Chris Maikish, Executive Director

Chris is an arts producer and communications professional who has worked with Celebration Theatre since 2010 as a performer, director, designer, and development manager. At CT: Cabaret, Dream Boy, Die Mommie Die, and The Next Fairy Tale, in addition to several readings through "Celebrating New Works". As Executive Director, Chris has stepped away from the stage to help lead a volunteer management team that produces theatrical programs under the guidance of the Board of Directors. He also co-founded LA's popular new musicals concert series A Little New Music, now in partnership with The ASCAP Foundation. A kid from the NY suburbs, Chris arrived here by way of San Francisco and Chicago, where he met his long-time partner, Paul. Chris holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. Member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC. He thanks you for supporting theatre in Los Angeles and LGBTQ visibility.



Michael A. Shepperd, Artistic Director

Michael is currently the Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ multiple award-winning Celebration Theatre. CT producing, directing, and acting credits include: The Boy from Oz, Bootycandy, The Color Purple, Four, The Women of Brewster Place, Take Me Out, Coffee Will Make You Black, [title of show] and numerous others in his 10-year career at the theatre. Broadway/Off-Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (Starkey); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey Two); Caroline, or Change (Bus/Dryer); 5 Guys Named Moe (Big Moe), Fences (Troy), Choir Boy (Headmaster), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Fred) and The Whipping Man (Simon). TV credits include: “Hot In Cleveland”, “Wizards of Waverly Place”, “Monk”, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”. 

Michael O'Hara, 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. Recent design credits include: Homefree (The Road Theatre), Chinglish (East West Players), Failure: A Love Story (Coeurage Theatre Company). Michael has also worked as a Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Sound Mixer, and Actor around Los Angeles. 

Parnell Damone Marcano, Company Manager

Parnell is our Company Manager, which is a role not unlike wrangling cats. Parnell made his first Celebration Theatre appearance in the final cast of CT’s long-running hit, Naked Boys Singing. Since then he’s dropped trou on stage in CT's production of F**king Men, Jerker, and on film: "Adults Only", "Confessions of a Self-Hating Jew", "Amistad" and "Her". Clothed performances include: Dreamgirls, Hello Dolly, Ragtime, Children of the Night, Bed, Boys & Beyond. When not at Celebration, Parnell travels the world singing with Motown legends, Mary Wilson, and Thelma Houston. He is a recurring guest star on OWN's series, "Greenleaf ", as choir director, Carlton Cruise, and as Neal Kelly on the hit web series, Old Dogs & New Tricks. 2016 saw his successful Off-Broadway debut in the new musical, The Babies. He is looking forward to another great season with Celebration, and another year with his husband, and local chef, Michael Rabb.

Tom DeTrinis, Associate Artistic Director

Tom DeTrinis has been working with Celebration since 2012, when he approached the rag tag team of folks to house 30 MINUTE MUSICALS' Jurassic Park. After Opening Night, it was love for sure. Since then, as the producing director of 30 MINUTE MUSICALS, they have performed over 16 different parodies with Celebration for 5 years and counting. Tom has helmed Alternative Programming, fostering the critically acclaimed, So Long, Boulder City, Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad on Craiglist. Bright Colors & Bold Patterns, Happy Birthday Doug, and more. He recently co-directed the world premiere episodic comedy, Ravenswood Manor.

Nathan Frizzell, Associate Artistic Director

Nathan currently serves as Producer of Celebration Theatre’s new play reading series “Celebrating New Works”. Nathan also RAs an actor. Theatre credits include: Celebration: Four (LA Premiere, LA Weekly nomination, Best Ensemble), Beautiful Thing (Ticketholders, Garland nominations Best Actor; Ovation nomination, Best Play), Stupid Kids (LA Weekly Award, Best Ensemble), plus numerous sketch comedy shows directed by Todd Milliner; Los Angeles: He Asked For It (ElevenEleven Productions/Macha Theatre), West Side Story (MTLA; The Hudson Theatre); Eisegesis, SpiderMan: Turn On The Lights, The Exceptional Childhood Center (The Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival); Regional: Shakespeare In Briefs! (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); International: The Bacchae (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

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


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