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Musical Theatre Competitions of America was established in 2005 by Terry and Karen Blackley to provide a competitive event for musical theatre students and directors.

Today, Musical Theatre Competitions of America is helmed by Directors Lisa Fry and Pia Patrick. Lisa and Pia have a combined 7 years of experience with MTCA as well as a strong background in the performing arts education field. Lisa and Pia are committed to continuing the legacy and traditions you have come to love and expect from MTCA, ensuring that the spirit of MTCA will remain alive.

Partnering with MTCA’s long time creative team, Lisa and Pia share unequaled enthusiasm for teaching and helping students experience the art of musical theatre.



John Tebay began his career in 1976 as Minister of Music and Worship at Calvary Church of Placentia, California, USA, where he directed the music program for 17 years. In 1981, he became the choral director at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. He has been director of choral studies at Fullerton College in Southern California, since 1985. During that time, he has conducted the 110-voice Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, the Collegiate Chorale, the Men’s Chorale, the Women’s Chorale, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the song and dance troupe, Bravo. Mr. Tebay has guest conducted local and state honor choirs throughout the Western United States. He is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and competition judge for choral, musical theatre and show choir events. John has collaborated with the Theatre Department at Fullerton College to music direct numerous Musical Theatre productions.

John is a member of the founding staff of Musical Theatre Competitions of America, and has been an adjudicator/clinician at each competition since its inception. 



John Vaughan is a busy director/choreographer with over 400 productions to his credit. He has worked constantly first as an actor, then a director, choreographer, producer and theatre educator. His long association with Performance Riverside, the Moonlight Amphitheater, Musical Theatre West and other professional Southern California theatres includes hit productions of Big River, Cabaret, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Curtains, The Will Rogers Follies, Evita, Footloose, Anything Goes, Singin’ in the Rain, A Chorus Line, Into the Woods, Aida,Ragtime, The Music Man, And the World Goes Round, among many others. Philanthropically, he has raised (net) over eight million dollars for Children Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) since 1997 as the director of their acclaimed volunteer based fundraiser- the “CHOC Follies”.

John’s work has received numerous awards from Backstage West, the Inland Empire Theatre League, San Diego Playbill and many others. He has been the co-choreographer for the acclaimed Citrus Singers for the past 26 years.



• Theatre Arts Department 1979-2015• Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, 2002
• Director, Theatre Arts Department, Fullerton College
• Co-creator, Fullerton High School Theater Festival, 1981
• Co-creator, Artistic Director, Standing Room Only Summer Music Conservatory, 1980
• Creator, New York/Broadway study week, Fullerton College, 1980

Perhaps no other single individual has had as much visible impact upon Fullerton College’s Theatre Department as Gary Krinke. Krinke has directed more than 100 student productions since first coming to Fullerton College in 1979.Krinke’s specialty has always been directing, and he has directed more than 200 productions. One of his most large-scale productions was Fullerton College’s “85th Anniversary Celebration and Presidential Inauguration” in 1997, which featured a cast of 500 singers, dancers, and musicians.

Krinke has also directed productions outside of Fullerton College, including Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Performance Riverside, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and as guest director for Theatre Parisian in Paris, France. His production of Metamorphoses at Stages Theatre was named one of the top 10 productions of 2008 by the Orange County Register newspaper, and he has been nominated for the California State Chancellors Award in the category of “Thinking Outside the Box.”

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