About Us

The Yorba Linda Spotlight Theater Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing performing arts education and performance opportunities to the aspiring artists of Orange County and surrounding areas. Our mission is to provide a welcoming, fun and positive experience for all of our participants and produce high quality performances with professional technical elements. Besides our full-scale musicals, we also offer classes in Musical Theater, Dance, Drama, Voice and Piano.

We hope you will join the YL Spotlight family. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@ylspotlight.org or 714-223-2864!

Click on the photos below to learn more about our talented staff members.

Charna Lopez
Artistic Director

OCSA Director of Integrated Arts. Spotlight Show Director/Choreographer. Enjoys sharing her passion for theater with the next generation.

Elise Jackson Lamm
Founder, Financial Director

Spotlight Founder. USC Society of Trojan Women Board Member. Screenwriter. Loves working behind the scenes to support our young artists.

Katie Jo McCauley
Studio Manager, Acting

Disneyland Youth Education Facilitator, Guest Talent Coordinator & Ambassador. Has loved performing since she was 8.

Amanda Moore
Production Coordinator, Broadway Jr.

First joined the Spotlight family as a student. BA in Education. Has been teaching Broadway Junior since 2013.

Erin Clark
Director, Choreographer

Magna Cum Laude BFA from Cal State Fullerton. Was the lead production singer for Holland America Cruise Line. 

Tamara Paulino
Director, Voice

Boston Conservatory BFA in Musical Theater. Performed in several national tours. Actors Equity Association Member.

Cassie Foster
Musical Theater Minis, Director

Started teaching when she was 12. Loves creating fun programs to engage young performers.

Mark Vavra
Acting, Dance, Choreographer

Taught thousands of students around the world with the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts.

Grace Hanson

Degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education from Biola.  Loves to communicate musical concepts in creative ways.

Jennifer Schniepp
Musical Director

Has been singing, playing piano, and handbells most of her life. Defines herself as a musician, slightly obsessed with Disney, the color green, gum, and Christmas Caroling!

Christopher W. Smith
Musical Director

Passion for Dual Piano work.  Resident music director for the Musical Theatre Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts. Also teaches at the Laguna Playhouse. 

Care'n Chato
School Program Assistant

Enjoys sharing the passion that she has for the arts with kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Also does ballroom dancing.