Director Diane Wiese Goyette
Director Emerita Maryann Rousseau
Diane Wiese Goyette
Gracie Moore Poletti
Christopher Scott Sullinger
Christopher Scott Sullinger
SINGER, ACTOR, INSTRUCTOR for COMEDY IMPROVISATIONAL THEATRE CAMP
Christopher is proud to be a part of this wonderful staff and to be teaching comedy improv. He was most recently seen last season in PacRep's Pirates of Penzance, Shrek the Musical, and as the 'Captain of the Guard' and in Paper Wing's Twelfth Night as Orsino. Other credits include the Saltshaker Theatre and Mansfield Playhouse.
SINGER, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR
Gracie Navaille is an actor, singer, director, and educator born and raised here on the Monterey Peninsula. Her most recent theatrical credits include 'Heather Chandler' in Heathers and 'Mary Poppins' in Mary Poppins for PacRep Theatre. She has her Masters in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz's intensive graduate program, where she studied acting with Paul Whitworth, Patty Gallagher, Nancy Carlin, and Danny Scheie. She also has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance is from UCSC's flourishing undergraduate opera program, where she was lucky enough to work closely with resident director Brian Staufenbiel and conductor Nicole Paiement of Opera Parallèle. She has been working with children and youth for 10 years, most notably at the City of Monterey's Camp Quien Sabe and other recreational programs. She started teaching voice and acting to adults while working on her graduate studies. As an actor, Gracie has performed everything from Shakespeare and Musical Theatre to Commedia dell'Arte, the avant garde, and agit-prop political satire. As a singer, she has sung with professional opera companies and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival as a vocal soloist. She is proud to be enriching the community through performing arts education as a member of SODA's staff!
Musician, Musical Director, Instructor
Don has abundant experience as a multi-instrumentalist, musical director, and teacher. As an instrumentalist, he started playing the violin at age five and has comprehensive classical training, and then picked up the guitar, viola, mandolin, piano and voice, as well as dabbling in brass instruments. He is a graduate of Carmel High School and earned his BA in Music from UC Berkeley. As he was embarking on a carrier as a freelance musician, his life took an unexpected turn as he got deeply involved in theater. He played in the pit and performed onstage, composed original music for plays, and eventually worked his way up to musical director, conductor, and musician contractor and resident musical director who has been involved in over 150 productions in one capacity or another at PacRep Theater, The Western Stage, as well as many other theaters on the peninsula, San Jose, San Francisco and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Don also was teaching extensively as a string specialist, working for Youth Music Monterey and Orchestra in the Schools, numerous individual schools in the MPUSD, and as a private instructor on violin, viola, and guitar. Don taught orchestra, band, and was the musical director for the musicals at York School from 2005-2015 and he currently teaches privately at The Dennis Murphy School of Music.
Time permitting, Don still plays gigs in a variety of styles on various instruments. In addition to various classical gigs, Don is the musical director for the PacRep Tribute Concerts and can be seen playing electric guitar, violin, and singing and wearing a wig.
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.
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.
SoDAonSTAGE DIRECTOR for SPRING MUSICAL for CHILDREN, ACTOR, SINGER, SCREENWRITER
Gracie Poletti (imdb: Gracie Moore) is a proud member of Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. Gracie has worked for more than 20 years and continues to work in Hollywood as a professional actress, singer and stand-up comic. She specializes in voice-over work (including dubbing, voice matching, looping and cartoon work), and has added her voice to over 1,000 film and television shows. Her resume also includes appearances in commercials, TV and films, and several soundtracks and theme songs. Gracie studied with the legendary acting coach Roy London and his protege Cameron Thor for many years, then went on to teach and coach, privately and at UCLA. She taught ages 5 through 18 at Kevin McDermott's school for professional child actors in Los Angeles. Since Gracie relocated to the Monterey Peninsula to raise her children, she has starred in many local theater productions, taught chorus at a local elementary school, and has started a career in screenwriting.
SINGER, ACTOR, INSTRUCTOR
Janice has had a passion for the Performing Arts since she was a little girl. She grew up in the musical Marotta family where she had the opportunity to have excellent training which led to a professional career in music, and performing arts. The years she experienced as a “working” performer gives her a unique perspective when coaching and directing the next generation.
She was a featured dancer on a T.V. special called, “IBM Presents Baryshnikov on Broadway” starring Mikael Baryshnikov, Liza Minelli, and Nel Carter. She also toured in a national touring company with the cast of American Bandstand starring Dick Clark. She was a featured singer with “Danny and the Juniors”, The Platters”, and “Gary US Bonds.” Upon returning from that tour, she was the lead singer in the Mike Marotta Jr. band for 2 years, and then the band leader and lead singer for her own band for 5 years. She loves singing jazz, and watching the next generation of performers hone their skills.
ACTOR, SCENIC ARTIST, ACTING INSTRUCTOR
A Cum Laude graduate in Drama from Vassar College Laura enjoys combining her classical training with the more modern approaches to theatre to create unique and distinctive art. She has appeared in various local theatres as a director, scenic designer, and actress but is probably best known for her work at the once thriving, but now closed, Magic Circle Theatre in Carmel Valley. Since Fall 2010 she has been the Beginning Acting instructor at Monterey Peninsula College where she particularly enjoys helping her students develop a knowledge and understanding of the art and craft of acting. Originally a New Yorker, Laura has lived on the Monterey Peninsula for the past 16 years where she resides with her wonderful husband of 21 years Scott and their 2 amazing daughters, Piper age 11 and Willow age 7.
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.
Annie Dick is thrilled to be joining the team at Pacific Repertory Theatre's School of Dramatic Arts. Annie has a Bachelor of Arts from UC Davis, where she studied all aspects of performing with a focus on acting. She was taught the Stanislavsky method by expert actor and professor Bella Merlin. Annie has continued to spread her knowledge of theatre and acting by working with kids of all ages who are passionate and eager to learn about the art of theatrical performance. She is currently an actor for Davis Shakespeare Ensemble's production of Wonderful Town in Davis, CA but throughout the year enjoys the daily work of substituting for many schools around the Sacramento area. Her previous theatrical teaching experience comes from being a counselor and teacher for various theatre camps as well as STAR Education's after school program focusing on enrichment in the arts and sciences. She hopes to continue teaching kids throughout her life as well as work professionally as an actor."
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!