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Katharine McDonough has been producing and directing theatre since she staged an elaborate birthday party scene for herself at her pre-school. This was soon followed by her inventive staging of the dramatic one-act , Josefina’s Gift: An American Girl Play during recess in second grade, and a HEART Middle School’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas, hailed by critics as “the best Christmas play we’ve ever seen” (some random Mom). Since then, she’s been pursuing her passion for theatre in as many ways as possible.
At Pepperdine, she created and co-directed the annual CONTEMPO Musical Theatre Revue and directed selected scenes from Barefoot in the Park and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Professionally, she has assistant directed The Savannah Disputation (Colony Theatre, dir. Cameron Watson) and Into the Woods (California Conservatory for the Arts, dir. Debbie Lamedman).
Performance credits include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Musical Theatre West), Emily O’Dowd in EMPIRE (McCoy-Rigby/La Mirada, dir. Marcia Milgrom-Dodge), Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (McCoy-Rigby/La Mirada), Eponine in Les Miserables (Anchorage Concert Association), Dinah in South Pacific (Musical Theatre West), Ensemble in Camelot (Granada Theatre), Paige in How the Nurse Feels (New World Stages), Sara Crewe in Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess (Southern California Workshop), Olive in The 25th... Spelling Bee (Covina CPA), Julia in The Wedding Singer (Papermill Theatre), and Laurey in Oklahoma! (College Light Opera Co.).
Andres Ramirez began performing at an early age, starting out in Mexican Folkloric Ballet and moving on to musical theatre at 9 and opera at 11. He pursued an artistic education at the LA County High School for the Arts (Class of 2008), Pepperdine University (BA in Music 2012), and, finally, at the SF Conservatory of Music (MM 2014).
After returning to the Pasadena Musical Theater Program as Assistant Director in the Junior Program, he caught the directing bug. While at Pepperdine, he founded and co-directed CONTEMPO, an annual Musical Theatre Revue, as well as assistant directing an opera production, directing an opera scene, and co-directing the reading of a new play. He also joined the artistic staff at Theatre Experience of SoCal for their Spring 2015 season.
Andres works as a freelance Opera and Musical Theatre performer, has begun teaching private voice lessons, and most recently joined Pacific Chorale's roster of professional singers. He has performed on stages across the US and around the world. Some highlights include: Luis Rodrigo Griffith in Terrence Blanchard's "Opera in Jazz," Champion (Opera Parallele), Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music (San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre), the titular role in Candide (Douglas Morrisson Theatre), and his summer as a member of the iSing International Young Artist Program in Suzhou, China. Mr. Ramirez is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association.
James Leo Ryan
James Leo Ryan made his Broadway debut playing Rooster in Annie opposite Nell Carter. His other Broadway and National Tour credits include Smee in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Claquesous in Les Misérables with Colm Wilkinson, Pete in Show Boat with Cloris Leachman, and Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Sam Harris. James made his Carnegie Hall debut in Jubilee, and played Jigger in Carousel with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed in numerous regional theaters, has guest starred on several television shows, and has acted in a handful of movies. When he's not performing, James loves teaching, and has taught master classes and workshops at the Broadway Artists Intensive, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona State University, StudentsLive at the Pantages Theatre, and the Orange County School of the Arts. James most recently joined the Joffrey Ballet School faculty and taught their premier Musical Theatre Intensive here in Los Angeles.
Pasadena native, Kirsten Dyer, is an active and proud member of her community. She has volunteered for many programs including Theatre Experience of Southern California, Junior Achievement USA, Pasadena Heritage, and in her sons’ schools. Ms. Dyer works as a bank manager and has 30 years experience in providing exceptional service and building long-term relationships in order to help meet clients’ goals and dreams.
Courtney Anne Buchan
Courtney Anne Buchan is a director, writer, and arts administrator. Courtney is currently the Managing Director for Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble. She has directed workshops, readings, and full productions at The Road Theatre Company, Four Clowns, Pepperdine University, and Front Range Theatre Company. Courtney has worked as an assistant director for Jessica Kubzansky, at Pasadena Playhouse and The Theatre @ Boston Court/Getty Villa, and most recently was the SDC Observer for the world premier musical Breaking Through, directed by Sheldon Epps, at Pasadena Playhouse. Her international work includes acting in the Fringe First Award winning world premier of Why Do You Stand There in the Rain?. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where she received her B.A. in Theatre Arts, emphasis Directing. Courtney has been a member of the Road Theatre Company since 2014.