Krystina Alabado

Krystina began her professional career in Crazy for You at Phoenix Theatre after performing with VYT, starring as Susan in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL and part of the Voices of VYT in 2007 - 2008. After one year of study at Arizona State University in musical theatre, she landed a role in the first national tour of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Spring AWAKENING, which traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada for two years until its close in 2010. Krystina lives in NYC and played the role of Dora in the original reading of the off-Broadway musical FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY written by Julianne Moore. Krystina is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Visit her website at

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL as Susan and part of the Voices of VYT in 2007-2008.

Stuart Ambrose

Stuart has numerous stage, concert and television credits to his name. He has appeared in CAMELOT, starring Michael York (Sir Lionel/Lancelot U/S) THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, starring Val Kilmer at the Kodak Theatre in LA (Ramses U/S) 110 IN THE SHADE at Pasadena Playhouse (Starbuck U/S) ANNIE GET YOUR GUN(Frank Butler) Carousel (Billy Bigelow) and WEST SIDE STORY (Tony), to name just a few. He has appeared with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra alongside Dick van Dyke, Judy Kuhn and Jodi Benson, the Atlanta Pops, and the Indianapolis Symphony with Sandi Patty. Stuart has made multiple appearances on GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS. In 2006 he released his first solo album featuring new music by LA and NY based songwriters along with a few covers, and a unique five-part a cappella arrangement of Amazing Grace. Stuart is proud to be a Sergeant in the Marine Corps' 2nd Battalion 23rd Marines in Pasadena. He is married to film/television actress Megan McNulty and they live in LA.

Stuart made his debut with VYT in the VYT/Phoenix Theatre co-production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in 2005. He is proud to have worked with VYT and would recommend it highly to any young actor looking to work hard and do great theatre. For more information visit

Lauren Antioco

Lauren is the Director of Education and director of the Playmakers Performance Troupe at VYT. She completed graduate school at ASU with a teaching certificate in Theatre Arts and has a B.A. in Theatre Arts & Psychology from Iona College in NYC. Lauren appeared in productions of ANNIE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, CINDERELLA, MACBETH, RUMPELSTILTSKIN, WEST SIDE STORY, and A BROTHER'S GRIMM TALE. She has also directed shows including THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, CHARLOTTE'S WEB, RAPUNZEL, and THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA.

Elyse Ault

Off-Off Broadway- Blossom Squiggy & The Goldfish, International - Celia As You Like It (Italy), The University of the Arts - Hattie Laundry & Bourbon, Penny You Can't Take it With You, Featured Einstein’s Dreams (NY Workshop), Ensemble Wit and Athena Fire of the Gods. Film Credits include Roxxxanne Kingdom of Rock Diane Betrayal. Upcoming: Affordable Apartment. B.F.A. Musical Theatre, The University of the Arts.

The Wiz, Honk!, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Emily Lynne Baker

Emily is employed by Disney Cruise Lines as a main-stage entertainer and is close to her good friends Cinderella and Snow White, along with several other Disney favorites. She was featured as one of the "Doo-Wop" girls in VYT's 2001 production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, followed by THE WIZ in 2002, CINDERELLA, and TITANIC, which received an AriZoni Nomination. Emily has also performed with other local theatre companies, including Phoenix Theatre, Tempe Little Theatre and Gilbert's Hale Theatre. She toured Italy with a production of Caterina's Son.

Thomas Bigley

Since that time, besides having performed in a great many shows in the Phoenix area, I have moved to Los Angeles and been one of the founding members of the Porters of Hellsgate Theatre Company, a Shakespeare theatre company committed to bringing the immortal words of the bard to a new generation of theatre goers. I have played many roles in many plays with this growing company, Richard II being one of my favorites. Most recently, I have directed and produced our hit production of HAMLET, and played Rosencrantz in the same show, as well as the Rosencrantz in Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, which we presented in repertoire with HAMLET. A lot of what I know about theatre, I learned at VYT.

I started at VYT in ‘97 as a chorus member in GREASE. After GREASE, I performed in ANNIE, VYT's first production at the Herberger Theatre Center, as Officer Ward and various other roles. The next show at the Herberger, I played the Wizard of Oz in the play of the same name, and when we lost the space in the Tower Plaza Mall, I helped with the building of the new theatre that stands today. While we were in the church, I did everyone’s holiday favorite A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL as Winnie the Pooh, a “Waltzing Nazi” in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and served back stage as deck manager for YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, all at the Herberger. Once the new theatre was built, I performed in the inaugural production of BYE, BYE BIRDIE, where I played Mr. Johnson and the Tenor in the Quartet, a role that, in large part, led to my playing and singing one of my favorite roles, Archibald Craven in THE SECRET GARDEN. I fulfilled a dream of mine and got to work with Jon Gentry when he directed me as Badger in THE WIND AND THE WILLOWS. I had seen Jon in ATP’s THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED front-row center when I was in high school, and, long story short, I knew I wanted to be an actor from that moment on. After that came The Teen Angel in GREASE at the Herberger, and the last show I did with VYT, though certainly not the least, was TITANIC, where I had the great pleasure of playing Wallace Hartley.

Casey Daniel Blonde

A graduate of American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Casey is now a working, professional actor based in New York City. Recently, he starred in professional productions of GREASE, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, PIPPIN and in touring companies of POCHAONTAS and SLEEPY HOLLOW. Casey's first stage experience was as Grandpa Joe in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY back in 1990. He also starred as the Pied Piper in THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN. (VYT) was the center of my universe for the time I was there. Thank you for helping to plant the theatre seed in my mind so many years ago."

Alex Blouin

Was in VYT's first ANNIE production at The Herberger Theater Center in 1997. Other VYT shows include CINDERELLA, GREASE, and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Recent roles include wrangling child actors in THE LION KING on Broadway and playing the Wicked Witch of the West in THE WIZARD OF OZ in Philadelphia.

Annie (Karstens) Boon

Annie is currently Associate Editor of the Daily News-Sun and Northwest Valley Newspapers, living in El Mirage. Annie married Adrian Boon (alumni Alana Messinger's cousin!) and several of her bridesmaids and wedding guests were dear VYT friends. Recently wrapped filming a feature film in Phoenix called Kids in America starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris, produced by Universal and Imagine Entertainment. Annie has the principle role as the Sobbing Girl, and earned her SAG eligibility. See Annie's IMDb entry.

Her first show at VYT was PINOCCHINO in 1991 playing along side her brother, Sam Karstens (also an alumni). She was part of the "construction crew" that cleared out and built the basement theater at Tower Plaza Mall. Annie continued in VYT plays for more than six years, performing as Anne in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, Virginia in the CANTERVILLE GHOST and Marty in the very first GREASE.

Alexandra Brewer

After Graduating from New School for the Arts and Academics in 2005, Alex moved to Florida to intern with Walt Disney World as a Character Performer and Parade Dancer. Upon returning to Phoenix she performed over the next few years with Nearly Naked Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre, Desert Stages, and Tempe Little Theatre, during which she received 2 ariZoni nominations. Alex then moved to Los Angeles where she took a break from acting to pursue modeling. Most recently she returned from living in Japan where she modeled and wrote for her blog. Next up - New York City! Check out her website and blog at Alex appeared in THE HOBBIT and CHARLOTTE'S WEB during the 2003-2004 Season at VYT. Alex shares, "Some of my favorite theatre memories are with VYT as a young actor I learned so much! Such amazing, talented, and wonderful people have been a part of VYT, I'm blessed to have been on that stage."

THE HOBBIT and CHARLOTTE'S WEB 2003-2004 season

Stefanie Brown

Since graduating with her BFA in musical theatre from the University of Arizona, she moved to NYC and got an agent. She soon returned to AZ for Arizona Theatre Company's HAIR where she was in the ensemble and received her actors equity card. Following HAIR, Stefanie was immediately cast in the national tour of WICKED. Stefanie is currently on the Broadway national tour of WICKED as Ensemble/Glinda and Nessarose u/s.

Stefanie performed as Lily in VYT's production of ANNIE in 2004. She also performed in VYT/Phoenix Theatre's joint production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in 2005.

Nick Cartell

Nick first got the acting bug while watching a children's tour of Cinderella and has been performing in theatre ever since, starting with Valley Youth Theatre, Greasepaint Youth Theatre, Stagebrush Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and Theatre on the Hill in Westminster, Maryland. Some of Nick's favorite roles are Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tony in West Side Story, Anthony in Sweeny Todd, Able in Children of Eden, Jack in Into the Woods, My Way and Route 66, along with Man 2 in the Maryland premier of Songs for a New World. Nick next performed at the Tokyo Disney Resort, then made the big move to New York, where he resides with his fiancé, and where he has performed in the showcase production of The Flood and staged readings of The Man Who Would be King and Frankenstein: A New Musical, which appeared off-Broadway. Nick was part of the Regional Premier of Altar Boyz at the Mason Street Warehouse playing the role of Abraham the show is moved to 37 Arts Theatre in New York City with an all star cast that included Hunter Foster, Christiane Noll and Steve Blanchard. “VYT opened up the doors to theatre to me,” Nick explains. “I started with VYT in 8th grade and am living in NYC and theatre is my life. If you want a great place to get involved in theatre and learn the discipline that goes with it while making lifelong friends, VYT is the place. Thank you VYT for giving me my start that was once a dream and now is a reality.” To keep up with Nick, visit him at

Katie Rex Casey

Katie graduated from LMU with a BA in Musical Theatre and returned to Arizona to work as VYT's Artistic and Education Associate. She studied voice, dance and performance in her free time. She lived in Japan with her husband, Joe Casey, whom she met at VYT, teaching English to junior high students and travelling as much as time allowed. Katie also taught jazz dance to community members. When she and her husband returned to the United States they added a child to their family. When time permits, Katie continues to perform, teach dance, and study singing and dance and has high hopes of obtaining a Master's in Dance. Her acting credits at VYT include: WEST SIDE STORY (Anita), SOUND OF MUSIC (Maria), PETER PAN (Peter), THE SECRET GARDEN (Martha), BYE BYE BIRDIE (Kim), CINDERELLA (The Fairy Godmother), and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Silly Girl/Ensemble). She directed JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, CHARLOTTE'S WEB, WINNIE THE POOH, and JUNGLE BOOK and choreographed BYE BYE BIRDIE, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, and THE SECRET GARDEN and assisted with choreography for THE WIZARD OF OZ and CATS.

Cynthia Chanin

Since doing theatre with VYT: -Arizona State Champion in Duo-Acting and National Finalist in Drama (Speech and Debate) -Scholarship recipient to the USC School of Theatre -Received Phi Beta Kappa at USC and double-majored in Theatre and Psychology, minored in Mathematics and Comparative Literature -Made her feature film debut as a high school fan-fiction writer in the award-winning dark comedy CYXORK 7 with Ray Wise and Paget Brewster -Has starred in several other independent features with Debi Mazar, Leslie Ann Warren, and John Heard -Currently does animation voiceover (has voiced many cartoon characters) -Also runs a Los Angeles based academic tutoring company in which she has helped students attain 2400s on their SATs, gain admission to Ivy League schools, and ace a wide range of high school and college level courses -Currently resides in Westwood, CA with her maltese Sorsha and is an avid yoga practitioner and a vegan.

Played Stepsister Joy in CINDERELLA (1997)

David Chorley

David moved to southern California in 2003 and has never stopped acting, performing in six plays a year. His California credits include THE PRODUCERS, THE HOBBIT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, PICASSO AT THE LAPINE AGILE, THE LYING KIND, NOISES OFF, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, ROCKY HORROR SHOW SANTA CLAUSE CONQURES THE MARTAINS, TAMING OF THE SHREW, STAR WARS: A NEW MUSICAL and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPERE ABRIDGED. He has directed several shows and is a proud member of Improv Shmimprov ( Dave started performing with VYT in 1996 in WEST SIDE STORY. In PETER PAN he played Mr. Darling and a pirate, and his performance as Willy Wonka still has children laughing. He won an AriZoni award for his direction of VYT's THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES in 2001. VYT audiences best know Dave for his portrayal of the lecherous disc jockey Vince Fontaine in all three productions of GREASE (1997, 2001, 2004). He won an AriZoni for HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINES WITHOUT REALLY TRYING and three Maxie awards for Best Up and Comer, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Direction of a Comedy.

Chris Ciccarelli

I am currently living in LA where I have pursued a career in Musical Theater and Film. I recently finished working as a mianstage singer with Disney Cruise Lines as well as performing for a year at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. Since moving to LA I have been featured in various musicals including MISS SAIGON, THE FULL MONTY, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Dames DAMES AT SEA, THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. I am currently working on making the transition from stage to screen, and intend to focus primarily on film in the future.


Emily Conforto

Emily graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a major in Fine Arts and minor in Sociology and Journalism. She has an amazing dog named Juno and is in a band called A&M and working on a demo. Emily appeared in VYT’s production of ANNIE, played Lucy in THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, Snoopy in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, and Marty in GREASE.

Joel Cranson

With a BA in theatre from Grand Canyon University, Joel has also been seen in such shows as NOISES OFF(Lloyd), BUS STOP(Dr. Lyman), KING LEAR (Kent), and as Scrooge in the Amlin Gray adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. His most recent involvement with VYT was as Monsieur D'Arque (the asylum owner) in Valley Youth's collaboration with Phoenix Theatre Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. He also had the honor of understudying Stuart Ambrose's role of the Beast. "Thank you, VYT, for continuing to make young people's dreams come true on stage."

Joel's first experience with VYT was at age 16 when he was cast as the Scarecrow in the 1996 production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. He went on to do other VYT shows such as CINDERELLA (King), ANNIE (Rooster), A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TALE (Tigger), and BYE, BYE, BIRDIE (The first show in the new Valley Youth Theatre Fall of 1999).

Chandra Crudup

Chandra graduated from Azusa Pacific University in May 2004 with a Masters in Social Work, and from Arizona State University in May 2005 with a Masters in Social Work. She has performed in Black Theater Troupe's AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE, and THE LIFE, and in Phoenix Theater's Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and also Stage Manages for several of their shows each season. Chandra’s VYT work includes WIZARD OF OZ as a lead Dancer, BYE BYE BIRDIE as Stage Manager, THE SOUND OF MUSIC as Deck Audio, and THE WIZ as Addapearle.

Max Crumm

Starting as a member of VYT’s performance troupes and later appearing in four main stage productions including GREASE (twice), THE WIZ and TITANIC, Max Crumm is now living his theater dreams in New York City. Currently, he is starring in the lead role of Matt in THE FANTASTICKS, which is the longest-running musical in the world. Max won the lead male role, Danny, in NBC's GREASE: YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT! and starred for one year in the 2007 Broadway revival of GREASE. Crumm has also appeared in movies including a role in EASY A (which co-starred VYT alumna Emma Stone).

Joe DiGiovanni

I am currently in L.A. and have been on CRIMINAL MINDS, Disney, Nickelodeon, and done several voiceovers for new movie ENDERS GAME and a new animated project on Nickelodeon.


Mary Donnelly

Mary attended the New School for the Arts and Academics Charter High School here in Arizona. She left for NYC after high school to participate in a Summer Acting Intensive at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She was accepted to the full time program after the Summer Intensive and afterward studied at Ron Stetson Studios. She lived and worked in NYC as a professional actress for four and a half years. She is honored to be celebrating her tenth year as a member of Actor's Equity. While pursuing her acting career, she completed a Bachelor's degree in Human Services, a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling with a Concentration in Expressive Art Therapy, and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She now lives in Arizona and is grateful for the experience to have been the former Chief Executive Director of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts for five and a half years and is currently on the volunteer Board of Directors for the Spina Bifida Association of Arizona (SBAAZ).

Mary thoroughly enjoyed participating in her first Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) production in 1997 as Charlotte in CHARLOTTE'S WEB. She gained just as much enjoyment out of playing the Wicked Fairy in SLEEPING BEAUTY.

Nicholas Gearing

I am currently teaching English and Drama at Hillcrest Middle School in Glendale, AZ. I am nearly finished with my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, as well. I have been honored to be selected as one of five 8th grade English teachers in the United States to be a Master Teacher with the and NEA Master Teacher Program. In addition to teaching, I sing in the band Flying Standby that was featured on two of Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding albums.

Performed as A-Rab in the ariZoni winning WEST SIDE STORY in 2000 at the Herberger.

Chad Frederick Gilbert

Chad performed with VYT’s Improve Troupe for two seasons, interned and directed at summer camps, and helped start VYTeens and participated in it for three years. He moved to California in 2007 and graduated from San Diego University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, where he majored in public relations. Chad moved to LA to work in the entertainment industry as an actor and public relations specialist. Chad played Toad in VYT’s A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD(AriZoni Award WINNER), the Cat in HONK! (AriZoni Award Nominee), Joe in SCHOO HOUSE ROCK LIVE!, Geppetto in PINOCCHIO (AriZoni Award WINNER), Tweedle Dee in ALICE IN WONDERLAND (AriZoni Award WINNER), The Funky Monkey in THE WIZ, Mike Tee Vee in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, Fagin's Boy in OLIVER! (AriZoni Award Nominee), Yorick in THE LITTLE MERMAID(AriZoni Award Nominee), and many more!

Sean Rhys Gilyeat

Sean played the title role in Nearly Naked Theatre's production of Tommy on the Phoenix Little Theatre stage. He attended the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and summer programs with the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He works as an actor in film and theatre, and as a vocalist/songwriter. His first album, which he wrote and self-produced, was released in 2007. Sean performed in TITANIC playing Captain EJ Smith. He started with VYT in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THE SECRET GARDEN and BYE BYE BIRDIE.

Kimiko Glenn

Kimiko graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan as a musical theatre major and was honored to represent the Musical Theatre department in the school's "Collage" performance in October, 2006. She was a 2007 NFAA youngARTS Winner in Theater and one of fifty youths nominated nationally to be a 2007 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She graduated from Boston Conservatory and played the role of Thea in the national tour of Broadway's 2007 Tony award winning Best Musical SPRING AWAKENING. VYT audiences enjoyed Kimiko for over seven years, as Demeter in CATS, Ursula Merkle in BYE BYE BIRDIE for which she received an ariZoni Award, Aunt Sponge in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, and Turtle in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, Young Frog and Squirrel. She also performed as Ayah in THE SECRET GARDEN, ensemble in the joint VYT/Phoenix Theatre production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: INTO THE WOODS. She is currently starring in the hit Netflix series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.

Cooper Hallstrom

I am currently a Senior BFA Musical Theatre Major at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


Katie Olsen Hart

While I was still in high school, I worked for Phoenix Theatre in three of their contracted plays: PICNIC, I LOVE A PIANO (ariZoni nomination) and BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. In the fall of 2006, I moved to St. Louis, Missouri to pursue my B.F.A. degree in Musical Theatre at Webster University's Musical Theatre Conservatory in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.

My first show at VYT was the fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I also performed in TITANIC (ariZoni nomination), ANNIE, GREASE, INTO THE WOODS, THE WIZARD OF OZ (ariZoni award) and Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEASE (ariZoni Award).

Jesse Havea

Jesse Havea recently graduated from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy’s Musical Theatre Program in NYC (Spring 2009). While attending school, he has served as Company Manager for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine working with stars including Hunter Foster, Sally Struthers, Rue McClanahan, Lorenzo Lamas, and Jefferson Mays on numerous productions. Regional: South Pacific, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Once Upon A Mattress. NY Workshops: Railroad Man, 21: A New Musical. Film: Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage (Summer 2010).

Cinderella (2002) The Wiz (2002) Titanic (2003) (ariZoni Award Nomination) Beauty & the Beast (2005)

Kendell Henle

Kendell moved to California with her family in 2000 and attended Idyllwild Arts Academy, a boarding high school for the performing arts. From there she attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City majoring in Theatre Arts Producing and Management, with a minor in Arts Administration. In 2009 she received her Professional Degree in Arts Administration from New York University. Kendell has worked as the Press Associate for Theatre and Arts with Springer Associates Public Relations, Marketing and Press Assistant at AllStars Youth Arts Center, Producers Assistant to a Tony Award winning Broadway Producer, and Development Associate with NYC's TADA! Youth Theatre. Kendell is currently the Group Sales Manager at New Jersey's leading theatre company, Paper Mill Playhouse.

Kendell appeared in VYT’s A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL in 1996 and CINDERELLA in 1997. She also worked for VYT as a counselor for their summer arts camp in 1999.

Mike Heslin

Graduated with a BFA from the Boston Conservatory.Played Mustardseed in Diane Paulus's THE DONKEY SHOW at the ART (original cast). Recent Commercial: and VerizonPrint/Runway-Puma, Reebok, Mitchells, Navigare, etc. Currently in the national tour of the Tony award winning play WAR HORSE.


Christian Hochhalter

Involved in theater at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee. Professor How Could You. Member of SAG have done a Best Buy international commercial, filmed a TV pilot and short movie that went to Caanes film festival. Am currently waiting to stop growing so tall to get back to LA Auditions. With Bobby Ball/Defining Artists agency in LA. Have been on quite a few interesting auditions - was called back for role in Cheaper by the Dozen with Steve Martin but was too tall for the role they literally got out a tape measure and got an accurate measurement at the call back. I had already filmed a TV pilot with Hailey Duff so I knew I was a full head taller than Hillary's sister. That was a big disappointment I would have really enjoyed working with Steve Martin. That was back in 6th grade. Currently a sophomore at Mountain Pointe. I still have my sights set high for the future.

Started with VYT in the Comedy & Improv Troop, then on to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Augustus Gloop).

Anthony Jackson

I'm currently going to school at Emerson College in Boston, MA. I'm pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre.


S. Lewis Jean

I currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Arizona. In addition to my studies, I have been writing directing and choreographing. My goal is to make a good living directing/ choreographing all over the United States as well as Europe. Creating new and exciting pieces of theatre is my absolute joy in life.


Elizabeth Joseph

Lizzy enjoys raw food, healing, singing, school, loving life, growing, learning, LOVING.


Chelsea Kane

Successful television and movie actress, Chelsea Kane began her career at VYT as Marta in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. She also performed in PETER PAN, THE WIZ, CINDERELLA, OLIVER!, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, TITANIC and her favorite role of all time as Mary Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN. Chelsea is currently co-starring as Riley Perrin in the ABC Family sitcom BABY DADDY. She finished in the top 3 during Season 12 of ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS and also has many television credits on the Disney Channel and The CW. Among her movie credits are BRATZ: THE MOVIE where Kane sang two songs on the film’s soundtrack.

Suzanne Karpinski

Suzanne is a theater director, musician, and piano teacher living in Los Angeles. She is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Sacred Fools Theater Company in Hollywood where she has much of her work in the last two years, including Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays, the world premiere of The Gas House, and the late night sketch show Serial Killers. Other directing credits include: TRUE GENIUS, QUILLS, THREE MORE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS and TITANIC. Suzanne has worked as an Assistant Director at South Coast Repertory (DUMB SHOW), The Old Globe (THE CONSTANT WIFE), and Center Theater Group (SOLOMANIA: TAKING FLIGHT). She recently received a Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership to assist at Pasadena Playhouse. In 2004, she graduated with a BA in Theater and Dance from Chapman University.


Samantha Kneale Taylor

After earning her BS in Business Management at ASU, Samantha now enjoys working as a Scenic Artist for Pacific Event Productions in San Diego, CA. She is also co-founder and owner of SamjenArts – a small business specializing in original fine art and home décor. VYT gave her the inspiration to take risks and pursue what has become a life defining career in the arts!

Samantha Kneale Taylor had the pleasure of acting onstage at VYT in ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2003), PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (2001), and as a cast member of VYT’s Improv Troupe for several years. She later went on to participate in 13 other VYT shows as a backstage tech. Her favorites include TITANIC (2003), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2005), and two productions of THE WIZ (both in 2003). It was her work at VYT as a tech that led her into a career in theater and scenic arts.

Danya LaBelle

Danya is a recent graduate from Boston University with a BFA in theatre arts, where she specialized in acting, directing, and writing. Danya currently resides in New York City where she is working hard at her career in film and television. Danya is involved with a lot of comedy in the city, including doing a lot of improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade.


Paul Leighton

After high school, I made the difficult decision to take a break from theatre in order to pursue my passion for photography. The many friends I made over the years at VYT always encouraged me to follow my dream of being a professional photographer and helped me get to where I am today. Assisting the tech crew with lighting and experiencing the set up of a show laid a foundation for how I light models in my images. And all of those little photo-shoots in the red room and cast party's have now evolved into a career. I moved to Santa Barbara, California after high school in 2009 to attend Brooks Institute of Photography. I will be graduating Brooks in 2012 with a BFA in professional, commercial photography.


Katie Lemelin

Katie traveled with the Renaissance Festival for two years, she has also made small appearances in five films and countless tv shows. She plans on moving to Los Angles in 2013.


Jerome J. Lowe

Jerome is currently living in St. Louis, Missouri pursuing a B.F.A. in Webster University's Musical Theatre Conservatory at the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.

Jerome's very first production was with VYT in the first JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Following that he was in five more production with VYT. His favorites include A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (AriZoni Nomination), and GREASE.

Todd MacIntyre

Todd MacIntyre has performed as a featured soloist and in ensemble at such notable venues as the Kennedy Center, Billboard Live Tokyo, Koussevitzky Music Shed, Seiji Ozawa Concert Hall, Orpheum Theater, Herberger Theater, Gammage Auditorium, Chandler Performing Arts Center, Chase Field (Diamondbacks), and USAirways Center (Phoenix Suns). He has been a featured soloist with the ASU Symphonic Choral, Scottsdale Community College A’cappella Choir, and has been hired extensively for profit and non-profit concerts alike throughout California, Arizona, Hawaii, Colorado, Virginia, Illinois, Washington DC, Eastern Canada, Saipan, and Japan. As a vocalist, Todd has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Arizona State University, and Royal College of Music (UK) working with such notable vocalists as Gary Durham, Franc D’Ambrosio, Lorenzo Malfatti, Matthew Larson, Phyllis Hoffman, Anne Elgar Kopta, David Britton, and Stephen Roberts. Todd has worked as a model in national print campaigns for PetSmart and Dillard’s. Todd has also performed with Tokyo Disney, Holland America Line cruises, Arizona Broadway Theatre, and The Phoenix Opera. He is an ariZoni Best Actor award recipient and two time nominee. Todd graduated from Arizona State University Summa Cum Laude having studied Economics and Musical Theater.

Todd performed in VYT's productions of CINDERELLA (2002) and THE WIZARD OF OZ (2005).

Megan Mahoney

Megan is currently studying Musical Theatre in NYC at Pace University and CAP21.


Alyson Maloney

Alyson played Belinda Cratchit/Female Ensemble for three seasons with Actors Theatre of Phoenix’s annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. In 2007 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Alyson started acting when she was five years old after watching a Shirley Temple film. Her early training began with the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, and the Omaha Community Playhouse. She moved to Phoenix in 2001 and her favorite roles include THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Sarah Mae, Phoenix Theatre/Cookie Company), THE MIRACLE WORKER (Helen Keller, Scottsdale Community Players, Maxie Honorable Mention), WAIT UNTIL DARK (Gloria, Tempe Little Theatre, AriZoni nomination), and 102 (Laura, Is What It Is Theatre, original drama). Alyson's VYT credits include CHARLOTTE'S WEB (Ensemble), A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL 2004 (Eeyore), JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Narrator, AriZoni Nomination), and A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Mouse, Squirrel, Mole).

Kevin Manning

Writing music, still playing piano, living life to the fullest with my wife and three step-kids and two of my own


Sarah Masi

Sarah moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and has been acting and modeling ever since. Sarah has appeared in many national television commercials including: Fancy Feast, TJMaxx, Ross, Chase Bank, US Army, Hoover, Cafe Latte, and XBOX. She has also been successful in print work appearing in national advertisements for Coke, Verizon, Apple, and several others. Sarah is represented by the Osbrink Agency in Los Angeles and is currently staying busy auditioning for commercials and television.

Sarah Masi started out at VYT as a member in the touring performance troupe and also the improv comedy troupe. She then moved on and played one of the sisters in the mainstage production of THE LITTLE MERMAID at Valley Youth Theater and was a Wife in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Herberger Theater.

Joe McClean

McClean studied at Southern Utah University (home of the Utah Shakespearean Festival) on a one-year Shakespeare performance scholarship. When the money dried up, Joe moved to NJ and worked as a carpenter while finding his way into the NJ and NYC theater scene. During this time, he was chosen to study at the Royal National Theater studio program in London, England, and spent two years on the road acting in U.S. national touring children's theater. His love for movies brought him to LA in 2005 where he started Red and Tan Productions with Sarju Patel, premiering his first feature film THAT FALL (written, produced, and starring McClean) in 2006 at the Dances With Films Film Festival. Red and Tan’s award-winning, stylized-comedy, “MONEY PLEASE!” about the fall of the American economy, played a dozen film festivals in 2009, and went on to appear in place of coming attractions for the film THE COMPANY MEN at Cinebarre Theaters in 5 U.S. cities. Red and Tan's short film TRAVESTY (written and produced by McClean) garnered film festival nominations for Best Dramatic Short Film and Best Actor in a Short Film. Other shorts written and directed by McClean are COFFEE CONNECTION, ANOTHER DAY, SWITCHAROO, JUST ANOTHER JOE, BOY TALK, and HOW TO MAKE A DAVID LYNCH FILM. LIFE TRACKER, McClean's first feature film as writer and director, starring another VYT alumn, Matt Dallas, will be released on October 15th, 2013.

At Valley Youth theatre, Joe participated in PRINCESS AND THE PEA(1997), JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1997).

Alana Messinger

Alana graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s Degree in English. She sang throughout her undergraduate studies and acted in a few independent films. She holds many memories from VYT close to her heart her experience began in the late 1980's or early 1990's as the White Rabbit in ALICE AND WONDERLAND, a role she returned to in a later VYT production. Her favorite role was Lucy in VYT’s first production of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. She was involved in numerous other productions until 1997 including ANNIE, SLEEPING BEAUTY, and CINDERELLA, participated in VYTeens and sang in the touring group.

Dave Mittner

He now lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife and son.

Though having left theatre to pursue a career in software development, Dave's times with VYT are among his most cherished memories. Introduced to theatre by fellow alumni Joel Cranson to serve as Stage Manager for a production of THE WIZARD OF OZ, he returned again for a second trip down the Yellow Brick Road at the Herberger Theater.

Kristen Mozaffari

Kristen is an active member of the local independent film community and works primarily as a director, editor, actor, writer and sound mixer. She is married with two lovely daughters who are now old enough to join Valley Youth Theatre as well! :)

Kristen was part of Valley Youth Theatre in 1991, first in the role as the Chef in SLEEPING BEAUTY and then as the Golden Goose in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (where she had to wear a giant goose head and sing a solo song about golden eggs!)

Wolfram Ott

Wolfram Ott is now a New York based lighting designer, currently working as a lighting designer and lighting director with the New York firm, The Lighting Design Group. The Lighting Design Group, the largest television lighting design firm on the East Coast, is a consortium of designers specializing in broadcast studio design, exterior and remote location design, the design and installation of permanent broadcast lighting systems and designs in architectural settings. The Lighting Design Group has won numerous Emmy Awards for both our “Design” and “Team Technical” work. Wolfram has been with LDG since the fall of 2009, primarily serving as an assistant lighting director at CNN New York, and CNN’s sister network HLN. At CNN and HLN he has served as a lighting director or assistant lighting director on a wide range of shows including Anderson Cooper 360°, Larry King Live, and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Away from CNN Wolfram has also been a lighting director for a variety of cooking shows including Five Ingredient Fix, Kelsey’s Essentials, and Emeril’s table. In 2011 Wolfram received his first Emmy Award nomination for his work as assistant lighting designer and lighting director on MSNBC/NBC News’ Education Nation 2010. Wolfram again worked as assistant lighting designer and lighting director on NBC News’ second annual Education Nation in September of 2011. The design earned Wolfram and his colleagues a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Lighting Direction and Scenic Design. Wolfram just completed work on the third annual Education Nation, and Democracy Plaza 2012 Live From Rockefeller Plaza both for NBC News, as well as ABC''s DICK CLARCK'S ROCKIN' NEW YEARS EVE. In addition to his television work, Wolfram has also worked extensively in theatre, and dance in New York and regionally.

Wolfram first appeared with Valley Youth Theatre as a member of the male ensemble for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. He was also seen in TITANINC (John Astor), CHARLOTTE'S WEB (John Arable), and THE HOBBIT (Gollum) for which he received his first AriZoni Award of Excellence. In Wolfram's time with VYT he was also a member of the improv troupe, and was intern working with the Lowell Afterschool Playhouse. Wolfram also had his first taste of technical theatre while working for Valley Youth Theatre, having worked as an electrician and follow spot operator for a number of shows in his time there.

Courtney Ozer

Courtney graduated from New York University with a B.A. in political science and creative writing in 2000, and from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D. in 2003. She was editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Weekly, senior articles editor and line editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, recipient of the Michael Feldman Advocacy Award, and student member of the admissions committee. Upon graduation from law school, Courtney worked in New York with the litigation firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP for eight years. She then moved to the New York boutique litigation firm of Levine Lee LLP for a year and a half. She is currently Senior Counsel - Litigation at Unilever, a worldwide consumer products company. She is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Professional Responsibility and the Inn of Court. In her spare time, Courtney is also copy editor for mom Hope Ozer's community newspaper CITYSunTimes. She has a daughter, Oakley Basche DeCristofaro, born in 2007. Courtney played Doc in VYT’s very first production, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Her other favorite roles include Giant's housekeeper in JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, lead female in RUMPELSTILTSKIN, the Witch in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, and Jo in LITTLE WOMEN. Courtney also stage managed many shows and directed AFTER THE BALL:THE SEARCH FOR CINDERELLA while still in high school. She was regularly involved in VYT from 1989-1996 and served as president of VYTeens.

Lindsay Page

After VYT, I taught voice for a few years and traveled around Europe for a few months. Now, I am an Assistant Branch Manager at a mortgage company and have a wonderful husband and a two year old son. Thank you Bobb (and everyone else I worked with) for helping to make me the successful and happy person I am today!

WIZARD OF OZ - lead dancer, RANSOM OF RED CHIEF - Mrs. Hicks, A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL (first production) - Stage Manager/set design Summer Workshop, ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Assistant Director, and many, many others!

Mark Perez

I have had troubles with health but through my faith in Jesus have gotten through it. I have decided to become a youth pastor and am currently working on that. I had planned on transferring to GCU for Biblical studies but decided not to for now just to get my health under control.

I played a Lollypop Guild member in 1998's WIZARD OF OZ, I played Mang the bat in the 2000 production of The JUNGLE BOOK, I played a Workhouse boy/Fagin boy in OLIVER! in 2001 (Zoni Nomination) and Middle Earth Chorus in THE HOBBIT in 2003

Shelley Rae Phetteplace

She currently is living in New York City, and has been for the past couple of years. The first job she booked was the national tour of Camelot. Since then, she's been performing regionally in shows like ANYTHING GOES, BRIGADOON, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, and most recently A CHRISTMAS CAROL, in New York City.

Shelley was part of the first production of THE WIZ, and shortly after performed with VYT at the Herberger in CINDERELLA.

Megan Power

Just two months after HSM closed, Megan flew on a whim to New York, where she auditioned for HAIRSPRAY on Broadway and got called back twice for Tracy Turnblad. Since then, Megan knew she was meant to pursue a professional career in acting. She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University's Katherine K. Herberger School for the Arts in 2009, earning her BA in Theatre/Acting. Other credits and favorite roles include: Penelope Pennywise in URINETOWN (ASU/2008), Mom & other roles in UNSTOPPABLE ME! Tour (Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company/2011), Ferris the Tooth Fairy in a new work, SEASONS (Mesa Encore Theatre/2013), and Doris in DAMN YANKEES (Hale Centre Theatre/2013). After auditioning and being called back for the national tour and numerous regional productions of HAIRSPRAY around the country (and understudying the part in Phoenix Theatre's production in 2010), Megan was finally cast as Tracy at Mesa Encore Theatre in 2012 (AriZoni nomination–Best Actress) and then again at Hale Centre Theatre in 2013. Both productions sold out and received great reviews. Currently represented by Dani's Agency, Megan plans on building her film/television résumé and knows she will be relocating to either New York or Los Angeles in the near future.

Megan got her start with VYT playing Aunt March in LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL (2007) and was next seen dancing on lunch tables as Martha Cox in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (2007) at The Herberger Theatre.

Vince Reign

After VYT, Vince signed with Dani's Agency and has been in films like TRASNAMERICA, THE CONTROLLER, JAKE'S CORNER, STAR POWER, DOLLY'S DINNENR and LIKE YOU SAID IT. In addition to film, Vince has landed numerous commercials and public service announcements like "Expect the Max", AMVets, and Valley Metro. Vince was recently featured in MYFM magazine. Follow Vince's career at his website,, or his IMDb entry.

Vince has appeared in several notable VYT shows: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, GREASE and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

Alex Ringler

Attended The University of the Arts where he appeared in many faculty, senior and student choreography shows working with such chorographers as Christopher Huggins, Roni Koresh, Scott Jovovich (Fosse Original Cast) and local Philadelphian Dance Company Brain Sanders' Junk. Alex will be graduating May 2005 with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance with Honors. Alex has appeared as Alonzo/Understudy Munkustrap with Troika Entertainment's North American tour of CATS. See photos of Alex as Alonzo and Munk in the touring production of CATS. In the summer of '07 Alex performed in Naked Boys Singing in Provincetown, MA. After that, he performed as Action in the 50th Anniversary European tour of WEST SIDE STORY. He is currently a Swing in the first national tour of A CHORUS LINE. Alex is proud to have been a part of the Valley Youth Theatre and thanks all involved with the productions he was in for furthering his love of performing.

Brandon Rivard

Currently resides in New York City. His most recent role was Cleopatra in Shakespeare's ANTONY and CLEOPATRA. Graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City, in March of 2006. At AADA, performed in DOLLY WEST'S KITCHEN, MOONCHILDREN, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE GENTALMEN, THE SHADOW BOX, THE THREE ANGLES, and BOYS' LIFE.

WEST SIDE STORY, OLIVER!, THE WIZ (both productions, ariZoni award), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, CINDERELLA, GREASE, A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL, TITANIC (ariZoni award). Also a member of VYT Troupes, Improv, and directed "SNOOPY: THE MUSICAL" at summer camps.

Ashley Robinette

Ashley was the lead in THE LITTLE MERMAID at Valley Youth Theatre and is currently pursuing acting roles in LA where she has an agent and a manager.

Molly Robinson

Graduate of University of Miami Musical Theatre Conservatory (BFA Musical Theatre) Has worked in New York City, Quisisana Resort in Maine, Phoenix Theatre and most recently for the Gyeonggi English Village in Paju-Si South Korea as a performer/composer/lyricist for ESL Children's Musicals. Now she is back in Phoenix and teaching for Valley Youth Theatre!

Everything! Performances from 2000-2005, as well as orchestra and backstage work. Favorite roles include Alice Beane in TITANIC (2003 - ariZoni nomination), Rizzo in GREASE (2005), Esmeralda in PRINCESS & THE PEA (2002 - ariZoni Award), Joy in CINDERELLA (2002) and many more!

Jacqueline Monet Rushing

ASU - Mary Lou Fulton College of Education. I hope to teach drama in a high school or junior high school setting. I also am the production manager for grOWTV a televised ministry through The Winner Television Ministry.


Tommy Sehak

Tommy trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York last year, and recently transferred to The University of Arizona to complete a BFA in Musical Theatre.


Tyler Chad Service

Joined actors equity union, got married and I am currently pursuing my career doing shows like Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, GOLF THE MUSICAL and A CHRISTMAS CAROL to name a few.

VYT credits include: ANNIE, WIZARD OF OZ, SOUND OF MUSIC, TITANIC. Also worked with Valley Youth Theatre as the technical director for two years.

Kimberly Sheperd

Kimberly was last seen performing as Annabel in Lucky Stiff at Hale Theatre. Since then, she founded her own performance company called RhythmSoled with her partner Dustin Loehr. They perform all over the Valley, incorporating different types of performance art. Kim also teaches dance at Dance Energy in Mesa, AZ!

Kimberly performed with Valley Youth Theatre as Mrs. Beaver in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Carbukety in CATS, Ensemble in BYE BYE BIRDIE

Columbus Keith Short

Columbus toured with Stomp and as a backup dancer for Britney Spears. He appeared in ER, American Dreams, That's So Raven, and Judging Amy. Columbus Keith Short recently starred in the feature film Accepted with Justin Long (2006). See the IMDb for more about Accepted. Since doing Accepted Columbus has the done the following: The Trunk (2009) Sabastian Coltrane Armored (2009) Ty Hackett Whiteout (2009) Cadillac Records (2008) Little Walter Quarantine (2008) Danny Wilensky This Christmas (2007) Claude Whitfield Stomp the Yard (2007) DJ Save the Last Dance 2 (2006) Miles Sultana

Columbus starred at Valley Youth Theatre as The Lion in The Wizard of Oz.

Matthew E. Smith

Matt started his acting credits in the 6the grade with Alpha Omega Publishing doing Short Films for Home School Curriculum, and also did Public Service Announcements for the City of Chandler. Matt now is working for Disney Cruise Line on the ship "The Magic" as an Entertainer. He's a great friend with Goofy, Captain Hook and The Beast from Beauty and the Beast. He is having the time of his life doing what he loves to do, making people smile. Columbus Keith Short recently starred in the feature film Accepted with Justin Long (2006). See the IMDb for more about Accepted.

His VYT credits include CINDERELLA, THE WIZ (Spot Operator), "Asher" in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, "Officer Lightoller" in TITANIC, "Artie and Mr. Hull" in ANNIE and Vince Fontain's sidekick "Flip McDoogle" in the preshow for GREASE. Matt also did an Independent Film done by another Alumni, David Chorley.

Jordin Sparks

Born to former NFL player Phillipi Sparks and mother Jodi Wieman-Sparks, Jordin is home-schooled with her younger brother, PJ, who also appeared in The Wiz at Valley Youth Theatre. Her music career has already taken her around the country in a whirlwind tour of award show after another, winning titles including Overall Spotlight Winner in the Gospel Music Association in Washington, D.C., Alice Cooper's Proof is in the Pudding Contest in Phoenix and has placed in numerous other national contests. Here are a few photos of Jordin in VYT shows.

2007 American Idol Jordin Sparks first appeared with Valley Youth Theatre as a Poppy and an Emerald City dancer in The Wiz in March of 2002. She appeared in Cinderella at the Herberger Theater Center in June of 2002 and again when Valley Youth Theatre staged The Wiz at the Herberger in August.

Byron St. Cyr

Byron hit the road in September 2007 with the national tour of My Fair Lady, which ended in Tempe at Gammage Auditorium in June 2008. He was in VYT's production of West Side Story.

Whitney Steele

Recently, Whitney recorded her first EP which can be found on CD baby, Itunes, and the PMN. She also recorded her first music video for her song Storm Warning due to be released in November of 2006. Whitney is currently working on her full length debut album which you can find in March of 2007 which will include the song she wrote, "You Won't See Me Crying", featuring Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms! Watch Whitney's music video.

Whitney Steele's first show at VYT was The Canterville Ghost playing the role of Rebecca. She also performed in A Winnie The Pooh Christmas Tail playing the role of Kanga and in the first Grease production playing the role of Patty Simcox. Whitney was also seen in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as well as the first Bye Bye Birdie production.

Emma Stone

In November 2014, Emma Stone made her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in CABARET, but her acting roots took hold at age 11 as Otter in VYT’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (2000). She was in 14 other shows including TITANIC (2003), CINDERELLA (2002), OLIVER! (2001) and three productions of A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL (2000-2002).

Emma's past show credits with VYT (as Emily Stone) include Otter in The Wind in the Willows (ariZoni Nomination and Drama Beat Award), two seasons as Eeyore in A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail (ariZoni Nomination), Old Queen Maude in The Princess and the Pea (ariZoni Award), Portia in Cinderella (ariZoni Award, Maxie Honorable Mention), and ensemble roles in both productions of The Wiz. Emma's most recent VYT credits include Stewardess Robinson in Titanic Dot and Mother Swan in Honk! Rabbit in A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail Great Mother in The Little Mermaid Dori in Schoolhouse Rock Live! Tweedledum in Alice in Wonderland Ensemble/Wives in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Ashley Stults

Ashley currently attends ASU and will graduate in December of 2006 with a Bachelor's in Theatre. She is currently working in professional theatre in the valley with Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Phoenix and Phoenix Theatre. Some credits include Babette in Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol and The Will Rogers Follies.

Ashley started her theatre experience as an Indian in Peter Pan at the Herberger with Valley Youth Theatre in 2000. Since then she was in many VYT productions including The Wiz (both times), Cinderella, Honk! (Queenie/Grace), The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Titanic (Marion Thayer-Zoni nomination), Charlotte's Web (Charlotte-Zoni nomination), You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally), Annie, Into the Woods and most recently in The Wizard of Oz as Glinda the Good Witch of the North (Zoni Nomination). Ashley was the president of VYTeens in its first year, interned and choreographed at VYT's Lowell Afterschool Playhouse, interned and taught dance for summer camps for at least three years.

Juan Suarez

Juan’s first audition and show for VYT was for the 2002 production of CINDERELLA, cast as the role of Coachman/ Guard. Following CINDERELLA he was cast as Emerald City/ Ensemble in the 2003 production of THE WIZ. Later that summer Juan was a counselor for VYT’s summer camp. After performing with VYT, Juan went on performing at other community theaters. In 2006 Juan then sang and played the violin with ASU Mariachi for two and a half years, also performing at the Mariachi Conference in Tucson, Arizona with Pedro Fernandez and Linda Ronstadt. Now, Juan is attending College America to get his associates degree for Medical Specialties he will be graduating in April of 2013.

CINDERELLA (2002 - Coachmen, Guard) THE WIZ (2003 - Emerald City, Ensemble)

Jen Temen

I played Dainty June in a production of Gypsy at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, IL. It stars Patti Lupone as Mama Rose and Jessica Boevers as Louise. Directed by Lonny Price, Musical Direction by Paul Gemignani. See a photo of Jen in Gypsy with Patti Lupone. Otherwise, I will be a senior Musical Theatre major at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati... graduating in March! woo hoo! Then off to New York City...

VYT credits include Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Milkmaid in Oliver, Ensemble of Grease, Stepmother in Cinderella, Ida Strauss in Titanic.

Alessia Thompson

After VYT, performed in Chicago at Phoenix Theatre then attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Recent credits include the nat'l and int'l tours of Dora the Explorer Live! (Isa) and Go Diego Go Live! (Bobo). She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Alessia recently recorded an album for Kid Concoctions with the pop group NFUSION Music videos to be aired nationally on PBS beginning this christmas season. For more on her adventures check out

Dorothy in The Wiz at the Herberger, Dina in Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Apache Dancer in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Michelle Vezilj

Michelle is a graduate of The University of the Arts. National Tours: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody (Tasha Woode). Regional credits: Aspects of Love (The Walnut Street Theatre). The University of the Arts: Nine (Luisa), Nine Parts of Desire (Umm Ghada), Follies (Young Phyllis), and Savage in Limbo (April). While in New York, she performed in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (Requiem For A Lost Girl) and sang backup for both Billy Porter and Eden Espinosa in a benefit for TDF/CUNY, We've Got the BEAT! (directed by Tony Spinosa, who also directed her in CATS at VYT). Proud member of Equity! For more, please visit:


David Wacker

All-Star and Collegiate Cheerleader. Just finished competing Feb 2011. Attended The Art Institute of Phoenix for Fashion Marketing 2007-2011. QSpeak Theater in Phoenix 2008-2010 Currently reside in Austin, TX pursuing to work in film specializing in costume/wardrobe/styling & set dressing. Getting a styling company started with a partner called OverDosed Styling.

Improv Troupe (2003-2004) ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2003 - Frog Footman, Executioner) CHARLOTTE'S WEB (2003 - Ensemble, Uncle) PINNOCHIO (2004 - Bernado the Baker) Costume Assistant for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT & TITANIC

Megan Walker

She recently performed in Summer of '42 and A TREE GROWN IN BROOKLYN at the famed Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut (where Annie premiered in 1977).

Starred as VYT's first ANNIE in 1994.

Laura Waters

Laura lives and works in LA and recently completed the film Bryan Loves You with George Wendt and Tony Todd. View Laura's Internet Movie Profile Database entry.

Laura (Gasparac) appeared in VYT's THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (2001) and was a member of the inaugural season of the VYT Performance Troupes.

Taylor Wetnight

Taylor is currently living out her dreams and studying Acting at Pace University in New York City. She is apart of their International Performance Ensemble, and has performed in various Pace productions such as A MISCAST CABARET 2013 and 2014. Off-Off Broadway: PRICELESS (directed by Tamilla Woodard) Off-Broadway: THE WEAVERS (directed by Julian Mesri) International: THE WEAVERS (London)

A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL (Woodland Friend, Piglet), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Oompa-Loompa), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Munchkin), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Ensemble), THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (Maid/Ensemble), HAIRSPRAY (Penny Pingleton). Also performed with VYT's Playmakers Troupe where she played Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET, VYTeens, and VYGlee.

Alanna Wilson

A graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University, she is currently living in New York City and is pursuing an acting career. She has appeared in numerous shows, films, and TV pilots. "Special thanks to everyone at VYT for inspiring me to pursue my love of performing."

THE WIZARD OF OZ(Ensemble) and THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Sister Sophia) both at the Herberger Theatre Center. She also appeared as Deborah Sue in BYE BYE BIRDIE.

Chelsea Wolfe

I just finished my first year at the University of Texas at Dallas, studying global business (and hopefully minoring in film studies). I also took a voice class last semester and have signed up for the musical theater workshop at UTD next semester.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL(2007), CHARLOTTES WEB (2007), A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL (2003-4), and PINOCCHIO (2004) Backstage crew for CINDERELLA (2008) and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (2006) Keyboardist for INTO THE WOODS (2004)

Michael Yichao

Yichao graduated summa cum laude from ASU with his BA in Theater and English in 2010. He started and ran a youth theater company, Clopet Theater, in AZ for a year before moving to LA for his MFA in acting at California Institute of the Arts. Since leaving AZ, Yichao has continued teaching, acting and playwriting. His play "hide/seek" won 2nd place at the Kennedy Center's American Colleges Theater Festival, and was a semi-finalist at the O'Neill Theater's National Playwriting Conference. In 2012, he was a member of Core Company at the Orchard Project in NY, and an invited fellow at the National Cabaret Conference at the O'Neill in CT. He recently worked as an actor for Trusty Sidekick, a Theater for Youth company in NYC dedicated to new, innovative works for young audiences. In 2012-2013, Yichao will be teaching the institute improv class at California Institute of the Arts. When Yichao's back in Arizona, he can often be spotted teaching and performing at the Jester'Z Improv theater.

Yichao has performed in: WIZARD OF OZ (1998), OLIVER! (2001), THE JUNGLE BOOK (2006), NARNIA (2007), A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL (2007), JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (2008), PRINCE AND THE PAUPER (2008), AIDA (2009), and the HaHa's Improv Troupe (2006-2007). He played in orchestra for CATS (2006) and Asst. Stage Managed MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (2009). Yichao started volunteering and interning with the Education department and Jessica Graeber in 2006 and worked as a teacher's assistant for several years. In 2009 and 2010, he taught acting for the summer camps and directed one of the summer camp shows (HONK JR. and ARISTOCATS). Yichao also was the intern and musical director for the Playmakers, and also Asst. Director for the Haha's.

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