Debbie Wastling

Executive Director

Debbie Wastling, MA, BA Theatre, ALAM (Acting), LLAM (teaching) As Executive Director of Kings and Clowns 501(c)3 for 22 years Debbie believes every school age student should have access to quality music and arts training.

She has taught and directed at Junior College level, High School (Head of Music, Drama and Dance) and K-8 in several schools However, she started her music career in touring Rock Bands in England. She plays piano, saxophone and drums.

Grounded in the classics, she holds qualifications with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) together with a BA and MA in Theatre and Musical Theatre. Once transplanted to California she directed over 60 productions many popular musicals and produced many variety shows for choral groups.

Debbie has experience in volunteering on grant committees both for Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Long Beach Arts Council and consults with beginning non profits to help them navigate non-profit status and grant writing. She is a long-term member of the Society of Speech and Drama (UK) and holds a Red Carpet Award from Women in Theatre(LA) -2006.

Attia Arenas

Keyboard and Rock Band

Attia Arenas has a B.M. in Jazz Voice Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State University, Long Beach. She is a professional vocalist based in the Los Angeles area and was part of the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Pacific Standard Time, and became a two-time world champion with the Bob Cole Chamber Choir. Attia teaches keyboard, musical theatre and voice. She also leads the alto section in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Choir. She teaches keyboard at 4 schools for Arts Alive and is currently training to teach rock genre. She is also the office manager for Arts Alive programs. As someone who found her passion for music at a young age, Attia is looking forward to helping her students find their own passion and creativity for music as well.

Michael Fox

Violin

Here’s Mr. Fox’s story about how his life in music, “I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and started violin lessons when I was 5. At first, I learned how to play through the Suzuki method, but within a few years, I branched out to also play both Celtic and traditional American fiddling styles – and became fascinated by how one instrument could be played in so many different ways and create all of these amazing sounds!  I continued to study both classical violin and fiddle throughout, and further branched out into jazz and rock improvisation, as well as some study in how different people all over the world also have their own take on this amazing instrument, using it all to discover and grow my own musical voice and creativity.  

I have created music (either recording or performing) with hip-hop groups, a band fusing bluegrass and klezmer, an orchestra playing traditional Arabic music, gospel choirs, a cumbia and ranchero group, folk singer-songwriters, and country bands, as well as creating my own virtual performances blending traditional folk fiddling with my own improvised “musical meditations.” As a teacher, unleash the creativity and freedom and love of music I believe is within everyone, and strive to be flexible and patient, doing whatever it takes to help you empower yourself. This has lead me to learn more about incorporating music composed by women and people from all over the world into a standard violin curriculum, incorporating bodily awareness into instrumental playing, and adapting teaching styles so music-making can be inclusive for all learners and abilities.”

Eileen Vazquez

Dance

Eileen Vazquez has a BA in Dance in Cal State Dominguez Hills. She has danced for fifteen years beginning with Ballet Folklorico and extensive  training in jazz, hip-hop, and ballet. She teaches the students fun ways to express themselves through movement and love to dance. Dancing is a great way to stay active, and show creative and emotional expression! Open to all! Eileen Vazquez is the Arts Alive dance teacher. She received her 2 bachelors’ degrees in Theatre Arts and Liberal Studies in May of 2019 from CSU Dominguez Hills. Eileen plans to use her background as a Latin dancer, to teach folklorico in this upcoming summer camp. She has also helped students become more confident in their own movement while teaching creative dance. It is our mission to help students gain the confidence they need to perform for their recitals. Eileen’s main goal is to help all students achieve this while also teaching them jazz, ballet, and hip-hop techniques that can help them expand their own movement.

Patrick Lenon

Guitar and Ukulele

Hello! My name is Patrick Lenon, and I am thrilled to be a Guitar and Ukulele Teaching Artist. I would like to tell you more about my musical background so you can understand me better. 

I have over 10 years of guitar teaching experience. I got my start playing guitar at the Mark Fitchett Guitar school in Redondo Beach, CA. During my college years, I studied classical and rock guitar under Kenton Youngstrum at Pepperdine University. I then attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, where I had guitar and vocal training with renowned instructors. During my time at the Musicians’ Institute, I improved my skills on guitar while learning about songwriting and recording techniques.

I have been able to apply these skills in real-life scenarios by playing as a guitarist and bassist in rock, pop, jazz, and praise worship bands. I have performed with these bands and individually at venues such as The House of Blues, The Study, and St. Rocke.

Ori Huberman

Guitar and Rock Band

Ori Huberman grew up in Israel and after completing his service, he pursued his passion for music and music education and trained in Guitar at the Musicians Institute, Hollywood. After completing his degree in music education in Israel, Mr. Ori began teaching rock and jazz guitar since then. Mr. Ori divides his time between teaching and performing professionally in guitar, bass, and keyboards in several musical settings.

Cheryl-Lynn Penedo

Keyboard

Cheryl-Lynn Penedo studied piano, voice, and violin since childhood. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Oregon State University, specializing in Choral Studies and Choral Conducting. She has performed in several operas with Opera Theatre Corvallis, Oregon State University, and the Bel Canto Northwest Institute. Currently, she performs locally with her band “4 Faces” and sings in the choir for the City of Angels International Christian Church.

Jacob White

Drums and Percussion

Jacob White has being playing drums middle school with Arts Alive, where he trained in band with Ori Huberman, and Alex Smith. As the Drums and Percussion teacher, Jacob includes all ages in various types of drums and percussion. In 2021 he is starting his first year of college at California State Dominguez Hills, he hopes to enhance his teaching and playing skills to pass down to the next generation of players.