Our Alumni Artists

Autumn Jessel
Class of 2021

Autumn Jessel has been the lead in many of the Grace Brethren productions and graduated in 2021. Autumn is a music major at Azusa Pacific University. 

 

Elliana Fraser
Class of 2020

Ellie has been in many Grace Brethren productions as well as one of the Spotlight Finalists for Southern California Theatre. Elle graduated Grace Brethren in 2020 and is currently studying at Azusa Pacific university as a Theatre Arts Major (acting for the stage and screen).

 

Enrike Llamas
Class of 2020

Enrike Llamas graduated Grace in 2020 leading productions on the Grace stage. Enrike attends Azusa Pacific University majoring in psychology and performing in the Theatre Arts. 

 
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Adam Souza
Class of 2018

Adam has been a fixture on the Grace stage and at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center.  Adam is  attending Cal Lutheran with a Visual and Performing Arts scholarship (VAPA Scholarship). 

Alex Gabriel
Class of 2018
Alex has received her performing arts training at Cabrillo Theater Company and at Grace. She has starred in film and theatre, performing all across Southern California. Alex graduated from Westmont University as a Theatre Arts Major.

Minmin Pan
Class of 2018, International Student

Minmin comes to us from China as an International Student. She has a vision of introducing musical theatre to the students of China so that, in the future, there can be a new generation to bring a voice of hope to people who are desperate and needing to hear it.  Minmin is a Theatre Arts Major at Sequoia University.

Michael J. Claridge
Class of 2016

Michael continues to work in theatre, film and television working as a Talent Agent at RPM and applying for the Directors Trainee Program.  Micheal has a degree in Film Production at Cal State Northridge University.

Brandon Schain
Class of 2014

Brandon currently works at a large church leading multiple teams of volunteer creatives. Producer & Lighting Designer of weekend services across ministries. Created, Staffed, Directed & Produced a YouTube Media Team that creates original content for college aged students. Currently getting a Bachelor’s in Cinema & Television Production.

Adam Wilson
GBS Class of 2004

Adam Wilson graduated from Grace Brethren in 2004. After graduation, he studied music and  headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to lead worship at a new church that was being planted. It was in Charlotte that Adam discovered his passion for teaching music in a way that was exciting and relevant. In 2014, Adam and his wife Rachael opened a music school called "Learn Music".  Adam's musical education at Grace Brethren was crucial in helping him develop the skills he needed to start and maintain a thriving music school.

Joey James
Class of 2015

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oey James, a graduate of The Grace Academy, is still involved with the Grace Brethren fine arts department, photographing and designing art for all of the productions for the past 5 years. It was at Grace Brethren that he fell in love with theatre, and had a chance to grow in his design and photography abilities.  He works full time as the director of print and digital media at The Church at Rocky Peak, and hopes to continue to do vocational ministry for the rest of his life. 

Christian Watts
GBS Class of 2013

Since graduation, Christian has continued his pursuit of musical theater, performing in different theatre companies and films. Outside of acting, Christian has begun to work in film development, where he helps the development team assess and review incoming projects for film and television.  Chris graduated from UC Santa Barbara: 2013-2017 (Double Major) B.A. Film & Media Studies and B.A. English.

Brian Andrews
GBS Class of 2005
Brian Andrews“Brian is a camera operator in the film and television industry. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Northridge, he began work as a camera assistant. Over the years he has progressed to Camera Operator and for the first time was the Director of Photography for “Murder in the Heartland” on the Investigation Discovery network. 

"The Grace Brethren Performing Arts Department has taught me that the times you work the hardest can also be the best times of your life when you do it with the right people. Through this theater department I have gained lifelong friends and learned how to unashamedly be myself!" - Adam Souza, Class of 2018