Ms. Tammy

Instructor

Little Singers, Glee, Musical Theatre

Ms. Dekontee

Instructor

Musical Theater, Acting, Voice

      Bonnie Dolan is an actor, singer, writer, and director based in Los Angeles, CA. She has performed with the South Coast Symphony and on stages across Southern California. Notable performances include Luisa in “The Fantasticks,” Kaliope in “She Kills Monsters,” and as a featured artist in the premiere of “Woke: A Revolutionary Cabaret.” Most recently, she was seen on stage as Rover in “Rover the Bear,” a new show for young audiences using puppets and movement. Notably, she was the assistant director on the lauded devised theatre piece “Dreamers: Aqui y Alla,” which highlights the struggles and fears of undocumented persons living in the US in the current political climate. Bonnie credits her start in performing to her very creative childhood. She is the daughter of a member of the Diamonds and a classically trained soprano turned voice teacher/choral director. Bonnie holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Cal State Long Beach, where she studied closely under Alexandra Billings, Hugh O’Gorman, and Anna Steers.

     Jennifer graduated from Chapman University in 2012 with a B.A. in English Literature and minors in vocal music and dance.  Jennifer has been involved in performing arts from a young age. She began dancing at the age of 3 and began her singing training at the age of 6 with the Pacific Chorale children's choirs. Shortly after, she discovered her passion for musical theater by participating in theater summer camps through her dance studio.  She is equally in love with singing, dancing, and acting, so musical theater very quickly found a very special place in her heart, and remains a huge part of her life to this day.  Stage credits include Oklahoma!, Man of la Mancha, Picnic, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and the Pajama Game.  Additionally, Jennifer has been a member of two dance companies and has performed in and choreographed for music videos. 

​     If anything matches her passion for the performing arts, it is being able to share that passion with her students.  Jennifer has been teaching since 2008-everything from ballet to hip hop to voice to musical theater.  Arts education is incredibly important, and Jennifer can attest to the huge role performing arts has played in her development, confidence, and happiness.  She is thrilled to be able to share that passion and joy with her students!

Ms. Jennifer

Program Manager & Instructor

Musical Theatre, Acting, Creative Drama & Tot 

      April, a southern California transplant, made her stage debut at three years old and was hooked! Favorite Stage Credits include: Helen Jones in Machinal, Elizabeth Hardy in Good Boys and True, Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Dancing Laurey in the “Dream Ballet” of Oklahoma, Lynette in the DC premier of Beastly Beauty, and Julie in the world premier Making up History: Searching for Annie Moore. One of April’s most memorable experiences with stage was seeing the creation of an original, one-woman show Permed from start to finish—writing, directing, and starring in the production, which ran in both the Miami and Washington DC metro areas. 
      At age twelve an interest in fashion lead April to begin modeling both on the runway and in print. By sixteen she was traveling the country modeling and made the transition into TV and Film acting. Favorite TV & Film Credits include: Annette Sanchez on America’s Most Wanted, modeling on Wheel of Fortune, Kelly in Open Door, Bobbie in Heaven Burns, Carly in For Carly, Guest Host on Wild On, Cassandra in the internationally acclaimed film Sisters, and Co-Host of The Downhome Divas.
      Although April spent her early life learning the ins and outs of performing, she was also interested in what made the industry work from behind the scenes. Following this inclination, April integrated herself in all aspects of the business working as a casting assistant, productions assistant, talent coach and assistant director on several projects across the country as well as organized a women’s film festival for a local non-profit. April was also the co-creator and an executive producer of The Downhome Divas, a web series helping women achieve “champagne style on a beer budget.” Recently April wrote, produced and directed theatre for young audiences play Rover the Bear as a part of the Cal Rep affinity series and will be producing the play through-out southern California in fall 2018.  Visit www.RoverTheBearPlay.com for more information about upcoming performances. 
      April holds a MFA in Acting and Performance Pedagogy from California State University, Long Beach; a BFA in Musical Theater from New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatist Guild. April has been teaching acting, dance, voice, public speaking, and body language for 18 years and absolutely loves it.  In addition to performing, April spends her days sharing her passion for the arts and innovative education as the proprietor and artistic director of Take the Stage Productions—a mobile performing arts academy for elementary age children.  Furthermore, April has spent the last three years teaching acting and musical theatre at California State University Long Beach developing the next generation of theatre artists and educators.
       April’s students have been seen performing on stage at regional theaters across the country, at the famous Studio Theater in DC, The world renowned Kennedy Center, and on Broadway; As well as in local, state, and national print ads, commercials, TV shows, and films.  April has an immense passion for the arts and adores sharing this passion with others.  She is so looking forward to working with you, and watching as your skill and passion for these exciting art forms grow!

Ms. April

Artistic DIRECTOR​​

Our Instructors

Ms. Bonnie

instructor

Acting, Musical Theatre, Voice

      Cora grew up locally where she attended the Orange County School of the Arts in their Acting Program. She has recently returned from London where she earned her BA (Hons) in Acting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama under the direction of Geoff Coleman, and Wendy Gadian. One of Cora's favourite things about living in London was being so close to The Globe and RSC since Shakespeare was one of the first things that made her fall in love with Theatre. She has taught at camp OCSA for their summer Musical Theatre and dance camps. She has also taught workshops at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In addition to acting and singing, Cora is also an emerging aerialist and loves all things circus! 
    Cora has always loved working with kids and is so excited to start sharing her passion with the young artists at Take the Stage Productions.  Some of her major credits in London before returning to the States include Jackie and Clara in Hay Fever at the Embassy Theatre, Bryonny Kimmings new project The Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer at The National Theatre Studios, Bellinda in The Man of Mode directed by Philip Franks at The Webber Douglas Theatre in London with a tour to The Guildhall Theatre in Derby, and of course her West End debut at The Fortune Theatre in May. Locally Cora has performed at Shakespeare Orange County in Hamlet, The Pirates of Penzance and as Miranda in the Tempest.  

     Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Long Beach. She has been acting for the past 10 years specializing in the Uta Hagen and Michael Chekhov acting techniques. She has had the opportunity to work on productions with the California Reparatory, the Sierra Madre Playhouse, The Sherry Theatre in Hollywood and Theatre Threshold in Long Beach where she has acted, directed and choreographed. She has also been shown on screen in the film Varsity Punks and TV show True Nightmares.
     Being a actress, director and writer, Brenda is currently filming original written work in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Gabriel area. Prior to acting, Brenda trained with the Los Angeles Folklorico team for 7 years and was in the Hip Hop dance team Nu-Genrah for 2 years. Brenda is currently studying Acting in the University of Tennessee’s MFA program class of 2020.
      Brenda strongly believes in the importance of arts in children’s lives and loves teaching kids. Her love and passion for the art is shared by her love of teaching the arts and she is extremely excited to be working with young artists to capture the moments where every kid shines!

     Steffany has been passionate about the performing arts since she was 5. She sang in local talent shows and took TV/commercial acting classes. Her favorite role she has played was the Narrator in an adaptation of Charlotte's Web. She also enjoys working with kids as much as theater. She has worked within the Fullerton School District as an after school program leader and children's' ministry with Faith Community Church. Steffany is excited to be able to do her two great passions of working with children and theater for Take the Stage Productions.
     

Ms. Steffany

Instructor

Musical Theater & Creative Drama

     Dekontee Tucrkile is a triple-threat performer from California. She got her start performing in church musicals and community theatre. In high school, she performed with Mayfair High School's award-winning show choir "Showtime." She continued her education at Vanguard University of Southern California where she received a B.A. in Musical Theatre in 2014. While in school, she was lucky enough to not only performing in shows but, also helped choreographed both main-stage and student projects.  She was also highly involved in student leadership on campus and was inducted into Vanguard's prestigious honor society, Delta Kappa. 
     After graduating from college, she attended Open Jar Institute in New York City, where she learned the ins and outs of the Broadway world and worked with Broadway professionals such as Jeff Whiting, James Gray, and Bob Cline. Dekontee is an LA based performer and has worked with Todd Schroeder, Tara Strong, Eg Daily, Ashley Argota, Bill Chott and many others during the last few years.  Most recently, she produced a charity cabaret called "Carded with Love" and raise money for the Ora Lee Cancer Research Foundation.  Dekontee enjoys playing guitar, walking her dog and frequent trips to Disneyland. 

Ms. Cora

Instructor

Musical Theatre, Creative Drama,  Acting , Shakespeare

       Tammy studied voice at Carnegie Mellon University and earned her BFA in musical theater from the Boston Conservatory.  Her performing endeavors have taken her from many performances at the Three Little Bakers Dinner Theater in her home town of Delaware, to the national and international tours of Bye Bye Birdie, Nickelodeon’s Rugrats Live, and Dora the Explorer Live, both with unprecedented sold out performances at Radio City Music Hall.  She feels extremely blessed to have spent ten years performing on stages touring throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Philippines.  She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association, the union representing professional stage managers and actors. 
      Tammy is currently a musical theater educator, director, and choreographer in the area, having relocated from the east coast.  Upon arriving in Orange County, she immediately started work as the director and choreographer for Riverside Children’s Theater production of “My Son Pinocchio”.  After a successful run, Tamara has been director and taught private voice lessons at Acting Academy for Kids and most recently served as the director of musical theater at McCoy Rigby Conservatory for the Arts. For seven years, Tamara served as the director and choreographer for Sanford School in Hockessin, De before making the big move out west.  She has also served as the choreographer for the productions of “Kiss Me Kate” and “Annie Get Your Gun” at Longwood Gardens in the DE area.

      Debbie grew up in the beautiful but rainy Pacific North West. Portland, Oregon was her home town, this is where she first fell in love with theater and started performing at a young age. She was shy around people, but yet in her heart she knew this was what she wanted to do, it was her passion. When she stepped on that stage it was like a whole new world of magic, and it became a way for her to open up and express herself. Debbie studied theater and acting in high school and continued her studies of performing arts, musical theater, dance, movement, and creative writing throughout college. While working on her degree she continued to act and be involved with stage, community theater, dinner theater and Children's Theater groups. as well as teaching through the Evergreen School District and now OC community centers and LB school districts.
      Debbie has acted in numerous stage productions throughout Portland, Washington, Hawaii and California. A few of her favorite stage productions have been, Rimers of Eldrich, Guys and Dolls, Owl and the Pussycat, A Night Must Fall, A Chorus Line, Our Town, Hello Dolly, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story, My Sister Eileen, Princess and the Pea, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Her television appearances include, Parks and Recreation, The Middle, Make it or Break it, and How Do I look. She helped in writing and interviewing for a short documentary titled Homeless Street Youth of Portland in 2008. Washington State was using it as an example for documentary course work.
      Debbie has been teaching and directing youth, young adults, and adults for over 15 years. She is extremely excited to be teaching for Take The Stage Productions and truly loves to teach and direct young people. She believes acting will benefit children all throughout their lives no matter what they may choose to do in the future. Acting helps students learn to communicate, to listen to each other, and to open up and express themselves, all while having fun. Debbie can’t wait to create some amazing memories and magic with her students.

Ms. Debbie

Instructor

Acting & Musical Theatre

Ms. Brenda

Instructor

Acting & Musical Theatre

Take The Stage

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