Who Are We?
Julia Pinhey - Technical Theatre Teacher
Julia Pinhey has been the Technical Theatre Teacher at Santa Susana High School since 2019. Prior to working at Santa Susana, Julia taught at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. She loves working with students and sharing her passion for the arts. In addition to teaching, Julia works as a Rental Manager for Jabworks, and is a freelance sound designer and engineer. In her free time she loves to work on woodworking projects. She drinks a lot of coffee (and La Croix).
As a sound engineer, Julia has worked on several projects that have gone on to play on Broadway and Off-Broadway such as the original productions of Heathers: the Musical and Deaf West's Spring Awakening. Julia has been the resident mixer for 5-Star Theatricals since 2013, and has mixed over 20 of their productions. Her favorite 5-Star productions include Mary Poppins, Matilda: the Musical, Memphis, Shrek, Peter Pan, and Sister Act. Julia formerly worked for the Walt Disney Company in Technical Services at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
Recent sound design credits include Into the Woods, Shrek Jr. (California State University Northridge), associate sound design Newsies, Addams Family, Ragtime, Cinderella (5-Star Theatricals), assistant sound design Kinky Boots, Everybody Rise! A Sondheim Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl (LA Philharmonic).
Alex Choate - Technical Theatre Teacher
Alex Choate was a student of Don and Jane Childs, and some would argue he's the son they never needed. Alex has had his hands in everything from lighting design to prop and scenic design. Notable projects include KFC's Zinger Space Sandwich space launch (which Alex art directed), and Jeep Compass Trailhawk Edition commercial popularized on social media. Recently, he has been working with The Windward School, Santa Susana High School, and 5-Star Theatricals. Alex runs a custom shop for productions, collectors, and high-end cosplay.
Paige Loter - Artist in Residence, costume design
As designer, producer, administrator, manager, board member, performer, and stage mom, Paige has had her hands in all aspects of the theatre world. For the last 20 years she has held artistic positions in the LA area for Walt Disney Co., Domiloo Design, Warner Bros. Studios, Conejo Valley Homeschoolers, Rancho Simi Parks and Recreation, Fairy Pepper Toys, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Musical Theatre Guild, 5-Star Theatricals, Knot Free Productions, Pacific Festival Ballet and California Dance Theatre. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre design from the University of CA, San Diego, and during her time there, worked on projects from designing web pages with Dr. Sally Ride and Nasa to to starting up campus theatre organizations which still exist today. Paige loves every aspect of telling stories on the stage and is thrilled to be working with the students at Santa Susana High School on costume design.