Susan Berkompas (Big Edie/ Little Edie)
Susan K. Berkompas is a member of SSDC, SAG-AFTRA. She is the recipient of the KCACTF Excellence in Education and Gold Medallion awards, and is an alumnus of Directors Lab West. She has studied Shakespeare with Sir John Barton at the British American Drama Academy, and she is working on her certificate of completion with MICHA on the Michael Chekov Technique. She is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Coast Theatre Company, and she chairs the Theatre Arts Department at Vanguard University. Some of her favorite roles include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Joy in Shadowlands, and Gertrude from Hamlet.
Vanda Eggington (Big Edie)
Vanda Eggington is a graduate of California Lutheran University and the Sherwood Music Academy. Although she currently lives in Orange County, she was on staff at Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego for many years. Currently an instructor and director at Vanguard she loves writing and directing and is thankful for the opportunities for both. She has written numerous arrangements and original compositions for a variety of productions. She is the co-creator of Boomers and American Rhythm and the sole creator of Love Makes the World Go ‘Round, The Beat Goes On, Home for the Holidays, Open All Night and Holiday Hoopla.
Emily Coffey (Little Edie/Company)
Emily Coffey is a current student at Vanguard University, and will be entering her Sophomore year this coming fall. In her freshman year Emily had the wonderful privilege of portraying Valère in Vanguard’s production of Tartuffe as well as the character of Jill in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She is extremely excited and grateful to be apart of this production, and would like to thank everyone involved, as well as her family for loving and supporting her no matter what. She also wants to thank all of you for being here, and hopes you enjoy the show! Vanda Eggington (Big Eddie)
Nick Lazaris (Joseph P. Kennedy / Jerry)
Nick Lazaris is honored to be able to return to the Ed & Dixie Arnold Stage again with American Coast Theatre Company. Previous credits with ACTC include Love Makes the World Go ‘Round, The Taming of the Shrew and last summer’s production of The Beat Goes On. Nick graduated from Vanguard in 2012 with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Since then he’s continued to act in commercial and industrial work in Orange County and LA. Last year he was fortunate enough to be offered the position of Theatre Manager for Vanguard University and ACTC which he feels has been a blessing to give back to the department that gave so much to him. Nick would like to thank his amazing wife Bretlyn, and the amazing group of interns that work to help put on this fantastic production.
Paul Eggington (JV “Major” Bouvier/ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale)
Paul has previously appeared in ACTC’s productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Boomers, The Taming of the Shrew, Enlightenment.com and Hamlet. He has a long background in professional theatre, most recently with Lamb’s Players Theatre in San Diego. An actor for over 30 years, he has performed in many theaters throughout the west and Off-Broadway. He has numerous television, film, and voiceover credits.
Christopher W. Smith (George Gould Strong)
Christopher is excited to be making his debut with American Coast Theatre Company. He has been performing as a solo and collaborative artist for over 25 years. Christopher is an accomplished performer with a passion for duo piano work. As part of the national award-winning piano duo, “The Smith Brothers,” he and Johnathon have entertained audiences all over. Christopher loves being involved in other collaborations such as musical directing, chamber work, and vocal coaching. Christopher has a long history of working in Musical Theatre as a music director and pianist. Some highlights of productions that he has worked on are: Westside Story (McCoy-Rigby), Les Miserable (Musical Theatre West), Jasper in Deadland, Drood, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone Footloose, Crazy for You, The Fantasticks, Guys and Dolls, The Drowsy Chaperone (OCSA), Rocky Horror (No Square Theatre), Spring Awakening and Rent (Saddleback College), “13” (Old Town Temecula Theatre and OCSA). Christopher is currently a pianist, teacher and the resident music director for the Musical Theatre Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Music (Collaborative Piano) from UC Irvine. Christopher currently resides with his wife, Joy, in Mission Viejo, CA.
Cornelius Lindsey (Brooks, Sr. / Brooks Jr.)
Cornelius Lindsey has a lifetime of experience blessing audiences with stage performance and choreography of theatre, dance, and gymnast shows. He joined ACTC’s 2017 professional company production of The Beat Goes On. Cornelius previously allowed his passion for performing arts to shine bright in sharing more than 10 years of participation, choreography and Artistic Directing with the Fern Street Circus of San Diego. He continues to develop his diverse skillset as Transferring junior into Vanguard University and is Pursuing a bachelors in musical theater, where he was recently seen as Caleb in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He would like to thank his Mother for her love and support. And his best friend for pushing him to follow his dreams. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
Malia Hoff (Jacqueline Bouvier)
Malia Hoff is currently a student at Vanguard University entering her fourth year of studying theatre. Past credits include: Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Red in Into the Woods, Mary Warren in The Crucible, and Rebecca Gibbs in Our Town. She plans on pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, whether it be film, music, or theatre. Soli Deo gloria.
Grace Audiss (Lee Bouvier)
Grace Audiss is a fifth grader at Harbor View Elementary whose love for anything theatrical started at three years old as the youngest flash mob dancer at the Corona del Mar Christmas Walk. Since then, she’s gone on to be an active participant in Vanguard’s Children’s Theater (ACCT) with roles including Marie in last summer’s production ofAristocats Jr. Most recently, Grace was the amazing and flamboyant Mayzie Le Bird in Seussical Jr. This will be Grace’s first role with ACTC and she is both excited and thankful to be a part of this wonderful production.
London Swanson (Lee Bouvier)
London is in the sixth grade at Harbor View Elementary. She has been acting since she was nine. London’s favorite role so far has been Gertrude McFuzz from Seussical Jr. Some of her past performances include Alice in Wonderland where she played the Dormouse and Aristocats where she played Abigail. When she is not acting, she loves to sing, draw, and play with her dog. London is super excited to be playing Lee in Grey Gardens.