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Jaxx Theatricals, Inc./Jaxx Educational Theatre School is an award winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit full inclusion arts education organization and theatre company.

Established in 2006 by Justine Baldwin, Mark Espinosa, and Jeremy Lucas; all students are welcome and encouraged to participate regardless of special need, talent, or skill level. After our first enrollee, Elizabeth Langworthy, a remarkable student and actress with Down syndrome, moved away, we designated a full tuition scholarship in her honor. Dozens of students have received this scholarship. Jaxx has worked with a variety of special needs including: ADHD, Autism (Echolalia, among others), Behavioral Disorder, Developmentally Disabled, Down syndrome, and the Handicapable.

Jaxx has awarded three college scholarships to graduating seniors excelling in both the arts and academics. We offer paid internships to our graduate students and many of our high school graduates have gone on to work with our organization.

In 2009, the U.S. State Department contracted our organization as a Cultural Envoy to the USA representing American Musical Theatre internationally. In addition to our international work, we have facilitated Arts Education programming at over 50 sites, schools, and theatres throughout Los Angeles County.

As a professional theatre company, Jaxx most recently produced a ten year anniversary spectacular entitled, Jaxx Got Talent and co-produced Fairy Tales Against Humanity at The Matrix Theatre. In 2015, Jaxx produced a limited engagement run celebrating the 40th anniversary of A Chorus Line at MACHA Theatre benefiting its arts education programs. Other credits include: producing the critically-acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of The Life at the Stella Adler Theatre and the professional mentorship production of Annie at Theatre Asylum. Jaxx co-produced Naughty Noah’s Calendar at Highways Performance Space and the staged reading of Beggars & Choosers at The Odyssey. Jaxx’s five year anniversary spectacular entitled, You Can’t Stop the Beat which launched Jaxx’s Broadway Mentorship program featured seasoned Broadway professionals: Shoshana Bean (Hairspray, Wicked), Todrick Hall (The Color Purple, Memphis) Harley Jay (Rent), Katrina Lenk (The Miracle Worker, Once, Spiderman—Turn off the Dark), Jen Malenke (Into the Woods), and Rena Strober (Les Miserables). Jaxx produces an annual wine tasting fun-raiser that includes performers from Broadway and beyond. Jaxx producers also produced the two-time Ovation nominated, Chicago at the Hudson and the west-coast debut of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party at the Met.

Jaxx has been featured on Good Day LA, KTLA, and E!’s 2011 Grammy Awards: Live on the Red Carpet.


Meet the Cast

Mark Espinosa

Mark Espinosa

Managing Director

Mark Espinosa is a graduate of the Meisner Studio and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, with a concentration in Finance.

Jeremy Lucas

Jeremy Lucas

Executive/Artistic Director

Jeremy Lucas is a Cultural Envoy to the USA representing American Musical Theatre commissioned by the U.S. State Dept. under Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State.

JD Morabito

JD Morabito

Associate Artistic Director, Media Supervisor

JD Torres started working with Jaxx in 2010. JD’s many talents include managing all media, costume design, directing Jaxx’s K/1 programs, and assistant directing the MainStage productions.

Jaxx, the Dog

Jaxx, the Dog

CEO & Mascot

Jaxx, the dog began his professional career in 2007 as The Razzle Dazzle Dog in Bonnie, Jeremy, & Mark’s two-time Ovation Nominated production of Chicago, the Musical.

Miss Beverly

Miss Beverly

Music Director, Assistant Director

NYC, Off-Bway, Regional, LA credits. Highlights: Sweet Charity/Sugar Babies (choreographer Susan Stroman); Broadway Salutes… (Lincoln Center); Scream Queens (Whitefire Theatre). Eleven years directing children’s musicals in LA schools; The Music Companie quartet vocalist; SAG-AFTRA/AEA. BFA: Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee, in Drama/Musical Theatre/Dance, w/Honors in Directing.

Miss Bonnie

Miss Bonnie

Director/Choreographer

Miss Bonnie joined the Jaxx team in 2013, but has known Mark and Jeremy for over ten years. Bonnie co-founded Musical Theatre of Los Angeles (with Mark & Jeremy among others), LA Follies and SOUL CHOIR L.A.

Mr. Cartony

Mr. Cartony

Backstage Crew

Ryan Cartony is an alum of UC San Diego, UCLA, and Boston University. His theatrical career started in undergrad, where he specialized in design and writing, before pursuing graduate study in screenwriting and television production. Most recently, he was the assistant costume designer for the critically acclaimed Malicious Bunny world premiere.

Miss Kathy

Miss Kathy

Director/Music Director/Vocal Coach

Kathy Deitch made her Broadway debut as Urleen in the original cast of FOOTLOOSE and later created the role of Shen Shen in the smash Broadway hit WICKED. She made her LA acting debut at the Hollywood Bowl in RENT directed by Neil Patrick Harris; she also played Catherine/Senator Martin in the LA cast of SILENCE! THE MUSICAL (LA Weekly Award). TV appearances include THE THUNDERMANS, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW & the musical episode of RAISING HOPE.

Mr. Jeff

Mr. Jeff

Director, Music Director

Jeff is an HBO award-winning film director, certified life coach and acting coach. He holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University, studied Meisner Technique at Gately/Poole Studios and voice with Liz Caplan in NYC, and is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. For 8 1/2 of his 30+ year career, Jeff played the hilarious “Genie” in Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular

Miss Jill

Miss Jill

Music Director

Jill is an La Mirada native, former Miss Anaheim, and the voice for the “Priceline Negotiator” jingle. Recent theater credits: Inside Out – won StageSceneLA and Robby Awards for Ensemble and Understudy Performance, Lovelace A Rock Musical – won an LA Weekly award for Best Ensemble, A New Brain & Chess (Musical Theater Guild), Songs For A New World – nominated for an LA Ovation Award.

Miss Maegan

Miss Maegan

Director/Music Director/Vocal Coach

Miss Maegan has worked with Jaxx since 2009 and is a member of AEA. Maegan recently played Star-to-Be in the Jaxx/JETS professional co-production of Annie.

Mr. Michael

Mr. Michael

Director, Improvisational Coach, Acting Lessons Instructor

Michael Tauzin has been a proud member of the Jaxx family since September 2014. He has worked as a stagehand, light board operator, improvisational coach, private acting instructor, assistant director, and now as a director for Jaxx Theatricals. As well as working in television and film, Michael is also the voice of “Talking Tom” in Disney’s Talking Friends.

Miss Rebecca

Miss Rebecca

Music Director

Rebecca trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has performed across Film, TV and Theatre for over 11 years. Some of her favorite roles have been “Sally Bowles” – Cabaret, “Anita” – West Side Story, and “Portia” – The Merchant of Venice.

Miss Rena

Miss Rena

Vocal Coach

Miss Rena has performed on Broadway in Les Miserables (Cosette) in the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof and regionally in some of the biggest theaters in the country.

Ms. Suzanne

Ms. Suzanne

Music Director

Suzanne Schmedding has been with the Jaxx family for three years. She has also worked in numerous professional productions in Los Angeles, including “Baby It’s You” at the Pasadena Playhouse, Disney’s “Tangled,” and workshops for new musicals for many different venues.

Mr. Todd

Mr. Todd

Music Director

Mr. Todd has music directed for Jaxx since 2009. Born in Long Beach, California, to a family of musicians, it’s no surprise Todd climbed up on the piano and started lessons at only four years of age, before most children can speak full sentences.

Ms. Turkle

Ms. Turkle

Backstage Crew

Kirsten has been involved in theater since she was eleven. She studied theater at UCSD where she founded a student Shakespeare troupe, stage managed the Muir Musical, and worked on multiple department productions. Recent LA work includes Parfumerie, Zombies from the Beyond, and the world premiere of Malicious Bunny.

Jaxx Theatricals

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