Susan K. Berkompas Producing Artistic Director / Founder
Susan has been a producing artistic director since 1998 and is the Department Chair of the Vanguard University theatre arts program. She received her B.F.A. in acting/directing from the University of Montana and her M.F.A. in acting/directing from the California Repertory Company. She has studied Shakespeare in Oxford with the British American Drama Academy where she worked with renowned Shakespeare teacher and scholar, Sir John Barton.
Susan is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a member of SAG/AFTRA. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival “Excellence in Education” award and the Gold Medallion Award, and she is also an alumnus of Directors Lab West.
She has directed plays such as: The Glass Menagerie; Othello (The Daily Pilot’s top college pick for 2006); The Boys Next Door; Macbeth; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Charley’s Aunt; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Bullshot Crummond and The Hiding Place. Her favorite roles are: Blanche (A Streetcar Named Desire); Katherine ( Boomers ); Dixie (Enlightenment.com); Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew); Kate Keller (All My Sons).
Paul Eggington Scenic Designer / Ensemble / Founding Member
Paul is a former Ensemble member of Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego and the Colony in L.A. He has performed for over 30 years on stages internationally, off-Broadway, in film and on television. He has also done much voice-over work during the past several years.
Paul’s credits include The Rivals with Marion Ross and Too True To Be Good with Kelsey Grammar. He recently played Nigel Harrison in the upcoming TV series Fashion House as well as the role of Iago on the Lyceum Stage for Vanguard University. Paul is a full-time staff/faculty member at Vanguard University in the Theater Arts Department where he is also the scenic designer and technical director.
Vanda Eggington Director / Founding Member
Vanda was on staff at Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego for the past 25 years as a performer and the resident Musical Director. She has written numerous arrangements and original compositions for a variety of productions. She is co-creator of the critically acclaimed hit shows Boomers and American Rhythm, and sole creator of Love Makes the World Go ‘Round; The Beat Goes On and Home for the Holidays.
She has directed The Secret Garden; She Loves Me; Godspell; Tintypes; Hairspray; Legally Blonde the Musical and Cotton Patch Gospel; and has performed in Boomers; Smoke on the Mountain and Godspell.
Vanda is a graduate of California Lutheran University and the Sherwood Music Academy. She is also an adjunct professor at Vanguard University where she directs and teaches musical theatre courses.
Lia M. Hansen Costume Designer
Lia Hansen has been active in the Orange County theatre scene for over 20 years. She has designed operas, musicals, and straight plays for such local venues as the Newport Theatre Arts Center, the Harlequin Dinner Theater, Orange Coast College, Golden West College, Vanguard University, and consulted for other educational institutions.
Lia received her M.F.A. from San Diego State University. She has designed for the Old Towne Opera House in San Diego and assisted in preparing the costume exhibit “An Elegant Art” at LACMA. Lia’s most recent designs have been seen on the Lyceum Stage including: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; The Glass Menagerie; Othello; Saint Joan; Side By Side By Sondheim; Macbeth; Three Sisters and Into The Woods to name a few.
Deborah Marley Stage Combat and Ensemble
Deborah is a classically trained actor, director, and choreographer. Acting credits include her role is Boys Chase Girls as Karen, Viola in Twelfth Night, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raina in Arms and the Man, Sabrina in Skin of Our Teeth, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire, Betsie ten Boom in The Hiding Place, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew and Sue Bayliss in All My Sons. Deb has also written a book titled ‘The Bard in Brief’ on teaching and directing Shakespeare.
Warren Doody Playwright
Warren is Professor of English at Vanguard University, where he has taught for the last sixteen years. The writer of numerous plays, screenplays, and short stories, he has won multiple awards for his work. Life Without Parole premiered at Vanguard University in 2008, and the production was selected as a showcase for the KCACTF Region VIII festival. In 2014, the play made its New York City debut at Manhattan Repertory Theater and as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Other recent productions include the West Coast premieres of Enlightenment.com at American Coast Theatre Company and Development at Vanguard University.