Artists

Dan Belzer 

Dan (BFA, MA) has enjoyed a diverse career as an actor, singer, pianist and teacher. As a member of the UCLA Ray Bolger Theater Project faculty he has music directed, accompanied and conducted several musicals including Rent, Cabaret, Anything Goes, Hot Mikado, and Urinetown in addition to his work as a voice teacher. He scored the UCLA […]

Norman Berman 

Norman L. Berman co-composed the score to the Broadway and off-Broadway productions of Strider for which he garnered the New York Drama Desk Award. He also served as orchestrator and musical director. As Composer-in-Residence at Circle Repertory Company in New York, Mr. Berman composed scores for over 20 productions ranging from premieres by Tennessee Williams, Lanford Wilson, […]

Cynthia L. Cooper 

Cynthia is a playwright, journalist and author.  Her plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada and Europe (England, Hungary, Finland, Israel, elsewhere). Her plays include 10 full-lengths, 20+ one-acts, and five plays for young people. Play publications include Heinemann, Applause, Smith-Kraus, Holt, Paper Mache Press, Brooklyn Publishers, Gihon River Press, The New Press, and […]

Murphy Cross 

Board Member

Anna Giannotis 

Anna is a freelance writer/producer, educator and actress. She is presently Artist-in-Residence at Sheridan Elementary, Cornerstone School, and Bethune Middle School, and a lecturer for Arts Connect. Ms. Giannotis attended the University of Washington and Salve Regina University. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association, and The Greek Heritage Society of […]

David Guerra 

David Guerra is a native of Los Angeles where he continues to live, perform and teach. He attended UC Santa Barbara, receiving a BFA in Theatre. Film and TV credits: Cargo, La Rosa y El Gato, Flor de Naranja, Diagnosis X and Untold Stories of the ER. Theatre credits: The Langston Hughes Project, Leyendas de […]

David Hunter Jr. 

David received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Hampton University. He has won Best Voice Over and Best Supporting Actor awards from the Northern VA Theatre Association.  David is also a Poet/Spoken WordArtist and the author of "Pen In My Hand."

Abraham Tetenbaum 

Founder, President of the Board

Cy Young 

Mr. Young began his professional career as a member of the Meryl Abbot Dancers at the Empire room of Chicago's Palmer House. On Broadway, Cy was a principal in Subways Are For Sleeping and performed at Number One Fifth Avenue. He became a regular at New York City's elegant Upstairs At The Downstairs nightclub and can be heard […]

Joyce Lee 

Joyce Lee, actor, The Whole World’s A’Talkin’ has almost 30 years experience in arts education as educator, performer and administrator.  She has an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has designed and conducted professional development workshops for Lincoln Center Institute in New York. She's also served as a resident professional teaching associate at Cornell […]

David Prather 

Mr. Prather is well known for his work as host and narrator at LA Phil events including the annual Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall appearing with Julie Andrews.  For eleven years he entertained family audiences at the Phil's "Summer Sounds at the Hollywood Bowl" as Cap'n Dave.  He has appeared in Shakespeare at […]

Michael Hagiwara 

Mr. Hagiwara has been working professionally as a actor for more than thirty years .He has performed in more than fifty shows locally and nationally. He also works in Film ,Television and Voiceover .  As a director he has worked with several groups and theatre companies  including East West Players here in Los Angeles  . […]

Alison Minami 

Alison Minami is an LA based playwright, actress and educator. She holds a Master's in Education and a Master's in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. She is member of Playground LA, a ten minute play playwrights' collective and of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. Most recently she had a reading of […]

Reuben Uy 

Reuben Uy has acting credits for stage, film and television. After years of working as an actor in the Philippines, he is now based in Los Angeles.  His of Chinese descent from both parents and his mother is half Filipino.  Selected credits include: TV: John Enochty in Bosch. Theater: Etienne in East West Players La Cage Aux […]

Kailey Hewitt 

Kailey Hewitt is a musical theater performer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but now based in Los Angeles. She received a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theater from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.  Some of her favorite credits include The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Beth in Little Women, and First Woman […]

Ron Jarvis 

Ron Jarvis performs in Everybody Can Improvise. He is a longtime student of Aretha Sills and a skilled player. Ron is a graduate of Ringling Brothers Clown College and has worked at Second City Chicago.

Michelle Merring 

Michelle was Viola on General Hospital and was also seen many films and television shows including:   Conversations with God,  Bold and the Beautiful, Hanna Montana,  Medical Investigation,  Strong Medicine, The Girls Next Door, and the suspense short Water Falls.   Some LA theater credits include: Miss Nanalu Branch in Bluebonnet Court, Aphrodite in Carpe Dream, […]

Megan Rees 

Megan plays the role of Barbara/Fifi in A Doggone Musical.  As a children's entertainer, she has performed for hundreds of children's events around the greater Los Angeles area, playing princesses, superheroes, and more. She also spent a year performing another elementary school show teaching children about road safety in a musical theatre format, and has […]

Carla Valina 

Carla plays the role of Frisbee in "A Doggone Musical." She was born and raised in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the States at the age of 19. After getting her English proficiency certification from the University of Miami, Carla decided to further pursue her career in Los Angeles where […]

Danielle Miller 

Danielle studied musical theatre in New York City, and has performed on stages across the country.  She toured the upper midwest with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre as an Actor/Director in Alice in Wonderland, Robin Hood, and Tom Sawyer. Other favorite musical theatre performances include Seussical, The Sound of Music, and Peter Pan. Danielle has also […]

Kelly Meyersfield 

Kelly Meyersfield originated the role of Frisbee in 2006 and is back this time around playing the roles of Kool/Dogcatcher/Groomer. Recent credits include original solo show Overshare at The Actors Group, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at The El Portal and not long ago Kelly was seen serenading Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis and Ken Jeong […]

Capriana Campo 

Capriana Campo recently moved back to Los Angeles, her hometown,  after graduating in May 2018 from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theater.  Selected credits include: Theater: Wendla in Spring Awakening and Kelly in Dying City.  She is also the lead singer of the band Prickly Pear.

Aretha Sills 

Aretha Amelia Sills is a Los Angeles-based writer and teacher of improvisational theater. The granddaughter of Viola Spolin, she studied theater games for many years with her father, director Paul Sills (creator/director of The Second City and Story Theater), and has conducted workshops for Paul Sills’ Wisconsin Theater Game Center, Bard College, Stella Adler Studio of […]

Daniel Passer 

Daniel Passer directed Monkey King. He creates work as a performer, writer and director.  For over a decade, Daniel has been a lead Clown and Comedy Conceptor for Cirque du Soleil and Dragone Entertainment. He was the comedy and clown act designer for Cirque’s critically acclaimed Zarkana and comic performer and creator for Franco Dragone’s […]

Ariyan Kassam 

Ariyan Kassam is an actor in The Monkey King. He is an Indian Actor born in London, England and raised in Nairobi, Kenya as well as Johannesburg, South Africa where he completed High School. He currently holds a BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts. Ariyan has performed at the Under the […]

Jade V. Robinson 

Jade V. Robinson is an actor in The Monkey King. She is an award-winning Canadian actress currently based in Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and Associate diplomas in Speech & Drama from the Royal Conservatory of Music and Trinity College London. […]

Noga Wind 

Noga Wind is an actor in The Monkey King. Noga is a theater maker, actor, clown, drag king, and queer activist from Jerusalem. Her work focuses on merging queer activism and art. Her original show Red And Boiling- Real stories of queer womxn, has performed in multiple festivals in the U.S and abroad. She has her […]

Randy Brenner 

Randy Brenner directed "An Emerald World." Previous directing credits include: at PVPA, Fiddler and White Christmas (twice),  Man of LaMancha, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels(GCT), The Fix, Kiss of the Spider Woman, I Remember Mama, Nine (MTG), Autumn Canticle (GLAAD nomination; Celebration)). Directed/Collaborated Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots (regional). Mr. Brenner also directed all of David Pevsner’s one person […]

Travis Joe Dixon 

Travis plays all of the roles in "An Emerald World." He also created the backgrounds, filmed and edited the filmed version at his home during quarantine. Favorite things: motorcycles, brain games, and hiking anywhere. Favorite Roles on Stage: a roller-skating Snoopy, a tap dancing Swan, a very spastic Pseudolus, a stripping Keno.  Television: policing on Black-ish, dead […]