Team

BRIANNA HUNSBERGER

BRIANNA HUNSBERGER

Executive Director/Dance company Director/Jazz

Biography

Brianna is a recent graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in Dance as well as B.S. in Psychology. She has also achieved becoming a certified Pilates instructor from the prestigious Long Beach Dance Conditioning.

Brianna’s love of dance has brought her many years of competition since she was five years old. She has been on Rosary’s High School Dance Team for three years as well as competing on UCLA’s Dance Team in 2004 and again in 2007. In addition, she has trained with Paula Morgan for nearly two years, traveling to Italy with her for a dance intensive program.

TOM MCCOY

TOM MCCOY

Owner

Biography

As Owner of McCoy Rigby Arts Tom is also the Executive Producer for McCoy Rigby Entertainment, producing over one hundred musicals, plays, and concerts featuring some of the biggest stars in the industry today.

In addition, MRE has launched several Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated Broadway, National, and International touring productions including: Peter Pan, Seussical the Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Happy Days The Musical, Dreamgirls, and Disney’s Little Mermaid. Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby has made four stops on Broadway and received four Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. The A&E TV network premiere of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby, received one Emmy Award and four Emmy Award nominations. MRE is a proud member of The Broadway League, The National Alliance for Musical Theater, and The LA Stage Alliance garnering many LA Ovation Awards and nominations including “Best Season of The Year.” McCoy Rigby Entertainment is proud to call La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts it’s home and the place where magic is made. tom@mccoyrigby.com

SHANON MILLS HABELOW

SHANON MILLS HABELOW

Theater Department Director

Biography

Shanon began singing and dancing at the age of 7. She performed in regional companies until heading to college at Cal State Fullerton, where in 2006 she graduated with her BFA in Musical Theater. Since, she has been performing professionally all over the country. She toured with Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan, understudying Peter and Mrs. Darling and most recently closed the first national touring company of Wicked, where she understudied the role of Glinda. Shanon started teaching at the age of 16 and after a long break is excited to finally be back working with the students of MRCA.

Instructors:

ANDREW MARTINEZ

ANDREW MARTINEZ

Ballet

Biography

Andrew Martinez received his training from Anaheim Ballet under the direction of Lawrence and Sarma Rosenberg. He has performed in many of their productions with such roles as the Prince in Nutcracker, the role of Puck in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and their Street View outdoor performances. He performed with Inland Pacific Ballet in their 2012 production of Cinderella. Andrew has received scholarships to train at Anaheim Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, and Inland Pacific Ballet. He has begun teaching ballet for students 5-18 and also began pursuing his dream to obtain a Bachelors in Engineering.

KC ARCHER

KC ARCHER

Dance for Musical Theater/Musical Theater choreographer

Biography

KC Archer owes his love of Musical Theater to his parents, both of whom are teachers of the arts. He grew up performing and never looked back. He has a BA in Theater from the University of California, Irvine, and has been involved with countless workshops and master classes.His heart belongs to the Mouse, however, as he has been performing in various shows at the Disneyland Resort for thirteen years. Most notable are the Red Car Trolley News Boys, and the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers, the latter of which he wrote, directed, and choreographed. He is beyond excited to bring his enthusiasm to McCoy Rigby and looks forward to sharing his experience with his students.

JOHN BLAYLOCK

JOHN BLAYLOCK

Guest Musical Director

Biography

JOHN BLAYLOCK is a writer/composer/director/MD/teacher who lives in Southern California. He has been a teaching artist with McCoy Rigby Arts since 2012. He is also the Director of Creative Writing at California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley and a resident writer at Broadway On Tour Children’s Theater, where he helps to create new one-hour family musicals. In 2015, John worked as William Finn’s assistant on Encores! Off-Center’s production of “A New Brain.” He has had work produced by Barrington Stage Company, Surflight Theater, Sesame Street Live, Common Man Musicals, and Phoenix Theater Company, as well as various high schools and children’s theaters in Southern California, and his musical “Northanger Abbey” with collaborator Jonathan Fader was runner up for the Pallas Theater’s New Works Festival, 2017, in Washington DC. John holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU Tisch and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

CHLOE LAWSON

CHLOE LAWSON

Tiny Dancers/Dancin’ Divas

Biography

Chloe Lawson has been dancing for 12 years, the majority of that time at McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts. She was a member of their competition team for 10 years and won numerous awards both as a team member and a soloist. Chloe was a four year member and Captain of her high school dance team. She was a solo finalist in several state and national competitions and was awarded with the title of 2017 National Champion at “World Class Dance.” Chloe was named a top 10 finalist for the 2017 Orange County Varsity Artist of the Year. She is currently attending California State University, Fullerton where she is majoring in dance.

SABRINA BRYAN

SABRINA BRYAN

Leaps & Turns/Jazz Technique

Biography

Sabrina Bryan was a member of the multi-platinum recording act, The Cheetah Girls, as well as a star of the hugely successful Disney Channel movie trilogy franchise of the same name. In addition, she famously garnered the earliest perfect 30 score in Dancing With the Stars history in Fall 2007 when she starred on the show.

Sabrina also appeared on the 15th season of Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars as the “Fan Favorite” celeb, after being voting on the show by the public as the “Fan Favorite.” Sabrina partnered with World-Champion pro Louis Van Amstel on Season 15. Sabrina joined the Dancing with the Stars tour in the Winter of 2007/2008. In 2012, Sabrina headlined the stage show of Dancing with the Stars at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas and the Dancing with the Stars cruises on Holland America.

In addition to the three Cheetah Girls multi-Platinum soundtracks, as a recording group with Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams, The Cheetah Girls released their first studio album as a recording group, “Cheetahlicious Christmas,” which came out at the end of 2005. The girls have also been featured on the Chicken Little soundtrack with their rendition of “Shake A Tailfeather” and on various Disneymania compilations, many of which have been certified Gold. The Cheetah Girls first non-soundtrack “TCG” was released in September of 2007.

One of Sabrina’s solo projects is the fitness-dance DVD called BYOU, on which Sabrina was the star and executive producer. BYOU was created so girls could have fun learning cool, hip dance moves and get fit at the same time. BYOU was released by Sony Music in early 2006 and has sold more than double Platinum. Sabrina performs three solo tracks on the soundtrack and her song “BYOU” was on the Radio Disney Top 30 chart and was also featured on the Disney Records “Move It” compilation CD. Sabrina also released BYOU II, which focused on a mix of Hip-Hop and Bollywood dance moves.

Sabrina has also recurred on the new Disney Channel animated series, “Fish Hooks” as the voice of “Pamela Hamster.” Sabrina hosted three seasons of abc.com’s web series, Backstage With the Stars, covering behind-the-scenes of Dancing With the Stars. She also co-wrote the successful young adult novel, “Princess of Gossip” with top YA author Julia DeVillers for Pocket/MTV Books.

Sabrina is currently developing film, television, internet and book properties to star in and also to produce. With her fellow Cheetah Girl, Sabrina co-created, produced and stars in the web series, March Moms.

CARLA HUTCHISON

CARLA HUTCHISON

Tiny Dancers/Dancin’ Divas/No Limits Director

Biography

Carla started her dance training at 3 where she studied at the Kindorf Dance Studio in Cerritos now known as “Impact Dance”. After being picked up by a talent agency at a dance competition at age 5 she began to work professionally. Her professional dance credits include the First Star Search Junior, The People’s choice awards, Kids Incorporated, “TAP” with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, a Tribute to Michael Jackson, along with numerous National commercials. She continued her dance training and education at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, auditioned and was accepted at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City and has studied with renowned master teacher Paula Morgan.

Her teaching career started at age 15 where her students ranged from adults to 3 year olds and although she taught all aspects of dance she introduced a new expression of movement to her students that she had become to love from her time at LACHSA, modern dance. She went on to become the lead instructor at USA Jazz Camps. Her students and choreography has received numerous awards at competitions both regionally and nationally. She is currently the Director of “No Limits”, a program designed for kids with special needs.

LAURA MARTINEZ

LAURA MARTINEZ

Aerial

Biography

Laura is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with an M.A. in Communication Studies. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at CSUF and several local junior colleges. Laura fell in love with aerial arts when she was working on her master’s thesis. She found it to be a therapeutic and creative outlet.

She has trained for three years at a local aerial studio in silks, lyra, and hammock. When traveling anywhere, Laura enjoys visiting new aerial studios to increase her knowledge and training. She looks forward to continuing to grow as an aerialist and is excited to share her passion of aerial arts with her students.

CLARICE ORDAZ

CLARICE ORDAZ

Lyrical/Comtemporary

Biography

Clarice Ordaz is an accomplished professional dancer born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. At age 19 she worked her way up to the top 5 girls on season 8 of the FOX show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ where she also got the opportunity to tour the country to perform. Since then, she has been selected to dance on a handful of tv shows like ‘Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris’, ‘Blunt Talk’, ‘Shake It Up’, and ‘X Factor’. Along with these shows, she has also performed in numerous music award performances such as American Latin Music Awards, Brit Music Awards, Country Music Television Awards, Billboard Awards, and Grammy Awards. Three achievements in her professional career that Clarice is most proud of include being 1 of 6 girls selected to tour the world as a backup dancer on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour, becoming new cast member ‘Abril’ on season 4 of the Hulu original show ‘East Los High’, and dancing in the opening scene of the movie ‘Lala Land’. She also has had the privilege of choreographing the season finale of the first season of the Netflix show ‘One Day at a Time’. Clarice’s next major goal is to be on Broadway. Fortunately, theater work is nothing new to her. Four years in a row Clarice was a part of ensemble in the Lythgoe Family Productions holiday plays that run annually at the Pasadena Playhouse. Clarice’s most recent project was working with McCoy Rigby Entertainment; playing Teresita in West Side Story!

MADISON MORRIS

MADISON MORRIS

Ballet

Biography

Madison’s training began at The Woodlands Civic Ballet in The Woodlands, TX January 1996. She continued her training at the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Houston Ballet II, Training Page Parkes Film and Commercial Acting and continues her training now at The John Kirby Studio in Hollywood, CA. Madison is currently a guest artist and company member of the Anaheim Ballet and has been a member of the Houston Ballet, Corps de Ballet.

Madison has been performing professional (too numerous to list) since 2008 and she has not stopped. She performed as guest artist at Masterworks Festival, initiated and organized Anaheim Ballet visits to Children’s Hospital of Orange County, was featured in Arts & Culture Texas, filmed at YouTube Space LA for Anaheim Ballet’s “Carol of the Nutcrackers”, was featured in Dance Spirit magazine, modeled for Tre Spa, modeled for Discount Dance. She was NFAA Young Arts 2010 Dance Finalist – Level 2 Winner, as awarded the Peter Schaer Award from Houston Ballet Academy and Most Improved Award. She performed for Houston Ballet II on NH, OK, LA, and CA Tours, was pictured in Houston Ballet’s brochures and on Houston Ballet’s Website, and was featured in Pointe Magazine.

In addition to all her dance credits Madison’s academic achievements are impressive as well. She was awarded an invitation to National Society of High School Scholars and the National Young Leaders Conference, was inducted into Lone Star College’s Chapter of National Society for Leadership and Success, Founding Member and achieved Lone Star College President’s List & was a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Member.

Madison’s hard working ethic both in dance and the classroom will be a great inspiration to all of our students at MRCA.

NITA FAULKNER

NITA FAULKNER

Art/Scenic Design

Biography

Nita began studying art over 11 years ago and hasn’t stopped creating since. In 2008, she realized that she could combine her passion for art with her love of theater by creating scenic art for plays and musicals. After Nita was hired to work on a production of Twelfth Night at Chapman University in 2013, she was not only offered admission to the university, but awarded the Theater Award and Scholarship. She graduated early and Cum Laude from Chapman University with a BA in Theater Technology (Design) and a minor in Integrated Educational Studies in January 2016.

Nita has served as a scenic painter and prop designer for The Chance Theater, Chapman University, Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as community theaters across Los Angeles. She was also recently featured on Food Network as she painted two murals for a restaurant makeover in Dana Point. Her teaching career began immediately after graduating from college as she began teaching art and art history at various elementary schools across Orange County. Nita loves sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of art and design with her students at MRCA.

JAZELLE TORRE

JAZELLE TORRE

Jazz/Combo

Biography

Jazelle began dancing at West Coast School of the Arts at the age of three and has trained/competed there ever since. She attended Rosary High School and was on their nationally ranked dance team for four years. After graduating, she decided to further her dance education and was on the Orange Coast College dance team, winning numerous national titles there as well. She currently teaches and choreographs for studios and high schools in Orange and Riverside County. She specializes in jazz, jazz/funk, and technique. Jazelle plans on getting her Pilates Certification and her BA in dance.

ARMANDO S. QUIROZ

ARMANDO S. QUIROZ

Aerial

Biography

Armando’s life has always been full of surprises, but being introduced to the art of Aerial Dance was one of the most random and exciting accidents of his life. For about four years he learned and trained under the guidance of the amazing and talented Jessica Linsay Piekos. With his training in Aerial Silk, Lyra, Spanish Web, and Stilt walking, Armando currently teaches at three locations in Orange County. He has performed at all types of events ranging from parties to street fairs to clubs to recitals. He enjoys teaching and will do all he can for his students.

LIANE HARPER

LIANE HARPER

Voice

Biography

Liane has been performing since the age of two, but found her real love in teaching musical theater to children, which she has been doing for the past 40 years. Her resume includes 20+ years as a music teacher in a private school setting, Musical Director for Disneyland, and multiple awards won for choral directing and vocal solo and ensemble work.

She currently manages a private voice practice and free lances with vocal groups around the southland. A member of NAfME and OAKE, she is honored to count herself among the faculty at McCoy Rigby Arts and is eager to contribute to the success her students will have with this exceptional organization.

KELLIE NITKIN

KELLIE NITKIN

Acting/No Limits

Biography

Kellie has been performing since she was a child of 7 or 8 and training much longer than that. She is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts and holds a BA Theater Performance from CSULB. Throughout her career Kellie has been seen on stage at The Laguna Playhouse, The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, The Pacific Conservatory Theater, Shakespeare Orange County, The Crystal Cathedral, and more.

Her teaching career has taken her up and down the coast giving masterclasses in everything from Shakespeare to movement for the stage. As a professional Dialect Coach she has worked on projects for McCoy Rigby Entertainment, 3D Theatricals, countless youth programs, and privately with clients on projects ranging Broadway audition prep to television spots on projects like, The Last Ship and an upcoming Guillermo Del Toro series. She has been a part of the MRA family for over five years now as a teacher, director, coach, and mentor.

RYAN MORRIS

RYAN MORRIS

Hip-Hop

Biography

Ryan began training in San Diego at Formality Dance Academy in 2005 under Erik Saradpon and Phillip Geniza. After training at established hip-hop studios such as Culture Shock SD, Studio FX, and Studio 429, he studied movement and choreography at UCR. Here he got a taste for other dance forms and participated in the GLUCK Contemporary Ensemble.

Throughout his dancing experience Ryan has contributed and competed in various hip-hop teams in the Southern California area such as Team Millennium, Academic of Swag, and Ricky Cole’s Soul Fresh. He also directed UCR’s competitive hip-hop team 909 Hip-Hop Dance Troupe for multiple seasons

SHANNON STEEN

SHANNON STEEN

Jazz

Biography

Shannon is a former Los Angeles Laker Girl and is still involved with the organization as a choreographer. She is also the choreographer for the children’s television series and touring stage shows for “Yo Gabba Gabba”. Currently she is working on another children’s show for Nickelodeon called “Mutt n Stuff”.

She has been with MRCA for several years, as well as some local high schools, and her students and choreography have received numerous awards at competitions both regionally and nationally. This year she is working with the senior team as well as the adults and a few recreational classes. She loves working with the kids at MRCA and is excited to be a part of their program.