NAPA Program Director
Karen provides a unique balance of business, personnel, venue, and theater production management experience, garnered over 40 years. She previously served at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa as coordinator for Business Partnerships, Contracts, and Facility Rentals. While there she participated in the "Page to Stage" Literacy program, was liaison with the Resident Theater Companies and served as a Teaching Artist in Performance Arts with local elementary schools. She has directed youth and adult theater productions, classes, and camps and was instrumental in a grass roots effort as co-founder of a community theater for the City of San Ramon, "Front Row Theater." Karen holds a BA degree from Fresno State University in Theater Arts and Communications, studied with A.C.T., and received accreditation in the John F. Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Training program. She is an actress and since coming to this area has performed for Lucky Penny Productions, Sonoma Arts Live, Spreckels Theater Company and 6th Street Playhouse earning her accolades and awards in several roles. Her passion is to provide a performance arts arena for all to participate and attain confidence, empowerment, and positive life skills.
NAPA Artistic Director
Scottie brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion for teaching youth and adults in the performance arts. Scottie is an esteemed professional in the industry and has been teaching theatre and dance since 1999, starting at his dance studio in Colorado Springs with his mentor and friend, Betsy McClenahan. He has continued teaching ever since and has had some exciting and unique experiences including: teaching in China at Shanghai Children's Art Theatre; being trained by the Disney Theatrical Group; several years as a Teaching Artist for Bay Area Children’s Theater. He is also an award winning actor, choreographer, and director working with numerous theater companies including Center Repertory Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, Woodland Opera House, Berkeley Playhouse, 6th Street Playhouse, Missouri Street Theatre, and Sacramento Theater Company. For Lucky Penny Productions, Scottie has directed a youth production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", choreographed and performed in "The Andrews Brothers" and "Forever Plaid", and has also performed in "Bonnie and Clyde", "The Secret Garden", "Scrooge in Love!", "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" and more.
Lucky Penny Co-Founder and Artistic/Casting Director
NAPA Teaching Artist
Taylor is a stage veteran with more than 70 productions under her belt. She is an accomplished Actor and Director making her stage Debut at the age of 4. Taylor earned a Theatre Arts degree at Pepperdine and trained at the American Conservatory Theatre. She also has performed commercial voiceover work. She has performed around the Bay Area and in numerous roles roles including Mama Rose in the Napa Valley Conservatory Theater production of "Gypsy," as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine in "Kiss Me, Kate" at 6th Street Playhouse, and was featured in cabaret shows at 6th Street and at The White Barn, as well as winning raves as Brenda in "Snowing at Delphi" at Napa Valley Playhouse, as Janet Van Der Graaf in "The Drowsy Chaperone" at 6th Street Playhouse, as Viola in "Twelfth Night" with Shakespeare Napa Valley. In 2012 Taylor played Marcy in "I Love You Because," Lucky Penny's first musical. In the spring of 2013, she realized a lifelong dream when she played Fanny Brice in Lucky Penny's production of "Funny Girl" at the Napa Valley Opera House. That summer she directed her first full-length play, "Wonder of the World," and then played The Lady of the Lake in the 6th Street Playhouse production of "Monty Python's Spamalot," followed by her third time around playing Mama Rose in "Gypsy," this time for Missouri Street Theatre. Having played numerous additional roles keep up with her at www.taylorbartolucci.com. When not on stage, Taylor directs the sales and marketing efforts for her family winery, Madonna Estate, which has been producing fine grapes and wine in the Napa Valley since 1922.
Lucky Penny Co-Founder and Managing Director
NAPA Teaching Artist
Barry is an accomplished Actor, Director and is a produced playwright and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Barry coordinated the annual "8 x 10" Festival of Ten Minute Plays at Lucky Penny Productions. He has produced, directed and performed in his first play in 7th grade. While majoring in theatre he performed in repertory with the Missouri Theatre Ensemble. After college he spent 23 years in commercial radio. (The first radio show he created was "The Show Tune Show" at KODE-AM, reflecting his love for musical theatre.) He later spent many years as a talk show host. Returning to the stage in 2008, Barry has been seen in "The Dining Room," and in many of Lucky Penny's shows. His most memorable appearances have been as Jim Jones and Stephan Jones in "The People's Temple" with Napa Valley Conservatory Theater; as Fred Graham/Petruchio in "Kiss Me, Kate"; as Arthur, King of the Britons in "Monty Python's Spamalot"; and as Lawrence Jameson in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, all for 6th Street Playhouse; as Henry II in "The Lion in Winter" for Spreckels Theatre Company and Main Stage West; as Man #2 in "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"; as The King in "Big River"; as Capt. Arthur Keller in "The Miracle Worker" and Mr. Boddy in "Clue: The Musical." for Lucky Penny. Recent directing work includes Lucky Penny's first musical "I Love You Because," two productions of "Funny Girl" for Lucky Penny, "The Secret Garden" and "Big River" (each co-directed with Taylor) as well as "Beyond Therapy", "The Andrews Brothers", "Cowgirls", and "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical".
NAPA Teaching Artist/ Choreographer
NAPA Teaching Artist/ Choreographer
As an arts educator Susan has worked with numerous schools and companies throughout the bay area.
She became a member of the performance unions SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity after the start of her professional career as one of the original Great America Singers at Marriott’s Great America.
She had the honor to perform as vocal soloist at Davies Symphony Hall, has directed and choreographed for multiple theater companies including summer stock in Ohio, produces audiobooks from her home studio, and co-wrote the screenplay Audition.
In addition to theatrical performance, Susan has worked on camera, in film, television, industrials, commercials, and hosted a local PBS series called “Health Minutes”.
Her most recent creation is the original cabaret musical “Choices” which she premiered in 2019.
While an avid choreographer here in the Napa Valley, Alise has been working with kids even longer than she has been involved in theater. She has worked alongside kids for over 15 years as a day care supervisor, camp counselor, and dance teacher. One of her great delights is to watch kids discover their excitement and passion for anything in life, but especially the arts!
She received her Bachelor’s in Theater Arts from UC Irvine in 2010 and has worked with different theaters throughout the North Bay, including Summer Repertory Theatre (SRT), 6th Street Playhouse, and Lucky Penny Productions. She has found she is most passionate about the creative process in both directing or choreographing. Favorite choreography credits include “Annie” (Rhythms Elite), “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (a 6th Street and LPP collaboration), “Smokey Joe’s Café” (6th Street/Choreographer and Director), and most recently, “Xanadu Jr.” (Lucky Penny 2020 Youth Production).
Her goal as a teacher for N.A.P.A is to open the world of make believe from the playroom to the stage! Build confidence in performing by turning their imagination into valuable theater lessons! Creating art by collaborating with these students, which is the best way to create anything!
Joy Andrus Ortiz
NAPA Teaching Artist / Spanish Immersion
NAPA Teaching Artist/ Musical Direction
Berkeley is a local music director, educator, composer, and performer. While his theater career began as an actor, since graduating college he has transitioned to the creative side of the theater and has loved every minute of it. Berkeley holds a BA degree in Music from California State University, Fullerton where he was a featured soloist and production assistant for the CSUF New Music Ensemble. Since returning to Napa, Berkeley has been seen on stage in Mary Poppins, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street. His work as a music director has taken him throughout Napa and Solano Counties where he has worked on multiple productions with Lucky Penny Productions, Napa High School, American Canyon High School, Armijo High School, and Solano Community College. He has also partnered with Young Artist Conservatory of Music in Vacaville where he taught private voice lessons, elementary school choir, and beginning music classes. Berkeley is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Music Education and hopes to empower youth through music and theater for years to come.
Joy ha sido maestra en educación bilingüe desde 2003. Después de recibir su licenciatura de Chico State, obtuvo su credencial bilingüe y desde entonces ha estado enseñando principalmente en español. 17 años de enseñanza le han brindado la oportunidad de participar en varios programas de idiomas en los condados de Sonoma, Solano y Napa. Su pasión es ayudar a cerrar la brecha cultural que existe en el Valle de Napa al ayudar a los estudiantes a aprender a amar y valorar tanto su lengua heredada como una segunda lengua, mientras apoya a las familias a reconocer su papel integral en el desarrollo de sus propios hijos. Particularmente en estos tiempos desafiantes, Joy espera brindar a los estudiantes de dos idiomas una razón divertida y auténtica para participar en el idioma español y continuar su desarrollo del idioma.
Joy has been a teacher in bilingual education since 2003. After receiving her Bachelors degree from Chico State, she went on to get her bilingual credential and has been teaching primarily in Spanish ever since. 17 years of teaching has afforded her the opportunity to participate in various language programs throughout Sonoma, Solano and Napa counties. Her passion is helping bridge the cultural gap that exists in the Napa Valley by helping students learn to love and value both their heritage language and a second language, while supporting families in owning their integral role in their own child's development. Particularly in these challenging times, Joy hopes to give dual-language students a fun and authentic reason to engage the Spanish language and continue their language development.