Our Directors

Larry Watts - Director, Choreographer & Designer

Kathleen Sullivan - Music Director

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Larry has been with South Bay Conservatory since 2000.  With more than 20 years experience, a BA in theatre education from Cal State Fullerton, and having graduated from the American Center Musical Theater at the Los Angeles Music Center, Larry has directed and designed over 200 productions.  His work has been seen throughout Southern California and the United States.  He has directed and designed for Theater League (national tours), McCoy Rigby Productions, Newport Theater Arts Huntington Beach Playhouse, Arroyo Repertory Theater, and The Norris Performing Arts Center, to name a few.  Some of his favorite productions include Cinderella, Cabaret, Once On This Island, Carnival, and Pirates of Penzance.  Larry currently maintains a costume business with his partner Tom Phillips and teaches for South Bay Conservatory, as well as directing and designing for professional, semi-professional and amateur theatres in the Southern California area.

Larry's goal, working in youth theatre, is to give students a strong foundation for possible future careers, and to help them find a sense of pride and self. 


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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.