CO-DIRECTORS OF EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
KIRBY WARD Kirby’s career in the arts has touched practically every facet of the entertainment industry from opera to cartoon voiceovers. He has written for television, stage and film, sang and danced in the showrooms of Las Vegas, headlined with symphonies all over the world and starred on London’s West End and New York’s Broadway stages. He received an Olivier Award nomination as the original Bobby Child in the UK premiere of Crazy For You and he can be heard on the London cast recording. As a director and choreographer, he’s guided theatrical productions all over the world, from New York City to the far reaches of China. Kirby has twice been named Best Director of the Year in Boston and received San Diego Critics Circle Awards for Best Director of a Musical and Best Choreography for 2006. As an educator, Kirby was a special guest director/instructor of the prestigious Central Academy of Drama (CAD) in central Beijing where he directed students in the art of American Musical Theatre. He has done similar work in Seoul, Korea. Last year in Inner Mongolia, he trained a folkloric troupe in the western style of theatre, directing them in an original musical celebrating the life of Kublai Khan. During this time, he oversaw the conversion of a 25,000 square foot Mongolian yurt into a state-of-the-art theatre-in-the-round. Kirby is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity. To read more about Kirby, visit www.kirbyward.com
BEVERLY WARD Bev’s spent a lifetime in the arts. She started singing before she can remember and has been lucky enough to turn it into a living. Her first professional gig was touring with Anne Miller and Mickey Rooney in Sugar Babies. Since then she’s played Broadway, London’s West End, traveled with three more National Tours, been a guest soloist at the Hollywood Bowl, sung her original music at Birdland, and raised three wonderful kids with her amazing hubby, Kirby Ward. She has worked as a teaching artist with San Diego’s Jr. Theatre, The Bijou Theatre Summer Youth Program, Wiremill Academy and, with Kirby, she has built a long-standing relationship with San Diego Civic Dance Arts Program. Bev believes all young people should take part in the arts - especially the performing arts, where they learn collaborative creativity, healthy expression of powerful emotions, and have the opportunity to create friendships that last a lifetime. For more about Bev, visit www.beverlyward.com
MIRIAM ARICHEA (Musical Director) is known locally for her performances as a concert pianist and soloist with the Ventura College Symphony and the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. She was recently honored with the 2014 Mayor's Arts Award for Arts Educator. Miriam has collaborated with vocalists and instrumentalists in a variety of venues, including the Ventura Music Festival, the Ventura Master Chorale series, and the Ventura Unified Festival of Talent. It was through her work at Festival that Miriam began working with Brian McDonald and started to become involved with Rubicon Theatre productions. Miriam also directs the youth music program at her church, and has worked with the Ventura Unified School District choirs as well as the Camarillo Youth Theatre. A lawyer by training, Miriam received her undergraduate and law degrees at Duke University. She presently handles criminal appeals as a court-appointed attorney with the California Appellate Project. Miriam lives in Ventura with her husband Jeff Brackett and their children Josh, Arielle, and Daniel.
DR. JONAHAN DRAHOS (Director/Acting Instructor/Shakespeare Dramaturg/Verse Coach) is the founder and Artistic Director of the Uprising Theatre Company. He hold a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri. Recently, he earned his PhD in Shakespearean literature in the UK. Some credits include Scapin on Broadway directed by Bill Irwin; John Houseman’s The Acting Company with a residence at Joe Papp’s Public Theatre Off Broadway (Twelfth Night, A Doll’s House) and two seasons with the Williamstown Theatre Festival (As You Like It, Big Men Small Rooms). He is also proud to have starred opposite Joanne Woodward in Hay Fever at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. He recently won an outstanding actor award from the Independent Press for his performance of Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare Santa Barbara. He has worked on film in the hit Indie feature "Circuit" and the recently completed "TRIM" and on TV he has appeared on "Jake in Progress," "NCIS," "American Dreams," "One Life To Live" and "Another World." Jonathan has been running the Uprising Theatre Company since 1999 in New York and Los Angeles with his wife Carolanne Marano.
JOHN ENRICO DOUGLAS (Musical Director) Since retiring from the legal profession, John has served as musical director and/or pianist for scores of Broadway musicals and revues at Santa Barbara area high schools, and youth, community and professional theatre companies, including PCPA and Circle Bar B Dinner Theater. For his musical direction of Rubicon's Youth production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, John was honored with a Santa Barbara Indy Award. Most recently he has served as music director for BigStage's Hairspray at the Lobero Theater, Animal Farm at Westmont College, 42nd Street at Goleta Valley Junior HS and the west coast high school premiere of Disney’s Tarzan at Dos Pueblos HS. John’s credits as a songwriter/composer include two shows at Santa Barbara High School (Village Fable, 2008 and Pinocchio, 2009), six shows with City at Peace at Center Stage Theater (2007-2012), and a show at PVAC summer camp (2005). He is in his sixth year as adjunct music instructor at Westmont, where he directs the jazz band and teaches piano, and is in his seventh year as director of the GVJHS jazz bands. John is on staff in the Santa Barbara City College music department, and on faculty at SBCC adult ed. He recently arranged and orchestrated production numbers for the grand opening gala of the renovated Garvin Theater at SBCC. Performing credits include tours with the Pointer Sisters, Donald O'Connor and Eddie Fisher, and shows with Aretha Franklin and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.
JOSEPH FUQUA (Acting Instructor/Director) has been a professional actor for twenty years having graduated from the M.F.A. program at Yale School of Drama where he studied acting with the legendary Earle Gister. Before Yale, Mr. Fuqua also attended many schools and university programs including studies at James Madison University (Communications and Costume Design), S.U.N.Y. Purchase (Voice and Acting), University of London: Birkbreck College (Architecture and Theatre), Rhode Island School of Design (Architecture and Fine Arts), as well as master classes at H.B. Studios with Uta Hagen, (Author of "Respect for Acting" and "Creating a Role"). Joseph became a member of the Renegade Cuccaracha Theatre Company in New York City performing for several years in the popular Underground Soap. A membership with the Circle Rep Lab soon followed. Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs, 110 in the Shade (Lincoln Center), Raft of the Medusa and Yours, Anne. Regionally Joseph has appeared on the stage in varying roles of many well known theatres including Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Alexei in A Month in the Country at the Arena Stage, Iago in Othello at the Dallas Shakespeare Festival and Louis in Angels in America at the Dallas Theatre Center. While in Dallas, Joseph had the honor of teaching advanced acting at Southern Methodist University with Miss Sheridan Thomas. Moving to Los Angeles in 1997, he worked extensively in television, film and theatre. Joseph has guest starred on “The X-Files,” “The Profiler,” “Brooklyn South,” “The Pretender,” “Chicago Hope,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Becker.” On film, he has appeared in “Ed's Next Move,” “David Searching,” “Heyday,” and as J.E.B. Stuart in “Gettysburg,” a role he reprised in the Warner Brothers film “Gods and Generals” with Robert Duvall. L.A. audiences have seen him in The Cat's Meow (Drama-Logue Award), Very Truly Yours, On the Jump at South Coast Rep, and All My Sons at the International City/Theatre of Long Beach. He made his professional directorial debut with J for J (featuring Jenny Sullivan and the late great, John Ritter), presented by Rubicon and 11th Hour Productions at the Court Theatre. In 2000, Joseph joined Rubicon as its first company member having appeared in over 16 productions with Rubicon, including the title character in Hamlet. He has taught middle school, high school and adult acting for the company since that time. Joseph is a member of the Screen Actors' Guild, Actors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
CAROLANNE MARANO (Director/Choreographer) has been a professional dancer/actor for the past 30 years. She recently worked as a Choreographer for My Fair Lady and Choreographer/Director for West Side Story at Rubicon Theatre. She is currently Directing/Choreographing Once on this Island at the University of North Carolina. Her work as a Choreographer include A Night in Paris A Go-Go with Belinda Carlisle/Rufus Wainwright New Year’s Eve show for the LA Philharmonic, Three Musketeers and Avenue Q at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Urinetown, The Drowsy Chaperone, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Romeo and Juliet at Rubicon Theatre, Venus and Adonis at George Cadbury Hall, UK, Music Man at Downey Civic Light Opera, Cabaret at Ashland High School and the film “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X”. As a teacher of Musical Theatre she has taught at The University of Southern Oregon, University of Worcester, UK, and Pineapple Dance Studio in London, England. A member of Actors Equity, she has performed as Nellie Forbush in Downey Civic Light Opera’s South Pacific and at the Hollywood Bowl with Reba McIntire in South Pacific. She has been featured in Gypsy (Louise), Man of La Mancha (Gypsy Dancer), Evita (Tango Dancer/Taiwan Tour), Can-Can (Claudine) and West Side Story (Anita).
PATRICIA LYNN STRICKLAND (Director/Producer/Writer/Actress) is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts West. Her directing credits include over 150 productions and acting in numerous productions throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Patricia is a 2013recipient for the Earth Charter Award for Education and Outreach, a 2009 recipient of the City of VenturaMayor’s Arts Award for Arts Educator of the year, 2007 recipient of The City of Ventura Artist’s Fellowship Award for directing, a 2005 recipient of The City of Ventura Artist’s Fellowship Award for playwriting, a 2001 recipient of the REP award for Excellence in Performance, a 1990 recipient of the County of Ventura Arts Commission’s award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts, and a 2011 recipient of 4 Star Awards for Directing, Set Design and Outstanding Drama for Tea At Five. Ms. Strickland served as the Artistic Director for the Elite Theatre Company for 8 years. She teaches music and drama at St. Bonaventure High School (15 years), Rubicon Theatre Company for 6 years, and taught at Our Lady of Assumption School (music/drama 10 years). She has written several plays and adaptations and enjoys blogging about the importance of arts education. Besides her theatrical background Ms. Strickland has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (emphasis on Humanities/Business/Behavioral Sciences) from NYIT, and a Master’s of Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is very proud of her son Charlie and husband Fred.