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  • Wilson Mizell Wins at Voices of Democracy Speech Contest
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    Wilson Mizell Wins at Voices of Democracy Speech Contest
    Wilson Mizell (MT, '22) won the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post-Level Voices of Democracy Speech Contest. He advanced to the district level, where he will compete for advancement to the state and national levels.
  • Pedro Pascal Featured in LA Times Article
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    Pedro Pascal Featured in LA Times Article
    Pedro Pascal (MT, '93) was featured in a Los Angeles Times article about the top Latino media moments of 2020 and what to expect in 2021.

    To read the full article, please visit http://lat.ms/2ZwiXj1
  • Nazaneen Colton and Isaac Sohn Compete in MTAC Branch Theme Festival
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    Nazaneen Colton and Isaac Sohn Compete in MTAC Branch Theme Festival
    Nazaneen Colton (ACT, '23) and Isaac Sohn (IM, '25) both competed in the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Branch Theme Festival. Nazaneen received the gold medal in piano and Isaac earned first place in Division 7B and progressed to the Winners' Competition.

    Isaac also competed in the Great Composers Competition and received first prize in Age Group III of the Best Beethoven Performance category.
  • Landon Wouters Recognized as Finalist in Monologue Competition
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    Landon Wouters Recognized as Finalist in Monologue Competition
    Landon Wouters (MT, '22) was recognized as a finalist in the Los Angeles Regional Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition.
  • OCSA Science Olympiad Division C Team Wins at Competition
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    OCSA Science Olympiad Division C Team Wins at Competition
    The OCSA Science Olympiad Division C (High School) Team competed against 70 teams from across the nation at both the Aggie Invitational, where they earned first place overall, and at the Yosemite Invitational, where they earned 10th place overall. The team also participated in the Miraloma Invitational. The students received the following awards:

    Aggie Invitational:

    1st Place
    Circuit Lab: Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24) and Joshua Qin (BR, '23)
    Codebusters: Anjal Jain (CV, '22), Joshua Qin (BR, '23), and Jeffrey Yang (CV, '24)
    Solar Power: Hannah Kang (VA, '22) and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24)

    3rd Place
    Sounds of Music: Vivian Chen (IM, '23) and Erica Yang (IA, '21)
    Forensics: Anjal Jain (CV, '22) and Samantha Su (VA, '21)

    4th Place
    Dynamic Planet: Jeffrey Yang (CV, '24) and Jiin Yun (IM, '24)
    Machines: Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24) and Joshua Qin (BR, '23)

    5th Place
    Designer Genes: Grant Li (CW, '23) and Sara Shimabukuro (IM, '21)

    Other competitors included Sameer Bajaj (ACT, '24), Kacy Chung (VA, '23), Katherine Given (ACT, '24), Tane Kim (IM, '24), Amy Lee (IM, '23), and Allison Wong (CW, '23).

    Yosemite Invitational:

    2nd Place
    Helicopters: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, '24) and Vivian Chen (IM, '23)

    3rd Place
    Codebusters: Kacy Chung (VA, '23), Anjal Jain (CV, '22), and Em Wei-Ten (PM, '23)

    4th Place
    Circuit Lab: Joshua Qin (BR, '23) and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24)
    Digital Structures: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, '24) and Anjal Jain (CV, '22)
    Disease Detectives: Samantha Su (VA, '21) and Allison Wong (CW, '23)
    Gravity Vehicle Design: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, '24) and Joshua Qin (BR, '23)

    5th Place
    Sounds of Music: Vivian Chen (IM, '23) and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24)

    6th Place
    Experimental and Data Analysis: Samantha Su (VA, '21), Joshua Qin (BR, '23), and Kacy Chung (VA, '23)
    Designer Genes: Caleb Empig (IM, '23) and Kacy Chung (VA, '23)

    Other competitors included Sylvia Cheeseman (DM, '22), Lauren Chudner (VA, '23), Katherine Given (ACT, '24), Antara Kalle (CW, '23), Hannah Kang (VA, '22), Tane Kim (IM, '24), Amy Lee (IM, '23), Grant Li (CW, '23), Hyunjin Park (VA, '23), Haley Shimabukuro (IM, '24), Sara Shimabukuro (IM, '21), Isabelle Tran (VA, '22), Rachel Vu (IM, '24), Erica Yang (IA, '21), Jeffrey Yang (CV, '24), and Jiin Yun (IM, '24).

    Miraloma Invitational:

    1st Place
    Environmental Chemistry: Kacy Chung (VA, '23) and Amy Lee (IM, '23)

    4th Place
    Detector Building: Vivian Chen (IM, '23) and Nathan Tatsuta (IM, '24)
  • Summer Zamiska Starts Nonprofit Organization "A Case For Kids"
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    Summer Zamiska Starts Nonprofit Organization "A Case For Kids"
    Summer Zamiska (ACT, ‘21) founded A Case For Kids, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in honor of her grandmother who passed away from Alzheimer's disease. Summer and her OCSA team make and donate handmade pillowcases locally and globally for foster children and orphans to keep with them as they move from home to home. Her team works with Olive Crest Foster Care, Covenant House Homeless Shelter, Laura’s House Domestic Violence Center, OC 4 Kids Social Services Agency, The Rose Again Foundation Foster Agency, and Evolution Haiti. For more information, check out the website here http://bit.ly/2Q213Db
  • Mackenzie Wrape Accepted into the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop
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    Mackenzie Wrape Accepted into the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop
    Mackenzie Wrape (MT, ‘22) was accepted to the MPulse Musical Theatre Workshop at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for summer 2021.
  • Students from OCSA Science Olympiad Division C Team Place at Invitational
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    Students from OCSA Science Olympiad Division C Team Place at Invitational
    The OCSA Science Olympiad Division C (High School) Team competed in the Golden Gate Invitational. Out of 151 teams from across the nation, Kacy Chung (VA, ‘23), Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22), and Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23) earned a 10th place medal in Codebusters.

    Other competitors included Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24), Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23), Caleb Empig (IM, ‘23), Katherine Given (ACT, ‘24), Grant Li (CW, ‘23), Sara Shimabukuro (IM, ‘21), Samantha Su (VA, ‘21), Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24), Allison Wong (CW, ‘23), Jeffrey Yang (CV, ‘24), and Erica Yang (IA, ‘21).
  • Juliet Garbacz Wins Scholarship for The School of American Ballet
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    Juliet Garbacz Wins Scholarship for The School of American Ballet
    Juliet Garbacz (MT, ‘25) received a scholarship to train at The School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, in their five-week summer intensive.
  • Justice Smith Featured in NY Times Article and on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
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    Justice Smith Featured in NY Times Article and on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
    Justice Smith (MT, ‘13) was featured in an article by The New York Times and was also a featured guest on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE.

    To view his segment on the show, please visit https://bit.ly/2RwFlIk.
  • OCSA Science Olympiad Team Awarded in State Competition
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    OCSA Science Olympiad Team Awarded in State Competition
    The OCSA Science Olympiad High School Team (Division C) competed in the Southern California State competition. The team earned the following awards:

    2nd Place
    Codebusters: Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22), Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23), and Jeffrey Yang (CV, ’24)

    5th Place
    Amazing Mechatronics: Nathan Tatsuta (IM, ‘24) and Isabelle Tran (VA, ‘22)
    Experimental and Data Analysis: Katherine Given (ACT, ’24), Joshua Qin (BR, ‘23), and Samantha Su (VA, ‘21)
    Helicopters: Sameer Bajaj (ACT, ‘24) and Vivian Chen (IM, ‘23)
  • Students Selected to Represent Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2021
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    Students Selected to Represent Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2021
    The following students, as a part of the Free To Be Me Studio Performance Arts Academy Dynamix Competition Team, auditioned and were selected to represent Team USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will compete against 61 other countries at the worldwide competition next fall. Several of the numbers the troupe auditioned with were musically directed and arranged by OCSA faculty member Jamond McCoy. To read more about their journey, please visit https://bit.ly/3w2ZGEc

    Cynthia Allen (IA, ‘25)
    Lillie Atkins (IA, ‘25)
    India Dawson (PM, ‘25)
    Gwendalyn Heredia (IA, ‘26)
    Angelina Kidder (MT, ‘26)
    Hailey Knowles (IA, ‘25)
    Sofia Naccarato (IA, ‘23)
    Vinnie Naccarato (PM, ‘25)
    Kaylee Nagata (IA, ‘26)
    Simone Ponsford (IA, ‘26)
    Chloe Reyes (IA, ‘27)
    Zachary Sadeghian (IA, ‘26)
    Delilah Summers (IA, ‘25)
  • Students Participate as Mentors in Musical Theater Matters
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    Students Participate as Mentors in Musical Theater Matters
    The following students participated as mentors in Musical Theater Matters, a community program with Segerstrom Center for the Arts that engages and supports children with special needs through musical theater.

    Nikka Coetzee (IA, '23)
    Sophia Gaba (MT, '23)
    Ana Sofia Gomez Garza (MT, '25)
    Mia Guillen (IA, '23)
    Jonah Lee (MT, '23)
    Phe McCullough (MT, '24)
    Lauren Mei (ACT, '23)
    Lisa Ordonez (IA, '23)
    Hannah Osier (IA, '24)
  • OCSA Students Recognized at National Youth Arts Awards
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    OCSA Students Recognized at National Youth Arts Awards
    The following students were recognized at the 15th Annual National Youth Arts Awards:

    Sophia Del Rey (ACT, '21) won two Best Supporting Performance in a Musical awards for her roles as the Witch in Into the Woods and Tobias’ voice in Sweeney Todd.

    Sophia Ruiz (MT, '23) won the award for Lead Performance in the Junior Division for her portrayal of Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins at The Arts & Learning Conservatory.

    Marcus Brooks (MT, '23) was nominated for Lead Performance in the Junior Division for his portrayal of Bert in Mary Poppins at The Arts & Learning Conservatory.
  • Jessica Sequeira Books Voiceover Role in “Mask Up OC” Commercial
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    Jessica Sequeira Books Voiceover Role in “Mask Up OC” Commercial
    Jessica Sequeira (ACT, '22) booked a voiceover role for the commercial titled “Mask Up OC,” which features all 30 city mayors from Orange County.
  • Matthew Garbacz Performs With Actor Scott Adkins in Film "Seized"
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    Matthew Garbacz Performs With Actor Scott Adkins in Film "Seized"
    Matthew Garbacz (MT, '23) performed alongside actor Scott Adkins in the action/thriller film "Seized," directed by Isaac Florentine.
  • Zach Hoffman Casted in Upcoming Lifetime Television Movie
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    Zach Hoffman Casted in Upcoming Lifetime Television Movie
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, '22) was cast in a supporting role in an upcoming Lifetime Television movie.
  • Brandon Calderon and Other OCSA Alumni Start Olive Street Collective OC
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    Brandon Calderon and Other OCSA Alumni Start Olive Street Collective OC
    Brandon Calderon (MT, '19) and other alumni started Olive Street Collective OC, a free higher education peer advising program for underrepresented high school students in Orange County.

    For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/3vUhDVB
  • Stephanie Dorian Named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg
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    Stephanie Dorian Named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg
    Stephanie Dorian, Assistant Director of the Acting Conservatory, has been named a 2020 Woman of Distinction by Senator Tom Umberg and the 34th California Senate District. This award honors outstanding women who exemplify ethical leadership and a commitment to making a positive impact in the community.
  • Lyndell Higgins Directs Short Film Called "Still Untitled"
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    Lyndell Higgins Directs Short Film Called "Still Untitled"
    Acting Conservatory Instructor Lyndell Higgins directed a short film called Still Untitled. The film was written by and starred her 8th grade students from last year. The short film was also selected for the Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival this year.
  • Nena Oshita Creates Video "Enough is Enough"
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    Nena Oshita Creates Video "Enough is Enough"
    With her passion for arts as activism and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Nena Oshita (ACT, '22) and her fellow OCSA students and alumni created a video titled "Enough is Enough."

    To view the full video, please visit https://bit.ly/3fRkU2v
  • Musical Theatre Conservatory’s Production of Quilters Featured in Dramatics Magazine
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    Musical Theatre Conservatory’s Production of Quilters Featured in Dramatics Magazine
    The Musical Theatre Conservatory’s fall production of the musical Quilters was featured in a story by Dramatics magazine that covers the production and how it became one of the 11 shows to receive main stage recognition at the 2020 International Thespian Festival (ITF). The show, originally selected for main stage presentation at ITF in Indiana, was live streamed to registered participants of the virtual festival. To read the full article, please visit https://bit.ly/3fRrjeb

    The following students and alumni were featured in the interview:

    Juliette Boland (MT, '20)
    Peyton Kirkner (MT, '23)
    Grace Osier (MT, '22)
    Makenna Olsen (MT, '22)
    Charlee Rubino (MT, '21)
    Zoe Seare (MT, '21)
  • Sophia Madrigal Founds the Luke Madrigal Indigenous Storytelling Nonprofit
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    Sophia Madrigal Founds the Luke Madrigal Indigenous Storytelling Nonprofit
    Sophia Madrigal (ACT, '22) founded the Luke Madrigal Indigenous Storytelling Nonprofit in honor of her father, Luke Madrigal, who spent his life promoting works that revitalized Indigenous culture, brought youth together with adults, and involved sharing the arts together. In an article, Sophia, her sister, Isabella Madrigal (ACT, '20), and their mother, Renda, shared their journey of bringing awareness to the healing powers of traditional storytelling.

    To read the article, please visit https://bit.ly/3vRBhBG
  • Alexander Perazzo Selected as a Delegate for ALCBS
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    Alexander Perazzo Selected as a Delegate for ALCBS
    Alexander Perazzo (MT, '21) was selected as a delegate for the 2020 American Legion California Boys State.
  • Ashlye Gambill Cast in Disney Film "Artemis Fowl"
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    Ashlye Gambill Cast in Disney Film "Artemis Fowl"
    Ashlye Gambill (MT, '23) was cast in the Walt Disney Pictures film "Artemis Fowl," directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  • Emma Madison Lakes Kay Accepted to the UCLA Summer Songwriting Intensive
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    Emma Madison Lakes Kay Accepted to the UCLA Summer Songwriting Intensive
    Emma Madison Lakes Kay (ACT, '23) was accepted to the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music's 2020 Summer Songwriting Intensive.
  • Zach Willis Books Guest Role on "Bunk'd"
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    Zach Willis Books Guest Role on "Bunk'd"
    Zach Willis (MT, '25) booked a guest starring role on Disney Channel's "Bunk'd."
  • Zach Hoffman Cast in Lead Role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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    Zach Hoffman Cast in Lead Role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, '22) was cast in the lead role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in an outdoor, COVID-19 friendly production of Jekyll & Hyde with Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation.
  • Genesis Maciel Cast in Orange County Health Department Commercial
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    Genesis Maciel Cast in Orange County Health Department Commercial
    Genesis Maciel (MT, '23) was cast in a commercial for an Orange County Health Department public service announcement regarding Orange County youth opioid awareness.
  • Winners and Finalist for OC Artist of the Year
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    Winners and Finalist for OC Artist of the Year
    Over the summer, the following students were honored by the Orange County Register as winners and finalists for the 2020 Artist of the Year.

    Computer-Assisted Visual Arts
    Mira Hirabayashi (VA, '20): Computer Drawing and Painting Finalist

    Dance
    Lilah Dee Horton (CMD, '21): Dance Artist of the Year & Commercial Dance Finalist
    Kaprice Janae Glen (CCD, '20): Concert Dance Finalist
    Maya Alvarez Coyne (CMD, '21): World/Cultural Dance Finalist

    Film/Animation
    Maggie McKelvey (FTV, '20): Animation and Visual Effects Finalist

    Theater
    Christina Tinde Jesenski (ACT, '20): Theater Artist of the Year & Acting Finalist

    Vocal Music
    Catherine Johnston (CV, '21): Classical Voice Finalist
  • Isabella Madrigal Receives Marion Mitchell-Wilson Heart of Inlandia Award
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    Isabella Madrigal Receives Marion Mitchell-Wilson Heart of Inlandia Award
    Isabella Madrigal (ACT, '20) received the 2020 Marion Mitchell-Wilson Heart of Inlandia Award for her outstanding literary and cultural contribution to the Inland Empire.

    To read more about this award, please visit https://bit.ly/34P3Xzu
  • OCSA Students and Alumni Featured in Online Film Festival "Razzmatazz"
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    OCSA Students and Alumni Featured in Online Film Festival "Razzmatazz"
    Golden Bachelder (ACT, '19) and Noah Connor (ACT, '19) produced an online film festival called Razzmatazz, featuring original sketches, short films, one-acts, music, magic, and more. With assistance from other current OCSA students and alumni, as well as Acting Conservatory instructors Bodie Newcomb and Tess Lina, Razzmatazz combined talents from New York University, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, and OCSA.

    The following current students and alumni were involved with the festival:

    Nick Charles Currie (ACT, '19)
    Chris Drake (ACT, '19)
    Elliott Dynes (FTV, '19)
    Reese Gonzalez (ACT, '18)
    Julia Jachetta (ACT, '22)
    Ryan Jachetta (FTV, '19)
    Logan Langevin (ACT, '23)
    Alexandra Levine (ACT, '19)
    Krish Marwah (ACT, '23)
    Jack Robertson (ACT, '21)
    Noah Strattan (ACT, '20)
    James Slaybaugh (ACT, '21)
  • Adrienne Morrow, cast in School of Rock: The Musical
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    Adrienne Morrow, cast in School of Rock: The Musical
    Adrienne Amanda Morrow (MT, ‘25) was cast in the role of Freddy and as the understudy for the role of Katie in "School of Rock: The Musical" at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in St. George, Utah. The show features the first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on-stage.
  • Students Awarded Superior Ratings in 2021 State and International Thespian Festivals
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    Students Awarded Superior Ratings in 2021 State and International Thespian Festivals
    The following students were awarded overall superior ratings in the 2021 State and International Thespian Festivals.

    International Competition:
    Acting Monologue
    Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22)

    Playwriting
    Bridget Phillips (MT, ‘22)

    Solo Musical
    Mia Geise (MT, ‘24)

    State Competition:
    Acting Duet
    Hope Lee (ACT, ‘26) and Alexandra Sprague (ACT, ‘26)

    Group Musical
    Ana Sofia Gomez Garza (MT, ‘25)
    Shayla Knihtila (ACT, ‘26)
    Lana Lee (IA, ‘26)
    Hope Lee (ACT, ‘26)
    Hailey Perng (ACT, ‘26)
    Alexandra Sprague (ACT, ‘26)
    Erin Tardibuono (MT, ‘25)

    Monologue
    Bridget Phillips (MT, ‘22)
    Erin Tardibuono (MT, ‘25)
    Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22)

    Musical Solo
    Meghan Barton (MT, ‘23)
    Mia Geise (MT, ‘24)
    Shayla Knihtila (ACT, ‘26)
    Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22)
  • Jacki Vellandi awarded first place at the International Thespian Excellence Awards
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    Jacki Vellandi awarded first place at the International Thespian Excellence Awards
    Jacki Vellandi (ACT, ‘22) was awarded first place in the Playwriting category at the International Thespian Excellence Awards for her play "Reverie" and received the Grace Kelly Scholarship.
  • Zabby Bagnol was recognized for outstanding community arts efforts by the Orange County Human Relations Commission
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    Zabby Bagnol was recognized for outstanding community arts efforts by the Orange County Human Relations Commission
    Zabby Bagnol (PD, ‘24) was recognized by the Orange County Human Relations Commission’s To Know Better Contest for outstanding community arts efforts related to the rise in hate against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Zabby was awarded $500 for her submission. Zabby also designed the costumes, makeup, and set at OC Steampunk Wonderland.
  • West Mulholland was cast in the role of Axel on season five of Animal Kingdom
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    West Mulholland was cast in the role of Axel on season five of Animal Kingdom
    West Mulholland (ACT, ‘23) was cast in the role of Axel on season five of "Animal Kingdom" on TNT.
  • Syona McEligot performed in an Arts and Learning Conservatory production of Once on This Island, Jr.
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    Syona McEligot performed in an Arts and Learning Conservatory production of Once on This Island, Jr.
    Syona McEligot (MT, ‘25) performed in an Arts and Learning Conservatory production of Once on This Island, Jr. She played the role of the narrator and danced in a majority of the numbers.
  • Matthew Garbacz plays the role of John Deacon in The Kings of Queen, a professional Queen tribute band
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    Matthew Garbacz plays the role of John Deacon in The Kings of Queen, a professional Queen tribute band
    Matthew Garbacz (MT, ‘23) plays the role of John Deacon, bassist and backup singer, in The Kings of Queen, a professional Queen tribute band.
  • Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘21) received second place in the inaugural OC Youth Poet Laureate competition
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    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘21) received second place in the inaugural OC Youth Poet Laureate competition
    Ariyah Brown (ACT, ‘21) received second place in the inaugural OC Youth Poet Laureate competition. The OC Poet Laureate program celebrates and honors local poets who exhibit a commitment to not just artistic excellence, but also to civic engagement, youth leadership, and social justice.
  • Aryan Simhadri booked the role of Walter in the new Broadway musical Trevor
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    Aryan Simhadri booked the role of Walter in the new Broadway musical Trevor
    Aryan Simhadri (ACT, ‘24) booked the role of Walter in the new Broadway musical Trevor, scheduled to premiere on Stage 42 this fall.
  • Anirudh Kota was one of three winners of the Lockdown Script Writing Contest
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    Anirudh Kota was one of three winners of the Lockdown Script Writing Contest
    Anirudh Kota (FTV, ‘22) was one of three winners of the Lockdown Script Writing Contest sponsored by Notre Dame High School and the Dr. Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation.
  • OCSA students performed in the production of "Spring Awakening"
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    OCSA students performed in the production of "Spring Awakening"
    The following students performed in a Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation production of "Spring Awakening."

    Sadie Braverman (ACT, ‘23)
    Mya Gonzales (ACT, ‘23)
    Collin Heinrich (ACT, ‘23)
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, ‘22)
    Lauren Williams (ACT, ‘22)
  • OCSA students participate in the short film "Musical Theater Camp 3"
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    OCSA students participate in the short film "Musical Theater Camp 3"
    The following students participated in the short film “Musical Theater Camp 3” produced by Braver Players Musical Theater Foundation.


    Sadie Braverman (ACT, ‘23)
    Colin Daniels (ACT, ‘22)
    Mya Gonzales (ACT, ‘23)
    Zach Hoffman (ACT, ‘22)
    Jack Ireland (ACT, ‘25)
    Chase Johnson (ACT, ‘26)
    Caleb Malis (IA, ‘23)
    Madeline Rosenberg (ACT, ‘26)
    Leilani Steiner (ACT, ‘25)
  • Sophia Kang performed in "Once on This Island Jr." as the lead role
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    Sophia Kang performed in "Once on This Island Jr." as the lead role
    Sophia Kang (PD, ‘24) performed in the Arts & Learning Conservatory’s production of "Once on This Island Jr." in the lead role of Asaka, Mother of Earth. She also won first place at the 2021 Musical Arts Competition of Orange County in the Musical Theater category.
  • OCSA has been ranked by Niche as the #1 Best Charter High School in California for the third year in a row
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    OCSA has been ranked by Niche as the #1 Best Charter High School in California for the third year in a row
    Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) has been ranked by Niche as the #1 Best Charter High School in California for the third year in a row, as well as the #6 Best Charter High School in America for 2022! We would like to express our gratitude to all the students, teachers, and staff who continue to make OCSA an exceptional institution. To view all rankings for OCSA, please visit: https://bit.ly/3D8R02u
  • Haven Aram Hanson was cast in the lead role of Little Shop of Horrors
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    Haven Aram Hanson was cast in the lead role of Little Shop of Horrors
    Haven Aram Hanson (PD, ‘23) was cast in the lead role of Seymour in Yorba Linda Spotlight Theater's production of "Little Shop of Horrors." He also provided wig and makeup design, in addition to creating specialty props for the show.
  • Soren Almeida displayed and sold his photography at Art-A-Fair
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    Soren Almeida displayed and sold his photography at Art-A-Fair
    Soren Almeida (FTV, ‘22) displayed and sold his photography as a student artist at Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach. To read more about the student artist program, please click here: https://bit.ly/3a6Jhpe
  • OCSA's Eye Matter club hosted a national online summer camp for visually impaired children
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    OCSA's Eye Matter club hosted a national online summer camp for visually impaired children
    The following students from OCSA’s Eye Matter club hosted a national online summer camp for visually impaired children, utilizing a $5,000 grant from the Anekant Community Foundation. Over the course of five weeks, they focused on creating a supportive community and fostering a sense of belonging, all while combating ableism within the arts. To view their program highlights video, please click here: https://bit.ly/3uGuevU

    Ritika Asher (BCD, ‘23)
    Alex Breschini (CV, ‘22)
    Cece Fanelli (PD, ‘22) - Vice President
    Stella Goodman (CV, ‘23)
    Anjal Jain (CV, ‘22) - President
    Delaney Manna (PD, ‘23)
    Finley Sasena (BCD, ‘23)
    Hailey Somphone (CV, ‘22)
  • Zach Willis was cast in the film "Dear Evan Hansen"
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    Zach Willis was cast in the film "Dear Evan Hansen"
    Zach Willis (MT, ‘25) was cast in the film "Dear Evan Hansen" and performed the song “You Will Be Found” as a member of the ensemble.
  • Ella Jerrier wrote, produced, directed, and starred in her own film, "The Waiting Room"
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    Ella Jerrier wrote, produced, directed, and starred in her own film, "The Waiting Room"
    Ella Jerrier (FTV, ‘25), as president of GirlBoss Films, recently wrote, produced, directed, and starred in her own film, "The Waiting Room." Her film was shown at the TCL Chinese Theatre and NoHo Cinefest in Hollywood and has also been selected for the Newport Beach Film Festival.
  • Chloe Ness won first place at the 2021 VO-Cal Competition
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    Chloe Ness won first place at the 2021 VO-Cal Competition
    Chloe Ness (MT, ‘24) won first place in Contemporary Commercial Music and Classical categories at the 2021 VO-Cal Competition.
  • Reese Gonzales casted as Dante Quintana in "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"
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    Reese Gonzales casted as Dante Quintana in "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"
    Reese Gonzales (ACT, ‘19) was cast as Dante Quintana in the film adaptation of "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe." To read more about the film, please visit: https://bit.ly/3mlcrYH
  • John Walcutt performed his one-man show, "The Mythology of Me"
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    John Walcutt performed his one-man show, "The Mythology of Me"
    John Walcutt, Director of The El-Erian Family Acting Conservatory, recently performed his one-man show, "The Mythology of Me," at the Margaret A. Webb Theatre.
  • OCSA students are part of an elite group of students in the world to receive top scores on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams
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    OCSA students are part of an elite group of students in the world to receive top scores on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams
    The following students received the top score of 5 on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams. They were also among an elite group of students in the world to earn a perfect score on an AP exam.

    Melanie Huq (CW, ‘21) - English Literature & Composition, United States Government & Politics
    Hadley Miller (MT, ‘22) - Research
    Yaira Spitzer-Tilchin (MT, ‘22) - Research
    Helaine Zhao (IM, ‘24) - Chinese Language and Culture
  • Maya Bleszinski music directed and Kyle Stafford staged and directed "Ghost Quartet"
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    Maya Bleszinski music directed and Kyle Stafford staged and directed "Ghost Quartet"
    Maya Bleszinski (MT, ‘23) music directed and Kyle Stafford (ACT, ‘23) staged and directed Act One Project’s production of "Ghost Quartet." Act One Project is a student-run theatre company founded by Kyle.
  • Adrienne Amanda Morrow was cast in "A Christmas Story: The Musical"
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    Adrienne Amanda Morrow was cast in "A Christmas Story: The Musical"
    Adrienne Amanda Morrow (MT, ‘25) was cast in "A Christmas Story: The Musical" at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in St. George, Utah.
  • Kelsey Bray was cast in South Coast Repertory’s "A Christmas Carol"
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    Kelsey Bray was cast in South Coast Repertory’s "A Christmas Carol"
    Kelsey Bray (MT, ‘17) was cast in South Coast Repertory’s annual production of "A Christmas Carol."
  • Ceci Balagot was cast as Frankie Stein in the upcoming Nickelodeon live-action musical movie "Monster High"
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    Ceci Balagot was cast as Frankie Stein in the upcoming Nickelodeon live-action musical movie "Monster High"
    Ceci Balagot (MT, ‘19) was cast as Frankie Stein in the upcoming live-action musical movie "Monster High" which will air on Nickelodeon in 2022.
  • Teren Shaffer was voted to serve as 1st Vice President of Arts School Network (ASN) for a two-year term.
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    Teren Shaffer was voted to serve as 1st Vice President of Arts School Network (ASN) for a two-year term.
    Teren Shaffer, President and CEO of Orange County School of the Arts, was voted to serve as 1st Vice President of Arts School Network (ASN) for a two-year term. As the 1st Vice President, he will support the annual conference and assist in the program management of various ASN objectives.