MYART STAFF

Vanessa Knowles

Vanessa Knowles

Vanessa Knowles has been a part of the MYART family since 2001. She has worked in a variety of capacities including performer, assistant director and improv coach. Outside of the classroom, she serves as the MYPART Coordinator and is Vice President of MYART’s Board of Directors.

Vanessa has worked

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Timothy P. Thorn

Timothy P. Thorn

Tim began his theater career as a performer and educator more than 30 years ago with The Lilliput Players, a touring educational theater company. He also served as Art Director for Lilliput and the former L.P. Repertory Dinner Theater in Tustin.

As a founding member of MYART, Tim served as assistant

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Stephen Amundson

Stephen Amundson

Stephen Amundson is a vocal coach, specializing in technique instruction, performance, and audition prep, with all styles of voice, including musical theater, opera, jazz, rock, pop and R&B. He also teaches piano lessons for beginner and intermediate level students. He is currently enrolled in

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Stephanie Batezel

Stephanie Batezel

Stephanie has been a performer and parent volunteer for MYART for the past nine years. Her directorial debut for MYART was the Blackbox Protégé Workshop of The Sound of Music, however, her first directing experience was for Kennedy High School’s

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Mary Kathryn Vaughn

Mary Kathryn Vaughn

Mary Kathryn Vaughn has been a vocal coach for several elementary and high school musicals, including most recently Artesia High School’s, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Mary Kathryn has created and directed choirs for various programs with K-5 students. She has also written

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George Monachello

George Monachello

George Monachello began performing with MYART as a student in 1999. It was there that he learned all aspects of theater and went on to attend Huntington Beach High School’s Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) where he graduated in 2005.

In addition to the MYART stage, George has performed in

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Edward Bedran

Edward Bedran

Ed Bedran began performing with MYART at the age of nine and has performed such roles with the company as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Ed began working as a MYART staff member in the summer of 2011

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Crystal Barron

Crystal Barron

Crystal Barron joined MYART in 2012 as the assistant musical director for The Wizard of Oz, and since then, has taken on the role of musical director for the program’s main stage and black box performances. She has been music directing youth, community and professional theaters for

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Brenna Hanlen

Brenna Hanlen

Brenna Hanlen has performed with MYART since the age of four, appearing in such roles as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, and Gertrude in Seussical the Musical. She joined the MYART staff in 2008 as a staff assistant and is currently serving as assistant director.

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Ashley Bodul

Ashley Bodul

Ashley Bodul began dancing at eight years old, studying ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance under some of Southern California’s most prominent instructors. She joined MYART in 1991 and after serving as MYART’s dance captain, she choreographed her first show for the Whittier program

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Arvi Lapuz

Arvi Lapuz

Arvi Lapuz studied piano and violin and grew up singing in church before eventually landing a position as hymn director. As a student at Millikan High School, she musically directed concert choirs in her junior and senior years and devoted herself to Millikan’s musicals and plays as an actress

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Analicia Avila

Analicia Avila

Analicia Avila is no stranger to the world of performing arts. Having come from a family of musicians, she began her journey in the arts by studying piano at the age of nine. In her early teens, she began exploring various styles of dance, including jazz

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MYART BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Benjamin Thompson

Benjamin Thompson

Ben made his MYART debut in the 2000 production of The Music Man, which was kind of fitting because it was also the first musical he saw as a boy with his Gram. Other shows having spanned the repertoire include L’il Abner, Oliver!, Peter Pan, Seussical, and Fiddler on the Roof. Ben’s most

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Sarah Naccarato – Secretary

Sarah Naccarato – Secretary

Sarah has been a MYART Board Member since 2011. MYART became a big part of her family’s life when her oldest daughter, Isabella, did her first MYART Performance Peter Pan in 2006. The organization’s goals of respect, self-discipline, teamwork, diversity and creativity are also key values that

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Liana Koeppel-Taylor – President

Liana Koeppel-Taylor – President

Liana has been part of the MYART Family since 2002 when her daughter Paige started in the program. Since then, all five of the Taylor family members, (son Sean, daughter Abby and husband Matt) have become active participants both on and off the stage. Liana has been a parent volunteer in numerous

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Vanessa Knowles – Vice President

Vanessa Knowles – Vice President

Vanessa Knowles has been a part of the MYART family since 2001. She has worked in a variety of capacities including performer, assistant director and improv coach. Outside of the classroom, she serves as the MYPART Coordinator and is Vice President of MYART’s Board of Directors.

Vanessa has worked

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Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan

MYART began for Rob Kaplan in 1995, when he and Sue enrolled their children, Isaac, and Tessa, in the Amber ensemble of The Wizard of Oz.

From the early experience as a line leader and chaperon Rob and Sue first came on stage as salesmen in the opening sequence of The Music Man in 1996. What followed

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Gale Bull

Gale Bull

Gale Bull has been involved with MYART since about 1994 when her 6 year old daughter signed up to be in Annie. When Sound of Music came up Gale had a chance to join her daughter Erin and also her little Stephanie on stage and had the time of her life. MYART has been significant in the life of the

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Ashley Bodul

Ashley Bodul

Ashley Bodul began dancing at eight years old, studying ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance under some of Southern California’s most prominent instructors. She joined MYART in 1991, and after serving as MYART’s dance captain, she choreographed her first show for the Whittier program

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Matt Batezel – Treasurer

Matt Batezel – Treasurer

Matt has been a member of the MYART Board of Directors since 2012.  He became involved with MYART in 2006 when his daughter Madison first performed in Peter Pan. Since that time, Matt, his wife Stephanie and daughter Sydney have also performed on the MYART stage. From 2007 through 2012, Matt and

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