Our Staff

EVCT Staff

Our Team

Bryanna-Patrick-Blanco

Bryanna Patrick Blanco

Artistic Director
Main Stage Director
Main Stage Producer
Breona-Conrad

Breona Conrad

Bravo Director
Classroom Instructor
Voice Teacher
Dance Instructor/Choreographer
AaronBlanco

Aaron Blanco

On-the-Spot Improv Troupe Director
Stage Combat Choreographer
Jamie-Gilbert

Jamie Gilbert Merrell

EVCT Express Director
Classroom Instructor
Jr. Improv Troupe Director
Literature Alive! Director
Joel Cranson

Joel Cranson

Main Stage Director
Shira Schwartz

Shira Schwartz

Adaptive Theatre Teacher
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Brenda Cranson

Business/Office Manager

Bryanna Patrick Blanco

Artistic Producing Director
Main Stage Director

Bryanna is an AriZoni Award-winning local director, as well as an adjunct professor of Theatre and Film at South Mountain Community College. Working with Arizona Theatre Company, MET, Stageworks, Maricopa Community Colleges, and Southwest Shakespeare Company she has been teaching and developing academic, professional and community performing arts classes in Phoenix for over twenty years. She most recently directed She Kills Monsters and A Doll’s House at SMCC, Circle Mirror Transformation at MET, and Urinetown and Is He Dead? at Arizona Theatre Company. She has a Bachelor’s of Art from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Theatre Education and Outreach from The University of Arizona. She is supported by her wonderful husband, Aaron, and kids. She is ecstatic to carry on the amazing work done here at EVCT!

Breona Conrad

Breona Conrad is a multi-faceted theatre artist who can be found onstage throughout the Valley. She serves EVCT in the classroom as a skill building teacher, director of the Bravo troupe, a Summer Camp instructor, choreographer for main stage productions, and teaching voice lessons. She has worked with Ronin Theatre Company, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Flagstaff Shakespeare Company, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, The Bridge Initiative, Stray Cat, Class 6, and BLK BOX PHX. Breona is also a teaching artist for ASU Gammage and an adjudicator for the High School Musical Theatre Awards. She also works as a member of both the Molly Blank Fund Arts Integration Teaching Artist Program, and the Disney Musical in Schools Teaching Artist Program.

Aaron Blanco

Aaron Blanco

Aaron is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s B.F.A. Acting program with a stage combat certification. He is a professional Phoenix actor and stage combat choreographer. His recent credits include Beau Jest at the Hale (Bob), Peacemaker at Phoenix Theatre (Bluey), and various roles/stage combat work with Southwest Shakespeare. 

Aaron would like to thank Bry and his beloved daughters for their continued support in his acting career.

Jamie Gilbert Merrell

Jamie Gilbert Merrell’s passion for theatre began at a young age. That passion was solidified when she was cast in a production of Seussical, the Musical, Jr. From there, she has participated in and performed in over 30 shows, including classics like A Doll’s House and Tartuffe, as well as shows specifically meant for children like Wizard of OZ and Alice in Wonderland. Her greatest love is improv comedy. She has performed in several improv troupes and even created her own improvised podcast called A Bit of Funny. She is excited to share her knowledge and love with the children at EVCT.

Caila Rochelle Loehr

Caila Rochelle Loehr

Caila Rochelle Loehr has been an EVCT fan for many years and has even taught camp for us in the past. She has extensive experience in the arts as well as office management. 

Joel Cranson

Joel Cranson has been serving as one of EVCT’s Main Stage Directors since 2010. He has also served on the Board of Directors. He received ariZoni awards for his direction of The Goat’s Gruff (2010) and Camelot & Camelittle (2019). Joel has fond memories of directing Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, Huff n’ Puff, Charlotte’s Web, Arya’s Rock, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Disney The Lion King, Jr. (ariZoni nomination), The Frog Prince, and other EVCT shows as well. When not directing, he enjoys spending time with his family, cosplaying, playing video games and watching movies.

Shira Schwartz

Shira Schwartz

Shira Schwartz is currently the Theatre Director at Basha High School where she teaches all theatre classes, produces and directs the main stage performances, runs the improv team, and produces four nights of one-acts each school year. She began a Unified Theatre class at Basha High School and has students who work professionally in the theatrical arts; although she retired from performing years ago. She has a Bachelor’s in Theatre and a Master’s in education.

 

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