Creative Associates

Mario Adriano

Media Coordinator, Filmmaker/Producer
Mario Adriano is an award-winning videographer who has collaborated on numerous promotional pieces for Providence High School, helping produce marketing material, branding material, and short-form documentaries for various shows and events.  As an alumnus of Providence High School’s Cinema Arts Program and a recent graduate from the Cinema and Television Arts Department of California State University, Northridge, Mario currently exercises his creative and technical skills in video production by serving as technical assistant in the Cinema Arts Studio and as Media Coordinator for DiscoveryOnstage.

Adrianne Alvarez-Jackson

Instructional Coach, Acting Instructor
Adrianne graduated with an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University and an M.Ed in Advanced Instruction with an Emphasis in Differing Abilities from the University of Southern California.  Theatrically she studied extensively at the Old Globe Training Program in London and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Actor Training Program in Irvine, CA.  She is currently working on her certification in the Michael Chekhov Technique and the Fitzmaurice Vocal Technique.  Adrianne taught Acting, Movement, Voice & Diction and World-Theatre at the L.A. County High School for the Arts and is currently the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair and Head of Drama at AGBU, a private high school located in the San Fernando Valley.  There, she has developed a comprehensive arts curriculum for middle school students through high school which includes study in dance, visual arts, music and drama.  Adrianne was the founder of Theatre Pangaea, an award winning Los Angeles theatre company dedicated to the development of new works and the reinvention of the classics.  She is also the Co-Creator and former Artistic Director of Shakespearience, an interactive theatre education program designed to introduce Southern California students to Shakespeare.  As a stage performer, Adrianne has been seen in dozens of productions most notably alongside Cheetah Rivera in The Mark Taper Forum’s The House of Bernarda Alba.  She has also been seen in film and on television in such shows as Charmed and All My Children.  Ms. Alvarez-Jackson currently serves DiscoveryOnstage as a Curriculum Development Consultant.

Kevin Bair

Branding Consultant, Graphic Designer
Kevin Bair is an accomplished and versatile marketing professional with a unique combination of business acumen and creative arts and is DiscoveryOnstage’s Branding Consultant and Graphic Designer. He is an expert in branding and positioning, and has a rock-solid track record in new program development and strategic content creation. This success is further augmented by his extensive understanding of design and the creative process. For 20 years Kevin has had the privilege of helping a variety of mid-level companies, nonprofit organizations and global brands cultivate their unique programs and express their identity and message through engaging communication strategies. During his recent tenure with RE/MAX World Headquarters, he oversaw the Commercial real estate brand’s positioning, marketing, research, events, products and services. As its leader, he led the creation of an extensive brand marketing platform for 3,000 commercial real estate brokers in 45 countries, including a first-ever world symposium and practitioner development program that all exist today. Whether directing the reputation, voice and image of a global brand or developing strategic content awareness campaigns for mid-sized organizations, Kevin understands the intricacies of enterprises, working diligently to get things done – from the fun stuff to the tough stuff.

Marisa Rawlins-Bradfield

Choral Director, Writer, Music Instructor
Marisa Rawlins-Bradfield is a Los Angeles native who has been teaching voice and choral directing for over fourteen years.  From an early age, Marisa has had the opportunity to sing for radio, television, and feature films, along with performing with some of the most prestigious choral ensembles in the United States. Ms. Rawlins-Bradfield is currently the Department Chair of the Performing Arts Dept. and Choral Music Director at Providence High School (Providence High Arts).  Along with her teaching, Marisa is the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles All-Diocese Queen of Angels Honor Choir and serves as the Vice President of the Southern California Vocal Association Vocal Solo Competition.  Ms. Rawlins-Bradfield is the Music Director at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Granada Hills where she conducts the adult and children’s choir. In past years, Marisa has served as the Choral Director at the Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt).  Under her direction, the LAMusArt choral ensemble performed at Luckman Performing Arts Center, The Broad Stage, The Aratani Japan American Theater, The Ford Amphitheater, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and many other civic events in the Los Angeles community. Marisa has toured internationally and has sung in concert halls in the United States, Canada, Wales, England, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic.  Marisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis from California State University, Northridge where she studied with Paul Smith and attended Mount San Antonio College where she studied with Bruce Rogers.  Marisa holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Education and Teaching Credential from the University of Southern California, where she was the recipient of the USC Flora L. Thornton School of Music 2009 Honors Convocation, D ’Addario Foundation Achievement Award.  

Noah Breakman

Photographer
Noah Breakman has been taking pictures since the seventh grade, but started looking into photography as more of a profession when he started high school. As a Providence High School and DiscoveryOnstage alumnus, Noah’s photography broad portfolio ranges from headshots, portraits, photo booths, action shots – theatre and sports – and nature shots. His biggest focus thus far is photographing people.  Noah currently studies at the Rochester Institute for Technology, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences studying Advertising Photography.

Rogelio Joseph Caedo

Composer, Music Instructor
Over the past three years, Rogelio Joseph Caedo has composed over two dozen original songs for DiscoveryOnstage, as well as countless pieces offstage. Before joining the DiscoveryOnstage family as a musician, Rogelio was a student in DiscoveryOnstage’s drama course for two years, before finally graduating in 2011 and taking part in their summer camp as an intern. Since 2013, he has been creating original compositions for the campers, as well as providing for the DiscoveryOnstage News Network and several PHA stage plays, such as Terminal Cafe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the original PHA production entitled Lily the Glitch. Rogelio graduated with a BA in English at the University of California, Riverside, and he strives to become a teacher at the junior high or high school level.

Beatrice Rose Casini

Costume Designer
Beatrice Casini’s arts journey began with an undergraduate Theatre degree from Bradley University where a love affair with costuming began while working for professional bus-and-truck tours of musicals such as Les Miserables, Cats, Starlight Express, A Chorus Line and Jesus Christ Superstar. As an actor, she’s had the pleasure of bringing a handful of the Bard’s leading ladies to life for LA area high school students with SHAKESPEARIENCE and being part of Circle X Theatre Company’s Laura Comstock’s Bag Punching Dog, which won L.A. Ovation Awards for “Best New Musical”, “Best Musical Production” and LA Weekly’s “Best Production” of 2002. She co-founded Theatre Pangaea, bringing Melanie Marnich’s QUAKE to its Southern California premiere and earned her graduate degree in Museum Studies in 2011 with a dissertation on utilizing theatrical performance techniques to enliven costume display. She has worked as a certified teacher for the acclaimed and internationally recognized early childhood music literacy program Music Together.  Throughout, Costuming has provided real satisfaction in synthesizing a wide-ranging Arts background. Having done costume work for The Geffen Theatre in Westwood, Pasadena City College, The Glendale Center Theatre, The Peoria Civic Center, Peoples’ Theatre and AGBU High School in Canoga Park, she started her own freelance theatrical costume design practice, Casini Costumes, in 2009. Being part of Discovery Onstage at Providence High School is a happy culmination of many years in the arts, using the work of the theatre to inspire students towards “imagination over budget and excellence overall!

Matt Franta

Stage Combat & Acting Instructor
As an actor, stunt performer, and fight choreographer, Matt has lent his talents to more than 250 film, television, web, and stage productions. Companies he has worked with include the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Long Beach Playhouse, Four Clowns, Parson’s Nose Theater, Marin Shakespeare Company, Chance Theater, the Minnesota Opera, and the National Theatre for Children. Matt holds a BA in Drama/Speech from Clarke University in Dubuque, IA, and is a graduate of the International Stunt School in Seattle. He currently teaches stage combat at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood and at Swordplay LA in Burbank. Matt is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, the International Order of the Sword & Pen, and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Brittany Freeth

Dance & Acting Instructor, Choreographer
Brittany is professional dancer and has been training for over 20 years. She began at Encore Dance Centre and later on attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and was trained by members of Alvin Ailey Company and Harlem Ballet. Brittany holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts, a minor in Business Administration, and a Masters in Management from Azusa Pacific University. Brittany has been choreographing and directing for the last eight years in Los Angeles and San Bernardino. She has taught dance for Encore Dance Centre as well as choreographed various musicals for Baldwin Park High School, DiscoveryOnStage, Azusa Pacific University, Monrovia High School, Center Stage Dinner Theater and Foothill Theatre Workshop. Brittany expanded her career through teaching and directing children throughout several arts camps and theatre workshops during the summer season. Brittany was apart of the West Coast regional premiere of the hit musical In The Heights. She has appeared in music videos as a featured dancer with Macy Gray, Labrinth, Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber.  Brittany’s film and TV credits include: A Very Harold and Kumar ChristmasThe Doctors and the upcoming NBC medical drama Heartbeat.

Linnea Godinez

Technical Consultant, Acting Instructor
Linnea Godinez is a technical consultant to DiscoveryOnstage, as well as acting instructor for the DiscoveryOnstage Summer Acting Camp.

Ernest E. Grecsek

Management Consultant
Ernest E. GrecsekMA, CPCU is a performance management consultant with a focus on training professionals in core leadership competencies. He serves as an instructor for the CPCU Society, Center for Leadership. In his local community, he is a member of the Business Advisory Committee for the Career and Service Center of the South West Florida Workforce Development Board. In his 25-year insurance claims career, Grecsek held management and executive positions with Nationwide, Wausau, and Allstate Insurance Companies. He was an adjunct professor at the Southwest Florida campus of National-Louis University in the College of Management and Business. In 2007, Ernie was recognized by the CPCU Loman Education Foundation as an outstanding volunteer who demonstrates consistent and excellent performance within the CPCU Society Center for Leadership, the CPCU Society and other professional activities. He earned a B.S. in economics and business administration at Wagner College, and a M.A. in human resource development and training from The Ohio State University; he is affiliated with the Society of Human Resource Management, American Society for Training and Development and the CPCU Society.

Christen Harty-Schaefer

Christen Harty Schaefer is a California native who discovered her passion for producing and directing, in the TV studio at Pepperdine University. After earning her BA in Communications and Television Production, she never looked back. Today, Chris is two-time Emmy-nominated Producer, Director, and Writer who brings over 30 years of experience in the film and television industry, having worked with a number of Hollywood’s elite and a myriad of networks including CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Discovery Channel and HGTV. For six years Chris collaborated with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks, HBO and The History Channel to create over 25 specials and documentaries highlighting such critically acclaimed films as Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, and Catch Me If You Can, among others. She had the honor of writing and directing three award-winning documentaries with Band of Brothers author, Stephen Ambrose, on the personal stories from the men and women of WWII. As the VP of Development for New Wave Entertainment, Chris helped create, produce and package over 150 hours of content for Lifetime, Biography and A&E, as well as the ABC Network Special, Signs of Fear, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. At Pie Town Productions, as VP of Development, Chris cultivated and sold a number of series, from family docu-soaps to real estate docu-soaps to crime series, for networks such as A&E, ION and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN. Chris also brought Providence High School students and the Non-profit Foundation, Operation Kids, together, producing, writing and directing the teen pilot Shoot From The Heart, following our young filmmakers working to make positive change. She attends The MFA Dramatic Writing Distance Program at the University of Idaho and is a 20-year member of the Directors Guild of America. Chris and her husband, who is the Director of Photography on the Warner Bros. Entertainment series EXTRA, split their free time between creating family film productions with their son, a graduate of the Providence Media Focus Program who is currently a CSUN Film Student, and support their daughter’s busy athletic career competing on an Elite-level Soccer Club.

Jason Henning

Web Designer, Branding Consultant
Bio coming soon!

Kent Jackson

Management Consultant
Kent Jackson, PhD., CPCU, shares 40+ years of professional experience in teaching, research, consulting and organizational development and leadership. Since 2000 he has performed consulting services related to branding, market research, training and strategic planning for a range of clients in the insurance, education, health care, real estate and non-profit industries. He serves as a graduate professor at Regis University, is a grievance/mediation facilitator for a Aims Community College and the Denver Metro Builder Realty Council, and manages member research and development services the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society – a medical specialty organization representing surgery centers worldwide. Before starting his consultant practice in 2000, Dr. Jackson was an internal consultant in agency management and regional planner for State Farm Insurance. Prior to joining State Farm he was owner/manager of a construction engineering and planning firm. Prior to that he served as an academic and public affairs administrator and faculty member in psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Jackson earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the PhD from Oregon State University. He achieved the CPCU designation in 1996.

Julianne Kusmierczyk

Choreographer, Movement & Acting Instructor
Julianne is an actress and dancer based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Acting School and is a certified Eginton Alignment instructor. Recent projects include performing in “Juiced”, a new short play featured in Green Light Production’s GLO 2014, a collection of new short plays written and directed by Los Angeles women. This past fall, Julianne had the privilege of assistant directing “RACE” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre for Center Theatre Group, after assistant directing in 2012 for CTG’s production of “November” at the Mark Taper Forum. 

Cathy Main

Visual Arts Instructor
Cathy has been teaching Art for over 40 years. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco in Arts in Private School Administration and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University Northridge (CSUN). She began her teaching career in 1978 at St. Genevieve High School where she taught both English and Art. In 1993 she accepted a position at Queen of Angels Seminary where she taught Art and Yearbook and produced and directed the musicals The Sting and Damn Yankees. In 1995, Cathy joined the Providence High School community from which she recently retired after serving as the Visual and Performing Arts Chair for a number of years.  While there she taught a variety of art classes throughout the school year including the Animation Class she created and developed on behalf of Providence’s Media Focus Track. In addition, Ms. Main was an active participant in all Providence’s Drama Productions as Set Designer and Producer and, since 2010, has been the Visual Arts Instructor for the Providence High Arts Summer Acting Camp produced by DiscoveryOnstage.

Vince McManus

AV Technician, Technical Director
Vince is a frequent collaborator with Providence High Arts and DiscoveryOnstage, serving as technical director on many live productions and projects.  He is an alumnus of Providence High School, which is where he got his start with the organizations.  After beginning as a student of the program, Vince has filled positions in lighting, sound, videography, and design for plays, musicals, choral events, and summer programs with with both Providence High Arts and DiscoveryOnstage for many years.  He is currently a permanent employee of Providence High School, and a freelance sound and lighting designer for professional theater.

Sean Mier

Technical Advisor, Film Instructor
Sean Mier is a comedy writer and director. Originally from Clarinda, Iowa, Sean studied Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa, then moved to Los Angeles to train at The Second City. He has written, directed, and appeared in numerous sketch shows, short films, and web videos.

Maunda Oyin

Acting Instructor
Maunda Oyin started acting in elementary school, joined her high school’s award-winnning Drama Club, and received a Theatre scholarship from the University of Oklahoma.  After graduation, she was recruited to join the Karamu House Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio as a member of the Children’s Theatre traveling ensemble.  Afterwards, she toured the US in a Comedy Gospel musical, performing with several  Gospel greats.  Those connections brought her to Los Angeles where Producer Rushion McDonald (Think Like a Man) commented on Maunda’s quick wit and advised her to add “comedian” to her list of talents.  Since then, Maundahas been seen in commercials, television and multiple Indie films, two of which she has written and produced.  Maunda is the 2013 Ventura Comedy Festival Winner, a California’s Funniest Female Finalist, and received comedic praise from Kim Coles (Living Single), Chris Spencer (Husbands of Hollywood) and Leslie Jones (SNL).