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.
Choreographer / Instructor: Dance, Movement, Yoga, Barre
Melanie has been performing and choreographing in area theatres in San Diego and north eastern Ohio since 1999. She has choreographed seven productions at The Star including Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Annie.
Melanie holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies with focuses in Music and Psychology. Melanie is a registered adult and children’s yoga instructor, registered massage therapist, and barre instructor. She has been continuously teaching youth, adults, and families since 2012 in music, dance, yoga, theatre, barre, and fitness at various studios, theatre organizations, non-profits, preschools, and private schools in San Diego.
Melanie truly loves the creativity and fun involved in teaching and is passionate about sharing her love of the creative arts in a positive and encouraging way!