Halloween 2011 marks Helen's 14th year as Artistic Director of LBSC. It is also her 32nd anniversary on the air at KKJZ/FM88.1. Born in Kansas City, Mo., Helen moved to Long Beach, CA in 1958. She majored in Dramatic Literature and History at Cal State Long Beach. She taught drama and Shakespeare workshops at Poly High School in the 70s, and at Cabrillo High School from 1999 to 2003. She has directed and performed in a diverse repertoire, from Euripides to Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams to Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds. In 2007, the Long Beach Arts Council presented Helen with their Distinguished Arts Professional award.
Dan received his undergraduate degree in Theatre, with minors in Physics and Philosophy, from the University of Southern California. He also holds his graduate degree in Acting, with an emphasis on movement teaching, from York University in Toronto, Canada, where he wrote his master's thesis on the use of the British quarterstaff. He has worked extensively across the US and Canada for the last ten years, choreographing and teaching movement and stage combat. He has held faculty positions at York University, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, the University of Southern California, Cal State University Long Beach, and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Recent professional stunt credits include Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, CSI: NY, and many others. Dan recently produced and performed stunts in the films Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and Cowboys & Aliens. Dan has coordinated fights and stunts for both the summer festival and Richard Goad Theatre productions for over five years.
Henry is a former commercial photographer and filmmaker. He has produced, shot, and edited films for several nationwide advertisers and ad agencies, but went to law school because he needed a grown-up job. So much for common sense.
Judy works well in the dark, backstage, behind the scenes. As a member of the technical theatre crew at CSU Dominguez Hills, she worked on Auntie Mame, The Misanthrope, and Hair. She danced in and worked behind the scenes on How to Succeed in Business at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Other credits include: Art Gallery Director and Instructor at El Camino College, Guest Exhibit Director for Hermosa Beach Community Art Center and the Jocelyn Center for the Arts, and Design Consultant for the City of Torrance James Armstrong Theater. Judy received a BA in Art History and Business from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has been resident stage manager at the Goad Theatre since 2009, but has also painted sets, gathered and created props, and stage-managed LBSC 2011 Annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. Judy likes variety, and enjoys being in the company of artists with active, fertile imaginations.
Edmund is a professional musician. He leads his own quintet, which has recorded three CDs, and is a member of the Estrada Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet, and the Chris Williams Sextet. He has worked with such jazz greats as Joe LaBarbera, Tony Dumas, Luis Conte, Ramon Banda, and many others. Edmund has composed and/or arranged music for many LBSC productions, including As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes and the Scandal in Bohemia, and Mandragola. His arrangements of traditional carols were among the highlights of The Wakefield Second Shepherds Play, and he wrote an entire rock score for our updated version of Euripides' The Bacchae. More info at www.edmundvelasco.com
Lynne joined the LBSC Board of Directors in 2012 as Treasurer, and also acts as the company bookkeeper. She grew up in San Bernardino and, after graduating from Cal Poly, Pomona, moved to Long Beach to accept her first job with the accounting firm of Windes & McClaughry. After having twin boys, Lynne retired from the business world and began a life of children and volunteering for her community in PTA, Boy Scouts of America, school libraries, and now with LBSC.
Vic has been designing posters and programs for LBSC since 2004. Besides designing, he writes fiction, and has finished six books. Stairway of the Gods is a romantic adventure set in the Philippines. Saffron is a sci-fi thriller about the discovery of an underwater race of humans, and Hong Kong Blues is a Hitchcock-style suspense about a jazz singer on the run from Chinese Triads. More info at www.vicwarren.com
Despite growing up about an hour from the Globe Theatre in London, it took British-born Valda Judd more than 20 years of living in America and travels in over 60 countries before discovering her passion for Shakespeare. In 2009, she decided to read all of Shakespeare's plays, and since then all her reading has been Shakespeare-related. She's attended performances in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Globe, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA. She greatly enjoys volunteering with the LBSC and learning all she can about the Bard and his works. Holding an M.S. in Education, Valda has worked as a journalist and ESL lecturer and is currently Registrar/Instructor Coordinator for an online business school.
Dana left CSULB with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, went on to study Early Childhood Development, and has since become an award-winning educator. The video curriculum she created for her current school is an internationally-recognized “ACSI Exemplary Program,” winning over 70 international film awards over the 7 years she has been teaching there. Her drama program, for which she is the only instructor, produces 14 shows each school year. For almost 15 years, Dana worked as a professional actress, singer and dancer in theatre, film and television. She learned how to produce a 5-camera shoot for live television from the master of the art, Dick Clark. She spent another 10 years in Beverly Hills, supervising video crews, and the press, celebrities and handlers for all Los Angeles-based press junkets for Sony/Columbia/Tristar Pictures. Dana generously makes time to manage the LBSC wardrobe and spearhead new marketing, fundraising and development programs.
Tim is a professional make-up and effects artist and puppeteer with a long, impressive list of credits. He has worked on several of the Spiderman movies, including the most recent. He has also recently finished Star Trek into Darkness, Enders Game and Man of Steel. This kind of work puts one in strange company, with aliens, mummies, in fact, monsters of all sorts! Years and years of working for Disney, 20th Century Fox, A.D.I., and others for TV, film and stage, has come in handy for many LBSC events, including our recreation of the L.A. Air Raid of 1942, when we had a visitor from another planet! He is also a creative set designer, as he demonstrated with LBSC’s recent Cymbeline and The Gift of the Magi.
Jose has worked on a number of the stage and radio shows since joining the company's technical crew in May of 2013. From the booth, he continues to relish the rewards of the collaborative arts which have been part of much of his life. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in film production and is pursuing a career in production sound for film and television.
A Long Beach native, Zachary is a Technical Theater Arts graduate from California State University, Long Beach. He is a lifelong fan of theater and film, and a devotee of the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, and Warner Bros. cartoons. He has been an active volunteer at LBSC since 2013.
Tony joined the LBSC technical crew in July of 2014, running lights and sound from the booth, and helping to keep the computers up and running for the shows. He graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills, with a B.A. in Digital Media Arts in Audio Recording, and a B.A. in Computer Technology. His career goal is to be an engineer for a theatre or major concert venue.
Ramzi is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, with a degree in Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. His major was an emphasis in costume design, his minor was in Earth and Planetary Science. Since graduating, he has designed The Laramie Project, Tinderella, and Legally Blonde. His LBSC credits include Costume Design, Pianist, Choreographer, Assistant Producer, Actor, and Dancer!
Bunny is ecstatic to be joining LBSC as an Assistant Stage Manager. She received her theatre training at LBCC, and started her career working on LBSC’s Julius Caesar.
Shasta Armstrong has worked here for over a year. She has worked as a dresser, as a Tech, as a Stage Manager, and now as Assistant Technical Director. She is looking forward to working on more shows with Long Beach Shakespeare Company.