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MILTON C. ANDERSON // Founder
Voice and Music : Choral Music
BS in Music Education, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1950. MA in Music Composition, University of California, Los Angeles, 1958.
Prior to founding The Young Americans, Milton C. Anderson was Musical Director for CBS Television in Hollywood where he worked on such shows as Playhouse 90, Rawhide, and The Twilight Zone. In the early years with The Young Americans, Mr. Anderson designed musical numbers for more than 27 major musical network television shows on CBS, NBC, and ABC, and he produced three music specials. During that time he worked with some of the most legendary entertainers of the century including Gene Kelly, Perry Como, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Johnny Mathis, Kate Smith, Julie Andrews and Tennessee Ernie Ford.
In addition to the extensive catalog of music Mr. Anderson has composed during his career, he is an accomplished author and has published a book called Choices outlining the teaching methods of The Young Americans and their overall view of the teaching profession and educational techniques. Mr. Anderson has also published a book of his photographic works, One More Summer, featuring breathtaking pictures of northern Michigan.
Mr. Anderson is in his happiest element when he is directing chorally or composing music, and is able to work with the new group of 100+ Young Americans, that join the current group each year.
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ARIEL MAY
Voice and Music : Piano, Voice
BA Music Education, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2011
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CYNTHIA McGARITY
Voice and Music : Vocal Techniques
YA Alumni 1988

Specialized Vocal Coach
Fullerton College: 1986 – 1988, completed coursework in vocal study with emphasis on classical music.
Joan Jellum Studio: 1986 – 1988, completed private coursework in vocal study with emphasis on musical theater training.
The Maurice Allard Academy: 1990 – 1995.
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YANNICK LAMBRECHT
Voice and Music : Piano, Voice
BA Vocal Performance, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2011
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NADA NASSERDEEN
Voice and Music : Voice, Music History, Music Education
YA Alumni 2004

BA in Vocal Performance, California State University, Long Beach, 2004
MA in Ethnomusicology, San Diego State University (thesis in progress).
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MICHAEL CARTWRIGHT
Voice and Music : Music Theory
YA Alumni 1999

BA Humanities with Emphasis in Music, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2007.
AA in Liberal Arts, Cypress College, Cypress, CA, 2004.
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JESSICA CARAVELLA
Voice and Music : Vocal Techniques
YA Alumni 1992

BA in Vocal Performance, California State University, Fullerton, CA, 2006.
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DALISA KRAUSS
Voice and Music : Vocal Techniques, Teaching Methods
YA Alumni 2000

BA in Music Education, California State University, Fullerton, magna cum laude, 2004
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DAVID ANTHONY
Voice and Music : Vocal Techniques
California State University Fullerton and Chapman University: Studied composition, choral, conducting and music education
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ROBYN BRAWLEY // Choreographer
Dance : Classical Ballet
Robyn Brawley is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, director and master teacher. She has danced with some of the greats in classical ballet – Nureyv, Antoinette Sibley, Jurgen Schneider (Ballet Master in the movie, Turning Point) and has been directed by Sir Robert Helpmann (star of the movie, Red Shoes) and Vera Volkava (world famous Russian director). Robyn has performed with the Australian Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, International Dance Company – Japan, and the Russian Balalaika Ensemble.
Her choreography has been featured in the Royal Nottingham Theatre, England, The Operetta Theatre of Keiv, “La Plaza de Toros”- a 400 year-old Bull Ring in Marbella, Spain, Minato Mirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (one of the largest and most successful regional theatres in the USA), to name a few.
Mrs. Brawley has also directed and choreographed works and shows with Carol Burnett, Mark Walberg (TV personality), Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award winner), Laura Bell Bundy (star and Tony nominee for Legally Blonde), Susan Egan (Beauty & the Beast, Cabaret), Hugh Panaro (Les Miserables), Miss Shirley Jones (movie & theater icon), Marc Cherry (creator of Desperate Housewives), Carlos Thomas and Khalid Freeman (leads in Stomp and choreographer, Stomp the Yard), Natalie Imbruglia (recording artist & actress), and Delta Goodrem (top Australian vocalist & recording artist).
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ASHLEY RENTFRO
Dance : Tap Dance
YA Alumni 2003

Take Five Dance Academy – Goodyear, AZ (1991 – 2004)
Dance Masters of Arizona, Dance Masters of America, Manhattan Dance Project, International Dance Challenge, New York City Dance Alliance
Instructor at International Dance Academy, Tokyo, Japan
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JEREMY KNUTSEN
Dance : Jazz Dance / Modern Movement
YA Alumni 1988

Master Teacher – Kathy Blake Dance Studio, Dance Theatre, Fairbanks, AK
Dance Excellence, Master Class, Los Angeles, CA
Owner of Studio, Davenport, IA
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KATE LISTENBERGER
Dance : Tap Dance / Modern Movement
YA Alumni 1997

University of Delaware: General Education Classes
The Anna Marie Dance Studio: Professional Training Program
Dance Excellence, Associate Producer, Los Angeles, CA.
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KAT WOLANSKE
Dance : Classical Ballet / Jazz Dance
BA in Dance, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, 2007
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BILL BRAWLEY // Artistic Director
Theatre : Performance Techniques
Bill has established an international following as Artistic Director of The Young Americans. He has toured extensively throughout Europe & Japan and the U.S. under the auspices of Columbia Artists, with The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Tribute to Richard Rodgers and Young Americans in Concert.
Bill has also worked on a multitude of television specials with major networks as Director/Choreographer. He has produced entertainment at Super Bowl XXX with Diana Ross, World Soccer with Whitney Houston, and was Director of Entertainment at Coca Cola City at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Bill also acts as director of the Tarbell Awards Show and during the past four years has worked with Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award winner), Susan Egan (Star of Beauty & the Beast and Cabaret), Hugh Panaro (Star of Les Miserables), Laura Bell Bundy (Lead role in Legally Blonde and Tony Award nominee), Miss Shirley Jones (Oscar winner and Theatre Icon), and the Emmy Award winning Musical Director, Mark Watters.
Mr. Brawley is Artistic Director of Summer at the Center, an educational performing arts program which takes place at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in conjunction with the center’s Educational Department, ACCESS and Bill’s artistic team of musical directors and choreographers. One of the highlights of Bill’s year is directing and writing an annual original show for the Summer Dinner Theatre at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The theater is proud to be the 2nd longest running dinner theater in the U.S.
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ALAN HARPER
Theatre : Improvisation Techniques
YA Alumni 1994

Founder : Storm Seeker Theatre Company
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DON STROM
Theatre : Stagecraft
Set Designer “Street Car Named Desire” and “Wit”; Community Theatre Productions.

Technical Director for “Sound of Music”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “West Side Story”, and “Godspell”, Community Theatre Productions.

Production Coordinator, NBC’s “Miss Universe (Mexico)”, CBS’s “Do You Trust Me”, NBC’s “Clash of the Choirs”, FOX’s “Kitchen Nightmares”, CBS’s “I Get That A Lot”

Associate Producer, ABC’s “Wipeout”
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KIM WIMMER
Theatre : Acting
BA in Musical Theatre, Psychology, Birmingham Southern College, cum laude, 1993
Professional Actor 1993- 2009
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MARIO GAXIOLA
Theatre : Improvisation Techniques
Artistic Director/Founder of The Theatre District, Former Artistic Director of Outside Productions & West Coast Performing Arts Center, Southern California
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ROGER CASTELLANO
Theatre : Audition & Interview Techniques
Roger works extensively as a director/choreographer of theatrical and special events, creating original shows, parades and special events for Sesame Street Live, Sanrio Inc. and the Walt Disney Company. Recent theatrical credits include the World Premier of South Street at the Pasadena Playhouse, World Premier of The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Laguna Playhouse, Legally Blonde and Xanadu for Music Theatre of Wichita and an all Japanese production of Hello, Dolly! in Japan. Theatrical awards include: LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award Nominee for Best Choreographer (Jekyll & Hyde – Cabrillo Music Theatre, The Andrews Brothers – Musical Theatre West); LA Times Critic’s Pick (Me & My Girl – Musical Theatre West); Drama Logue’s Critic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre – Best Choreography (A Little Night Music – The Center Theatre Group, La Cage Aux Folles and Oliver! – The Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities); Inland Theatre League Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre – Best Director (Suessical – Performance Riverside); AriZoni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre – Best Choreography (A Chorus Line – The Phoenix Theatre). Roger has studied with the prestigious Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Musical Theatre Workshop, holds a B.A. in Theatre from CSUF, and has been a guest lecturer for University of California at Irvine, Pomona College and Fullerton College.
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DAVID LISTENBERGER
Education : English, Education
YA Alumni 1995

BA in English Literature, Chapman University, Honors (1995-1998)
MS in Education: Learning and Curriculum, University of Southern California, (2001 – 2004)
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ALANA CASTANON
Education : Understanding the Human Body
YA Alumni 2002

AA in General Studies, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, 2008
BS in Biology, Education Focus, California State University Long Beach, 2011
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MIKE KRAUSS
Education : Living Mathematics
YA Alumni 1998

BA International Business, California State University, Long Beach, 2004
MS Higher Education, Walden University, in progress
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BRUCE SAMPSON
Education : English : Writing Fundamentals
- BA in Print Journalism, Southern University at New Orleans, Louisiana
Bruce has been involved in entertainment most of his life. At age 15, he was accepted to The American Musical Theater program and The Young Americans. At 17, he signed a recording contract with Rosemont Records in New Orleans and embarked on a summer concert tour, opening for such acts as Maynard Ferguson and Kool and The Gang. He went on to perform and direct with The Young Americans in Boyne Highlands, Southern CA and Atlanta, GA for several years before starting his own entertainment company which produced shows at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and dinner theaters and concert halls all over the West Coast. Sampson has been a radio announcer and talk-show host, and editorial coordinator for Yahoo! Sampson has developed arts education curriculum for non-profits, served as choreographer for Southern California show choirs and is the producer of Inland Icon and O.C. Icon, two of the biggest annual solo vocal competition events for Southern CA youth. Bruce has two daughters (Kayla and Kristina) currently in the Young Americans and one more (Kiara) who plans to join in 2011. Bruce is honored and blessed to have this opportunity to help impact young lives as an associate director with The Young Americans.
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ADRIANA ATTENTO
Education : Introduction to Psychology
BS in Business Administration emphasis in Management, Weber State University, Ogden, UT, 1999
MA in Counseling Psychology emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, 2008
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