ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS

David Schulz

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.

Sandra Kopitzke

Associate Producer / Music Director

Theatre, singing and teaching children are Sandra Kopitzke’s greatest passions.  As the Associate Producer/Resident Music Director for the Star Theatre Company, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge both onstage and backstage to each production she’s involved in. 

 

Sandra is a multiple “Aubrey” award-winning actress who has performed in equity and non-equity theaters all over San Diego County.  She has been cast in over 40 lead roles throughout her theater career. Sandra is a classically trained vocalist and continues to be a featured paid soloist for many local and professional San Diego venues.  She also majored in vocal performance and music education. She has studied drama, along with Musical Theatre Vocal Master classes. 

 

Sandra has been musically directing both adult and children for over fifteen years.  Before coming to the Star, Sandra had directed & choreographed dozens of children’s productions for ten years. In 2010, Sandra first stepped onto the Star stage in the lead role of Anna in “The King and I”.  Several months later, she musically directed the Star’s summer musical hit, “All Shook Up”.  She soon became a fixture at the Star when she was retained as the Resident Music Director.  Not long after, she co-founded the Academy with David Schulz with the inaugural class of the Star Theatre’s teen show choir, Glee Club.  Within 4 years, Sandra’s show choir program has grown to over 45 students annually.  The Glee Club has been joined by the younger Star Kids, and the Coastal Cuties.  Together, Sandra and David have also taught hundreds of students in their popular summer musical theatre camps.  

 

Sandra inspires her students, some as young as eight, to study harmony and performance techniques at a level they didn’t know they could achieve. The success of the show choir program can be heard on the Star Theatre stage where many of these students can be found throughout the year.

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