Cathy Deobler comes to West Virginia from Los Angeles, with 32 years experience as a public school teacher in elementary and secondary schools. She has also worked as an actress, writer, director and producer of theatre for both children and adults. In Los Angeles, she founded both Dare to Dream - theatre experience by children for children and families, and Cre8tive Differences - which produced several award-winning short plays, including "Army Strong", "Jim's Gym", and "Back in the Day", which were written by Cathy.
Cathy has been in WV since August of 2018, and has been producing children's theatre from the day she arrived. She also keeps busy teaching theatre and stage tech at Riverside High School Her students have put on several shows for the community, including "The Christmas Angel", "The Ant and the Grasshopper", and "The Wizard of OZ". Her Riverside students have produced "A Christmas Scarol", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", several original shorts, and an improv show "Whose Line is it, Riverside?"
SELECTED CREDITS: Romeo and Juliet - Nurse, Cinderella - Fairy Godmother, Fiddler on the Roof - Golde, The Music Man - Eulalie. The Fairy Tale Files - Writer/Director/Producer, A Midsummer Night's Dream - Adaptation/Director/Producer, Wizard of OZ - Adaptation/Director/Producer, Alice in Wonderland - Adaptation/Director/Producer.
Lawrence Burgess is an internationally recognized media producer, voice talent, and screenwriter. He helms the West Virginia Actors Conservatory and hails from South Charleston, WV. He holds a Masters Degree in Film/Media Studies and a Bachelors Degree in History.
Lawrence has performed in the arts since 1989. His preferred genres are crime, horror, and classic children's stories. He is a Dracula historian, dedicated to physical training, and enjoys playing board games, poorly.
SELECTED CREDITS: Anne of Green Gables - Director/Adaptation/Sound Design, Dracula - Director/Adaptation, American Soldier - Director/Producer, Jack the Ripper - Director/Writer/Talent, It's a Wonderful Life-A Live Radio Play - Clarence, Announcer, Various.
David Smith is our resident Set Designer, MakeUp Artist, and Choreographer. He is an award-winning ballroom dancer and dance instructor who has danced all over the United States. He is also an actor and singer, who has worked on Mad Max, The Electrician, and numerous cabaret and variety stages.