Puttin' On Productions Youth Theater 310.546.5544
Puttin' On Productions Youth Theater 310.546.5544
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.
Julia 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.
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!
Kimberly Weber is thrilled to be back at POPs as the Resident Stage Manager! She is a Chapman University alum of 2011 with a BA in Theatre Technology and has taught stage management there for the past four years. Her greatest passion is to help support the future performers and technicians in the industry. Working in the Los Angeles area as a professional stage manager for the past ten years, she has been able to work with the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Antaeus Theatre Company, Actors Co-Op Theatre Company, Getty Villa, Lobero Theatre and many more.
Susan has returned to be Business Manager for Puttin' on Productions. She was previously Business Manager from 2013 - 2017. Susan has a BA, JD and MBA from the University of Southern California. She spent her legal career at ARCO and then BP until she retired as Associate General Counsel – Worldwide Refining and Marketing in 2010. She has been a POPs family since our first production in 2007, and her children participated in every show until they graduated high school. She believes POPs is valuable to the children who participate because they learn teamwork, leadership, collaboration and self-esteem.
Choreographer and dance educator, Hazel graduated from with a BA in dance from San Jose State University in 2001. Founder/Director of Kairos Dance Company (est. 2006). Her work has been performed throughout California, as well as Ogden, Denver, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Having directed/ choreographed with POPs since 2007, regional choreography credits include the LA Critic's Choice, "A Chorus Line" (2016), "Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire" (National Tour, 2017), Ovation Award Best Musical Winner "Lizzie, the Musical" (2019), and LA Time's Critic's Choice "Fun Home" (2020). Graphic and Web Design: Hazel initiated her training with Blazing Trails Media in 2007 and serves as a freelance designer in the South Bay.
Born and raised here in Manhattan Beach, Megan has travelled across Los Angeles performing in musicals as well as directing numerous shows including: The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Aladdin, Moana, How to Eat Like A Child and many more. Megan learned her love of theatre through POPs when she was twelve in POPs' very first production, The Wiz. From then on POPs has always had her heart. After attending the BFA Musical Theatre program at Indiana University and earning her degree at Loyola Marymount University, she could not be more excited to be back home at POPs passing her love for musical theatre onto the next generation. Megan is extremely passionate about children and fostering that safe space where they can grow not only on stage but off. When she isn't immersed in the magic of theatre, Megan is a cosmetologist and loves using her creativity to change the lives and hair of others!
Devin is the current Musical Director for POPs, having also worked as a camp counselor for TADA’s 2021 summer camp season. He is a 2020 graduate from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he studied film composition and songwriting. Born and raised in Westchester (Los Angeles), Devin has performed in musicals throughout his life, and now is writing some himself! He currently has an animated movie musical and two original staged shows in development. Teaching musical theater is one of his biggest passions, and Devin is grateful to be a part of the POPs family.
Jess is thrilled to be making her MiniPOPS debut as Assistant Director! While Jess is working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, her first love was musical theatre. After receiving her training at The Young Americans, she had the opportunity to tour the world performing. Some recent credits include Tarzan (Performance Riverside), The Imagination Machine (Actor), and Madagascar Jr. (AD). These days you can catch Jess teaching voice lessons right here at TADA Stages, acting and working with kids at The Imagination Machine, and singing with her Vocal Jazz group, The Lyrical Workers.
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