Registered Critic: Shari Barrett

Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area. As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city worked together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles. Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles, and is honored to serve the theatre world in her hometown. Currently she is the Publicist and a member of the Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse.
Susan Stangl

Spotlight Series: Meet Susan Stangl: Director, Sound Designer, Actress, Singer and Medical School Professor

Today I am spotlighting Susan Stangl: Director, Sound Designer, Actress, Singer and Medical School Professor. Shari Barrett (SB): What would you like readers to know about your own theatrical background? Susan Stangl (SS): I started acting when I was 5 and was involved with plays at my local neighborhood park and in my school. I wrote, … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Meet Susan Stangl: Director, Sound Designer, Actress, Singer and Medical School Professor

Sydney Holliday

Spotlight Series: Meet Sydney Holliday, a College Freshman and Actress Studying Theatre, Media and Communications at Muhlenberg College

This Spotlight shines on Sydney Holliday, a college student who I first met as a Mira Costa High School student when she performed in the Kentwood Players productions of The Imaginary Invalid, The Crucible, and 12 Angry Women. Here is her perspective on how the shutdown has affected her Arts education as a freshman at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Meet Sydney Holliday, a College Freshman and Actress Studying Theatre, Media and Communications at Muhlenberg College

Philip McBride, a musical theatre actor

Spotlight Series: Meet Philip McBride, A Musical Theater Actor and Stage-Savvy Guy

This Spotlight focuses on Philip McBride, a musical theatre actor whom I have seen in many productions all over town. His skillful comic timing and brilliant smile light up the stage and his respect for others earn him accolades from everyone with whom he creates theatre magic. Shari Barrett (SB): What would you like readers … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Meet Philip McBride, A Musical Theater Actor and Stage-Savvy Guy


Spotlight Series: Paul and Alicia Luoma - Two Actors, Who Met in NYC and Moved to LA to Pursue Their Mutual Passion for the Performing Arts

This Spotlight focuses on married couple and soon-to-be-parents Paul Luoma and Alicia Luoma who met in NYC and moved to L.A. together to pursue their mutual passion for the Performing Arts. Shari Barrett (SB): What would you like readers to know about your own theatrical background? Paul Luoma (Paul): I’ve been doing theatre since I was … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Paul and Alicia Luoma - Two Actors, Who Met in NYC and Moved to LA to Pursue Their Mutual Passion for the Performing Arts


Spotlight Series: Kristin Towers-Rowles - Award-Winning Director, Triple-Threat Actress, and Granddaughter of Screen Legend 'Kathryn Grayson'

Today I spotlight Kristin Towers-Rowles, an Award-Winning Director, Triple-Threat Actress, and Granddaughter of Screen Legend Kathryn Grayson. Shari Barrett (SB): What would you like readers to know about your own theatrical background? Kristin Towers-Rowles (KTR): I am a born and raised LA Arts girl, and grew up in and around the Theatre and Film industry. … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Kristin Towers-Rowles - Award-Winning Director, Triple-Threat Actress, and Granddaughter of Screen Legend 'Kathryn Grayson'


Spotlight Series: Meet Brandon Ferruccio – Fulfilling Every Actor’s Dream to Direct Plays

This Spotlight focuses on Brandon Ferruccio, who started out as an actor, only to discover his real passion was to direct plays, especially with all-female casts or with a strong feminine lead character. He has directed many productions at Theatre Palisades, Westminster Playhouse, Whittier Community Theatre, The Warner Grand in San Pedro, El Camino College, … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Meet Brandon Ferruccio – Fulfilling Every Actor’s Dream to Direct Plays


Spotlight Series: Meet Melanie MacQueen – Actress and Playwright Who Found Her Home Base Directing at 'Theatre 40'

Today's Spotlight focuses on Actress, Anime Voice Artist, and Playwright, Melanie MacQueen, who found her home base directing plays at Theatre 40, who I recently saw in that group’s annual production of "The Manor." Shari Barrett (SB): What would you like readers to know about your theatrical background? Melanie MacQueen (MM): I have been lucky … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Meet Melanie MacQueen – Actress and Playwright Who Found Her Home Base Directing at 'Theatre 40'


Spotlight Series: Meet Gregg Lawrence—Versatile Actor Who Commands the Stage as Scores of Fully-Embodied Characters

Today's Spotlight focuses on Gregg Lawrence, a versatile actor who commands the stage as larger-than-life, fully-embodied characters. Shari Barrett (SB): What would you like readers to know about your own theatrical background? Gregg Lawrence (Gregg): I am a native Southern Californian and I have been acting for over 50 years. And I am a long-time … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Meet Gregg Lawrence—Versatile Actor Who Commands the Stage as Scores of Fully-Embodied Characters


Spotlight Series: Meet Anzu Lawson - an Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Comic, and Yoko Ono Doppelganger

With the current theatre world on hiatus, I have created a Spotlight Series of interviews with some of am the many talented artists who make our Los Angeles theatre community so exciting and vibrant thanks to their ongoing contribution to keeping the arts alive in the City of the Angels. And like all of us, … Continue reading Spotlight Series: Meet Anzu Lawson - an Asian-American Actress, Playwright, Stand-Up Comic, and Yoko Ono Doppelganger

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