces high quality educational products and services for the next generation of entertainment professionals. Pecoraro has been teaching students of theatre immediately following their graduation from high school for the past 30 years. A percentage of the proceeds from the digital publication will provide scholarships for high school students and funds for Discovery Arts, bringing music, art, dance and drama to children with cancer.
Interview Contact: Professor David C. Pecoraro
Company Shepherd, L.L.C.
Nicholle Pendergraft (Lyall) graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She then attended Joe Blasco Makeup Center West and began a career as a Hollywood makeup artist. She married her long time boy friend Jason Pendergraft in 2005 and moved to Austin, Texas in 2006. She resides now in Las Vegas and is living her dream life working as a makeup artist for Disney's The Lion King and learning how to be a great new mom.
Born April 5, 1952, in Portland, Ore., Mitch Pileggi was raised literally all over the world. The Pileggi family moved several times because Mitch's father was a subcontractor for the Department of Defense. After high school, Pileggi attended Fullerton College; the University of Maryland branch college in Munich, Germany; and, after working briefly for the Defense Department, the University of Texas. There, Pileggi became involved with regional theater, performing in such productions as Jesus Christ Superstar, Lone Star and Bent. After landing a few small parts on television, Pileggi made the move to Los Angeles.
Pileggi's feature-film credits include Flash of Genius, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Woodshop, The X-Files movie, Basic Instinct, Gun Shy, Three O'Clock High, Return of the Living Dead Part II and the lead role in Wes Craven's Shocker. On television, Pileggi is best known for his longtime recurring role as F.B.I. Assistant Director Walter Skinner on The X-Files. He also had a recurring role on Dallas and has made numerous appearances on such series as In Plain Sight, Criminal Minds, Brothers & Sisters, Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, Reaper, Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy, Cold Case, CSI, Nip/Tuck, The A-Team, China Beach, ER and the short-lived X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen. He has appeared in the telefilms Absolute Strangers, Trapped and Knight Rider 2000, and he hosted the popular series of FOX specials entitled Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.
Mitch Pileggi is well know for playing the character Col. Steven Caldwell, who is attached to Team Atlantis as the commander of the intergalactic battle cruiser Daedalus. Born April 5, 1952, in Portland, Ore., Mitch Pileggi was raised literally all over the world. The Pileggi family moved several times because Mitch's father was a subcontractor for the Department of Defense. After high school, Pileggi attended Fullerton College; the University of Maryland branch college in Munich, Germany; and, after working briefly for the Defense Department, the University of Texas. There, Pileggi became involved with regional theater, performing in such productions as Jesus Christ Superstar, Lone Star and Bent. After landing a few small parts on television, Pileggi made the move to Los Angeles.
Pileggi's feature-film credits include The X-Files movie, Basic Instinct, Gun Shy, Three O'Clock High, Return of the Living Dead Part II and the lead role in Wes Craven's Shocker. On television, Pileggi is best known for his longtime recurring role as F.B.I. Assistant Director Walter Skinner on The X-Files. He also had a recurring role on Dallas and has made numerous appearances on such series as The A-Team, China Beach, ER and the short-lived X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen. He has appeared in the telefilms Absolute Strangers, Trapped and Knight Rider 2000, and he hosted the popular series of FOX specials entitled Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.
Alyson Reed, who attended Fullerton College, made her Broadway debut in Bob Fosse's Dancin' and was nominated in 1984 for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her interpretation of Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn and won a Tony Award in 1988 for Best Performance by a featured Actress in a Musical. She starred as Cassie in the film version of A Chorus Line at the age of 26, a role she'd previously played on the roadAlyson Reed grew up in Anaheim and attended Anaheim High School, where she graduated in 1976. She was a varsity songleader for two years, and was ASB President as a senior. She began performing in high school, and one of her major roles was as Nancy in a school production of Oliver! Alyson also performed as Alice in Wonderland at the Disneyland theme park. She next attended Fullerton College.
Reed made her Broadway debut in Dancin' in 1978. Additional theatre credits include Dance a Little Closer, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing, and Marilyn: An American Fable. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Cabaret and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Marilyn.
Reed's most notable screen role was Cassie in Richard Attenborough's film adaptation of A Chorus Line, and she also appeared in the comedy Skin Deep with John Ritter. Her many television credits include Matlock, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Frasier, Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, The X Files, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Nip/Tuck, Crossing Jordan, Numb3rs, Boston Legal, and NYPD Blue.
Most recently, she has become known to younger viewers for the role of Ms. Darbus in the highly popular Disney Channel movie High School Musical and its sequel High School Musical 2.
For more information, see http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/alyson-reed/139279
(FC, CSUF) returned from two months in Europe in 2001 and enjoyed working on the film "High Crimes" with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. She performed in DIRFEST 2002.
Keola Simpson (FC, CSUF) recently assist. directed 'Girls In Trouble' at The Flea Theatre in New York and appeared in a staged reading of Alex Wolffï¿½s new musical 'What Would Woody Do?' with Tony Shalhoub. Other New York credits include: Adam Rapps 'Classic Kitchen Timer'; Will Enoï¿½s 'Unum'; Bathsheba Dorans 'Parents Evening'. Keola is a proud member of The Bats Theatre Company in New York.
Mayra's credits extend to theatre productions as well. They include Sweet Charity at the Buena Park Civic Theatre and 1940's Radio Hour at the Bronwyn Dodson Theatre, and other local productions. Mayra is also a member of a pick-up company DAS Dance, the recipient of the Engman Award at the Dance Under the Stars Festival for one of its repertoire Mon Prison Ma Chambre
Julian appeared in two musicals at his church, The Rock, He played Ciaiphis - The High Priest in "The Choice," and The Mayor in "Miracle on Main Street." In April '06, Julian was selected as Southern California Producer and Director for Mystery Dinner Theater. He also serves as Game Host on "He Said She Said," a spoof of "The Newlywed Game," before live audiences. These shows are performe
Natalie currently plays "Lenore White" on HBO's critically acclaimed series, Boardwalk Empire, and will make her Off-Broadway debut as "Mimi Marquez" in Michael Grief's award-winning revival of RENT at New World Stages. After studying musical theater at Fullerton, Natalie began acting and singing full-time in regional theater and educational tours. She then starred in shows aboard Disney Cruiseline, at Hong Kong Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Disneyland in California. On TV, she has had recurring roles on BET's Hell Date and The CW's 90210. She's also been seen in several commercials, starred in a FEARNET mini-series, and guest starred on MTV's I Just Want My Pants Back. www.nataliewachen.com Twitter: @happiestActress
Cress Williams stars as Bluebell, Alabama's mayor and former football star Lavon Hayes in The CW's new series "Hart of Dixie," a fish-out-of-water story about a New York City doctor (Rachel Bilson) adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local medical practice.
Williams was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Shortly after his birth, he returned from Germany to Chicago. He moved with his mother to California when he was 3 and spent most of his childhood in Orange County. He attended Fullerton Community College where he received his theater and acting foundation. (Cress was the first Bronwyn Dodson Scholarship winner at Fullerton College). He later completed his theater degree at UCLA. While in college, Williams performed in over 20 plays, including "Othello," "The Elephant Man," "Extremities" and "Red Noses." His film and television career began toward the end of his college years.
Most recently, Williams appeared in the final season of the beloved series "Friday Night Lights." His additional television credits include "Cold Case," "Prison Break," "Close to Home," "The West Wing," "Veronica Mars," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "E.R.," "NYPD Blue" and "Grey's Anatomy," among others. His film credits include "2 Days in the Valley" and "Never Been Kissed," starring Drew Barrymore.
Williams currently resides in Los Angeles.
To watch his Hart of Dixie interview, see: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/hart-of-dixie/cast/cress-williams
Angie graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Theatre and English (Creative Writing emphasis). She spent 5 years with Seattle's self appointed, "Best Comedy Troupe", The Habit and five seasons at the Northwest Puppet Center. She stays active in the theatre through stage managing and volunteering. She is proud mom to Liberty and Alexander.