Amy Love is a professionally trained theater director, originally from New York (MFA Directing for the Theater), with a career in film and television production in LA. She has taught and directed in local schools (MCS, SBMS) since 2007, and has directed in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara (Stella Adler Theater, Ensemble Theater Company). She and her husband own a television post production company in Los Angeles, and live in the Santa Barbara foothills with their two teenagers. “My first love is for the stage, where I found deep belonging and a thrilling way to express myself as an awkward teen. Over the years I have seen beautiful transformations with my students, and I am excited to help young actors develop professional acting and performance skills in a positive and nurturing environment.”
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Dance and Choreography Director
Betsy Ann brings deep mastery and versatility to the rehearsal room. Owner/Director of Momentum Dance Company, she has trained and competed nationally and internationally in the United States and Canada since the age of 11. Sharing her gift of dance has always been Betsy’s first priority, and we are honored that she will continue to share her dream with Lights Up!
Jezreel Real is a local musician who is excited to work with the actors this season. He graduated with a degree in Music Theory & Composition from Westmont College in 2018, and has since been working in town as a collaborative pianist for colleges, schools, churches, and community choirs. He has extensive experience in playing in musical and opera pit orchestras, including local productions of “Dido and Aeneas”, “Die Fledermaus”, “Big Fish”, “Hello, My Baby”, “James and the Giant Peach”, and “Into the Woods”. When he isn’t accompanying singers, Jezreel teaches piano lessons and performs in the city college jazz big bands, as well as his jazz quartet, “The Dumpster Cats”.
Having performed in California and Mexico, Heather continues to perform improv monthly in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. A production consultant for Santa Barbara Middle School and theatre director for Vista de Las Cruces School, Heather brings enthusiastic passion and almost a decade of experience to the creative team at Lights Up!
Nanci studied musical theater at Indiana University. After college, she sailed the South Pacific with her husband and had their daughter, Abigail in Hawaii. Nanci is now pursuing a degree in Psychology while living her theater dream vicariously through Abigail who is a member of the company. She is very excited to tap back into her theater roots and feels lucky and privileged to be working with Lights Up!
An award-winning soprano from the Juilliard School, Agatha Carubia is widely known as a versatile voice teacher and mentor to other teachers. Her students have been accepted into the Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, UCLA, NYU, and many others. Her “Heart-based Singing” workshops are held in Santa Barbara and on the Big Island in Hawaii.
Winner of Teen Star, Musical Director for Teen Sing for Santa Barbara, and a musical force of nature all unto himself, Jackson Gillies is much beloved among the musical community of teens and adults here in Santa Barbara. His energy is contagious and his joy for sharing his talents inspires those around him to find their best selves in their music and in their soul.