Our Creative Team

Chrystee Pharris
- Director -

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Chrystee blazed onto NBC-TV as Simone Russell on the hit daytime soap opera Passions and she returned to NBC at night creating passion with Golden Globe Nominee Zach Braff on the hit show Scrubs as “J.D.’S” girlfriend Kylie. Currently, she can be seen on Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy on UMC. She is also executive producing Mercer Island. And you will catch her recurring on Season 3, Goliath on Amazon, with Billy Bob Thornton in 2019. This versatile alumni of Emerson College has conquered feature films, theatre and is currently touring her hit one-woman show In Search of O. Chrystee performed in Let Freedom Ring with SNL's Garret Morris, and Lady Patriot, both plays written and directed by Ted Lange. She has received 2 Best Actress Awards and 3 Best Films Awards for her starring role in Steps of Faith, a faith-based film currently on Purflix & Amazon. Chrystee tirelessly donates her time by mentoring at women’s prisons and teen homeless shelters as well as traveling the world from Compton to South Africa as an Ambassador speaking to young people on everything from education to setting goals in order to plan a better future for themselves. Her specialty is speaking about the Business of Acting to young actors. “My success means nothing, if I have not planted a seed in someone’s life.” “I want to give others what has been given to me: Hope, vision and determination.” Without a doubt, Chrystee Pharris, the beauty with brains and belief is turning heads and making people take notice in all aspects of the entertainment industry — all over the world.

Kirk Stefferud
- Assistant to the Director & Costumer -

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Kirk has been working in the performing arts and arts education for the last 15 years. He has performed all over the world. He spent two years as the costume designer for the Delta Academy of the Performing Arts, as well as conceiving three musical reviews and codirecting their production of Once on This Island. He created and directed the Emerging Artist Concert Series in partnership with TPAC. He has worked as an assistant to Designer/Producer Kathie Urban for the last 8 years. His costumes have been seen all over the country, he was the costume designer for Redondo Union High School for six years, and has also worked with Riverside Repertory theatre, the Hapgood Theatre, Stage Cast Club, and La Habra Depot. He previously worked with SBC as the costume designer for their Youth Theatre Company, and he is so excited to be working with them again.

Kathleen Sullivan
- Music Director -

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Kathleen has been a director, performer and teacher for 30 years in Musical Theatre, Opera/Operetta, and other music disciplines.   She received a B.A. in Music from Loyola Marymount University, studying choral music and conducting with Paul Salamunovich, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from C.S.U. Fullerton.  For more than 20 years she performed in stage productions with Opera a la Carte and various other Civic Light Opera companies, appearing in musicals and operettas as diverse as Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, and Evita.  Over the past 10 years, Kathleen has also sung regularly in concerts under the baton of such renowned conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Carl St. Clair, and most recently with Gustavo Dudamel.   Performances have included West Coast premiers of works by Philip Glass and Richard Danielpour, a concert with Andrea Bocelli, and standard choral repertoire such as Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.  Most recently Kathleen has expanded her musical endeavors to include song-writing and recording.  Her voice and songs are heard regularly on “Wings of Healing,” a Christian radio program broadcast nationwide and in Canada.

Michael “Sully” Sullivan
- Assistant to the Music Director -

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Michael is going into his senior year at California State University Long Beach as a music major. He has been involved with the South Bay Conservatory as an assistant to the music director since 2017. Michael had performed for four years at Los Alamitos High School in their award-winning all-men’s show choir as the baritone section leader, and spent his senior year in their national championship-winning mixed elite show choir as the bass section leader. He was also the featured soloist with their state-champion jazz band, and sang backup for Patti Lupone. Michael also spent three years performing with Los Al’s award-winning marching band as a trumpet player and mellophone co-section leader. His previous teaching experience was with the World Power Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do Studio where he achieved his first degree black belt and taught all ages. At SBC he helps teach the performers singing, dancing, and staging while sharing his performance experience and encouraging their development.