Joe Calarco

Joe Calarco

Associate Artistic DirectorJoe was an actor in Chicago for several years before moving west. He received an MFA in acting at California State University, Fullerton. Favorite experiences include working with The Hypocrites in Chicago on The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, Blood Wedding,  and  Camille/La Traviata. With Coeurage he's been featured in L.A. Lights Fire, Balm in Gilead, No. Saints Lane,  and The Rocky Horror Show. Joe has sound designed nearly every Coeurage show beginning with the second season, and has been nominated for and won numerous awards.  As a director, he recently helmed The Yellow Boat with Coeurage. His directing debut, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, garnered both an Ovation Recommendation and a nomination. www.josephcalarco.com


June Carryl

June grew up Denver and studied Political Science and English Literature at Brown University.  Favorite roles include Gerty in Coeurage Theatre Company’s Failure: A Love Story; the Nurse in A Noise Within’s Romeo & Juliet, and Hecuba in City Garage’s The Trojan Women. Her plays include The Good Minister from Harare (2017 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights); La Bête - A One Act (Spirit of the Fringe Award, 2014; and Blowfly (Fresh Produced LA.)



Laura Crow

FOH Coordinator. Laura Crow spent most of her life in Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest before trickling down to Los Angeles to study theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University. There, she was president of LMU’s student run theatre company and also studied abroad in London at the British American Drama Academy. Laura enjoys every aspect of theatre: she's stage managed, built sets, designed, performed, and directed a wide range of productions. Laura yearly attends, performs, and dabbles in playwriting at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. She also has done most of the photography for Coeurage and, although she currently lives in Seattle, still manages scheduling for front of house.  She can tell you all about Yellowstone, wants to take your picture, and is thrilled to be a member of Coeurage Theatre.



Julianne Donelle

Brand Manager. Julianne is a founding member of Coeurage, acting and directing with the company since its inception. Along with many of the other founding members, she attended CSU Fullerton and has a BFA in musical theatre.  Some of her past Coeurage shows include the Ovation award winning The Trouble With Words, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Head Over Heels, and The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide.  She received a Ticketholder award for her direction of Assassins.  Julianne acts, directs, writes, teaches, sings, and occasionally whips out her tap dancing skills.  She grew up on a farm in the central valley of California where she fell in love with classical hymns and old movies.  Edgy on the outside, country on the inside: Julianne enjoys baking pies, crocheting scarves, and hiking with her pup. You can keep current with her artistic endeavors by visiting www.juliannedonelle.com



Cristina Gerla

A native Angeleno, Cristina is honored to be working with Coeurage’s ensemble of extraordinary artists. A Music Center Spotlight Awards semifinalist and two-time Ovation nominated actress, Cristina has worked for regional theatres such as Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Independent Shakespeare Company, Pasadena Playhouse, A Noise Within, Sierra Madre Playhouse, LA Philharmonic, Odyssey Theatre, PCPA Theaterfest and has had the privilege of performing at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Catalina’s Avalon Ballroom, and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Coeurage credits include the Ovation award-winning Failure: A Love Story and Urinetown. She trained at The Antaeus Company, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and received her BA from the Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film &; Television. Cristina plays fingerstyle bluegrass/folk autoharp, and can often be found wandering through the gardens of the Huntington Library.


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Katelyn Gault

Associate Artistic Director. Katelyn is a SoCal native and earned a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Chapman University.   In 2014, she became involved with Coeurage and could not be more proud to be working with such a wonderful group of artists. With Coeurage, Katelyn has been featured in The Yellow BoatAndronicusThe Sparrow and Slaughter City.  Other notable productions include Wicked Lit 2014 (Unbound Productions), Pray To Ball (Hollywood Fringe), The Tempest (Shakespeare Orange County), and Loves Labors Lost (Shakespeare by the Sea).  She also works in film, television and as a voiceover artist. Katelyn is member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.  You can keep up with her at www.katelyngault.com.



Mark Jacobson

Director of Development.  Mark is an actor, improviser, and voiceover talent. For Coeurage, Mark has appeared in Andronicus, A Bright Room Called DayTranslations, Assassinsand Is He Dead?. Other performance credits include Oval House (London), Phoenix Theatre, Kingsmen Shakespeare, Rogue Artists Ensemble, A Noise Within, LA Opera, Rogue Machine, The Road, Theatricum Botanicum, Playground-LA, Celebration Theatre, and Santa Monica Playhouse. He has amassed numerous film, television and commercial credits, including Samsung’s Sochi Olympics campaign - opposite the 1988 and 2014 Jamaican bobsled teams and Usain Bolt. Mark has appeared in viral videos that have collectively garnered over 22 million views. He trained at The Antaeus Company, Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, British American Drama Academy and holds a BA from the USC School of Theatre. As director of development, Mark has fostered partnerships with Stone Brewing, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Blick Art Supplies, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California, and dozens of Silver Lake area businesses. If you are interested in donating in-kind gifts or services, please do not hesitate to contact Mark directly.



Ashley Kane

Ashley graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a BFA in theatre arts and moved to New York City for four years shortly after. After falling in love with improv and comedy through classes at UCB, she decided it was time to make the move back to the West Coast to pursue other work within the entertainment industry. Once settled in Los Angeles, she excitedly joined Coeurage Theatre Company. Some of Ashley's favorite roles include Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Nancy D/ Waitress in A New Brian, and Darlene in The Diviners. Ashley continues to take class at UCB and write sketch comedy. She will be very much thrilled if you tell her she looks and/or sounds like either Megan Mullally or Cheri Oteri. Proud member AEA.


Margaret Katch

Margaret is a recent LA transplant, having cut her teeth in the Chicago theater scene. She was thrilled to discover how many people in LA wanted to make art, and she started directing and producing her own films. With Coeurage, she played Nelly in the Ovation award-winning Failure: A Love Story (which had been a dream role for several years).  Favorite Chicago credits include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Philadelphia Story (Remy Bumppo); The American Plan (The Artistic Home); A School for Lies (Chicago Shakespeare); Three Sisters, A Long Day's Journey Into Night (The Gift Theatre); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Noble Fool Theatricals); and Tartuffe (Oak Park Festival Theatre).  Regional credits include: Bachelorette (Cardinal Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), and Fanny Kemble’s Lenox Address (Shakespeare & Company). Margaret received a BFA in acting from Emerson College. She's thrilled to find an artistic home with the badass artists in Coeurage. margaretkatch.com


Nardeep Khurmi

Born in Switzerland and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Nardeep's eclectic childhood helped cultivate his unique vision.  A deep passion for stories and the love of still images drove him to visual storytelling and the world of filmmaking. He graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film Production, earning international acclaim along the way. He studied directing at the FAMU institute in Prague, Czech Republic, and acting at both the Atlantic Theater Company, UCB, and with Stephen Book in Los Angeles. His work has screened around the world and he has performed on stages in both NY and LA. Nardeep currently resides in Los Angeles where he produces content ranging from branded videos, web videos, commercials, music videos, sketch comedy, shorts, and fashion films. He also acts whenever he can. Mostly acting foolish, but acting nonetheless. He is currently writing a feature length dramedy set in India which he plans to direct and star in. Check out his website at www.nardeepkhurmi.com to see some of his recent works.


John Klopping

John is a founding member of Coeurage, where he’s appeared in Measure for Measure, Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Hats Nudes & Immortality, and bash: latterday plays. Regional credits include productions in New York, Orange County, and Los Angeles. LA credits include performances at Antaeus and Come Back Little Sheba at A Noise Within. He can be seen in several Netflix productions, and served as producer for a Steven King-based short that has screened at film festivals around the globe. John earned a BFA in acting from California State University, Fullerton. He has loved every moment of this journey with Coeurage. 



Graham Kurtz

Graham Kurtz was walking on Venice Beach during his first day in LA when he received an audition notice for a production of The Rocky Horror Show with the then-fledgling Coeurage Theatre Company. Since then, he has had the privilege of working on numerous Coeurage productions in addition to The Wizard of Oz ("Scarecrow") with 3D Theatricals and Jesus Christ Superstar ("Simon Zealotes") with DOMA Theatre Company. He also popped up on Glee, Still the King, and as "John Darling" in The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy. SAG-AFTRA/AEA



Jer Adrianne Lelliott

Artistic Director. Jer Adrianne Lelliott is the founding artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company. Directing highlights include The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up for Artists at Play (World Premiere, Ovation Recommended), Blackbird (Ovation Recommended), and Vieux Carré, The Woodsman, and Andronicus for Coeurage. She has appeared in productions at The Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Chance Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, MainStreet Theatre Company, and Disney on Broadway.


Jane Lui

Originally from Hong Kong, Jane is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, actor, and voice over artist. She uses collections of sounds and instruments to craft original and cover videos on her YouTube Channel LuielandSouthern Winds, a one-shot original music video, was featured on Virgin America, MTV Iggy, MAKE: Magazine, & UPPERCASE Magazine after she spent a year building cardboard miniature sets. Her albums Teargirl (2002), Barkentine (2007), & Goodnight Company (2011) have brought her to Europe, Australia, Asia, across U.S., and earned her 2011 San Diego Music Awards - Best Recording Nominee, 2010 YouTube Unsigned Pick, 2006 San Diego Acoustic Awards - Best Female Performer. She is currently working on her fourth album to be released 2018.  www.JaneLui.com


Rebecca Mason-Wygal

Rebecca is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, and a founding member of Coeurage Theatre Company. She's been privileged to work regionally and nationally, in a melange of productions, ranging from classical works at A Noise Within Classical Repertory, to stage adaptations of acclaimed children's literature with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, to the North American national tour of Mamma Mia! Coeurage credits include Hats, Nudes & ImmortalityUnder Milk Wood, Gregory Nabours' song cycle The Trouble With Words, and Translations. She likes killing time by blogging about coffee shops across the country (www.gettheroadontheshow.blogspot.com), and pretending to understand modern art (she doesn't). Her favorite films are Gone With The Wind and Starship Troopers - which, if thoroughly examined, are equally epic war movies with intense central love stories. www.rebeccamasonwygal.com


John McKetta

John is a Los Angeles-based actor and writer. He received his BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama. John’s primary focus is immersive theatre, a medium in which he has worked across the world. Recent shows include Oráculos with Teatro de los Sentidos in Barcelona, Chien de Moi and Diablo with In the Basement in NYC, Cities and the Dead with 406Arts in Los Angeles, and Andronicus with Coeurage Theatre Company. John lives in East Los Angeles and has a dog named Buttercup.


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Nicole Monet

Managing Director, Board Treasurer. Nicole Monet is a founding member of Coeurage Theatre Company, and has been a part of every single show here at CTC either on stage or behind the scenes. Some of her favorite CTC performances include Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Squeaky Fromme in Assassins and Rachel in The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide. Nicole graduated from MiraCosta College in San Diego and then was off to California State University, Fullerton where she received her degree in theatre arts and met her future Coeurageous partners. She would like to thank every single person who has been so supportive of CTC's journey and is extremely excited to see where this pay-what-you-want company is headed.



Gregory Nabours

Music Director, Resident Composer. Gregory Nabours lives and works in Los Angeles as a composer/lyricist and music director. Musical direction credits include The Color Purple, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Falsettos, Rent, The Wild Party, A New Brain, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Assassins, and The Full Monty. His work on The Color Purple earned him the 2012 Ovation Award, the LA Drama Critic's Circle Award, the LA Weekly Award, and the NAACP Award, all for Best Musical Direction. Gregory's song cycle, The Trouble With Words, was awarded the 2011 Ovation Award for Best Music and Lyrics for an Original Musical, as well as Best Musical in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Gregory's music has been performed in venues all across the nation, and he has worked with many of Broadway's brightest. In November 2014, ASCAP featured an evening of his work at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Gregory is a founding member and the resident composer of Coeurage Theatre Company, and he has two original musicals that will be debuting within the next year. www.gregorynabours.com



Katie Pelensky

Marketing & Development Associate. Katie Pelensky spent her childhood days in the semi-gardened part of the Garden State, dreaming of being an animator or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After
discovering Shakespeare through McCarter Theatre in Princeton, she swapped those aspirations for theatrical ambitions (much to the vampires’ delight). After high school she migrated west and graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in theatre arts. Since then she has worked in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. She is
proud to be part of the Coeurage Theatre Company family, and hopes to one day grow up to be Miss Piggy or Katharine Hepburn.


Sara Perry

Sara is a vintage California girl. Born and raised in the capital city of Sacramento, her love of storytelling was cultivated at a very young age. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from CSU Sacramento. While there she had the pleasure of performing in a variety of shows from The Crucible to 42nd Street to The Adding Machine.  She was awarded an Irene Ryan nomination for her comedic role in Loose Knit. She also had the opportunity to discover her passion for directing, dramaturgy, and producing new work.  After earning her BA, she was invited to study with The Second City and Steppenwolf Theatre Company on a full scholarship.  Sara was an ensemble member of the B Street Theatre’s 08-09 Intern Company where she worked on over a dozen productions, and truly earned her stripes as a theater professional, as well as her Actor’s Equity card.  A theatre jane-of-all-trades, Sara is always prepared to do whatever needs to be done to mount a play, tell the story, and entertain an audience. Rising to her role as actor, director, stage manager, seamstress, prop master, front of house, marketer, or producer. She currently acts as the Production Coordinator for Coeurage CoLAB, and as a company member has performed and directed with copious productions! She is proud to be the Producing Director of Live Theatre Blog alongside her collaborators  Deven Simonson and Eric Czuleger. Together they have developed and produced over ten new works, and their project was most recently seen on the REDCAT stage in Los Angeles.



Christopher Salazar

Christopher Salazar is an actor, voice over artist, fight director and educator, who earned his MFA in acting from The Old Globe Theatre/USD and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  With Coeurage he has appeared in Titus Andronicus and The Woodsman, while also being an alternate in Failure: a Love Story and Twelfth Night.  Other LA credits include: Chief Little Turtle in the Ovation-nominated and award winning Ameryka with Critical Mass Performance Group; Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest at A Noise Within; Edwin in Our Lady of 121st Street at the Victory Theater; Alceste in The Misanthrope with the Classic Theater Lab; and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.  Mr. Salazar has worked extensively as a regional theatre actor including the past two seasons as an acting company member with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival performing in Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Way the Mountain Moved, and Off the Rails; 11 productions at The Old Globe Theatre highlighted by Duke Vincentio/Elbow in Measure for Measure, Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing, and Silvius in As You Like It; Portland Center Stage; The Barnstormers Theatre, The Barter Theatre, The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company; and the American Shakespeare Center.  His New York Theatre credits include: The world premiere of Thieves at The Public Theater; and Hamlet with Gorilla Rep.  Christopher is thrilled to count Coeurage as his artistic home in Los Angeles.  Not only for the opportunity to work alongside this amazing ensemble of artists but also the commitment to make theatre accessible to all.  Christopher is especially interested in the work happening nationwide that targets and invites overlooked and undeserved communities to partake in arts programming.



Sammi Smith

Company Manager. Sammi Smith graduated with a BA in acting from Cal State Fullerton in her native Orange County and studied with Shakespeare & Company in their Summer Training Intensive. In 2009, she satisfied her curiosity about Eastern Europe by studying at university in Prague for four months where she learned how to endure winter weather and walk on cobblestones. When Sammi is not acting, you might find her cooking vegetarian dishes in her kitchen or reading books about primatology. Sammi lives with her husband (Jeremy Lelliott), their bunny, and their cat in Downey. Sammi is a proud to call herself a founding member of Coeurage Theatre Company.



Joey Nicole Thomas

Joey was born in Security, Colorado to a moustache-wearin’ breadman named Dave and a spitfire of a mom named Vicki.  Her older brother, Jeff, is one hell of a Dad and the sole reason she can break it down on the dance floor today. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with two bachelor degrees, one in acting, one in theatre education, Joey decided to make the big leap to Hollywood!  So she packed up her life and headed West. It’s been a crazy adventure so far filled with ups and downs but all in the pursuit of one day being on the silver screen!! Coeurage Credits include A Bright Room Called Day and The Yellow Boat.



Eddie Vona

Eddie was born in Hollywood, Florida where he grew up in his family's Italian restaurant. He attended the Stella Adler Studio at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts where he received his BFA in Drama.  In New York, he got to perform at Radio City Music Hall and work with such influential directors as Elizabeth Swados and Robert Moss.  After a brief stint at the Hangar theatre in Ithaca, NY he moved to the other Hollywood to pursue television until he realized there was so much theatre here!  Eddie has appeared in numerous productions in Los Angeles including Little Man by Bekah Brunstetter, 50 Shades of Shakespeare by Jessica Shoemaker and Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam (LA New Court Theatre), An Invasion of Decency (fancyplayground), In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar (Artists at Play), and The Secret in the Wings and Under Milk Wood (Coeurage Theatre Company).  He has also appeared in Center Theatre Group's improv offshoot Chisme y Queso and has performed on The Second City and UCB stages.  He lives in North Hollywood with his husband.  www.eddievona.com



Ryan Wagner

Ryan has worked for Coeurage as an actor, director, stage manager, graphic designer (he’s made almost all of the artwork you see on this site), and before stepping into his current role, he was the company's founding associate artistic director. Directing credits for Coeurage include Under Milk Wood (Critic's Pick, Backstage), Is He Dead?, and Translations (Ovation Recommendation). Ryan's been privileged to perform at such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse (under James Lapine, William Finn, and Christopher Ashley). He trained in Suzuki and Viewpoints with the SITI Company and studied voice at the Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Germany. He received an MBA from UC San Diego and a BFA from CSU Fullerton. Proud member AEA.


Malika Williams

Malika Williams is a Southern California native working in television, film and theatre.  She is a series regular on the popular webseries Everything I Did Wrong In My 20s (YouTube) and has a recurring role on The Fosters (ABC Family). Passionate about community based arts, Malika is currently involved with the Young Storytellers Foundation as well as an arts education program in the Montebello Unified School District.  In addition to acting and teaching she dabbles in food photography, card-making and dramaturgy. Malika holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Southern California. She began working with Coeurage in 2011 and, after a few years of hanging around, became an official member of the company in 2015. She is honored to be among this vibrant and committed gorup of artists. Her Coeurage credits include Balm In Gilead, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide   (Dramaturgue), and The Yellow Boat. SAG-AFTRA/AEA, malikawilliams.com