Christoper Maikish - Executive Director
Chris began his Celebration Theatre odyssey as a gentle, gay Disney prince (huge stretch, guys) on a heroic adventure to save his own prince in 2011's world premiere THE NEXT FAIRY TALE by Brian Pugach. More recently (and in a quite different role), he guided audiences as the mysterious narrator of the haunting play DREAM BOY, adapted by fellow Northwestern alum Eric Rosen from the Jim Grimsley novel. He has also jumped in as both actor and director in a number of readings for CT's "Celebrating New Works" series. But his favorite CT moment was as an unexpected rehearsal stand-in for the benefit reading of a "Golden Girls" script on the set of "Hot In Cleveland" with none other than Betty White = #gayheaven. Outside of Celebration Theatre, he most notably co-founded and produces LA's popular new musicals concert series ALittleNewMusic.org. If you follow him on social media, you'll learn way too much about his cat, Lyla. A kid from the NY suburbs, he arrived here by way of San Francisco and Chicago, where he met his partner of 15 years, Paul. He is a proud Pro99 member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC and loves the artistry, fighting spirit, and fun that signify all things Celebration.
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.
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”.
Nathan Frizzell - Literary Director
Nathan currently serves as Producer of Celebration Theatre’s new play reading series “Celebrating New Works” and will be re-introducing the workshop series “CT Tuesdays” in the future. Nathan also RAs an actor, Theatre credits include: Celebration: Four (LA Premiere, LA Weekly nomination, Best Ensemble), Beautiful Thing (Ticketholder, 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).
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 onstage in CT's production of Fucking 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 - Producer of Alternative Programing
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. Recently, Tom was asked to take on Alternative Programming, and has begun his tenure with fostering the critically acclaimed, SO LONG BOULDER CITY, and, TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS A CRAIGSLIST AD. He also help build a cabaret evening that showcases the talent of the Celebration Company in the summer of 2017 that will make its return again before the year is out! His love for comedy and crazy brought him to the position, and he will continue to keep searching out the fun to bring it to a wider audience.