Maddie Padilla - Graphics
Maddie Padilla has been with CMT for several years and has worked in numerous positions, including Extended Day Supervisor, props, stage management and more! She has extensive experience with art and graphic design, and while she has moved out of the area, she continued to provide CMT with creative and inspiring graphic design. You can find Maddie’s work on CMT’s posters, bookmarks, flyers, and on the beautiful storefront of the CMT rehearsal space at the Sierra Vista Mall.
Randall Kohlruss - Acting Teacher
Randy is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic in Hollywood with a Certificate of Occupational Studies in Acting. He took classes in acting, vocal production & power, movement classes with tap and ballet foundation, stage combat, improv, acting styles, acting from stage to screen, and a twelve week intensive in Shakespeare. He's been appearing in theatre up and down the Central Valley including recent leading roles in productions of Be More Chill, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Urinetown, Peter and The Starcatcher, The Who's Tommy, and many more!
Julie Lucido - Education Director
Julie is a freelance director and associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreography Society. Experienced in live performance as well as commercial and film she has worked on many local TV spots as well as radio and the local theatre circuit. A performer who acts, sings, and dances her wide range of experience also includes working as choreographer and director. She is the founder of the Backyard Readers Theatre Lab and currently is the President of UR Here Theater Company and graduate of UC Santa Cruz.
Catriona Fray - Director | Instructor | Vocal Coach
CATRIONA FRAY, Graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, has traveled across the country opening for Grammy award winning Pentatonix, singing with recording artist Jojo in a national commercial for Freeform, and singing with UCLA a cappella group ScatterTones at the White House. She performed in Mamma Mia at the Hollywood Bowl and Sweet Charity (Rosie) with three-time Tony award winning director Kathleen Marshall. Her favorite roles, (Witch) Into the Woods and (Audrey) Little Shop of Horrors. In NYC, she has performed at the Town Hall, Feinstein’s/54 Below, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and has worked alongside Broadway producers/creatives on new works. She currently teaches voice lessons online! @catrionafray www.catrionafray.com.
Sam Linkowski - Instructor | Director
Sam Linkowski is a gifted musician, singer, improviser, and actor. A performer and collaborator with a wide range of expertise, Sam loves to share his passion for the stage with audiences and students, alike. He recently graduated from the UCLA school of Theater, Film, and Television with a degree in musical theater. At UCLA he performed in several plays, musicals, and cabarets, also performing at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s and the Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles. He has studied with Jason Alexander and Lainie Kazan among others and is a classically trained actor and singer. He also teaches private voice lessons, online or socially distanced in person!
Nwachukwu Oputa - Instructor
Nwachukwu studied Theatre Arts at Fresno State. She has been working with children for over a decade through the fields of fitness, performing arts, and applied behavior analysis. Her previous acting credits include Fresno State’s productions of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Van’s Sister), The Wolves (#25), and Hands Up (Nambi) as well as The Selma Art’s Center’s productions of Puffs (Megan Jones) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (ensemble). Nwachukwu recently directed and edited URHere’s streaming of Every Creeping Thing during Fresno’s Rogue Festival. She is a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority and has been actively involved in music for over fifteen years.
Michael Fidalgo - Instructor
Most recently seen in Selma Arts Center's Puffs (Cedric/Voldy). Past Credits include She Loves Me (Kodaly), Book of Will (Isaac), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Man #1), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), and Mary Poppins (Bert). Music Directing: Violet, Little Women (Bullard High School)
Jennifer Ruiz - Costume Manager
Jennifer Ruiz studied costume design at Cal State Fullerton and has worked throughout Southern California in all aspects of costuming for the past 5 years before returning to Fresno. If she hasn’t been the costume designer she has built the costumes.
Rachel Hibler - Teacher
Rachel Lynne Hibler is a theatre artist and educator based in Fresno, CA. Rachel has over a decade of experience as a performer, writer, director, costumer, and production designer. She was most recently featured as Theresa in Circle Mirror Transformation at Vista Theatre Company and Lady Agatha in The Hound of the Baskervilles at Good Company Players. Rachel is the Theatre, Forensics, and Stagecraft teacher at Edison Computech.
Maya Gengozian - Teacher
Maya has been an avid performer throughout the Central Valley, including CMT, since 2012. You may have recently seen her in Good Company Players' Newsies as Katherine, or BearStage's Matilda as Miss Honey. At CMT, she was a part of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Statue/Featured Dancer) or High School Musical On Stage! (Gabriella). She is currently attending New York University with a double major is Vocal Performance: Music Theatre and Journalism. mayagengozian.com
Terry Estabrook - Vocal Teacher
Ms. Terry Estabrook has appeared with Washington Opera and Houston Grand Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Locally, she performed the role of Brünnhilde in a concert version of Wagner’s Ring Cycle under the direction of Jonathan Kuhner. She has been music director for local productions with CMT, Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater and Center Stage and StageWorks Fresno. She is currently Vocal Director for New Wrinkles. She was a performing member of Sierra Chamber Opera for 3 years and won the Award of Excellence for her role as Mother Abbess in Good Company Players production of The Sound of Music. Ms. Estabrook teaches voice and is a native of California.
Marcus Cardenas - Acting, Vocal, Dance Teacher
Marcus is a Central Valley native and has performed with Good Company Players, Selma Arts Center, and Fresno City College. Recently graduating from Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) in their Professional Acting Program, his credits include Shakespeare in Love, Mamma Mia!, American idiot, Sweeney Todd, Peter and the Starcatcher, Damn Yankees, and Heathers the Musical. Marcus is also a CMT veteran and is looking forward to continuing his journey as we emerge from Covid-19.
Camp Coordinator/Tech Teacher & Director
Abigail Paxton has been involved with CMT for ten years. She is the current drama teacher of Buchanan High’s Bear Stage. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Studies and Design, and most often serves as technical director for CMT productions. In her spare time, she enjoys trips to the car wash, taking in rescue animals, and spending money she doesn’t have online (because both this job and her teaching job barely cover the mortgage).
Camp Stage Manager/Extended Day Teacher
Diego has been performing since he was seven years old, and has been in multiple productions with CMT, Good Company Players, & Roosevelt School of the Arts. His most recent productions as a performer include Something Rotten, Disney’s Newsies, Shrek the Musical, & Beauty and the Beast Jr. He has also worked as production crew in shows such as Matilda, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid Jr, The Imaginary Invalid, & James and the Giant Peach. Diego is very excited to be back working with CMT and the kids this summer.