About Us

About Ovation
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Lisa Schwartz – Co-Owner

Miss Lisa was born in Los Angeles and attended the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks.  Later she graduated from the University of California at Irvine with Honors in Acting.  She has studied theatre and voice with some of LA’s most noted teachers. In addition to teaching, Miss Lisa is a professional actress with growing credits. Lisa began teaching eight years ago and has since been dedicated to spreading her passion for theatre around Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Her bright spirit and love for children fills the classroom, and her creative writing skills are an asset to Ovation Group Productions.

ABOUT US

Ovation Group Productions is dedicated to providing an educational experience to children through performing arts.  Through the process of participating in a full-length musical, we give children an outlet to express their creativity.  Whether performing is a child’s lifelong passion or simply an exciting extra-curricular activity, we aim to instill children with a sense of camaraderie, responsibility, dedication, and passion, while also having fun making new friends!

Unlike other children’s theatre companies that feature one or two performers in their productions, we write our shows based on the children we have in our classes.  We tailor our shows to the individual actors so that each child is featured and has ample solos and stage time. Our talented team of writers and teachers pride themselves on surpassing parents’ expectations of what a “kids’ show” should look like. We encourage all children to participate and are hailed for our all-inclusive approach.

Teachers

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Sarah Louise Lubran
Musical Theatre, Dance, Private Lessons, Birthday Party Teacher/Entertainer

Miss Sarah, a Los Angeles native, has over 17 years of entertainment industry experience.  She started her career as a child actor and acted in projects like Lizzie McGuire and General Hospital.  After earning her bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts, Sarah continued her growth in Entertainment by working in production on shows such as Mad Men and Raising the Bar and then was hired at The CW Network and worked on shows like Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries and 90210(Earning her MBA with honors while working there). Sarah then transitioned back into the performance world (Training under Howard Fine, Laura Gardener and Gayla Goehl) and eventually went on to NYC to continue her love of musical theater and was in a successful show in the Flatiron district known as “For the Love.” She has written three one act musicals as well as the music/lyrics for a musical pilot that was in the NY Pilot Festival.  Sarah has trained in dance for over 16 years at such reputable studios such as Millennium Dance Complex(LA), Debbie Reynolds(LA), The Edge(LA) and Steps on Broadway(NYC). Sarah has a deep passion for sharing the love of musical theatre with young people of all ages and has worked in youth theatre direction for over 15 years and it brings her so much joy to see kids grow both theatrically as well as personally through the education of the performing arts.  Sarah has been a SAG/AFTRA and AEA Member for over 17 years.

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Sarah Raphael
Theatre, Acting

Miss Sarah was born and raised in Los Angeles.  At age nine, she started taking dance and theatre classes.  She has been in several productions such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Diary of Anne Frank, Bye Bye Birdie, and Peter Pan.  During her high school years, she had the opportunity to study theatre with Golden Globe-nominated actor Joe Mantenga and Emmy-winning actress Jean Smart.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from California State University, Channel Islands.  Over the last few years, Sarah has been working with primary-aged students at Wonderland Avenue Elementary School and has directed her students in several musicals.  Miss Sarah is thrilled to be a part of Ovation Group Productions and loves sharing her passion of the performing arts with her students.

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Laura Zimmerman
Musical Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre Dance

Miss Laura is an actress in Los Angeles who has been featured in several hit films and TV shows, including Mad Men, Couples Retreat, and Big Bang Theory.  She was born in Nevada City, California and began her singing and dancing career at the age of 5.  She then went on to earn a BA in Theatre Arts from Cal State Long Beach and has since been working in theatre, film, and television in Los Angeles.  We are so excited to have her join us as a teacher at Ovation.  “The creators of Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre, as well as all my teachers and acting professors, have had such a positive influence in my life from childhood to adulthood as a performance artist.  I can only hope to do that as a teacher at OGP; to encourage kids to be their creative, imaginative, free-thinking storyteller selves and make memories that they’ll never forget!” – Laura Zimmerman

Jordan Kai Burnett
Voice, Musical Theatre

Miss Jordan recently moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles, where she was seen in the National Tour of Seussical (Cat in the Hat, Dir. Marcia Milgrom-Dodge). Her New York credits include Side Show (Violet Hilton, American Theater of Actors), King Island Christmas (workshop), and Granola! The Musical (NY International Fringe Festival). Some favorite roles: On the Town (Hildy), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania) The Philadelphia Story (Liz Imbrie), Hello Again(The Nurse), Hair (Crissy), Lippa’s The Wild Party (Kate). Jordan has taught dance, voice, and acting in both NYC and Boston, MA.  Her students attend Musical Theater programs at many reputable schools including Ithaca College, University of the Arts, University of Miami, Emerson College, NYU, and can be seen in national tours including A Chorus Line.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre program from Emerson College and is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.  www.JordanKaiBurnett.com

Laurel Cooling – Co-Owner

Miss Laurel brings years of professional acting, singing, and dancing experience to Ovation Group Productions.  She graduated with Honors in Musical Theatre from the University of California at Irvine and has spent the last ten years teaching dance, voice, and acting to children throughout Southern California.  She has written and produced numerous musical productions in schools, summer camps and dance studios.  As a professional actress, Laurel has appeared in TV shows, commercials, and theatrical productions up and down the West Coast, and most recently was a performer and Dance Captain for Disney Cruise Line.  She is a highly praised choreographer and show producer, with credits ranging from children’s theatre to Disney.  In addition to working with co-owner Lisa on the creative aspects of the company, Laurel runs the administrative side of Ovation.  She is also the music editor and arranger for the shows and her voice can be heard on all of Ovation’s practice CDs!  Laurel is the proud mother of her own two mini musical theatre fans, Lily and Ella.

Our Shows

Ovation Group Productions’ dedicated team of writers and teachers are committed to providing kid-friendly musicals that showcase each child’s individual talents and give every performer ample stage time!  Every student is given a featured role in our shows, so that each child is given his or her own chance to shine.  We are all about having fun, gaining confidence, achieving goals, and loving who you are!

Previously Adapted Shows

A Chorus Line
Alice in Wonderland
Annie
Beauty and the Beast
Bye Bye Birdie
Cabaret
Grease
Hairspray
High School Musical
High School Musical 2
The Jungle Book
The Lion King
Mamma Mia!
The Little Mermaid
Little Shop of Horrors
Peter Pan
School House Rock
Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz
Wicked

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Jessica Reiner-Harris
Musical Theatre, Voice, Private Lessons, Birthday Party Teacher/Entertainer

Miss Jessica is thrilled to be a part of Ovation Group Productions, nearly 10 years after sharing the stage and the classroom with Miss Lisa and Miss Laurel at UC Irvine.  Jessica has done regional theatre all over the country, including originating the role of Hedda’s Secretary in Limelight, which later became the Broadway show Chaplin.  She has a penchant for imitations, a love for comedy, and a soft spot for the kiddos.  Jessica has been teaching theatre and voice since she was a teenager, and currently sings to the tiniest of babes at Gymboree Play and Music.  Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

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Jacqueline Rosenthal
Musical Theatre, Dance

Miss Jacqueline, born and raised in Albany, NY, holds a BFA in Musical Theater with a Dance minor from SUNY Fredonia.  Her passion for performing started when she played a gingerbread man in a production of The Nutcracker at the age of four, and has only grown since then!  Since the age of 16, she has worked to instill the love of dance and theatre in children by teaching and choreographing for numerous dance programs and summer camps.  In the summer of 2011 she traveled to Florence, Italy to work as a choreographer and acting/stage combat instructor for Dynamo Camp and Florence English Speaking Theatrical Artists’ (FESTA) youth Shakespeare immersion program.  In addition to her work and study as an actress, singer, and dancer on both stage and screen, she is an accomplished member of Sword Fights Inc. fight/stunt team.  She believes in the power and importance of performing arts education for children, and is so happy to be a part of Ovation Group Productions!

Danielle Reed Wigfall
Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Dance

Miss Danielle was born in Chicago, IL and showed a passion for dance at the age of three.  She is classically trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, African Aesthetics, and Salsa.  At age eight she began her dance career performing in Ruth Page’s Nutcracker and later danced with the Joffrey Ballet.  She was a principal dancer for Pasos Latinos and performed for the World Salsa Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She has performed Hip Hop for Fox Family Channel and has been a model for Leo’s Dancewear and Illinois Theatrical Catalogs.  She graduated Honors from Pomona College with a double major in Psychology and Dance.  Most recently she performed as an aerialist/dancer for Tokyo DisneySea and then a dancer/character performer for Disney Cruise Line.  Danielle began teaching dance classes in Chicago and recently for after-school programs in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas.  “It’s rewarding teaching dance to young children because they are less focused on technique and more focused on just having fun!”

Jake Dogias
Showcase, Acting

Jake Dogias holds a BA in theater from The University of Georgia and an MFA in acting from the prestigious Claire Trevor School of the Arts at The University of California, Irvine.  While earning his master’s degree, Jake developed a deep love for teaching, guided and inspired by some of the finest acting instructors in the country.  In the years since his training, he has served as a guest teacher at schools, acting studios and theater companies across the country, working with actors of all ages and widely-varied levels of experience.  He has appeared in dozens of stage productions and continues to work professionally as an actor, having been recently featured in recurring roles on ABC’s “Better Off Ted” and “The Forgotten.”  Jake is thrilled to be working with OGP!