A long time ago, Mr. Lushington worked as an actor and director in New York City. He has an MFA in directing from Brooklyn College and has been an editor for the International Bibliography of Theatre.


 Gino DiIorio’s plays have been produced at a number of theatres across the US and internationally including New Jersey Rep, Penguin Rep, Urban Stages, Luna Stage, Virginia Stage Company

Johnna Joy Ashton

– Costume Designer, Director, Marketing Director, and Administrator

Johnna is a local artist who currently has her hands in costuming, directing, and filmmaking.

Chris Hixon is the Drama teacher at Canyon Middle School. Before he decided to become a teacher he worked professionally as an actor for 15 years. 

Tamara King

Tamara King is excited to join the CVDAA team. Throughout high school she worked with Michael on several shows and loved every minute of it.

Juggling (3 balls), Aerial Silks (Intermediate), Yoga (Intermediate), Rollerblading (Intermediate), Optimistic attitude, Plays well with others

(Choreographer/Movement Instructor and Development Director for CVDAA)

Laurie earned an M.F.A. in Dance from Connecticut College and a B.A. in Dramatic Art from U.C. Berkeley.

Julie Lushington

Julie is the kind of person who would rather weed than read. She has always been happier in movement than in stillness. So signing her up for dance lessons at age 4 was probably a good choice by her parents.

SALIM RAZAWI is thrilled to return to CVDAA. As an actor he was last seen in Altarena Playhouse's production of Book of Liz and touring the bay area in the world premiere of Rickshaw Girl with Bay Area Children's Theatre.

Monica Ammerman

In the two years following my graduation from University of California at Davis, where I received my BA in Theater and Political Science (2013,) I acted in the Bay Area doing everything I could get my hands on.

Tara Wallace

- Technical Director

My history with CVDAA goes all the way back to when I was 12 years old. What started as a way to have two hours after school on Thursday and Friday with the boy I had a crush on soon became something that went way beyond middle school crushes.

- Technical Director and Improv Instructor

Jason Bolich is a musician and teacher working and performing all throughout the Bay Area.

Caitlin Lushington

Caitlin Lushington is Co-Artistic Director of the Enso Theatre Ensemble (, as well as an instructor and Board Member at the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts.

CVDAA is committed to providing expert training in the art of acting. Students are educated in a myriad of different acting techniques and we love to specialize . . .

Many of CVDAA's productions are developed and written by the students in collaboration with an instructor. This creates opportunities for young writers to grow in . . .

Each production is built from the ground up, so we encourage our participants to get involved with the technical side of performance. In the past. . .

CVDAA exists to encourage artistic theatrical expression by young people. With that in mind, we have sponsored many student directed and produced pieces. We . . .

Sponsored with thanks by 

Alameda Arts council

Amelda arts

Contact Details

Michael Lushington, President,
Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy

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Cell: (925) 216-8344 :

Equal Opportunity Organization:

Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment. CVDAA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission, or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities as required by federal (Title VI, Title IX, Section 504) and state laws and regulations.



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  • $100 pays for sets and costumes for one production
  • $200 pays script photocopying costs
  • $500 provides full tuition for our fall and spring scholarship students
  • $1000 pays for one summer teaching position
  • $2500 pays for space rental for one class

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