MEET OUR STAFF
Founder / Artistic Director
Summer Dey Cacciagioni - Artistic Director
Summer is a longtime director and performer, with degrees in Theatre from El Camino College and Chapman University. She also has her teaching credential from Long Beach State. She is the former director of the El Segundo Jr. Drama program and has worked in many local schools, with StarLight Productions, the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network, and has taught thousands of children all over the state. Some of her over 70 directing credits include: Les Miserables, Seussical, Into the Woods, Guys & Dolls, Peter Pan, Beauty & the Beast, Quilters, Joseph, Grease, Shrek, Annie, Mary Poppins, Oliver! and many, many more. In her college career, she received several Meritorious Achievement Awards in both directing and producing from the American College Theater Festival. As a performer, Summer has been in over 100 stage productions throughout California, and done international tours to both Russia & London. She is also the recipient of an Irene Ryan Nomination for excellence in acting. She is grateful every day for her entire ENCORE family!
Tracy Schiller, Executive Director
Tracy has been involved in the theatre world for more than 15 years and has worn many hats during that time; everything from site coordinator to props mistress to production manager to stage manager. She’s been with ENCORE since the very beginning and has worked alongside Summer and Marcelo to build ENCORE into the South Bay’s premier educational theatre company. Having taken a break from performing since college, Tracy recently re-discovered the joy of performing when she recently had the opportunity to perform alongside her son on the ENCORE stage. It was a lot of fun, but for now she intends to spend her time behind the scenes, developing ENCORE's programs and helping to ensure our families have a quality theatre education experience. She holds a B.A in Communication Studies with an emphasis in television production from California State University, Sacramento, and is currently pursuing continuing education in nonprofit management.
Marcelo Cacciagioni - Technical Director
Marcelo has been involved in the technical side of theatre for the last 25 years. He has done tech for more shows than he can count. Marcelo spent almost 10 years in the entertainment industry working as a technician and traveling around the globe working for different rock bands, such as, Neil Diamond, Ben Harper, N Sync, Britney Spears, The Goo Goo Dolls, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Foo Fighters. Marcelo was also the Lighting Director for Green Day's American Idiot tour that won the Grammy Award for best new rock album! (If you want to know more you can look him up on imdb.com.) The last few years he has helped tech, run, build, design, and light shows for youth productions that his wife directed. Marcelo is truly at home in the Theatre. Marcelo is extremely excited to be a part of this great adventure with his lovely wife!
Services Manager / Camp Director
Christianna Fredrick, Services Manager and Camp Director
Christianna has worked for ENCORE since March of 2014 starting as the Administrative Assistant and now is working as your Services Manager and Summer Camp Director. She greatly enjoys the many, many wonderful people that make ENCORE so special, from all of her co-workers to the families who work so hard to make our shows and programs so beautiful. She has her degree in Communication Studies from Cal State Long Beach.
Rehearsal Mgr / Marketing & Admin Assistant
Jodi Sexton, Rehearsal Manager/ Marketing & Administrative Assistant
Jodi is elated to be back in her hometown of Torrance, and working with her childhood friend, Summer. She remembers fond times of sharing the stage together as kids. She started with ENCORE in July of 2014, taking care of email blasts and social media, while still living in Indiana. The following year, once the “Big Move” was made, she joined the ladies in the office at ENCORE Studios. Since then, she has been assisting in the office in whatever capacity is needed! Jodi also takes our cast headshots. She really enjoys getting to combine working with the different casts as well as her love for photography! ENCORE is such an incredible company, both to work for and perform with. She had the great opportunity to be in ENCORE’s Mary Poppins, alongside her daughter. What a joy to see her daughter blossom onstage and find a love for theatre.
Jorie Janeway, Choreographer
Jorie Janeway has spent the last 10 years working with children's theaters, high schools, and middle schools teaching and choreographing, as well as performing professionally on tour and in regional theaters . She is thrilled to be back on the West coast after years of calling the East coast home. Some of Jorie's favorite choreography credits include Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, and The Music Man. Favorite performance credits include the Hairspray National Tour (Female Authority Figure), The Drowsy Chaperone (Chaperone), and 9 to 5 (Violet). Jorie feels very fortunate to be working at ENCORE where she can combine everything she loves about theatre into one job!
Vocal Director / Assistant Director
Daniel Nakatawase, Vocal Director and Assistant Director
Daniel is delighted that his passion for teaching and impacting lives through theatre has landed him at ENCORE. He holds a BA in Directing/Acting from California State University, Long Beach, where he also extensively studied the complexities of Stephen Sondheim under Sondheim expert, Dr. Joanne Gordon. Daniel has had the privileges of singing with Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast OBC) and working with Alexandra Billings, star of the Amazon series, "Transparent". When he's not at ENCORE, Daniel teaches acting throughout Orange County. Favorite acting credits include Merrily We Roll Along (Charlie) and Les Misérables (Javert). Favorite directing credits include The Last Five Years, Seminar, Jekyll & Hyde, and As You Like It.
Assistant Director / Production Assistant
Mathew Parreira, Assistant Director
Mathew was born and raised in the small town of Hanford, California where he discovered his love for the arts through community and educational theatre. In 2011, Mathew moved to Southern California to pursue his education in theatre production at California State University, Fullerton. He has since been involved in many productions as a performer, stagehand and designer. A jack of many trades, he has his hands in several elements of ENCORE's productions, including Assistant Director, Production Assistant and Prop Master. Mathew received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre in December of 2015.
Parent Volunteers of The Year
2017 Laura D'Anna
2016 Jeanette Jones
2015 Lauraine Cintron
2014 Sharona Byrnes and Kim Spruth
2013 Brenda Williams
2012 Susan & Wes Benson
2011 Joelle Dunn
2010 Wyndi Mills
2009 Susan Truman
2008 Cheryl Ortiz
2007 Tracy Schiller