Mohammed Mangrio is the Theatre Director at Claremont High School. He is an alum of Thespian Troupe #4015 and an Honorary Thespian of Troupe #2129. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from UC San Diego and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. He was a founding member of Theatre Unlocked, a found-space theatre company in Seattle, and a member of Paper Trail Productions, the resident company at Northwest Actor’s Studio. He is a proud member of the Educational Theatre Association and serves on the state board for California Thespians. Mr. Mangrio comes to us from San Leandro, CA where he developed the current theatre program at John Muir Middle School and chartered Jr. Thespian Troupe #81538. Directing credits include, Cabaret (UC San Diego), Interference (Theatre Unlocked), Bash: Latterday Plays (Paper Trail Productions), The Bard’s Collage (IES La Senda), The Addams Family Musical (John Muir Middle School), Speak Up! (San Leandro High School) and others.
Joel Wilson Musical Director
Joel H. Wilson, Conductor: Wilson is in his thirteenth year as Choral Director at Claremont High School where his duties include directing Concert Choir, Treble Ensemble, Bella Voce, Chamber Singers and musical direction for the Musical Theater and Children’s Theatre classes. Wilson has also served as adjunct faculty at Cal Poly Pomona in the Music Department where he has musical directed and directed the annual musical. Under his direction, the CHS Choirs consistently receive high marks and honors at local, national, and international festivals. Concert Choir is ranked in the top 20% of High School choirs, the Treble Ensemble is ranked in the top 10%, and recently, the Chamber Singers took the top choir slot at a National Festival of Gold in Washington D.C., making them one of the top high school choral programs in the country. Wilson completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Claremont Graduate University, earned his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Cal State Fullerton and his B.A. in Music Education from Cal Poly Pomona. Wilson is a proud member of The College Music Society and the American Choral Directors Association. He and his beautiful wife, Darci, live in Rancho Cucamonga CA with their children Jackson, Jenna, and Paul.
Kim Negrete Stage tech teacher
Kim Negrete has been serving as Claremont High School’s Stage Technology and Audio Production Instructor since 2022. Prior to returning to her home in Southern California to raise her young daughter, she toured the world as a Theatrical Operations Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines and Stage Manager for Disney Cruise Lines. She toured 49 of the 50 states as Production Stage Manager for Riverdance, CATS, West Side Story, and Mamma Mia. She is an award‐winning lighting designer and a founding member of Idyllwild Actors Theatre. A dedicated youth mentor, she is a member of the California State Board for the International Thespian Society.
Emily Dauwalder Choreographer
Emily is a 2011 CHS graduate and thespian troupe 2129 alumni-- she is thrilled to be choreographing where her musical theater training began! She has choreographed for different educational theater and choir programs in the Claremont Unified School District for the past six years. Other educational theater choreography credits include: The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan Jr. (Foothill Christian School), Honk! Jr. (Davis Magnet Elementary), Cinderella (Sycamore Elementary), Oklahoma! (Young Performers Institute), It’s a Wonderful Life, Drowsy Chaperone (Santa Fe Springs High School). Emily graduated with a double major in Dance and Sociology from Pitzer College’s New Resource Program in 2020 after a seven year period working as a professional musical theater performer and dancer. Her favorite performance credits include: West Side Story (Musical Theatre West and Candlelight Pavilion), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus and La Mirada), Young Frankenstein (Moonlight Amphitheater; West Coast Premier), CHICAGO (Lawrence Welk Theater), Le Corsaire (Supernumerary with ABT; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), 42nd Street (Musical Theater West and Candlelight Pavilion). Other choreography/dance credits include: Drowsy Chaperone (Chino Community Theater; ITL Award for Choreography), Crazy For You (Asst. Choreographer; Candlelight Pavilion), Steel Pier (Asst. Choreographer; MTW Reiner Reading), A Christmas Story (Covina Center for the Performing Arts).