Archived entries for Ensemble Theatre Company

Announcing: Radio Icon Sheena Metal Joins ESTLA Board of Directors


Sheena MetalSheena Metal, an entertainment icon who has anchored numerous radio shows for over 17 years in Los Angeles, has been named to the Board of Directors of Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles, it was announced by Gates McFadden, Artistic Director.

Sheena Metal has anchored a wide and varied number of radio shows in Los Angeles. During her six years at KLSX, she helmed five different programs. The Sheena Metal Experience, her current top-rated talk show, airs daily on LA’s hottest new station, LA Talk Radio, on which she has interviewed television and movie stars, Broadway legends, studio heads, writers, doctors, chefs, shark experts and ghost hunters … to name only a few. In addition, Metal hosts three other weekly shows for the successful radio station. They are Music Highway, an internationally syndicated music/talk hybrid, Haunted Playground, a paranormal cornucopia of ghosts, monsters, aliens and other things that go bump in the night and, her newest effort, Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics, which pairs her with Brady Bunch alum Susan Olsen, for a show that uses both ladies’ irreverent opinions to provoke and re-unite Americans during this difficult time for our country.

With all of this, Metal’s first love will always be live theatre. A graduate of South Coast Repertory’s prestigious Youth Conservatory, she has produced, acted in, and directed various productions in both New York and LA, including The Vagina Monologues, Spoon River Anthology, George Washington Slept Here, The Miser, You Can’t Take It With You, and most recently, Last Summer At Bluefish Cove for the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project.

Ensemble Studio Theatre LA is one of Los Angeles’s premiere developmental and producing theatres. The company is dedicated to developing and producing new work by established and emerging playwrights; providing a lifelong artistic home to its membership of artistic professionals; and sustaining live theatre, the vital and unique interaction of artist and audiences.

Sheena Metal’s appointment to the Board of ESTLA is effective immediately. For more info, visit or

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Announcing: Starmites


Rehearsals are underway for Ensemble Theatre Company’s new production of the 1989 Tony Award-nominated musical Starmites. With music and lyrics by Barry Keating and book by Stuart Ross and Keating,  Starmites will be directed and choreographed by Steve Edlund (with co-choreographer Lili Fuller). There is one preview performance on Friday, April 23 at 8pm and opening night is set for Saturday, April 24 at 8:00.  The engagement will run through Sunday, May 9.

Starmites tells the zany tale of earthling Eleanor, who, dreaming her way into a comic book adventure in Innerspace, is thrust into a quest to save the galaxy.  It is Eleanor, Space Punk, the Starmites and a lizard man against the evil Banshees (weird women with dangerous hair-dos) led by Diva and Shak Graa.  Starmites is 100% family friendly, and will transport audiences to a whole new universe and will feature re-imagined elements, including puppets and special effects.

The cast (in alphabetical order) includes Marisa Esposito, Michael Joyce, Thomas Krottinger, Matthew McFarland, Riana Nelson, Jessica Perlman, Jonah Priour, Jen Reiter, Raquel Sandler, Natalie Storrs, and Donald Webber, Jr.  The set design is by Steve Edlund, costume design is by Lili Fuller, lighting design is by Phil Kong, and sound design is by Sean Kranz.  The music and vocal director is Michael Alfera, puppet design is by Jessica Dalva, and Melissa Trupp serves as stage manager.  The producer for Ensemble Theatre Company is Caitie Hannon.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) was founded in 2000 by Narcissa Vanderlip and Parmer Fuller.  Working with talented and dedicated young performers directed by theatre professionals, ETC has presented  classic and lesser known American musicals, Shakespeare in unique outdoor settings, and original musical theatre.  ETC also facilitates an annual youth community tour, bringing music, theatre and dance to child service agencies, nursing homes, and hospitals across Los Angeles County.

There will be one preview performance of Starmites on Friday, April 23 at 8pm, and opening is set for Saturday, April 24 at 8pm. THE MEDIA IS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE ON SATURDAY 4/24, BUT IS ALSO WELCOME AT ANY OTHER PERFORMANCE AFTER THAT. The regular performance schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm through May 9 (there is no matinee on Saturday 4/24).  Prices range from $10-$20 and tickets may be purchased online at  There are special family prices available for selected matinees.

The Miles Memorial Playhouse is located at 1130 Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica.

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