Current Students

Kyrsten Goodrich is California born and raised, and a member of Actors Equity Association.  As a manager of art she is an advocate of art, and she takes that seriously and humbly. She graduated from California State University Chico in 2016 with a BA in Theatre and was named “Outstanding Theatre Student” by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. She has had the pleasure of working as a stage manager at the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre in Clinton, Iowa for their last four summer seasons, while also traveling and working around the country for various events and productions. Kyrsten is particularly passionate about working on comedies and with people that are passionate about telling stories. When not in a theatre, she can be found watching stand-up comedy, reading on the beach, painting, or perhaps practicing calligraphy. For more information visit  Cheers
Jesús Lopez graduated with a BFA in Technical Theatre and Stage Management from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2018. Jesús has professional experience as a journalist, translator, production & project manager, director, stage & portrait photographer and as a publicity artist. In 2016 Jesús published his first book of poetry and photography titled I See Red, under the penname K. Zakrevski. During his studies at UTEP Jesús worked as a Lighting Shop Student Supervisor & as a publicity artist and he worked as a Production Stage Manager at Monomoy Theatre in Massachusetts for two consecutive summers followed by a summer at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival. He was brought back for his second summer at the New Swan as the Assistant Artistic Director. Jesús is also the Managing Director for K.B. Theatre Company, founded in El Paso, TX., a theatre company that promotes the growing art community of El Paso as well as Latinx artists across the nation. As a producer of the performance art, Jesús has produced, written, and directed four live performative productions: RED (2017) & /Echo (2018), In This Light | There is Silence (2019) & Tzaqik | a tale, of many (2020), as well as two video projects Zu Sein (2020, short film) & HardCandy (2020, post-dramatic movie). For more info on his creative projects visit
Arielle Singer graduated June 2018 from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a B.A. in Marketing Engineering Products and a minor in Digital Media. Throughout her undergraduate experience she was heavily involved with the student theater club where she did everything from stage managing, designing, conducting, directing, and producing six musical productions (favorites include Spring Awakening, The Fantasticks, and Spelling Bee). This fall she became one of the first non-theater majors to stage manage a production for the theater department at Union College. Outside of stage management, Arielle has become obsessive with the world of projection art and mapping, going as far as doing a secondary art thesis to explore that creative world. Additionally, in her free time, she mentors FIRST Team 702, a high school robotics team, where she teaches them branding, fundraising, and marketing techniques. For more information visit


Heather Bennett has been stage managing for almost a decade. She was introduced to the stage management world at California State University Bakersfield where she received her BA in Theatre. Plays grace her resume, but they are overshadowed by the many Shakespeare projects she has been a part of. Before applying for graduate school, she was the head of the stage management team for three seasons in Paso Robles and subsequent San Luis Obispo for the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival. She is honored to be accepted into such a wonderful program and cannot wait to explore what is in store for her.
A native of Jackson, MS, Avery Evans is a proud theatre graduate of Jackson State University.  He was a mentee in the Gateway and Stage Management Mentorship Program at USITT in 2018-19 respectively. His love for theatre started at a young age which he cultivated into a passion for learning and discovery throughout his matriculation as an undergraduate. Some of his productions that he has enjoyed working on include, As Much as I Can, Stick Fly, The Wiz, and A Streetcar Named Desire. His future plans include working for Cirque Du Soleil and owning his own production company.He is overjoyed to join his UCI family where he plans to become a well-rounded theatre practitioner, able to tackle any challenge along his journey. Avery would like to thank God, his mom, his beautiful daughter Demi, his mentor Ross, his undergraduate faculty and everyone who has helped motivate him to follow his dreams. 
Lyla Flashman is a Chapman University alumna with a B.A. in Theatre Technology and a double minor in Art History and Production Design, and is grateful to be continuing her education at UCI towards building a career in stage management. She was awarded the Musco Scholar medal for her undergraduate achievements, which include stage managing a sold out production of Avenue Q to a house of over a 1,000 seats. Although mainly a theatre bug, Lyla can be found enjoying galleries, live music, swing dancing, and quality time with loved ones. Having grownup in New York, she feels torn between the coasts and dreams of touring the world as a stage manager.
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Jake Arpaia is a California native who started his education at Moorpark College which allowed him to try all sorts of classes and left him with three associates degrees in Acting, Technical Theatre, and Theatre Arts. He then continued to finish his undergraduate degree by completing a B.A. in Theatre at California State University Northridge. He has worked on many shows in his time in school some of his favorites include Clue: The MusicalLegally BlondeHairspray, and Almost, Maine. He has worked in Props, Scenery, Design, Costumes, and various other departments, however Stage Management is something he has always come back to. He believes that the best part of Theatre is the community that builds out of it. When not working in theatre he enjoys reading from novels to comics which he has been collecting since high school, he also spends his time playing video games and baking. He is excited to join UCI's program and has future plans to work in every type of production possible from theme parks to national tours.
John Pinero graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University in 2018. While attending ASU, he began stage managing productions for Binary Theatre Company and ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre working on productions such as Legally Blonde, Copenhagen, and Bug. Since then, he has been spending time at the place “Where Dreams Come True”, Walt Disney World, as an Entertainment Manager overseeing daily operations. In his spare time, John enjoys going to concerts, dancing the night away, watching Disney movies, and longing for the holiday season. John is incredibly thankful to be at UCI and looks forward to stage managing once again. 
Bri Westad graduated from Ithaca College in 2019 with a BA in Theatre Studies and a Women’s and Gender Studies minor. Originally from Upstate New York, Bri is excited to enjoy the next few years in sunny California. Some of her favorite projects include Experiential Atonement: The Quiet We Keep (Ithaca College), Dig (Dorset Theatre Festival), Slow Food (Dorset Theatre Festival), and 9 to 5:The Musical (Schenectady Light Opera Company). While primarily a Stage Manager, she also enjoys lighting design and programming on the side. She is incredibly grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.