Meet the Faculty!
Stephanie was the youngest person ever to study under Edward Kaye Martin, the head of UCLAs Theatre Department, learning the Sanford Meisner technique. At seventeen she won the L.A. Drama Teachers first place Award, competing against 70 other schools. At eighteen she won first place for Directing in the Los Angeles One Act Play Festival. She left Los Angeles to perform in regional theatre and work on films, but returned in 1984 when she was hired to produce one of only ten local Equity plays for the Olympic Arts Festival. Her original musicals have been performed at the Taper in Los Angeles and Covent Gardens in London and her plays for children have been seen by tens of thousands of young people. As an actor, she has
toured in schools throughout California and taught over 500 young people. She currently serves on the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Thousand Oaks. She has chaired the California Alliance for Arts Education, the Ventura County Arts Council and the Thousand Oaks Arts Commission, and served on dozens of boards.
Billy is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, The National Theater Institute, the Moscow Art Theater, The Ballroom Dance Academy, and holds a bachelor in Theater from Occidental College. He holds an advanced certificate with high recommendation from the British Society of Fight Directors and is a certified Ballroom teacher through the Dance Vision International Dance Association. He served as assistant to the director of the National Theater Institute and has performed on stage, in film, and in television in a variety of roles and shows, as well as producing seven feature length films. He has taught students of all ages in a
wide variety of topics from Stage Combat to Acting to Voice to Ballroom. Most recently he worked with Dancing with the Stars dancer Tony Dovolani to bring ballroom to elementary schools, and with the Ballroom Dance Channel as lead producer of their Superstars of Ballroom Dance Camp.
Anthony Angelini grew up at Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory, studying acting, directing and writing. Last year he co-authored the Conservatory’s Spring play, “John of the Mountains: A Celebration of California’s National Parks’ 100th Birthday”, based on California State Curriculum. Currently a third year student at UCLA, where he sings with an a Capella group, Anthony has performed in plays and musicals throughout the Conejo Valley, and studied voice while performing with a Jazz Vocal Ensemble for five years. A lifelong children's education advocate, Anthony is also a board member of the organization, A New Dimension of Hope, which builds schools for underprivileged children in West Africa. In 2015, Anthony traveled to Liberia to help open a school and put the first book on the shelf of the
classroom. He chose, "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss. He has produced concerts for charities in several venues throughout the Conejo Valley. Anthony was recently honored with a Volunteer of the Year award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Kati Olexiewicz has been working in theatre since she was eight, and has studied with several professional teachers. She has performed and directed productions for school children and for adults. She currently teaches at The Granada Theatre and the Santa Barbara Music and Arts Conservatory, specializing in improvisation, monologues, and scene study. She worked as a child-actor supervisor and counselor for the Los Angeles American Girl Revue. Also a singer, Kati has studied voice for both musical theatre and choir. Although she attended film school in Los Angeles, her love truly lies in teaching children's theatre.