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Alumni Mentor Circle

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The CSULB Theatre Arts Department is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking new initiative, the Alumni Mentor Circle (AMC). As envisioned, the AMC celebrates your personal path to career success, enables you to provide tangible support for our current and future students, and is a structured and recognizable way for you to help secure the continued growth of our department for the future success of our amazing students.

Our alumni have achieved acclaim in myriad arenas: designers, actors, directors, managers, teachers, visionaries, and developers of award winning companies, to name a few. Our alumni have forged nationally acclaimed careers in theatre, film, TV, education, and countless other areas of entertainment and more.

Serving as an AMC member involves the following:

  • A commitment to providing on-going financial support of $100 a year, which will go directly to the expansion of our students’ training opportunities
  • Mentorship for our current students through any number of mentoring possibilities, i.e. guest workshops, offering internships or shadowing opportunities, or other valuable ideas you may have that offer an opportunity for you to help our students gain valuable perspective and advice for transitioning into professional careers

Membership into the AMC is both by invite & self nomination. If you are interested in finding out more about this program, please email alumnirelations@calrep.org.

Alumni Mentor Circle Members

Lindsay Allbaugh

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Jeremy Aluma

Founding Member

Bio: Jeremy Aluma is a critically acclaimed and multi award-winning theatre director and producer. He founded the internationally touring clown troupe, Four Clowns, where he has served as artistic director for the past seven years. Credits include: Abraham & Isaac (MuBe Cultural Theatre, São Paulo, Brazil); Four Clowns (La MaMa, NYC); Pinocchio and Robin Hood (South Coast Repertory); Sublimity (Theatre Row, NYC); Lunatics & Actors (Shakespeare Center, LA); Henry’s Potato (REDCAT, LA); Beyond Dark (Odyssey Theater, LA); Jonah (Annenberg, Santa Monica); Crumble (Sacred Fools, LA); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Urban Theatre Movement, LA); and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Alive Theatre, Long Beach). Nationally, he has directed productions at Chopin Theatre (Chicago); Gremlin Theatre (St. Paul, MN); Exit Theatre (San Francisco); Indy Fringe Theater (Indianapolis); Space 55 (Phoenix); and Insurgo Theater Movement (Las Vegas) amongst others. He is the recipient of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Exchange International Grant, the City of Santa Monica, Annenberg Community Beach House Residency, and the Long Beach Arts Council Community Project Grant. Since graduating Cum Laude from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Directing, Aluma has attended prestigious training programs such as, the Master Conservatory program in Bali, Indonesia; Director’s Lab West; and The Actor’s Center in NYC. He continues to teach and take classes at The Clown School and will be pursuing his MFA in Directing at DePaul beginning in the fall of 2016. jeremyaluma.com


Snapshot of Gayle Baizer

Gayle Baizer

Founding Member

Bio: Gayle Susan Baizer, Costume Design. Theatrical Costume Design: “Maureen McGovern and the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies”; “Carry It On”-Maureen McGovern-GEVA, 2 Rivers Theatre and National Tour; Pasadena Pops Solute to Hollywood, Maureen McGovern and Brian Stokes Mitchell with the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, NJ; “Dangling Conversations-Maureen McGovern” Razz Room, SF; Ai and Yuki-DNB-US-American Debut; The Magic of Lawrence and Priscilla-American Tour, Blackstone Magik; On The Verge (set and costumes), CSUN; A Christmas Carol, ICT; Swimming In The Shallows, Dreams Of A Sunday Afternoon, Panama, Cal Rep; Vinegar Tom, Work­shop360; Vinegar Tom, Pride and Prejudice, University of Southern California; The Magician, Broadway Bound Musical Workshop; Pinnochio, Great American Children’s Theatre Co. National Tour; Bengal Tigers Ball, Disney Florida; Johnny Johnson, Odyssey Theatre (Drama-Logue Award); Gaité Parisienne, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet; Orphans, Downey Civic Light Opera.

Film and Television Costume Design: Maureen McGovern In Concert-P.B.S. Special; Twice Upon A Christmas, Once Upon A Christmas, Legacy/Lyonsgate; Follow Your Heart, Misery Bros., Storybook, Amore, Mad About You, DMG/Pinnacle/Spelling Prods.; Miami Hustle, Showtime Television, Make My Day, Pilot-Wheeler Sussman; Olympics Closing Ceremonies, 1996, Centennial Events; Main Wardrobe (10 years), A.B.C. Television; Help Wanted: Kids, Disney MOW.

Commercial Costume Design: K Mart (4), Frito Lay (10), Tropicana Twisters (4), Crossroads Prods.; Gas Company (2), Ridley Scott & Assoc. Prods.; McDonalds (24), Chrysler (10), Kellogg’s (12), Straw Hat Pizza (25), The Bernstein Company.

Concert Tours, Pas and Stylist: Maureen McGovern, The Pointer Sisters, Nell Carter, The Fifth Dimension, Swoosie Kurtz, Ali McGraw, Kathy Ireland, Dyan Cannon, Diahann Carroll, Cindy Williams, Joey Heatherton, Vendela, Naomi Campbell, Andrea Evans, Donna Douglas, Elliot Gould, Ed Bagley Jr., Jack Scalia.

Apparel Design and Vice President-Merchandising (23 years): Kathy Ireland Worldwide, Apparel Ventures, Jantzen Worldwide, Catalina, Inc., Kosugi Sanyo (Japan), Karina Claudia (Brazil).

Costume Illustrator: Edith Head, William Ware Theiss, Donfeld, Jean Louis, Warner Bros

Book  Illustrator: Celebration Day On The Farm, Miss Donna And Mulberry Acres Farm, Pelican Publishing Co.; The Little Treasure Bag; Donna’s Critters, Character Creations, Look Like A Winner, Putnam Publishing; Inside Fashion Design, Canfield Press

Affiliations: Costume Designers Guild, IATSE 892; United Scenic Artists, IATSE 829; ATAS; USITT. Gayle holds a BFA in Design from Chouinard Art School/Cal-Arts, and an MFA in Costume Design/Technical Theatre, from California State University, Long Beach and teaches in the Theatre Department.


Shannon Blas-Blair

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Erin Caron

Founding Member

Bio: After graduating with a B.A. in performance/directing and an M.A. in English from CSULB, Erin went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Her research is on 20th century American drama, the drama of the Vietnam War, and theatre of social change. She is proud to be a founding member of the Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood. Erin lives in Long Beach with her husband Tim and her two children.


Donny Jackson

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Maria Mayenzet

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Pat McLoy

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MacKenzie Meehan

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Jeff Paul

Founding Member

Bio: Jeff Paul is the Director of the Musical Theatre Conservatory at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting/Directing from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Upon graduating summa cum laude, Mr. Paul was awarded recognition as the Outstanding Graduate of the College of the Arts and subsequently became an adjunct CSULB faculty member. In addition to his teaching duties at CSULB, Mr. Paul has taught/directed at Long Beach City College, Santa Ana College, Saddleback College, El Camino College, Santiago Canyon College, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and Irvine’s Woodbridge High School. Additionally, Mr. Paul has directed productions at the Century City Playhouse, West Hollywood’s Elephant Lab Theatre, Saddleback Civic Light Opera, Long Beach Studio Theatre, Long Beach Playhouse, SOKA University, Costa Mesa Playhouse, and for various college and university programs. His work for OCSA has been staged at Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, The OC Pavilion,, Plummer Auditorium, and various other venues in the Orange County area. Mr. Paul co-taught with artists-in-residence Bill Irwin and Rachel Rosenthal for the California State University summer arts program. He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Who’s Who in American Education. He has also been honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the CSULB Theatre Arts Department.


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Bethany Price

Founding Member

Bio: Bethany Price received her theatrical training at California State University, Long Beach, where she was a founding member of California Repertory Company. As an arts manager, she has worked for the Long Beach Symphony, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, and the CSULB College of the Arts – where she is currently the Director of Communications and Outreach. She also spent two years working as writer and editor for City Lights – the Arts, Entertainment and Dining section of the Long Beach Business Journal. She has stage managed, directed and/or produced more than 50 productions, and performed on stage herself for more than 15 years in musicals, operas and plays. She is the mother of three children, ages 12, 20 & 28, and has more than 25 years experience casting, coaching, and directing school-age kids in stage productions. In recent years, she has directed productions of Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Seussical! and her own stage adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, with music by Erik Przytulski. The Velveteen Rabbit has now seen almost a dozen separate productions throughout the United States. Additionally, she wrote, produced and directed two original musicals for elementary school students, The Kingdom that Couldn't Sleep and Adventure!: The Musical, both of which featured the music and lyrics of Erik Przytulski. She recently directed The Sound of Music and The Music Man for Orange County Children's Theatre, and is an in-demand children's theatre director/audition coach and workshop leader in the Long Beach/Orange County region.

Snapshot of Jamieson Price

Jamieson Price

Founding Member

Bio: Jamieson Price is an actor and voice over artist with extensive credits on stage, screen, and in interactive media. He appeared with Jason Isaacs and Mel Gibson in The Patriot, and has been a guest star on Frasier, Days of Our Lives, Without a Trace, and According to Jim. Currently, he is a recurring character on Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans.

Jamieson was recently heard as the Voice of God in LA Opera's bi-annual production of Benjamin Britton's Noah's Flood at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown LA. Other recent performances include the Visions and Voices series at USC's Fisher Museum and Ira in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife with the Cal Rep Company on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

He is the voice of The Gulper - a villain in the new Skylanders video game and has voiced many characters in multiple campaigns of World of Warcraft, as well as a few for Starcraft 2. He provides the voice for the male Monk player character in Diablo III, and his voice is heard on more than 200 different television, anime, video games, and audio books, including Broken Age, Guild Wars 2, Darksiders 2, Prototype 2, Pair of Kings, Digimon, Naruto, Tiger & Bunny, and Mortal Kombat, where he is the announcer as well as several additional characters.

In addition to his work on screen and in the recording studio, Jamieson is an accomplished stage actor. He received his MFA degree in Acting from California State University, Long Beach – where he played Macbeth, Mordred, and a host of other extremely varied characters. He returns to CSULB each spring to read the names of the thousands walking across the platform for all ten ceremonies. His stage work also includes leading roles in nine summer seasons of Outdoor Drama in Ohio. But his most important role is proud father of two grown daughters and a 12-year-old son.


Snapshot of Jason Rogel

Jason Rogel

Bio: Jason Rogel earned his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from California State University of Long Beach, and also studied at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

In 2009, he appeared opposite Thomas Middleditch, Rachael Taylor & Lea Thompson in Brant Sersen's romantic comedy, Splinterheads. Since then, he has been seen in various commercials, films and TV shows, including Life In Pieces, Dice, Hart of Dixie, Dexter, Bones, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Splinterheads and Swamp Shark.

In 2011, Jason recurred as Physics grad student, Leo, on the ABC Family sitcom, State Of Georgia, starring Raven-Symoné & Loretta Devine. He also starred alongside Tia Mowry and Tori Spelling in ABC Family's first original musical, The Mistle-Tones, which premiered as part of their "25 Days of Christmas" event.

In addition to film and TV, Jason has appeared in numerous theatre productions, working with such companies as East West Players, Skylight Theatre Company, Playwright's Arena, LoudRMouth, The Garage Theatre Company and Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs.

Jason most recently starred as Ricky, the office gossip, on ABC Family's Kevin From Work and recurs on the TVLand show Impastor. He was honored with a spot on the University Players Wall of Fame in 2013.

Cliff Warner

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