PAST  ROUND  2  JUDGES

Artists chosen as semi-finalists are invited to present/perform their art form and have a conversation with a panel of arts professionals. They include department chairs and faculty from local prominent universities, professional artists, Register art critics, and OC high school arts teachers.

 

The panelists below should give you an idea of the arts professionals who have evaluated our artists in the past.

THEATER        DANCE       VISUAL ARTS        FILM/ANIMATION        VOCAL MUSIC        INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

 

THEATER

Joe Alanes, conservatory teacher, South Coast Repertory

John Benitz, chair, department of theater, Chapman University

Martin Benson, founder/director, South Coast Repertory

Susan Berkompas, department chair, professor of theater, Vanguard University

Tom Bradac, professor, directing and acting Shakespeare, department of theater, Chapman University

Dennis Castellano, head of musical theater (retired), Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

TJ Dawson, executive producer, artistic director, 3D Theatricals 

David Emmes, founder/director, South Coast Repertory

Nick Gabriel, assistant professor of acting, Chapman University

Eve Himmelheber, associate professor, head of BFA program, department of theater and dance, CSU Fullerton

Paul Hodgins, arts writer-at-large, Orange County Register

Darryl Hovis, co-education director, Chance Theater

Andrew Palermo, assistant professor in musical theater, UC Irvine

Steve Venz, coordinator for visual and performing arts, Orange County Department of Education

Tony Vezner, professor of theater, Concordia University

John Walcutt, CEO/producing artistic director, Shakespeare Orange County

 

DANCE

Amanda Cobb, ballet teacher, ABT/Gillespie School

Nancy Dickson-Lewis, department chair, Department of Dance, Chapman University

Jodie Gates, vice dean and director, Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, USC

Chad Michael Hall, associate professor, Department of Dance, UC Irvine

Alaine Haubert, director, ABT/Gillespie School

Michelle Hebert, dance instructor, CSU Fullerton

Paul Hodgins, arts writer-at-large, Orange County Register

Dianne Howe, former president, National Dance Association

Amelie Hunter, dance department co-chairwoman, Orange Coast College

Lisa D. Long, faculty, Department of Dance, Cal State Fullerton

Cathy Lozano, director/choreography, Disney Entertainment Productions

Hillary McCarthy, adjunct faculty, Laguna College of Art and Design

Dale Merrill, dean, College of the Arts, CSU Fullerton

Lisa Naugle, professor, Department of Dance, UC Irvine

Julianne O'Brien, chair, Department of Dance, Chapman University

Melanie Ríos Glaser, artistic director, The Wooden Floor 

Kelly Uygan, faculty, ABT/Gillespie School

Steve Venz, coordinator for visual and performing arts, Orange County Department of Education

Kaitlin Wright, arts journalist and dance instructor, Momentum Dance

VISUAL ARTS

Kelly Bishop, manager, family and public programs, Orange County Museum of Art

Tim Campbell, collections manager, Laguna Art Museum

Richard Chang, art critic, Orange County Register

Alyssa Cordova, curatorial associate, Orange County Museum of Art

Dan Finley, executive director, Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

James Galindo, faculty, Laguna College of Art and Design

Jon Ginnaty, lecturer, Dept. of Art, Chapman University

Gregg Hamby, art director, Wyland Worldwide

Dana Herkelrath, associate professor of visual communication, assistant chair, Graphic Design + Digital Media, Laguna College of Art and Design

Cody Jimenez, graduate mentor, Laguna College of Art and Design

David Kiddie, assistant professor of art, ceramics and sculpture, Chapman University

Marc Lychenski, director of marketing, Laguna College of Art and Design

Irin Mahaparn, asst. curator of education, Laguna Art Museum

Carolin Peters, faculty, Laguna College of Art and Design

Hope Railey, chairwoman of fine arts, Laguna College of Art and Design

Caitlin Reller, assistant curator of education, Laguna Art Museum

Ina Rosca, teaching artist, Laguna Art Museum

Kevin Scianni, arts instructor, Coastline and Orange Coast Colleges

Andrew Shalat, arts instructor of graphic design, Chapman University

Christina Smith, professor and program coordinator, crafts/jewelry/metalsmithing, Dept. of Visual Arts, Cal State Fullerton

Marinta Skupin, curator of education, Laguna Art Museum

Robert Stacy, adjunct faculty, Laguna College of Art and Design

David Trend, professor, Dept. of Art, UC Irvine

Steve Venz, coordinator for visual and performing arts, Orange County Department of Education

 
 

FILM

Barry Blaustein, associate professor (screenwriting), Chapman University

Danielle Federico, producer, Independent Spirit Awards

Michael Hewitt, TV critic, Orange County Register

Andy Lane, associate film professor, Chapman University

Everett Lewis, associate film professor, USC

Christopher Pavlick, Emmy-winning producer, "Inheritance"

Bojana Sandic, director of short film programming, Newport Beach Film Festival

Gregg Schwenk, executive director, Newport Beach Film Festival

Keith Sharon, screenwriter ("Showtime" and "Finding Steve McQueen") and staff writer, Orange County Register

Ricardo Silva, lecturer (media studies), Cal State Long Beach

Travis Sims, education and technical trainer, RED Camera

Torrey Tayenaka, CEO/co-founder, Sparkhouse

David Waldman, film and electronic arts faculty (cinematography), Cal State Long Beach

Eric Walls, associate professor (animation), Laguna College of Art and Design

Eric Young, deputy chair, assistant professor (producing), Chapman University

VOCAL MUSIC

Robin Buck, professor, vocal music, UC Irvine

Steven Coker, director, choral activities, Chapman University

Patrick Goeser, lecturer (voice), Chapman University

Mark Goodrich, associate professor, School of Music, CSU Fullerton

Paul Hodgins, arts writer-at-large, Orange County Register

Talena Mara, vice president of education and community, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Molly Pontin, director of education and community programs, Pacific Chorale

Joni Prado, associate professor of music, Vanguard University of Southern California

Rebecca Sherburn, associate professor, director of vocal studies, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University

Dennis Siebenaler, associate professor of music, Cal State Fullerton

Darryl Taylor, vocal arts area head, department of music, UC Irvine

Angel M. Vazquez-Ramos, director of music education, Conservatory of Music, Chapman University

Steve Venz, coordinator for visual and performing arts, Orange County Department of Education

Dubravka Zubovic, founder/artistic director, OC Ars Vocalis Academy

 
 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Haroutune Bedelian, professor, violin, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

Siri Bloom, artistic operations coordinator, Philharmonic Society

Renee Bodie, general manager, Soka Performing Arts Center

William Fitzpatrick, director of string studies & Temianka professor of music, Chapman University

Mark Goodrich, associate professor, School of Music, CSU Fullerton

Alejandro Gutiérrez, music director, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, and associate conductor, Pacific Symphony

Jeff Held, asst. dean, College of Arts & Sciences, and professor, dir. of arts activities, dir. of instrumental activities, Dept. of Music, Concordia University Irvine

Roger Kalia,  associate conductor, Pacific Symphony, and music director, Symphony New Hampshire

Bongshin Ko, professor of cello, CSU Fullerton, and principal cello, The New York Soloists

John Koshak, professor emeritus, Chapman University

John Magnum, president and artistic director, Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Timothy Mangan, music critic, Orange County Register

Gary Matsuura, lecturer, Chapman University

Molly Pontin, director of education and community programs, Pacific Chorale

Steve Venz, coordinator for visual and performing arts, Orange County Department of Education

Stephen Tucker, associate professor, and director of UCI symphony orchestra, UC Irvine

David Alfred Wachs, music director and conductor, Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, and dir. of orchestra activities, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University

Shawne Zarubica, director of youth ensembles, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra

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