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 “Not-appearing-in-this-Production,” Richard does most of his work before the curtain rises. Richard graduated from Houston’s 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
Lynne joined the LBSC Board of Directors in 2012 as Treasurer, and also acts as the company bookkeeper. She grew up in San Bernardino and, after graduating from Cal Poly, Pomona, moved to Long Beach to accept her first job with the accounting firm of Windes & McClaughry. After having twin boys, Lynne retired from the business world and began a life of children and volunteering for her community in PTA, Boy Scouts of America, school libraries, and now with LBSC.
Vic has been designing posters and programs for LBSC since 2004. Besides designing, he writes fiction, and has finished six books. Stairway of the Gods is a romantic adventure set in the Philippines. Saffron is a sci-fi thriller about the discovery of an underwater race of humans, and Hong Kong Blues is a Hitchcock-style suspense about a jazz singer on the run from Chinese Triads. More info at www.vicwarren.com
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.
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 “ACSI Exemplary Program,” 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 LBSC’s recent Cymbeline and The Gift of the Magi.
Jose has worked on a number of the stage and radio shows since joining the company's technical crew in May of 2013. From the booth, he continues to relish the rewards of the collaborative arts which have been part of much of his life. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in film production and is pursuing a career in production sound for film and television.
Sebastian attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. His artistic journey led to Cal State Fullerton, where his credits include Chess, Into the Woods, and A Chorus Line. Sebastian is currently a student at Long Beach City College, and plans to attend Cal State Long Beach. Sebastian has a love for puppetry and musical theater, and he plans to make a career of designing for the Theater. firstname.lastname@example.org
A Long Beach native, Zachary is a Theater Arts major at CSULB. He has previously performed in two seasons with the Summer Stock program at the Alpert Jewish Community Center. He’s a lifelong fan of theater and film, and a devotee of the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, and Warner Bros. Cartoons.
Tony joined the LBSC technical crew in July of 2014, running lights and sound from the booth, and helping to keep the computers up and running for the shows. He graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills, with a B.A. in Digital Media Arts in Audio Recording, and a B.A. in Computer Technology. His career goal is to be an engineer for a theatre or major concert venue.
Cathy is a recent graduate of CSULB, and is now a sound designer and recording technician. In her free time, she plays several musical instruments and is a part of the Long Beach State Pep Band, the LBCC Symphonic Band, and the Long Beach Ukulele Club.
Born in Japan, Saki currently studies Theatre at California State University Long Beach, focusing on lighting. She assisted the lighting designer in Clean House in California Repertory in the spring of 2015, and crewed in Merrily We Roll Along in the fall of 2014. She has a background in dance and synchronized swimming.
Benjamin is a Long Beach-based Scenic Designer, with an MFA from CSULB. He was a founding member of and staff scenic designer for The Box Colony Theatre in NYC, worked at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and with Theater Pokoleniy in St. Petersburg, Russia. benlishnerdesign.weebly.com.