Our Instructors & Staff

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All TBEPA Staff, Core Volunteers, and Instructors have cleared background checks, are fingerprinted through the Department of Justice, and are CPR/First Aid Certified. Many of them have also completed Virtus training as well.

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Rica Anonas - Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Whether she is on stage or behind the scenes the performing arts have always been Rica's first love and passion. She taught the colorguard program at Giano Middle School, where she headed after school practices, prepared and choreograph routines for competition and trained students on colorguard and dance technique to prepare them for high school colorguard and dance programs. Rica has had dance training in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop/Commercial Dance at Fullerton College and Mt. SAC, where she also performed in the faculty and student dance concerts. She then went on to complete a degree in Business Administration from DeVry University in 2013. Rica started taking up voice lessons at the Keener Music Studio and eventually became a part of Top Billing Entertainment where she helped choreographed pieces for numerous shows over the last few years. She has also picked up guitar playing and has grown a new love and appreciate for music. She is grateful for all the opportunities she has been given and feels very blessed to be able to both, pursue her career in the hospitality industry and also have the time to teach and share her love for the arts with others. Rica's goal is to inspire children to share their talents and appreciate the wonderful world of performing arts. 

Chen Chu - Violin & Viola Instructor

We are excited to welcome Chen Chu as our new violin and viola teacher! Chen is a music teacher, violinist/violist, and conductor with over 15 years of experience. While attending New York University (NYU), he majored in music education and studied with Mark Steinberg of the Brentano String Quartet. As a firm believer that music changes lives, Chen thinks private lessons is the best way to establishing a solid foundation on which one can further pursue great music making, be it in a solo or group setting. Learning a musical instrument can definitely be a challenge, however, Chen has developed a knack for turns it into a fun experience that is rewarding for both teacher and student. As a teacher, he has conducted several youth orchestras in NYC and LA. A sought after chamber music coach, he also maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. As a performer, he has played at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall on many occasions with world renowned artists including Lukas Foss, Leon Botstein, Quincy Jones, Michael Kamen, Clark Terry, David Sanborn, Shawn Stockman, and Richard Drefuss. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife. 

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Joseph De Los Reyes - Musical Theater Production Director

 

Joseph has been vocally trained by choral maestro, Mr. Patrick Flahive; renowned Filipino singer, Ms. Louie Reyes; and Top Billing Founder, mentor, and friend, Mrs. Kristina Keener Ivy.  He has collectively performed in 20 musical productions with Sacred Heart School’s Drama Program, Star Entertainment, Crescendo Performing Arts, and Top Billing Entertainment.  Some of his favorite roles include Horton in "Seussical", Chad Danforth in "High School Musical", Beast in "Beauty and the Beast Jr.", Corny Collins in "Hairspray", and Emmett Forrest in "Legally Blonde The Musical".  He directed the City of Glendora’s Summer Camp Programs of "High School Musical Jr." and "The Jungle Book Kids" and co-directed/assistant directed the City of Glendora’s programs of "Camp Rock the Musical", "The Lion King Jr.", and "Annie Jr."  Joseph is currently the drama director at Sacred Heart School in Covina since 2015. He was nominated twice for Outstanding Supporting Actor (College Division) for his role as Corny Collins in Top Billing Entertainment’s production of "Hairspray" and Emmett Forrest in Top Billing Entertainment’s production of "Legally Blonde the Musical".  He has also won a National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical in Top Billing Entertainment’s production of "Beauty and the Beast Jr."

Eddie Garcia - Master Dance Teacher

Eddie's successful career spans the wide gambit of television, film, music videos, 

television commercials, theatre productions and concerts throughout the world. He is an accomplished actor, dancer, choreographer and artistic director. 

Eddie began his career in show business at the ripe old age of three, appearing in numerous theatrical productions and winning countless awards. By age 15, Eddie was the Teen Dance Champion on "Star Search" winning eight consecutive shows. Eddie also starred in NBC's "Guys Next Door", a youth oriented live action series, which showcased not only his dancing, but also his singing, acting and choreography skills. 

Eddie has performed with many of today's most celebrated stars. By age 16, he found himself dancing for Janet Jackson. Less than a year later he was on the first of several world tours with none other than Michael Jackson. He has had the pleasure of working with Ja Rule, Sheryl Crow, Jane's Addiction, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy and Jennifer Lopez. 

Eddie has appeared and co-choreographed several of J-Lo's videos, the Today Show, the MTV Video Awards, a Subaru commercial and an NBC Television Concert special. Other credits include both choreography and performing in the fun-filled film "Bringin' Down the House" starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah and Disney's "The Suite Life with Zach and Cody". 

Eddie has also been very busy updating the choreography for the Luxor's show "Fantasy" in Las Vegas. Eddie worked with Perry Ferrell and Satellite Party for Lollapalooza 2005. He also appeared in the feature film version of the musical "RENT".

 
Eileen Goodwin - Acting Coach & Musical Theater Class Instructor

 

Eileen is so excited to be joining the creative team at Top Billing Entertainment. She first joined the Top Billing family as Motormouth Maybelle in "Hairspray" (2015) and later portrayed Ursula in "The Little Mermaid Jr." (2016).
She has since portrayed various roles in productions throughout the community. Notable roles include: Daniela in "In The Heights" (Pasadena City College), Gary Coleman in "Avenue Q" (No Square Theatre), Reindeer in "There's No Business Like Snow Business" (TBE), and Killer Queen in "We Will Rock You: The Queen Musical" (Southern California Debut) in which her performance earned her an Inland Theatre League nomination. She also directs and produces the adult cabarets held annually at the TBE studio. Doubling as a pediatric nurse, Eileen has a certain passion for working with children and is honored to have the opportunity to share her love of theatre with the kids.

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Elle Haines – Dance Competition Team Head Coach, Dance Teacher, and Choreographer

Elle has danced her entire life and is well versed in many forms of dance including ballet/pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, different styles of hip hop, and pom/cheer. She enjoys working with all levels of dancers. As commissioner of pep club she choreographed dance/pom routines for the Glendora High School Song Team and also served as a mentor for the JV teams. Recently she choreographed a dance for Citrus College’s Spring Dance Concert “Motion” performed at the Haugh Performing Arts Center. She understands the impact an awesome teacher can have on a young person's life and cherishes the opportunity to have a positive impact on all her students.

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Constance Houghton-Day – Piano Instructor

Constance has been involved with music, dance, and theater since her early childhood. She started playing piano on her concert pianist grandmother's Steinway piano before she can remember and grew up in her mom's dance studio. She studied at the Detroit Conservatory of Music in her youth and went to Marygrove College in Detroit on a full scholarship where she earned a B.F. A. in Dance and Music. She has performed in musicals, operas, film and television and toured. One highlight was performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a member of Equity and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists). Constance believes in the power and benefits of music for all people of all ages and every walk of like. Music is essential for the brain, the mind, the body and the soul

David Ivy - Director & Videographer

was excited to make his stage directing debut with Top Billing Entertainment. David graduated with honors from USC's School of Cinema-Television and  currently works as a music composer for film and television. He is also currently in pre-production for his first feature film scheduled to start shooting later this year. David is excited to share his passion for the performing arts with the younger generation and looking forward to putting on the best show the TBE kids can perform.

Kristina Keener Ivy - Executive Director, Master Music Teacher, Dance Teacher, Musical Producer & Director

is a former high school choir director turned professional performer and private music instructor. In 2014 she won #2 Theater Director in the USA in the American Prize National Compeition. She has performed with various jazz bands, as a member of various church worship teams, on three film soundtracks, and in numerous musical theater productions throughout the South West.  She recorded a self-titled album in 2006 featuring some of her favorite jazz charts and show tunes.  Some of her favorite past musical theater roles include Kate in "Kiss Me Kate" and Brenda in "Smokey Joe's Cafe" both at the Covina Valley Playhouse, Miss Sandra in "All Shook Up" at The Candlelight Pavilion, Nancy in "Oliver!", Sister Mary Amnesia in "Nunsense", Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls", and Dorabella in  Mozart’'s "Cosi Fan Tutte" to name a few.  

Her training is in opera, and she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from Northern Arizona University with a BA in Operatic Performance and a second BA in Music Education.  In addition to  teaching private lessons in piano, voice and guitar for all ages, she has also worked as a musical director for over 50 local productions including Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical and High School Musical. She is looking forward to producing many more main stage productions and touring shows with Top Billing Entertainment. She would like to thank Jesus for all the good gifts around us, her husband, David, for his unending love and patience, and her family, friends, and especially her students for their continued support.

Joelle Laman - Production Assistant

Joelle is currently a student at Mt. San Antonio College. She graduated from Bishop Amat Memorial High School in 2016 and was the the Song Captain for the Cheer and Song Team for two years. Although her first show with Top Billing Entertainment was in 2016, she has been dancing since the age of 5. She was also a gymnast at Charter Oak Gymnastics for 10 years. She has studied all forms of dance styles - including jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, Rican and hip hop. She is blessed to have such amazing peers and instructors that have influenced her dancing career today. She hopes to inspire her students to become better dancers and develop a true love for performing. 

Melanie Rabajante - Assistant Manager, Dance Teacher, and Head Choreographer

Melanie started her performance career at age seven and has competitively danced with America's Best Dance Crews (Team Millennium & Kaba Modern). Within the San Gabriel Valley community she has performed in numerous productions including "West Side Story" playing Anita and was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Bombluarina in "Cats" by Inland Empire Theater League in 2008. She was a founding member of Top Billing Entertainment performing in "Best of Broadway", "Glee Gala", & "High School Musical." After graduating from high school, Melanie attended American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Hollywood earning her BFA in Musical Theater and was ranked Top 7 in WORLD'S ALL-STAR in 2015. Her most recent work was playing Mother Mary/Gypsy in “Hunchback of Notre Dame” with an outstanding cast at Broadway at the Gardens. 

 

As a choreographer, she has worked on over 15 musicals with Top Billing Entertainment and four productions with Sacred Heart School in Covina. As a freelance choreographer she has also worked on Quinceañeras, Debuts, Weddings and Flash Mobs. I'd like to thank my family who played a BIG part in my craft, not only do they support me, but they trained me to dream BIG! Most importantly I want to thank God for giving me the gift of performance and the ability to spread love and to care for those around me. "We do musical theater because words are not enough to express one's story."

Amanda Rueda - Voice & Piano Instructor

Amanda "Mandee" Rueda received her Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University emphasizing in Vocal Performance and minored in Women’s Studies. Mandee’s experience spans many genres ranging from classical to more contemporary styles such as pop and musical theatre. Her prior experiences include roles in West Side Story, The Magic Flute, as well as performing in various vocal ensembles. Mandee has been coached by renowned vocalists in the industry such as Lori Laitman, Lee Gregory, Kristina Keener Ivy, and Lucas Meachem just to name a few. Mandee is a vivacious, passionate, and confident teacher who enjoys working with kids of all ages and different walks of life. Mandee believes a strong understanding of basic theory, and technique can lead to a successful vocalist and musician.  

Christian Sandoval - Assistant to the Director

 

Christian First joined the Top Billing family in 2013 when he played Tommy Djilas in “The Music Man” and has been involved with the company ever since. His other roles with TBE including Gaston in their 2014 production of “Beauty and the Beast,”  The Lion in “The Wizard of Oz,” and Link Larkin in “Hairspray.” He was also honored to have been given the opportunity to write Top Billing’s 2015 Christmas show “There’s No Business Like Snow Business.” Some of his other favorite roles outside of Top Billing include Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” The Lion in “The Wiz,” and Shrek in “Shrek: The Musical.” Christian also has many years of experience as a professional magician and party performer playing characters such as Batman, Superman, Captain America, and Santa Claus. With the firm belief that children are the future Christian cares deeply about Top Billing Entertainment and the wonderful opportunities they provide for all children. He’d like to thank God, his parents, his two older brothers Seth and Andrew for inspiring him, and his little sister Alina for always supporting him in his creative endeavors.

Constance Antoinette Day – Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass Instructor

 

Constance first showed an interest in music and performing arts at the age of three and hasn't stopped since.  Chasing her dream, she acquired a degree in music from Musicians Institute of Hollywood.  While guitar is her “soul instrument”, she is also trained in 5 other instruments as well as voice.  Not only does she play music, but she acts, dances (ballet-on pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and heels), models and is a black belt in Kung Fu.  POW! 

 

She started gigging/touring at the age of 13 and has played in many bands over the years. One of her many tours was with the iconic punk-rock band the “Misfits” playing all over Northern America. You may have spotted her backing up Adam Lambert on the popular TV series Glee or even in various music videos, television shows, and commercials for well known companies (VISA, Starwars, and HTC etc), and on Billboards across the world for USA Network’s The Purge. 

 

She has helped her students achieve their performing dreams and has many alumni staring in Dreamworks series, Cartoon Network shows, and live Broadway shows.  Constance teaches electric and acoustic guitar, piano, voice, dance, and stage choreography.  Come rock out with her! 

Welcome our newer staff members! 

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Lauren Holman - Office Manager & On Camera & Improv. Acting Instructor

 

Lauren Holman is an experienced and well-trained performer. She has been acting since she was ten years old, and has gone on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance and a Master’s Degree in Acting for Film. She’s been with Top Billing since its beginning, performing in the Best of Broadway show in 2010 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2012. She’s also worked in the professional realm of both theatre and film, developing a great love for both mediums and the different story-telling approaches in each method. Her main area of expertise is Shakespeare, which she loves to talk about and learn about 24/7. Her philosophy is that as actors, we train for the best and, therefore, are prepared for the mundane. It’s a pleasure for her to be back at Top Billing to teach and share what she has learned so far, as well as learn even more from those who join her classes!

 

See her acting real at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2B-ZXIm9Cg&feature=youtu.be

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Art Ball - Dance Competition Team Coach, Hip Hop Teacher & Choreographer
 

Art started dancing in 2012 and is trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop. He trained at Citrus College and has been a member of three competitive Hip Hop Teams - Nu Nations, Theorists, and The Mob. Art has also competed in international hip hop competitions on a USA Team for Hip Hop for four years. He is currently teaching and coordinating dance shows and competitions overseas in London, England, Holland, Spain and France. He is looking forward to working with the performers at Top Billing Entertainment and taking them to the next level.

Hannah Okerson - Instructor for City of Glendora Classes 
 

Ms. Hannah has participated in Top Billing Entertainment productions since Beauty and the Beast in 2014. She has maintained a busy schedule since with roles in Royal Oak Drama, Charter Oak Drama, and Top Billing Entertainment shows. During the summers of 2019 and 2020 Hannah directed as a volunteer the summer camp productions which included, "School House Rock Jr.", "Junie B. Jones Jr.", "Moana Jr.", and "Alice in Wonderland Jr." She also choreographed the tap section in "In Summer" for Frozen Jr. and "Put on a Happy Face" for "Bye Bye Birdie." Some of her favorite roles have been Jessica in "Curtians", Mr. Smee in "Peter Pan", and Rafiki in the "Lion King." Hannah recognizes that she has been helped and mentored by many great people along her journey to where she is today and is grateful for the opportunity to pay it forward. "In theater, we are the art." 

Juli Vermilion Sison - Tap Instructor & Choreographer
 

A former student of Ms. K's, Juli has been tapping since 2003. While developing her skills, she quickly rose to the rank of student choreographer for Citrus College's Dance Company from 2006-2008. Throughout her time at Citrus College, she also served as a principal dancer for the world-renowned Citrus Singers, in addition to singing for Citrus' internationally touring pop/rock band, 'Night Shift'. During her career at Citrus College, she was also selected to choreograph for Rowland Unified School District's Annual Summer Arts Academy from 2005-2010. Juli is heavily inspired by the big band era, including tap dance legends Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers. She is elated to be a part of the TBE Family!

Rose Szczepanski - Front Desk
 

Rose is so excited to be joining the Top Billing staff family! She has been a student at Top Billing since 2018, and a lover of theatre and music since she can remember. She plans to attend the University of California Irvine to major in drama. Rose loves performing, and been a part of many musicals and plays. Some of her favorite roles include Anna in “Frozen”, Emily in “Our Town”, Genie in “Aladdin”, Penny in “You Can’t Take It With You”, and Miranda in “Tempest”. Rose trains vocally with Kristina Keener Ivy, and has acting instruction from Citrus College, along with her many directors and mentors. Joining Top Billing has brought so many wonderful opportunities and lifelong friendships for Rose. She is so excited to have the chance to help give other performers the same experience.

Chips Matthew Lee Barranco - Bass, Beginning Drum Instructor, Guitar, Pop/Rock Bands & Ukulele
 

Chips is a charismatic working musician who is pursuing a career as a performer and instructor. He began teaching in 2016 and since then has included this as a big part of his musicianship. Apart from receiving private instruction in piano and guitar under a dedicated instructor for 11 years, he's earned credits in theory and performance at both Citrus College and Mt. San Antonio College where he specialized in contemporary pop styles and jazz. Chips takes an effective well-rounded approach with beginning students while also focusing on technique and sight-reading with his intermediate students. From the very early days of high school marching band to present day playing late night gigs and recording sessions, he is committed to performance and sharing that experience with his students. 

Temria Airmet - Master Dance Teacher & Choreographer 
 

Temria Airmet holds her MFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach (2019) and her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah (2009). She is the Artistic Director and creator of the project-based dance company, Temria Dance Haus. She was the Co/Creator and Artistic Director of Myriad Dance Company from 2015-2017. Airmet has performed professionally with Tipsy Point Projects, Brine Arts, Arts of Chaos, Transfusion Hype, and Voodoo Productions. She has taught with Ballet West, Millennium Dance Complex, The University of Utah’s Tanner Dance, and other studios throughout the Salt Lake Valley and Los Angeles. Airmet currently teaches in higher education with Oxnard College and in studio with Top-Billing Entertainment. Airmet’s research and choreography celebrates diversity through politically-charged contemporary dance. She sees a country divided by social injustices and she is curious as to where the common ground lives. It is within this space that Airmet takes on complex ideas and turns them into artistic expression. With all her work, she intends to bring clarity to a complicated world and beauty to a disturbing climate. Temria knows art as a means to better understand the human experience and she does everything she can to support her fellow artists and grow the voice of the dance community from a local to global scale.  

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Emily Gage - Front Desk
 

Emily has been with Top Billing since 2016, but has been involved in theatre since she was 6. She has always had a love for theatre and has been a part of many musicals over the years. Her favorite roles include Grace Farrell in “Annie”, Grimsby in “The Little Mermaid”, Ms. Darbus in “High School Musical”, and Kassim in “Aladdin”. Emily has taken voice lessons and has played guitar, ukulele, and clarinet for many years. She loves to work with kids and to see them learn and grow in their abilities. Emily is so grateful for all the opportunities that Top Billing has provided for her and is honored to get to spread the love of theatre with a younger generation.

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Timothy Jackson - Tap, Piano, Voice instructor & Musical Theater Director
 

Timothy Jackson has been an instructor at Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy for over 5 years and is one of the founding staff members. He has 20 years of performance experience and 8 years of show production and teaching experience. Some of his most notable performances include shows with Disneyland Parks and Resort, the LA Philharmonic, a classical choral tour of Germany and the Czech Republic and many musical theatre production. He has directed, choreographed, musical directed, and produced musicals, straight plays, cabarets, recitals, and other special events. His training is in opera and he is currently finishing a BM in Vocal Performance at Azusa Pacific University. He also works with colleges, high schools, and other community groups on their theatrical programs. He is excited to continue teaching and helping young performers progress and pursue their dreams.