Halloween 2011 marks Helen's 14th year as Artistic Director of LBSC. It is also her 32nd anniversary on the air at KKJZ/FM88.1. Born in Kansas City, Mo., Helen moved to Long Beach, CA in 1958. She majored in Dramatic Literature and History at Cal State Long Beach. She taught drama and Shakespeare workshops at Poly High School in the 70s, and at Cabrillo High School from 1999 to 2003. She has directed and performed in a diverse repertoire, from Euripides to Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds. In 2007, the Long Beach Arts Council presented Helen with their Distinguished Arts Professional award.
Dan received his undergraduate degree in Theatre, with minors in Physics and Philosophy, from the University of Southern California. He also holds his graduate degree in Acting, with an emphasis on movement teaching, from York University in Toronto, Canada, where he wrote his master's thesis on the use of the British quarterstaff. He has worked extensively across the US and Canada for the last ten years, choreographing and teaching movement and stage combat. He has held faculty positions at York University, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, the University of Southern California, Cal State University Long Beach, and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Recent professional stunt credits include Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, CSI: NY, and many others. Dan recently produced and performed stunts in the films Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and Cowboys & Aliens. Dan has coordinated fights and stunts for both the summer festival and Richard Goad Theatre productions for over five years.
Henry is a former commercial photographer and filmmaker. He has produced, shot, and edited films for several nationwide advertisers and ad agencies, but went to law school because he needed a grown-up job. So much for common sense.
Judy works well in the dark, backstage, behind the scenes. As a member of the technical theatre crew at CSU Dominguez Hills, she worked on Auntie Mame, The Misanthrope, and Hair. She danced in and worked behind the scenes on How to Succeed in Business at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Other credits include: Art Gallery Director and Instructor at El Camino College, Guest Exhibit Director for Hermosa Beach Community Art Center and the Jocelyn Center for the Arts, and Design Consultant for the City of Torrance James Armstrong Theater. Judy received a BA in Art History and Business from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has been resident stage manager at the Goad Theatre since 2009, but has also painted sets, gathered and created props, and stage-managed LBSC 2011 Annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. Judy likes variety, and enjoys being in the company of artists with active, fertile imaginations.
Rebecca has been working with LBSC since the ripe old age of 18 (which means more than five years). At the moment she is completing her studies at CSULB, and choreographing for her dance company, Sema4 Dance Theater. She acts, dances, choreographs, and also fancies herself a writer on certain occasions, but is never an elitist. Her credits with LBSC include The Player Queen in Hamlet, a Goddess in The Tempest, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and the Mystery Character in The Braid of the Muses.
Edmund is a professional musician. He leads his own quintet, which has recorded three CDs, and is a member of the Estrada Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet, and the Chris Williams Sextet. He has worked with such jazz greats as Joe LaBarbera, Tony Dumas, Luis Conte, Ramon Banda, and many others. Edmund has composed and/or arranged music for many LBSC productions, including As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes and the Scandal in Bohemia, and Mandragola. His arrangements of traditional carols were among the highlights of The Wakefield Second Shepherds Play, and he wrote an entire rock score for our updated version of Euripides' The Bacchae. More info at www.edmundvelasco.com
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Sir ďNot-appearing-in-this-Production,Ē Richard does most of his work before the curtain rises. Richard graduated from Houstonís High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a classical musician, but at the LBSC he practices the art of manual labor. He does appear, though rarely, on stage with the LBSC, most memorably in a summer festival production of Julius Caesar, and most recently, playing the violin in A Christmas Carol.
When not wielding hammer, saw and paintbrush for LBSC, Richard can be heard over the airwavs transmitting from the LAX control tower. His blog about all things air traffic can be seen at www.fromthecontroltower.blogspot.com
Claudia joined LBSC in 2010 as Public Relations Director. Outside her English studies, she got her first taste of Shakespearean acting as a maiden in an Orange Coast College Theater Department production of Henry V. Afterward she stayed involved in the theater program, writing and directing two one-act plays for the One-Act Theater Festival, "Falling in Love Again" (1990) and "Starving Kittens" (1992). In the mid-1990s, Claudia studied journalism at San Francisco State University and worked as a journalist for nearly a decade before settling in Long Beach and starting a public relations company called Media Boutique. She spent a little more than a year volunteering her public relations expertise to LBSC before joining its Board of Directors. Claudia is thrilled to have the opportunity to arrange previews and theater reviews on behalf of LBSC.
Vic joined LBSC in 2005 as Marketing Manager. He had early acting aspirations, but turned the creative juices to design and advertising instead. He recently moved from Seattle to Long Beach, and has become thoroughly infatuated with the city, its people, theatre and jazz. Vic engineered our new look with logos for LBSC, the Richard Goad Theatre, recent plays and the Festival. He is also reaching out to the media, so that they'll discover the excellence in LBSC.
Mike sings, has been a Network Engineer, and is a sound and lighting designer. Sound design credits include The Maltese Falcon, A Midsummer Nightís Dream, and Sherlock Holmes and A Scandal in Bohemia. He produced The Plot to Overthrow Christmas as a live world-wide webcast on LBSCís website, and The War of the Worlds as a live webcast and staged reading. Singing credits include: Mountainside and Riverside Master Chorales, Men Alive (the Orange County Gay Menís Chorus), and the Meritage Singers.
Despite growing up about an hour from the Globe Theatre in London, it took British-born Valda Judd more than 20 years of living in America and travels in over 60 countries before discovering her passion for Shakespeare. In 2009, she decided to read all of Shakespeare's plays, and since then all her reading has been Shakespeare-related. She's attended performances in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Globe, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA. She greatly enjoys volunteering with the LBSC and learning all she can about the Bard and his works. Holding an M.S. in Education, Valda has worked as a journalist and ESL lecturer and is currently Registrar/Instructor Coordinator for an online business school.
Originally from Texas, this Actor/Dancer/Choreographer has recently moved to Los Angeles from New York City, where she ventured to pursue her dreams of acting and choreography. However, Rachel was intrigued by life on the west coast, so she packed up her things and moved to sunny L.A. Rachel holds a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from Texas State University, having graduated in May 2008. Shakespeare being her ultimate passion, Rachel studied in England under the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Getting to see where Shakespeare lived and breathed was a life-changing experience for Rachel; that was when she knew she wanted to perform Shakespeare professionally. Besides her classical training, Stanislavsky, Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Fitzmaurice, and Brestoff add to her training. Rachel is an accomplished dancer and choreographer as well, having taught dance in Texas, New York, Michigan, and California. She is currently Dance Faculty at IDA Hollywood, teaches dance/acting at Cal State LA, and Lead Choreographer/Assistant Director with Theatre 31, staging/choreographing musicals at 5 different schools within Santa Monica USD. She has the opportunity to inspire and affect dancers, in hopes that the art becomes a passion in their lives. A proud company member of the Rag Dolls Burlesque Troupe, and Artistic Director/Founder of her own dance company, Dolls 'n Dames, a vintage 1940s burlesque troupe, Rachel has made a lifelong dream come true. www.rachellaurenmcvay.com
Dana left CSULB with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, went on to study Early Childhood Development, and has since become an award-winning educator. The video curriculum she created for her current school is an internationally-recognized ďACSI Exemplary Program,Ē winning over 70 international film awards over the 7 years she has been teaching there. Her drama program, for which she is the only instructor, produces 14 shows each school year. For almost 15 years, Dana worked as a professional actress, singer and dancer in theatre, film and television. She learned how to produce a 5-camera shoot for live television from the master of the art, Dick Clark. She spent another 10 years in Beverly Hills, supervising video crews, and the press, celebrities and handlers for all Los Angeles-based press junkets for Sony/Columbia/Tristar Pictures. Dana generously makes time to manage the LBSC wardrobe and spearhead new marketing, fundraising and development programs.
Tim is a professional make-up and effects artist and puppeteer with a long, impressive list of credits. He has worked on several of the Spiderman movies, including the most recent. He has also recently finished Star Trek into Darkness, Enders Game and Man of Steel. This kind of work puts one in strange company, with aliens, mummies, in fact, monsters of all sorts! Years and years of working for Disney, 20th Century Fox, A.D.I., and others for TV, film and stage, has come in handy for many LBSC events, including our recreation of the L.A. Air Raid of 1942, when we had a visitor from another planet! He is also a creative set designer, as he demonstrated with LBSCís recent Cymbeline and The Gift of the Magi.