Educators are very important to this world and our mission, and we choose our Teaching Artists with care. They are on the front lines of creating empathy in children and opening their eyes to the power within them through live theatre.
Brenda is an LA native actor, director, playwright, acting coach and Spanish tutor whose career spans over 20 years. She has studied with a number of theatre companies including Steppenwolf West, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica, CA. Currently, she is a teaching artist with Inside Community Arts (P.S. Arts) the BRIDGE after school program and 24th St. Theatre. Other teaching contracts have included ENACT (an in-school Art Therapy Program at Miramar H.S. 2016), the Balloon Project and an in school theatre program at Camino Nuevo Burlington. Brenda is also the co-founder of Urban Theatre Movement (UTM) and served as the company’s first artistic director in 2010. She now serves as the company’s One Acts creative director.
Linda Ravenswood PhD ABD is a poet and performance artist from Los Angeles. Her work merges Performance Text, Improvisation, Satire, and Memoir. Her work has appeared off Broadway and in over 75 different books, journals, and anthologies. Find the Pushcart Prize nominated Hymnal (Mouthfeel Press) - now in its second printing - on Amazon. She was Shortlisted for poet laureate of Los Angeles in 2017.
Davitt Felder is a musician, actor and writer. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon's school of drama with a BFA in acting. Last year he finished a three month run of the musical review of protest music he wrote and performed in called "ROAR, Rock On American Resurrection". Davitt is a lover of California History and so he is always so happy to be a part of 24th St Theatre and its growing place in the LA community's history. He believes in art as a social cause and that teaching and promoting empathy to kids is vital and important in this ever growing age of technology. He puts this into practice in his acting workshops for 24th Street Theatre and at schools around California and in his musical Therapy work with Alzheimer's patients. As a musician he has performed on behalf of Quincy Jones Productions and for Major League Baseball.
Brian Sonia-Wallace is a 3rd generation Angeleno arts entrepreneur and teaching artist dedicated making Los Angeles better. In addition to his work at 24th Street Theatre, he has lectured or taught drama and poetry at UCLA, CSUN, BRIDGE Theatre Project, and Get Lit. Brian has been published in The Guardian and profiled in the New York Times, and is currently working on a nonfiction book for Harper Collins about bringing poetry out of the ivory tower and into non-conducive spaces (2019). He has co-created several lauded Poetry Cabarets with his ensemble, Melrose Poetry Bureau, as well as Bike Odyssey LA, an adaptation of The Odyssey for cyclists. Brian was a 2016/17 Arts for LA ACTIVATE Fellow, a 2016 Artist-in-Residence for the City of LA and finalist for Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, and a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award Nominee. He has an MA from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) and is represented by Curtis Brown, LTD (writing) and Knudsen Productions (performance).
Crystal is a Los Angeles theatre veteran, having performed in over 30 productions, including 10 world premieres. Favorites include Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara (Geffen Playhouse,) The Burning Opera LA (King King,) Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage (Open Fist,) and A Gulag Mouse (Sacred Fools.) In addition to acting, she has written two hit storylines for Sacred Fools' long-running late night event Serial Killers, as well as numerous short plays. She has also provided musical direction and dialect coaching, worked as a board operator for lights and sound, run wardrobe, and produced. She got her education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and remains committed to reimagining classics, creating new work, and introducing theatre to the next generation. As the Community Outreach Coordinator for Sacred Fools Theatre Company, she heads up the intern program and supports their annual Summer Camp for kids. She's thrilled to be teaching here at 24th Street.