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Meet the STAR 2012 Staff
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Marilyn Abad-CardinalliMARILYN ABAD-CARDINALLI
STAR Founder and Executive Producer
Katie2011KATIE HIPOL
STAR Artistic Director
Barbara2011
BARBARA J. GRAHAM

STAR Administrative Coordinator

MISS MARILYN is the Founder and Executive Director of the STAR Program, as well as the Executive Producer of the Gavilan College Educational Channel-GavTV 18 in Gilroy, California.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts and related technologies from San Jose State University.  She also has an Video Art Certificate from UC Santa Cruz. Marilyn has an extensive career in directing and producing theatre and television production for over 30 years.  She is a professor of theatre and television at Gavilan College in Gilroy, California.  During her thirty years at Gavilan College, she directed and produced over 100 plays and founded the Summer Theatre Arts Repertory "STAR" program which has been introducing young people to the performing arts for over 25 years. 

For the past several years she has been creating and producing programs for the Gavilan Educational Channel-GavTV Cable channel 18.  In addition to producing and directing, Marilyn has written plays and television scripts which have been produced by the college and El Teatro Campesino (ETC). 

She has also developed online classes in theatre appreciation, El Teatro Campesino- ETC and scriptwriting.  Marilyn has been a member of the board of directors for ETC in San Juan Bautista for over 15 years.

MISS KATIE is currently the Artistic Director of the Gavilan College STAR Program. She began as a "STAR kid" at the age of 10, and later went on to become a STAR leader. There, she has directed 2010's "Pirates of Penzance Jr." and 2011's "Oliver!"

Outside of STAR, she has performed on the Gavilan stage as Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew" and Rosalind in "As You Like It." She has received experience and training as an core ensemble actor at El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, where she has acted in such plays as "Zoot Suit" and "La Pastorela: a Shephard's Play." She has also workshopped original roles with the company's laboratory productions and performed her own music.

Katie can be seen as the lead character, Darla, in the independent feature film "The Crumbles," which has recieved the Verizon Audience Award (San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) and has been officially selected to other film festivals nationwide.STAR_FlipsMiss Barbara, Miss Katie, and Miss Marilyn

MISS BARBARA is the STAR Administrative Coordinator and has been the primary liaison for STAR families since 2007. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the STAR Program. In addition, she produced the STAR Gilroy 2008 & 2009 Yearbook DVD’s, and is responsible for producing most of the video content on the STAR website.

Miss Barbara has worked in an administrative capacity over 30 years. In addition to working for STAR, she has also tutored in the Digital Media lab and the Writing Center on campus. As a re-entry college student in 2003, she has worked as a videographer, interviewer, video editor, and segment producer for GavTV, Gavilan College’s Educational Channel. She holds Associate of Arts Degrees in Digital Media for Digital Audio/Video Production, as well as, Digital Art and Imaging from Gavilan College.

 

Paul SkeltonPAUL SKELTON
Gavilan College Technical Director
and STAR Set Designer
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SHAWN MULCARE
Gavilan College TV Studio Technician
STAR Rocks with MAC
STAR Rocks! Music Video Workshop
Cast and Crew

MR. PAUL is the Technical Director for the Gavilan College Theater Department, and Set Designer for STAR Productions. He has been part of the Theater Arts program for over 20 years. Mr Paul holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCSC. He builds and designs all sets for shows produced for the Gavilan Theater, including the STAR program's shows. He also works as a freelance designer in the Monterey / South Bay region. Most recently he designed the set and lights for the Shakespeare San Francisco’s children’s play “Ramona Quimby” and Monterey All-Stars production of “Bandidos”. When not at Gavilan, he keeps busy biking and climbing.

MR. SHAWN was a STAR leader for 10 years in the Video Program. He works for Gavilan college as a Media Specialist, so he will be on-hand to help out! He is one of the many people that makes Gavilan the college of choice.

 

 

STAR Gilroy 2012 Staff

Katie2011KATIE HIPOL
STAR Artistic Director and Production Director
Max2011MAX FISHLER
STAR Program Coordinator
Greg2011GREG SMITH
Music Director

MISS KATIE is currently the Artistic Director of the Gavilan College STAR Program. She began as a "STAR kid" at the age of 10, and later went on to become a STAR leader. There, she has directed 2010's "Pirates of Penzance Jr." and 2011's "Oliver!"

Outside of STAR, she has performed on the Gavilan stage as Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew" and Rosalind in "As You Like It." She has received experience and training as an core ensemble actor at El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, where she has acted in such plays as "Zoot Suit" and "La Pastorela: a Shephard's Play." She has also workshopped original roles with the company's laboratory productions and performed her own music.

Miss Katie can be seen as the lead character, Darla, in the independent feature film "The Crumbles," which has recieved the Verizon Audience Award (San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) and has been officially selected to other film festivals nationwide.

MR. MAX is currently in his second year at Chico State University. He is majoring in Business and wants to earn his degree in Management. Mr. Max was raised in Gilroy, and attended Gilroy High School. He was a STAR kid for 9 years and spent the last two summers as a STAR Leader. His fondest memory of STAR is hanging out with Unit F in his last years as a STAR Kid. Recently, Mr. Max visited Europe and plans on going back to London some day

MR. GREG joins us as Music Director for STAR Gilroy's production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.   Mr. Greg has been instrumental with helping our STAR kids sound so beautiful on stage!   He practically grew up with STAR!  He is a talented musician and disc jockey; has culinary arts training, and is also learning theater lighting design and production.   He has said many times that he loves STAR! 

 

"Ever since I was a kid, I've always been captivated by the theater and when my parents enrolled me in STAR in the summer of '97, I wasn't sure what to expect because I had never been in an acting "camp," but after that first day, I never wanted to leave!  Not only did I meet a lot of great friends that I still stay in contact with to this day, but I remember really looking up to the STAR leaders. They always had a really positive attitude and never stopped peaking my interests. Now, 16 years later, as a STAR leader, I try and create the same positive and friendly experience that I enjoyed so much as a kid. I have been a STAR leader now for 6 years, and I haven't missed a single summer at STAR since that first day."  

Kim2011KIM APUZZO
Assistant Director
Rachel2011RACHEL GIACALONE
Choreographer
Zyania2011
ZYANIA NATASHA SWENSON
Assistant Choreographer

MISS KIM is planning on attending Humboldt State University in the fall, where she will major in Music Education. This is her first year working at or participating in the STAR program. Miss Kim has been involved in theatre since second grade, and music since sixth grade. She has done four years of high school choir; two of which were in the Gilroy High School Chamber Choir, who she toured Europe with in April 2011. Outside of school, she enjoys singing, acting, hanging out with friends, traveling, and cooking. She would like to thank her family for encouraging her to pursue the arts later in life, as well as taking an active role in the STAR program this year.

MISS RACHEL has been part of the star program for 14 years and has loved every minute of it!!! She is student at Gavilan and figuring out what to do in life.  Every year she has the best summer at STAR and can’t wait to have an awesome show! Good Luck!  

MISS NATASHA is majoring in theatre and is taking classes at Gavilan College. Zyania was a STAR TV kid just four years ago with Mr. Shawn. Now she's working as a staff member for STAR! She is very excited to work while having fun with the kids

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Clue Scavenger Hunt Day! the Marvelous Mystery of Missing Mr. Max! Shhh! Shop Kitty was the guilty party!

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MARY ISABEL DE ANDA
Assistant Stage Manager, Stage Left
Dana2011DANA SCRIBNER
Stage Manager
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Neal2011
NEAL SMITH
Assistant Stage Manager, Stage Right

MISS ISABEL has been involved in the performing arts since 1996, when she began singing in productions with El Teatro Campesino, a highlight of her involvement with the company being her role as Gila in "La Pastorela". She has had the honor of being cast in Gavilan College productions, playing roles such as "Janet" in "The Rocky Horror Show" and Miss Spider in "James and the Giant Peach", and has had the priviledge of participating in play readings on campus. She has returned to Gavilan as a Theatre Major with an acting emphasis and is excited to be a part of the productions to come. This is her first year working with STAR.

MISS DANA is happy to be a part of the STAR program for another fun-filled summer. Over the past year she has stage managed for El Teatro Campesino, stage handed at CSUMB and helped put together a new theater project.

Miss Dana is also a founding board member and resident Stage Manager for the Fifth Wall Theater Project in Hollister.

Check out their website: www.fifthwalltheaterproject.com

MR. NEAL is currently finishing his final year at UCSC where he is studying Literature.  After he is finished with school, he plans on teaching.  Mr. Neal was a STAR kid from '98-'02 and he is excited to return to be a part of the STAR staff. 

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STEFANIE ERDMAN
Prop Mistress
Ian2011IAN GRANT
Talent Supervisor
Andy2011ANDY GARCIA
Talent Supervisor

MISS STEFANIE is an accomplished Child Development Major at Gavilan College continuing her education for transfer. She has spent countless hours enveloped in creative projects on and off the stage; thankful to be this years STAR Prop Mistress. Previously, Ms. Stefanie volunteered her skills to Carroll College Academy Summer Theater Program in Waukesha, Wisconsin for three outstanding years as an assistant director and stage designer for such adaptations and plays as: "Peter Pan", "Charoletts Web", "Wizard of Oz", "Lord of the Rings", "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", and many more. For nearly a
decade Ms. Stefanie has made appearances on television, on radio, and in newspapers advocating for children in education and theater arts. She would like to thank her family for the continual support of her efforts to reinforce, motivate, and encourage the enrichment of children during her position as a 2012 STAR staff member.

MR. IAN was a STAR kid for three years, then became a STAR Intern last summer, and now he returns this summer as a STAR Leader

He is well-rounded in the performing arts and loves creative outlets filled with wonderful intellectuals, such as here at STAR.

MR. ANDY is a former Theatre major turned Anthropology major at Gavilan and has just finished his second year. He has also performed in two Gavilan productions and one Gavilan-TADA production in which he also assisted as an audio technician. He hopes to become a field archaeologist in the future, but at the moment is more than happy to be a part of the STAR family and looks forward to many more summers with them.

Ryan TerryRYAN TERRY
Audio Technician and Tech Crew Leader
MarilynGuerin2011MARILYN GUERIN
Accompanist
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AMY GILBERTSON
Talent Supervisor

MR. RYAN...

MISS MARSIE has been involved in theater for 45 years as a pianist/accompanist. She also gives private piano lessons from her home in Gilroy. She is looking forward to helping this year after playing for last year's production of Oliver!

"I am impressed with the program and the young leaders of STAR and their professionalism. They make it fun for the cast while teaching all aspects of putting on a show and the importance of working as a team and having pride in the results."

MISS AMY is currently a STAR Unit Leader of the Gavilan College STAR Program. Although new to the STAR Program, Amy has been involved in outside theatrical productions including "Oaklahoma", "Fiddler on the Roof", and Agatha Cristie's "Ten Little Indians". When not participating in STAR, Amy lives and works in Santa Cruz. She is a recent graduate of UCSC, where she recieved her B.A. degree in Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing.

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AMBER LEE
STAR Intern
AnnetteANNETTE AGUIRRE
Costume Assistant
Camila2011CAMILA RODRIGUEZ
Before and After Care
Coordinator
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MISS ANNETTE...
MISS CAMI has been a student at Gavilan studying Child Development. "I love phots and enjoy working with kids. I have been with the STAR Program for two years and enjoy watching the kids act."
Breianna
BREIANNA HERNANDEZ
Box Office Manager
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VANESSA CASAS
Costume and Visual Arts Assistant
Janine Mortan
JANINE MORTAN
Supervising Program Coordinator
MISS BREIANNA...
MISS VANESSA...
MISS JANINE MORTAN recently finished her first three years of teaching. She has a Masters of Arts in Education from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Creative Arts from San Jose State University. This will be Janine’s 9th summer working at STAR. She feels very proud that STAR is where she began her career in education and she looks forward to another inspiring summer!
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JULIE JAMES
Theatre Arts Instructor

 
MISS JULIE is the Founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company. Prior to starting Jewel Theatre in 2005, Julie performed with several theatres across the Bay Area and beyond, including Marin Theatre Company where she played Sally Smith in Me and My Girl and was awarded the Dean Goodman Choice Award for Principal Performance in a Musical. Julie also performed with Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival. At Jewel Theatre, Julie performed in the one-woman tour de force play Women on Fire among others. Julie also directed several productions including Jewel's inaugural show Love Match, Raised in Captivity, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and two Lanford Wilson one-acts (The Great Nebula in Orion and A Betrothal) set to music by Kenneth Fuchs. Julie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and attended the Drama Studio of London in Berkeley, and is currently getting her Master of Arts in Drama at San Francisco State University.
 

STAR Video 2012 Staff

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RONALD JOHNSON, JR.
STAR Video Leader

Lucia2011LUCIA LEAL
STAR Video Leader
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JERONIMO GARCIA
STAR Video Leader

MR. RON, a STAR Video Leader, is an actor, musician, Hiphop emcee and producer.  He is a candidate for the AA degree in Dramatic Arts from Mesa College, San Diego, California and runs his own music production company, Perfected Dynamics Productions. His musical training includes music theory and performance, saxophone, drums, acoustic and electric guitar, cello, keyboard and piano.   His theater credits include: Compass Behavioral Health: C.A.S.T, Clean and Sober Theater (Supporting) Tucson, AZ, Mesa College Theater Company: Proof by  (Robert), A Question of Mercy by  (Dr. Robert Chapman), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Daddy Pollit),  Transparency  of Val(Ishmael, Ron Waggle, Chaplain), 4 Walls (Ralph) San Diego, CA.  His Television, Video and Film credits include: Hey Kids Commercial and Holiday 2009 Commercial (Voiceover),  D&J Hobby Store & Perfected Dynamics Productions, Day after the Revolution (James), Mindfill Entertainment.   Music credits include:  Real Talk, What They Don’t Want You to Hear,(Producer, Rapper), 2010;  Broken is Broken (Producer), Amber Ojeda 2010; Emceeing is Believing (Producer, Rapper), 2008; Concert for World Peace at San Jose State University, (Vocal Percussionist) with Eddie Gale, 2001; UPN41 Battle of the Bands/Rappers at Sacramento State University (Rapper)2003; Slugstock at UC Santa Cruz (Rapper) 2002.

MISS LUCIA is back for STAR Video 2012. This is her second year as a STAR leader. She has experience on both television and film. She had directed Gavilan College's TV show "Gavazine!" for almost two years and worked on awarded independent films such as " The Eulogy" where she was the Assistant Director. Miss Lucia has just earned a degree on Broadcasting Television and transferred to San Francisco State University where she is majoring on Cinema. She is so excited to share her knowledge with all STAR kids and is looking foward to have a fun summer

MR. JERONIMO is a student at Gavilan College where he is studying to get his Associates Degree in Broadcast Television and a certificate in Digital Media. He enjoys filming whenever he gets the chance and takes pride in the work he does. Along with filming, and editing he also enjoys working with sound. From working on the sound board for a TV show like “Gavazine” to recording music, and voiceovers in the studio. He is happy to be a part of the STAR Video Program and is enthusiastic about getting the chance to be a part of creating video and showing kids what they can accomplish through film and editing.

STAR San Juan Bautista 2012 Staff
Katie2011KATIE HIPOL
STAR Artistic Director,
STAR San Juan Bautista Program Coordinator Writer and Production Director
Dana2011DANA SCRIBNER
Stage Manager
Andy2011ANDY GARCIA
Talent Supervisor

MISS KATIE is currently the Artistic Director of the Gavilan College STAR Program. She began as a "STAR kid" at the age of 10, and later went on to become a STAR leader. There, she has directed 2010's "Pirates of Penzance Jr." and 2011's "Oliver!" Outside of STAR, she has performed on the Gavilan stage as Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew" and Rosalind in "As You Like It." She has received experience and training as an core ensemble actor at El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, where she has acted in such plays as "Zoot Suit" and "La Pastorela: a Shephard's Play." She has also workshopped original roles with the company's laboratory productions and performed her own music. Katie can be seen as the lead character, Darla, in the independent feature film "The Crumbles," which has recieved the Verizon Audience Award (San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) and has been officially selected to other film festivals nationwide.

MISS DANA is happy to be a part of the STAR program for another fun-filled summer. Over the past year she has stage managed for El Teatro Campesino, stage handed at CSUMB and helped put together a new theater project.

Miss Dana is also a founding board member and resident Stage Manager for the Fifth Wall Theater Project in Hollister.

Check out their website: www.fifthwalltheaterproject.com

 

 

MR. ANDY is a former Theatre major turned Anthropology major at Gavilan and has just finished his second year. He has also performed in two Gavilan productions and one Gavilan-TADA production in which he also assisted as an audio technician. He hopes to become a field archaeologist in the future, but at the moment is more than happy to be a part of the STAR family and looks forward to many more summers with them.

Ryan TerryRYAN TERRY
Audio Technician
Breianna
BREIANNA HERNANDEZ
Office Manager
 
MR. RYAN...
MISS BREIANNA...

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