Elaine Zofrea, Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Elaine has worked professionally in theatre for over 30 years. She is a BFA graduate of Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has worked as a stage manager, director and stage tech. Her credits include Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons; Atlantic city at Trump's Castle Casino; a west coast tour with Dance Theatre of Harlem; three years with Children's Educational Tour at South Coast Repertory and 29 years with Disneyland Resort Entertainment. She has directed at Hill Middle School, Saint Anthony's High School in addition to 14 shows for GO-FAME. Additional work with youth includes Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout Den Leader and trainer. She has received the Boy Scout District Award of Merit and five Presidential Service Awards. She still has the dittoed copy of her first play from second grade as well as the first script she wrote at age 12. She believes that art can change lives.
Tom Zofrea, Resident Designer
Tom is a Senior Art Director for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. His work can be seen in California, Florida, Paris, Hong Kong and Shang Hai. Tom has a BA in theater from California State University, Long Beach and a MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. He has worked Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, in regional theaters such as South Coast Repertory and taught theater at Cerritos College and William Patterson College. He has received a TEA and the Walt Disney Legacy award. Tom was recognized for his work with Boy Scouts with the District Award of Merit and Honored Scoutmaster awards. He currently is an Eagle Scout adviser and mentors high school students. Tom not only designs our shows. He works with our volunteers,teaching stage craft and scene painting.
Kathy McGuire, Co-Founder (retired)
Kathy has a BA in Applied Mathematics from CSULB. Using her 20 years of experience in business along with skills learned as a volunteer in schools and scouting, Kathy has guided GO-FAME along the zig-zagging path from after-school program to 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This endeavor has reconnected Kathy to her artistic roots and rekindled her love of musical theater. She believes in the positive outcomes experienced by youth involved in the arts and particularly at GO-FAME.
We are fortunate to have outstanding artists and educators work on our productions. They share their experience and talents with our performers as directors, choreographers, musical directors, vocal coaches, instructors and more.
DAVID LOVEGREN, PRESIDENT
DOREEN WILEY, SECRETARY
JEFFREY MULLIN, Treasurer
TAMI DI PAOLO
Our Board of Trustees ensures
that the company complies with
tax and legal requirements and uses funds and resources efficiently toward meeting the organization's priorities. In addition, the board helps with the work of GO-FAME including assisting with productions as well as raising funds through non-production events such as our annual costume sale and gala.
We are looking to add more GO-FAME supporters to the board. send a note to info@GO-FAME.org if you are interested in finding out how you can be a part of this group.
TO OFFER YOUNG PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, CULTURES AND LIFESTYLES, THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRODUCE PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, STUDY MANY ASPECTS OF PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS, DEVELOP LIFE SKILLS AND EXPLORE CAREER OPTIONS IN THE ARTS WHILE PROVIDING OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT TO THE COMMUNITY.
We provide a safe place for budding young artists to explore the arts and develop their skills.
Through our fully-staged musical productions, young performers work with professional directors, musical directors and choreographers to create an exciting, high-quality show. Kids, ages 8-18, learn about and experience theater from audition to performance, both on stage and behind the scenes. Our performers learn to be responsible, considerate team players.
GO-FAME was originally founded as an afterschool drama program at Minnie Gant Elementary School in Long Beach. Our first production was an original version of Alice In Wonderland in 2005. Sixty students, grades 1-5, performed to sold-out audiences in the University Theater at CSULB. Over the years, we continued to produce one full-scale musical each year and the program grew to over 120 performers. In addition to our shows, we provided after school classes such as Introduction to Drama, Animation and Ballet Folkorico.
Today, GO-FAME produces a full show season including 2 large scale musicals, small scale shows, classes and workshops.
We participate in our community through a variety of programs including collaborations with schools and other youth and arts organizations. We also provide complimentary tickets to Boys Town, who works with children in foster care, and VetTix, who provides tickets to active and retired military personnel. We are pleased to support local PTAs and other local nonprofits by donating items for silent auctions and other fundraisers. We also have provided entertainment for other nonprofit organizations such as the Children's Benefit League,Millers Children's Hospital, and the Signal Hill Historical Society.
We create a fun, safe and happy community of performers and future patrons of the arts.