Rubicon Theatre Company’s Summer Education Programs

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Rubicon Theatre Company is deeply grateful for our wonderful sponsors and all who attended/partcipated in our Summer 2021 Education Programs. Please check back soon for updated information regarding Summer 2022 Education Program announcements.

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Meet Our Team

Kirby Ward

Kirby Ward has served as Director of Rubicon’s summer youth programs since 2018. Born and raised a California boy, he’s the second son of San Diego theatre parents Don & Bonnie Ward and has been referred to as the “quintessential song & dance man.” In high school, he decided his path was the “family business.” Teen directing efforts led to student productions at the University of Southern California under the guidance of John Blankenchip. Demonstrating particular skill with musical staging, Kirby caught the attention of Debbie Reynolds who he worked with for many years, appearing with her onstage in her act and staging specialty material for her and Donald O’Connor. He’s entertained queens, presidents, first ladies and dignitaries with his work as a multi-faceted entertainment artist on nearly every continent on the globe. As an actor, Kirby is an Olivier Award nominee. As a director he has been honored with Critics’ Circle Awards in San Diego and Boston and his Rubicon productions of Big River, Return to the Forbidden Planet and She Loves Me were Critic’s Pick in the LA Times.

Gabi Baltzell

Gabi Baltzell is an Actor and Stage Manager. She has performed in numerous productions at Ventura College including Ghetto, Everyman, and Ada & the Engine. She has also staged managed Cabaret at Ventura College. Gabi is a Theatre major at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and plans to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting. After graduating, she plans to pursue a career in film and theatre.

Cheryl Baxter

Cheryl Baxter has been working for over 40 years in theatre, commercials, film and television. She has worked on over 20 films including “Xanadu,” “Tap,” “Grease 2,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “500 Days of Summer,” “This Is It” with Michael Jackson and “The Muppet Movie.” Television credits include “Glee,” “Lucifer,” “The Academy,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Veep,” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Cheryl has performed in the Los Angeles and First National companies of Cats and 42nd Street and was in the Broadway telecast of “Sophisticated Ladies.”

Julia Donlon

Julia Donlon is a stage manager from Oxnard. Graduating from Pepperdine University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Production Design with an emphasis in Stage Management, she recently was onboard Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess working on their Broadway shows. Previous credits include Beauty and the Beast JR. and The Little Mermaid JR. (Rubicon), Crazy for You, Die Zauberflöte: The Magic Flute, Curtains, The Good Prisoner, The Women of Lockerbie, Medea, and Well (Pepperdine University), as well as The Abode (Pepperdine and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Abra Flores

Abra Flores has been telling stories with her costume designs for the past 35 years. She has initiated, developed, and integrated programs in costume design and makeup at Ventura College, Moorpark College and CSU, Channel Islands. Abra received a BA in Theatre from Portland State University and an MFA in Costume Design from California Institute of the Arts. Abra’s previous Rubicon credits include Never Not Once, A Christmas Carol, A Rubicon Family Christmas, Murder in the First, The Rainmaker, The Boys Next Door and Children of a Lesser God.

Joseph Fuqua

Joseph Fuqua is founder of Rubicon’s Fearless Shakespeare program, now in its eleventh year. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, his Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and 110 in the Shade at Lincoln Center. Regionally, Joseph has appeared at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Dallas Theatre Center and opposite Mary Jo Catlett at Ensemble Theatre. On television, Joseph guest starred in “The X-Files,” “The Profiler,” “Brooklyn South,” “The Pretender,” “Chicago Hope,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Becker.” Film credits include J.E.B. Stuart in “Gettysburg” opposite Martin Sheen, a role he reprised in “Gods and Generals.” In 2000, Joseph joined Rubicon Theatre as the first company member. Roles at Rubicon include the title role in Hamlet (Indy Award), The Boys Next Door (Indy Award), The Rainmaker (Robby Award and Rep Award), All My Sons (Ovation Award), Bruce Wagner in Conviction, Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Marshal Johnson in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and, most recently, Pap in Big River.

Louis Lotorto

Louis Lotorto is thrilled to be collaborating with Joseph Fuqua again for his fourth summer season with Fearless Shakespeare! Louis has acted professionally for over 32 years, including at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR; Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. (Helen Hayes Award Nominee); and the California Shakespeare Festival. He has performed in 20 Shakespeare plays, including Rubicon’s production of King Lear as the Fool.

Anthony Lucca

Anthony Lucca is an award-winning music director, arranger, and orchestrator who develops and music directs new works for theatre and film. World premieres include Bronco Billy (Skylight Theatre Company, LA Drama Critics Award for Best Musical Direction), Mutt House (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Cult of Love (IAMA Theatre Company), and “Into Light” (film). He has provided orchestrations and arrangements for “Into Light,” The Music Box, Who. What. Wear., and Her Turn.

Eliot Ohlemeyer

Eliot Ohlemeyer is a scenic designer in the Los Angeles area. His professional background in entertainment and design has enabled him to excel both on and off the stage. In addition to his design credits, Eliot has served as a production manager at Bovard Auditorium overseeing high profile events on the USC campus. Eliot holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from the University of Southern California where he attended on an Army ROTC Scholarship.

George Ratfliff

George Ratfliff got his start in 1976 with Godspell, followed by West Side Story, George M. and 1776. He has appeared in Grease on Broadway and on tour, and Sophisticated Ladies in Los Angeles and on tour. George also appeared with Cathy Rigby on tour in Peter Pan. TV credits include “General Hospital,” “Mike and Molly,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men.” Films include “The Majestic,” “Geppetto,” and “Mrs. Harris.” He has designed over 50 shows for Universal Studios Hollywood, Japan and Singapore.

Seryozha “Sasha” La Porte

Seryozha “Sasha” La Porte is an actor, improviser, and musician from Ventura, California. He studied and performed at Rubicon Theatre, and later attended the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts Professional Acting Program, in Solvang. He is currently studying neuropsychology, whilst also living the actor’s life. Check out or Sasha La Porte’s IMDB for more info.

Billy Thompson

Billy Thompson has served as a composer, arranger, musical director, orchestrator, accompanist, and performer for stage productions across the country. His first original full-length collaboration, Invasion! the musical garnered the 2007 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Original Score and Best Musical Direction. He has held faculty positions in music and theatre at USC, SDSU, AMDA-LA, and The Strasberg Institute. He holds a BM in Composition from USC, an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Peter Vandehei

Peter Vandehei (Pete Ryan) is from Ventura, CA, and an alumnus of California State University of Northridge (2015) with bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. In the last 5 years he has worked as a stage manager for several productions at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and taught acting classes for Ventura Actors Studio.