Ashley is proud to be the POPs Producer and Director of Tech Artisans. A child of humble beginnings, Ashley grew up doing shows at school and in community theater. After receiving her BA in Drama, Honors in Stage Management – Ashley freelanced as a stage manager; working with such companies as Dallas Theater Center and The Geffen Playhouse. Eventually Ashley landed at POPs where she found her home. Ashley recognizes the empowering and healing properties of theater and the family and community it creates. It is a dream come true to pass that gift along to the future generation of theater-makers both on AND offstage!


​Rising stars spring 2019 show





FOOTLOOSE explodes onto the stage with classic 80s anthems including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, and of course the title track, Footloose. Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful until City boy, Ren, arrives. Breaking every taboo, Ren brings dance back to the heart of a town held back by the memory of a tragedy. Based on the hit 80s movie (which launched the careers of Kevin Bacon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jon Lithgow), FOOTLOOSE has become a stage musical phenomenon. Dancing is not a crime; to miss Footloose would be!

marcela carmona

​music Director

Marcela Carmona is a native daughter of  L.A., and an accomplished singer, songwriter, pianist, recording and performing artist, orchestra conductor, and a composer for film and theater. With 18 years of teaching experience in various instruments (including piano and voice), Marcela has developed methods to inspire the love of creative expression in students of all ages. PAST MINI POPs shows include Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, Camp Rock and Little Mermaid. In addition to working with
the Mini POPs, she music directed Rising Stars Little Mermaid Fall 2017 as well as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this season. Marcela firmly believes that you are never too young or too old to learn. When not creating music, and music directing, Marcela also works as an instructor for TADA Stages, teaching voice and 3Arts combo classes to kids ages 3 through high school. 

A dance instructor and choreographer for over 20 years, Hazel has a BA in dance from San Jose State University and has choreographed and directed over 25 musicals with POPs since its inception in 2007. Community and Youth Theater recent credits include Legally Blonde, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Peter Pan, Oliver and Seussical. Regional theater credits include LA Times Critic’s Choice Award Winner A Chorus Line, Sheila Callaghan’s Elevada, (Chance Theater) and Right Angle Entertainment's Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire National Tour. Founder and Artistic Director of Kairos Dance Company (est. 2006), modern choreography credits include  Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival (winner), sjDANCEco ChoreoFest (winner) and Kairos’ full-length show, Paradigm at Tim Robbins’ Actor’s Gang in Culver City.  

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REGISTRATION is now closed for this season!