Director Diane Wiese Goyette
Director Emerita Maryann Rousseau
Diane Wiese Goyette
Christopher Scott Sullinger
SINGER, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR
Susanne Burns is thrilled to be bringing her teaching talents to PacRep's School of Dramatic Arts. She just finished directing the successful Mary Poppins for the PacRep Theatre and enjoyed working side by side with Stephen Moorer as his assistant on The Wizard of Oz. She has spent the last seven years teaching with The Western Stage Young Company and brings a wealth of knowledge with her. "Susie" received her MFA in Directing from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. She has been acting and directing for over 30 years. She is looking forward to imparting her passion and knowledge to the School of Dramatic Arts' students.
SINGER, ACTOR, INSTRUCTOR
Christiana Meeks is a native of Monterey, California. Christiana was most recently seen as "Gloria the Hippo" in Madagascar Live! She was also seen as a groovy nun in Sister Act the Musical. Christiana received her Masters Degree in Opera performance ('16) and BM in Vocal Performance ('14) from The Boston Conservatory. Christiana has also studied at the American institute of studies in Graz, Austria. Christiana was a Young Artist in the 72nd and 73rd Carmel Bach Festival. For two years, Christiana was as a part of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, where she sang with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Favorite performances include John Williams conducting his own John Williams' Film Night, Servant in Strauss' Elektra with the BSO at Carnegie Hall, premiere of Eric Whitacre's Animal Crackers Vol. 2 at Avery Fischer Hall, Leonard Bernstein's Candide at Tanglewood and Elvira in L'italiana in Alegeri (Boston Conservatory). Christiana is excited to share her passion for musical theatre as a SoDA staff member!
Diane Wiese Goyette
SoDA ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, CREDENTIALED THEATRE ARTS TEACHER
Director of 100 plays and musicals, emphasizing showcasing students' individual talents. Los Angeles experience includes: teaching Play Production for LAUSD (25 years); curriculum development for the Gifted and Talented program; pilot teacher for GATE's Performing Arts HS; member of LARock Chorus (2 yrs). Experience on Monterey Peninsula includes: Children's Experimental Theatre; Director for Traveling Troupe; teaching enrichment classes at PGUSD (4 yrs); teaching acting/singing for Monterey Adult School (3 yrs); teaching Play Production for SoDA (10 yrs). Singer with Urban Renewal Jazz ensemble (4 years); Singer with Monterey Peninsula Voices (3 years).
Training includes: Hagen/Bergoff Studio in NYC; American National Theatre Academy in Los Angeles.
CABARET ARTIST, SINGER, ACTOR, INSTRUCTOR
Barbara Brussell was born and raised in Los Angeles, and at ten, moved to Carmel, California. She earned a BFA in Music, at The Academy of Music in Seaside, CA, studied at San Francisco's ACT, in New York with William Hickey at HB Studios, earned her AEA, AFTRA and SAG memberships, toured in musicals in 26 states and Canada, and has taken over 35 personal growth/ transformational workshops. She made her cabaret debut in 1985, at the famed Gardenia in Los Angeles, lived in New York City for ten years, and life has taken her to cabaret clubs and concert halls from coast to coast and has performed as a soloist with several symphonies. She has created over a dozen original cabaret shows and two CDs, all documenting critical acclaim.
Barbara began coaching acting and cabaret singing by personal request. She says,“My favorite thing is to sing and express myself. My second, I found, is to assist others to do the same!” She has assisted at HB Studio classes in NYC, and master classes for colleges when performing on the road. She teaches privately, and even teaches long distance. Happily returning to the Monterey Peninsula after 35 years, Barbara made her “Cabaret by the Sea” debut at The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel, in November 2016. She is honored to be a part of SoDA as a staff member.