Meet Our Creative Team
(Producing Artistic Director, Co-
Mr. Cisneros created Phantom Projects in 1996 at the age of 17. He oversees the daily operations of the company and has directed over 50 productions for the troupe.
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(Resident Playwright, Co-
Mr. Gevritzman has been teaching for over 35 years, has written over 30 plays, and is the author of numerous books covering the education field.
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Jocelyn Argueta, Artistic Development
Jocelyn is a science enthusiast with a parallel passion for the arts and education. She received her degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Irvine and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. Her time is split between the research lab and Phantom Projects, where she first got involved as a a performer in 2013 through the Teens on Tour program, playing Maria in The Center of the Universe. She has since worked on multiple productions, both on and off the stage, with her favorite Phantom credit being The Young Artist Project, 2014. Having worked as a science instructor, Jocelyn confirmed her passion for education, and how the arts truly enrich curriculum. At Phantom Projects, she is inspired by the aim to make professional theatre accessible and to motivate youth toward positive and creative change. She works to further Phantom's mission of arts education by coordinating community engagement, fundraising efforts, and program development.
Emily Rose Githens, Artistic Development
Emily has had a passion for performing and storytelling ever since she can remember. She joined the Phantom family in 2014 with the stage performance of No Way to Treat a Lady and from then on she's been an active Phantom veteran performing in multiple roles, as well as, assistant stage managing, Number the Stars. In addition to her work at Phantom, she is a performer at Disneyland. Emily loves that both Phantom and Disney utilize the freedom of imagination. She is excited to continue her journey with Phantom to help enrich and educate the youth of the community through performing arts! Emily is currently studying psychology at Fullerton College.
Danielle Keaton, Education
Phantom Projects alum, Danielle Keaton has been a working actress for over 25 years! Danielle began her career alongside John Rubenstein and Brian Stokes-
Sarah Timm, Resident Costume Designer
Sarah has been with Phantom Projects since 2015! She has also served as Assistant Costume Designer on numerous productions at South Coast Repertory. Other work includes Julius Caesar at Santa Ana College and Little Women at the Chance Theatre (as Assistant). In addition to overseeing the extensive Phantom Projects costume inventory, she works in the costume shops at both South Coast Repertory and UC Irvine as professional stitcher and technician. Sarah received her training at FIDM/the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and is the co-
Timothy P. Thorn, Resident Director
Having begun his theatre career in educational theatre, Tim is thrilled to be a new member of the Phantom Projects Theatre Group family. Educating through theatre has been a focus his entire life and believes TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD teaches a valuable lesson for some and a much needed reminder for others.
Educating youth through performance, Tim toured with The Lilliput Players, The Imagination Machine, True Colors, and You Need to Read. He has also performed with children for multiple educational youth theatre groups including First Artist Children’s Theatre, Children’s Theatre Experience and Musical Youth Artist Repertory Theatre (MYART). He has also taught theatre through multiple school districts throughout California including Fullerton’s, All the Arts for All the Kids program, various after school programs, as well as, Orange County High School for the Arts.
Tim directed his first show, LUV, at 20 for L.P. R. Dinner Theatre in Tustin where he served as Art Director. He followed that with NIGHT OF JANUARY 16th. As a founding member of MYART, now in its 26th year, Tim served as Assistant Artistic Director as well as Resident Director of MYART northern California. With MYART, Tim directed, choreographed, designed and painted on many productions including ANNIE, OLIVER, SOUND OF MUSIC, and PETER PAN, WEST SIDE STORY, GREASE. He also co-
Tim has designed, built and/or painted multiple productions including GUYS AND DOLLS (La Habra Depot), ALICE IN WONDERLAND/ANNIE/WIZARD OF OZ (MYART), MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS (Long Beach Playhouse), OLD BLACK MAGIC and INTIMATELY WILDE (Olio Theatre Works), WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?(CMPH) and Peter Pan (ESCAPE-
Beyond educational theatre, some of his favorite roles include Don Quixote (QUIXOTE), Nathan Detroit (GUYS and DOLLS), Scrooge (A CHRISTMAS CAROL), Brian (THE SHADOW BOX), Laurence Olivier (ORSON’S SHADOW), George (WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?), Oberon (MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM), Fagin (OLIVER).
Tim is currently a member of Olio Theatre Works, where he originated the roles of John Barrymore in the original musical, OLD BLACK MAGIC and a role written for him, Oscar Wilde in INTIMATELY WILDE.
Danielle Whaley, Resident Stage Manager
Danielle Whaley graduated from UCI with a degree in Drama in 2012. She moved to Chicago six months after graduation and spent two and half years there living and working with a handful of companies on dozens of shows. Her recent California credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Puttin’ on Productions, Wardrobe Supervisor), A Christmas Carol On the Air (Riverside Rep, Stage Manager), Miracle on 34th Street (Rancho Cucamonga Community Theatre, Assistant Stage Manager). Recent Chicago credits include: Urinetown (Awkward Pause, Stage Manager), Charles Ives Take Me Home and Great Expectations (Strawdog Theatre, Production Manager) and Rose and the Rime (House Theatre, Assistant Stage Manager).