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Musical Players

Nina Meehan (Musical Players Program Coordinator) started working with Contra Costa Civic Theatre at age 14 and never left.  She is the founder of the Musical Players program and Advanced Drama Camp at CCCT.  She is also a founding company member of Bay Area Children's Theatre and an award winning Youth Theatre Director, most recently winning Outstanding Achievements in Acting at the Broadway Jr. Festival in Atlanta, GA for her youth production of Pirates of Penzance. Nina was recognized as one of the 35-faces of Theatre Bay Area and a “Mom who Rocks” by Red Tricycle. She has worked throughout the Bay Area as an actress, educator, storyteller, and director. Nina received her BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is mom to Toby (age 5) and Robby (age 2).

Deirdre Ashby (Choreographer) has trained extensively in ballet, tap and jazz since the age of five. She is also a singer and actor and has appeared in numerous productions around the Bay Area. Besides her performance credits, Deirdre is also a credentialed teacher and worked in elementary education for nearly ten years. Deirdre is very excited to begin her second season as choreographer and co-director for the Musical Teen program!

Patricia Austin (Musical Minis and Musical Kids Director) is ecstatic to be teaching at CCCT for the first time. She is a recent transplant from Chicago serving as a theatre educator with Skyline Studios and an Artistic Associate with Hell in a Handbag Productions. Favorite Chicago credits include The Women and Enchanted April (Circle Theatre), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Signal Ensemble Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (First Folio Shakespeare), and Caged Dames, Reefer Madness, and Rudolph the Red Hosed Reindeer (Hell in a Handbag Productions). Trish also works at the Aurora Theatre as the Costume Coordinator.

Natalie Buck-Bauer (Musical Players Assistant Director) graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Vocal Music Performance. She has performed in operettas, operas, and musical theater productions. She is currently in the cast of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore with San Jose Lyric Theater. Natalie has been a camper, counselor, and director for CCCT’s drama summer camp and is excited to be part of the theater all year long.

Christina Martin (Musical Teens Director) holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Brigham Young University and a California Teaching Credential for Music, Dance and Drama. Christina was a Drama/Dance teacher for a prestigious Magnet for the Arts Junior High School. She is actively involved in many live productions throughout the Bay Area and is a private vocal coach.

Zoe McPheron (intern) has been an active participant of the Musical Players program for many years. She started in the program back in 2008 when she was ten years old; highlights include, Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland), and most recently Snoopy in Snoopy the Musical! She started interning last year for Aladdin Kids and absolutely loved. She is delighted to continue working for this new season of Musical Players at CCCT.

Sydney Painter (Musical Juniors Director and Improv Co-Director) earned her BA in theater from Fordham University in 2009. She is thrilled to be back at CCCT with the Musical Players program with all new tricks up her sleeve after a season spent as an apprentice at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Sydney first walked in to the world of CCCT as a drama camper at age 7 and has been either a camper, a counselor or a director ever since.  After graduation from college, Sydney spent a year in Spain teaching English.

Annie Stonebarger (intern) is 13 years old and has been actively attending the Musical Players program for 7 years. She goes to Tehiyah Day School and has been learning there for 9 years. Annie enjoys acting at CCCT because the people there are so welcoming and everyone is like a big family. Annie says that she has learned a lot from the program and can't wait to learn more in years to come.

Austin Zumbro (Improv Co-Director) has studied, performed, and taught improvised theater all over the Bay Area, including BATS and SF Sketchfest.  After four years as a member of the Stanford Improvisers, Austin graduated with a BA in Human Biology.  Since then, he has worked with groups of all ages, from stodgy old business executives to three year-olds, but refuses to draw the obvious parallels between them.

Summer Camp Staff

Kathleen Ray Director, Live at CCCT  has been active at CCCT since 1959 when her parents  Bettianne and Louis Flynn started the theatre with a group of volunteers. She was a student in the first classes at CCCT, and is proud of the growth of the Educational Department of our community theatre. She is the Drama teacher at Head Royce School in Oakland, CA.

Karin Allen is a psychology student at RIT focusing on neuroscience and cognition. She's been acting since before she can remember  in family plays, school plays, and right here at CCCT. Karin has experience in acting, lighting, sound, stage and house managing, and directing. She is proud to return for her 6th year on staff, and 15th year at CCCT!

Mimosa Andre Like most of the Live at CCCT staff, Mimosa looks forward to teaching camp all year. She also teaches Montessori and sometimes does shows with the Bay Area Children's Theater. When she is not teaching, Mimosa can probably be found riding a bike somewhere. 

Lizzy Asarnow has been involved with CCCT since she was seven years old, including this past summer as a counselor for Live at CCCT Summer Drama Camp. She was inspired by the way Drama Camp brought out creativity and talent in each child. Lizzy is excited to continue this work with yet another summer at CCCT, filled with acting, dancing, and just being silly. She will be a freshman at UCSC this fall. 

Natalie Buck-Bauer has been a camper and counselor and is very excited for her first summer as a camp director. She just graduated San Francisco State with a Bachelors of Music in classical vocal performance. As a kid, Natalie stared in roles such as cow #2, a tree, the wall and prairie dog #3. She caught the performance bug from playing these roles and has been pursuing singing, acting and dancing since.   

 

Margot Friedman has been involved with CCCT since she was 9 years old as a camper at Live at CCCT Drama Camp, and later as a volunteer ushering at CCCT's mainstage shows.  She has stuck with theater ever since, performing with the Youth Musical Theater Company in Berkeley and in productions at Berkeley High School. Margot is thrilled to be returning to Drama Camp as a first-time counselor and hopes to show the campers what a magical, fun, and exciting experience theater can be.

Sophie Gabel-Scheinbaum began taking after-school musical theater classes at CCCT at age 8 and hasn't left since. She is thrilled to be starting her third summer as a counselor at camp after being a camper herself for 6 years and performing in several main stage productions at CCCT. Sophie is starting Occidental College in the fall where she hopes to continue to take part in college and community theater, as well as participate in a special children's theater program offered on campus. Sophie's favorite parts about camp are the spontaneous dance parties and the fantastic young performers she gets to work with each year. 

Dorothy Gray began her whirlwind romance with CCCT as a drama camper at age nine. In 2010 she became an assistant director with the Musical Kids program and later helped out Musical Teens as an assistant director and lighting designer. That summer she became a counselor at Drama Camp, fulfilling one of her lifelong dreams. She is currently a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles where she studies Sociology and Acting.

Max Hauser is a long time Drama Camper with his first session way back in 2007. He graduated last year to A-Camp and this year marks his first time as a camp counselor. He's most recently been on stage as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at ECHS.

E.T. Hazzard has been working at drama camp for 16 summers and has enjoyed every minute of it! The enthusiasm and energy of the campers fuels his passion for Drama Camp and theater in general. During the year, he works at Berkeley Rep as their master carpenter.

Myriah Nottage first got involved with CCCT as an A-camper. She then began working as a stage manager for CCCT's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a few others. Finally, at 16, she became a counselor for Drama Camp! Five years later, Myriah is attending UC Davis for Human Development and is looking forward to directing her first session of Drama Camp this summer.

Amy Nowak This will be Amy's first summer working at CCCT. Amy is a recent transplant to the Bay Area from the East Coast where she attended Fordham University in NYC and graduated with a BA in acting.   Currently Amy teaches with Bay Area Children's Theatre while also pursuing acting and exploring California!

Sydney Painter earned her BA in theater from Fordham University in 2009. She is thrilled to be back at camp with all new tricks up her sleeve after a season spent as an apprentice at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. When she's not at camp, you can find her analyzing the season arcs of primetime television shows and naming world capitals.

Yael Platt is thrilled to be joining the CCCT staff as a counselor for the first time! She attended CCCT Summer Drama Camp as a kid, and has been involved in theater and dance ever since; some favorite roles were Bebe in A Chorus Line and the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. Yael is just finishing a gap year and will be heading to college in the fall. She loves comedy, and particularly enjoys impromptu dance parties and making silly faces.

Michelle Quinton Fresh out of film school, Michelle began working at Drama Camp in the summer of 1998 as the video screenwriter/editor/director.  She says what she enjoys about working at Drama Camp is seeing the kids have so much fun being creative and learning about performing arts, and working with the awesome children and staff.  During the rest of the year, Michelle works as a 4th grade teacher in Fairfield where she has been teaching for 13 years.  She is thrilled to resume her role as video director once again Sessions 2-4 this summer.

Alex Ray has been involved in Drama Camp for nearly 20 years, starting as a Camper, becoming a Counselor and also now the Camp Technical Director. In addition to Drama Camp, Alex served as CCCT's House Manager for 5 years and has worked lights and sound for many shows. During the rest of the year, Alex works at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley as a PE and Daycare Assistant. Despite his long history at Camp, he is still surprised each and every year at how fun and exciting Drama Camp is.  

Maureen Ray began her Camp experience in the early 1990s as a Camper, moving on to Counselor in 1996, and Director in 2000. She is so lucky to be able to return every summer! When she's not participating at CCCT as a member of the Board of Directors or Artistic Advisory Committee, she is the 5th Grade Head Teacher at Black Pine Circle School. Maureen earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Masters of Education from UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Irene Tait practically grew up at CCCT. Since the 2nd grade she spent at least one session every year at CCCT's Drama Camp - until she turned 18. But being too old for camp wasn't an option, so she decided to give back as a counselor. Throughout high school Irene worked many shows with CCCT as a volunteer on run crew or as an assistant stage manager, and now that's she's in enrolled at Vassar College, she's looking forward to coming back this summer and working with the fabulous people and kids that make up CCCT's Drama Camp.

Aaron Tiedemann This is the first time Aaron Tiedemann will be working at CCCT and he is super excited to start, especially seeing as he has heard so much great stuff about Camp from everyone. Aaron has worked in his high school theatre program since his Freshman year in lighting, set design, acting, and singing. He is really looking forward to enjoying his first Camp experience. Aaron will be entering his senior year at Albany High come the start of term.

Noah Usher Noah Usher’s illustrious CCCT career began with his lauded performance as Thaddeus Appledaddy in his first year of Drama Camp. After successfully becoming so old that CCCT would no longer let him return as a camper, he began work as a Counselor, believing there would be free snack. Free snack there was, and the rest is CCCT history. He is currently a Senior in high school and will be attending Brown University next year.

Valerie Weak is back at CCCT for A-camp after a 3 year gap!  Camp Director from 1999-2005, A Camp Director from 2006-2009.  Valerie led master classes in acting/auditioning for the Musical Teens this past year, and is a San Francisco based actor and theater educator who has acted with San Francisco

Shakespeare Festival, Center REP, Impact, and Word for Word.  Looking forward to a summer with lots of counselor improv, fantastic student scene work, and hopefully an otter pop or two.

Sarah Winter Sarah's first appearance on CCCT's stage was in 1999, as a Torreadorable as well as a tap dancing boy in the musical Gypsy. She performed in a handful of musicals throughout middle and high school, while maintaining a focus on dance. Dance remains one of her many hobbies, and she stays connected to CCCT through her mom, Holly, who works at every show--despite the fact that her daughter is no longer in them!

Austin Zumbro started as a camper at Live at CCCT Summer Drama Camp when he was 12 years old. Six years later, he started at Stanford University, where he studied creative writing and improvised theater. Four years later, he graduated with a degree in neuroscience. Since then, he has largely spent his time writing creatively, improvising performances, and looking for an opportunity to utilize his impractical neuroscience degree.