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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.
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.
Staff Director / Choreographer
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!
Anna DeMasi, Vocal Director
Hailing from the east coast, Anna has been music directing and accompanying for theaters and schools across Connecticut and New York and is so happy to be back for her second year music directing for ENCORE. Along with music directing Anna is also a private piano teacher and church organist.
Michael Thelan - Technical Director
Michael spent over 20 years as the theatre arts teacher at Cathedral City High School in the Coachella Valley. While there he produced and directed over 40 shows including 21 musicals. Last summer he was a scenic designer for The Aerospace Players production of Mary Poppins. This is his first show with ENCORE South Bay and he is excited to be working with such a talented production staff.
Barb Molina, Rehearsal Manager
Bio coming soon
Founder (Artistic Director Emeritus)
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!
Current Board of Directors
Parent Volunteers of The Year
2019 Maya Lewis
2018 Serita Richardson
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