Artistic Director, ARTS, Executive Director APA, Youth Dept. Director
Jan Glasband brings and extensive background in developing cultural and performing arts programs in Simi Valley. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and a graphic artist by trade, her appreciation of the arts led her to creating Performance Arts Workshops for children in 1989, mainly out of a desire for her own daughters to have the same culturally enriching experiences she had as a child. Understanding the importance of the arts and the potential impact it has on the lives of children and the community, it became inevitable that PAW would grow into Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi, the theater company that opened the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in 1995 with a production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. In the ensuing years, ARTS has grown into a regional theater company, producing well over 100 fully staged musicals, American classics and Shakespearian works at the Cultural Arts Center. Over the years ARTS has also offered classes in acting, voice, theatrical performance and dance, created and produced the popular Ghost Tour in Strathearn Historical Park, and continues to offer ARTS's Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for Kids, a six-week summer camp theatrical training program for children 8–15 and a free, classical theater workshop for high school aged kids; "Literature in Action." Jan trained professionally as an actor with David Ralphe, has performed on stage with various Ventura county theater companies in a variety of productions and roles, and has had the honor of working with a creative team that is one of the best in the area. ARTS is one of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center's mainstay producers of live musical theater and an organization under the umbrella of the not for profit Simi Valley Cultural Association. Although her work as artistic director for ARTS, producer of ARTS' many theatrical endeavors and directing the "occasional musical" keeps Jan "on her toes," she still maintains close ties with her love of teaching by vocally directing the children's chorus whenever the opportunity arises.
Director, Acting Dept. Director
David is a member of Actors' Equity, and has been working in theatre, television, and film for over 40 years. His extensive teaching career spans the distance between Antioch College and North Hollywood, California. He served as artistic director for the prestigious Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, PA and was at one time, director of the L.A. Stage Alliance. He has been at the helm of several ARTS's productions which include; the highly acclaimed 2003 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Tommy, Ragtime, Little Women, Hank Williams; Lost Highway, and The Grapes of Wrath. He also directed SCVAC's productions of Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, Cabaret, the West Coast Premiere of Songs From The Tall Grass, Always Patsy, and their two productions of RENT. He directed Oliver! for both Cabrillo Music Theatre and SVCAC. In addition to being the General Manager at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, David also serves as the Artistic Director at the Santa Paula Theater Center where he has directed countless plays, some of which include Master Class, The Boys Next Door, Let's Get a Divorce, An Ideal Husband, Don Juan in Hell, the award- winning production of Honour, Shining City, and The Seafarer.
David has been a part of ARTS since the 2006 season as both a director and actor. His directing credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie, The Wedding Singer, Willy Wonka, and The Sound Of Music. He also co-directed The Wizard of Oz and Thoroughly Modern Millie with Producer/Artistic Director Jan Glasband. As an actor, David has appeared in the ARTS productions of Disney's Beauty & The Beast (Cogsworth), Ragtime (Tateh), Urinetown (Barrel) Joseph...(Levi), Annie Get Your Gun (Charlie), The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion), and also the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center's productions of The Full Monty (Dave), Fiddler On The Roof (Avram), and The Producers (Ensemble). By day, David works producing content for The Walt Disney Studios for such titles and brands as LOST, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Muppets, Mary Poppins, DisneyNature, and much more. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication at Arizona State University and is a graduate of The Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts.
Choreographer, Dance Dept. Director
Becky comes to ARTS and APA from a very extensive background in dancing and acting. She has been in several commercials, movies and television shows, and is a member of the Screen Actors' Guild. She also spent eight years as an acting coach at The Kyer Workshop in Burbank, California, specializing in kids ages 4-9. Her acting students can be seen in countless commercials, as well as many films and TV shows. Some notable examples are Daddy Daycare, Cold Case, LOST, CSI, Dexter, Private Practice, and Modern Family. Becky also has a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and over ten years of experience as a professional dancer and dance teacher. She has performed in countless shows of every type from modern dance to magic, and everywhere in between. Venues include The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, The Stardust in Las Vegas, The Queen Mary in Long Beach, Universal Studios, and Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas, to name a few. Some recent choreographic accomplishments are: The Southern California tour of Magic Redefined with Master Illusionist John Gabriel, Bandage!…The Rock Opera at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, Peter Pan at the Norris Theater, RENT and Camelot at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, and West Side Story, Willy Wonka, Children of Eden, The Wedding Singer, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Once On This Island, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and many more for the Actors Repertory Theater of Simi, at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. Her choreography has also been featured on television in Masters of Illusion on Los Angeles's my network 13, and in one of the final episodes of ER on NBC. Becky feels that a well-rounded arts education is vital to the development of self-confidence and positive self image in children of all ages. She looks forward to passing on her varied knowledge and love of performing arts to her students at APA in both acting and dance classes.
Musical/Vocal Director, Conductor
Matthew has worked as a musician and musical director since 1992, and has been the ARTS resident Vocal Director and Conductor since 2010. Vocal direction credits for ARTS include Ragtime, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and A Wonderful Life. Since stepping in as Musical Director, Matt's credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone, Jesus Christ Superstar, Once On This Island, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. For ARTS Youth Ensemble, Matt has vocally directed Seussical the Musical, Jr. and School House Rock. He is currently the accompanist for the San Fernando Valley Male Chorus and works as an accompanist for Chaminade College Preparatory, Alemany High School, Santa Susana High School, and Saugus High School. He has toured throughout Italy and France with various choirs and in 1999 performed Working at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in Shanghai, China. Matthew is also the principal accompanist at St. Peter Claver and St. Bernadine's, and directs the contemporary choir at St. John Eudes.
Production Design, Director, Theatre Crafts Dept. Director
Raised in Kansas City and tutored at Sumner Academy of Arts & Science by the infamous James K. Shepherd, Sean earned an internship with the KC Repertory followed by three years with the American Theatre Company. Attending Cal Arts, Sean studied acting, technical theatre, and industrial design. As an actor, Sean has appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone (Man In Chair), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pseudolus), The Full Monty (Harold), Ruthless! (Sylvia) and The Producers (Roger DeBris). As a director, he most recently staged Brighton Beach Memoirs, Godspell, And Then There Were None, ARTS's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee followed by their production of Avenue Q in 2012. He has also served as Production Designer for hundreds of local productions, including ARTS's productions of Little Women, Children of Eden, Once On This Island, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he additionally designed the plans that replicated the classic car used in the film. Sean serves as Artistic Director for 1STAGE Repertory's Main Stage, working hand-in-hand with his wife, Marya, and his talented children, Caitlin, Kyle, and Maddy. Other challenges include designing and building a set of puppets for ARTS's 2012 production of Avenue Q.