Glorificando a Cristo a través de
Excelencia en las artes
CSDC se estableció en 2002. Para las cofundadoras Irene Miller y Marla Ripps, todo comenzó literalmente con un sueño y una oración. Irene tuvo un sueño y Marla hizo una oración por un lugar donde Dios pudiera ser glorificado a través del teatro y donde los cristianos pudieran encontrar una salida para su talento. Desde 2001, CSDC ha enseñado todos los aspectos de las artes teatrales a estudiantes K-12. A través de esta capacitación preprofesional, los estudiantes pueden utilizar sus dones y talentos para servir a otros en cualquier aspecto del teatro o en los negocios.
Con la bendición y la dirección de Dios, imaginamos que Crystal Sea Drama Company seguirá creciendo en su capacidad para ofrecer clases y producciones en unas instalaciones de primera clase. Crystal Sea Drama Company se dedica a la formación de artistas en la educación y el rendimiento de las artes teatrales.
En agosto de 2009, nos mudamos a nuestra ubicación actual: un almacén en 8414 Speedway. El edificio solía ser un almacén de tiro con arco. El espacio, conocido cariñosamente como "El Estudio", se ha transformado en un teatro de ensayo de caja negra completo con tienda de disfraces, amplio vestuario, almacenamiento de accesorios y decorados, y aulas.
Irene Miller, directora artística e instructora interina, ha estado involucrada en producciones teatrales desde 1970. Tiene una licenciatura en Artes Teatrales y Comunicaciones de la Universidad de Iowa.
Marla Ripps, directora de vestuario e instructora, es una ingeniera civil que recibió su licenciatura de Texas A&M.
Alice in Wonderland, Summer 2020
Executive Artistic Director, Founder
Irene Miller graduated with a Theatre and Communications degree from the University of Iowa. She is the Executive and Artistic Director for Crystal Sea Drama Company(CSDC). She teaches Building a Character, Shakespeare Performance, and Performance and Professional Prep classes and directs two to four shows a year. She has been acting since she was young and has performed in numerous plays, including The Sound of Music, Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Hallelujah Girls. Irene has directed over 50 plays, most recently, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Twelve Angry Jurors, and Alice in Wonderland. She is the mother of nine children and has four grandchildren. Irene has over 30 years of homeschooling experience. In what little spare time she has, she loves to read, play solitaire, and scrapbook.
Head Costumer, Founder, Photographer
Marla Ripps is the Lead Costumer and an instructor for CSDC. She co-founded CSDC with Irene Miller in 2002. She has worked in some capacity in every show CSDC has produced. Her expertise can be seen in CSDC’s makeup designs and applications, costume designs and construction, and sound design. Mrs. Ripps has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Alfy Valdez is a California transplant to San Antonio. He grew up on the Monterey Peninsula where he discovered acting while in high school. Set design & construction followed receiving a degree in Art from CAL Berkeley. Alfy designed sets for community theatres & dinner theatres around the Monterey Peninsula. One of his favorite projects was teaching at Carmel School of Performing Arts for three years. Favorite productions included You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Hans Christian Andersen, Little Mary Sunshine, & the Wizard of Oz.
Managing Director, Graphic Designer
Jenn Tonak is originally from Colorado and has lived in San Antonio for 17 years. She attended the Art Institute of Colorado to study photography but found that wasn't really what she was interested in. She did, however, find that she really liked the digital aspect and photoshop. She moved more into graphic design, designing tickets and flyers for events. When her daughter wanted more in the way of acting, they found CSDC. As chance would have it, CSDC needed a graphic designer to create their show posters! Since starting at CSDC, she is not only the graphic designer, but also the finance manager, and office manager. She is also a homeschool mom, entrepreneur, and avid crafter!
Robert Gonzalez was the children’s minister at his church for over 15yrs, graduated with Bachelor’s in theatre, and has been directing and performing in and around the San Antonio community. He is currently taking professional Voice Over classes and is in the process of getting his official Texas Teacher’s Certification. In his spare time, he works a full time job in the Entertainment department at SeaWorld where he occasionally performs in the Sea Lion show!
Kelly Hanson is a local artist and entrepreneur with over 20 years of professional experience. She has run several art related businesses including working as a decorative interior painter and running an international children’s art kit subscription business. She also spent over 10 years performing locally with the National Comedy Theatre and Comedy Sportz improv troupe. Currently, Kelly is a homeschool mom and teaches kindergarten in a hybrid model school. She loves teaching scenic painting, children’s theatre and art classes here at CSDC!
Mike Dannelly was born a natural athlete, but his dreams of becoming an International Olympic Fencer were dashed at the ripe age of 2 ½ years old in a terrible backyard accident involving a llama and a plastic kiddie pool. Mike was introduced to theater in high school and went on to perform throughout college and early adulthood. During his theatrical escapades, Mike was introduced to the world of comedy and laughter. He found that his true passion in theater was making people laugh and enjoyed hearing them have a good time. Mike harnessed the power of laughter and wit to become a professional improvisor. He's the former owner of ComedySportz San Antonio and has been teaching improv for 10 years with the last few being here at CSDC and is self-proclaimed "favorite teacher" to most of our students.
George has taught Renaissance Trebuchet Class for the past three years. He is a mechanical engineer and loves to impart his knowledge to students
Gwen Kandt teaches English and Drama at Crestmont Christian Preparatory School in Boerne. She has been involved in drama ministries at four churches and led a homeschool theater program in Sioux City, Iowa. Over the years, she has written scads of skits, one-acts, and full-length plays for her students to perform, including two published one-acts: Do-Overs and Everyman 2.0. Her two daughters are also actively involved at CSDC with her while they attend college. In her spare time, she reads, blogs (ingennesaret.blogspot.com), and indulges in far too many desserts.
Costume Assistant, Photographer
Teresa Fehrenbach learned the basics of sewing in middle school Home Ec classes and has continued to create things with textiles through the years. She has made baby quilts and clothing for her children and grandchildren, costumes for her church theatrical productions, and most recently has been an assistant costumer and photographer for CSDC for the last three years. In addition to costuming, she does alterations, custom garment design and construction, and flat pattern design. She taught sewing classes in her home and at a 4H club a number of years ago and is excited to offer this class at CSDC this year. Samples of her work in sewing and photography can be seen on her website at www.tfehrenbachstudios.com.