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Steve Cisneros
(Producing Artistic Director, Co-Founder)


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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Bruce Gevirtzman
(Resident Playwright, Co-Founder)

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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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/Community Relations
Phantom Projects alum, Danielle Keaton has been a working actress for over 25 years! Danielle began her career alongside John Rubenstein and Brian Stokes-Mitchell in the West Coast Premiere of Ragtime at the Shubert Theatre. Since then Danielle has amassed an impressive list of television credits, guest starring in many popular shows such as: Without a Trace and Beverly Hills, 90210. Danielle has also worked with a number of talented actors and directors in films such as John Carpenter's Village of the Damned starring the late Christopher Reeve, the indie film Traveler starring Bill Paxton and Mark Walhberg, Puppet Masters alongside Cory Feldman, and Beethoven's 3rd with Judge Reinhold. Danielle can also be seen in the films American Black Beauty and Protecting the King, which she stars as the girlfriend of Elvis Presley's stepbrother and bodyguard. More recently, Danielle has expanded her involvement in the entertainment industry outside of acting and most recently worked on the Warner Brothers lot as a Development Assistant, at the newly formed Production Company for Director Todd Phillips and Actor Bradley Cooper.

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-wrote and directed the original MYART production, Best of Broadway. Last year Tim directed OLIVER (MYART-Studio) and directed and designed THE LION IN WINTER at Costa Mesa Playhouse.

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-Youth Theatre). He also served as Art Director for the former L.P. Repertory Dinner Theater in Tustin.

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.

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-founder of Glimmer Face Painting.

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.

 
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