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Life can flash by so quickly. How can it be denied that one should live every possible moment being happy and having FUN? For those who get the bug…and there are many out there…theater is a blast. Rehearsing is FUN, but audience feedback is out of this world!! Scott Kolod has lived his life with this philosophy ever since he started off acting in New York in Flower Drum Song in the early Sixties. He has continuously performed, written, directed and produced musical performances until today. Along the way, he received his Bachelors of Science in Education from Indiana University, and his Doctorate from University of San Diego. It is that wealth of experience combined with the academic foundation that Scott passes on to his students. But, to really show him how kids have FUN, he has learned from his own five children. Together they have developed countless games, and even more stories and play-plots. Scott has produced two original musicals in which he wrote all of the music, lyrics and dialogue. They both received positive critical periodical review, though neither is headed to Broadway. Maybe his next one "Charter Valley" will be the break through. FUN, LEARNING AND PRIDE!

 


Meredith's background is in the area of business finance and office administration.  She has worked as a financial manager and office manager at some of the most prestigious law firms in San Diego.  She played classical violin for 15 years, and was a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony.  Her love for theatre grew in high school.  She was always interested in being behind the scenes, eschewing the limelight of performing on stage.  She continues that love to this day.  She is the business and organizational genius behind STAR Rep, and though you might not see her in the shadows, STAR Rep is truly her vision and creation!

 


Doug is the Director of Creative Services for KUSI Television, and is very excited to be on STAR's Board of Talent.  He has worked for KUSI for the past 8 years in the Marketing, Promotion, Advertising, Publicity, Public Relations and Design Departments for KUSI NEWS.  He also founded and ran full-service ad agency with a clientele ranging from Internet and e-commerce businesses to broadcasters, non-profit associations, television & home video distributors and business publications. He has forged strategic partnerships and cross-promotion opportunities on behalf of companies and clients with AT&T, McDonald’s, K-Mart and Planet Hollywood. He has supervised production of commercial spots with budgets in excess of $1 million, and placement of media schedules worth $20 million. He has done event marketing including concerts, mall tours, museum & zoo promotions, and golf tournaments. He has been involved as a critical component to four “Start-up” companies in the fields of broadcasting, e-commerce, business information technology, and advertising. He has worked with broadcast television stations and cable network marketing management, both consumer and trade. He is a former Chairman, PROMAX International, the largest association of marketing executives in the electronic media. But his specialities are creative management of both television programming and promotion.  On his days off, Doug loves to perform on stage as well.  He has been in two STAR productions, and looks forward to being in many more!

 

 


Justin has been involved with the technical side of theater since age 12 and his passion for the arts has grown ever since. Throughout the years he has been involved in hundreds of plays, productions, concerts and shows, all of which he has put his own personal touch on what the audience experiences. While obtaining his Bachelor’s in Biology, Justin also studied theatrical lighting and sound design at the University of California, San Diego. He has been the Technical Director at the Maxine Theater in Valley Center for the past 8 years. Justin is very excited to be a part of STAR Rep’s BOT and is looking forward to their upcoming season and working with such wonderful talent!





Benjamin is happy to be on the Board of Talent for STAR Repertory Theatre as STAR's Musical Director. His first show with STAR was the very successful production of "The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy". Benjamin's love for music started at a very young age. He began playing the piano, and then learned to play the violin, and guitar. He started playing in the orchestra pit of local community theaters at the age of fifteen. He has since played in a handful of shows with CYC, San Diego REPertory Theatre, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, and several other community theaters. Most recently Benjamin was seen in the pit for Lamb's Players Theatre. He feels blessed to be a part of STAR Rep, and can't wait to see what the future holds!

 

 



Kevin "Blax" Burroughs is beyond excited to be on the Board of Talent for STAR Repertory Theatre as the Director of Choreography.  His first show with STAR was the very successful production of "The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy" at the Lyceum Theatre in Downtown San Diego where he was the choreographer.  Kevin has had a love for choreography ever since he graduated from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.  Post graduation, he went straight into working in the theatre business.  Kevin started performing at a young age with a local community theatre company with his family and close friends.  He took a short break to pursue classical & jazz music both instrumentally and vocally but quickly fell in love with theatre all over again when he performed in the San Diego Repertory Theatre's production of "Hairspray".  Ever since then, he has performed with many different companies such as the San Diego Repertory Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Cygnet Theatre, LEGOLAND California Resort, Ion Theatre, Southwestern College & UCSD (as a guest artist), Ira Aldridge Repertory Players, Common Ground Theatre, and the San Diego Ballet. He has been seen on both sides of the table of both performing and choreographing shows. Favorite performing credits include Benny/In The HeightsEnjolras/Les Miserables, The Wiz/The Wiz, Seaweed J. Stubbs/Hairspray and others. Favorite choreography credits include The Wiz, The Addams Family, Hairspray, Grease and others. He feels blessed to be a part of the Board of Talent for such a wonderful company as STAR Rep, and can't wait to see what can unfold.  "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to no one."

 

 



Michael is honored to be the Crew Chief at STAR Repertory Theatre.  Michael has been a part of STAR Rep since 2014!  Not only has Michael crewed, helped with sets, and acted in many STAR Rep shows, but he shares this passion with his incredible wife, Renee, who is the Volunteer Coordinator and more on the STAR Rep Parent Advisory Committee, and his two beautiful daughters!  STAR Rep has definitely become a family affair, and he couldn't be happier to be involved with such an incredible organization!




Ryan is honored the Director of Child Development at STAR Repertory Theatre. Before joining STAR, Ryan was last seen in San Diego State’s production of The Me Nobody Knows in 1997. It wasn’t until 2012 when he was urged to audition for STAR’s production of Into the Woods that his love of performance and theatre was rekindled. Since then he has sung as member of the Modern Glee Club of San Diego and with the chorus for Broadway Rocks! with the San Diego Symphony. He recently performed in the choral ensemble for the American Premiere of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse. During his 15-year hiatus from performing, he obtained a Master of Education in College Student Affairs as well as a Masters in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. Ryan is equally happy when he’s onstage performing and when he’s sitting in an office and classroom teaching college students and counseling clients. He also absolutely loves working with the talented children in STAR’s youth productions.

STAR Productions: Beauty and the Beast (Beast), A Christmas Carol (Mr. Fezziwig), Into the Woods (Mysterious Man), Little Shop of Horrors (Multi-Man), Les Miserables (The Bishop/Thenardier), Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), Sweeney Todd (The Beadle, Toby), Annie Jr. (Oliver Warbucks), The Addams Family (Fester). He has also served as Musical Director for Hairspray, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Annie Jr. 





Brandon is honored to be the Vocal Coach at STAR Repertory Theatre.  He brings to STAR a wealth of knowledge in singing, acting, teaching, and professionalism.  Brandon started his musical career at a young age, appearing on the theatre stage as Colin from “The Secret Garden.”  Brandon has sung the roles of Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Tom Collins in RENT!, Pooh-Bah in Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta “The Mikado,” as well as numerous others.  Most recent credits include Fiddler On The Roof (Lambs Players); STAR's highly successful run of Les Miserables (Valjean); STAR's Into the Woods (Prince/Wolf); STAR's Beauty and the Beast (Beast/Gaston); and STAR's Footloose (Chuck). Brandon has also directed, music directed, and enjoys spending his free time composing, transposing, and arranging for voice, piano, and brass.

Brandon has been a contracted member of the San Diego Opera Chorus since age 19, and performs regularly in professional ensembles, choirs, or quartets such as SACRA/PROFANA, The Full Measure Carolers, and the San Diego Wedding Singers. Privately, Brandon has performed for weddings, private parties, as a section leader for churches including St. Mark’s Methodist. He is currently the Bass section leader and soloist at Torrey Pines Christian Church, and the Tenor section leader for the Immaculata at USD.

Brandon has performed in Carnegie Hall under John Rutter’s baton, and internationally in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Lichtenstein.

An accomplished pedagogue, Brandon has taught private voice for four years and is a recognized Associate NATS (National Association of Teacher of Singing) member. Annually, he performs with the program “Words and Music,” which allows local school children to create, design, and compose their own operas based upon a book or novel, bringing it to life on stage.  Brandon is a cleared volunteer for the San Diego School District, and clinics Choirs, Advanced Theatre, and Musical Theatre on top of improvisation. 

Brandon won Second Place in the 2010/11 National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, was named to the San Diego State University School of Create and Performing Arts’ S Dean’s List, and is a  recipient of the Christine Springston, Paul C. Stauffer, and Elsie Hiland Fox and Memorial Scholarships. 




Megan is 17 and a Senior at Classical Academy High School! Her love of musical theatre started when she was 4, and has been in over 50 musical productions! She is the heart of STAR Repertory Theatre!  Without her love of Musical Theatre there would never have been a STAR Rep!  She is very excited to finally be able to take on more of a leadership role at STAR!  After graduation, Megan plans on getting her BFA in Musical Theatre at AMDA in Los Angeles. Some of her favorite roles include: Elle (Legally Blonde); Sandy (Grease); Loraine (All Shook Up); Belle (Beauty and the Beast); Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol); Patrice (13); Gingy (Shrek the Musical); Little Red (Into the Woods); Wednesday (Addams Family); Penny (Hairspray); Annie (Annie); JoJo (Seussical); and Flounder/Flotsam (Little Mermaid). Megan has won 3 National Youth Arts Awards, and has received several NYA nominations!  She has been dancing since she was 2 1/2, and takes acting and vocal lessons weekly.  She is also a member of the CAHS Caiman Crescendos Choir.  Megan is excited to work with the students at STAR Rep, and hopes to continue to share with them her love of theatre!

 

 



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