Julia has enjoyed co-creating with so many wonderful artists on creative projects during her professional career as a dancer and actress but her true passion has and will always be teaching children the craft she loves. She created Puttin’ On Productions, POPs, in 2007 and seven years later opened The Academy of Dramatic Arts, or TADA Stages. She has directed, choreographed, and/or produced over fifty youth productions.
She is a proud mom of Jonah and Jett and grateful she has her husband Mark to share the joys of creating this sacred space for children to learn and grow.
Mark spent more than 20 years in executive management for multi-billion dollar organizations. After leaving his most recent position of Director of Sales at Oracle in 2015 , Mark returned to POPs to work full time for the company he helped found with his wife Julia. Mark has a passion for helping others create change and growth and continues to use his talents to help POPs have a greater impact on our community.
Robin Garfield is Vice President, Marketing for POPs. She is President of Garfield Consultants and brings over 20+ years of experience in fundraising, marketing, strategy and management to both nonprofit and for-profit clients. Robin clients have included: United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership, Create Now!, Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council, Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce, Torrance Police Foundation and others. Robin and her husband Eric live in Redondo Beach and are the proud parents of Morgan and Kylee, who cannot imagine their life without being in a POPs show - its their second family.
Ashley is proud to be the POPs Producer and Director of Tech Artisans. A child of humble beginnings, Ashley grew up doing shows at school and in community theater. After receiving her BA in Drama, Honors in Stage Management – Ashley freelanced as a stage manager; working with such companies as Dallas Theater Center and The Geffen Playhouse. Eventually Ashley landed at POPs where she found her home. Ashley recognizes the empowering and healing properties of theater and the family and community it creates. It is a dream come true to pass that gift along to the future generation of theater-makers both on AND offstage!
Madison is humbled and excited to be part of the POPs team! She is a graduate of Chapman University and has stage managed all over LA, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. She recently worked with the Miss California local competitions, Industry Dance Awards, and Alien-Con with Mischief Management. When not inside a theatre, she can be found at Disneyland, storytelling with characters where she has been for the past five years.
Beth has been Business Manager for Puttin' on Productions since January, 2018. Beth studied Business Management at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has been the PTA Treasurer at Beryl Heights Elementary School and Parras Middle School. She has been a POPs family since our first production in 2007, and her children have participated in almost every show since. She believes POPs is unique in that it has given so many children the opportunity to experience a professional theater environment at such a young age and allows a child the opportunity to grow not only as a performer but also as a person.
Emily is in her last semester at CSU Dominguez Hills majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. She has spent the last 2 ½ years working at the Los Angeles Business Council as an Events and Communications Intern, working on numerous events such as their annual Architectural Awards and their annual summits. Emily is working towards a career in Marketing and Public Relations and enjoys organizing and coordinating events from start to finish. She is excited to put her skills to work and be a part of the POPs team.