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Meet the founders!

Two friends who are Arts Professionals, with a similar vision for the arts, a heart for people, and shared values, saw the need for a liberating arts organization in their community. Together they are creating a space which is safe while encouraging of risks, nurturing while empowering, and positive while remaining true to the art form and the stories brought to life.

MEET OUR STAFF

Noelle Marie

Founder/ Artistic Director

Founder/ Artistic Director

Noelle is an award-winning Director/Musical Director/Performer, Vocal Teacher and Judicator who began performing at age two. Favorite roles portrayed are Eponine (Les Miserables), Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Maria (West Side Story), Jo (Little Women) and Harper (Angels in America). Favorite titles directed are Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. Favorite associate directed are Sweeney Todd and Evita. Founding programs in honor of her mother with over 2 decades of directing, ministry, and teaching experience in CA, NYC, NJ, Africa, Argentina, Europe and Mexico she has taught performers from novice and special needs to professional. Inclusive of those with Broadway credits and UK Pop Chart placements, guiding in a myriad of venues including founding the Musical Theatre Student Organization at CSUSM directing the first musicals produced at the University. Continuing professionally with such companies as Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Disney Theatrical Group. She trained faculties in Music and Theatre as well as Directed Vocal, Theatre and Arts Education Departments simultaneously. Additionally as a Music Teacher for many schools over the decades she is an Arts Education advocate and has developed Music Education programs in the States as well as for two schools in Kenya creating sustainable programs while creating full time positions for local Music Teachers. With a BA in VPA: Music, Theatre; Arts Ed Noelle Marie is an alum of Directors Lab West, Broadway Teachers Workshop, and is a Teaching Artist for CA Center for the Arts. Grateful for Jesus, family, friends, & our gifted Tribe! Proverbs 3:5-6

Founder/ Artistic Director

Founder/ Artistic Director

Ben Williams

Ben is a native San Diego actor, singer, teacher of Visual and Performing Arts, and director. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Cal State Long Beach. Ben has also taught theatre and other arts classes at CYT, Mary Beach Productions, STAR Education, and Oceanside Theatre Company. As an amusement park performer he can be seen in seasonal shows such as The Yuletides, Character Dance Party, and Brick or Treat for Legoland. As an actor he has performed with such companies as The Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre, Lamb’s Players, Vista’s Broadway Theatre, OTC and Moonlight Stage Productions. Notable roles include Motel (Fiddler on the Roof), Freddy (My Fair Lady), Zachy and Don US (Big Fish) and Fred (Miracle on 34th Street). Ben recently played Sky in Mamma Mia for Grace Arts Live in Lake Havasu and taken stage since May 2018 in Cabarets and Theatre projects with Lighthouse Players. This October 2019 additionally Ben will perform in his first opera with Pacific Lyric Association Opera as a Tenor in Romeo and Juliet. In addition to performing arts, Ben has a love for visual arts. He has studied drawing and painting since junior high and has won several awards for his paintings in high school and college. Ben has experience working with acrylic paints, oil paints and watercolor paints. He has enjoyed integrating both visual art and performing arts in Lighthouse Players’ classes. Jeremiah 29:11

Graphic Designer/ Lighting Designer/ Photographer/ Musician

Graphic Designer/ Lighting Designer/ Photographer/ Musician

Suzy Devaney

Suzy is proud to be working in partnership with Lighthouse Players. As an experienced graphic designer and theatre technician she is looking forward to 2019 as an amazing year for benefiting Arts Education. In addition to photography and graphic design for Lighthouse Players, Suzy has played bass for Lighthouse Players Cabarets and will be designing and operating Lights for main stage events in the future. She has worked closely with the Vista Unified Arts departments throughout her young career; including her awarded work on productions such as Shrek The Musical and The Crucible at Mission Vista High School. She is an accomplished artist who was accoladed the Creative Arts Student of the Year award in 2018 and is looking forward to broadening her experience and skill through exposure to the industry.

Webmaster/ Head Photographer/ Performer

Webmaster/ Head Photographer/ Performer

Jonathan Edzant

Jonathan is an award-winning Singer/Actor from San Diego, CA. He is also a portrait/headshot photographer and UC Irvine alum. He has performed all over Southern California, including at North Coast Rep, San Diego Lyric Opera, The Chance Theatre, Leigh Scarritt Productions, and Broadway San Diego. His favorite credits include Tommy (The Who’s Tommy), Jack (Into The Woods), Marius (Les Miserables), Lord Farquaad (Shrek the Musical), Sonny Malone (Xanadu), and Ryan (High School Musical 2). He made his off-broadway debut in an NYU MFA directed mini musical called “Chicken Noodle Woop” (as part of UC Irvine’s New York Satellite Program). His most recent appearance was at Legoland California, performing as a vocalist for The Yuletides and the Legoland Character Dance Party. He has also thoroughly enjoyed singing in UC Irvine’s premier show choir, “Harmonix,” and all male acapella group, “Circle of Fifths.” Jonathan is so happy to be a part of Lighthouse Players, both as a performer and as Photographer and Webmaster.

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Tech Director/ Sound Designer/ Musician

Tech Director/ Sound Designer/ Musician

Isaiah Kline

Isaiah is an experienced theatre technician and sound engineer who is happy to be working alongside Lighthouse Players for our 2019 season. He started young in theatre, making his stage debut as Gavroche in Les Miserables at age 5 at CSUSM continuing on in church, school, and at Carlsbad Community Theatre as Charlie Brown. His contribution to multiple productions at Mission Vista High School include the CETA award winning Crucible and Shrek The Musical. Combining his skilled ear in music Isaiah’s sound design has been noticed when he runs sound and leads worship for his church and for Lighthouse Players events first at WildWood Crossing. He is an exceptionally gifted musician and has played almost every concert at MVHS during his High School career. He has played for Lighthouse Players projects as well as other concerts, showcases, and venues including professional gigs throughout San Diego and Orange County. Isaiah will be designing and operating Sound as well as designing the technical side of all events for Lighthouse Players.