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MISSION: We entertain, inspire, and empower with innovative productions that celebrate the LGBTQ community.

 

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CABARET

Wilkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome.
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Celebration presents Kander & Ebb’s dark, eerily relevant masterpiece like you’ve never seen it before.  Directed by multi Ovation Award-winning director Michael Matthews.
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ALEX NEE* (Emcee)

Alex moved to LA after touring the world starring as Johnny in Green Day’s American Idiot, and in Once as Andrej and understudying Guy. In LA, he recently reprised the role of Andrej in South Coast Rep's Once (winner of BroadwayWorld LA's Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Musical). He also appeared as Romeo in Love Is A Battlefield, Vol. 2 and as a regular on the web series Liked (season 2 now on WhoHaha). Endless gratitude for the chance to tackle this dream role at a time in our country when we must learn from our darkest histories with intelligence, understanding, creativity, and love.

TALISA FRIEDMAN* (Sally Bowles)

Talisa was most recently seen playing Ophelia in The Old Globe's summer production of Hamlet. Other theater credits include playing Juliet in Alex Timbers' The Last Goodbye (Old Globe), Donnie Darko (A.R.T), Ah! Wilderness (Arena Stage), and The Bardy Bunch Off-Broadway. In LA, she has been seen at the Hudson in The Dodgers and We Are The Tigers. Television credits include “Shameless” and a recurring role in Paramount Network’s “American Woman” with Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari, premiering June 2018. She will also be seen in the upcoming film Bachelor Lions. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she received a B.A. in English Literature.

CHRISTOPHER MAIKISH* (Clifford Bradshaw)

Christopher is an actor, director, and producer, known to Celebration audiences as the BroadwayWorld LA Award-nominated "Narrator" from 2016's Dream Boy, and for originating the role of the hero prince in the Ovation-nominated world premiere musical, The Next Fairy Tale. He has directed readings for this company's "Celebrating New Works" series, and was AD for Celebration's The Homosexuals and Charm. Chris co-founded LA's new musicals concert series, ALittleNewMusic.org, presented this summer at The Wallis. You can also catch him in policy school at USC until 2019 (fight on!). AEA, SDC, SAG-AFTRA, Pro99.

JOHN COLELLA* (Ernst)

John is happy to be back at Celebration. Theatre credits include: 12 Angry Men (Laguna Playhouse), Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac and Sideways (Ruskin Group Theatre), revolver (Celebration Theatre), Niagara Falls (Theatre of NOTE), It’s Just Sex (Secret Rose Theatre). TV & Film credits include: "Silicon Valley" (recurring), "The Fosters", "Hawaii Five-O", "Scorpion", "The Soul Man", "Hot In Cleveland", "Criminal Minds", "Girl Walks Into A Bar", & "The Chicago 8".

MATTHEW HENERSON* (Herr Schultz)

At Celebration: What’s Wrong with Angry.  Southern California: Ahmanson, Colony, Deaf West, East West Players, Ensemble Theatre Company., ICT, Laguna Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Musical Theatre West, South Coast Repertory.  Regional: ACT, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory, San Jose Repertory. Shakespeare festivals: Arizona, Colorado, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Utah.

JUNE CARRYL* (Fraulein Schneider)

Favorite acting roles include Gerty Fail in Failure: A Love Story (CTG Block Party and Coeurage Theatre Company, directed by Michael Matthews) and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (at A Noise Within directed by Damaso Rodriguez). TV and film roles include S.W.A.T,  Documentary Now! and the upcoming Dead Women Walking and Back Roads. She received the 2017 ADAA Saroyan/Paul Human Rights Playwriting Prize and is a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Prize.

KATHERINE TOKARZ* (Fraulein Kost)

Katherine Tokarz is thrilled to be a German prostitute! Broadway: Rock of Ages (Reporter/OC), White Christmas (Rhoda/OC), A Chorus Line (Kristine), and WICKED.  TV/Film: "A Christmas Story Live!", "The Neighbors"(recurring), "Don’t Trust the B"(recurring), "Shimmer and Shine"(VO), "Famous in Love", "Grandfathered...etc". Proud faculty member of AMDA LA. Much love. @kat_toks

TANNER RAMPTON* (Bobby)

CA Credits: Guys and Dolls, Musical Theatre West. Other Credits: Parkeeper/Ensemble – Mary Poppins, Utah Shakespeare Festival; It Happened One Christmas and Fiddler on the Roof, Pioneer Theatre Company. Other favorite roles: George Nowack – She Loves Me, J. Pierrepont Finch – How To Succeed... Tanner holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. All the love to my Nic and the fam.

TRISTAN MCINTYRE (Victor)

Tristan McIntyre is a Los Angeles-based award winning actor, dancer, and singer. He attends the University of Southern California, where he is pursuing a degree in Acting and Computer Programming. Tristan has worked under the direction of Susan Blackwell, Randy Graff, and many other broadway legends. He plays the leading dramatic roles in Sunday Morning & Fish Tank, two independent films which are currently running the film festival circuit.

NICOLE STOUFFER (Texas) 

Nicole Stouffer is thrilled to make her Hollywood stage debut as Texas in Cabaret! Graduate of Point Park University's BFA Musical Theatre program. Theatre: Anne, Cell Block Tango (Chicago), Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing), Columbia (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Cinderella (Into the Woods), and Crissy (Hair). Endless love to her friends & family. Follow her adventures @nicolestouffer

JASMINE EJAN* (Rosie)

Oxnard, CA native. Celine Dion’s A New Day, singing with Celine on Tonight Show. Broadway tour: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (Tiger Lily). Over 30 musicals. Creator of @Blowpaste. CEO of CheekyChaCha.com. B.A. in dance- UC Irvine. M.Ed.- UNLV. With love, all things are possible. - @JasmineEjan JasmineEjan.com

MARY ANN WELSHANS (Helga)

Mary Ann is so excited to return to Celebration Theatre in Cabaret! It has been long overdue since her last performance in Wolves, but she has kept busy in the commercial world selling you products you probably don't need. In her spare time she enjoys visiting the Cabazon dinosaurs & searching the basement of the Alamo. Shout out to Club Pilates NoHo for getting her back into dancing shape. Thank you to Michael & Janet for the opportunity to be in this amazing production! And special thanks to Steve for all your support!!

SARAH MULLIS* (Fritzie)

Sarah recently moved from NY to LA and is thrilled to be making her Celebration Theatre debut! Favorite past credits include American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show, Prometheus Bound, and Summer Theater of New Canaan’s Grease (Frenchy) and Hairspray (Brenda). She sends her love to her New York and Boston Conservatory community, her friends, and her family for their constant support. She would also like to thank the city of Los Angeles for not making Sarah go through another Winter and for reintroducing color back into her wardrobe.

TOM DETRINIS* (Swing for Emcee)

Tom DeTrinis recently played Lance in Die Mommie Die! at Celebration and the Kirk Douglas. He also directed the critically acclaimed Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist at Celebration and the Laurie Beechman in NYC. He is the alternative programming director at Celebration.  More? detrinis.com or @detrinis on instagram.

JD BARTON (Swing for Emcee #2)

JD Barton is thrilled to swing the Emcee for Celebration's Cabaret. As a life-long homosexual, this is a dream come true. His TV credits include Disney's "Jonas", "Reality Hell", and "Prank My Mom". He hopes you didn't see those shows and he is thrilled that you're seeing this production instead.

LAURA HARTLEY* (Swing for Sally Bowles)

Laura is a standup comedian and actress originally from the east San Francisco bay area. Her sketch comedy duo, GinBlo Productions, has been featured on NewNowNext.com, FunnyorDie, and was nominated for Best Comedic Duo of 2017 by Whohaha.com. Love to Huck, and her wonderful family and friends.

IAN LITTLEWORTH* (Swing Clifford Bradshaw)

World premieres of Kingdom City and Lonely Boy’s Guide… (La Jolla Playhouse), The Fox (Annenberg Theater); Los Angeles premiere of Carrie The Musical (La Mirada Theater/Los Angeles Theater), Putnam County Spelling Bee (Palos Verdes Performing Arts), Ah, Wilderness! (A Noise Within). Ian is a member of the Antaeus Theater Company.

ZACHARD KANNER* (Swing Clifford Bradshaw #2)

Zach is overjoyed to make his Celebration Theatre debut. Off-B'way: Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical (Jerry Orbach Theatre). Regional: The Cherry Orchard (Pacific Resident Theatre), Andronicus (Coeurage), Pirates of Penzance (Shakespeare OC), King Lear (Colonials). Film/TV: "Stay", "Days of Our Lives", "Tattoo Nightmares". Studied at Steppenwolf West.

TREVOR H. OLSON* (Swing for Ernst)

Regional theatre: HAiR (Athenaeum Theatre); King Lear (Geary Theatre); A Doll's House (Westminster Theatre). Los Angeles theatre: Niagara Falls, Sheet Cake Sliding, Figure 8, Dysnomia, Alceste, Famine Plays. Film: Shooting Blanks; Memorial Day. Television: "Castle"; "LAX"; "Days Of Our Lives". Education: AA - College Of Eastern Utah; BFA Actor Training Program - University Of Utah; MFA - California State University, Fullerton. Trevor would like to thank his family and friends for their inspiration and their never-ending love and support. Thank you Grandma.

KEN STIRBL* (Swing for Herr Schultz)

Ken hails from New York where he has appeared in many Stage productions including Chekov’s The Three Sisters, Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Babe’s A Prayer For My Daughter, Elaine May’s Adaptation, Fassbinder’s Pre Paradise …Sorry Now, Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, Company and Cabaret to just to name a few. Some may remember Ken from various roles in film/television appearing in George Romero’s "Knight Riders", Gordon Parks’ "He Drives out the Devil", Stephen Wyman’s "Butterfly", "Hill Street Blues", "St. Elsewhere" and "Ryan’s Hope". LA audiences have seen Ken as El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Brandon in Rope and Murray in A Thousand Clowns. Ken has also been a guest artist in residence at Cal. State Univ. at Northridge and The University of Pittsburgh.  Having studied many years with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen & Bill Hickey at HB Studios, he is now mastering his craft with Aaron Speiser.

JULANNE CHIDI HILL* (Swing for Fraulein Schneider)

Julanne is honored to be welcomed by the cast and family of Cabaret and Celebration Theatre! Most recently seen at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Die Mommie Die! directed by Ryan Bergmann. Just finished a rewarding run as Rose in Fences at Lone Tree Arts Center, Wren T. Brown, Director.

BRITTNEY WHEELER* (Casting Associate / Swing for Fraulein Schneider #2)

Brittney is so honored to be back at her theatre home. Favorite Credits: Romeo & Juliet (The Vagrancy), The View Upstairs (Celebration Theatre), Failure: A Love Story (Center Theatre Group, Ovation Award Nominee), The Color Purple (Celebration Theatre, Ovation Award Winner), Side Show (Conejo Players), Parade (Panic! Prod.), and Failure: A Love Story (Couerage Theatre Co, Ovation Award Nominee). BA in Theatre Arts from Concordia University, Irvine. Beginning her masters studies at CSUN for Theatre Arts in Fall 2018. Casting Associate/Company Member of Celebration Theatre. LA born and bred. Lots of love and thanks to her parents, the cast and the production team. Proud member of AEA.

ROBYN S. CLARK* (Swing for Fraulein Kost)

Robyn S. Clark is proud to join the Celebration Theatre family with Cabaret, having played the role of Sally at age 14 (#truth #terribleidea). When not improvising at Disney California Adventure, she can be found performing in the monthly UCB show Gravid Water, and in the indie film Izzy Gets The F**k Across Town. Love & thanks to family and friends.

SOPHIE VANIER* (Swing for Fraulein Kost #2/ Fritzie/Texas/Helga/Rosie)

An alum of Williamstown Theatre Festival, some of her stage credits include: OFF-BROADWAY: Einstein (Grace Hubble); NYC: Bastard Blood (The White Queen), Hamlet (Hamlet) in NYC/London/Stratford-upon-Avon, Weep for the Virgins (Ruby), Alice! (Alice); REGIONAL: Bluebirds (Sarah) at Guild Hall, Comedy of Errors (Adriana), Boy Gets Girl (Theresa), Company (Sarah), Cabaret (Rosie),  Proof (Claire), Hecuba (Hecuba), and The Three Sisters (Olga).  TV/Film Credits include: "Boardwalk Empire", "The Good Wife", "White Collar", and "Blue Bloods". sophievanier.com

JUSTIN W. YU* (Swing for Victor/Bobby)

Justin W. Yu recently played Gabe in East West Players’ Next to Normal (Ovation Award for Best Musical). Other credits include Center Theatre Group’s The Christians, LA’s Next Great Stage Star, the world premieres of Letters to Eve (Ken) and The Story of Alice (White Rabbit), The 25th...Spelling Bee (William Barfée), Spring Awakening (Otto), Frankenstein: The Musical (Henry), and Gold Mountain (ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop). UCLA graduate and proud member of AEA. www.justinwyu.com | @justinwyu | Celebration Theatre debut!

RYAN MCLEAN (Swing for Victor/Bobby #2)

Ryan McLean is an OC native who has recently relocated to LA. He’s just returned from performing on a cruise ship for 9 months and is excited to be making a return to the stage (on land). Thanks to his agent, Natalie, and his friends and family for their support.

JESSICA TROIANA (Swing for Texas/Helga/Rosie)

Jessica is thrilled to be part of Cabaret! Regional: Chicago (Media Theatre), former NFL Cheerleader - Philadelphia Eagles.  FILM : Mudbound, Thor : Ragnarok, Dispatch - VR Experience.  BFA : Jazz / Theater Dance - University of the Arts. Thanks to the entire team for this incredible opportunity! Much love to her family and Brandon!

BRIELLE BATINO (Swing for Texas/Helga/Rosie)

Brielle is so excited to be a part of this amazing cast! Theater credits include: “Lanny” in Pump Up The Volume: A 90’s Palooza, “Dyanne” Million Dollar Quartet, “Santana” GleeWay, “Peggy” Godspell, “Zenita”, “Milly” 7 Brides…7 Brothers. TV/Film credits include: Duel at the Mound, 2 Hopeful Spinsters, The Royalty Club, The Bomb Shelter & Groupie. www.briellebatino.com

MICHAEL MATTHEWS (Director / Co-Artistic Director / Executive producer)

Los Angeles: The Graduate (Laguna Playhouse), End of the Rainbow (McCoy-Rigby/La Mirada), 12 Angry Men (Laguna Playhouse), Failure; a Love Story (CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre), Billy and Ray (Laguna Playhouse), Dream Boy (LA Premiere), Bootycandy (LA Premiere, LADCC Nomination, Production), Failure; a Love Story (Ovation Award Best Director) (LA Premiere), Sons of the Prophet (LA Premiere), Psyche; a Modern Rock Opera (World Premiere), Rabbit Hole (McCoy-Rigby/La Mirada), Funny Girl (3D Theatricals, Ovation Nomination Best Director), Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; LA Premiere), Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nominations Best Director and Best Production, Play; World Premiere), The Color Purple, The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards Best Director and Best Production, Musical), What’s Wrong With Angry? (Ovation Nominations Best Director and Best Production,Play), Take Me Out! (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director) The Women of Brewster Place, the Musical (Ovation Nomination Best Director, NAACP Award Best Director, Ovation Award Best Production, Musical; West Coast Premiere), Stupid Kids (LA Premiere), Beautiful Thing (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production,Play), The Bacchae (Ovation Nominations, Best Director and Best Production,Play), Broadway: Butley (Assistant Director). Chicago: What’s Wrong With Angry? (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), In The Blood (Jeff Nominations, Best Director and Best Production), Porcelain (Jeff Nomination, Best Director), The Judas Kiss (Chicago Premiere), Being 11 (World Premiere), and...for colored girls who have considered suicide.... International: The Bacchae (Edinburgh Theatre Festival, 2010).  Michael is the recipient of the 2015 LADCC Award for Career Achievement in Direction.

 
JANET ROSTON (Choreographer)

Janet Roston created choreography for the hit production, The Boy From Oz (Celebration Theatre) receiving her second Ovation Award and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (LADCC). She was also choreographer for The Color Purple (Celebration Theatre; Ovation Award, NAACP and LADCC Awards.); Once On this Island (International City Theater, NAACP Nom.); Avenue X (Odyssey Theater, Ovation Award Nom.); Runaway Home (Fountain Theater); Failure, A Love Story (Kirk Douglas Theatre/Couerage Theater, Ovation Nom.) which was included in Center Theatre Group’s “Block Party ’17.” Janet is also a Director Choreographer. Director/Choreographer/Co-Creator of Anaïs, A Dance Opera, which tells the story of famed diarist, Anaïs Nin, presented through her company Mixed eMotion Theatrix.  Anaïs premiered at Greenway Court Theatre, performed at the Festival Off d’Avignon in France July ‘17 and just returned from performances in Paris and the International Theater Festival, Casablanca, Morocco. Other Director/Choreographer work includes Midsummer Night (Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Texas New Musical Festival); Striking 12 ( Laguna Playhouse); Tonya and Nancy, The Rock Opera (ART, Boston); CarnEvil (Sacred Fools Theater); shAme (King King Nightclub);  So Now You Know (Highways, Wallis Annenberg)  and The Wanting (Highways). Her contemporary choreography has been presented at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Cannes, France. Winner Palm Desert Choreography Festival. Two American Choreography Awards, member SDC.

ANTHONY ZEDIKER (Musical Director)

Anthony Zediker, a native of Nashville,TN, got his training in piano and collaborative arts from DePaul University and University of Southern California. Wearing many hats, Zediker works as a songwriter, film composer, music director, vocal coach, and recording artist, based out of Los Angeles and Chicago. He is currently on a faculty pianist and music director at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy LA and the Colburn School.  Recent project highlights include- HBO’s "Big Little Lies" (pianist/actor in 3 episodes), NBC’s "Rob Cantor: Shia LaBeouf Live" (orchestra pianist), Musical Director of The Wizard of Oz (2018), cover pianist for Priscilla (2018 @Celebration Theater), as well as Spamilton (@the Kirk Douglas Theater), and In Trump We Trust (@the Second City LA), Associate Music Director of Sunday in the Park with George (2016), Urinetown (2016), The Drowsy Chaperone (2016), Little Shop of Horrors (2016), Annie Get Your Gun (2016), Fame: The Musical (2014), rehearsal pianist for the L.A. premiere of Heathers: the Musical (2014), pianist for LA Opera’s inner-city outreach productions of The Marriage of Figaro (2015), and Turandot (2016), Composer for web series’s Basic (2018), and Actpartment (2015), video game composer for Hammertime for the iphone (2009), and feature films include Let it Bleed (2015), Better Criminal (2016), and Our Way (2016)(*audience choice award), each of which was recently featured in the Burbank International Film Festival in 2017.

ESTEY DEMERCHANT (Stage Manager)

Credits include: Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat (Valley Performing Arts Center - National Tour), Bright Colors, Bold Patterns (SM, Celebration Theatre), Charm (PSM, Celebration Theatre), 24th and 23rd Annual Young Playwright’s Festival (PSM, Blank Theatre), Simply Shakespeare 2016/2015/2014 (ASM, Shakespeare Center LA), Shelter (PSM, Center for New Performance), 2014 Ovation Awards (PSM, LA Stage Alliance), How Grinchy Met the Who (PSM, Berocratic Productions), Rocky Horror Show (PSM, 4 Cornered Productions)

STEPHEN GIFFORD (Scenic Designer)

Stephen’s work has been seen on both coasts from New York City where he received his MFA in Scenic Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, to Alaska, where he designed for Juneau’s Civic Light Opera.  A resident of Los Angeles, Stephen has close relationships with many theatre companies including: Ensemble Theatre Company Santa Barbara, La Mirada Performing Arts Center/McCoy Rigby, Reprise 2.0, Celebration Theatre,  Laguna Playhouse, 3D Theatricals, and many more. He has also spent multiple seasons designing for California Musical Theatre’s Music Circus working with directors like Glenn Casale and Stafford Arima. He has garnered many awards and nominations for his work and was awarded The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design by the Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle.  www.StephenGiffordDesign.com.

MATTHEW BRIAN DENMAN (Lighting Designer/Production Photographer)

Matthew is a Los Angeles based lighting designer and photographer and. He has recently designed productions of Die, Mommie, Die! and Failure: A Love Story at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Charm and Bootycandy (Ovation Award Nomination) at Celebration Theatre, and Niagara Falls (Stage Raw Award Nominee) at Theatre of Note. Other productions include Corpus Christi, revolver, What's Wrong With Angry?, The Next Fairy Tale, [title of show], and Women Behind Bars. www.MatthewBrianDenman.com

CRICKET S. MYERS (Sound Designer)

On Broadway, Cricket earned a Tony Nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Off Broadway designs include The Marvelous Wonderettes. She has also designed regionally at The Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Ahmanson, The Mark Taper Forum, Berkley Rep, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theater, and the Pasadena Playhouse. Other selected L.A. Theaters include East West Players, Ghost Road Theater Company, The Celebration Theater, and Anteaus Theater Company. She has earned 20 Ovation Nominations, as well as winning The Ruth Marley Award from the League of Professional Theater Women, The Kinetic Award for Outstanding Achievements in Theatrical Design, an LADCC and a Garland Award. www.cricketsmyers.com

MICHAEL MULLEN (Costumer Designer)

Michael Mullen is a costume designer, actor, writer, and avid eater who lives in Hollywood. He has performed in and costume designed several productions both on stage and on film throughout Los Angeles. Among his theatrical design credits are: “Dreamgirls" (Ovation Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, N.A.A.C.P. Theatre Award, L.A. Weekly Theatre Award, Broadway World Award), “The Boy From Oz” (Ovation Award, Ticketholder Award, Robby Award, Broadway World Award, Stage Raw nomination), “Siamese Sex Show” (Ovation Award), “Fugue” (Ovation and Broadway World nominations), “When Jazz Had The Blues” (Ovation and N.A.A.C.P. nominations), “Burners” (Ovation nomination), “Sweeney Todd” (Stage Raw nomination), and “American Idiot” (Ticketholder Award).  He has received such StageSceneLA Awards as 2016-2017 Costume Designer Of The Year, 2015-2016 Costume Designer Of The Year, 2014-2015 Costume Designer Extraordinaire, 2013-2014 Costume Design Of The Year (Individual Production) for "Dorian's Descent", and 2012-2013 Costume Designer Of The Year. He would like to thank his family, friends, and everyone involved with “Cabaret” for being awesome! XOXO :)

BYRON BATISTA (Wig/Hair Design)

Hair, Chicago, The Producers (Hollywood Bowl), Hairspray (Hollywood Bowl, Moonlight Amphitheatre, MTW, First National Tour), Les Miserables (Hollywood Bowl), I Love Lucy, Live!, Jekyll and Hyde, Baby, It’s You, Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse), Radio Girl, James and the Giant Peach (Goodspeed Musicals), Wicked (Pantages Theatre), Phantom of the Opera, La Cage, Hello, Dolly!, Cabaret, Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Sweeney Todd, Born To Rock with Jake Simpson, and New York’s Finest, Leading Men of Broadway with Ace Young, Levi Kreis, David Burnham and Frenchie Davis.  Byron is also personal assistant to Mary Wilson, of the Supremes and helped to celebrate the 35th Dreamgirls reunion, earlier this year.

TUFFET SCHMELZLE (Dialect Coach)

Dialect Credits include: Dream Boy, Priscilla Queen of the Desert & What’s Wrong with Angry (Celebration Theatre), Rotterdam (Skylight Theatre), Paradise Pictures (TV Movie- UCP), A Christmas Carol (Rubicon Theatre), Billy & Ray (Falcon Theatre), American Misfit, A Dinosaur Within & How to Disappear Completely & Never Be Found (Boston Court), A Christmas Carol (A Noise Within), The Language Archives (East West Players), Peace In Our Time (Antaeus), Onion Creek (Son of Semele), House of the Rising Son (Ensemble Studio Theatre LA), Chinese Massacre (Circle X), Carousel (Reprise!). ACTING: Film/TV Credits:  “Desperate Housewives”, “Without A Trace”,” Repo”, “Criminal Minds”, “House”, “Cold Case”, “The Unit”, “Gilmore Girls”. Current Dialects Teacher at Los Angeles County High School for the Performing Arts. Tuffet is available for private coachings and group productions. www.DialectGeek.com

MICHAEL O'HARA (Co-Lead Producer/ Properties Designer / Managing Director)

Michael saw his first show at Celebration Theatre in 2001 and never left. He has been Resident Properties Designer since 2005. He has been Managing Director since January 2013 which now makes him an Ovation Award-winning executive producer as well with the recent win for The Boy From Oz. Recent design credits include: Die, Mommie, Die!, Charm and The Boy From Oz (Celebration Theatre), A Singular They (Blank Theatre), Dream Boy (Celebration Theatre), Rio Hondo (Theatre of NOTE), Bootycandy (Celebration Theatre).  He was also the original Props Designer for Failure, A Love Story for Coeurage Theatre Company, which was selected as part of the CTG Block Party.  Michael has also worked as a Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Sound Mixer, and Actor around Los Angeles. He recently reprised his role of Kim Jong Un in the sketch show It’s A Kim Jong Christmas. Many thanks to the cast, crew, and Celebration family. Thank you for supporting Celebration Theatre.

JAY MARCUS (Co-Lead Producer / Producing Director)

Jay is the Producing Director of Celebration Theatre. He most recently co-lead produced Celebration’s hit production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the West Coast premiere of The View UpStairs.  Jay also produced, along with Tom Detrinis and Nathan Frizzell, Celebration’s hit summer comedies Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist and So Long Boulder City, both of which had runs Off-Broadway following their world premieres at Celebration.  He was also a producer on last spring’s Die, Mommie, Die!  Currently, Jay is the VP of film/tv development at director George Tillman, Jr. and producer Bob Teitel’s production company, State Street Pictures. The company is currently in post-production on a feature adaptation of the #1 New York Times Young Adult Bestseller, The Hate U Give.

MARK GIBERSON (Associate Producer)

When not sweeping floors or working concessions at the theatre, company member Mark Giberson is vice president of marketing for Michigan-based zipLogix™. An avid traveler and plein air painter, he founded No Boundaries Art Workshops® (www.noboundariesart.com) in 2011. In addition to his happy involvement with Celebration Theatre, he serves on the board of directors of The Barn Studio of Art and is a past-president of the Flying Samaritans of Southern California, among others. Married with two adult children and a resident of Pasadena, Calif., and Bald Head Island, NC, he considers Celebration Theatre “home” and is thrilled to be part of Cabaret and the Los Angeles theatre community.

ALAN WETHERN (Associate Producer)

Alan Wethern is proud to associate produce Cabaret for the stage, for the first time, after spending the last few years producing both reality tv and indie films, alike. An avid theatre goer, he enjoys staying active, volunteering, and finding time for a good book whenever possible. The Oklahoma native is a graduate of OCU’s MBA program, as well as The Los Angeles Film School immersion program, located right here in the heart of Hollywood.

DAVID TRAN (Associate Producer)

Cabaret is David’s first venture into associate producing for Celebration Theatre. His production experience stems from years working as an actor, as well as, behind the scenes on various projects as a wardrobe stylist and production assistant. David is thrilled to be a part of this creative journey working alongside his fellow CT company members and the cast & crew! xo

PARNELL DAMONE MARCANO (Associate Producer)

Parnell is very excited to join the team as Associate Producer on Cabaret. He is a long time company member of Celebration and is the Current Company Manager. 

 

CONSTANCE JEWEL LOPEZ (Associate Producer)

Constance is very excited to be part of the production team for Cabaret.  She is a long-time company member of Celebration theatre and serves as the Box office manger.

 

BROOKE SEGUIN (Assistant Director)

Brooke is a long time friend of Celebration Theatre and is excited to be ADing this show with Michael Matthews. 

MICHAEL QUIETT (Assistant Choreographer)

Michael is so excited to be working on another production with Celebration Theater! Michael is a graduate of UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television.  Michael has been the assistant choreographer to Janet Roston for years and he is so happy to work alongside someone as brilliant as Janet Roston. 

DIANE PARK (Assistant Stage Manager)

Diane Park is a Korean American stage manager based in Los Angeles, California, whose currently studying at California Institute of the Arts for her B.F.A. in Stage Management. She works in a variety of performances from traditional theatrical performances to experimental devised works, dance concerts, and events. A couple of productions Diane has managed were the CalArts' Dance Concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall REDCAT Theater, CalArts' Witch House: A Witches Cabaret, and Electric Lodge's Ithaca. Diane drives for many more diverse varieties of productions with her ball of positive atmosphere.

JAMI RUDOFSKY (Casting Director)

Jami Rudofsky is proud to be the Resident Casting Director for Celebration Theatre. Celebration credits include Dream Boy, Bootycandy, The Color Purple: The Musical, The Women Of Brewster Place, Take Me Out and many more. She also co-cast Hit The Wall for the LGBT Cultural Arts Center. She casted the long-awaited Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls. Additional film and television credits include: Showtime’s Masters of Sex, the YouTube Red original series Sing It! and Deserted. She’s so honored to be back working with the Celebration Theatre Family!

 

DAVID ELZER (Marketing / Publicity)

David Elzer/DEMAND PR represents Actors Co-op, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Circle X Theatre Company, Colony Theatre Company, Independent Shakespeare Co., Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, NoHo Arts Center Ensemble, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Open Fist Theatre Company, Road Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre Tribe and VS. Theatre Company. He loves working with the very talented Celebration team.  Thank you for supporting Celebration and L.A. theater!