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."


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. Since 2003 Mr. Lushington has been running theatre programs for young people in Castro Valley. He has developed over 20 original plays including one published work, "I'm Alright" and a collaborative work, "No Harm, No Foul" (about a high school lockdown) with award winning playwright, Gino DiIorio.


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