East Valley Children’s Theatre Staff 2016-2017
Karen Rolston, Artistic Director and Main Stage Director
Karen is currently the Producing Artistic Director at East Valley Children’s Theatre. She has been involved in theatre in the Valley for the past 25 years as a director, music director, scenic designer, sound designer, an actor in numerous community and college productions; film and commercial work, voice over actor and has received numerous awards for her work. A graduate of ASU with degrees in music and theatre, Karen is a retired teacher from Mesa Public Schools and Chandler Gilbert Community College.
Nicole Gibson-Rice – Nicole holds a bachelor and masters degree in theatre, and has taught and worked professionally in theatre for the past 18 years.
Express Troupe Director
Ariana Ziskin – Ari is a recent graduate of Idaho University with a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre. In addition to her work at EVCT she currently teaches at the New School for the Arts and Academics in Tempe.
EVCT Bravo Director
Joel Cranson - With a degree in theatre from Grand Canyon University, Joel is active in film in the valley, acting, directing and producin
Main Stage Director
Lauran Stanis - Lauran just moved here from New York City where she was a working Equity actress, choreographer, and teaching artist. She received B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Millikin University.
Jere Van Patten - Jere is currently pursuing a masters degree in directing and teaches at Mountain View High School, Mesa.
Main Stage Director
Jennifer Duxbury - Jennifer teaches at Highland High School in Gilbert and performs regularly with Scorpius Dance Company.
Summer Camp Instructor
Gingi Cullipher - Gingi has a degree in English with a minor it theatre from Arizona State University. She has been involved in the theatre in the Valley for the past 10 years both directing and acting in local community, church, and college productions.
Literature Alive Director
Jeff Deglow, Instructor for Shakespeare classes and On Camera Training.A recent Valley transplant, Jeff has performed locally with The Southwest Shakespeare Company and The Hale Centre Theatre. His work has spanned the country, being seen both regionally and on numerous national tours, playing notable venues such as The Gateway, Theatre Under the Stars, Williamstown Theatre Festival, as well as Off-Broadway at La Mama Theatre, The Temple Theatre, and The Public Theater. To know more, visit: JeffDeglow.com
Megan Moylan is thrilled to be teaching here at EVCT. Recently, she was seen in Phoenix Theatre’s Wizard of Oz (Dorothy u/s; Ensemble), Arizona Broadway Theatre’s Legally Blonde (Kate/Chutney), and Lyric Opera Theatre’s Company (Amy). Other favorite roles include “Maureen” in Rent (Lyric Opera Theatre), “Kirsten/Kit/Felicity/Nellie” in The American Girl Revue (Mattel, Los Angeles), “Sally Brown/Dance Captain” in Page to the Stage (Musical Theatre West), and “Jane” in The Prince and the Pauper (Deaf West). Film and television experience includes iCarly (Nickelodeon), Ninja Cheerleaders (NCS Productions), and multiple commercials.
Aaron Blanco, On the Spot Teen Improv Troupe Director
Aaron is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s B.F.A. Acting program with a stage combat certification. He is a professional Phoenix actor and stage combat choreographer. His recent credits include Beau Jest at the Hale (Bob), Peacemaker at Phoenix Theatre (Bluey), and various roles/stage combat work with Southwest Shakespeare. Aaron would like to thank Bry and his beloved daughters for their continued support in his acting career.
Dustin Loehr, Dustin is the Director of Arts and Special Events for Mesa Arts Academy (MAA). He received his Master’s in Humanities from Prescott College, where he studied Expressive Arts and Education, and holds his BA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance from ASU, and his AA in Acting from Mesa Community College. Dustin has worked professionally as a dancer, choreographer, director, and performer for several years.
Breona Conrad graduated from Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne with a B.A. in Acting and a minor in Vocal Performance in 2008. Credits include the National Eduational tour Calculus: The Musical! alongside her husband, Joshua (Know Theatre of Cincinnati), and the Educational Regional Tours Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Jack and the Gentle Giant (Madcap Puppet Theatre, Cincinnati), and To the Moon (Theatre at Monmouth, Maine). Breona has also been a member of the entertainment group RWS and Associates based out of New York City since 2009. She is excited to step into the role of teacher again to share her passion for theatre and performance with the up and coming stars of the Phoenix community.