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Bethany Rader

Bethany Rader Bethany joined TCOE as the Theatre Company director in December 2016. She has her B.A in Theatre Arts from Fresno State (2006) and her M.A in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University (2011). She has worked at Fresno Pacific University for the past nine years and has directed with their theater program for seven of those years. Some of her directing titles include Charley’s Aunt, Godspell, Antigone, The Sound of Music, and Little Women. Bethany has also served as an assistant director and a production assistant for Stage Works Fresno under the leadership of Joel Abels, working on Dogfight and Into the Woods.

Bethany is honored and excited to join our Theatre Company family. “A chance to work with the TCOE family is always something I have wanted to do. Having grown up seeing the productions and seeing such amazing talent has made the prospect of working with this company very sweet to me. I stand firmly behind what the Theatre Company stands for and where it has come from. I believe in its mission and relish the opportunity to see it continue to grow and thrive. I look forward to joining this family as we continue to explore what TCOE has to offer."

Nicole Zweifel
Choreographer and Costume Designer

Nicole is in charge of choreography and costume management for all of TCOE’s productions and alternates directing the Fall and Spring productions each year. Nicole began working with the Theatre Company in 1999, teaching beginning dance workshops designed specifically to get kids ready for musical theatre auditions. She choreographed our company’s first full-length production The Sound of Music in the Summer of 1999. From there she began to develop the concept of afterschool workshops with lessons in acting and dancing, to act as a feeder program for the summer show. Finally, the afterschool workshops developed into full scale musicals in their own right.

Nicole’s love of theatre was developed growing up at Encore Theatre Company in Tulare. She performed and choreographed for them for years and was the original director of the Stages program there, as well. She attended COS and Fresno State University. She has worked as a costumer, dance teacher, and choreographer with many local theatre and dance groups, as well as the local high schools.

Nicole lives with her husband, Grant Zweifel, and their son Tristan Beck in Visalia. Over the years, Nicole’s taste in directing projects has changed with the maturation of her son and the many students who have been involved in TCOE their entire life, most recently enjoying directing Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera. With the graduation of a whole group of long-time students, and hopefully, starting a new chapter becoming a foster/adopt family, Nicole is sure to turn back to her tendency toward young fantasy-themed projects. Some of her recent favorites have included, Seussical the Musical, The Little Mermaid and SHREK the Musical.

Charlotte Garcia Da Rosa
Vocal Director

Charlotte Garcia Da Rosa Charlotte vocal coaches and directs, working with students entering first grade though graduating high school seniors. She has been with the company as the vocal director since the summer of 2002 and began directing shows for the company in 2009.

Charlotte is a local performing artist and voice teacher residing in Visalia with her husband Joe, and their two sons, Jonathan and Joseph. Charlotte is extremely proud to be a part of the wonderful performing arts community in Visalia, and enjoys working with her colleagues at COS Theater, The Fourth Wall Theatre Company, and the drama and choral programs at the Visalia high schools. She is the owner of Center Stage Voice Studio and has vocal coached privately for over 15 years, teaching students in contemporary, Broadway and classical styles. She has over 30 years of performing experience as a concert soloist, musical theater performer, director, choreographer, back-up singer, guest clinician and vocalist. She has performed all over Europe with the San Jose State Choraliers under the direction of Dr. Charlene Archibeque, and has also been a guest soloist with the Tulare and Kings County Symphonies.

Throughout Charlotte’s career, she has worked on or performed in well over 50 musicals. Past credits include Godspell (director/choreographer) Footloose (director/choreographer), Seussical(director/vocal director), The King and I(vocal director), Hello Dolly (Dolly Levi), West Side Story (Anita & Maria, vocal director), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (vocal director), Honk (director), Cats (vocal director), Les Misérables (vocal director), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Into the Woods (The Witch), Annie (Miss Hannigan), Hairspray (vocal director), Avenue Q (vocal director), Phantom of the Opera (Madame Giry, vocal director), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (vocal director), Shrek the Musical (vocal director), Little Women (vocal director), Company (vocal director), Mary Poppins (Vocal Director), Fiddler on the Roof (vocal director), Peter Pan (vocal director), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (director/vocal director), The Secret Garden (vocal director), The Last 5 Years (director), and James and the Giant Peach Jr. (director/vocal director).

Branching out beyond the realm of musical theater, Charlotte has jumped into the world of opera, staging The Marriage of Figaro and Carmen for Visalia Opera Company. She also loves to perform in and host cabarets, and is slated to perform a holiday cabaret in December 2017. Last summer, she helped host a Broadway workshop series and cabaret fundraiser for the Theatre Company with TCOE alum Angelo Soriano, who is currently performing on Broadway in Disney’s Aladdin the Musical. She loves to host master classes with professionals to help further her students' musical theater education. She has been very blessed to work with Visalia’s own Broadway star, Betsy Wolfe, hosting master classes and voice lessons, and hopes to continue bringing training to our Tulare County kids.

Charlotte absolutely loves her job at TCOE and hopes to keep bringing out the best in all of her Theatre Company kids. She is blessed to use her talents to inspire and teach others. She will forever be grateful to Brian Roberts and Jim Vidak for giving her this opportunity!

Andres Garcia
OnStage Director

Andres Garcia Andres has loved being surrounded by the arts since childhood. He began studying cello in 5th grade and first got involved with theatre in junior high school. He performed in several shows at Mt. Whitney High School and participated in TCOE's productions of Cats, Les Misérables, and Anything Goes.

Andres attended the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach as a Cello Performance major and was a part of their symphony orchestra before changing his major to English.

Andres has been co-directing TCOE's OnStage after school program for the past three years and has also stage managed their productions of Les Misérables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Into the Woods Jr. He has also stage managed Golden West High School's productions of Big Fish and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Since his years performing with TCOE, Andres has performed in The Addams Family (Ancestor) and Company (David) with the College of the Sequoias and The Drowsy Chaperone (George) with Encore Theater.

Andres is so proud to be a part of the TCOE Theatre Company team. He cherishes his years performing in the program, and is loving being a part of the experience for the next generation.

Karly Shirk
OnStage Director

Karly Shirk Karly has been consistently involved in theater since 2002, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center and later with the TCOE Theatre Company from 2008 to 2013. She studied theater at College of the Sequoias from 2011-2014, appearing in shows such as Boeing Boeing, Julius Caesar, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Metamorphoses. After obtaining her Associate’s degree, she transferred to UC Santa Cruz and graduated with her BA in Theater Arts in 2016. Since returning to Tulare County, she has performed in College of the Sequoia’s production of Tartuffe and choreographed Grease for the Green Acres Little Theater. Karly just wrapped up her first year of teaching physical education at Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center and co-directing TCOE’s OnStage program. Both programs had a profound, positive impact on her while growing up and she hopes to provide the same enriching and educational experience for her students.

Tulare County Office of Education
Theatre Company
7000 Doe Avenue, Suite A, Visalia, CA 93291

Bethany Rader, Director
(559) 651-1482 • fax: (559) 651-1012

Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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