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.

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.

Charna Lopez
Artistic Director

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

Katie Jo McCauley
Studio Manager

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

Amanda Moore
Production Coordinator

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

Dana McMenamin
Piano, Voice

Toured with the California Baptist University Women’s Choir. Studied vocal performance and music composition.

Annie Pfost
Voice

Studied Commercial Voice at nationally recognized Belmont University in Nashville. Studied Music History & Theory for a summer in Rome.

Tamara Paulino
Director, Voice

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

Bert Fulton
Director, Choreographer

Loves to mentor and guide young artists. Veteran Director and Choreographer. 

Cristen Skoglund
Choreographer, Dance

Founded IMPACT Dance Company. Performed in the 1993 Super Bowl Halftime Show with Michael Jackson. Teaches dance at OCSA.

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!

Erin Clark
Director, Choreographer

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

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. 

Maddie Young
Choreographer

Dancing since she was 3. Co-choreographed a piece entitled “Rise Above" - ACDA South Regional Conference top 10 piece.

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