The Theatre Arts School of San Diego, founded in 2012, is a proud resident organization of the
NTC Arts and Cultural District in Liberty Station.
Conveniently located, TAS+SD has lots to offer:
TAS+SD Founder and Director COURTNEY COREY - Head Instructor / Director and Playwright in Residence
From the original Los Angeles and Chicago companies of WICKED, as well as both the 1st and 2nd National Broadway tours of RENT, Courtney is proud to bring her years of experience in the theatre to San Diego. Many people may have seen her onstage at exceptional theatres such as the La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, and the San Diego Rep, but she has also traveled the world, exploring arts and culture. Courtney has lived in Japan, spent the summer of 2011 teaching music to children in Shenzhen, China, and has made numerous journeys to Central America to adapt tribal stories into plays for US audiences. From her many journeys, she is pleased to offer a new spectrum of theatre arts classes at the THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL OF SAN DIEGO.
San Diego Magazine named Courtney Corey as one of “50 People To Watch in 2013.” Having taught privately, and at universities and high schools throughout San Diego County for almost two decades, Courtney recognizes each student’s unique learning style, works with her students to establish goals, and encourages growth by positive reinforcement. She values the artistic process and believes that children (and adults) possess wonderfully creative and innovative ideas that should be expressed through the arts.
Directing/Choreography credits include: LE GRANDE BATAILLE CULINAIRE (playwright / in pre-production), QUEEN OF HEARTS (playwright), THE JUNGLE BOOK (playwright), THE FOOLISH TREE, THE GIRL IN THE SEA, AVERAGE EXTRAORDINARY, HANABI PROJECTS (TAS+SD), CABARET, EVITA (Lewis Family Playhouse), THE TENDER TRAP (Actor's Asylum), A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (San Diego Junior Theatre), as well as many productions of RENT across the country. On any given day, you may find Courtney teaching, directing, choreographing, designing, or building! She is involved in every aspect of the theatre arts and is proud to share these crafts with her students.
MATTHEW ARMSTRONG – TAS+SD Music Supervisor / Composer, LE GRANDE BATAILLE CULINAIRE, QUEEN OF HEARTS, THE JUNGLE BOOK at TAS+SD
Matthew Armstrong recently became the coordinator for all Visual and Performing Arts in the San Marcos Unified School District, after having been the music director for San Marcos High School for many years. In 2014, he was awarded "Teacher Of The Year" for the San Marcos Unified School District, and in 2015 received the CEMA Southern Border Section Outstanding Music Educator Award. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State, he is a highly sought after performer, clinician, and arranger. As a performer he freelances throughout San Diego and regularly performs in San Diego Symphony chamber ensembles, has held the position of principal percussionist with the California Chamber Orchestra, and works regularly in jazz and dixie ensembles.
Mr. Armstrong has taken groups to prestigious events all over the world including Japan, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Australia, China and special performances at the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, the Bands of America National Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble Festival and concerts for U. S. Presidents. Mr. Armstrong is a member of Percussive Arts Society, and the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association. Mr. Armstrong teaches and performs as an Innovative Percussion Artist.
WENDY MAPLES - Director, "Outside The Box" 2015 Short Play Festival
Originally from New York, Wendy holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Education from Arizona State University and a M.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University. Throughout her studies, she had the opportunity to direct a variety of student work, one-act and full-length plays. In 2005, she was nominated for a BRICK Award, honoring pioneers in youth service. A member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, she has presented her work "Nationally" in Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Canada. She currently serves AATE as the Youth Network Chair, highlighting exciting theatre created for and by young artists throughout the United States. In 2006, Ms. Maples founded Step UP Theatre, in which she also served as artistic director, continuing her commitment to provide children with an early exposure to the performing arts. In 2009, she was one of thirty directors selected nationally to attend the Directors Lab West in Pasadena. On stage she has appeared in "Dog Sees God," "Fair Use," and "Pippin" at the Diversionary Theatre and most recently, "Orange Julius" at MOXIE Theatre. Wendy is a founding teacher at High Tech Middle in Chula Vista, teaching theatre in a Project Based Learning environment to students in grades 6-8. She's thrilled to be working with the Theatre Arts School of San Diego!
ALEXANDRA SLADE - Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Alexandra is a San Diego native and has been a proud member of the TAS+SD family for two years as both a dance instructor and an associate choreographer. In addition to her work on TAS+SD's "The Jungle Book" and "Queen of Hearts", Alexandra has choreographed for Monte Vista High School’s honor choir and Spring Valley Middle School’s both intermediate and advanced choirs. Some of her favorite performance credits include Welk Resort Theatre: Hairspray (Lil Inez). Diversionary Theatre: Bare: A Pop Opera (Kyra, assistant choreographer). Old Globe Plays by Young Writers: Light (Danielle Jones). Barnstage Company: Spring Awakening(Anna). San Diego Musical Theatre: Ragtime (Harlem ensemble. Alexandra is excited to continue motivating students, sharing her passion for the arts and creativity, and watching our starts learn to express themselves freely and confidently. Alexandra will be choreographing "La Grande Bataille Culinaire" this spring for TAS+SD!
ATHENA ESPINOZA - Dance Instructor
Athena is happy to join the TAS family! She has previously worked with ACT San Diego and Carlsbad Community Theatre, Directing and Choreographing Seussical, Jr., Annie Jr., High School Musical, Grease: A School Edition, and Into the Woods, Jr. She has also worked with Encore Youth Theatre teaching Musical Theatre Audition Techniques. Regional Theatre credits include Cygnet Theatre: Company (Jenny). Moonlight Stage Productions: I Love a Piano (Sadie), How to Succeed…(Smitty), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Into the Woods (Rapunzel). San Diego Musical Theatre: Bye Bye Birdie (Penelope Ann). Welk Resort Theatre: A Chorus Line (Judy), The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Will Rogers Follies. North Coast Repertory Theatre: Cabaret (Fraulein Kost). Tustin Light Opera: Grease (Marty), Anything Goes (Bonnie). Musical Theatre West: 42nd Street (Diane Lorimar). Television: glee, American Horror Story, Parenthood. Education: M.Ed. Cross-Cultural Teaching, B.A. Music. Athena looks forward to more opportunities to work with students and share her passion for theatre, music, and imagination!
TIERNEY ST. JOHN - Yoga Instructor, in partnership with Happy U Namaste Yoga Center
Tierney moved to San Diego after performing and touring internationally as a dancer, actor and puppeteer for 10 years. After receiving her bachelors in Sociology and Dance from Tulane University, Tierney was afforded the opportunity to choreograph and perform in over 20 countries with a variety of theatrical arts companies including First Physical Theatre Company (South Africa), Tsunami Dance Company (New Orleans) and LightWire Theatre (formerly Corbian Visual Arts and Dance). Feelings satisfied with her performing career, Tierney decided to shift her attention towards yoga in order to explore how one’s physical experience connects to self-awareness and overall sense of happiness.
Completing her first 200-hr yoga certification in the spring of 2013, Tierney has since participated in and assisted with two additional 200-hour yoga teahcer certification programs. Tierney teaches 5 to 9 classes per week at Happy-U Namaste Yoga Center in Ocean Beach. She is thrilled to share her unique experience and perspective on how mindfulness practices, breathing techniques and physical/mental/emotional awareness can enrich not only one’s approach to expressive arts, but one's overall sense of self-satisfaction and joyful living.
KATI DULANEY - Artistic Associate, Acting Instructor
Kati Dulaney is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Special Education and a minor in Theatre. She is glad to be back in San Diego after 5 freezing winters in Chicago. She has worked at Theatre Arts School of San Diego for the past two years during their summer programs. She has created her own theatre camp, which she ran in 2010 and received her Gold Award for Girl Scouts for this camp. She has performed in a variety of musicals including Children of Eden (Eve), The Wedding Singer (Julia), Songs for a New World, Godspell (Soloist By My Side) and All Shook Up (Miss Sandra). She has also performed in dramas, including Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennett), The Diary of Anne Frank (Soloist) and A Christmas Carol (Narrator). She is currently an Instructional Assistant in a Special Education classroom and is looking forward to new endeavors at TAS+SD!
GAYLE COREY - Administrative Assistant
Ms. Corey is an invaluable member of our team at TAS+SD. She holds a B.S. degree in Education from the University of North Texas and has been trained in Montessori education from the Association Montessori International, USA. She comes with many years of experience to the world of theater and the arts. She believes the true value of theatrical training, more than developing a craft, is the poise and confidence it gives young people as they grow up.
EDEN ESPINOSA - 2015 Musical Theatre Master Class
Eden is most recognized for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway production of "Wicked.” She has also performed the role of the green witch in both Los Angeles and San Francisco to critical acclaim. Other musical theater accomplishments include originating the title character in “Brooklyn the Musical” from the original workshop through its Broadway run, starring as Flora in the Reprise Theater Company’s production of “Flora the Red Menace,” and playing Maureen in the closing company of “Rent,” the final performance of which was filmed live for Sony, and is available on DVD and Blu-ray. Eden is also well recognized from her many television appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The 2008 Tony Awards, The 2008 Alma Awards performing with Bebe Winans, Law and Order, and Ugly Betty. Her voiceover credits include several episodes of Robot Chicken, MAD TV, and Sasha Caylo in Titan Maximum. Known for her powerful and emotionally charged vocal style, she was the featured soloist in “Magical,” the fireworks spectacular at the Disneyland Resort and can be heard on such recordings as “Hair” (BCEFA benefit recording), “The Maury Yeston Songbook,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” “John McDaniel Live at Joe’s Pub,” and Scott Alan’s “Dreaming Wide Awake.” Currently, Eden is touring in support of her award winning debut album Look Around that has made it onto the iTunes pop charts alongside many of today’s most notable pop vocalists. Look Around includes several modern Broadway hits arranged with a pop sensibility aimed at pleasing both die-hard Broadway fans and mainstream pop music listeners alike.
MARK MYARS - 2015 Broadway Dance Master Class
Mark was the Associate Choreographer on If/Then, one of Broadway's most original new musicals from the Pulitzer Prize winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey and directed by Michael Greiff. He will be reunited with these amazing creatives this fall as they mount the National Tour of If/Then! Since its conception, Mark has been the Associate Choreographer of In Your Arms, a new dance-play written by ten esteemed playwrights, composed by Stephen Flaherty, helmed by Christopher Gattelli and premiering this fall at The Old Globe. This past summer he worked alongside Lorin Latarro as the Associate Choreographer of Beaches, directed by Eric Schaeffer. Mark was the original Dance Supervisor of the international smash hit Wicked and has remounted Wayne Cilento's Tony-nominated Choreography for over seven companies worldwide including London's West End, Australia, Japan, and Germany. Mark is proud to have choreographed Born to Dance!, a revue that re-lives and re-conceives Broadway's most iconic dance moments throughout the last several decades and stars six of Broadway's most captivating dancers. With every opportunity Mark has been honored to choreograph for an organization he supports himself, BC/EFA. Some of that work can be seen in the Opening Number of Broadway Bares: Happy Endings as well as in the state of Kansas for Broadway Bares: United Strips of America. In addition to choreography, Mark is a Guest Musical Theater Teacher at Broadway Dance Center, STEPS, Broadway Theatre Connection, and Broadway Dreams Foundation. He teaches Master Classes throughout the country.
BRAD BRADLEY - 2015 "How To Survive A Broadway Audition" Master Class
Brad Bradley is a San Diego native who is currently nominated for Best Director and Best Choreographer for The San Diego Critics Circle Awards for his production of SPAMALOT at Moonlight Amphitheatre. His Broadway credits include the original casts of SPAMALOT, PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, ANNIE GET YOU GUN (w/ Bernadette Peters & Reba McEntire), THOU SHALL NOT, STEEL PIER, BILLY ELLIOT, and the special Broadway event, CHITA: A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION. Brad starred as Patsy opposite Gary Beach's and Richard Chamberlain's King Arthur on the 1st National Tour of SPAMALOT. Recently, Brad made his Lincoln Center debut in I AM HARVEY MILK and was part of the Broadway Bound Alliance Theatre's TUCK EVERLASTING. FUN FACT: At age 12, Brad was a backup dancer for Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial.
EVAN D’ANGELES - Director, #happysadmadfun&everythinginbetween at TAS+SD, 2015 Guest Instructor "CATS"
In 1996, Mr. D’Angeles made his Broadway debut in Miss Saigon. Favorite roles include Angel in RENT (First National Tour), Quasimodo in Dennis DeYoung’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (World Premiere), and Terk in Disney’s Tarzan (Post-Broadway Regional Premiere), CATS (German Company), and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Boston and San Francisco productions). He continues to broaden his multi-talents as an actor, writer, director, and producer to create new works with a mission to encourage the next generation of performers to create art which transforms, heals, and enlightens the world.
NEIL DALE - 2014 Guest Acting and Musical Theatre Studies Instructor
Neil began acting at the early age of 10 and has continued his professional career to date. He was born in Liverpool England and has been blessed enough to act and perform all over the world. As a successful TV actor Neil’s English credits include, “Brookside” (Channel 4 TV), “Coronation Street” (Granada TV), “World In Action Special” (Granada TV), “Watching” (Granada TV), “The Bill” (London TV), “Children’s Hospital” (Adult Swim TV) and "SouthLand" (NBC/TNT) just to name a few. His theatre credits include “Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Starlight Express,” "The Buddy Holly Story," “Evita,” “Cats,” “Godspell,”, and is currently playing the role of Thenardier in Lambs Players Theatre's production of "Les Miserables." With over 30 years of on the job experience, Neil’s passion is to help actors of all ages reach their full potential. By sharpening and honing their skills, not only in the audition room but just as importantly outside of the audition room, he hopes to help build their confidence and knowledge so they can always be at their best.
EMILY PADGETT - 2013 "Triple Threat Workshop for Teens"
Ms. Padgett appeared as Daisy in the La Jolla Playhouse production of SIDESHOW and recently reprised the role on Broadway in 2014. Other Broadway credits include ROCK OF AGES (Sherrie), LEGALLY BLONDE, and GREASE, as well as the world premiere of FLASHDANCE (Alex).
JAMES VAZQUEZ - 2013 "Triple Threat Workshop for Teens"
Mr. Vasquez is an award-winning theatre and film director. A partner in Daisy Three pictures, their latest film, THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID, starring Anne Heche, made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. READY? OK! and 29TH AND GAY, both directed by Mr. Vasquez, have played film festivals throughout the country. Theatre directing credits include THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, both at The Old Globe, as well as West Coast Premieres of Fair Use, [title of show] (SD Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding Direction and Resident Musical), and Twist at Diversionary Theatre.
DORY RIGOPOULUS KAFOURE, M.A., CCC-SLP - 2013 "Singers' Vocal Intensive" Workshop
Ms. Kafoure is a licensed speech pathologist specializing in the voice. She uses Lessac, Estill, and Alexander techniques to help singers utilize their instruments safely and effectively. “My passion is voice development, preventing voice misuse, and helping people discover unique body energies they can use in their everyday lives.”
DIONI MICHELLE COLLINS - 2012 "Stage Acting versus Acting for the Camera" Workshop
Ms. Collins is a San Francisco native who fell in love with the arts at a very young age. She was seen in the original Los Angeles and Chicago companies, as well as the Broadway production, of WICKED. Other Broadway credits include: RAGTIME and TABOO (written by Boy George, and produced by Rosie O’Donnell.) Dioni’s passion for performing on stage has also helped her to transition to TV, film and voice overs.
She can be seen as the character Melody on the Hit Nickelodeon/ Nick Jr. show THE FRESH BEAT BAND. Other TV credits include: UP ALL NIGHT (NBC) with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, COMMUNITY (NBC), NICK SWARDSON’S PRETEND TIME (Comedy Central) ; HUGE (ABC Family), THE FRED SHOW (Nickelodeon), and ‘TIL DEATH (NBC).
The mission of Theatre Arts School of San Diego is to teach the cornerstones of theatrical technique and training in a non-competitive environment in which the individual creative potential of each student is encouraged and equally balanced with his/her collaboration with the group. We provide a solid foundation in the theatre arts where the focus is not only on the final product, but the process of artistic learning.
Over the past two years, Theatre Arts School of San Diego has produced six student-written one-act plays, hosted numerous workshops with leading theatre professionals, installed a public art exhibition at NTC@Liberty Station, and are constantly creating top-notch youth theatre productions not only for our students, but for the San Diego community.
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