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.
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.
Barbara Brussell 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.
Donal Meeks ACTOR, SINGER, INSTRUCTOR
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.
Claire Moorer ACTOR, SINGER, INSTRUCTOR 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.
Miranda Perl ACTOR, SINGER, INSTRUCTOR
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!
Katie Wheeler ACTOR, INSTRUCTOR Born and raised in SaIinas, California Katie Wheeler has performed in numerous shows across the peninsula. Katie began her theatre journey with SoDA and is thrilled to be joining the team as an instructor! She has experience in many capacities from performing in the ensemble to lead roles. Some of her favorites include Millie in Thoroughly…Millie, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Sally Brown in You’re… Charlie Brown. Katie is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre from Indiana University. She can’t wait to share what she’s learned with the SoDA community.
Gracie received her BA in Theater and English from UC Berkeley (in May 2020, awarded the Mask & Dagger Prize for Extraordinary Contributions to Theater, Dance, & Performance) and studied Shakespeare at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco (Summer Intensive, 2019). She has experience performing in dozens of productions (including Hamlet as Ophelia and Madagascar the Musical as Alex), as well as choreographing and assistant directing. At Berkeley, she led a dance team for The Movement Org. and choreographed for BareTroupe (the premiere student run theater org). She also has previous experience teaching Musical Theater Dance classes for children. As a youngster, she took many SoDA classes and also travelled with SoDA to NYC and Ashland Oregon's Shakespeare Festival on their fabulous educational trips. She is so excited to be home in Carmel teaching Shakespeare and Musical Theater Dance.
Douglas Mueller is a director of narrative and documentary films. His first feature Repatriation boasts an exceptional ensemble which you can enjoy streaming on Amazon. His visual style can be seen in Prairie Love (Sundance '11, Film Movement Distr.), where he storyboarded and production designed the frigid, almost-fantasy world; or his award-winning short film Four Corners (Periphery Project LLC, Distr.) set in the dusty isolation of the desert.
Doug's first feature documentary is a part of the Fiscal Sponsorship at the San Francisco Film Society, recording the restoration of the historic Carmel Mission Basilica.
In 2011, Intermezzo 1, his short 16mm experimental documentary about a baroque keyboard tuner Carey Beebe at the Carmel Bach Festival, premiered at the Academy-accredited, Nashville Film Festival. His short documentary Dan, Tom and Ray—a silent film about a family excavation project—screened at a number of film festivals for children in California and the mid-west.
Doug actively produces commercial works and internet films. He and his wife Malinda De Rouen were $1,000 winners of the Trend Micro video contest. He was Production Designer for the 2010 thriller The Truth, distributed by Maverick Entertainment Group.
Studying for his BA in film at CSUMB, he developed a documentary The BBC; 2002, which won the Volunteer/Student Categories of both the 2003 Edgar Kennedy Award for Arts, Culture, Humanities, Performance Event, and Monterey's Best Freedom of Expression.