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Suzanne Lukather
Lori Moran
Ron Dennis
Ron Dennis
Acting/Staging

Founder of The Cabaret Institute for Kids and Director of The California Philharmonic Children's Chorus, Suzanne Lukather is a veteran of the Musical Theatre community, having appeared on and off Broadway in over 30 shows and having toured with her own show, Turn On the Rainbows.  She has appeared as guest soloist with the California Philharmonic, the Pasadena Pops, and the Inland Empire Symphony, among others.  Her association with the Disney Company spans 16 years, and several start-up projects, including Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line.  Ms. Lukather is an accredited vocal teacher, and is a member of the vocal faculty at Lori Moran Music Studios.

Founder of Lori Moran Music Studios and co-director of The Cabaret Institute for Kids, Lori Moran is a veteran singer with the Walt Disney Company, a singing actress, and concert & recording artist, with her latest release, 'On My Way to You', garnering critical acclaim from notable jazz critics.  She has been a featured soloist for the Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Tampa Bay Oratorio, and the Orlando Opera Company, and a member of Disney's premiere a cappella group, Voices of Liberty.  Lori is listed in the National Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), SAG, and Actors' Equity.

Ron Dennis was the recipient of Theatre World's Special Award for his creation of the role of Richie in the original Broadway cast of "A Chorus Line".  His performances in musical theatre have spanned over 43 years, having been in the original casts of "Hello, Dolly", "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope", and "My One and Only". 

Ron is our resident acting/staging expert, and his lively persona injects a contagious sense of energy throughout rehearsals.


GUEST ARTISTS

Our guest artists have included...

Linda Purl      ♦      Terrie Richards      ♦      Baby Jane Dexter      ♦      Joey D'Auria

Linda Purl

Linda PurlPerhaps best known for her role as Charlene Matlock in 'Matlock', Linda Purl is an accomplished singer and has performed in concerts across the country. She has performed her cabaret act at The Rose Tattoo, The Cinegrill, The Gardenia and The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, as well as Town Hall and 88’s in New York. Ms. Purl recently released a solo CD on Fynsworth Alley entitled 'Alone Together.'

Linda has over thirty television and cable movie credits to her name. They include 'Born Free 2' for ABC, 'The Last Days of Pompeii' for ABC (with Sir Lawrence Olivier), 'Accidental Meeting' for USA Cable, Danielle Steele’s 'Secrets' for NBC and 'Absolute Truth.'
Linda Purl

Linda has received six Dramalogue BEST ACTRESS Awards and two Dramalogue BEST PRODUCTION Awards as a Producer. She is a three time nominee of the Los Angeles, Drama Critics Circle Award for BEST ACTRESS and was the recipient of the Connecticut Critics Award for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY for 'The Baby Dance.' Linda founded the Colorado Festival of World Theatre and served as its Founding Executive Director.

Baby Jane Dexter

Baby Jane DexterBaby Jane Dexter is a well-known cabaret artist of the highest calibre, delivering riveting performances at venues like Eights, The Russian Tea Room, The Village Gate, the Seaport Jazz Festival, The Blue Note in Manhattan, Blues Alley in Washington DC, and King of France Tavern in Annapolis' Maryland Inn. She has appeared at the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, the Plush Room in San Francisco, and Toulouse Cognac Bar in Chicago.

She has won the Backstage Bistro Award and she is a multiple winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Female Vocalist of the Year award. In 1998, she won the MAC Award for Best Major Pop/Rhythm & Blues Performer. In 1999, she won that award for the second time.
Baby Jane Dexter
She also developed a motivational workshop program, "Healing Through Entertainment -- A Motivational Performance Art Experience For Women". Baby Jane emphasizes being positive, talking through problems, loving and not hating, using a powerful communication of personal stories, songs, love.

Terrie Richards

Terrie RichardsHer  voice  has  been  labeled, "A  refreshing,  warm sound in jazz."  Starting with her roots in traditional jazz and coming up through swing, blues and contemporary music, Terrie Richards has attained a level of quality and versatility shared by few in the vocal music scene.

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Terrie began singing professionally at age fifteen, after early encouragement from her father, a traditional jazz pianist.

In 1986 Terrie signed with the Walt Disney Company to perform exclusively at "The Village Lounge", Disney's prestigious jazz club, where Terrie recorded her first solo album accompanied by the Don Scaletta trio. Over the years Ms. Richards has performed with such greats as Wild Bill Davison, Maxine Sullivan, Bob Crosby, Milt Hinton, Ralph Sutton, Bob Haggart and Joe Bushkin.

Terrie Richards teaches kids about the blues

Joey D'Auria

Joey DauriaJoey D'Auria is an Emmy Award-winning comedian and character actor, known to television audiences as Bozo the Clown.   Joey performed Bozo for 17 years on WGN-TV, receiving five Mid-west Emmy Awards in addition to countless nominations for both his performance and comedy writing.  He has performed in improvisational theater, stand-up comedy and Musical Revues throughout the US. 

D'Auria became the Master of Ceremonies and Host of THE TIN PAN ALLEY ROOM where he co-founded and was a featured player with the VARIETY ARTS RADIO THEATER recreating classic radio shows from the 30's, 40's and 50's.

He has also made appearances on television's ALICE,  starring Linda Lavin, and performed in stage productions of "THE WATER ENGINE" by David Mamet and Moliere's "THE MISER" with the acclaimed ODYSSEY THEATER.

Joey D'Auria gets the kids laughing

He is the author of two books chronicling comedy through the spoken word, recurring guest as Dr. Flame-O on Johnny Carson, and grand prize winner of Chuck Barris’ Gong Show.  He is an Emmy Award-winning comedian and character actor, known to television audiences as Bozo the Clown.   Joey performed Bozo for 17 years on WGN-TV, receiving five Mid-west Emmy Awards in addition to countless nominations for both his performance and comedy writing.  He has performed in improvisational theater, stand-up comedy and Musical Revues throughout the US. 

D'Auria became the Master of Ceremonies and Host of THE TIN PAN ALLEY ROOM where he co-founded and was a featured player with the VARIETY ARTS RADIO THEATER recreating classic radio shows from the 30's, 40's and 50's.

He has also made appearances on television's ALICE,  starring Linda Lavin, and performed in stage productions of "THE WATER ENGINE" by David Mamet and Moliere's "THE MISER" with the acclaimed ODYSSEY THEATER.

He is the a
uthor of two books chronicling comedy through the spoken word, recurring guest as Dr. Flame-O on Johnny Carson, and grand prize winner of Chuck Barris’ Gong Show.

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