The Tweedlie Center for the Arts opened it's doors in early 2013. We offered one class and had 23 students enrolled! Our first production was Disney's The Aristocats Kids and boy, if you were there, it was truly a sight to see. We had to stop the production to get some tiny actors on stage, our stage was basically dark, and our sets incredibly home made but that day as I sat in the front row and directed kiddos where to go, when to sing, and fed a lot of lines... I realized we were different, we were special. Most of these kids had never been on a stage, much less sang, dance or had a speaking part in front of people! I realized that I wanted to be a place that made a difference in the lives of the kids I had the pleasure of teaching, not just a theatre that put up show after show after show. Since that first production, we have made quite a lot of progress... we offer multiple classes a year, including week long summer camps, special performances and fun events, like Movie Nights and we continue to grow every year! We now teach around 75 kids a session! We offer classes for beginners, as well as more challenging classes for our older students. TCARiverside is all about opportunity, we try to split roles as much as we can or give parts to kids who wouldn't normally be considered, we're not always going to cast the best singer in the biggest role because we believe theatre is more than talent, it's about the person you are, the person you want to be and the person you're becoming. We believe the lessons our students learn in our theatre can be applied to developing their personalities, drives, friendships, and goals in life no matter the path they choose to take.
Stacee Tweedlie began taking singing lessons at seven years old and fell in love with the theatre at sixteen. She earned her bachelor's degree in Theatre Education from California State University, Fullerton and her Master's in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. Stacee has performed in numerous musicals; her favorite roles include Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical (twice), Sandy in Grease, Belle in Beauty & the Beast, and Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde. She has been teaching vocal lessons for over twelve years, as well as musical theatre classes. She opened TCA because she believed theatre should be about building self-confidence not tearing it down; her goal is to make every child feel a part of the show. Stacee is also a theatre professor at California Baptist University and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Theatre through the University of Idaho. Stacee loves to teach and thrives on sharing her love of the theatre with others! She also LOVES her 3 year old boy Logan and truly believes she has a new understanding and appreciation for the trust parents put in her everyday by allowing her to teach their kids.
Vincent Washicko discovered Musical Theater in High School and has never looked back. He has training in Voice, Tap, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater Dance, and Jazz at studios across Southern California, including Cal State Long Beach. Vincent has performed all across Orange County at Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park, the OC Fair, various city functions, and private events. Some favorite roles include Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid”, Adam/Noah in “Children of Eden”, and Ryan Evans in “High School Musical”. Vincent had music directed and choreographed for local school productions of “Cinderella”, “Seussical, Jr.”, & “Little Mermaid, Jr.” before joining the staff at TCA. With TCA, Vincent has performed in the adult productions while also co-directing the productions with Miss Stacee since 2018. He loves everyone at TCA and has truly found his passion in teaching his students, including his favorite, his daughter Fiona. Vincent is currently pursuing his MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing. Vincent made TCA his home because he believes in TCA and their goal to give every student a chance to find their passions and nurture them to exceed the best they can.
Parent Coordinator/Costume Mistress
Toni Burink was a shy child by nature until she found the drama club in middle school. She went on in high school to be the captain and choreographer for her drill team and grew to love performing and teaching. She has been an entrepreneur her entire adult life, owning her own hair salon for 15 years in Washington and also 12 years as a sales development and business coach for women in her Mary Kay Cosmetics unit. During this time she has had public speaking engagements from 10 people up to 500 people. She says that the primary skill that she works with her consultants on has been confidence and public speaking skills. She currently homeschools her daughter who has been part of TCA since 2016 and loves it! She is super excited to be part of TCA where she can help build the confidence and public speaking skills of kids in the same way she gained hers through children's theatre!
Acting & Musical Theatre Teacher
Leah Moore is a graduate of the California Baptist University Theatre Department, and a proud founding member of New Threads Theatre Company. She began her journey with theatre in high school and has focused primarily on performance technique, as well as props and makeup during her education. Some of her recent performance credits include: Elizabeth Proctor in New Threads Theatre's The Crucible, Hecate in the Courtyard Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth, and Jordan Baker in the Worldwide Theatrical's The Great Gatsby. Since 2014, she has been blessed to have opportunities to teach children's theatre throughout the Inland Empire, and couldn't be happier to join up with The Tweedlie Center and continue doing the work she loves most with a company full of others with the same passion!