Theater Production Design & Management


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Curtis Mueller: Curtis has been working in the field of technical theater for 15 years and has has designed the lighting for over 250 shows in San Diego county. He has worked with CoSA since 2013 as the resident lighting designer and technical assistant. Other collaborations include working for the following venues and companies: The Army and Navy Academy, The AVO Playhouse, Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company, Barn Stage Company, Canum Entertainment, Carlsbad Community Theater, Compulsion Dance & Theater, CYT San Diego, Diversionary Theatre, Fallbrook Players, Greenway Arts Alliance, Intrepid Theatre Company, Irvine High School, J Company, Mira Costa College, The Mission Theater, Mission Hills High School, Moonlight Stage Productions, New Village Arts, Oceanside Theater Company, The Old Globe Theater, Pasadena Musical Theater Program, Pasadena Playhouse, PGK Dance Project, Rancho Buena Vista High School, The Roustabouts Theatre Company, San Dieguito Academy, and TranscenDance Youth Arts Project. Curtis holds a BFA in Theater with an emphasis in Lighting from California Institute of The Arts.

Guest Artists

Beth Kincaid Connelly, Costume Designer: Beth is delighted to return for her 6th season with CoSA Theatre. Beth holds a BFA from Cornish and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. Previous CoSA shows include Pirates of Penzance, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can, and Beth's personal favorite, Grapes of Wrath. Beth is the proud mom of CoSA graduate, Mitch Connelly '14, who will complete his formal acting training at University of North Carolina School of The Arts next May.

Guest Artists who have previously worked at CoSA include:

Valerie Henderson: Henderson consulted as Costume Designer for many of CoSA’s Musical Theatre productions. She earned her M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology from San Diego State University, after receiving a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. In 2009, she was costume designer for the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, and has also designed several modern dance works in San Diego with companies including Joe Alter Dance Group, Malashock Dance Company, and Little Known Dance Company. Henderson consults for the North Coast Repertory Theatre, Moxie Theatre, and Diversionary Theatre, and San Diego State University’s theatre department.

Cara Tougas: Tougas, a M.F.A. degree candidate in Scenic Design at San Diego State University, consulted on CoSA Musical Theatre productions.  She was scenic designer for SDSU’s Theatre Department’s productions of Symphony of Clouds (2011) and The Boyfriend (2011), and scenic assistant for The Magic Flute (2011), produced by SDSU’s Department of Music and Dance. Tougas spent a month in Moscow, Russia studying Scenic Design at the Moscow Art Theatre School in 2010.

Chad Dellinger: Chad is very excited to return to the CoSA stage. He recently received a Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from San Diego State University. Chad's work has been seen on the stages of The Hollywood's Blank Theatre, The Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center and the Scripps Ranch Theatre. In 2014 Chad worked in the design office of The Old Globe Theatre assisting on Bright Star and Othello. Chad has assisted with Ralph Funicello, Sean Fanning and is currently working with John Icaovelli. For more information please visit www.chaddellingerdesigns.com

Classical and Contemporary Dance


Gina Bolles Sorensen:  Gina became head of the Dance conservatory in 2018. One part dance educator, one part choreographer, and one part yogini, Gina Bolles Sorensen has the pleasure of talking about movement and the body all day long. As the Co-Artistic Director of somebodies dance theater, her choreography has been presented to critical acclaim at festivals in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Minneapolis, Mexico, and Israel among others. Awards include Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Dance Production at the SD International Fringe Festival and the SD Young Choreographers Prize. She has published original research on imagery in dance learning in the Journal of Dance Education, has been the recipient of two grants to study classical Indian dance in India, and was awarded a National Artist Teacher Fellowship from the Boston Arts Academy Center for Arts in Education. She teaches dance and related subjects at Grossmont College and the Coronado School of the Arts, as well as yoga through her online website www.YogaNatyamOnline.com. Gina’s and partner, Kyle Sorensen’s, model for contemporary dance training, SubtleBodyBigDance, can be experienced on Thursday evenings at San Diego Dance Theater. www.somebodiesdancetheater.com

Matt Carney: Matt Carney is thankful for this thing called dance and for all of the teachers who have helped him along the way. He began dancing professionally with the Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) in his hometown of St. Louis, MO and later joined the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company based in Kansas City. Mr. Carney has had the privilege to perform works by dance luminaries Sir Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, Erick Hawkins, Doris Humphrey, Robert Cohen and Donald McKayle, and looks forward to passing this folklore down to any students who will listen. A resident of San Diego since 2008, Matt is currently a company member with San Diego Dance Theater and the San Diego Ballet, and in his 7th year teaching at Coronado School of the Arts. Matt holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and received his Masters in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University.

Zaquia Salinas:  Zaquia Mahler Salinas is a performer, dance maker, and teacher from San Diego, CA. She holds a BA in Dance with Honors from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA in Dance: Creative Practice from Saint Mary’s College of California. Zaquia has been a company member and teacher with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater since 2012. As a choreographer, Zaquia has received awards and recognitions for dance works she has presented at events such as Kinesis Santa Barbara, World Cultures Program at San Diego City College, UC San Diego’s ArtPower!, SDDT’s Young Choreographer’s Showcase and Prize, San Diego International Fringe Festival, and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. Her works include various evening-length pieces, several shorter works, as well as dance films. 

Trystan Merrick Loucado: Trystan Merrick Loucado studied ballet under the tutelage of Ahita Ardalan. He has performed in the works of such great choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Robert Cohen, and George Balanchine, as well as many of the classics. Mr. Merrick joined Nevada Ballet Theater in 2007, and has since danced for San Diego Ballet, Malashock, Owen Cox Dance, Concept Zero, City Ballet of San Diego and most recently Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, touring internationally to 16 countries on five continents. He maintained a presence in his hometown of San Diego by returning regularly to perform with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and is currently a Principal Dancer with the California Ballet. Trystan is happy to return to San Diego to teach and dance in this growing community full time.

Kristopher Apple is a violinist, composer, performer, and improviser working at the intersection of music, dance, text, and digital media. His music is a regular feature of the San Diego arts scene where he works closely with choreographers, writers, directors, composers, visual artists, and software developers to integrate music and interdisciplinary performance practices. He is a highly sought after artist who provides music, dance accompaniment, and production support to numerous colleges, universities, dance companies, and theater companies throughout San Diego including University of California San Diego, Mira Costa College, San Diego State University (2007–2016), and Coronado School of the Arts.

Apple’s work is informed by his ongoing investigation and interaction with dance, theater, poetry, and music practices in collaborative performance making and ensemble improvisation. He was a member of LIVE Collaborative Dance Theater from 2008–2014 and a co-founder of the collaborative music and dance ensemble Odd and Even. He has been featured as a composer and performer with several dance and theater companies including IMAGOmoves, Somebodies Dance Theater, Little Known Dance Theater, The PGK Dance Project, San Diego Dance Theater, Wallpaper Performance Company, TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, PADL West, and the podcast Incoming (incomingradio.org). Apple is a member of the Grey Pony Writer’s Guild and International Guild of Musicians in Dance. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Art degrees from San Diego State University where he studied violin and interdisciplinary performance.

Mikeal Villela began dancing as member of his high school dance program. Since 2004, he has been a member of San Diego's leading contemporary jazz dance company, Unity Dance Ensemble and on the faculty of Neisha's Dance Academy. Professionally, he has been represented by BLOC Talent Agency and been featured in the "We Sparkle" Celebrity Cancer Benefit, industrials, and music videos for artists such as Maroon 5. 

Artists who have previously coached at CoSA include:

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Betzi Roe (Elizabeth Weinberg) retired in 2018 after 22 years at CoSA. She apprenticed with the San Francisco Ballet and then joined the Hartford Ballet Company in 1969.  After receiving a Master’s Degree in Dance (contemporary dance and world dance forms) from University of California, Los Angeles, she co-founded San Diego’s highly visible dance company, 3’s Co. & Dancers.  From 1987 – 2002, she toured a one-woman concert of works by regional and national artists, and choreographed pieces for the California Ballet, San Diego Dance Theatre, Mojalet Dance Collective and others.

Roe’s honors and awards include: U.S. Information Agency Cultural Specialist in both Russia and China; U.S. representative at the first Bi-National Encounter of Contemporary Dance in Mexico (1993), California Dance Educators Association Dance Educator of the Year (1993); San Diego Dance Alliance “Honoree” for her work in public education (1997); CAHPERD (California Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Dance Educator of the Year (2002) and Surdna Foundation Grantee (2005).  She has been with CoSA since its beginning, and is now Chair of the Classical & Contemporary Dance Department, while simultaneously serving as Artistic Director for Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival, now in its 18th year. 

Julio Catano: Julio received his BFA in dance from Fordham University in conjunction with The Ailey School. At the Ailey School he performed repertoire by Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey, Elisa Monte, Bradley Shelver, Thang Dao, Stefanie Batten Bland and Nathan Trice. He performed for two seasons with Ballet Hispanico's BHDos in works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, William Whitener, Geoffrey Holder, Ramón Oller, Eduardo Vilaro, Pedro Ruiz and Nicholas Villeneuve. While in New York he studied vocal technique at CAP 21 under Dr. Pam Phillips PhD and Michael Hicks. He has performed with the San Diego Opera in their productions of Romeo et Juliette, Salome, and Nixon In China. Julio has danced as a guest with MOMIX, Mercedes-Benz LA Fashion Week, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, San Diego Dance Theater and San Diego Ballet. Most recently he has performed as a guest artist with the City Ballet of San Diego in their productions of The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliette. Musical Theater credits include Les Misérables (Marius), Into the Woods (Prince Charming/Wolf) at the AVO Playhouse; International tour The Addams Family (Ancestor); West Side Story (Indio) at Lamb's Players Theatre. Julio is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artist (AGMA).

Sadie Weinberg: Dancer and choreographer Sadie Weinberg graduated with a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase and earned her M.F.A. in Dance from UC Irvine. Weinberg, who has danced the works of Doug Varone, Brenda Way, and Kevin Winn, has also choreographed and produced her own concerts and had the honor of representing the United States in the Solo Dance Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Locally she has been a performer for the McCaleb Dance, Malashock Dance and San Diego Dance Theatre. In addition to teaching at CoSA, she is on the adjunct faculties of Mira Costa College and Palomar College and UCSD.

Julio Velazquez: Julio Velezquez started as self taught Hip-Hop/Break dancer, and built a reputation in San Diego as versatile dancer and Disc Jockey. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.F.A. in Dance and performed with their dance company, UDC. He has performed with several dance groups - ENVY, Kruciaal Element, Olio The Show (vintage Street Dance Group), and Culture Shock SD. he has worked with other artists such as Lakeside, Jason Brown, Tommy The Clown and Melissa Adao in her 2015 Fringe performance "Hip Hop Cabhooray". For the past four years he has performed in Trolley Dances in works by Jean Issacs, Kim Epifano, Grace Jun Mills, and Mark Haim. Julio currently teaches dance classes in styles ranging from Hip-Hop, House, Afro Cuban, Wacking, Popping, to Tutting in several local dance studios.

Kyle Sorensen: Kyle Sorensen graduated with a B.A. in Dance from the University of Oregon, where he was honored with the Dance Achievement Award in Recognition of Undergraduate Excellence as a Developing Artist. He earned his M.F. A. in Dance Theatre from UC San Diego, where he was awarded the Achievement Award in Teaching.

Sorensen has danced professionally in Los Angeles, Oregon, Washington and San Diego, as well as performed in works by Tere O’Connor, Susan Marshall, Jean Isaacs, and Gabe Masson. Sorensen has taught full courses in contemporary dance and hip hop at UC San Diego and San Diego City College, and master classes at Sam Houston State University (Texas), Winthrop University and  Johnson C. Smith University (South Carolina) and Southwestern Community College.


Digital Arts (Animation, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Game Design)


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Anna Woerman, M.Ed. Graphic Design: 
An alumna of CoSA, Anna is now in her tenth year teaching CoSA’s Digital Arts Graphic Design strand. She also teaches DigArts Art Foundations, DigArts Portfolio, Digital Media Foundations, and Yearbook at Coronado High School. She is a K-12 Adobe Education Leader, a professional artist, photographer and graphic designer. Her artwork has been in group shows in San Diego and Florence, Italy and her design and photography have been featured in numerous blogs and publications. Anna received her BA in Art and a minor in Italian from San Diego State University, and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from University of San Diego. You can view her work at annawoerman.com.

Riana Bucceri, Animation and Department Head: Riana loves the art of animation and admits that she still loves to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Digital Media and Animation from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit Michigan. The Michigan native moved to Southern California and began her teaching career at the San Pasqual Academy, a Court and Community School for foster teenagers, where she implemented a new technology program. Migrating to CoSA in 2003 she continues to teach various aspects of digital arts including; Animation, Photography, Digital Media Foundations, and Design in New Media classes. Her continued passion for learning and teaching fueled Riana to pursue a master’s degree at High Tech High Graduate School of Education, Point Loma, CA. There she graduated with a M.Ed. concentrating on project based learning, differentiation for students, and developing teacher leadership initiatives. The emphasis within her educational work is to create, execute, and finalize digital media project-based learning concepts that connects students to the “real world”. She has written years of curriculum, benchmarks, and multiple UC approved courses including Video Production, Graphic Design, Animation, Game Design, and Design in New Media courses for CoSA Digital Arts, CTE Online, and San Pasqual Academy. Additionally Riana developed the Arts, Media, and Entertainment CTE website and continues to work closely with the representatives from the California Department of Education as Webmaster of the site. Riana has always had a passion for teaching and learning since she can remember and that is still true as of today.

BigKat Manning, Filmmaking: BigKat "BK" Manning grew up in Wisconsin, but has lived in Southern California for over 20 years.  After a few years at a film school in LA, he relocated to San Diego in 2003 for graduate school at SDSU.  He has been an adjunct instructor within the Communication discipline at Southwestern College (and elsewhere) ever since.

BK was the Cinematographer on a feature-length documentary film in 2004, as well as writer and director for other short films, including his MFA thesis film "Leopard Spots," which won awards on the festival circuit.  In addition to filmmaking, BK dabbles in both cartooning and authoring children's books.  

Instrumental Music Faculty and Coaches

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Osvaldo Mendoza holds a M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory in Theory and Composition. He has been the director of many ensembles in the Juarez, El Paso and the Baltimore area. From composition to conductor and performer Mendoza has been active in music for more than 18 years. Born and raised in Juarez, Mexico, Osvaldo Mendoza started at a local academy in Juarez city where he learnt the basics of composition, conducting and performance. While he was at UTEP he was very active creating and promoting benefit concerts for a variety of institutions in the Juarez/ El Paso area. He has been awarded as a composer in the state of Chihuahua and has participated in many workshops around the globe. As a conductor Mendoza had worked closely with El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Also he has the privilege of working with worldwide conductors such as Gurer Aykal, Fernando Lozano, Sarah Ioannides, Gunther Schuller, Otto-Werner Muller and Gustav Meier. He studied Composition with 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts and Chris Theofanidis. He has founded and directed many music projects in Juarez- Mexico, Baltimore-Maryland and Forth Worth-Texas. An advocate of music education Osvaldo Mendoza promotes El Sistema Program in the USA as a way to make a change in our society. He is currently a theory and composition instructor at El Paso Conservatory of Music as well as conductor for El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestras. His music has been performed at the Plaza Theater in El Paso Texas, the Strathmore in DC and the Walt Disney Hahttp://www.jesseaudelomusic.com/bio.htmlll. CoSA welcomed Mr. Mendoza and Director, Instrumental Music Conservatory in February, 2017.

Michael Atesalp, Percussion: Michael is an accomplished Drummer/Percussionist and Producer/Arranger specializing in popular African Diasporic dance music.Michael has performed and recorded with  chart topping and Grammy winning artists like Big Mountain, Haakon Graf, Alan Sanderson, Pete Escovedo, Nicholas King and Paula Trevino.

Michael is also a World Champion Rudimental/Marching Percussion Performer and Instructor with The Concord Blue Devils/Blue Devil Entertainment. And, as a clinician for Yamaha Sounds of Summer, California Music Educators Association and the Texas Band Masters Association. Michael proudly enjoys relationships with Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Sabian Cymbals and Aquarian Drum Heads. A California native, Michael resides in San Diego, CA and enjoys performing, hanging out at the beach and drinking Great Coffee.

Robert Dove, Jazz:

Devin Burnworth, Brass: When Devin Burnworth met the trombone in 5th grade, he fell in love with the slide. His first private teacher, in addition to showcasing the various colors and capabilities of the instrument, showed him the importance of having a musical role model. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in trombone performance at Wheaton College and Penn State University respectively, Devin moved to NYC where he continued to study and perform with members of the New York Philharmonic. 

Having recently returned to San Diego, Devin has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the La Jolla Symphony, and other orchestras in town. He has played with numerous chamber ensembles, pit orchestras, brass quartets, and quintets throughout San Diego. Beyond performing, Devin believes it is vital to spread the joy of music through teaching and mentoring. His enthusiasm for music and his empathy for his students have enabled them to win top positions and accomplish their dreams. Devin teaches all instruments of the brass family.

Mark Margolies, Woodwinds: Mark Margolies worked for over twenty years as a freelance musician in the Boston area.  He could regularly be found playing clarinet, E flat and bass clarinets in orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout New England, as well as saxophones, flute, oboe and bassoon in theater pits, klezmer ensembles and other groups.  A champion of new music, Mark has many premiers to his credit including Julian Wachner’s Clarinet Concerto which was written for him and commissioned by the Quincy Symphony Orchestra.  He has been a participant in every Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival since 1991, where he worked with such composers as Martin Boykan, Milton Babbitt, Marjorie Merryman, Andrew Imbrie, Bernard Rands, Sara Doncaster and many others.  He has recorded for the Albany, ARSIS Audio and Denouement Record labels.  He taught clarinet and coached chamber music at Boston College from 1995 - 2008 and was woodwind teacher and ensemble coach at Brookline Music School since 1989.  In October of 2008, Mark moved to the San Diego area where he teaches and works as a freelance woodwind player.  He performs regularly at The Old Globe Theatre, The San Diego Civic Theater, San Diego Symphony, The Lawrence Welk Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Lyric Opera, San Diego Clarinet Society, and other venues around Southern California.  He is a member of The San Diego Clarinet Quintet, JAMB, and The Windsong Consort, a mixed chamber music group based in Temecula.  He holds degrees in Music and Communication from Boston University.

Previous coaches for IM include:

Matt Heinecke: Former IM Director, now serving as CUSD Band Director and AP Music Theory teacher. Third-generation Coronado resident and CoSA alum Matt Heinecke continued his music education with a B.M. in Music Industry and a M.A. in Music Education, both from the University of Southern California. Heinecke had been teaching at CoSA since 2007, except for a brief stint in Colorado, and served as CoSA’s Instrumental Music Director until 2016-17. In addition to building award winning concert bands at CHS and jazz ensembles in CoSA, Heinecke has been a professional guitarist, vocalist, sideman, songwriter and session player in Los Angeles and Nashville. He currently performs with his own band, Crown Town, and a variety of entertainment companies around San Diego. He is a member of the San Diego Master Chorale and California Music Educators Association.

Kathyrn Hatmaker, Strings: “Classical music is much more than just music. It’s a record of the way people have thought about their lives. And in this music we can learn such powerful lessons about humanity and inspiration.”* Thus begins Hatmaker’s instruction to her students.  Hatmaker has been a violinist with the San Diego Symphony since 2006, in addition to being the co-founder and Artistic Director for Art of Elan (www.artofelan.org), a San Diego-based chamber music organization committed to bringing classical music to diverse audiences. After receiving undergraduate training at both the University of Iowa and the Sorbonne University in Paris, Hatmaker completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University. She has played with a variety of orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony and the Pittsburgh “Live Chamber Orchestra,” where she helped to attract younger audiences to classical music. She has been an instructor at CoSA since 2007.

*Michel Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and the New World Symphony

Danny Green, Jazz: Pianist and composer Danny Green has garnered a reputation in the jazz community as an emerging artist whose music sounds simultaneously seasoned and fresh. Showcasing a brilliant blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and classical elements, Green’s music engages listeners with evocative melodies and infectious rhythms. According to JazzReview.com,“Danny Green is what evolution in jazz is all about, expressing the traits of those that came before him, with a style and panache that is all his own...an individual who expresses what is inside of him.” Green revealed his unique talents on his 2009 debut recording With You In Mind. The album received extensive airplay around the globe, rose to #18 on the Jazz Week Charts, and won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. In 2012, Green teamed up with Tapestry Records to release A Thousand Ways Home, featuring Justin Grinnell on bass, Julien Cantelm on drums, and Tripp Sprague (CoSA Guest Artist) on sax, as well as a talented cast of guest artists inducing guitarists Chico Pinheiro, Peter Sprague, and Dusty Brough, Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela, and mandolinist Eva Scow. A Thousand Ways Home received numerous rave reviews nationwide, rose to #17 on the Jazz Week Charts, was voted into KSDS Jazz 88.3’s “Top Ten Jazz Releases of 2012,” and was nominated “Best Jazz Album” at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. The Danny Green Trio released it’s latest recording, After The Calm, in November 2014 on OA2 Records. Featuring ten of Green’s compositions, the album received much praise from the press and nationwide radio play. JazzWax described the album as “A highly impressive album that will knock you out,” and the San Diego Troubadour called it, “Unconditionally recommended to anyone who appreciates good jazz, instrumental music or soundtracks.”For more information visit www.dannygreen.net

Jesse Audelo, Jazz. 

Musical Theatre and Drama


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Barbara Wolf, Ph.D.:Dr. Wolf serves as Chair of CoSA’s award-winning Musical Theatre & Drama conservatory. Recent shows include  Cabaret, Grease, Catch Me if You Can,   Bat Boy, Big Fish and Chicago.  Her production of Legally Blonde the Musical won the Ben Vereen Award for Best Musical. Barbara has also directed for Southwestern Community College, Bowling Green State University, San Diego State University and The Huron Playhouse. Barbara received her Master of Arts from San Diego State University and her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

Kim Strassburger: Kim Strassburger, who teaches acting at CoSA and spearheads the ESU Shakespeare competition at CHS, has directed CoSA’s productions of Peter and the Starcatcher, A Piece of My Heart, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Grapes of Wrath, Metamorphoses and The Laramie Project, receiving Bravissimo Awards in 2010 and 2011 from the San Diego Educational Theatre Association. Kim is also the Associate Artistic Director and a Founding Company Member of Ion Theatre. Recent directing credits include: 8 Songs for a Mad King ("Best of Festival" 2017-San Diego International Fringe Festival) Gutenberg! The Musical (Backyard Productions); Sunday in the Park with George (2017 San Diego Theatre Critics Cirle Award- Outstanding Direction of a Musical), Passion (Nomination-San Diego Theatre Critics Circle-Outstanding Direction of a Musical), Master Class, Grey Gardens, Gypsy! (Nomination-San Diego Theatre Critics Circle-Outstanding Direction of a Musical) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Ion Theatre); A Civil War Christmas and A New Brain (Diversionary Theatre); and Edward Albee's Seascape at New Village Arts. Kim also won the 2017 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for The Normal Heart (Ion Theatre). Kim has also worked with Sledgehammer Theatre (Associate Artist) and Cygnet Theatre among other San Diego theatres. Strassburger was the recipient of a 2013 National Artist Teacher Fellowship that funded her study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). In 2014, Kim also became a member of Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab. 

David McBean: David McBean is a San Diego native and the new Vocal Instructor for CoSA. He attended the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts and graduated with a BA in Theater Arts from the University of San Diego. Previous music directing credits include: "Dirty Blonde", "Pageant" (Cygnet Theater) and "A Midsummer Night's Dream - the Musical" (Intrepid). He is also Music Director for Mission Hills United Methodist Church and a local actor.

Coaches and Guest Artists:

Katie Sapper: Katie  is a proud Teaching Artist at CoSA. A San Diego native, Katie won the Old Globe Honors in 2010 (now called the Broadway San Diego awards) and placed as a finalist at The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The Jimmy’s) in New York City. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she studied abroad, performed in London, and took part in a conservatory with the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. Katie has been fortunate to have worked non stop in theatre companies across San Diego, including The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist), Moonlight Stage Productions, Lambs Players Theatre, San Diego Musical Theatre (nominated for a San Diego Theatre Critic’s Circle Award as Gloria in Damn Yankees), San Diego Repertory Theatre, North Coast Rep, Roustabouts, Diversionary Theatre, and Backyard Renaissance. She most recently was Sophie in Mamma Mia at Moonlight Stage Productions and Anne in A Little Night Music at Cygnet Theatre. Katie has always had a passion for teaching, assisting and heading the Middle School Shakespeare Conservatory with The Old Globe and teaching in various companies throughout San Diego. She loves surfing and her dog, Ringo. 

Kate Banville: Originally from San Diego, CA, Katie received her BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and recently completed her MFA in Musical Theatre at San Diego State University. Her performance credits include the world premieres of Benny and Joon and The Heart of Rock and Roll at The Old Globe; Escape to Margaritaville and Freaky Friday  at La Jolla Playhouse; Gypsy, Company, Parade, and Cabaret at Cygnet Theatre (Resident Artist); Big Fish, Shrek, and Catch Me If You Can at Moonlight Stage Productions; 42nd Street, White Christmas, and Chicago at San Diego Musical Theatre; and Passion and Gypsy  at ion theatre company. Choreography credits include Spamalot and A Christmas Carol  at Cygnet Theatre; Beachtown at San Diego Repertory Theatre; Gutenberg! The Musical!, Smokefall, and the world premiere of Tarrytown at Backyard Renaissance; and Lucky Stiff, Cinderella, and 80 Days at Grossmont College. www.katiebanville.com

Zaquia Salinas:  Zaquia Mahler Salinas is a performer, dance maker, and teacher from San Diego, CA. She holds a BA in Dance with Honors from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA in Dance: Creative Practice from Saint Mary’s College of California. Zaquia has been a company member and teacher with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater since 2012. As a choreographer, Zaquia has received awards and recognitions for dance works she has presented at events such as Kinesis Santa Barbara, World Cultures Program at San Diego City College, UC San Diego’s ArtPower!, SDDT’s Young Choreographer’s Showcase and Prize, San Diego International Fringe Festival, and San Diego Dance Theater’s Trolley Dances. Her works include various evening-length pieces, several shorter works, as well as dance films. 

Donny Gersonde is a Coronado School of the Arts graduate class of ‘08! He is delighted to be back teaching in the class where he learned to dance. After attending The Harry School in CT he returned to San Diego to begin his acting career. After working for Lambs Players Theatre, SDMT, The Welk Resort, Cygnet Theatre, and many others he finally began his career as a teacher. Donny also teaches for the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Junior Theatre, and Scripps Performing Arts Academy. Go Islanders!



Catherine Hanna Schrock is a San Diego-based Applied Theater Practitioner, which brings together her roles as an educator, artist and activist. Her education includes a Master’s in Educational Theater from New York University and a BA in Sociology and International Development. Her work emphasizes performance-based methods for community development in various and diverse contexts. She specializes in Theater for Social Change, and in crafting performances and theater-based programming in social justice and conflict transformation. www.catherine-hanna.net

Blake McCarty is a director, designer, and educator, as well as the founder of Blindspot Collective, an arts organization devoted to new work, new audiences, and new perspective. Current projects include Untold, winner of the Jonathan Dunn-Rankin Prize for New Work at the 2017 San Diego Fringe; Chasing Fear, a musical based on Turkish folklore with composer Trevor Bachman that will workshop in New York at Theatre Barn in 2018; and a verbatim play based on interviews with refugees. As a projections designer, his work won a 2016 San Diego Critics Circle Award and has been seen locally at San Diego Repertory, Cygnet, Lamb's Players, Intrepid, New Village Arts, and Ion Theatre. Blake has developed educational programming for organizations including The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, The New Victory Theatre, New Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Tribeca Film Festival, and San Diego Film Festival. He holds a BFA in Film Production and an MA in Educational Theatre, both from New York University.

Katherine Harroff is an Arts Engagement Associate, Producer and Head Teaching Artist for The Old Globe’s Community Voices program as well as the coLAB Workshop Project. She helped develop Community Voices with the Globe in 2012 and has instructed over 400 adults in the San Diego community and beyond in finding their voices in theatre. In 2016 she spearheaded the first coLAB project by curating “The Living Altar” production.
Katherine has her MFA from Arizona State University in Performance Studies with an emphasis in Community-Based Theatre and Playwriting. She is the Artistic Director and Head Playwright for the Non-Profit Community-Based Production Company Circle Circle dot dot. She has written and produced over 50 original community-based scripts and installation projects through her company and while in residence with ASU, SDSU, USD, UCSD, and several theatre companies across the U.S.
She was named one of San Diego Magazine’s “People to Watch” in 2013, and The San Diego Union Tribune honored her with the same title in 2014.  

Visual Arts

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Karrie Jackson:  Karrie Jackson is a Coronado High School and Coronado School of the Arts graduate and teacher. Her current artwork highlights the vibrant beach culture and landscape of Coronado Island. Ms. Jackson completed her undergraduate training at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, With Distinction; obtained a Masters of Education, Curriculum & Instruction - Integrated Teaching through the Arts, from Lesley University; and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Visual Art from Point Loma Nazarene College. She has been a free lance artist in addition to being an educator since 2003. She worked as a Visual Art Consultant for CoSA starting in 2010 and joined CoSA’s permanent staff in 2012.

With a primary focus on landscape painting in acrylic, Ms. Jackson is known for her Coastal Impressionism, In 2014, Ms. Jackson set out to capture the joy and beauty of the Coronado shoreline, especially the enjoyment of youth and surf culture. Ms. Jackson designs original compositions from her own photography and stylizes her work through rich color and loose application of paint. Her aim is to express the essence of a moment and above all inspire and bring joy to the viewers.

Ms. Jackson has developed a wide range work in order to facilitate a strong foundation for teaching. Her body of work includes landscape and figurative work as well as architectural. botanical, abstract and pet commissions. She has facilitated and organized screen printing workshops, mural production and chalk walks as well as workshops that develop traditional art skills and abstraction.

Website: sites.google.com/a/crownartstudios.com/onlineportfoliokarriejackson

Guest Artists: 

Jessica Harrison: Like many families in Coronado, Jessica grew up in the Navy. When she was eight her family moved to Coronado and was lucky to stay there for the next 11 years. Jessica has always loved art. Upon moving to Coronado, Jessica started taking Chinese Brush Painting classes with Lucy Wang and continued until she was 16. In high school she was in the CoSA Visual Art Department. Outside of high school, Jessica, at 16, started attending Watts Atelier of the Arts, and has been going there ever since. She is pursuing her goal to be a fine artist  specializing in portraiture.

Caitlin Kuhwald: Caitlin Kuhwald received a BFA in Illustration from the California College of Arts
and Crafts, and an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts in
Philadelphia. She returned to San Francisco after grad school to teach at her alma mater for
nearly eight years. At CCA she taught illustration, drawing and watercolor, and she was also
the Program Expert (Advising Liaison) for the illustration department. Her illustrations appear
in various magazines, books and other media. And her work has been recognized by American
Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and 3x3. She lives and freelances in Los Angeles.