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Board of Directors/Administrators specialists in theater, dance, video, music and children

Beth Galanty-Blaney   President/Business Director
Beth graduated from UCLA in Social Psychology. She was a producer and production manager for commercials and music videos for over nine years working on projects from Coca Cola to Madonna. She brought her organizational, people, and creative skills from the entertainment industry to KOS. Beth, loves creating curriculum, programs, coordinating and having her hands in every aspect of KOS. She enjoys watching each child shine and find their own voice. Beth has been one of the owners and Business Director since 1994.

Cari Derbise   President/Creative Director, Instructor
Cari received her Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley. She has taught and acted for many theater companies including Actors' Gang and Theatricum Botanicum. Cari has traveled to New York, Scotland, France and India performing various theater styles from Commedia Dell'Arte to Shakespeare. She loves the creative process of script writing, directing, producing, and working with children to help them bring out their best. Cari has been one of the owners and the Creative Director of KOS since 1990.

Elaine Hall   Founder & Disability and Inclusion Specialist
"Coach E" Elaine is an award winning, internationally recognized educator, writer, consultant, and professional acting coach for theatre, television and film. While working as a TV and film acting coach, Elaine recognized that the arts can be transformational in raising a child's self esteem and enhancing their ability to positively relate to others. In 1986, she synthesized her experiences as a teacher of music, movement, and theater into what is now known as the "Coach E" Expressive and Performing Arts Methodology" and began Kids On Stage using the medium of theatre to develop self esteem, creativity and joy. These methods have remained the core principles of Kids On Stage. Ten years later, when her toddler son was diagnosed with autism, she created The Miracle Project which is based on these methods combined with a newly gained knowledge of autism. TMP became a groundbreaking inclusive theater and film program profiled in the HBO Emmy Award winning film, Autism: The Musical.  Her approach to children's arts education has been featured on CNN, HBO, NPR, the Oprah Winfrey Network, in the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times among others. She has received numerous awards including being honored at the United Nations.  She congratulates Cari and Beth and everyone integral through the years for their incredible work with Kids and Stage. She is extremely proud that Kids On Stage continues to bring out the best of each child and young adult throughout Los Angeles.

Eve Keller   Program Advisor, Enrichment and Party Coordinator
Eve has a BA of Theatre Arts and a Masters in Psychology with a child studies specialization. She has been part of the KOS family since 1995. She loves the sense of community KOS offers as well as connecting with each student's special gifts. Eve can be seen on PBS as Brenda Blue in the popular kids show, "Jay Jay the Jet Plane".

Jaymie Bellous   Program Administrator
Having grown up performing with youth theatre groups, Jaymie is delighted to be combining his strengths in administration and theatre to help children foster a love for the arts. When not answering phone calls or sending e-mails for Kids On Stage, Jaymie can be found directing or performing throughout the Los Angeles theatre community. He most recently directed and produced O, Fallen One for the Hollywood Fringe Festival and Woyzeck with The Illyrian Players Theatre Co. Some of his favorite performances as an actor include: Cloud 9, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Three Penny Opera.

Fabulous Instructors

Kaitlyn Black   Instructor, Choreographer, Dance Instructor
Kaitlyn Black has performed in over 15 musical and theatrical productions ranging from the Carousel Dinner Theater, to the Utah Shakespearean Festival, to Off Off Broadway at the La Mama Theater. Some of her favorite roles include Val in "A Chorus Line", Roberta/Delores in "Working", Mariana in "Alls Well that Ends Well", and working as the Dance Captain for "Pipin", Anything Goes", and "Music Man." Kaitlyn began her dance training at the age of 3 at her grandmother's dance studio in Cleveland,OH, The Charlottle Braun Dance Studio. She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, and her forte Tap. She taught Jazz and Tap throughout college for The Dance Institute of Akron and The Cuyahoga Youth Ballet. She was recently nominated as Best Actress at the Bare Bones Film Festival for her work in the film "Little Devil." She has also appeared as a Guest Star on Cold Case (CBS) and Mixed Signals (FOX Pilot) and was a Series Regular for the Web Series "Floaters" which won a New York Emmy in 2008. Kaitlyn has been with Kids On Stage since 2009 and has loved working with all the players over the years directing, choreographing as well as teaching dance.

Khalia Davis   Instructor
Khalia has just graduated from the University of Southern California with honors as a BA Theater Major. She's currently developing her own children's web-series entitled Khloe's Klubhouse to premiere at the end of the month. Plus, she has recently been excepted as a new member with the Alliance Repertory Company. Khalia loves working with children of all ages and sharing the magic of theater together.

Ryan DoRemus   Video Production Expert
Ryan has a BA from Oklahoma State University with a minor in teaching. He likes to think of himself as a "jack of all trades" with an emphasis in theater. While in Los Angeles he has worked as a Direcotr, Editor, Actor, UPM and Assistant Director and Video and Theater teacher. Ryan has been teaching kids for over 5 years and Kids On Stage has had the pleasure of him running our Video Camps and Workshops for the past 3!

Keelia Flinn   Instructor
'Miss Keelia' graduated with her B.F.A. in Acting from Cal State Fullerton. Member of the Los Angeles Road Theatre Company since 2009, Keelia continues performing professionally. This past summer Keelia filmed two short films and she is currently developing a screenplay. As a dancer for over 13 years, Keelia loves sharing her passion for movement and drama through creative theatre and has been part of the KOS family since 2011.

Debbie Gaughan   Instructor
Debbie has a Masters in Children's Theater. She is a professional writer,teacher and actress. She has worked in both public and private schools throughout Texas, Colorado and California as an artist-in-residence writing and directing curriculum based plays. She has also written and produced a children's animated video. Debbie joyously joined KOS in 1998 and has been working with kids through the years helping facilitate original works as well as popular musical productions.

Joseph Itaya   Instructor, Musical Director, Filmmaker
Joseph Itaya is a director/producer/writer based in Los Angeles. Joseph's company TEMPERED ENTERTAINMENT LLC produced and released the children's classical music project Ben's Birthday Present. This project is currently in international distribution with Barnes&Noble, iTunes, and Best Buy. Joseph's company also produces commercials, feature films, and new media projects. Joseph has written, directed, produced, and composed for more than 20 short and feature films, which have screened at film festivals up and down the West Coast. Joseph holds an M.F.A in Film Production from the University of Southern California. Joseph has been teaching with Kids On Stage since 2003.

Anya Ivanova   Musical Director, Pianist
Classically trained pianist, Anya Ivanova is a new addition to Kids on Stage. Originally from a former Soviet Union, Anya has been teaching piano for the past 10 years as well as performing with chamber musicians and singers. Working with Kids on Stage has been a great experience for Anya. She loves to work with kids and discover new songs and music!

Keith Kraft   Instructor
Keith is a graduate of the elite conservatory, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Where he studied in both NYC and here in LA. Keith lives, and has such passion for live theater, but quite enjoys film and television as well. Keith comes from a big family himself, and naturally loves being around and working with kids of all ages. His fun loving, outgoing spirit makes him a hit amongst any crowd! Follow Keith and his career at http://kraftymac.wix.com/actor

Amanda Leigh Pickard   Instructor
Amanda Leigh hails from Atlanta Georgia where she was the Program Director for the Atlanta School of Performing Arts for the last 10 years. Her students have performed at Carnegie Hall, Disney World, Phillips Arena, The Fox theater, and on Royal Caribbean. She holds a BA in Musical Theater and continues to enjoy a career as a professional actress and musical theater instructor. She started with her Kids on Stage Family in the summer of 2013 as the musical director of Into the Woods, and is excited to continue mentoring talented young performers. www.amandaleighpickard.wix.com/actress

Megan McClannan-Reardon   Consultant, Video Program Director, Instructor, Vocal Coach
Megan has a BFA in Music, Dance and Theater from Brigham Young University. She has spent 9 years as a professional actress and singer. Her numerous productions include Belle in Beauty and the Beast and back up singing for Jessica Simpson. Her professional teaching and voice coaching span over five years and includes working with Montebello High and Pinewood School for the Performing Arts. Megan also spent three years as a casting director for THE LION KING.

Steve Neumann   Program Director, Instructor
Steve has his B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University. He has been working since 2001 as a professional actor with credits in film, stage and television. Some favorites include Boston Public, American Dreams, Catch Me If You Can, Rumor Has It, and so far in 3 Pirate movies. On top of drama, Steve is an improvist and performs with two groups regularly. He has also been professionally teaching for over six years including public and private schools and a performing arts programs as well has done children's casting for Disney. He came aboard KOS as their Program Director in 2006!

Michael Wells   Musical Director
Michael Wells is a very talented composer, musical director and sound designer who works with theater companies from New York to Los Angeles and in between. He holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University. Michael loves working with kids which is why Kids On Stage loves having him on their team!

Mission Statement
Kids On Stage, Inc is a theatre and video arts program which develops creativity, self-expression and social consciousness through artistic mediums. We inspire players to discover their own unique voice while building valuable skills that extend to all facets of life. Self-discipline and joy are encouraged!

Website by SunRain Productions, October 2006.

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contact@kidsonstage.com     P.O. Box 3664, Santa Monica, CA 90408