We’re excited about our first annual On Broadway: Musical Theatre Workshop! This year’s facilitators will be:
Dance: Athena Baschal
Born in Hollywood, Athena danced her way into the performing arts industry at age two, and became a card-carrying member of SAG and AFTRA by age five. Her multiple credits include professional actor, dancer, dance educator, and choreographer, as well as performer and dance captain with The Young Americans. Degrees earned include a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from the University of California-Irvine, and a M.Ed. from Regis University. In addition, Athena holds a Colorado State Teaching License endorsed in Drama and Dance. She served as president of the Colorado Dance Alliance (CDA), and board member of Colorado Dance Education Organization (CoDEO). She currently serves on the board of Village Arts of Colorado Springs. She produces a podcast and radio program for a non-profit ministry. Athena and her husband Jim are parents of five grown children.
Music: Marilou Dody
Born and raised in Southern California, Marilou began singing as a child in school and church choirs. Always fascinated by stage productions of every kind, she took piano and voice lessons in college, and participated in musicals and opera workshops. She continued her musical activities while teaching school for a living by directing children’s and adult choirs, performing in Civic Light Opera productions, and giving and taking voice lessons. All of that came to fruition when she was selected to sing in the Los Angeles Master Chorale with Roger Wagner, and later with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera chorus when the company premiered in 1986 with “Otello,” starring Placido Domingo. Her passion for the stage found its best expression in the children’s musicals she has produced for various churches in California and Colorado. She is delighted to be able to participate in the Village Arts Broadway Musical Theater Workshop.
Acting: Lesa Brown
A native Coloradan, Lesa was raised in a musical and dramatic family. She holds a Interdisciplinary B.A. with a focus in Arts Education and International Ministries; and an M.A. in Theatre Education. Her seven years in Nairobi, Kenya, where she served as the Performing Arts Department Chair and Drama Director at an international school, are still dear to her heart, as well as the 18 years spent with her husband, Andy, as Music/Creative Arts Directors in churches across the US and Kenya. Her directing credits include shows such as: The Sound of Music, The Pirates of Penzance, The Wiz, Seussical, The King and I, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Women, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You Can’t Take it With You, and multiple drama ministry teams. Today she can be found teaching voice lessons, writing plays, leading worship, doing Village Arts work, creating teacher trainings for non-profits, and driving her three active teenage children all over the city!