Wedgwood Drama Studio offers after school programs in neighborhood schools, summer camps at View Ridge Park, and classes at our studio location in Wedgwood just east of the corner of 95th St and 35th Ave NE. Join us for some fun!
Christi Cruz (she/her)
Christi received her BA from the University of Washington in Drama and Spanish and has been working since 1998 as professional actor in the Seattle area performing on stage, film, videos, commercials, and in voice-overs.
Christi is also a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator, a Parent Education Instructor with North Seattle College, Board Member of 14/48 serving as Vice- Chair, Board Member at Living Voices, currently sits on the Advisory Committee of Brown Soul Production, and is a proud NE mom of 3.
Christi was featured in Northeast Seattle Living Magazine. You can check out the article here. You can also see Christi at Seattle Public Theater in Titanish this summer!
Jesica Avellone (she/her)
Jesica is a Seattle-based actor and teacher, and is delighted to join the Wedgwood Drama Studio team in addition to having taught with Intiman Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Studio East, and Stone Soup Theatre.
A New York transplant, she is a founding member of award-winning CollaborationTown, and was seen at La MaMa ETC, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and in the Off-Broadway premiere of Pentecost, among others.
She plays the violin and was nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award for her compositions for CTown’s The Astronomer’s Triangle. In Seattle, she has performed with Book-It Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Company/Wooden O, Seattle Public Theater, 14/48, and Live Girls! Theater. Jesica received her BFA from Boston University.
Alyssa Keene (she/her)
Alyssa Keene is an actor, dialect coach, and teaching artist who caught the acting bug watching The Muppets and free outdoor Shakespeare as a kindergartener. She is a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle University, and producer at Jack Straw Cultural Center. She has also been a teaching artist for Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Freehold Theatre Lab, and Family Learning Programs in West Seattle.
Recent dialect coaching credits include Jitterbug Perfume (Cafe Nordo) A Christmas Carol (ACT), Cassius Clay (SCT) A Raisin in the Sun (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Ragtime (5th Avenue). Recent acting credits include Sweeney Todd (Reboot), Why We Have a Body (Strawshop), Mother Courage (Seattle Shakespeare Company).
Shaunyce Omar (she/her)
Shaunyce Omar has performed on stages all around the world. She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Some of her credits include: Barbecue, Crowns, Black Nativity, Hairspray, Matilda, The Wedding Band, My Heart is the Drum, The Pajama Game, Rejoice, Chicago, Hi Hat Hattie, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Menopause The Musical – National Tour. Her TV/Film Credits include The Librarians and Last Seen In Idaho to name a few. Shaunyce’s voice can also be heard as the character Madison Grant in the State of Decay: LIFELINE video game. She is also the recipient of a Gregory, Footlight, Broadway World and The 5th Ave Theater’s Subscriber’s Choice awards. In addition to stage and screen work, Omar is a Teaching Artist and has taught in both public and private schools, arts organizations and overseas as a Master Sensei in Japan.
She holds a B.A degree in Theatre from Southern University and A&M College.
Ana María Campoy (she/her)
Ana iis a Chicana theatre artist and advocate. Theatre work includes: Thriving Artists, Seattle Rep, PNB, Book-It, SCT, OFT, Village Theatre, ArtsImpact, OSF’s FUERTE Festival, and New Mexico Shakespeare Festival. She is the Associate Artist with Seattle Shakespeare. Outside the arts, she works with WashMasks Mutual Aid, focusing on farmworker justice and mutual aid (@washmasks)
Megan Sandico (she/her)
Megan is a Seattle educator, working currently in elementary and dance education. She is currently an assistant teacher at University Cooperative School, where she assists in the kindergarten class. She grew up in Mill Creek, WA and she holds a B.A degree in Educational Studies from Western Governors University.
Megan has worked in dance education for 10 years, teaching at Dance Elite, Rhythm and Soul Dance Studio, The Studios, as well as teaching various independent dance workshops for kids and adults. She has trained/taught in styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and modern dance.
Megan’s dance education company, Puget Sound Movement, was started in 2022 and offers dance classes for kids with a social/emotional emphasis.
Aquillah White (she/her)
Shanelle Leonard (she/her)
Shanelle is thrilled to be apart of Wedgwood Drama Studio’s Theater in the Park camp! She starting teaching youth at the age of 21, teaching Pre-K and preschool aged children in her home town. After she received her BFA in theater she began teaching theater and performing arts at Seattle Infant Development Center to her Pre-K students. Shortly after she went back to school to receive her masters in acting at UNC (May 2019). While at UNC she taught acting fundamentals to high school and college students, she was so inspired she created her own curriculum and after completing her masters she launched her very own classes for inner city children and young adults in her neighborhood. Her true passion is teaching and performing and a few of her favorite performances have been Beauty and the Beast (5th Ave Theatre) Playmakers Repertory (Elinor) Sense and Sensibility, (Dorine)from Tartuffe, (Averie) from Dot, and (Shanita) from Skeleton Crew. She is thrilled to be apart of such an amazing community and is looking forward to teaching!
Pilar O'Connell (she/they)
Marion Jacobs (she/her)
Marion Jacobs is a Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Bahamian artist who teaches, writes, directs, and acts. She was born and raised in the village of Xwemelch’stn (Capilano Indian Reserve) located in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2013 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Bachelors degree in Performing Art Acting. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, graduating with honors in 2017.
She moved to Seattle in 2018 and that summer became a teaching artist for Red Eagle Soaring Native youth theatre. Marion has extensive experience working with youth. From 2006-2012 she was a volunteer teaching aid at Xwemelch’stn Etsimxwawtxw (Capilano Little Ones School) for kindergarten to grade 2 students.
Marion has recently been involved with productions by KCACTF Region 7, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and the Yale Indigenous Youth Arts Program. She is currently focused on producing her own work but she will always support youth in any way she can!
Haley Bates (She/They)
Sarah Russell (She/Her)
CJ Lorentz (he/him)
CJ Lorentz is an actor, singer, songwriter, and musician, and he is incredibly stoked to be working with Wedgwood Drama Studio. Native to Eastern Washington, he holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Central Washington University and is a dedicated explorer of music and writing. Recent credits include: Shrek The Musical (Donkey), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Voice 1), Smokey Joe‘s Cafe (Victor), Mamma Mia (Sky), and most recently seen as Jack’s understudy in the 5th Avenue’s Into the Woods.—
Patti Belle (she/her)
Patti Belle has been designing with Wedgwood Drama Studio since 2008. As an Art Director and Designer with over 15 years experience, she offers both print and interactive solutions, specializing in corporate identity, branding, and collateral. Patti has extensive experience in advertising, marketing, publication design, non-profit collateral, photo styling and direction. For more information contact Patti