Meet The Instructors
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Dave Avanzino
Instructor: “Scenic Painting For Theatre”

Dave Avanzino is a scenic designer and fine artist living in the Southern California area. Dave has worked with MTOC for a few years as both a Scenic Designer and Painter. His first project was painting the sets for “HAIRSPRAY” and then me moved on to designing and painting the sets for “TARZAN” and “MARY POPPINS.” His original set designs were featured in the published musicals FOUR TICKETS TO CHRISTMAS (Lillenas) and CHRISTMAS POST (Word). Dave is also a production designer for video and film. His work has been seen in the updated "JESUS FILM FOR CHILDREN" and also the version entitled, "MAGDALENE: RELEASED FROM SHAME." In addition, Dave also designs and creates numerous limited edition artwork for Disneyland, Walt Disney World and The Disney Cruise Line.  
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Kristin Atkins
Instructor: “Musical Theatre Showcase”, “A Capella Group”, and Private Voice and Piano Lessons

Kristin graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music in Education and minor in Religion. Her time at Vanguard had supplied her with a wealth of information and opportunities, and was honored to be accepted and graduate as one of the first in their B.M. degree. As a part of the Vanguard Women’s Choir, Kristin toured throughout Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona performing at numerous venues. She has also had the privilege of singing at Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts several times, and the Lincoln Center in New York. Upon graduating Kristin was extremely grateful to receive the “Outstanding Music Education Award”, and graduated with honors. Recently she helped with the conception of Eastside Christian Church’s “Journey to Christmas” where she also played the role of Mary. She would love to thank all of the amazing teachers in her life that have poured their heart and soul into their jobs and have taught her so much more than simply notes on a page. Music is a way of living and I hope to inspire my students the way that I have been inspired by my teachers. She has taught private vocal and piano lessons for over five years, and has also been in over thirty productions. Some of her favorite roles include Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical The Musical), Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), and Diane (Anne of Green Gables).
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Britany Callahan
Instructor: “Musical Theatre Showcase”, “A Capella Group”, and Private Piano Lessons

Britany has filled many roles in her over 20 years of being involved with live theatre including stage manager, vocal director, scenic painter, make-up designer, and assistant costumer. Not to mention as a performer, with over 50 shows under her belt, some of her favorite roles include Tracey (Hairspray), Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun) and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz). Britany is a graduate of Chapman University with a B.A. in Theatre Technology. She worked at the The Disneyland Resort for 8 years in Stage Management, calling shows such as Aladdin, World of Color, Red Car News Boys, Mad T Party, and Disney Junior. In her time there, she also worked on numerous large and small scale events. She now freelances as a stage manager, vocal director and piano teacher. Britany and her sister Kristin teamed up for the first time as vocal directors together for MTOC's Mary Poppins and returned this past summer for Beauty & The Beast. Britany grew up surrounded by music, constantly playing the piano and singing with her siblings. She hopes to instill the same love of music and theatre in students and looks forward to watching them grow through this Fall session.
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Art Vega
Instructor for: “Basics of Puppetry” and “Puppetry for the Camera”

Art has over 13 years of puppetry experience, both in teaching and performance working for the Walt Disney Company. He has performed in numerous shows at the Disneyland Resort, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and has lent his talents to the latest Muppets movies (The Muppets and The Muppets Most Wanted) as well as the new Muppets television show. In addition, Art has had the pleasure of working with Ceelo Green on his talk show, Talking To Strangers, as well as performing with Lady Gaga on her Muppet Television Special. Puppetry has also allowed Art the opportunity to spend the last few years touring the United States and Germany with Snigglezoo Entertainment’s Money Mammals. Art continues to perform regularly at the Disneyland Resort.
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Danny Montooth
Instructor for: “Basics of Puppetry” and “Puppetry for the Camera”

Danny has been a puppeteer for the Walt Disney Company for the last 11 years in various shows and parades throughout the Resort. For the last four years he has been a trainer and supervisor for puppeteer talent at the Resort. One of his favorite “rolls” was portraying “Herman”, the hopeful loaf of bread in a web series for Subway Restaurants. He also performs for Snigglezoo in the Money Mammals touring show. He most recently has appeared in the web series “The Remember Hour,” by Maker Studios as Rash.
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Destinee Nicholson
Instructor for: “Theatrical Make-Up Technique”

Destinee graduated this past spring from Cypress College with a Theatre Arts degree, as well as earned her Make-Up Certificate. Make-up has always been her passion, with a special affinity for blood/gore design and application. Her work has been seen in musical productions at Cypress College such as Jekyll & Hyde and Into the Woods. This past summer she had the fun challenge of designing and applying make-up for MTOC’s production of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast. In addition to musical theatre, Destinee has lent her talents to numerous small films such as “The Lover” and “Foxwood” for Ghost Party Pictures. During Halloween seasons, she has worked as a Special Effect Make-Up Artist for the 17th Door Haunted House, as well as the Blood Offering Maze that was featured at the Scarela Halloween Convention.