Faculty & Staff

Charna Lopez

Charna Lopez

Director, Integrated Arts Conservatory

charna.lopez@ocsarts.net

Charna Lopez was born and raised in Southern California and attended Chapman University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her BFA in Film and TV, Broadcast Journalism.  She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Cross Cultural Education. She has been part of the OCSA faculty since 2006; teaching voice, tap, broadcast journalism while also directing and choreographing IA’s musical productions. 

Ms. Lopez serves as the Artistic Director for Yorba Linda Spotlight Theater Company where she enjoys watching aspiring young artists create, thrive and live out their passions onstage. She has directed and choreographed over 50 productions including Side Show, The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, School of Rock, How to Succeed, Little Shop of Horrors, Barnum, Annie Get Your Gun, Once on this Island, Footloose, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Children of Eden, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Ms. Lopez won The Spirit of the Macy award for Best Choreography for OCSA’s 2017 Musical Theater production of  Footloose. She is also an award winning performing artist who has appeared all over Southern California at theaters such as Moonlight Amphitheater, Performance Riverside, Candlelight Pavilion, and Saddleback CLO. Among her favorite roles are the title role in Peter Pan, Rizzo in Grease, The Witch in Into The Woods, DeLee in Smokey Joes Café (Theater League Award, Patte nomination), The Waitress in Working, and Joan in Dames at Sea. She enjoys all aspects of the artistic world and truly enjoys sharing her passion with the next generation.  

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Angela Ryan

Angela Ryan

Conservatory Manager, Integrated Arts Conservatory

Teaches: 7th grade Beginning Acting, 9th grade Musical Theatre

angela.ryan@ocsarts.net

Angela Ryan graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in musical theatre. She also earned a master’s degree from Pepperdine University in educational psychology with an emphasis on artistic adolescents. Ms. Ryan has served as the music director for Long Beach Playhouse's Summer Youth Musical Theatre Conservatory, as well as a vocal adjudicator for organizations such as the South Coast Symphony. With extensive New York and California musical theatre credits, Ms. Ryan is also a private voice instructor and audition coach.

Anna Bae

Anna Bae

Instructor

Teaches: 8th Grade Drawing and Painting

anna.bae@ocsarts.net

Anna Bae received her bachelor’s degree in art from San Francisco State University, where she was able to study at the International Program in Florence, Italy. She continued her studies at Brooks College, earning a fashion design degree. Ms. Bae also holds an MFA in drawing and painting from California State University, Fullerton.

Ms. Bae freelanced as a fashion and costume design illustrator for television shows and operas, as well as an assistant stylist for music videos and commercials. As an exhibiting artist, she has shown in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Florence, Italy. Most recently her work was featured at the Torrance Art Museum, the ARC Gallery in Chicago, and the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles, where she was awarded an Artistic Selection Award.

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Amber Bonasso

Amber Bonasso

Teacher

Teaches: Shakespeare and Acting

amber.bonasso@ocsarts.net

Amber Bonasso is an Equity actress who holds an MFA in Theatre Performance. She specializes in Shakespeare, stage combat (certified through DIA), scene study, directing, show consulting, and producing. She is SAG eligible and has produced a feature film (available on Netflix), online content, and live stage productions both nationally and internationally. Aside from being a professional artist, her great love in life is teaching and she is thrilled to be a part of the Integrated Arts Conservatory here at OCSA.  

Drew Boudreau

Drew Boudreau

Instructor

Teaches: Acting

drew.boudreau@ocsarts.net

Drew Boudreau is an actor, comedian, producer, and stage manager from Orange County. He is the manager of and performer with Improv Shmimprov, Orange County’s premier improv comedy group. Mr. Boudreau has performed in musicals, plays, and variety shows at venues across the country, around the world, and at sea.

Shannon Brady

Shannon Brady

Instructor

Teaches: Creative Writing

shannon.brady@ocsarts.net

Shannon Brady has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and has written about dance for The Village Voice, book reviews for The New York Times Book Review, reporting for Vanity Fair and various other freelance writing projects and poetry publications. Ms. Brady once joined a dance troupe in order to write a profile about the choreographer. She has taught high school and college writing in New York and California.

Cassie Foster

Cassie Foster

Instructor

Teaches: Musical Theatre

cassie.foster@ocsarts.net

Cassie Foster has been dancing for over 20 years and has always loved supporting the arts. Born and raised in the Central Valley, she started her dance training at Deenie's Dance Workshop when she was seven-years old. Her dance training consists of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and musical theater. Ms. Foster earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) in 2010 and performed at the Grand Central Arts Center with her own choreography.

While wrapping up at CSUF, Ms. Foster started working at the “Happiest Place on Earth” where she hosts and coordinates groups from all walks of Performing Arts and gets to support their events. On top of working at the Disneyland Resort for the past nine years, she also teaches at Yorba Linda Spotlight, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing performing arts education and performance opportunities to the aspiring artists of Orange County and surrounding areas.

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Kimberly Cantley

Kimberly Cantley

Instructor

Teaches: 9th Grade 3D Design, 10th Grade Photo Realism

kim.cantley@ocsarts.net

Kim Cantley holds a BFA in drawing and painting from California State University, Fullerton. Mrs. Cantley is a visual artist, working primarily in drawing and painting; her work has been on exhibit in several galleries in Orange County, Los Angeles, and New York. In addition to her own art practice and teaching in the Integrated Arts Conservatory, she is also a Trader Joe’s sign artist.

Casey Garritano

Casey Garritano

Instructor

Teaches: Musical Theatre Lab, Stage Combat

casey.garritano@ocsarts.net

Casey Garritano graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in musical theater. His directing and choreographing credits include The Producers, Oklahoma, Tintypes, Barely a Bear, written by Paul Jury, and Alice in Concert. Mr. Garritano’s performance credits include Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Cosmo in Singin’ in The Rain, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York City, Sam in Crazy For You, Benny in Guys and Dolls, Gus in Babes in Arms, The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie Get Your Gun, On Your Toes, 42nd Street, Pajama Game, and as a Dancer for The Los Angeles Opera’s Idomeneo.

Annie Gregory

Annie Gregory

Instructor

Teaches: Video Production, Screenwriting

annie.gregory@ocsarts.net

Annie Gregory holds a BFA in film production from Chapman University and a master’s degree in film studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has directed award-winning documentaries and short films. Ms. Gregory’s work lead her throughout the United States and Mexico, taking her to incarceration facilities, courtrooms, and orphanages. In addition to her production work, she has been a guest speaker and a guest judge for renowned film festivals. Ms. Gregory’s essay “Majid Majidi and New Iranian Cinema” is published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Religion and Film.

Will Hare, Jr.

Will Hare, Jr.

Instructor

Teaches: Digital Photography

will.hare@ocsarts.net

Will Hare, Jr. earned a bachelor's degree in photography from Art Center College of Design. He brings eight years of experience teaching at the college level to the Integrated Arts Conservatory students. Professionally, Mr. Hare is a well respected architectural, landscape, and editorial photographer.

Mr. Hare’s photography has been featured at the Hibbleton Gallery in Fullerton and the Cypress Photography Department Gallery. His work has been published in Sunset Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, and Builder and Developer Magazine. His clients include Apple Inc., American Institute of Architects, Southern California Gas Company, Discovery Science Center, WAT&G Architects, and Fairfield Timeshares. His honors include local, regional, and national awards.

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Katy Jacoby

Katy Jacoby

Instructor

Teaches: Acting for the Camera

katy.jacoby@ocsarts.net

Katy Jacoby is an alumna (MT ’97); she majored in theatre arts and also pursued a minor in broadcast journalism at Temple University. For the past 10 years she has been the managing director of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company (Theatre 68) in Los Angeles, which holds chapters in both Los Angeles and New York City. 

Ms. Jacoby has directed, assistant directed, and co-produced over 25 plays in Los Angeles and New York City. As an actress, you can find her in multiple independent films running the film festival gamut. She recently wrote, produced, and starred in the short film, A Loan Officer and a Gentleman, which just had its East Coast Premiere at the Garden State Film Festival. She also can be found performing alongside Matthew Morrison in the film After the Reality, which just had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

She has performed in numerous professional stage productions around Los Angeles and New York City, performing in original and published work, musicals, and festivals, including the 6 month run of the first ever “13 by Shanley” Festival in LA. Katy frequents the television and soap opera world quite a bit, having recurring roles on General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives. She also works alongside fellow alumni and casting director, Rick Messina, assistant directing the 2016 and 2017 OCSA student showcase.Katy Jacoby is an alumna (MT ’97); she majored in theatre arts and also pursued a minor in broadcast journalism at Temple University.

For the past 10 years she has been the managing director of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company (Theatre 68) in Los Angeles, which holds chapters in both Los Angeles and New York City. Ms. Jacoby has directed, assistant directed, and co-produced over 25 plays in Los Angeles and New York City. As an actress, you can find her in multiple independent films running the film festival gamut.

She recently wrote, produced, and starred in the short film, A Loan Officer and a Gentleman, which just had its East Coast Premiere at the Garden State Film Festival. She also can be found performing alongside Matthew Morrison in the film After the Reality, which just had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. She has performed in numerous professional stage productions around Los Angeles and New York City, performing in original and published work, musicals, and festivals, including the 6 month run of the first ever “13 by Shanley” Festival in LA. Katy frequents the television and soap opera world quite a bit, having recurring roles on General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and Days of Our Lives. She also works alongside fellow alumni and casting director, Rick Messina, assistant directing the 2016 and 2017 OCSA student showcase.

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Cynthia Karim

Cynthia Karim

Instructor

Teaches: Production & Design Overview, Theatre Makeup

cynthia.karim@ocsarts.net

Cynthia Karim has worked as a professional makeup artist and licensed aesthetician since 1975 and began her tenure at the Orange County School of the Arts as a designer and teacher in Special Effects Makeup, Hair, and Wig Design in 2001. She also works at the university level and in the industry including SNL and MadTV. Ms. Karim also earned her special effects makeup certification from Paramount Studios, Hollywood.

Natalie Knox

Natalie Knox

Instructor

Teaches: Intro to Creative Writing

natalie.knox@ocsarts.net

Natalie Knox is graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a double major in theatre arts/playwriting and English with a focus in creative writing. She also has a single subject teaching credential in English from California State University, Fullerton, as well as a GATE certification from the University of California, Irvine. Previously, she was an intern at Paramount Studios for Entertainment Tonight and served as a script analyst. Her works have been published in Catalyst Poetry.

Ms. Knox enjoys writing creatively in all genres; an advocate of less is more, she believes in writing in shorter, deeper increments to help adolescents form strong connections to the voice inside. Although writing is her passion, she finds it equally interesting to bring performance into class, in an effort to help the words on the page take life.

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Elise Lamm

Elise Lamm

Instructor

Teaches: Broadcast Journalism

elise.lamm@ocsarts.net

Elise Lamm has been an active member in the Southern California arts community for most of her life. She attended the University of Southern California where she graduated Cum Laude as a Renaissance Scholar with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Theatre. She then went on to Chapman University where she earned her Masters in Business Administration.  Elise is one of the founding members of the Yorba Linda Spotlight Theater Company and currently serves as its Financial Director and Business Manager.

She grew up performing on the stage and has had the opportunity to develop characters in several original plays and musicals. Elise has also worked extensively in the film world both as an actress and a screenwriter. She has appeared in several national commercials, TV shows, films and web series, and won Best Screenplay at the International Family Film Festival for her original screenplay, Mischief Makers. Elise is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity and currently serves on the Board of the USC Society of Trojan Women as the Orange County Programming Chair.

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Bryce Lillmars

Bryce Lillmars

Instructor

Teaches: Creative Writing

bryce.lillmars@ocsarts.net

Bryce Lillmars graduated with a BM in Bassoon Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 2009 and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Irvine in 2017. He served as Art Director with UCI's literary journal, Faultine, and co-directed their 2015-16 MFA Reading Series.

His poetry has been published with DMQ Review and Nimrod, among other journals, and his drawings, prints and sculptures were exhibited in a solo show at Taller Espacio Alternativo and, in part, at Galería Quetzalli and Casa Oaxaca in Mexico. He has taught in Mexico, on a Native American reservation and at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. In addition to teaching Creative Writing with IA at Orange County School for the Arts, Bryce currently teaches Composition at UC Irvine and directs Summer Camp at the Griffin Club in Los Angeles.

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Jamond McCoy

Jamond McCoy

Instructor

Teaches: Voice

jamond.mccoy@ocsarts.net

Jamond is an improvisational jazz and gospel influenced vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, session singer, and accompanist creating music for various venues and other fellow musicians. He is dedicated and committed to giving each musical endeavor the passion, energy and respect it deserves.

His current endeavors include teaching at studios, and working as an assistant director at the Monterey Jazz Summer Camp, and giving back to the church communities that helped shape him as a music director. Jamond is looking forward to pushing the limits and carrying on the legacy of m-pact music group for which he now sings baritone. Outside of music, he absolutely loves all things food and puts as much passion into eating and making food as he does music.

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Julia Mitchell-Hightower

Julia Mitchell-Hightower

Instructor

Teaches: Audition for TV, Film, Theater and Commercials

julia.hightower@ocsarts.net

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Sean McMullen

Sean McMullen

Instructor and Designer

Teaches: Introduction to Production & Design, Production & Design Overview

sean.mcmullen@ocsarts.net

Sean McMullen is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts with a MFA in theatre. He was the winner of the Princess Grace Foundation’s Excellence in Theatre Award and Long Beach Hero Award in 2014. Mr. McMullen splits duties at the Orange County School of the Arts, teaching a number of production & design courses, as well as designing sets, costumes and props for the Integrated Arts, Classical Voice, Musical Theatre, and Acting conservatories. Mr. McMullen is also a teacher at the Arts institute of California - Orange County (AIOC).

Since 2002, Mr. McMullen has been choreographing and directing with his own company Round of Applause. Before he began directing, he designed for the theatre in venues ranging from 60 to 3,000 seat capacities. From children’s theatre, equity waiver, civic light opera, to music circus, Mr. McMullen enjoyed the varied challenges each space has to offer. He has designed and assistant designed sets, costumes, and scenery on a variety of projects in regional theatres and on Broadway.  He has also had the unique opportunity to work with designers Christopher Barreca and Douglas Rogers, as well as Directors Glenn Casale and Matthew August.

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Cameron Shim

Cameron Shim

Instructor

Teaches: 9th Grade Dance

cameron.shim@ocsarts.net

Cameron Shim received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Dance from California State University, Northridge and is currently working towards his master’s in the same field. He has worked in the entertainment department for various theme parks, including Six Flags Magic Mountain and the Disneyland Resort, since 2006. Some of his credits include being a featured performer and choreographer for RAWartists Hollywood, COSMIC Dance Crew, Dance Spot LA, LA Unbound, and QueenV Entertainment. In 2014, he received his certification as a trainer in Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers (CI-Training), which was created by his former dance instructor Dr. Donna Krasnow.

Mr. Shim teaches various forms of dance, including jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, disco, and swing, among others. With each dance form, students not only learn about technique, but also the history of each dance. Other areas he focuses on include auditioning, choreography, conditioning, and health. Outside of teaching for the Integrated Arts Conservatory, he continues to work in the Parade Department at the Disneyland Resort, as a dance instructor for Active Learning in Santa Ana, and as a dance fitness instructor at Equinox Gyms in Irvine and Huntington Beach.

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Cristen Skoglund

Cristen Skoglund

Instructor

Teaches: Tap/MT Dance

cristen.skoglund@ocsarts.net

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Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith

Instructor

Teaches: Acting, Plays and Playwrights

brenda.smith@ocsarts.net

Brenda Smith holds a BA in dance/theater and an MFA in acting from California State University, Fullerton. She also attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. As an actor, Ms. Smith has appeared in numerous shows in the Los Angeles area. She created the Met Theater workshop in Los Angeles, which included Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, Alfre Woodard, and Amy Madigan. This group developed new plays by playwrights like Beth Henley and nurtured now critically acclaimed actors, including Angelina Jolie and Lucy Liu. 

Ms. Smith spent 10 years in Taos, New Mexico producing, performing, and directing at the Taos Center for the Arts and the Metta Theater. She has also taught classes at Taos Filmmakers Initiative, Goldenwest College, and California State University, Fullerton, among others.

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Dawn Spranger

Dawn Spranger

Instructor

dawn.spranger@ocsarts.net

Dawn Spranger holds a bachelor’s degree in Film and TV from Chapman University. During her last year at Chapman, she was offered a position at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California in their post-production department. She worked there for several years before she went back to school in 2008 to earn her teaching credential at Azusa Pacific University. Since 2010, she has taught Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies. Mrs. Spranger joined Orange County School of the Arts in 2016 and serves as an instructor in the Integrated Arts and Film & Television Conservatories.

Jesa Townsend

Jesa Townsend

Instructor

Teaches: Art Therapy/Outreach

jessica.townsend@ocsarts.net

Jesa Townsend is an Artist and Public Arts Advocate whose work has been featured in university, city, non-profit, private and hotel collections. Resume highlights include the honor of working with the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, Nevada State College, St. Jude's Ranch for Children, the National Charity League, Arizona Science Center, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and public art commissions in cities such as Salem, Iowa City, Jasper, Tempe, Los Angeles and more. Recent additions include the creation of a two-panel mural for Nevada State's Permanent Art Collection, the commission of a 66' x 30ft mural for Jasper Community Arts, the donation of a 56'x 26ft mural to St. Jude's Ranch for Children, the implementation of a 10’ x 75ft mural in Pasadena and most recently a 10’ x 10ft mural at the Anaheim Garden Walk.

Jesa is a founding member of the Arts & Culture Advisory Council of Nevada State College and currently serves on the board. She earned her bachelor’s in marketing and communications at Columbia College Chicago, studied art at Lorenzo De’ Medici University in Italy, studied international business management at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and is currently completing her master’s in liberal arts at Johns Hopkins University.

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William Vetrovec

William Vetrovec

Instructor

Teaches: Intro to Improv, Improv, Advanced Improv

william.vetrovec@ocsarts.net

William Vetrovec has been teaching Improvisation for the Integrated Arts Conservatory since 2014. He has been a theatre and film actor for more than 25 years, performing in numerous theatrical performances throughout southern California, as well as film, commercials, and television. He has been performing comedy improv in various groups since 1989. As an improvisation actor with InterActors since 2004, he travels internationally for psychiatric training conferences.

He was assistant director for Innoventions Dream Home at Disneyland, and he was also featured in an interactive video Healthy U, which ran for seven years. Mr. Vetrovec studied improv at the South Coast Repertory with writer and director Greg Atkins, The Groundlings, and Held2gether Improv. He has also teaches improv at the South Coast Repertory.

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Travis Wade

Travis Wade

Instructor

Teaches: 12th Grade Documentary Film Production

travis.wade@ocarts.net

Travis Wade graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in film production. He founded his company Revelation Films in 1999 as a non-profit organization providing high quality production services to other non-profit organizations. Since then, he has traveled the world, producing award-winning documentaries, docu-promos, industrials, music videos, and short films work for high profile and small local clients alike. Mr. Wade is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and runs a successful community theatre in Long Beach called the Act Out Theatre Company.

Scott Westmoreland

Scott Westmoreland

Instructor

scott.westmoreland@ocsarts.net

Scott Westmoreland received a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in 1991, and immediately served as an illustrator/designer for the entertainment industry, creating multi-use images for professional theater, television, and motion pictures. After working for Hollywood advertisers and MCA Universal theme park development, he worked as a staff Disney artist for nearly a decade, designing and illustrating countless marketing, merchandising, and collector edition pieces, as well as conceptual and development campaigns. In 2001, Scott concentrated his efforts in the fine art arena as a published and licensed artist with Sagebrush Fine Art and Greg Young Publishing. His beach, surf, and tropical art became international best sellers – sold as prints in galleries, and as retail products, worldwide. His 30-year career has included teaching, performing as both an AEA, and SAG/AFTRA member, and most recently as a published novelist.

Rebecca Wong Burdett

Rebecca Wong Burdett

Teacher and Accompanist

Teaches: Voice, Theory, Musical Director for Productions

rebecca.wong-burdett@ocsarts.net

Rebecca Wong-Burdett received a master’s degree with an interdisciplinary study in piano performance and ballet music literature from Claremont Graduate University. With more than 20 years of accompaniment experience, she has worked in all genres of the performing arts and is a sought after ballet pianist throughout Southern California. Over the years, Mrs. Wong-Burdett has worked with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, LINES Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, National Choreographers Initiative, and the Trey McIntyre Project.

Her performance of Franz Schubert's Moment Musicals Opus 94, No. 2 and 6 can be heard in filmmaker William Lu's award-winning dance film, STILL; the film screened at film festivals in The United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Spain, The Netherlands, South Korea, Nepal, and Australia.

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Shannon Zimmerman

Shannon Zimmerman

Instructor

Teaches: Hip Hop

shannon.zimmerman@ocsarts.net

Shannon Zimmerman graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County receiving a dual degree in dance and adolescent psychology. For nine years, Ms. Zimmerman was the director of the children’s program at Pacific Dance Center and taught dance at Marymount University.

Professionally, she co-produced and performed in By:CoAstal, a production of contemporary dance pieces that opened in various venues in Los Angeles and New York. Ms. Zimmerman was a guest artist for The Federation in London, and recently appeared in Dance for Camera work shown in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was hired by LinkedIn to co-choreograph a large company flash mob for their 10th anniversary. In 2012 Ms. Zimmerman co-founded the LA Follies, a dance company inspired by classic Hollywood films and musicals, which she continues to choreograph for and co-direct. Throughout the past year, the LA Follies have performed at the Dorothy Chandler, the US Grand Prix, the Carpenter Center, and Fox Studios, among others.

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