Faculty

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Our faculty has experience both in the industry as well as in the church. With a high value to raise up leaders, professionals, and worshipers, they will equip and train students to both be grounded in identity as well as build their craft with excellence.

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David Noroña

David Noroña has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer, as well as numerous theatre, film, and television credits, including Designated SurvivorThe Mentalist, One Tree Hill, and Six Feet Under. He also co-created/directed Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, a musical by composer-librettist Eric Whitacre. Currently head of the Studio Division at Bethel Media, David also served as Creative Director for Broadway Next, a musical theatre workshop in NYC. His greatest achievement is his marriage to Lisa Noroña, with whom he has four children: Zion, Night, Isaiah, and Talita.

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WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY TO THIS GENERATION OF ARTISTS?

“Artists are not prostitutes. They are prophets who prophesy through story, movement and emotion.” We are not simply performers; we are creative revivalists.

HOW DO YOU HEAR FROM GOD?

During worship one day in ministry school, I asked God why the people around me seemed to be having visible encounters with Him but not me. And He said to me: “You see things on the page and stage that others do not.” That’s how I hear His voice. That’s how He speaks to me. And that’s how I respond.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE/LIFE VERSE?

I love the intimacy and trust revealed in “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). It speaks to me as an artist -- having this quiet place of pondering.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTOR/DANCER?

I’m in awe of the strength and physicality of Baryshnikov as a dancer, the arresting minimalism of Hopkins and the emotional shape-shifting of Streep as actors, and the virtuosity of Broadway living legend, Audra McDonald.

FAVORITE BROADWAY SHOW?

The stunning young cast of Matilda and the mind-blowingly versatile cast of Once have both stayed with me long after the curtain fell.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

My favorite classic drama would have to be The Godfather, parts one and two, and my favorite romantic comedy is When Harry Met Sally. Most recently, Room left me breathless with its simplicity and brutal honesty.

FAVORITE BOOK?

Most recently, Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, the story of a blind French girl and young German soldier’s collision with love set in WWII, took my breath away.

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Lisa Noroña

Theatrical Dance Director Lisa Noroña has studied and danced for over 30 years. She began her professional career in Tokyo Disneyland as a featured character and then toured Europe in musicals such as Evita and Rock Carmen, after which she toured 48 of the 50 United States as both an ensemble member and lead in Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story. Lisa’s New York debut found her on a magic carpet in Radio City Music Hall as the first performer outside Disneyland to play Jasmine in Aladdin. Lisa has appeared in numerous commercials and starred in several movies, including Cinderella  (starring Whitney Houston) and Annie (starring Audra McDonald and Kristin Chenoweth.)

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What is your favorite Bible verse/life verse?

Psalm 25: Lead me by your truth and teach me for you are the God of my salvation on you I wait all the day. I also love the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. It is not about who has the most, but rather what you do with what you have been given.

How do you hear from God?

I hear God through worship, His word, and in times of silence where I just wait on Him. I’m a wife and a mom of 4, so He also likes to speak with me while I vacuum.

Who is your favorite actor/dancer?

Barinshnkov is my favorite dancer because of the passion he exudes when he performs and his ability to go beyond the natural. Bernadette Peters for her power and vocal range.

Favorite Broadway show?

West Side Story, Song and Dance and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.

What is your favorite movie?

Pride and Prejudice and Iron Man.

Favorite Bethel book/resource?

Culture of Honor by Danny Silk changed my life and my family. Most recently, Christ In You by Eric Johnson. I love this quote: “Arrogance is motivated by what it can gain and confidence is aimed at what it can give.”

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Claire Altamura

Claire studied classical ballet and contemporary dance at Arts Educational School, London. She has performed, choreographed, and taught in dance companies and schools for over 20 years in the UK, Europe, and the U.S. Companies include: Re-Animators Dance Company (London), Springs Dance Company (London) and Redding Civic Dance Company (California).  Claire has worked with many renowned Choreographers including Mark Baldwin (Ballet Rambert) and Wayne McGregor (Random Dance).  Her choreography in Matters of the Heart received critical acclaim at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  She has also choreographed numerous musicals including Might Moses, Wizard of Oz, Pilgrim's Progress and most recently Christmas Carol, A Love Story for the Redding Civic Rep.   She lives in Redding with her husband Fabiano, and her children, Bella and Joshua.

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What are your life verses?

Romans 12:2: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Philippians 4: 13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

How do you hear from God?

So many ways! I always have said that a shower is heaven sent. He speaks to me so very clearly in there!

Who is your favorite actor/dancer?

Baryshnikov is my favorite dancer, hands down. He’s inspired me throughout my training to push through, to break the mold with passion and beauty.

Favorite classic Broadway show?

On the 21st Century is stunning!

Favorite movie?

High Society (Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Michael Caine, Steve Martin).

Favorite book?

If there’s one book that has transformed my life and has given me tools for my day to day, it would be Danny Silk’s Keep Your Love On.

What would you like to say to this generation of artists?

The time is now. He is rising us up to a new level. To occupy a new ground. To inhabit, not just to visit.

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Fabiano Altamura

A graduate of the Arts Educational Schools in London, Fabiano has worked as an actor, writer, director, and producer for over 20 years.  Some of his theatre credits include South Pacific (Peter Darling, Tony Award Best Choreographer), The Boyfriend (ULTZ, Olivier Award Best Director), West Side Story, and Romeo & Juliet (both with James McAvoy). On film and TV, Fabiano has worked with Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Parminder Nagra, and more. Passionate about training creative revivalists who perform in the Presence from their true identity, he created the Dream Circle, a technique allowing actors to take risks in a safe space. Recently he wrote, produced and directed an new adaptation of a Christmas Carol for the Redding Civic Rep.  Fabiano is the Theatrical Director of the Redding Civic Auditorium and lives in Redding with his wife, Claire, and children Bella and Joshua.

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What do you think God wants to say to artists in this generation?

God filled Bezalel with His Spirit because what he created housed and brought the Presence of God. The next wave of revival will come through healthy artists who perform from identity and in the Presence.

How do you hear from God?

I hear from God in worship (especially when Steffany Gretzinger is leading), I see him through fashion and architecture, and I experience Him through amazing food.

What is your favorite Bible verse/life verse?

My life verses are Exodus 33:11 “God spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to friend” and Proverbs 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

Who is your favorite actor/dancer?

Tom Hanks’ versatility and Robert Duval’s subtle nuances on screen have always inspired and fascinated me.

Favorite Broadway show?

On The 20th Century with Kristen Chenoweth and my good friend, Phillip Attmore, was beyond sensational. From the stunning sets to the sheer brilliance of every cast member, this show left me in awe and wonder.

What is your favorite movie?

My all time favourite movie is Big. This movie inspired me to become an actor and captured fantastical storytelling so well. However, the classical elegance of On The Town with Sinatra and Kelly is hard to rival.

Favorite book?

I am currently reading Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley and Strengthen Yourself In The Lord by Bill Johnson, which is such a beautiful exposition from one of the most inspirational leaders I know.

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Trish Harris

Trish Harris is a veteran singing instructor of 15 years, a musical theatre producer, director, performer and owner of Redding's own Harris Studios.  Her company empowers artists and arts educators by providing resources for students, teachers, directors, producers and performers of all genres. She finds her greatest joy in seeing her students and teachers conquer their goals, and contributing to the creation of new programs that will further develop arts related resources for our Redding community.