“3-D Theatricals has created another smashing production.” – BroadwayWorld
- Executive Producer/Artistic Director
T.J. is thrilled to see where 5 short years have taken this young company and hopes it’s the beginning of many more successful years to come. T.J. is so passionate about the arts and is overjoyed that the community has taken notice. 3-D Theatricals was just awarded the Joel Hirschorn Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre award by the LA Drama Critics Circle. 3DT has also been recognized by the LA Stage Alliance with several Ovation nominations over the past couple of years. The company received the most Ovation nominations of any theatre for the 2012-13 season next to Center Theatre Group. As a director, T.J. has received an Ovation nomination, as well as a L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination for the critically acclaimed production of PARADE (winner of 4 Ovation awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, and Best Musical). He has also directed for 3DT: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, ALL SHOOK UP, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, A CHORUS LINE, AVENUE Q (Ovation Nomination), 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, INTO THE WOODS, and RAGTIME. Other Select producer/ director/ choreographer credits include: the Orange County premieres and critically acclaimed productions of SIDE SHOW, Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, CABARET, INTO THE WOODS and SEUSSICAL. He wants to thank the entire 3DT team for all their hard work and dedication to everything they do! Thanks to his mom and dad for encouraging him to chase his dreams and to dream big and making this possible, his wife Jeanette for putting up with all the long hours and late nights, “you are my strength, my every breath and I love you more than words can express,” and lastly, above all, God, for being his constant love and inspiration. He and Jeanette have two beautiful baby boys, Jude Isaac Dawson, who is three years old now, and sweet little angel Isaac James Dawson who is only 3 months old! He is now tackling his most challenging but incredible role ever as “dad” and loving every second of it. “Thank you for coming and please continue to support arts in your local community!”
- Co-Founder/Director of Marketing
Gretchen is thrilled to be pursuing her dream, and feels honored to work beside her family. She has been working onstage since age nine, and plans to continue being involved in theatre for the rest of her life. This APA graduate knows how important it is to work hard and stay focused to achieve personal goals, as well as the importance of teamwork. Recent credits include producer/choreographer/director for OC Pavilion’s THRILLER NIGHT in which she also performed in, DCLO’s 42ND STREET, Lorraine Flemming in 42ND STREET (Rose Center Theater), a flying angel in GLORY OF CHRISTMAS (Crystal Cathedral ’08&’09), Helga in CABARET (LaHabra Depot & Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse) as well as numerous showcases and workshops in OC. Other credits include: Virtue in ANYTHING GOES! (Showboaters Theater), choreographer of ‘GRETCHEN’S WORLD’ at APA (Best Choreographer Award), a ‘Best Comedic Actress’ (Cappies) award for her portrayal as Maggie Jones in APA’s 42ND STREET (I must love this show!), as well as various gigs as a back-up dancer for musical artist Makayla Nikol (Freemont Street, Stratosphere Hotel (Vegas), The Knitting Factory, & the Roxy (LA)). Gretchen currently continues her training at OCC as well as private lessons in OC. Work hard, dream big!
Daniel Dawson is honored to be a part of something so spectacular as to be seemingly beyond his wildest dreams. Always having been very close to his family he feels very lucky to be able to work together at something they are all equally passionate about. His dream of being a part of the entertainment industry was jump started by encouragement from his brother to audition for the GLORY OF CHRISTMAS at the Crystal Cathedral. He was 11 years old and terrified of the thought of being on stage, but because of his brother’s tenacity, Daniel was thrust into the show and given the “Silent Night” solo; he has been addicted to theatre ever since. Along with his siblings, he attended the Academy for the Performing Arts in Huntington Beach and then he went on to receive his B.A. in Musical Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado.
Some of his favorite credits include: National Tour: CATS 2009-2010 “Tour of the Americas” produced by Troika (Male Swing covering: Munkustrap, Skimbleshanks, Rum Tum Tugger, Alonzo, and Plato/ Macavity), Regional: BAT BOY (Bat Boy) with Stages [Garland Award Nominee], ASSASSINS (Balladeer) with Still Hungry Theatre, JESUS’ KID BROTHER LARRY (Ernst/Julio) with International City Theatre, SEUSSICAL (Wickershim Brother) with Moonlight Amphitheatre, FOOTLOOSE (Willard Hewitt) and GREASE (Roger) with Musical Theatre West (MTW), CRAZY FOR YOU (Sam/Custus) both with MTW and Downey Civic Light Opera, SIDE SHOW (Buddy Foster), NO, NO NANETTE (Billy), ANYTHING GOES (Billy), JEKYLL AND HYDE (Spider), 42ND STREET (Bert Barry), A CHORUS LINE (Mike/Bobby/Larry), OKLAHOMA (Will Parker), JOSEPH… (Joseph), GREASE (Doody), CABARET (Emcee), and a few others.
He loves his family and friends and thanks them from the bottom of his heart because without them he wouldn’t be the happy person he has become.
Jeanette loves being a member of the producing family of 3-D Theatricals. Jeanette’s involvment with theatre is usually onstage, but is enjoying the behind the secnes aspect with auditions, rehearsals, workshops and performances offering her opinion and a helping hand whenever needed. “My husband and I have always been happiest when working together”. Jeanette took most of 2010 off of performing to go to school to earn a certificate in Early Childhood Education/Child Development. She hopes to run a youth program with 3DT someday. Jeanette is a member of the American Guild Of Variety Artists. One of her last appearances performing was at the Disneyland Resort last Christmas season singing accapella holiday tunes with WestBeat. Jeanette performed as a Dickens’ Christmas Caroler at the Disneyland Resort from 2005-2009 with Barron Productions and Music. Some of Jeanette’s most recent musical theatre performances were in the musical ASSASSINS as Sarah Jane Moore (Still Hungry Theatre) and ALL SHOOK UP as the pregnant lady (3-D Theatricals). Other favorite roles she’s played are Charity in SWEET CHARITY, Jan in GREASE, Cinderella in INTO THE WOODS, Philia in …FORUM, Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Sally in CABERET, Shelly in BAT BOY, Violet in SIDE SHOW, Queenie in THE WILD PARTY, and Agatha in GUYS AND DOLLS. From 1997 through 2009 Jeanette appeared off and on with THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS at the Crystal Cathedral as a flying angel, one year being the assistant to the choreographer. She acted for TV on CRIMINAL MINDS as a murder victim in 2009 and last voice over work was for PLAYSTATION 2 for the video game STELLA DEUS. Jeanette has been seen during Halloween time at Universal Studio’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS screaming as a murder victim. She still performs with the accapella group WestBeat year-round, is a substitute pre-school teacher and a mom. Much love to my wonderful husband and best friend T.J.
- Director of Community Relations
3-D Theatricals is proud to announce that Gigi Fusco Meese has been appointed as the organizations’ Director of Community Relations. Meese comes with a wealth of experience within the non-profit arts community. Ms. Meese joins 3-D after serving as Managing Director of the Long Beach Opera, Executive Director of the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation and Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, where she held the title of Director of Public and Community Relations. Prior to her stint with MTW, Meese served for eight years as Executive Director/Producer for the Long Beach Playhouse, overseeing the operations of a two-stage performing arts venue. Her business background comes from 17 years in the mortgage banking/real estate industry.
Meese is also an award-winning theatrical director and is the recipient of the 2006 “Distinguished Arts Professional of the Year Award” from the Arts Council of Long Beach. She has been named “Woman of the Year in Theatre” by the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa newspaper the Daily Pilot.
- Production Manager
TERRY HANRAHAN’S heart has always belonged to live theater. She works with a number of local theaters, including Mc Coy-Rigby Entertainment, Reprise! Broadway’s Best, The Theatre at Boston Court, and International City Theatre.
She has also worked extensively in Children’s Television on a number of programs including Nickelodeon’s All That and Kenan & Kel, and Kids Incorporated for the Disney Channel.
In the infomercial world, she has propped/decorated exercise equipment infomercials featuring Suzanne Somers, Lennox Lewis, and Paula Abdul, as well as many juice machines, cookware sets, golf clubs, and just about every vacuum cleaner ever made!
Ms. Hanrahan is also an Equity Stage Manager.
- Box Office Manager
Jennifer became a full-time member of 3-D Theatricals after working for four seasons as House Manager for 3DT´s productions at Plummer Auditorium. (And following the development and implementation of an elaborate scheme to get herself hired…..) Aside from being proud of 3-D´s amazing volunteer group, The Houselights, and being able to do work that she genuinely loves, Jennifer is pleased, finally, to be able to answer the question, ¨What do you do with an M.A. in Political Science?¨
- Company Manager
David began stage managing in 2004 and has worked with several local companies including Musical Theatre West, Performance Riverside, International City Theatre, McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts, and Theatre Out. He has also stage managed various Equity Showcase Code productions and staged readings in Manhattan. Here at 3DT, David has been the Assistant Stage Manager for several shows such as RAGTIME, THE PRODUCERS, LEGALLY BLONDE, SHREK, and ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE. He was also the Puppet Wrangler for AVENUE Q. David Jordan Nestor is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
- Casting Coordinator/Artistic Coordinator
Amber Snead is the Casting Coordinator/Artistic Coordinator for 3-D Theatricals.