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JESSICA CARAVELLA
Music : Department Chair
YA Alumni 1992

BA in Vocal Performance, California State University, Fullerton, CA, 2006.
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CYNTHIA McGARITY
Music : Subject Specialist
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
Music : Core Faculty
BA Vocal Performance, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2011
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BROOKE HARPER
Music : Subject Specialist
An accomplished singer and experienced stage actress, Brooke Aston Harper earned her B.F.A. in musical theater from California State University, Fullerton where she studied anatomy of the voice, phonetics and IPA, and with voice teachers who specialize in classical and musical theater. She has been a counselor at Power Chord Academy, an acting teacher for a talent agency, and coaches voice technique for all ages. She began her teaching career touring with The Young Americans, which she joined in 1993.
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AARON KOLBERG
Music : Core Faculty
B.A. Commercial Music Arranging, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2002
M.M. Conducting, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2014
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CHRISTOPHER DIAZ
Music : Core Faculty
BBA – Marketing, The University of Texas at Arlington – 2003
AAS – Commercial Music & Recording Technology, Cedar Valley College – 2005
BM – Music Business (Primary Instrument: Voice), The University of Texas at Arlington – 2006
MM – Music & Human Learning, The University of Texas at Austin – 2012
PhD – Digital Composition, The University of California at Riverside – In progress
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GARY DELK
Music : Core Faculty
BA in Music Education, Otterbein College, Ohio, 1963
MA in Music Education, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, 1966
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JORDAN MANTEY
Music : Core Faculty
BA in Music Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2008
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TRAVIS GOODE
Music : Core Faculty
BGS, Emphases in Music & Theatre, Midland University, 2012
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ROBYN BRAWLEY
Dance : Choreographer
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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KATE LISTENBERGER
Dance : Department Chair
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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ASHLEY RENTFRO
Dance : Subject Specialist
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 : Subject Specialist
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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HEIDI JARRETT
Dance : Subject Specialist
Heidi Anderson Jarrett is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer & master teacher. Her choreography has been featured at such venues as Universal Studios,The House of Blues, Legends in Concert and The MGM Grand-Las Vegas, The Shrine Auditorium, Paramount Great America Theme Parks, The Greek Theatre, Premier Cruise Lines and at the 19th Annual Music Industry Grammy Awards Party in Hollywood. Heidi also choreographed Hollywood’s first “live billboard” for the film Moulin Rouge in L.A. She has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico & Japan performing & choreographing for productions. Heidi works closely with many in the music and film industry, having worked with such greats as Seal, Christina Aguilera, The Cast of “So Random”, CoCo Jones, Poppy Montgomery, Leslie Ann Warren, Carman & Bridget Fonda. Her choreography has been featured on episodes of the hit TV shows’ such as Disney Channel’s So Random, Crash & Bernstein, Cory in the House, The Power Rangers, and the new Nickelodeon series Marvin, Marvin. She is recognized as a Master Teacher by such organizations as Dance Masters of America, Dance Olympus, Dance Excellence, Al Gilbert Conventions, and Musicworks. Heidi has also been published in the magazines Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher.
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KAT LEIST
Dance : General Faculty
BA in Dance, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, 2007
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E. JINGLE ENERIO DE NIET
Dance : General Faculty
Dance Theatre Philippines – Company Member (1980-­1983)
Berkeley Ballet Theater – Company Member (1984)
Ontario Ballet Theatre, Canada – Company Member, Soloist (1984-­1989)
Ballet Pacifica – Company Member, Principal Dancer (1989–2002)
Ballet Instructor since 1992
B.S. in Human Services, California State University, Fullerton (2008) – Summa Cum Laude
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BILL BRAWLEY
Theatre : Artistic Director
BA in Theatre, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 1978
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 ManOklahoma!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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KIM WIMMER
Theatre : Department Chair
BA in Musical Theatre, Psychology, Birmingham Southern College, cum laude, 1993
Professional Actor 1993- 2009
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ALAN HARPER
Theatre : Subject Specialist
YA Alumni 1994

Founder : Storm Seeker Theatre Company
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DON STROM
Theatre : Subject Specialist
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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MARIO GAXIOLA
Theatre : Subject Specialist
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 : Core Faculty
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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JOSHUA FINKEL
Theatre : General Faculty
MFA, Theatre, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1987
BA, Theatre, University of California, Irvine, 1984
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MIKE KRAUSS
Breadth of Knowledge : Core Faculty
YA Alumni 1998

BA International Business, California State University, Long Beach, 2004
MS Higher Education, Walden University, 2013
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DR. GORDON GOODMAN
Breadth of Knowledge : General Faculty
BA in Business Administration, minor in choral music under Paul Salamunovich, Loyola Marymount University
MS in Psychology, CCC
MA in Psychology, Fielding Graduate University
Ph.D. in Psychology, Fielding Graduate University; certified hypnotherapist, UCLA Medical School
2 years private vocal study, Giorgio Totsi
5 years private vocal study, Seth Riggs; baritone soloist with London City, Prague, Pasadena, Phoenix, Utah symphonies; extensive professional acting, music, fine art, and media production backgrounds working with Henry Mancini, Jim Carrey, Bob Hope, Johnny Depp, Steve Martin, John Williams, Jack Nicholson and others.
Published research in the area of performance anxiety; currently researching the effects of meta-cognitions on personality.
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JENNIFER SUNDELL
Breadth of Knowledge : General Faculty
BA in Musical Theatre, University of Redlands, 2000
MA in Teaching and Special Education, 2014
Credentials: Educational Specialist Levels I & II, and Multiple Subject Credential for Elementary Education
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