Jolene "jojo" doDSON bogard
Managing Director: Instructor: Acting for Camera, Improv, Acting for the Elementary Student, Writing for the Stage, Moderator of Special Guests
A 30 plus year veteran Entertainment professional working in Film, Television and Theatre. Jojo graduated of USC's Cinema School, and her career in Children and Community Theatre didn't take off until she met her husband in 2011. "My future Step Daughter was in a play...and I volunteered. They were struggling and I knew I could help out." She got hired...and never left. She then started Heyjojo Productions as a Children's Theatre. Ms. Bogard has also taught at BGC of Huntington/Valley's "Clubhouse Theatre, Huntington Beach High School's famed Academy of Performing Arts for 2 years in Dramatic Production (for Writing and Directing), North Coast Rep's Theatre School as the Improv Comedy Instructor 2 years, and now as the Full time, Managing Theatre Director for Heyjojo Productions...as a Volunteer. Jojo built this theatre/studio to be an encouraging and positive environment she always dreamed about when she was younger. "Give the kids a sandbox and let them play and encourage and support them all the way. Its what I do." (Credits: Too many to list...Awards in Theatre...I was nomination for a NYA for Directing "Rumors")
Brenda Vitali Jimenez
Marketing Manager and Part-time Choreographer
Brenda has been a wedding and quinceanera choreographer for over 25 years. Brenda’s dance background started at a young age when she first started training and competing in Latin ballroom dance competitions which led to her teaching at various places including Arthur Murray Dance studios. She is thrilled to develop wonderful dance numbers for our student actors along with her son Carlos while combining her passion for dance and theatre as one of HeyJojo Productions’ choreographers.
Debbie has been a private voice teacher for over 25 years and specializes in Musical Theatre and Rock/R & B. She studied under the tuteledge of Ron Anderson, vocal coach to the stars, who has coached such amazing artists as Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Red Hot Chile Peppers, with the “speech-level singing” technique. She is currently studying the Alexander Technique and hopes to be accredited within the next year. Debbie has over 30 years of professional experience as a actor/singer and has toured and appeared on many stages in San Diego and Los Angeles. Debbie has many regional credits in musical theatre such as Sweeney Todd, Evita, How to Succeed in Business, Hello Dolly, The King and I, and Annie, and has been the musical director for such shows as Hairspray, Rent, The Wiz, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast and Charlottes Web. She has been a choral director and cantor for her church Mission San Luis Rey. Debbie has 2 very accomplished children who both play instruments, sing and are accredited from UCLA and Reed College in Portland Oregon. In her spare time (lol) Debbie is the lead singer for the rock band Tribute. Nicastro Voice Studios | (760)-519-3370
Resident Jr. Choreographer, Instructor: My Favorite Scenes, Dance Party
Currently a Senior at The Orange County School of The Arts (OCSA) studying in the Acting Conservatory. Carlos has been performing for approximately Ten years at a variety of stages throughout the country. He has been an instructor (beside his mom Brenda) for Five years at Heyjojo Productions and runs "My Favorite Scenes". Favorite Productions include: "Rent" (Heyjojo), "Little Shop of Horrors" (Heyjojo); "Godspell" (Laguna Playhouse), "9 to 5" (OCSA), and "42nd Street" (Rose Center Theatre).
Resident Musical Director, Instructor: Advanced Vocal Performance, Garage Band, Meditation focus on the breath and Intro to Songwriting
Paul McGlinchey helps hard-working, committed musical theater students to become significantly better at singing and acting. Paul also creates wonderful ORIGINAL SCORES for some of our productions which he can/will license to other theater companies. He has scored "The Outsiders"' "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" and is working on "Our Town" in Spring 2022.