MEET OUR STAFF
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.
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!
Daniel Nakawatase, Vocal Director
Daniel's vocal directing credits include ENCORE shows Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. For the past six years, he has had the incredible privilege to work in educational theatre throughout Southern California. Daniel is currently the Director of Theatre Arts at St. Anthony High School. He holds a BA in Directing and Acting from CSULB and is currently completing his Master's degree with NYU. As a director, music director, and actor, some favorite credits include: Les Misérables, Spelling Bee, Last Five Years, Jekyll & Hyde, Next to Normal, and Merrily We Roll Along.
Mike Walker, Director
Award winning musical director Mike Walker has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment field. He has worked as a singer, pianist, actor and vocal coach in the United States and in Europe since 1984. Mike’s credits as Musical Director include: Little Women, Matilda, Newsies, Sunday In The Park With George, Seussical, The Addams Family, Sister Act, Avenue Q, Urinetown, Man of La Mancha, and over 100 others. Directorial credits include Once On This Island, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, Hairspray, Willy Wonka, Oliver!, Les Misérables, Children Of Eden, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
Craig Benson, Technical Director
Craig has been working in the field of technical theater for 10 years. Having worked in several venues such as CSULB’s Daniel Recital Hall and University Theater, the Warner Grand, and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, as well as being a technical lead at ENCORE for 8 years, Craig is glad to be able to bring his experience and step forward as ENCORE’s Technical director for this production. Craig has received mentorship from his crew leads at ENCORE, CSULB, and Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and thanks them for their guidance and advice over the years.
Barb Molina, Rehearsal Manager
Tess, Administrative Assistant
Summer Dey Cacciagioni - Artistic Director Emeritus
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!
Executive Director Emeritus
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.
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