Thespians Go Hollywood

“My favorite part of the entire evening was watching our adult performers watch the student Thespian performers sing their closing number, ‘Our Time/Bring on Tomorrow,’ They had tears in their eyes, and I knew at that moment they were remembering their journey from the high school stage to where they are today.”

Krista Carson Elhai, Thespian troupe director and theatre educator

We hope to see you next year for Thespians Go Hollywood 2018!
Thespians Go Hollywood 2017 featured performers.

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Thank you to all who came out to support theatre education for underserved schools and thank you to our Thespian stars who made the event a success!

Thespians Go Hollywood, a collaborative effort by talented film, theatre, and TV professionals and California Thespian student performers, benefits theatre education for underserved schools.

Chaired by Krista Carson Elhai, President of the California Educational Theatre Association, hosted by Hunter Bell ([title of show]), directed by Daniel Smith (director/choreographer with 3D Theatricals), and with musical direction by Todd Schroeder (LA Stage Alliance Ovation award winner for Best Musical Direction), Thespians Go Hollywood returned for its second year!

This unforgettable night featured performances by Barrett Foa, Sam Harris, Sharon Lawrence, Lesley McKinnell, Loren Smith, Alex Wyse, and California Thespians, interviews by Carolina Garcia and KC Wilkerson, and a special guest presentation from NBC Entertainment Chairman, Robert Greenblatt.

For information on sponsoring the 2018 event, contact Marion Combs at (513) 977-5539.

Past performers

  • Star of the film Hairspray, Marissa Jaret Winokur
  • Recording artist Shoshana Bean from Broadway’s Wicked and Hairspray
  • Honorary Thespian Barrett Foa of NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Grammy nominee Cheyenne Jackson
  • Tony winner and Grammy nominee Steve Kazee
  • Sharon Lawrence of Rizzoli & Isles and NYPD: Blue
  • Student members of California Thespians
  • Tony nominated Broadway star and TV star Sam Harris
  • ITS alum from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Lesley McKinnell
  • ITS alum Carolina Garcia, manager of original programming at Netflix
  • ITS alum KC Wilkerson, senior lighting designer at Disney Parks and Resorts

Thank to our 2017 Thespians Go Hollywood patrons and sponsors!