Katie Perry is a professional actress, singer, dancer, and teacher. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma, and is an Orange County School of the Arts musical theatre alum. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and has performed all over the country. A few of her recent credits include: Inga in Young Frankenstein, Katherine u/s in Newsies, Nurse Cora McRae in South Pacific, Beth in Little Women, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also appeared at 54 Below in New York City in Bartram and Hill’s new musical, The Theory of Relativity and with Susan Egan in her concert, The Belle of Broadway. Katie coaches privately and teaches in the Musical Theatre Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts. She also choreographs and music directs for many local productions. She is thrilled to be involved with MTCA to see the next generation of great musical theatre talent!
Thomas Schultheis has served as a teaching artist for numerous academies, competitions, festivals, intensives, invitationals, and showcases. He has developed the workshops Musical Theatre Exploration Clinic, Inspiration Workshop, and Let Me Try That Again. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University and is pursuing his Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from National University. Under his award-winning leadership as Sales Manager for Disney Performing Arts at the Disneyland® Resort, he created Inspiring Brilliance, an event which brings leading educators together from around the world. He has developed individual workshop opportunities called Open Enrollment and is part of the team that developed the first Disney Performing Arts Conservatory. Additionally, Thomas performed on Broadway in the revival of Grease! and in the tours of Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chicago, and South Pacific.
A fourth-generation Californian raised in the City of Orange, Kathi Gillmore is happy to be back in southern California after spending nearly 11 years in New York City, where she made her Broadway debut in Harold Prince’s Tony Award-winning revival of ShowBoat. National Tours include Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit u/s), A Chorus Line (Maggie, Cassie u/s), and Meet Me In St. Louis, as an understudy for Debby Boone in the role of Esther. Regional roles include Sally and Lady Jacqueline in Me and My Girl (L.A. DramaLogue Award for Sally), Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain, Fran in Promises, Promises, Adelaide and Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Ginger in I Love a Piano, Carrie in Carousel, Cassie in A Chorus Line, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Edythe in My One and Only, Lucille in No, No, Nanette, Nancy in Oliver! , Emily in State Fair, Mona in Dames at Sea, Suzanne and Jacqueline in Don’t Dress for Dinner, Barbara in Run for Your Wife, and Hippolyta/First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Kathi originated the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast at Disneyland, and had the pleasure of performing in many other Disney shows over the years including Show Biz Is, Fantasy Follies, The Golden Horseshoe Jamboree, Dickens Carolers, and as all of the female roles including Breathless Mahoney in Dick Tracy in Diamond Double-Cross. Kathi won her second DramaLogue Award as Julie Donivan in Western Star (a musical by Dale Wasserman, author of Man of La Mancha and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).
From 2013 – 2017 Kathi was the owner and artistic director of Heavenly Voices Productions, featuring The Christmas Belles Carolers, The Swing Time Carolers, and the NightinGals, all female vocal trios.
For the last 10+ years, Kathi has been happily employed as the Music Coordinator at the Disneyland Resort, working alongside the Music Producers to create the wonderful music you hear at the Happiest Place on Earth!
Born and raised in Laguna Beach, California; Sabrina received her early training in dance, singing and acting in Laguna Beach, Los Angeles and New York, where she was also seen as a child actress in numerous National Commercials and TV Shows. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, she received a full scholarship to the John Cranko Academy, School of the Stuttgart Ballet, which brought her to Stuttgart, Germany; where she completed her dance education with a Diploma in Classical Dance.
After 15 years performing on the European Stages in major Broadway Productions Sabrina has made her Broadway Debut in 2013 in the TONY award winning Musical PIPPIN at the Music Box Theater in New York City. Sabrina was the female swing / player covering 6 Ensemble parts and was also understudy for Fastrada, Catherine, and Berthe, and worked as assistant Dance Captain. She is very excited to be part of the 1st National Touring Company of Pippin as first cast Fastrada and understudy Leading Player and Berthe and looks forward to traveling around the USA. After 1,5 years with the show on Broadway she went on the road with the 1st National Touring Company of Pippin as first cast Fastrada and performed as understudy Leading Player and Berthe. Closing the 1st National tour in Amsterdam. Sabrina stayed in Europe and performed as Judy Bernly in the first German Production of 9 to 5.
After returning back to the USA, Sabrina has since choreographed a youth production of School of Rock in CA., performed as ULLA in The Producers at Theater by the Sea, RI. Cassie in A Chorus Line at The Gateway, NY., and is back touring the USA with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Swing and understudy Mrs. Bucket.
Robert Orosco has performed in the Broadway show and National tour of "Miss Saigon" and he has performed at Carnegie Hall under the music direction of Jason Robert Brown.
Currently, he works for the Disneyland Resort performing in “Frozen Live At The Hyperion “ as the Duke of Weselton, Sarge in "Operation Playtime" featuring the Green Army Men and Mateo in A Musical Celebration Of Coco.
Musical theater audiences might remember him on the big screen in the movie, "Camp" directed by Todd Graff.
Robert has studied Acting in Hawaii, San Francisco, and New York City.
Christine Negherbon-Abraham most recently appeared in The Little Mermaid, Oliver, Yankee Doodle Dandy & Mary Poppins (Associate Choreographer) at MTW! Christine has toured Nationally/Internationally with My Fair Lady (Eliza u/s), Best Little Whorehouse . . . (Starring Ann-Margret), 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Chicago & The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Favorite regional credits include Elizabeth (Young Frankenstein), Jennyanydots (Cats at The Muny/Sacramento Music), Mrs. Wilkinson (Billy Elliot). TV credits: Hart of Dixie, Haunting Evidence. Christine has directed and choreographed all over the United States. Select credits include 42nd Street (Norris Theatre), Hairspray & White Christmas (Mac-Haydn Theatre), Billy Elliot (Alaska Center for Performing Arts) and Crazy for You, West Side Story, Cabaret (DeSales University). Christine is a Master Teacher Artist with both the Segerstrom Center and Center Theatre Group. She is on faculty at Studio School and Palos Verdes Performing Arts. She is Co-Founder/Author of www.TheThrivingArtists.com with husband and actor, Joe Abraham. They have 2 children and live in LA.
Cynthia McGarity is a singer, music director, director and master teaching artist with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Highlights from her career include that of Master Teaching Artist at Disneyland for Disney Performing Arts; lead master teaching artist for Disney Musicals in Schools under the auspices of Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County and Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles; vocal coach for episodic television on the set of NBC Studios Parks & Rec; voiceover artist for PBS Television’s ART-Art Series (whose theme song on which she was featured won the Emmy Award); director and/or music director of such shows as Legally Blonde, Violet, Shrek and many of the Disney musicals compendium; and past Music Department Chair/Voice teacher at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts. Cynthia is sought after in Southern California for her masterful approach to teaching creative arts curriculum for the classroom for students of all ages as well as conducting professional development workshops for classroom teachers and fellow teaching artists. Through her brand, Cynthia Branches Out, she is often contracted for freelance writing work, private vocal and audition coaching and designing curriculum for arts-based educational programming. Through this work, she has been contracted as the lead curriculum writer and director of Musical Theatre Matters at the School of Music and Dance for Children with Disabilities, a music and dance program that encourages the inclusion of all children in the arts no matter the ability. She has also been published in four book anthologies and is currently writing her first television pilot screenplay. Cynthia is thrilled to be back at Musical Theatre Competitions of America, sharing her love of music, story, and technique with young artists from all over the country.
DAMON KIRSCHE is a veteran of stage, screen, concert, and cabaret. Over forty appearances with: City Center Encores, 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Casa Mañana, LA’s Reprise, Pasadena Playhouse, MTWest’s Reiner Reading Series, and Musical Theatre Guild (member since 2002). Recent Stage: HIGH SOCIETY (George) - MTG, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Graydon) - Performance Riverside, DEAR WORLD starring Tyne Daley (Prospector) - VPAC, OKLAHOMA! (Hakim) - Cabrillo, 42ND STREET (Marsh) and MAMMA MIA! (Bill) - MTWichita. Kirsche created the role “Logos” (Eric Whitacre’s PARADISE LOST: SHADOWS & WINGS) – Carnegie and Disney Halls, and “Pujol” (A PASSING WIND) – Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center (Barrymore Award nomination, Best Lead Actor in a Musical).
Kirsche has appeared in the New York and LA concert and cabaret circuits, with Fred Barton’s “American Showstoppers” series at NY’s Schimmel Center, in Bruce Kimmel’s “Kritzerland” series at The Federal, with Brad Ellis of TV’s “Glee” in “An Evening of Classic Broadway” and “Up With a Twist” at Rockwell Table & Stage, at Birdland, the Metropolitan Room, Eighty-Eights, Feinsteins at Vitello’s, The Gardenia, The Jazz Bakery, M Bar, Catalina Jazz Club and as featured cabaret artist aboard the Celebrity Equinox. Since 2002, Kirsche has been the lead male vocalist for Dean Mora’s vintage orchestras in CA, presenting dance band arrangements of the American Songbook from Ragtime through the late ‘60s Big Band. He can be heard several of Mora’s recordings as well as on the Decca Broadway recording of “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936,” the DRG recording of “Babes in Arms,” and the Carnegie Hall recording of The Gershwins' “Tip-Toes.”
FILM/TV: “Gods and Generals,” “LA Confidential,” “StarTrek: Voyager” (as the first character of Nuu’bari ethnicity), and the indie film “Pushing Dead” (starring James Roday and Danny Glover and awarded Best Feature at SF’s 40th Annual Frameline Festival). Kirsche is the lyricist and co-author of the original musical ALL THAT GLITTERS: A Hollywood Blacklist Fable. Training: Juilliard.
Every group, solo and monologue receives an immediate on-stage clinic from qualified theatre professionals, as well as written comments. The immediate feedback is tangible and critical in their growth as performers. Students learn how to take direction from someone other than a director they have an existing relationship with. It is a solid step to future growth. Many festivals allow boosters, and former students to judge, MTCA adjudicators are professionals working in the field of theatre education or currently directing, casting or working in theatre. This is a great and economical way to workshop future college audition material.
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