Faculty & Staff

Heather Stafford

Heather Stafford

Director, Integrated Arts Conservatory

Teaches: Improv

heather.stafford@ocsarts.net

Heather Stafford earned her bachelor’s degree in theatre from California State University, Sacramento, a master’s degree in theatre from University of California, Davis, and pursued postgraduate studies at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Mrs. Stafford began teaching at the Orange County School of the Arts in 1994 and created the Integrated Arts Conservatory in 2004. Today, the conservatory has 240 students in grades 7-12 and 30 talented faculty members.

Mrs. Stafford performed in her first of many professional musicals when she was only 16-years-old, performing summer stock at Rainbow Stage. She has received extensive training in dance and voice and studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Manitoba Theatre Centre. Mrs. Stafford began her teaching career by instructing theatrical make-up classes at Harvard University’s summer program while completing her graduate studies at Tufts. She has served as a faculty member at Hartnell College in Salinas and was part of the original team that started the professional summer program, Western Stage at Hartnell. Additionally, Mrs. Stafford has worked as a freelance makeup artist for several performing arts organizations throughout Southern California. She has served as makeup artist for Three Dogs and a Bone at the Geffen Playhouse, the McCoy Rigby’s Wizard of Oz at La Mirada, and served as the resident makeup artist for the Fullerton Civic Light Opera Company for more than 30 years.

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Angela Ryan

Angela Ryan

Assistant to the Director, Integrated Arts Conservatory

Teaches: 7th grade Beginning Acting, 9th grade Musical Theatre

angela.ryan@ocsarts.net

Angela Ryan graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in musical theatre.  She also earned a master’s degree from Pepperdine University in educational psychology with an emphasis on artistic adolescents. Ms. Ryan is the music director for Long Beach Playhouse’s Summer Youth Musical Theatre Conservatory; she has also served as a vocal adjudicator for organizations such as the South Coast Symphony. With extensive New York and California musical theatre credits, Ms. Ryan is also a private voice instructor and audition coach.

Julie Atkinson

Julie Atkinson

Instructor

Teaches: Creative Writing - 8th Grade Short Story, 10th Grade Genres, 12th Grade Advanced Portfolio

julie.atkinson@oscarts.net

Julie Atkinson received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in creative writing from San Francisco State University, where she was also a student athlete in the volleyball program. She went on to receive her teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. In addition to writing, she provided public relations and marketing support for Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children’s Hospital.

Anna Bae

Anna Bae

Instructor

Teaches: 8th Grade Drawing and Painting

anna.bae@ocsarts.net

Anna Bae received her bachelor’s degree in art from San Francisco State University, where she was able to study at the International Program in Florence, Italy. She continued her studies at Brooks College, earning a fashion design degree. Ms. Bae also holds an MFA in drawing and painting from California State University, Fullerton.

Ms. Bae freelanced as a fashion and costume design illustrator for television shows and operas, as well as an assistant stylist for music videos and commercials. As an exhibiting artist, she has shown in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Florence, Italy. Most recently her work was featured at the Torrance Art Museum, the ARC Gallery in Chicago, and the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles, where she was awarded an Artistic Selection Award.

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Drew Boudreau

Drew Boudreau

Instructor

Teaches: Acting

drew.boudreau@ocsarts.net

Drew Boudreau is an actor, comedian, producer, and stage manager from Orange County. He is the manager of and performer with Improv Shmimprov, Orange County’s premier improv comedy group. Mr. Boudreau has performed in musicals, plays, and variety shows at venues across the country, around the world, and at sea.

Kimberly Cantley

Kimberly Cantley

Instructor

Teaches: 9th Grade 3D Design, 10th Grade Photo Realism

kim.cantley@ocsarts.net

Kim Cantley holds a BFA in drawing and painting from California State University, Fullerton. Mrs. Cantley is a visual artist, working primarily in drawing and painting; her work has been on exhibit in several galleries in Orange County, Los Angeles, and New York. In addition to her own art practice and teaching in the Integrated Arts Conservatory, she is also a Trader Joe’s sign artist.

Katlin Evans

Katlin Evans

Instructor

Teaches: 7th Grade Beginning Drawing

katlin.evans@ocsarts.net

Katlin Evans she earned her BFA from the University of Montana, Missoula and received her MFA in painting and drawing from California State University, Fullerton. Her expertise as an artist is in drawing and soft sculpture. Her work has exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Missoula, Portland, El Paso, and New York City. In addition to teaching in the Integrated Arts Conservatory, Ms. Evans teaches intermediate drawing and figure drawing at Mt. San Jacinto College

Casey Garritano

Casey Garritano

Instructor

Teaches: Musical Theatre Lab, Stage Combat

casey.garritano@ocsarts.net

Casey Garritano graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in musical theater. His directing and choreographing credits include The Producers, Oklahoma, Tintypes, Barely a Bear, written by Paul Jury, and Alice in Concert. Mr. Garritano’s performance credits include Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Cosmo in Singin’ in The Rain, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York City, Sam in Crazy For You, Benny in Guys and Dolls, Gus in Babes in Arms, The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie Get Your Gun, On Your Toes, 42nd Street, Pajama Game, and as a Dancer for The Los Angeles Opera’s Idomeneo.

Annie Gregory

Annie Gregory

Instructor

Teaches: Video Production, Screenwriting

annie.gregory@ocsarts.net

Annie Gregory holds a BFA in film production from Chapman University and a master’s degree in film studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has directed award-winning documentaries and short films. Ms. Gregory’s work lead her throughout the United States and Mexico, taking her to incarceration facilities, courtrooms, and orphanages. In addition to her production work, she has been a guest speaker and a guest judge for renowned film festivals. Ms. Gregory’s essay “Majid Majidi and New Iranian Cinema” is published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Religion and Film.

Jennifer Hammond

Jennifer Hammond

Instructor

jennifer.hammond@ocsarts.net

Information coming soon.

Will Hare, Jr.

Will Hare, Jr.

Instructor

Teaches: Digital Photography

will.hare@ocsarts.net

Will Hare, Jr. earned a bachelor's degree in photography from Art Center College of Design. He brings eight years of experience teaching at the college level to the Integrated Arts Conservatory students. Professionally, Mr. Hare is a well respected architectural, landscape, and editorial photographer.

Mr. Hare’s photography has been featured at the Hibbleton Gallery in Fullerton and the Cypress Photography Department Gallery. His work has been published in Sunset Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, and Builder and Developer Magazine. His clients include Apple Inc., American Institute of Architects, Southern California Gas Company, Discovery Science Center, WAT&G Architects, and Fairfield Timeshares. His honors include local, regional, and national awards.

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Katy Jacoby

Katy Jacoby

Instructor

katy.jacoby@ocsarts.net

Katy Jacoby is an alumna (MT ’97); she majored in theatre arts and also pursued a minor in broadcast journalism at Temple University. For the past 10 years she has been the managing director of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company (Theatre 68) in Los Angeles, which holds chapters in both Los Angeles and New York City. 

Ms. Jacoby has directed, assistant directed, and co-produced over 25 plays in Los Angeles and New York City. As an actress, you can find her in multiple independent films running the film festival gamut. She recently wrote, produced, and starred in the short film, A Loan Officer and a Gentleman, which just had its East Coast Premiere at the Garden State Film Festival. She also can be found performing alongside Matthew Morrison in the film After the Reality, which just had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

She has performed in numerous professional stage productions around Los Angeles and New York City, performing in original and published work, musicals, and festivals, including the 6 month run of the first ever “13 by Shanley” Festival in LA. Katy frequents the television and soap opera world quite a bit, having recurring roles on General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives. She also works alongside fellow alumni and casting director, Rick Messina, assistant directing the 2016 and 2017 OCSA student showcase.Katy Jacoby is an alumna (MT ’97); she majored in theatre arts and also pursued a minor in broadcast journalism at Temple University.

For the past 10 years she has been the managing director of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company (Theatre 68) in Los Angeles, which holds chapters in both Los Angeles and New York City. Ms. Jacoby has directed, assistant directed, and co-produced over 25 plays in Los Angeles and New York City. As an actress, you can find her in multiple independent films running the film festival gamut.

She recently wrote, produced, and starred in the short film, A Loan Officer and a Gentleman, which just had its East Coast Premiere at the Garden State Film Festival. She also can be found performing alongside Matthew Morrison in the film After the Reality, which just had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. She has performed in numerous professional stage productions around Los Angeles and New York City, performing in original and published work, musicals, and festivals, including the 6 month run of the first ever “13 by Shanley” Festival in LA. Katy frequents the television and soap opera world quite a bit, having recurring roles on General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives. She also works alongside fellow alumni and casting director, Rick Messina, assistant directing the 2016 and 2017 OCSA student showcase.

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Cynthia Karim

Cynthia Karim

Instructor

Teaches: Production & Design Overview, Theatre Makeup

cynthia.karim@ocsarts.net

Cynthia Karim has worked as a professional makeup artist and licensed Aesthetician since 1975 and began her tenure at the Orange County School of the Arts as a designer and teacher in Special Effects Makeup, Hair, and Wig Design in 2001. She also works at the university level and in the industry including SNL and MadTV. Mrs. Karim also earned her special effects makeup certification from Paramount Studios, Hollywood.

Natalie Knox

Natalie Knox

Instructor

Teaches: Intro to Creative Writing

natalie.knox@ocsarts.net

Natalie Knox is graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a double major in theatre arts/playwriting and English with a focus in creative writing. She also has a single subject teaching credential in English from California State University, Fullerton, as well as a GATE certification from the University of California, Irvine. Previously, she was an intern at Paramount Studios for Entertainment Tonight and served as a script analyst. Her works have been published in Catalyst Poetry.

Ms. Knox enjoys writing creatively in all genres; an advocate of less is more, she believes in writing in shorter, deeper increments to help adolescents form strong connections to the voice inside. Although writing is her passion, she finds it equally interesting to bring performance into class, in an effort to help the words on the page take life.

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Jeremy Lelliott

Jeremy Lelliott

Instructor

jeremy.lelliott@ocsarts.net

Information coming soon.

Charna Lopez

Charna Lopez

Instructor

Teaches: Intermediate Journalism, Tap

charna.lopez@ocsarts.net

Charna Lopez received her BFA in film and television, broadcast journalism from Chapman University and her MA in cross-cultural education and teaching. As a performer, she has appeared throughout southern California in such venues as Candlelight Pavilion, Saddleback CLO, Tustin Light Opera, Moonlight Amphitheater, Avo Playhouse, and Performance Riverside. She also teaches voice, musical theater, tap, and jazz at The Music Room in Orange.

A few of her favorite roles include the title role in Peter Pan, Rizzo in Grease, The Witch in Into The Woods, DeLee in Smokey Joe’s Café, for which she won the Theater League Award and received a patte nomination, The Waitress in Working, Joan in Dames at Sea, and Patsy in Crazy For You.

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Alexis Maron

Alexis Maron

Instructor

Teaches: 12th Grade Drama Therapy

alexis.maron@ocsarts.net

Alexis Maron (‘99) graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her master’s in drama therapy from New York University. While in New York, she worked with at-risk high school students, the homeless and mentally disordered, and adults battling drug addiction.

Since returning to California, she has pioneered a drama therapy program at Orange County School of the Arts, facilitated a drama therapy group for adults with Down syndrome, and is conducting group therapy at several prominent addiction treatment facilities, including Promises Treatment Center and Simple Recovery.  There, she she has been using psychodrama, as well as other drama therapy techniques to aid adults suffering from addictions. In 2013, she began offering private and semi-private independent group sessions and has begun work on her first book due next spring, entitled It's Time To Get Off The Couch, about how to use drama therapy's powerful techniques to change lives.

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Sean McMullen

Sean McMullen

Instructor and Designer

Teaches: Introduction to Production & Design, Production & Design Overview

sean.mcmullen@ocsarts.net

Sean McMullen is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts with a MFA in theatre. He was the winner of the Princess Grace Foundation’s Excellence in Theatre Award and Long Beach Hero Award in 2014. Mr. McMullen splits duties at the Orange County School of the Arts, teaching a number of production & design courses, as well as designing sets, costumes and props for the Integrated Arts, Classical Voice, Musical Theatre, and Acting conservatories. Mr. McMullen is also a teacher at the Arts institute of California - Orange County (AIOC).

Since 2002, Mr. McMullen has been choreographing and directing with his own company Round of Applause. Before he began directing, he designed for the theatre in venues ranging from 60 to 3,000 seat capacities. From children’s theatre, equity waiver, civic light opera, to music circus, Mr. McMullen enjoyed the varied challenges each space has to offer. He has designed and assistant designed sets, costumes, and scenery on a variety of projects in regional theatres and on Broadway.  He has also had the unique opportunity to work with designers Christopher Barreca and Douglas Rogers, as well as Directors Glenn Casale and Matthew August.

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Eric Presley

Eric Presley

Instructor

Teaches: Graphic Design

eric.presley@ocsarts.net

Eric Presley has more than twenty years of experience in the design field, working in multimedia, web, print and photography. He was owner of Presley Design a small design company before opening Alakazoom, an indoor activity center and art studio for children. In his Graphic Design class for the Integrated Arts Conservatory, the students use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to learn concepts in color theory, typography, composition, and page layout. Mr. Presley teaches the students to use the design process to develop, logos, brochures, movie posters, and more.

Cameron Shim

Cameron Shim

Instructor

Teaches: 9th Grade Dance

cameron.shim@ocsarts.net

Cameron Shim received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Dance from California State University, Northridge and is currently working towards his master’s in the same field. He has worked in the entertainment department for various theme parks, including Six Flags Magic Mountain and the Disneyland Resort, since 2006. Some of his credits include being a featured performer and choreographer for RAWartists Hollywood, COSMIC Dance Crew, Dance Spot LA, LA Unbound, and QueenV Entertainment. In 2014, he received his certification as a trainer in Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers (CI-Training), which was created by his former dance instructor Dr. Donna Krasnow.

Mr. Shim teaches various forms of dance, including jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, disco, and swing, among others. With each dance form, students not only learn about technique, but also the history of each dance. Other areas he focuses on include auditioning, choreography, conditioning, and health. Outside of teaching for the Integrated Arts Conservatory, he continues to work in the Parade Department at the Disneyland Resort, as a dance instructor for Active Learning in Santa Ana, and as a dance fitness instructor at Equinox Gyms in Irvine and Huntington Beach.

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Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith

Instructor

Teaches: Acting, Plays and Playwrights

brenda.smith@ocsarts.net

Brenda Smith holds a BA in dance/theater and an MFA in acting from California State University, Fullerton. She also attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. As an actor, Ms. Smith has appeared in numerous shows in the Los Angeles area. She created the Met Theater workshop in Los Angeles, which included Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, Alfre Woodard, and Amy Madigan. This group developed new plays by playwrights like Beth Henley and nurtured now critically acclaimed actors, including Angelina Jolie and Lucy Liu. 

Ms. Smith spent 10 years in Taos, New Mexico producing, performing, and directing at the Taos Center for the Arts and the Metta Theater. She has also taught classes at Taos Filmmakers Initiative, Goldenwest College, and California State University, Fullerton, among others.

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Dawn Spranger

Dawn Spranger

Instructor

dawn.spranger@ocsarts.net

Dawn Spranger holds a bachelor’s degree in Film and TV from Chapman University. During her last year at Chapman, she was offered a position at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California in their post-production department. She worked there for several years before she went back to school in 2008 to earn her teaching credential at Azusa Pacific University. Since 2010, she has taught Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies. Mrs. Spranger joined Orange County School of the Arts in 2016 and serves as an instructor in the Integrated Arts and Film & Television Conservatories.

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens

Instructor

Teaches: 12th Grade Advanced Acting

brian.stevens@ocsarts.net

Brian Stevens received a BFA from Santa Clara University, and an MFA from the American Conservatory in San Francisco, and currently trains at The Groundlings in Los Angeles and The John Rosenfeld Studios in West Hollywood. He is a professional stage actor and acting teacher in Los Angeles. Mr. Stevens has worked on stage in regional theatres like the American Conservatory Theatre, Theatreworks, and Berkeley Rep. He is also a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Some of Mr. Smith’s notable performances include the West Coast Premiere of Spinning Into Butter by Rebecca Gillman, The Miser -- a collaboration between Berkeley Rep and Theatre de le June Lune, A Christmas Carol, and The Imaginary Invalid.

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William Vetrovec

William Vetrovec

Instructor

Teaches: Intro to Improv, Improv, Advanced Improv

william.vetrovec@ocsarts.net

William Vetrovec has been teaching Improvisation for the Integrated Arts Conservatory since 2014. He has been a theatre and film actor for more than 25 years, performing in numerous theatrical performances throughout southern California, as well as film, commercials, and television. He has been performing comedy improv in various groups since 1989. As an improvisation actor with InterActors since 2004, he travels internationally for psychiatric training conferences.

He was assistant director for Innoventions Dream Home at Disneyland, and he was also featured in an interactive video Healthy U, which ran for seven years. Mr. Vetrovec studied improv at the South Coast Repertory with writer and director Greg Atkins, The Groundlings, and Held2gether Improv. He has also teaches improv at the South Coast Repertory.

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Travis Wade

Travis Wade

Instructor

Teaches: 12th Grade Documentary Film Production

travis.wade@ocarts.net

Travis Wade graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in film production. He founded his company Revelation Films in 1999 as a non-profit organization providing high quality production services to other non-profit organizations. Since then, he has traveled the world, producing award-winning documentaries, docu-promos, industrials, music videos, and short films work for high profile and small local clients alike. Mr. Wade is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and runs a successful community theatre in Long Beach called the Act Out Theatre Company.

Scott Westmoreland

Scott Westmoreland

Instructor

scott.westmoreland@ocsarts.net

Scott Westmoreland received a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in 1991, and immediately served as an illustrator/designer for the entertainment industry, creating multi-use images for professional theater, television, and motion pictures. After working for Hollywood advertisers and MCA Universal theme park development, he worked as a staff Disney artist for nearly a decade, designing and illustrating countless marketing, merchandising, and collector edition pieces, as well as conceptual and development campaigns. In 2001, Scott concentrated his efforts in the fine art arena as a published and licensed artist with Sagebrush Fine Art and Greg Young Publishing. His beach, surf, and tropical art became international best sellers – sold as prints in galleries, and as retail products, worldwide. His 30-year career has included teaching, performing as both an AEA, and SAG/AFTRA member, and most recently as a published novelist.

Riley Wilson

Riley Wilson

Instructor

Teaches: Voice, Pop Vocals

riley.wilson@ocsarts.net

Riley Wilson received his BA from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, where he double majored in jazz studies and music education. There, Mr. Wilson sang in the premier vocal jazz ensemble, called Pacific Standard Time, where he performed all over the country at schools, festivals, and conferences. Currently, he is the assistant vocal director of OCSA’s MONTAGE! performing group, and is pursuing his passion for vocal music working as a professional musician, volunteering to direct a choir of stroke survivors, and singing in the Westminster Chorus, the current international barbershop chorus champion.

Rebecca Wong Burdett

Rebecca Wong Burdett

Teacher and Accompanist

Teaches: 7th Grade Vocals, Musical Director for Fall Productions

rebecca.wong-burdett@ocsarts.net

Rebecca Wong-Burdett received a master’s degree with an interdisciplinary study in piano performance and ballet music literature from Claremont Graduate University. With more than 20 years of accompaniment experience, she has worked in all genres of the performing arts and is a sought after ballet pianist throughout Southern California. Over the years, Mrs. Wong-Burdett has worked with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, LINES Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, National Choreographers Initiative, and the Trey McIntyre Project.

Her performance of Franz Schubert's Moment Musicals Opus 94, No. 2 and 6 can be heard in filmmaker William Lu's award-winning dance film, STILL; the film screened at film festivals in The United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Spain, The Netherlands, South Korea, Nepal, and Australia.

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Shannon Zimmerman

Shannon Zimmerman

Instructor

Teaches: Tap Dance

shannon.zimmerman@ocsarts.net

Shannon Zimmerman graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County receiving a dual degree in dance and adolescent psychology. For nine years, Ms. Zimmerman was the director of the children’s program at Pacific Dance Center and taught dance at Marymount University.

Professionally, she co-produced and performed in By:CoAstal, a production of contemporary dance pieces that opened in various venues in Los Angeles and New York. Ms. Zimmerman was a guest artist for The Federation in London, and recently appeared in Dance for Camera work shown in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was hired by LinkedIn to co-choreograph a large company flash mob for their 10th anniversary. In 2012 Ms. Zimmerman co-founded the LA Follies, a dance company inspired by classic Hollywood films and musicals, which she continues to choreograph for and co-direct. Throughout the past year, the LA Follies have performed at the Dorothy Chandler, the US Grand Prix, the Carpenter Center, and Fox Studios, among others.

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