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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

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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 Aspen, 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.

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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

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Katelyn Gault

Katelyn is a SoCal native and earned a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Chapman University.   While at Chapman, her favorite experience was playing the role of Cassandra in a production of The Trojan Women.  Post-Chapman, and after spending a few years working in film, television and theatre in L.A. and Orange County, Katelyn spent the good part of a year traipsing through Europe and Japan.  Once her wanderlust was satisfied, in early 2014 the stars finally aligned and she became involved with Coeurage Theatre Company.  She could not be more proud to be working with such a wonderful group of artists. With Coeurage, Katelyn has been featured in The Yellow Boat and Andronicus.  Other notable productions include Wicked Lit 2014 (Unbound Productions), Pray To Ball (Hollywood Fringe), Cockroach (Monkey Wrench Collective), The Tempest(Shakespeare Orange County), As You Like It and Loves Labors Lost (Shakespeare by the Sea).  Katelyn is member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.  You can keep up with her at www.katelyngault.com.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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Graham Kurtz

Casting Director. Graham was born at the epicenter of the Polar Vortex (U.P. of Michigan). After working the dinner theatre circuit (it's a thing), the city of Chicago, and touring Europe/Asia with West Side Story, he moved to NYC... then he left. While walking on Venice Beach during his first day in LA, he received an audition notice for a production of The Rocky Horror Show with the fledgling Coeurage Theatre Company. Now he's the one sending out those notices. *insert "Circle of Life" chorus*  SAG-AFTRA/AEA; www.grahamkurtz.com

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Jeremy Lelliott

Artistic Director. Jeremy is the founding artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company, where he has programmed a wide variety of classics, original works, revivals, premieres, musicals, and theatre for young audiences, with a special commitment to Shakespeare that includes directing Romeo & Juliet and his own adaptation, Andronicus. Onstage, Jeremy has worked for theatres such as The Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Independent Shakespeare Company, The Chance, The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, and Disney on Broadway. A veteran film and TV actor, Jeremy has worked for acclaimed directors Francis Ford Coppola, Ernest Dickerson, Karen Arthur, and Gideon Raff, and amassed an extensive list of series regular, recurring, and guest star roles. Jeremy holds a BFA in film production from Loyola Marymount University and an MFA in acting from California State University, Fullerton.

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TJ Marchbank

Director of Video Media. TJ grew up watching old movies with his parents. He loved watching the classic comedians such as Danny Kaye, The Marx Brothers, and Jerry Lewis. It was watching those wonderful performers where TJ fell in love with acting. He began doing theatre, making little movies with his friends, and at 19 years old, when his hometown of Canton, OH started to seem too small, he moved out to California. Since living in Los Angeles, TJ has produces his own web series and a handful of short films and soon to be his very first feature film. He has also worked with a handful of great theaters in LA, but he is extremely happy to call Coeurage is home.

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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

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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.

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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

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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 has spent the past four Halloweens traipsing around Mountain View Mausoleum as an enthusiastic part of Wicked Lit, the past five summers brushing up her Shakespeare with various companies, and the past six years desperately seeking decent East Coast pizza in Los Angeles. Favorite roles include Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor, Valerie in The Weir, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She is thrilled to be part of the creative wonderbeast that is Coeurage Theatre Company, and hopes to one day grow up to be Miss Piggy or Katharine Hepburn.

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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.

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Kurt Quinn

Kurt graduated from The University of Northern Colorado with a BA in acting. While at UNCO, Kurt’s favorite roles included Mozart in Amadeus, Hugo in God’s Man In Texas, Gene in A Devil Inside, and Brighella in A Servant of Two Masters among others. Prior to college, Kurt studied Commedia Dell’arte with John Rudlin at Centre Selavy in Grosbout, France and toured southern Europe performing as Arlecchino. Post-college, he studied and performed improvisation at The Bovine Metropolis Theatre in Denver while working in commercials and as a rock climbing instructor. Kurt currently studies at the Groundlings Theater and has performed locally at Coeurage, A Noise Within, Celebration, i.O., and Second City. He also writes, produces, and performs with the sketch group New Feelings Time. Kurt plays the banjo and can speak backwards. SAG/AFTRA. www.kurtquinn.com

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Fernando Ramirez

Fernando was born in the 80′s and grew up in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. He studied theatre at Santa Monica College and Cal State Fullerton. Besides acting, he also likes to produce short films, dancing to rock and roll, and bacon. Some roles include Adam in The Shape of Things and Don Juan in Coeurage’s Don Juan in Hell. Fernando is proud to be a member of a collective which strives to make great art accessible to everyone in our theatre-hungry city. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.

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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.

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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.

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Ryan Wagner

Marketing Director. 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 his MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, his BFA from CSU Fullerton, and currently works as a research analyst for Lieberman Research Worldwide. Proud member AEA.

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Malika Williams

Malika Williams is a Southern California native working in television, film and theatre.  She is a serries regular on the popular webseries Everything I Did Wrong In My 20s (YouTube) and has a recurring role onThe 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, cardmaking 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