Managing Artistic Director
David's been working under spotlights since he first stepped on stage at the age of 10. He grew up in the theater while working with his Producer and Director mother, Ann Schulz. After countless lead roles as a child actor, he went to Concordia University to graduate with his degree in Musical Theater. He became very successful persuing his dream, touring with Muscial Theater companies both nationally and internationally.
But David never forgot his roots and where it all started. So after getting married and settling down to start a family, he came to Oceanside to build a performing arts program. He's been producing and directing dozens of children and adult shows ever since.
David brings his experience as both a child and professional actor into the audition, rehearsal, and final performance process. Actors from beginner to veteran continue to learn & hone their craft under his experience and guidance. It is his most fervent desire to create a safe environment for actors to experiment, flourish and grow.
As a professional drummer and multi-instrumentalist, David also brings this talent to the classroom. He is devoted to his students and has created an environment within the Star Academy that allows vocalists, intrumentalists, and dancers to share their love and passion for the performing arts.
Averill Corkin has been teaching performing arts for over 10 years; subjects including Musical Theater, Vocal Pedagogy, A Cappella and classical Choirs, Acting through Song, Movement for the Stage, and Shakespeare.
She has a B.A. from Brigham Young University in Humanities of Theater, with a minor in Piano and Vocal Performance, and an Masters in Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Ed.
She is passionate about using the performing arts as a way to develop humans and build community, and is thrilled to be a part of the Star Theater Team!
Al Valletta has been a producer, actor, director, and acting coach in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He taught acting and speech at the college level in Boston,Massachusetts. Al has a B.S. in Acting and Directing and a Masters in Speech from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts.
He was the Artistic Director and on the board of The Performing Arts Theatre of the Handicapped, which had its beginning at Paramount Studio. The organization’s goal was to train physically disabled actors to be hired for their talent and ability and not for their disability. He remained the artistic director for 20 years.
Al has directed over 30 theatrical shows, directed films, was an actor in film and television, and is a dialogue coach.
Al is the recipient of the Alumni Award from Emerson College and the Bronze Halo Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council for outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. Al has also directed stage plays for the Ocean Hills Country Club in Oceanside, California.