© 2019 Celebration Productions LLC 

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

 

Celebration Productions Corporation is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law (EIN 82-1111453)

Presented in association with Amy Miller Gross, Edward King III,
Nicholas Caprio, Todd Milliner, and Michael C. Kricfalusi.

Director Michael Matthews brings Celebration his take on THE PRODUCERS! When a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, things go awry when the show is a hit. THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"

 

THE PRODUCERS is sure to be a summer hit! Reserve your tickets early:


 

This production is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division.

RICHARDSON JONES  (Max Bialystock )

Off-Broadway: The Mystery of King Tut (Theatreworks USA).  Regional: Scapin (dir: Bill Irwin), A Christmas Carol (A.C.T.).  NY: Kraken, Shannon in Ambient Light, Marat/Sade (Push Productions).  LA: Re-Animator: The Musical (dir: Stuart Gordon) (Red Hen Prod.); Barbzilla (Corner Theatre); I Am Seagull (Queer + Art).  Film: Kevin Hart: What Now? (Universal); The Thinning: New World Order (Cinemand); Internet Famous (Maker Studios); Sister Code (A.I.R. Media).  TV: Recurring on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!) (really); “The Affair”, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime); “SEAL Team” (CBS); “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC); “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the  Life” (Netflix); “Mary + Jane” (MTV); “The Big Leaf”, “Love That Girl!” (TVOne). Pics of him and his far-too-adorable husband: IG @richardsonjones.

 
CHRIS JEWELL VALENTIN (Leo Bloom)

Christopher Jewell Valentin originally from Greenville, South Carolina is excited to make his debut on the Celebration stage!  After graduating from the AMDA college and conservatory, he has performed in many theatrical productions including “The Producers” in Reno, Nevada and the Southern California tour of “Charlottes Web” as Templeton the Rat. He has also been making nonstop efforts into making others laugh whether he is writing, acting, or producing.  He would love to thank his family for the non stop love and encouragement as he pursues his dreams! Follow him at @iamjewellvalentin for more info on upcoming projects.

MARY ANN WELSHANS (Ulla)

Last seen as the violin wielding Helga in Cabaret here at Celebration, Mary Ann is thrilled to be playing Ulla  this year! Favorite past credits include Lucy (... Charlie Brown), The Narrator (Wolves), and The Gypsy (Tommy). Shout out to Club Pilates NoHo for keeping her ass in shape. Thank you to Michael & Janet for trusting me with this role! Love to my friends & family and to Steve for his endless belief in me.

JOHN COLELLA (Franz Liebkind)

John Colella is very happy to be working with Michael Matthews and Celebration Theatre again. He was last seen here in Cabaret. Other theatre credits include: The Seafarer & 12 Angry Men (Laguna Playhouse), Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, Sideways, and Italian American Reconciliation (Ruskin Group 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, Extant, The Soul Man, Hot In Cleveland, Criminal Minds, Girl Walks Into A Bar, and The Chicago 8. johncolella.com

MICHAEL A SHEPPERD (Roger De Bris)

Michael is the Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ award-winning Celebration Theatre. Recent Directing credits include: The Boy From Oz (Ovation Award, LADCC Award, Best Director), Rotterdam (LADCC Award Best Production, Stage Raw award for Best Production (win) and Best Director, nom, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Director of the Year, Scenie Award, BWW nom, Best Director) The View Upstairs (BWW award, Best Director) Too Heavy for Your Pocket, Sucker Punch, The Next Fairy Tale, [title of show], A Gay Christmas Carol, GaGa Gardens, Rent. He was also Assistant Director for SWEAT at the Mark Taper. Michael is a  Resident Director for The Blank Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival. Acting roles include Fences (Troy; Ovation, LADCC Nominations), BootyCandy (LADCC nom, Ovation, Stage Raw Win), The Color Purple (Mister; Ovation award), Steel (Ovation Award), Master Harold and the Boys ( NAACP theatre award nom), Intimate Apparel (NAACP Theatre Award), Choir Boy (NAACP nom) and Shout Sister Shout and The Seafarer  Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan,  The Seafarer, Little Shop of Horrors, Caroline, or Change, Whipping Man.  TV: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Soul Man, Hot In Cleveland, Wizards of Waverly Place, Monk, Criminal Minds, NCIS. 

ANDREW DIEGO (Carmen Ghia)

Andrew Diego is ecstatic to be making his Celebration debut! A classically-trained baritone, voice actor and mime, he holds a BFA in Vocal Performance from CalArts. Representative roles: The Little Mermaid (Jetsam); American Idiot (St. Jimmy - BroadwayWorld Award); Spring Awakening (Hänschen); Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas); The Mollyhouse (Matthew); The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor (The Ringmaster) and The Christians (Choir) with Center Theatre Group. He has appeared with the LA Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Meredith Monk, David Newman and The American Youth Symphony. Keep it gay: @andrewhdiego

BRITTANY BENTLEY (Ensemble Woman 1)

Celebration debut! Female swing and dance captain for the National Tour of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: the Musical. LA regional credits: Tiger Lily in Peter Pan (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Dream Laurey in Oklahoma! (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Velma in West Side Story (Musical Theatre West), South Pacific (La Mirada/MRE), and Hello! Dolly (3D Theatricals). Film/TV credits: "Ready Player One," "James Cordon's Carpool Karaoke," "Glee," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Enjoy the show!

SARAH MULLIS (Ensemble Woman 2)

Sarah is excited to be back at Celebration after last year’s debut in Cabaret! After a full year in LA (from NY) she has finally learned how to put color back into her wardrobe. Some of her favorite roles are in American Repertory Theater’s The Donkey Show, Prometheus Bound, and Rocky Horror. She is so grateful to be working with this amazing artistic team again! Follow her @sarahmulliscomedy on social media!

JASMINE EJAN (Ensemble Woman 3)

Jasmine is an Oxnard, CA native and is thrilled to return to Celebration where she was Rosie in last year’s award-winning Cabaret. This Filipina-Chinese-American hopes to empower, inspire and uplift the world through art. From ballets to Bollywood films, jumping out of a tiger cage in a magic show to running away with the circus, favorite credits include: Celine Dion’s A New Day, Broadway National & China tour of “Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan” as Tiger Lily, Elton John, World Music Awards, City Ballet Los Angeles, Lyric Opera, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance, Dream World Cirque. Over 25 regional musicals (Ave Q is another fave!) commercials, promos, art installations, Kimmel, Oprah, Conan, Tonight Show, Young and the Restless, Bold & the Beautiful, American Horror Story. She roller skates in Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker as a roller skating snow bunny, commercials, music videos (Apple, Facebook, Tyga, Kiiara). Creator of Blowpaste. CEO of CheekyChaCha.com. BA in dance, UC Irvine, M.ed from UNLV. JasmineEjan.com – For my Lolas. Love is love. @JasmineEjan 

ANGELINE MIRENDA (Ensemble Woman 4)

Angeline is a performer and choreographer currently based in Los Angeles.  She has recently appeared in Sweet Charity (Ensemble) with Reprise 2.0, Mamma Mia! (Ensemble) at the Hollywood Bowl, and the feature film Clown Motel (Kristen), set to be released this June.  Love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Phil, Dan, Andrew, La Familia, and The Princess Cottage. Keep up with her and her cat Charlie on social media by following @angelinemirenda. 

MICHAEL J. MARCHAK (Ensemble Male 1)

A Rhode Islander, Michael studied theatre/chemistry at USC. Michael’s first show with Celebration, he is thrilled to be in this production. He works extensively as an actor/director/choreographer. You can catch Michael in season 5 of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. On-Stage: Crown City’s The Fantasticks (Matt), Cabaret (Ernst, Emcee); SDMT’s White Christmas, A Chorus Line (Mike); Sweeney Todd (Moonlight), Legally Blonde (Moonlight), Sound of Music (3D). Choreography/Directing: Charlie Brown, The Importance of Being Earnest, She Loves Me, Pacific Overtures (best choreography nomination, best musical winner), Dessa Rose, Story of My Life. @mikejmarch

STEPHEN MARKARIAN (Ensemble Male 2)

Stephen Markarian is thrilled to be making his Celebration Theatre Debut! International/National Tours: Disney On Classic (The Orchestra Japan) and Bunnicula: The Musical (Theatreworks USA). Regional: Route 66 (Sierra Repertory Theatre) Shrek the Musical (Wheelock Family Theatre), Violet and Carrie the Musical (Speakeasy Stage Company). Television: Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Drake & Josh  and CBS’s Listen Up!. Proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Much love to Laura, Duncan and his family. Instagram: @Stephenmarkarian

EVAN BORBOA (Ensemble Male 3)

This is Evan’s first show at the Celebration Theatre and it’s been such fun. A California native and recent BFA Graduate from CSU Fullerton’s Musical Theatre Program, he loves all mediums of art and performance. Some of his favorite credits include the titular character in Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. Follow him on Twitter @evancanttweet and Instagram @evancanttakepictures to stay updated!

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ANTHONY ZEDIKER (Music Director + Keys 1)

A native of Nashville, is a composer/song writer/arranger/pianist/music director/vocal coach based out of Los Angeles and Chicago. He is currently on faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy LA, the American Contemporary Ballet, Colburn School, and USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Recent project highlights include Musical Director of Cabaret @ Celebration Theatre (*LADCC award for Musical Direction), hand double on Showtime’s Kidding for Jim Carrey (2018), pianist/actor on HBO’s Big Little Lies (season 1, 3 episodes), orchestra pianist for NBC’s Rob Cantor: Shia LaBeouf Live (2017), Musical Director of Urinetown, and The Wizard of Oz @ The Westridge School for Girls (2018-19), cover pianist Priscilla (2018 @ Celebration Theater), Spamilton (@ the Kirk Douglas Theater), and In Trump We Trust (@ the Second City LA), Music Director of numerous productions @AMDA including musicals, staged readings, and blackbox concerts, pit keyboardist for The Color Purple @ The Greenway Court Theater (2018) and Beauty and the Beast @ The Orpheum Theater (2017), orchestrator/MD for Celebration Theatre’s 30 minute musicals (2019), orchestrator on CMT’s Nashville season 5 (1 episode), composer of original music for Homeward L.A and Our Town @ The Actor’s Co-op (2017 & 19) Directed by Richard Israel, composer of the iPhone videogame Hammertime (2009), and feature films Let it Bleed (2015), Better Criminal (2016), and Our Way (2016 (*audience choice award), each of which was featured in the 2017 Burbank International Film Festival. Degrees, Studies and Affiliations: B.M, Piano Performance, DePaul University (2013) M.M, Keyboard Collaborative Arts, University of Southern California (2017)

LEIGH ANNE GILESPIE (Assistant Musical Director + Keys 2) 

Leigh Ann is much in demand as a pianist, teacher, and music director in the Los Angeles area since moving from Washington D.C. in 1993. She has been on the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy since 2010, and also works extensively as a dance musician, currently at USC, LMU, the Colburn School, and American Contemporary Ballet.

CHRIS PAYNE (Drums)

Chris is a multi-faceted drummer and percussionist, whose breadth of musicianship fuses ethnic hand percussion, classical batterie and drum set repertoire. Christopher has toured extensively, performing at prestigious concert halls and festivals worldwide, including Radio City Music Hall (2019), the Dolby Theater (2019), the Hollywood Bowl (2013), the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, (2014, 2016) the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2007), the Vancouver Music Festival (2013), The Beacon Theater (2018), The Orpheum Theater (2018), and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Concert Hall (2013). Among the many artists, ensembles, and orchestras, Christopher has toured with the Grammy nominated band DeVotchka, performed with jazz luminaries Charlie Haden, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbara, Larry Koonse, Derek Oles, and Slide Hampton, as well as, rock legend Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins), and Palestinian Pop star and 2013 Arab Idol winner, Mohammad Assaf. He was selected by Mike Garson, among others, to perform his Symphonic Jazz world premier entitled “Symphonic Suite for Healing.” Christopher has also performed with the Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra at the Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles debuting a seven-song suite entitled “Burnt Hibiscus.” This year, Christopher performed sold out shows with Streetlight Manifesto at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City, The Chicago Theater, and The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Christopher is a member of the internationally recognized orchestra, MESTO, specializing in Middle Eastern Classical music, and the Indian/Jazz fusion group Mahadev. He is an active free-lance musician performing and recording drums and percussion for independent films, commercials, jazz ensembles, various bands, and singer-songwriters. He earned his MFA degree in drum set/world percussion from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.M. in classical percussion and drum set from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

PHIL MOORE (Reeds) 
 

Since leaving his physics career in 1998, Phil has had the great for- tune of sharing the stage as musician and performer with truly world renowned artists: George Takei for the LA premier of Allegiance, Joan Rivers, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, Celia Cruz, John Rubinstein, Janis Siegel , Clint Black, Art Garfunkel, Garry Marshall, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Terry Jones, John DuPrez, and Bruce Vilanch. He performs live regularly in the Los Angeles area for theater productions, with the Tim Gill All-Stars and records for a variety of video game, TV and film productions.

PRODUCTION TEAM

MICHAEL MATTHEWS (Director)

Selected Credits: Good People (CV REP), Cabaret (Ovation Nom, Director), End of the Rainbow (Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada), 12 Angry Men, The Graduate (w/ Melanie Griffith), Bootycandy (LA Premiere), Failure, a Love Story (Ovation Award, Director; LA Premiere), Sons of the Prophet (LA Premiere), Psyche (World Premiere), Peter Pan; the Boy Who Hated Mothers (LA Weekly Nom, Director), Rabbit Hole (La Mirada), Funny Girl (Ovation Nom, Director), Very Still and Hard To See (LA Weekly Nom, Director; World Premiere), The Color Purple, The Musical (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards, Director), What’s Wrong With Angry? (Ovation Nom, Director), Take Me Out! (Ovation Nom, Direc- tor; NAACP Award, Director) The Women of Brewster Place, the Musical (Ovation Nom, Director; NAACP Award, Director), The Bacchae (Ovation Nom, Director), Beautiful Thing (Ovation Nom, Director). Michael is the recipient of the 2015 LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Career Achievement in Direction. Proud member of SDC.

ESTEY DEMERCHANT (Stage Manager)

Born to Win (PSM, Celebration Theatre), Cabaret (PSM, Celebration Theatre), Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat - National Tour (PSM, Valley Performing Arts Center), Bright Colors, Bold Patterns (SM, 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)

JANET ROSTON (Choreographer)

Choreography credits: Cabaret at Celebration Theater, LADCC Award; The Boy From Oz at Celebration Theater, Ovation and LADCC Awards; The Color Purple at Celebration Theater, Ovation, NAACP, and LA Weekly Awards; Mutt House at Kirk Douglas Theatre; Once On This Island at International City Theater, NAACP Award; The Who’s Tommy at East West Players; Failure a Love Story at Kirk Douglas Theatre. As Director/Choreographer: Tonya and Nancy, The Rock Opera at ART Boston; Anaïs, A Dance Opera at Avignon Festival and Casablanca International Theatre Festival, Morocco; Striking 12 at Laguna Playhouse; Moves After Dark at Disney Hall. Two American Choreography Awards.

STEPHEN GIFFORD (Set Designer)

Designs for Celebration Theatre include Born To Win, Cabaret, Dream Boy, The Color Purple. Stephen has designed over 175 productions in his 14 years living in Los Angeles. His designs have been featured at The Chicago Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Bass Hall, Sacramento Music Circus, The Walnut Street Theatre, Juneau Lyric Opera, The Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Performing Arts Center/McCoy Rigby, 3D Theatricals. He has garnered many awards and was awarded The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design by the LADCC. More about Stephen at www.stephengifforddesign.com

MATTHEW BRIAN DENMAN (Lighting Designer)

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

CRICKET 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 22 Ovation Nominations, as well as winning The Ruth Morley 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

EB BROOKS (Costume Designer)

Celebration Theatre: Take Me Out directed by Michael Matthews. Geffen Playhouse: The Legend of Georgia McBride (2018 Ovation Award Large Theater, Drama Critic Circle Award, and NAACP Nomination). LA LGBT Center: Hit The Wall (2016 Best Costume Design Nominee). Also directed by Michael Matthews: Laguna Playhouse: Billy and Ray, National Tour: Hansel and Gretel. Regional Theater: Off The Rails, Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), La Jolla Playhouse, Perseverance Theatre, Alaska. She received her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts and has taught at USC, CalTech, and Willamette University. She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and Costume De- signers Guild 892.

MICHAEL O'HARA (Prop Designer / Executive Producer) / Managing Director

Celebration Theatre: Take Me Out directed by Michael Matthews. Geffen Playhouse: The Legend of Georgia McBride (2018 Ovation Award Large Theater, Drama Critic Circle Award, and NAACP Nomination). LA LGBT Center: Hit The Wall (2016 Best Costume Design Nominee). Also directed by Michael Matthews: Laguna Playhouse: Billy and Ray, National Tour: Hansel and Gretel. Regional Theater: Off The Rails, Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), La Jolla Playhouse, Perseverance Theatre, Alaska. She received her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts and has taught at USC, CalTech, and Willamette University. She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and Costume De- signers Guild 892.

SHEILA DORN (Wig/hair/Make-up)
TUFFET SCHMELZLE (Dialect Coach)

Dialect Credits include: Anna in the Tropics (Open Fist Theatre), Good People (Coachella Valley Rep), The Seafarer (Laguna Playhouse), Cabaret, Dream Boy, Priscilla Queen of the Desert & What’s Wrong with Angry (Celebration Theatre), Rotterdam (CTG Block Party/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). Dialects and Advanced Acting Teacher at Los Angeles County High School for the Performing Arts. Tuffet is available for private coachings and group productions. www.DialectGeek.com 

ANDREW CARLBERG (Producer)

Named by Variety as one of “Hollywood’s New Lead- ers,” Carlberg is an Academy Award-winning film, television, new media, Broadway and Los Angeles stage producer. Andrew’s extensive credits include, but aren’t limited to, ABC’s Castle, DirecTV’s Full Circle, Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet and Side Show, the Neil LaBute penned feature films Some Girl(s) and Dirty Weekend, actress Jennifer Morrison’s feature directorial debut Sun Dogs (Netflix 2018), the 2018 Official Sundance Selection The Blazing World, Celebration Theatre’s Ovation Award-winning productions of The Color Purple: The Musical, The Boy From Oz, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the cult hit improv-based show The Blind Date Project, and last year’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning LA premiere of Rotterdam at the Skylight Theatre (which was subsequently remounted at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre). This past fall Andrew completed production on the feature film The Pleasure of Your Presence (starring Alicia Silverstone, Mathilde Ollivier and Tom Everett Scott), and produced the Los Angeles return production of Tony winner Sarah Jones’s smash hit Sell/Buy/Date (The Renberg Theatre at the LA LGBT Center). Carlberg also produced Skin, which won the 2019 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. Andrew is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an alum of Film Independent’s Fast Track Producing Fellowship and New York’s Independent Filmmaker Project, and an event producer for the I Have a Dream Foundation - Los Angeles and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

REBECCA EISENBERG (Producer)

Rebecca Eisenberg is a Los Angeles based producer and AEA stage manager. With a passion for developing new works, she has been a part of many award winning world premiere, west coast premiere, and Los Angeles premiere pro- ductions. Some of her credits include: Bootycandy (5 LADCC Nominations), Failure: A Love Story (Ovation Award, Best Direction of a Play, Ovation nominated for Acting Ensemble and Best Production), Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera, Justin Love (LADCC Award, Best Production), The Real Housekeepers of Studio City (Best of Hollywood Fringe), Bronies: The Musical (Best Musical and the Golden Elephant Producer/Director Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival), Fireman (5 LADCC Awards including Best Production, Ovation Award, Featured Actress in a Play), and Backyard (Ovation Award, Featured Actor in a Play, Fight Choreog- raphy). Rebecca also specializes in special events and benefits. Her credits include the 14th and 15th Annual Les Girls concert to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition, The 24th Annual Ovation Awards, and If All The Sky Were Paper, an event to benefit US Veterans at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Rebecca has a parallel career in television development, previously at Universal Television and currently with David Janollari Entertainment.

BRITTNEY WHEELER (Assistant Director)

Ovation Award Winner and nominee. Directing Credits:Sonata,1968 (Celebration Theatre, Dir), Attack of the Second Bananas (Zephyr Theatre, AD),Edward: Black Psycho (Fringe Festival, Dir),The Producers (Celebration Theatre, Co-AD). Favorite Acting 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). Casting Associate/Company Member of Celebration Theatre. LA born and bred. Proud member of AEA. BA in Theatre Arts from Concordia University, Irvine. Working on MA in Theatre Arts from CSUN.

JULANNE CHIDI HILL (Assistant Director)

Julanne is thrilled to be working with Michael Matthews, Celebration Theatre, and this lovely and talented cast. Julanne is a graduate of Purchase College Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. She has also studied directing with Katie Mitchell and Debra Warner. Julanne most recently directed the one person show Me, Myself and Us at Love 632. She is an actor and a proud teaching artist.

DIANE PARK (Assistant Stage Manager)

Diane Park is an LA-based Stage Manager currently studying at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She has worked with Celebration Theatre as Assistant Stage Manager for their production of Cabaret the Musical. Diane is currently a content production intern at Live Nation Entertainment. She has stage managed Man Down at 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as other CalArts theater school productions, including Black Like Me, directed by Monty Cole, and multiple dance concerts. She has worked as a Theater Assistant for Turner Classic Film Festival, the AIF Fest, AFI Fest, and 2019 FGO Event. Special thanks to my family, my mentors, fellow CalArts stage managers, and the Celebration family!

LAUREN WESTBURY (Assistant Stage Manager
MICHAEL QUIETT (Choreographer Assistant)

This is Michael’s third show with Celebration Theater! He was also the assistant choreographer for Boy From Oz and Cabaret. He is a graduate of UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television and is currently dancing for Mixed Emotion Theatrix. His most recent shows with Mixed Emotion Theatrix include: Gatsby Redux (Disney Hall), So Now You Know (Highways, City Center New York) and Anaïs, A Dance Opera which ran in Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbra, the south of France, Paris and Morocco.

STEVE ZEE (Tap Choreographer)

Steve is a globe-trotting master tap dancer, tap teacher, musician and entertainer who has taught and performed across the United States, Europe, South America and China, edited three oral histories archived at prestigious scholarly institutions and been a member of the Jazz Tap Ensemble and Rhapsody In Taps. Check out his Ted talk “Tap Dancing Is The Story Of America.” Steve is the man behind Tap Academy Online, the world’s first subscription-based online tap training program, and currently teaches lessons in two languages to subscribers on four continents. Please visit www.tapacademyonline.com. More on Steve at www.stevezee.com.

SONIA ALVAREZ (Costume Design Assistant)

Sonia Álvarez (She/Her/Hers) LA native and Bi-coastal Theatre Artist, Sonia discovered theatre while attending Sonoma State University, where she majored in Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts. Upon graduating, she shifted her emphasis to work in Costume Design in the North Bay Area and later assisted on Off Broadway productions in New York City (MCC’s School Girls; Or The African Mean Girls Play, Collective Rage, MTC’s Sugar In our Wounds.) Having recently returned from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she worked as Costume Design Assistant on Manahatta 2018 and Cambodian Rock Band 2019, Sonia is excited to be back in LA and working with the talented team at Celebration Theatre.

JESSE MANDAPAT (Assistant Sound Designer)

Off-Broadway: Fool For Love (Theatre for the New City); Fish Men (INTAR Theatre); Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic Theatre Company); Locusts Have No King (INTAR Theatre). Select: The Castle Rock Live Experience (Hulu @ San Diego Comic-Con); What Goes Around (Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre); A Machine For Living (Automata); Southernmost (Playwrights’ Arena); An Accident (Griot Theatre); Exit Strategy (LA LGBT Center); 1984 (Greenway Court Theatre); Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists At Play). Education: MFA Sound Design, California Institute of the Arts. BA Music, University of California San Diego.

ORLANDO DE LA PAZ (Scenic Artist)

Orlando began his career in the Arts as a Character and Layout Artist for Disney Consumer Products and Disney Publishing after graduating from Otis College of Arts and Design. During this period, he volunteered his time designing and painting sets for Children’s Theater. His first professional Theater production was Hollywood, Hollywood for Write Act Repertoire Theater in Hollywood. After working on several other productions, he was hired to head up the Paint Department at the Colony Theater in Burbank. From there, Orlando’s career in Theater truly blossomed. Theaters such as the Falcon (Garry Marshall), Theater at Boston Court, Sierra Madre Playhouse, CTG, McCoy Rigby Productions, The Actor’s Co-Op Theater Group, 3D Theatricals, A Noise Within, The Odyssey Theater, Echo Theater Company, and Celebration took notice and Orlando became the resident artist for most of these Theaters. Orlando has been the Scenic Charge at The Kirk Douglas Theater for The Block Party since 2015. Orlando has also worked on several TV productions such Let’s Make A Deal and The Price is Right, as well as Production Designer for Films such as The Golden Boy by Stone Soup Productions, and Buttons by Tim Janis Productions starring Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. Orlando is also in the process of writing several plays. In addition, he has been producing as well and produced The Little House On the Prairie Christmas Celebration at the Colony Theater as well as working on shows for Hollywood Fringe.

ANNIE SZELISKI (Wardrobe Maintenance)
MARK GIBERSON (Associate Producer)
DAVID TRAN (Associate Producer)
TOM DETRINIS (Associate Producer)
JAMI RUDOFSKY (Casting Director)

Jami Rudofsky is a proud member and Resident Casting Director of Celebration Theatre. Casting for Small Theatre is challenging in a town focused on Television and Film but it is also the most gratifying and nourishing work Jami does. She is honored to help create beautiful work to be shared with our community. Thank you to every single actor in this town who come out to audition and perform on our stage. Thank you to my Celebration Family for continuing to give me the honor of casting great shows. Jami’s Casting Credits and work as an acting teacher can be found by googling her on IMDB and www.thevillageactingstudio.com And to my little man Theo, thank you for inspiring me every day!

DAVID ELZER / DEMAND PR (Publicist)

David Elzer/DEMAND PR represents Celebration Theatre, After Hours Theatre Company, Circle X Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Road Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, VS. Theatre Company and 5-Star Theatricals. He has spent over 15 years working with the very talented Celebration team and thanks you for supporting Celebration and L.A. theatre! www.demandpr.com