6500 Soquel Dr.
Aptos, CA 95003
Thu, Fri & Sat
12pm - 6pm
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Artistic Director / Resident Musical Director
Jon Nordgren is in his 17th season as Artistic Director and has musically directed or played in the Cabrillo Stage show orchestras for 23 years. During that time he has produced more than 45 productions including world and regional premieres, and musically directed many more over a career spanning 48 years. From 2002-2020, he served as the Director of Bands at Cabrillo College and adjudicated and presented clinics at music festivals throughout the country, lectured for the United States Academic Decathlon, and conducted honor bands throughout California. He has served on the board of the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival for almost 20 years, and he was named Music Educator of the Year in 2019 by the Central Coast Section of the California Music Educators Association. He has enjoyed a rewarding career as a freelance woodwind musician, conductor, and arranger including with organizations like the Miss California pageant, Princess Cruise Lines, the Santa Cruz Symphony, and "Beach Blanket Babylon...!" He has performed in concert with Antsy McClain and the Trailer Troubadours, Arturo Sandoval, Allen Vizzutti, Ed Shaugnessy, The Chordettes, The Manhattan Transfer, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Little Anthony, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Bobby Rydel, Joanne Castle, Julius LaRossa, Donald O'Connor, Jack Jones, and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus etc....He has performed on recordings for numerous advertisements and demos including with an array of artists at Wyndham Hill Studios.
Managing Director / Resident Director
Dustin has had the honor of working with Cabrillo Stage since 1998, including Annie, Honk, Peter Pan, Music Man, The Last Five Years, Scrooge, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cabaret, just to name a few. Dustin has directed, produced and starred in a number of shows in the Monterey Bay area, most recently directing RENT, Oliver, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors & West Side Story for Cabrillo Stage. Dustin’s diverse directing credits include The Laramie Project, Lord of the Flies, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Outsiders and Romeo & Juliet. A versatile performer, Dustin has been in shows as diverse as Shakespeare’s R&J to Guys & Dolls. His credits include both on and off stage at The Monterey Bay Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo Stage. Dustin’s most beloved performances on stage have been Mercutio in the return of the West Coast premiere of Shakespeare’s R&J adapted by Joe Calarco, Jeff in The Sum of Us, Mark in Mass Appeal and the Barber in Cabrillo Stage’s Man of La Mancha. Dustin provides theatrical consulting for theater companies and schools in South East Asia to improve their productions as they begin to produce western musicals into their yearly seasons.
Resident Scenic Designer & Charge Artist / Theater Arts Instructor
Skip has been with Cabrillo Stage since 1991 when he was asked by Lile Cruse to design the scenery for Camelot in the quiet town of Aptos. Since then, he has designed most of the productions for the company and now serves as resident designer. Earning a MFA in Scenic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, Skip has worked at a variety of theaters in a variety of capacities, and serves as co-chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Cabrillo College. During his tenure, he has received the Gail Rich award to local artists and the prestigious Rydell Fellowship. Some of his favorite designs include: Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar, Judgment at Nuremberg, and whatever show he’s working on right now. He has designed for Cabrillo Theatre Arts, Cabrillo Stage, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Jewel Theater, Twin Lakes and Santa Cruz Bible churches, CYT (Christian Youth Theater Santa Cruz) as well as film, commercial work and installations. While he loves to design, Skip enjoys bringing others along on the creative journey; he is a gifted teacher and coach. He is also passionate about spending time with his loving wife, 4 kids and grandson.
Resident Technical Director / Props Rental
Marcel has been working for Cabrillo Stage since 2007. He has had a great time crucifying Jesus, hanging Judas and Bill Sikes, melting the Wicked Witch, scaring the dickens out of Scrooge, bring the “Lunch” Hotdog Cart to life and was glad to survive all the “Magic” in Marry Poppins. He is excited to be back in the Crocker to create some more! Some of the other local companies Marcel has worked for include American Musical Theatre of San Jose, San Jose Repertory Theatre, (May they both rest in peace) and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He has also worked internationally in Germany (Capitol Theater in Düsseldorf) and Austria (Seefestspiele Mörbisch). Marcel was born in Mexico City, Mexico and is a German citizen. He is the Performing Arts Technical Coordinator for Cabrillo College.
Resident Costume Desginer
has been working with Cabrillo Stage since 1988 on shows such as: Into the Woods, Beehive, Pirates of PenzanceThe Wizard of Oz, Scrooge, Funny Girl, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Honk, Some Like It Hot, West Side Story, The Music Man, Cabaret, Hairspray, and La Cage Aux Folles. During her career she has been a three-time nominee for the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and a winner of the Gail Rich Award in 2007. Her other design works include West Bay Opera, New Music Works, Actor’s Theater, and Cabrillo Music Festival. For Cabrillo College Productions she has worked on Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Magic Flute, Seussical, and The Marriage of Figaro, and most recently The Time of Your Life . Her most recent designs for Cabrillo Stage were Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, and The Producers
DR. JOHN GRAULTY
Producer / Dean of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts
John Graulty, Dean of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts at Cabrillo College, is passionate about the key role the arts play in improving the human condition and fostering creativity, innovation, and critical thought. Because the arts are essential to unlocking the full creative potential in every human being, and because this unleashed potential allows individuals to accomplish extraordinary things that improve their own lives and the lives of others, he is also passionate about ensuring access to arts education for all, and to integrating the arts into a larger educational process. With expertise on topics including arts entrepreneurship, advocacy and engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and strategic planning, John has hosted seminars on these topics and been invited to present on these issues at national conferences. He is a strong advocate for training arts students to take an entrepreneurial approach to identifying and pursuing unique, self-directed, innovative, and highly impactful career pathways. With funding support from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Economic Workforce Development initiative, he has spearheaded the development of both an arts entrepreneurship course and 3-course skills certificate for students in all visual, applied, and performing arts disciplines at Cabrillo called CREATIVE CAREERS - DISCOVERING SELF-DIRECTED PATHWAYS.