Here at MTT, we are a creative community that is inclusive of everyone!

Our mission is to create a safe and fun environment for our students to explore the their creativity and imagination. We meet students where they are, and then help them build skills and gain confidence in themselves.  This transformation extends beyond the classroom and stage, and continues to give them skills and confidence in the arenas of life for years to come.

The Team

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Julie Greathouse-Suazo
Improv, Acting Troupe & Script Writing Teacher

Julie started her musical theatre career in the Cleveland theatrical community as a child performer in the sixties, and has been working steadily since.  A lifelong musician and veteran performer of numerous local productions, regional theatre, and national touring, she also works independently as a musical director, vocal director, theatrical script doctor, casting consultant, private audition and vocal coach and as a music curriculum consultant.  Julie has also worked in San Diego and La Jolla school districts teaching general music, recorders, K-3 percussion band, musical theatre, an theatre arts since 1987.  She has been working with several local school districts, providing site embedded staff development for general music to classroom teachers in the primary grades.  Julie is a master teacher and we are thrilled to have her teaching here at MTT.

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Donna
The woman behind the curtain!

Meet Donna the “left brain” counterpart to all the “right brain” creative types floating around MTT!  She is organized and logical and is excited to help you get the info you need in a timely manner.  What are the costume requirements?  I can’t remember my parent portal password!  How do I access the choreography videos?  I need a copy of the script… Whatever your questions may be, Donna will get you the answers!  So glad to have her as a part of our team!

Catherine Colby
Founder and Teacher

Graduated San Diego State University with a BA in Music, Dance, Theatre.  She has taught classes in music, theater, musical theatre, improv, vocal production, preschool and creative movement to kids ages 3 to 18.  She sang in choirs from elementary school through college and has been in numerous shows.  She began teaching in Solana Beach as "Rising Stars Studio."  She was hired as the music teacher for Park Dale Lane Elementary School and was then hired as the theatre teacher at Encinitas Country Day School.  She left the school system when her kids were toddlers and created "Mini Theatre Troupe." (Later changing the name to Music & Theatre Troupe.)  She has directed hundreds of musicals & plays from mini preschool shows performing in a corner of the preschool classroom to big Broadway musicals performed on the big stage with lights, sound, backdrops, set changes, rotating stages, costumes, props, and live music. With years of teaching experience, she knows how to teach while keeping it fun and how to set her students up for success.  It’s her mission of meeting kids where they are and keeping it meaningful and fun (& onstage) that sets the climate for MTT.

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Brittany May
Choreographer & Dance Teacher

Brittany grew up dancing in Encinitas under the Direction of Leslie Craig.  She received her BA in dance from CA State University, Fullerton.  She has attended summer intensives at State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara, and taken summer classes from Larry Rosenburg.  She began her modern training under the direction of Gladys Kares.  She has trained in Limon, Horton, and Graham from instructors Debra Noble, Alvin Rangel, and Lisa D Long and kept her ballet training with Muriel Joyce.  She graduated with Magma Cum Laude from the University Honors Program.

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