Alumni Zella

"CVDAA was a safe space for me, which in retrospect was really important during that period of my life because I didn't feel like I really fit in anywhere else. In middle school, I looked forward to Mr. Lushington's after-school theater workshop all week. It myself and the world, both through acting and through writing. I learned a lot about presenting myself, being aware of my body language, learning by watching others, and how to use feedback to change the way I did things. Mr. Lushington challenged me to grow as an actor and as a person in the years that I attended his workshops, and I think I did. Six years after my last show with him, I'm still reminded of things he said during workshops. A lot of it stuck with me and has been useful to me through high school and college, on and especially off stage, and it's an experience I'm extremely grateful for."



  • Bonnie, Reagan Tomato Red (Off Broadway)* The Playroom Theatre
  • Luna Luna Noctiluca** San Francisco Fringe Festival
  • Jane Social Darwinism Backhand Productions
  • Aouda Around the World in 80 Days UC Irvine
  • Hermia Dead Man’s Cell Phone
  • UC Irvine Lucille Dearly Departed
  • UC Irvine Aspera Reverse Transcription Brown Bag Productions


  • Janie Lead USC/d. Jason Lipshin
  • The Perfect Cowboy Dancer Orphan Circus Productions/d. Ken Roht


  • University of California Irvine,
  • B.A. in Drama Accademia del’Arte, Arezzo, Italy

Acting: Cynthia Bassham, Jenn Collela

Circus: Sylvia Hernandez-DiStaci, Javen Ulambayar (Actor’s Gymnasium)

Movement/Contact Improv: Annie Loui

Voice (Fitzmaurice): Anika Solvang

Shakespeare: Susan Hart (current), Robert Cohen

Clowning/Mask/Mime: Dean Evans, Michele Bottini

Musical Theatre: Dennis Castellano, Dr. Myrona Delaney

Improv: Bryan Blithe

Stage Combat (rapier): Charles Ketter

Dance: Tommy Rapley (Contemporary), Andrew Palermo (Musical Theatre), Jackie Kopcsak (Ballet)

Special Skills

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

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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