Derek is a local artist in the valley who currently has been managing at INTRINSIC, a Hair Salon in Fresno. He has had the passion for Theatre since he was in the 8th grade. His knowledge in performance has excelled from being in numerous productions whether it was on stage or back stage, he also has performed in the Fresno State Marching Band as a Color guard Performer.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Maria Monreal - Dance & Vocal Instructor
Maria has been performing across the Central Valley since 2004. Her dance training spanned over two decades with schools such as California Arts Academy, Severance School of Ballet, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and Saint Mary's College. In 2009, she began choreographing and directing at Clovis North High School, moving on to work with local theaters, including CenterStage Clovis, Shine!Theatre, Selma Arts Center, StageWorks Fresno, and Good Company Players. Most recently, Maria debuted as an aerialist in CMT's Matilda (Acrobat), introducing aerial dance to Central Valley theatre. Favorite credits include Good Company Player's Man of La Mancha (Featured Dancer/Rocinante/Gypsy), Selma Art Center's The Little Mermaid (Ariel), and StageWorks Fresno's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park).
Amber Janel Smith
Lead Stage Manager/Technical Instructor/Acting Instructor
Amber Janel Smith is a professional Stage Manager and Stagehand, having finished degrees in Technical Theatre and Theatre Arts - Acting Emphasis. Her most recent credits include The Squirrelswith URHere, Matilda with CMT, The Agony of Ecstasy, Detroit ‘67, Darkside, and Fat Pig with Fresno State, The Bremen Town Musicians with Theater for Young Audiences, The Nutcracker with Lively Arts, and multiple productions with Fresno City. She has worked as lead stage manager for the Devised Theatre program at the Region 8 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and is a three-time KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship nominee and Stage Management Fellowship finalist.