Creative Associates

MARIO ADRIANO – BA

MEDIA COORDINATOR | DISCOVERYONSTAGE
FILMMAKER/PRODUCER | IUP PRODUCTIONS
Mario Adriano is an award-winning videographer who has collaborated on numerous promotional pieces for Providence High School, helping produce marketing material, branding material, and short-form documentaries for various shows and events.  As an alumnus of Providence High School’s Cinema Arts Program and a recent graduate from the Cinema and Television Arts Department of California State University, Northridge, Mario currently exercises his creative and technical skills in video production by serving as technical assistant in the Cinema Arts Studio and as Media Coordinator for DiscoveryOnstage.

Adrianne Alvarez-Jackson – MFA/M.Ed

INSTRUCTIONAL COACH/ACTING TEACHER | DISCOVERYONSTAGE
Adrianne graduated with an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University and an M.Ed in Advanced Instruction with an Emphasis in Differing Abilities from the University of Southern California.  Theatrically she studied extensively at the Old Globe Training Program in London and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Actor Training Program in Irvine, CA.  She is currently working on her certification in the Michael Chekhov Technique and the Fitzmaurice Vocal Technique.  Adrianne taught Acting, Movement, Voice & Diction and World-Theatre at the L.A. County High School for the Arts and is currently the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair and Head of Drama at AGBU, a private high school located in the San Fernando Valley.  There, she has developed a comprehensive arts curriculum for middle school students through high school which includes study in dance, visual arts, music and drama.  Adrianne was the founder of Theatre Pangaea, an award winning Los Angeles theatre company dedicated to the development of new works and the reinvention of the classics.  She is also the Co-Creator and former Artistic Director of Shakespearience, an interactive theatre education program designed to introduce Southern California students to Shakespeare.  As a stage performer, Adrianne has been seen in dozens of productions most notably alongside Cheetah Rivera in The Mark Taper Forum’s The House of Bernarda Alba.  She has also been seen in film and on television in such shows as Charmed and All My Children.  Ms. Alvarez-Jackson currently serves DiscoveryOnstage as a Curriculum Development Consultant.

KEVIN BAIR – BA

BRANDING CONSULTANT/GRAPHIC DESIGNER | PROVIDENCE HIGH ARTS
BRANDING CONSULTANT/GRAPHIC DESIGNER | DISCOVERYONSTAGE

Kevin is accomplished and versatile marketing professional with a unique combination of business acumen and creative arts. He is an expert in branding and positioning, and has a rock-solid track record in new program development and strategic content creation. This success is further augmented by his extensive understanding of design and the creative process. For 20 years Kevin has had the privilege of helping a variety of mid-level companies, nonprofit organizations and global brands cultivate their unique programs and express their identity and message through engaging communication strategies. During his recent tenure with RE/MAX World Headquarters, he oversaw the Commercial real estate brand’s positioning, marketing, research, events, products and services. As its leader, he led the creation of an extensive brand marketing platform for 3,000 commercial real estate brokers in 45 countries, including a first-ever world symposium and practitioner development program that all exist today. Whether directing the reputation, voice and image of a global brand or developing strategic content awareness campaigns for mid-sized organizations, Kevin understands the intricacies of enterprises, working diligently to get things done – from the fun stuff to the tough stuff.

 

NOAH BREAKMAN – BFA (expected 2019)

PHOTOGRAPHER | PROVIDENCE HIGH ARTS
PHOTOGRAPHER | DISCOVERYONSTAGE

Noah Breakman has been taking pictures since the seventh grade, but started looking into photography as more of a profession when he started high school. As a Providence High School and DiscoveryOnstage alumnus, Noah’s photography broad portfolio ranges from headshots, portraits, photo booths, action shots – theatre and sports – and nature shots. His biggest focus thus far is photographing people.  Noah currently studies at the Rochester Institute for Technology, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences studying Advertising Photography.

ROGELIO JOSEPH CAEDO – BA

COMPOSER/MUSIC TEACHER | DISCOVERYONSTAGE

Over the past three years, Rogelio Joseph Caedo has composed over two dozen original songs for DiscoveryOnstage, as well as countless pieces offstage. Before joining the DiscoveryOnstage family as a musician, Rogelio was a student in DiscoveryOnstage’s drama course for two years, before finally graduating in 2011 and taking part in their summer camp as an intern. Since 2013, he has been creating original compositions for the campers, as well as providing for the DiscoveryOnstage News Network and several PHA stage plays, such as Terminal Cafe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the original PHA production entitled Lily the Glitch. Rogelio graduated with a BA in English at the University of California, Riverside, and he strives to become a teacher at the junior high or high school level.

Beatrice Rose Casini – MA

COSTUME DESIGNER | PROVIDENCE HIGH ARTS
Beatrice Casini’s arts journey began with an undergraduate Theatre degree from Bradley University where a love affair with costuming began while working for professional bus-and-truck tours of musicals such as Les Miserables, Cats, Starlight Express, A Chorus Line and Jesus Christ Superstar. As an actor, she’s had the pleasure of bringing a handful of the Bard’s leading ladies to life for LA area high school students with SHAKESPEARIENCE and being part of Circle X Theatre Company’s Laura Comstock’s Bag Punching Dog, which won L.A. Ovation Awards for “Best New Musical”, “Best Musical Production” and LA Weekly’s “Best Production” of 2002. She co-founded Theatre Pangaea, bringing Melanie Marnich’s QUAKE to its Southern California premiere and earned her graduate degree in Museum Studies in 2011 with a dissertation on utilizing theatrical performance techniques to enliven costume display. She has worked as a certified teacher for the acclaimed and internationally recognized early childhood music literacy program Music Together.  Throughout, Costuming has provided real satisfaction in synthesizing a wide-ranging Arts background. Having done costume work for The Geffen Theatre in Westwood, Pasadena City College, The Glendale Center Theatre, The Peoria Civic Center, Peoples’ Theatre and AGBU High School in Canoga Park, she started her own freelance theatrical costume design practice, Casini Costumes, in 2009. Being part of Discovery Onstage at Providence High School is a happy culmination of many years in the arts, using the work of the theatre to inspire students towards “imagination over budget and excellence overall!

Matt Franta – MFA

STAGE COMBAT/ACTING TEACHER | DISCOVERYONSTAGE

As an actor, stunt performer, and fight choreographer, Matt has lent his talents to more than 250 film, television, web, and stage productions. Companies he has worked with include the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Long Beach Playhouse, Four Clowns, Parson’s Nose Theater, Marin Shakespeare Company, Chance Theater, the Minnesota Opera, and the National Theatre for Children. Matt holds a BA in Drama/Speech from Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, and is a graduate of the International Stunt School in Seattle. He currently teaches stage combat at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood and at Swordplay LA in Burbank. Matt is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, the International Order of the Sword & Pen, and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Brittany Freeth – Masters (expected June 2016)

CHOREOGRAPHER | PROVIDENCE HIGH ARTS
DANCE INSTRUCTOR/ACTING INSTRUCTOR | DISCOVERYONSTAGE

Brittany is professional dancer and has been training for over 20 years. She began at Encore Dance Centre and later on attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and was trained by members of Alvin Ailey Company and Harlem Ballet. Brittany holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts as well as a minor in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University. She is currently finishing her Masters in Management and will have it completed by June 2016. Brittany has been choreographing and directing for the last eight years in Los Angeles and San Bernardino. She has taught dance for Encore Dance Centre as well as choreographed various musicals for Baldwin Park High School, DiscoveryOnStage, Azusa Pacific University, Monrovia High School, Center Stage Dinner Theater and Foothill Theatre Workshop. Brittany expanded her career through teaching and directing children throughout several arts camps and theatre workshops during the summer season. Brittany was apart of the West Coast regional premiere of the hit musical In The Heights. She has appeared in music videos as a featured dancer with Macy Gray, Labrinth, Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber.  Brittany’s film and TV credits include: A Very Harold and Kumar ChristmasThe Doctors and the upcoming NBC medical drama Heartbeat.

LINNEA GODINEZ – MFA

TECHNICAL CONSULTANT | PROVIDENCE HIGH ARTS
ACTING TEACHER | DISCOVERYONSTAGE
Linnea Godinez is a technical consultant to DiscoveryOnstage, as well as acting instructor for the DiscoveryOnstage Summer Acting Camp.

JASON HENNING – MFA

WEB DESIGNER/BRANDING CONSULTANT | PROVIDENCE HIGH ARTS
WEB DESIGNER/BRANDING CONSULTANT | DISCOVERYONSTAGE
Bio coming soon!

Julianne Kusmierczyk – MFA

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHER | PROVIDENCE HIGH ARTS
MOVEMENT/ACTING TEACHER | SUMMER ACTING CAMP
Julianne is an actress and dancer based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Acting School and is a certified Eginton Alignment instructor. Recent projects include performing in “Juiced”, a new short play featured in Green Light Production’s GLO 2014, a collection of new short plays written and directed by Los Angeles women. This past fall, Julianne had the privilege of assistant directing “RACE” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre for Center Theatre Group, after assistant directing in 2012 for CTG’s production of “November” at the Mark Taper Forum. 

CATHY MAIN – MFA

VISUAL ARTS TEACHER | DISCOVERYONSTAGE
Cathy has been teaching Art for over 40 years. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco in Arts in Private School Administration and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University Northridge (CSUN). She began her teaching career in 1978 at St. Genevieve High School where she taught both English and Art. In 1993 she accepted a position at Queen of Angels Seminary where she taught Art and Yearbook and produced and directed the musicals The Sting and Damn Yankees. In 1995, Cathy joined the Providence High School community from which she recently retired after serving as the Visual and Performing Arts Chair for a number of years.  While there she taught a variety of art classes throughout the school year including the Animation Class she created and developed on behalf of Providence’s Media Focus Track. In addition, Ms. Main was an active participant in all Providence’s Drama Productions as Set Designer and Producer and, since 2010, has been the Visual Arts Instructor for the Providence High Arts Summer Acting Camp produced by DiscoveryOnstage.

VINCE MCMANUS – BA (EXPECTED 2017)

AUDIO/VISUAL TECHNICIAN | PROVIDENCE HIGH ARTS
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR | DISCOVERYONSTAGE
Vince is a frequent collaborator with Providence High Arts and DiscoveryOnstage, serving as technical director on many live productions and projects.  He is an alumnus of Providence High School, which is where he got his start with the organizations.  After beginning as a student of the program, Vince has filled positions in lighting, sound, videography, and design for plays, musicals, choral events, and summer programs with with both Providence High Arts and DiscoveryOnstage for many years.  He is currently a permanent employee of Providence High School, and a freelance sound and lighting designer for professional theater.

MAUNDA OYIN – BFA

ACTING TEACHER | DISCOVERYONSTAGE
Maunda Oyin started acting in elementary school, joined her high school’s award-winnning Drama Club, and received a Theatre scholarship from the University of Oklahoma.  After graduation, she was recruited to join the Karamu House Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio as a member of the Children’s Theatre traveling ensemble.  Afterwards, she toured the US in a Comedy Gospel musical, performing with several  Gospel greats.  Those connections brought her to Los Angeles where Producer Rushion McDonald (Think Like a Man) commented on Maunda’s quick wit and advised her to add “comedian” to her list of talents.  Since then, Maundahas been seen in commercials, television and multiple Indie films, two of which she has written and produced.  Maunda is the 2013 Ventura Comedy Festival Winner, a California’s Funniest Female Finalist, and received comedic praise from Kim Coles (Living Single), Chris Spencer (Husbands of Hollywood) and Leslie Jones (SNL).

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