Devon Yates (Artistic/Executive Director) is the co-founder and the Executive/Artistic Director of Theatre 360. An accomplished vocalist, actress and dancer, she has been performing professionally since age nine. As an actress and vocalist she has performed numerous roles in musical theatre plays, has been a guest singer with the San Diego Repertory Theatre and the Alex Theatre, and has been a featured singer touring Europe with the San Diego Jazz Band. Some of her favorite roles have been Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Ruby in Dames at Sea, Gladys in The Pajama Game, and Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense, where she originated the role as part of the West Coast Premiere. Devon is a two-time nominee for the Kennedy Center’s Irene Ryan Achievement Award in Performing Arts. As a dancer and choreographer, Devon has been working since age sixteen, when she was asked to develop the tap and jazz program for the California Ballet Dance Company, and then continued to choreograph new works for the company. During her education at San Diego State University, she developed a series of master classes for the MFA musical theatre students in dance performance. Devon has also had the opportunity to work with such legendary performers and choreographers as Danny Daniels, Fayard Nicholas, Toni Kaye, George Burns and Milton Berle. Devon has worked as the choreographer on several music videos, as well as Jim Henson’s Animal Jam, and the ABC series Alias. In addition to Devon’s professional work in the community, she continues her artistic endeavors with Theatre 360, having directed and/or choreographed 40 shows in the past 10 years. She is thrilled to have accomplished her goal of creating a valuable children’s program to encourage the love of theatre.
Kelsey O’Keeffe (Voice/Dance Instructor) grew up as a student at Theatre 360 (i.e. Pasadena Junior Theatre) and has since gone on to graduate from Muhlenberg College with a major in Theatre and a double minor in Music and Dance. Kelsey has been involved with musical theatre for 14 years in such roles as lead and supporting actor, choreographer, musical director, dance captain, and stage manager. Some of Kelsey’s latest projects include choreographing Ovations at Blair High School, stage managing Einstein is a Dummy (Sierra Madre Playhouse), Bend in the Road (Carrie Hamilton Theater), and The Mission Play (San Gabriel Mission Playhouse), performing in local productions of Annie (Burbank Community Theater) and Meet Me in St. Louis (The Louise K. Taylor Performing Arts Center), as well as working part-time for MashUp Contemporary Dance Company.
Erin Norlie (Acting Instructor) is honored to be a part of Theatre360! She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Western Illinois University and has spent much time on stage as well as on camera. As an educator, Erin has toured with the Missoula Children’s Theatre teaching musicals for 2 years throughout the United States, Europe and India! Erin has a passion for making the audition process FUN and for guiding children of all ages to success by utilizing their own unique talents. After spending many years in Los Angeles taking acting classes and playing roles in films and commercials, Erin has moved back to the midwest to get married! She is excited to continue to be a part of the team coaching and teaching via online classes!
Melissa Booey (Acting Instructor) is thrilled to extend into the teaching family here at Theatre 360! Melissa graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Acting from Cal State Fullerton where she trained in various methods and styles, her favorite being Stanislavsky. She grew up doing anything theatrical she could, from training in opera and performing Shakespeare to coaching Stomp. She also enjoys acting and writing in voiceover and film, but her primary passion is teaching, acting and writing for the stage. Melissa trained as a teacher at Terry Clark’ Summer Stock and Children’s Musical Theatreworks Fresno. She is very excited to pass on her training to the Theatre 360 students.
Victoria Brown (Dance Instructor) has committed her life and career to empowering individuals through creativity and movement. Victoria has over 20 years of training in modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet including time at Broadway Dance Center and Jacob’s Pillow. She holds a BA in Dance and a Minor in Business from San Jose State University. Victoria has a vast teaching experience and continuously pushes the boundaries of technicality, athleticism and musicality. Passionate about addressing building equity within all sub-communities of the dance field, Victoria purposefully works in a wide variety of settings. She is Co- Founder and Artistic Director of MashUp Contemporary Dance Company, the Dance Coordinator for Mira Costa High School’s Dance Team, as well as the Founder/Artistic Director of Artistry Performing Arts. A master teacher, Victoria has taught at California’s Fullerton College, Marymount College, Maranatha High School, The House, Aptos High School, Monte Vista High School, Rosebud Academy, West Valley Dance Company, Nor Cal Dance Arts, Dance Attack, and Theatre 360. Nationally, she has taught at Lamar University Beaumont (TX), Lancaster Dance Academy (TX), Taylor Dance (TX), Dancers Edge North Carolina (NC), Revolution Dance and Gymnastics (TN). Additionally, Victoria toured as faculty with the Soul De Soul Dance Convention from 2014-2017. Victoria’s professional choreography credits include: Forever 21, The Beginners, Bud Light, NewEgg, Phil Beaudreau, BGC Season 8, Choreographers Ball Canada, MAX’T out, Battlefest, Washing DC Fringe Festival, and the LA Follies.
Taleen Shrikian (Dance Instructor) is an LA-based performer and teaching artist with a BA in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Education from Boston College. Taleen’s performing credits include the National Tour of Evita and regional productions of A Christmas Carol (A Noise Within), West Side Story (5-Star Theatricals), Kiss Me Kate (South Coast Symphony), Legally Blonde (Candlelight Pavilion), Cabaret starring NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre (Alaska Center for the Performing Arts), In The Heights (Lewis Family Playhouse), an episode of The Thundermans (Nickelodeon) and many more! When Taleen is not performing, she is running around LA and Orange counties teaching dance and musical theatre at various programs and studios, and also choreographing full-length musicals at both the middle school and high school levels. As a professional musical theatre dancer represented by Bloc LA, Taleen is thrilled to be sharing her 20+ years of dance/musical theatre training and experience with the talented students of Theatre 360!
Sharon Kim (Accompanist) started playing piano at an age of 5 and enjoys playing a variety of genres of music. In 2001, at the age of 16, Sharon attended San Diego Young Artist Competition, which gave her the chance to perform at the Winner’s Concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City. She studied at California State University of Northridge (CSUN) as a classical piano performance major. After graduating from CSUN, Sharon found a new passion in contemporary music, continuing her music education by attending Musician’s Institute (MI) in Hollywood, California. Currently, she is working as a private piano instructor, rehearsal pianist at Blair High School in Pasadena, and piano accompanist at Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church. Sharon very much loves and enjoys every aspect of piano performance and also finds joy in interacting with young talented musicians. She is passionate about classical music, jazz, musicals, and she is very excited to continuously learn new music and share it with people.
Margaret Pett (Dance Instructor) has been dancing since the age of four and her training includes ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop and ballroom. She has performed professionally throughout California, including television appearances and numerous industrials. Margaret has taught many different types of dance for the last 20 years. Her classes are high energy, fun, and focused on developing each student’s abilities to their fullest potential. She has been an instructor with Theatre 360 for the past 9 years and has helped support and nurture each of our young dancers coming through our program.
Page de la Harpe (Acting Instructor) has been trained as an actor and educator throughout Hong Kong, South Africa and Los Angeles. Her introduction to directing was in Cape Town, through Theatre in Education performances for underprivileged communities with an aim to bring awareness to social issues through theater. Page’s biggest reward as a director was staging THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, a trilogy of plays by 2017 Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. Favorite roles include Desdemona in OTHELLO, Main in 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, Jess in AFTER THE REVOLUTION and Audrey in BENJAMIN AND AUDREY, a film she also wrote. She is thrilled to be joining the 360 family.
Bill Schmidt (accompanist) has accompanied in the Los Angeles area for the past 30 years, touring to San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Honolulu and Great Britain with various school and professional choirs. He serves schools in the La Cañada, South Pasadena, and San Marino School districts as well as playing for the Glee Clubs at both Occidental College and Caltech. He also enjoys accompanying the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, but has a special place in his heart for musical theatre. He was the musical director for the show “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” at the University of Nebraska, where he received his undergraduate degree in music.