Meet our Staff
Jay McAdams, Executive Director
JAY MCADAMS is Executive Director of LA’s 24th STreet Theatre. He is also a producer, having produced dozens of theatrical productions over the last 20 years and won LA Weekly’s 2011 Production of the Year Award.
Jay is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a 2011 Leadership LA Fellow. Among his other leadership training is LA County Arts Commission’s Arts Leadership Initiative, the Annenberg Leadership Institute, and the prestigious Stanford University Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, where Jay won a Center for Social Innovation Fellowship.
Jay has also been selected by the US State Department to serve as a Cultural Envoy to El Salvador, where he has performed and taught on three Central American tours. Jay won the Innovation and Leadership Award from USC’s Rossier School of Education for his work in Arts Education.
Debbie Devine, Artistic Director
DEBBIE DEVINE has been an award-winning theatre director and a respected leader in the field of arts education for over three decades. She has been the Chair of the Drama Dept. of The Colburn School of Performing arts for over 20 years. She is also a theatrical director with the LA Philharmonic and is thrilled to be directing in the gorgeous space that is Disney Hall. Debbie is the co-founder and Artistic Director of L.A.’s 24th STreet Theatre, which has created award-winning professional theatre and model arts education programs for thousands of students and teachers since 1997.
Debbie’s work as an actor has earned her three Drama-Logue Critics Awards, a Robby Award, an L.A. Weekly Award, LA Parent Magazine’s Best Westside Children’s Theatre Award, and the Women In Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Los Angeles Theatre. Debbie recently earned LA County Arts Commission’s Professional Designation in Arts Education, and is the recipient of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Innovation and Leadership Award, and won LA’s County Music Center’s 2001 Bravo Special Mention for her work in Arts Education. She is also the proud recipient of the 2011 Inspiring Women Award, presented by the LA Sparks and Farmers Insurance.
Jesus Castaños-Chima, Director of Latino Theatre Programs
JESUS CASTANOS-CHIMA is a former member of the Autonomous National University of México (UNAM) Theater Company. He started his acting career in Culiacán, Sinaloa, México with DIFOCUR Theater Group, directed by Jorge Cázarez and the Theater Workshop of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (TATUAS), directed by Oscar Liera. During his 35 year career, he’s worked in plays, TV and films in Mexico and The United States. He has also participated in many international theater festivals. He was an Acting workshop coordinator for the International Latino Theater Festival of Los Angeles (FITLA) and Assistant Curator at Meet Me at Metro Fest.
He is the Director of Latino Theatre Programs at 24th STreet Theatre, where he has directed La Infamia, El Jardín de los Reyes, El Ogrito (The Ogreling, Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice), and La Víspera, among others. He also appeared in the acclaimed film Quinceañera (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2006), as "Ernesto Chávez".
Jennie McInnis, Operations Manager
JENNIE MCINNIS moved from Chicago to LA in the summer of 2010.She worked as an Administrative Assistant at a large non-profit theatre company, and had also been freelancing as an Assistant Stage Manager on the side. She had left the career path of an Equity stage manager the year before and knew she wanted to work in non-profit, possibly still in theatre. Jennie saw a posting for the Executive Assistant position at 24th STreet and was instantly excited because it combined her two loves: theatre and kids. The Arts Education part of what 24th Street did really sold her on applying. Her first year was spent learning every part of our programming, relationships, and work structure. After 5 years, she finally has most of it down and is an invaluable member of the team!
Arie Levine, Educational Programs Manager
Arie Levine grew up in Berkeley, CA with theatre-loving parents who drove her all around the Bay Area to see shows, take classes, and perform. She attended performing arts high school with an emphasis in theatre at Oakland School for the Arts and went on to major in theatre and religion at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. As a high school and college student, she got to spend her summers working as a drama camp counselor. Arie comes to 24th Street after 4.5 years at Center Theatre Group. She is pursuing her MA in Community-Engaged Education and Social Change at Claremont Graduate University and is thrilled to join 24th Street Theatre as the new Educational Programs Manager.
Jorge Villela serves as the Community Engager at 24th STreet Theatre, where he assists coordinating community arts projects including Teatro del Pueblo and the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival, as well as running the after school programs After 'Cool and Teen Leadership Academy. Previous to his current position, Jorge spent almost a decade as a summer counselor for the Colburn School’s Summer Encounter program. His background in mentoring youth allows him to inspire young artists to be the best version of themselves while still having fun. Jorge enjoys culinary cooking (cookoff, anyone?) and being a mentor/counselor to anyone who wants help.