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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") 

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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.

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Debbie Niscastro

Recommended Vocal Professional

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

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Carlos jimenez

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).  

michael dashefsky

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Voice/Piano Coach and Music Director

Michael has been grateful to be working with HeyJojo/Solana Beach Community theatre with his good friend Andrew Miller since Mamma Mia in spring of 2021. He has been a working performer since completion of his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at California State University Fullerton where he graduated Cum Laude. He has been fortunate to have worked for a variety of entertainment institutions which have taken him to all corners of the globe from Princess  Cruises, Tokyo Disney Resort, Universal Studios Singapore and also as a dueling piano player for Holland Americas branded musical venue Billboard on Board. His stage credits include: the Christmas Wonderland National Tour, East West Players, the Chance Theatre, Transcendence Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

 

He prides himself on providing students with encouraging vocal coaching and music direction from a working professional. He is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association and represented by DDO Artiss Agency. He has completed all levels with Honors in the California Certificate of Merit Piano Examination in aural, written theory/piano performance and received a 5 in AP music theory. Michael is very proud of all of his Hey Jojo students and loves watching them grow in each production. More information about vocal and piano instruction can be found on: https://linktr.ee/mdashefsky 

Instagram: m_dashef

andrew miller

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Technical Director and Production Designer

Andrew's extensive career in Entertainment spans over 20 years with projects all over the country for concerts, theatrical productions, television, corporate and private events, music festivals,

nightclubs and more. MyTV13, Fox Buena Vista Television, The Walt Disney Company, La Jolla

Playhouse, San Diego Zoo Global, Old Globe Theatre, Production Resource Group, Live

Nation, Insomniac and Hakkasan Group are some past and current clients of his.

Andrew grew up playing music and doing theatre originally starting on stage before moving into the technical side of entertainment.  Creating and producing dynamic and engaging experiences for attendees is his expertise with a heavy theatrical influence at its core. With connections to Talent and Artist Booking Agencies, as well as a vast level of Technical and Creative Production knowledge, Andrew has been privileged to work on great philanthropic events in San Diego for Switchfoot Bro-am, Rendezvous at the Zoo (RITZ), The Ronald McDonald House, Jungle Bells, December Nights, United Jewish Federation, Las Patrons, Feeding San Diego, Jewel Ball and many more.  He has won multiple NYA awards for his work with youth theatre over the years and continues to share his professional knowledge and skillset with the newest generation of up and coming talent.