Musical Director/Singer/Dancer/ ~ Past Chairman
Krista has a B.A. in Music Education from James Madison University where she studied voice. She spent her college years performing with the JMU Madisonians which only deepened her love of glitzy showchoir. After moving to CA, she began teaching general music at Beverly Vista Elementary School in Beverly Hills.
While teaching in the public school system, she was fortunate enough to teach musical theatre at YADA (Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts) in West Hollywood, CA where she realized her true passion was putting on stage shows for children. Krista has served as the Arts and Enrichment Coordinator for The Friends of West Hollywood Elementary School where she directed/coordinated productions of Annie, Aladdin and Alice In Wonderland.
Other directing credits include: High School Musical, School House Rock, Peter Pan, Chorus Line, Bugsy Malone, Little Shop of Horrors, and Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to teaching at Theater 150, Krista has taught Glee class at Starlight Dance Academy.
Krista took over as Creative Director of OYES in 2012, changing it from the previous Theater 150, to the new Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio.
Krista is the mom of 7th grader, Keaton, 5th grader, Peyton, and second grader, Hudson. Krista’s main mission is to give children a safe and fun environment to explore and be exposed to musical theatre. Her proudest moments are watching nervous auditioners turn into confident performers.