DepartmentBiola Youth Theatre
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Lori Shanebeck has been the Executive Producer/Director of Biola Youth Theatre (BYT) at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. for over 15 years. During that time, it has been her privilege to work with "pre-Biola" students from the surrounding communities between the ages of six and 18, and has now directed well over 70 musical productions and variety shows. A twice graduate of Biola University, she has a B.A. in Communication and Sociology, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Lori has spent the last 35 years involved in the arts — acting, writing and directing. Previously, she was the Director of Drama at First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, Calif. where she worked with junior high, high school and adult drama teams. She has performed and taught drama workshops in the U.S., Europe and North Africa, as well as serving as adjunct faculty for four years in the communication department at Biola. Favorite credits include adapting and directing five part productions of The Pilgrim’s Progress and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Lori also wrote and directed an original play entitled, Separate Ways. Additional favorite directing credits include, Les Misérables School Edition, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Godspell, Fiddler on the Roof, and Guys and Dolls. A lifelong lover of theatre, she is thrilled that her passion for the arts and desire to serve God have merged together at BYT where it is her privilege to teach, help and inspire her students to perform great theatre for and with God.

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