Director: Diane Wiese Goyette
Director Emerita: Maryann Rousseau
Diane Wiese Goyette
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
Shaquira Robinson is a Monterey Resident! She made her acting debut in Trinity Christian's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also performed in their productions of Guys and Dolls and Into the Woods. as the Baker's Wife. She then went on to study at Azusa Pacific University earning her Bachelor's Degree in Acting for the Stage and Screen. Through APU's Warehouse Theater she starred as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, Lindsey in Godspell, and was a featured role in their 2018 short film Carguments. Shaquira is very excited to begin her journey with the School of Dramatic Arts; helping the kids hone in on their craft and enhance their performance skills!
Donal Meeks is thrilled to be a part of PacRep’s School of Dramatic Arts. While being in “Godspell” at Bradley University, she embarked on many theater experiences which led her to singing and performing in every state of our U.S.A., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Korea, China, and Japan. Donal was a part of the “Freedom Train Singers” and was also in an off Broadway show called “Nice Faces of 1943”. She had the lead role of Mary in “The Glory of Christmas” at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA for four years which opened doors to sing and speak for over a thousand Women’s Conferences. She traveled extensively for Rotary International performing hundreds of patriotic programs in front of 150 countries. She wrote and performed in a patriotic program for two years with the Air Force Choir that started at The Defense Language Institute of Monterey. She has sung and performed thousands of times on TBN, Channel 42, and Channel 65. She has done various patriotic programs here on the Monterey Peninsula when Sloat Monument was open to the public and also sang on the Navy Ships when they used to come into the bay. Donal has been singing atriotic music for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration for the past 20 years. For the past 18 years she has co-wrote, produced and directed over 60 musical productions for her pre-k through 12th grade students to be in at The Carpenter’s House. Her greatest joy and accomplishment is being the Mom of Christiana Meeks and wife of Fred Meeks.
Miranda Perl was born and raised in Monterey, and is a veteran PacRep performer! She has performed lead roles in many productions on the peninsula including Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Annie in Annie, and most recently, Little Red in Into the Woods. As a recent graduate with a Bachelors degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, she is thrilled to be back home as an instructor for SoDa!
Chaz Sanders has been a theatre professional for over 13 years, and has dancing for nearly two decades. He specializes in Hip Hop, Commercial Jazz and Musical Theatre styles. His work as a choreographer has taken him to many different regions in nation through companies such as the Cumberland County Playhouse and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. As an actor, he has worked with RWS Entertainment, Springer Opera House and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre amongst many others. His training began in Detroit, MI and was refined at The Cumberland County Playhouse in their Triple Threat Theatre and Dance education program. There he studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. Chaz continued to study dance and musical theatre at Shenandoah University.
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.
Vickie Lucido grew up in Monterey and can’t remember a time in her life when she was not performing, whether it was for friends and family, for school plays, community theater, as a drama teacher performing for her students, in her one-woman show “Pretty,” which she wrote and performed in Hollywood and at the Wharf Theater, or singing with her husband’s band, “The Mighty Relics.” Performance has always been her passion and an integral part of her life.
As a Drama teacher for MPUSD for 33 years, Vickie directed a full-blown musical every year along with countless other student’ performances. Her goal was to inspire the love of theater for all of her students, and some have gone on to work as professionals in the entertainment industry.
Besides a Bachelor’s Degree in English from San Jose State University, Vickie graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New England. She has been recognized by “Who’s Who of American Teachers” seven times, has been awarded “Monterey Teacher of the Year” in 1999 by Monterey Rotary, received the “Mildred Willemsen Award for Excellence in Teaching” in 2011, and was named an” Art Hero” by Monterey County Office of Education in 2018. Upon retirement in 2018, the Colton Middle School Stage was dedicated to her by superintendent PK Diffenbaugh and is now called the “Victoria Lucido Stage.”
Vickie appreciates the opportunity to continue to work with students and share her passion for theater.
Claire Moorer grew up at Pacific Repertory Theatre and is thrilled to be returning after recently graduating from Northeastern University in Boston with her degree in theatre performance. Claire has always loved performing and after acting in more than fifty plays and musicals is now beginning to explore her passion for arts education. She has previously assisted and co-taught SoDA classes and is looking forward to bringing a new class that she created to the class repertoire here in Carmel. Her love for theatre education flourished as she worked in Boston at a K-8 public school and taught a summer musical theatre camp for Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham, MA. Claire also was a substitute teacher for two years! She is very excited to share her love of the arts with children of all ages and help the SoDA summer program grow.