Executive Staff

Bryan Caldwell

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Bryan received his B.A. from Tulane University in 2000. Bryan has over 25 years of acting experience and has performed at the Promenade Playhouse, the Stella Adler Theater, and the Culver City Public Theater. A Colorado native, Bryan performed a residency at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, working with their Theatre Academy to implement both the adult and children’s curriculum. He has taught theatre for Los Angeles based students for over ten years including offering programs for youth with Autism and Asperger. In Inglewood, CA he has directed programs at Crozier Middle School and Frank Parent School, and has developed curriculum that focuses on addressing the needs of at-risk youth.

Greg Shane

Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Greg Shane, Artistic Director of CRE Outreach, received his B.A. in theatre from Tulane University and his M.A. in Educational Theatre from the Steinhardt School at NYU. Since he began teaching theatre in 2003, Greg has traveled all over the world bringing performing arts and arts therapy programs to various populations in cities including London, Dublin, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. Greg’s work helps at-risk youth, military veterans, prisoners, mentally challenged individuals, the homeless, and the visually impaired. Blind in his right eye, Greg’s personal connection and sensitivity towards the challenges of the visually impaired lend a unique perspective to his work.

Colin Simson

Co-Founder, Director of Development

Colin is a Boston native and a graduate of Tufts University. He shares his passion for performance and community service through CRE Outreach where he facilitates grant writing and theatre classes. For over 20 years, he has worked with programs in both Boston and Los Angeles helping to conceive, write and bring to life over 100 original children’s theater productions. Colin also continues his mission by teaching music and theatre at Seven Arrows Elementary, a private school in Pacific Palisades as well as private instrument lessons on drum set, guitar and piano lessons for children. An avid performer, Colin also performs with two local bands: The Gravity Guild – Lead Vox/Rhythm Guitar (TheGravityGuild.com), and Bandette -Drums/Percussion (BandetteTheBand.com)

Kristen Engebresten

Director of Strategic Operations

Kristen began with CRE Outreach as a teaching artist in 2003, helped form our 501(c)(3) in 2007, and has served as a board member ever since. Prior to becoming a full time staff member of CRE Outreach in 2016, Kristen served as the Arts Education Policy Manager at Americans for the Arts for five years. There she was responsible for promoting public policies that advance arts education throughout the country. Before her stint in DC, she served at several arts organizations in Los Angeles, including the Music Center and the LA County Arts Commission. She has also taught dance at several education organizations. She holds a Master of Education from Harvard and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Southern California.

Artistic Staff

Satchel Dennis

A recent MFA graduate from the University of Southern California, He began with CRE Outreach as a teaching artist in 2015, in hopes to encourage students to explore the challenges that they face through the process of creating and performing theatrical pieces. Satchel enjoys working with young adult to help expand their imaginations as well as deepening their critical thinking. He enjoys acting, writing and adapting plays to film.

Natalie Fryman

Natalie Fryman, a native Los Angeleno, received her B.A. in Drama from Vassar College in New York in 2003 and her M.A. in Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 2014. Natalie has been acting, singing, dancing, and playing the piano for most of her life, as a passion for the performing arts runs in her family. She has performed in over 30 plays, as well as in a variety of short films, feature films and television shows. Natalie began teaching dance and theater on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where she lived for 4 years, before attending graduate school in the UK and returning home to LA. As a stage actor, she regularly works with the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater, the Fugitive Kind, and the Speakeasy Society. She also teaches for multiple organizations in LA that provide youth drama education and enrichment.

Jennifer Seifert

Jennifer Seifert a Jack Nicholson Scholarship Award winner and alumnus of the University of Southern California, is a certified life coach, actress, writer and teaching artist.  As an actress, Jennifer is an Ovation Award winner, and has worked with such theaters as A Noise Within, Pasadena Playhouse, Shakespeare Festival LA, The Actors Gang and The Falcon Theatre with Troubadour Theatre Co.  Jennifer produced her own short film, “To Desdemona, Love Juliet” and can be seen in the Academy Award nominated film, “In America”, and opposite Academy Award winner, Anjelica Huston in “Huff.”  She taught with PS Arts and Inside Out for ten years, before becoming a mother of two boys, and has written a book, “CRxEATIVITY,” about balancing real life and creativity.  She is thrilled to be teaching again with CRE, and facilitating Women’s Artist’s Way groups.  Jennifer also continues to tour the country with “Playfair” and “Shotspeare” and has found a new voice with “Expressing Motherhood” and  “Listen to Your Mother.”

Connie Marie Flores

Connie Marie Flores is an actress, writer, costumer and director who graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity and has starred in stage, television and film productions. Recent performances include Tennessee Williams’ Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton, Madame Nona (A one woman show written by Connie Marie Flores.) and Host of Total Access LA.

Connie Marie is also an experienced acting coach, and teaches theatre arts at many LAUSD schools. She is proud to bring the arts back to her native Los Angeles community with the help of CRE Outreach where she writes and directs a wide range of shows. As the resident bilingual teacher on staff, she has worked with Spanish speaking students to help master the English language and conquer theatrical works such as Shakespearean plays.

Lana Negrete

Lana has her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and has spent the last 10 years in Sales and Marketing. She played various instruments in her youth and has always had a passion for dance. Becoming a mother inspired her to have a place where children and their parents could make music, dance and create art together. She developed Pitter Patter, a parent and me program that currently runs in Santa Monica, Culver City and in local pre-schools. Opening her doors to those that couldn’t afford to pay led to the birth of Outreach through the Arts (OTTA), which provides individual instrument lessons and music instruction scholarships for over 350 under-served youth.

Laurie Grant

Laurie is the co-founder and former CEO of LPJ Entertainment LLC, and former Director of Music Marketing and Licensing for Performing Arts Studio West (PASW), as well music educator at PASW where she worked with adults with Autism and other disabilities. Laurie also has expertise in music production, songwriting, and publishing. Hailing from Los Angeles Laurie was a student of Music and Music Business at UCLA, and a graduate of The Grove School of Music with a degree in Jazz and Theory, Ms. Grant has a solid academic and professional background in music composition and arrangement. Grant has co- written, produced and licensed works for a multitude of independent artists and for music placement in film and television. These include songs for Dawson’s Creek, Law & Order, and My Name is Earl.