Faith Blevins

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Faith Blevins is the Artistic Director for the Academy of Arts at 3Crosses and Director of Outreach Production at 3Crosses Church in Castro Valley.  Faith volunteered and served with the Music & Arts ministry for many years at 3crosses before becoming part of the staff in l997 as the Founding Director of Neighborhood Youth Theater (1997-2007).  NYT provided after school arts education and an assembly program to the local public, private and home school organizations in the surrounding communities.  Faith has taught for over 25 years as Adjunct Faculty at Foothill College, Holy Names College, Ohlone College  and Las Positas College.  For the past 35 years, she has been a professional Director and Choreographer involved in over 300 productions for various musical theater companies, opera companies, colleges, and performing arts schools in and out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Faith holds a Masters of Art Degree in Dance from Mills College and a Bachelor of Science Degree with Dance Emphasis, Drama Minor from CSUEB.   She also attended the University of Hawaii with Campus Crusade for Christ in a specialized study program:  East-West Religion, Biblical Studies and Evangelism.  Post College, Faith had an opportunity to serve with Greater Europe Mission with the International Congress of Christian Musicians in France.  It was during that experience that God transformed her life, and gave her a new direction and passion for creative evangelism in sharing the gospel message, in the church, local community and around the world.   In 2011 she served on a short-term mission with Transform Asia to teach and equip pastors and students to present a production of “JOHN, HIS STORY” for presentations to share the gospel message during rice distributions in Cambodia.

Contact

(510) 537-4690 x000
faith@3crosses.org


MARSHA BEELER

Instrumental Music, Bell Choir &  Music Theory – Youth through Adult Programs

Marsha Beeler is a retired elementary school teacher. She holds her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Education.  Marsha has directed school musicals, choruses, and has been an accompanist for musicals and mass choirs.  Currently she is a private piano instructor, harp and ensemble member, and plays flute in the Pleasanton Community Band.  She has been continually involved in worship in a variety of churches serving as organist, choir accompanist, andkeyboardist.  Other experiences include; 35+ years directing children’s choirs,  VBS music director, leading music camps, participating in adult choir, and handbell choir, and directing small orchestra/ensemble groups.  Marsha plays in the 3Crosses orchestra, directs the Handbell Choir and Flute Ensemble, and participates with the Christmas, Easter, and Summer Outreach presentations.

One of Marsha’s favorite verses is Psalm 100:102 “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord; serve the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.”  “I love worshipping and serving God through music - it’s a way for me to express gratitude for all he has done in my life.  I enjoy helping/encouraging others to not only grow as musicians, but to grow as true worshippers.


Patrick Brandon

Technical Theater – Youth through Adult Programs

Patrick Brandon was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been involved in theater arts for over 20 years.  He is currently serving as the Technical Director for 3Crosses Church where he began in l997. Patrick has studied scenic painting at New York Cobalt Studies, and is currently attending Academy of Art University, San Francisco pursuing his Bachelors in Fine Arts. 

He also currently helps with the Theatre Department at Castro Valley High School as a Master Teacher. His lists of accomplishments in the Bay Area include the premier of Prince of Egypt, Children of Eden, King David, Narnia, Godspell, as well as the annual Christmas and Easter and summer productions at 3Crosses.  His other credits include 7 years with Pacific Coast Repertory Theater designing  (sets and lights) for She loves Me, Cabaret, Chicago, The Last Five Years, Throughly Modern Millie, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast and Forever Plaid .  Before Pacific Coast Repertory Theater was founded, Pat designed Carousel, Oklahoma and Into the Woods for Golden State Theater Productions, as well as productions for TenderLand Opera, Pilgrims Progress Opera, Trinity Opera Company.  He has also painted drops for San Francisco Playhouse.

Of his aspirations, Patrick says “My goal at 3Crosses Church is to help tell the story of Christ and of the life changing transformation of his followers.”

Contact

(510) 537-4690 x262
pat@3crosses.org


CATHY BRESLOW

Photography – Adult Program

Cathy Breslow has been shooting professionally for over thirteen years.   Her core passion is delivering quality images for clients showcasing their key life events: weddings, senior portraits, families, and maternity She also spends considerable time shooting for her two favorite non-profits, 3 Crosses church and Redwood Christian Schools.   Cathy's goal for the Basic Photography class is for each student to have an "AHA" moment that will move them forward in their photography.  You can see her beautiful photographs through her website at www.breslowimaging.com


Ricardo Garcia

Vocal Music - Adult Program

Ricardo has just returned from a studio artist residency with Wolf Trap Opera this summer where he sang Rodolfo and Bacchus in the 10th Anniversary Studio Spotlight as well as covered and sang Giocondo in La Pietra del Paragone.

Engagements in 2017 include concert appearances with the SongFest Winter Intensive in Carmel, Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, and a role debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera on the James. He also appeared as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Eureka Symphony.

Roles debuted in 2016 include Jenik at Music Academy of the West’s The Bartered Bride, and Peter Quint at San Francisco Conservatory’s production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw.

Ricardo was also invited by composer Joseph Julian Gonzales to sing the Aztec Oratorio Misa Azteca in Oregon and appeared in a Distinguished Alumni Recital Concert for Songfest a program of Spanish, Italian and English songs.

In 2015 he appeared at Songfest in Los Angeles where he coached with Martin Katz, John Aler, Susanne Mentzer and Dawn Upshaw.

In 2014 Ricardo placed in the Brava! Opera Theater Vocal Competition, received an award at the San Francisco District Met National and won the Adrian Boyer vocal Competition at the Bayview Music Festival where he debuted the role of Fernando in Cosi Fan Tutte.

Ricardo began teaching with the Academy of Arts in 2016 and has been involved in the 3Crosses Music & Arts Ministry over the past 8 years. He has been a featured soloist in several presentations and played King David in Alan Menken & Tim Rice’s production of King David, Adam in Stephen Schwartz’s production of Children of Eden, and Moses in an original production of Prince of Egypt.

Ricardo received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pacific. He is currently continuing his education at the San Francisco conservatory of Music where he is a student of Cesar Ulloa. In the 2017/2018 season Ricardo will debut roles in Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Younger Thompson in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, Bastianello the younger/Lambent in Musto’s Bastianello, and Lorenzo in Bolcom’s Lucrezia.

Website: ricardo-garcia-tenor.com

 


jen grafton

Art - Youth Program

Jen Grafton has been serving as Scenic Painter at 3crosses for over 15 years. She started out in the NYT youth theater program at 3crosses and has been painting sets ever since. Her other clients include Redwood Chapel VBS, Pleasanton Firehouse Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, and OM Arts International. She received her BFA in Illustration from the California College of the Arts and her MFA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Academy of Art University.

Jen is currently working as a Freelance Illustrator on several children’s book projects. She loves teaching art and helping students be more free to express themselves without the fear of having to be perfect. 

Website: www.jengrafton.com


Kevin Ledbetter

Adult Instrumental Music & Music Theory

Kevin Ledbetter is the Pastor of Fine Arts at 3Crosses Church were he is the musical director for Choir, Orchestra and all of the musical presentations (Easter, Summer & Christmas).  Kevin was born and raised in the Bay Area.  Music has been a major part of Kevin’s life since 4th grade where he first played the sax.   He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from CSUEB, concentrating on woodwind instruments and conducting.  It was in college that he states he finally understood about Jesus, and then turned his life over to him.  Kevin states “It is fantastic to live for Him.”

Kevin has been a performing musician in the Bay Area for 40 years, playing Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and Guitar, altogether he can perform on 10 instruments.

He still performs for local music venues, private parties, the Hayward Municipal Band and with a sax quartet for elementary schools in the Bay Area when his schedule permits.

In addition to music, he was heavily involved in education for 30 years, teaching not only instrumental music, but as a classroom teacher, and Principal and Assistant Principal at Christian Schools.


ERIKA LATOUR

Dance – Youth Program

Erika Lopez LaTour's love of dance came from her mother. As a baby, her mother would take her to many of the dance classes she taught. Erika started participating in those dance classes at the age of 3. She studied ballet, Jazz, Tap, and hip hop as a youth, attended competitions throughout the year and even had an opportunity to dance at the Paramount Theatre in the Oakland Ballet's Nutcracker as a "little ginger snap".  At the Age of 13 she changed her dance focus to strictly Ballet Folklórico. She performed with Companies such as Alika de Nayar & Los Lupenos de San Jose. At the age of 16 she started touring through the United States and Mexico with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. When she was not touring Erika was rehearsing 4 days a week and teaching twice a week. 

Erika stopped touring at the age of 23 and decided to focus on her academics. While attending California State University East Bay (Hayward) she remained active in dance by dancing in the CSUEB dance team, performing in university musicals, and studying Modern dance with the Modern dance touring group under the direction of Nina Haft. CSUEB is where Erika received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Statistics minor. 

Erika has been teaching and choreographing for the past 20 years. She began her teaching career with Ballet Folklorico Alegria de la Bahia and a few years later with the Union City Unified School District.  Geographically she has served as a faculty dance instructor in the bay area from the East Bay Center of Performing Arts in Richmond to Memorial High School in Newark. She has taught dance workshops as a featured instructor at universities such as California State University Fresno and California State University San Diego. Erika serves as rehearsal assistant, dance captain and assistant choreographer in outreach presentations at 3Crosses. 


LAUREN MACMADU

Dance - Youth Program

Born and raised in San Francisco, Lauren Macmadu trained and graduated from the San Francisco Ballet School.  As a student in the school, she performed roles in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake. 

In 1996, she joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem as a corps de ballet dancer.  While with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Lauren toured the United States and internationally, performing roles in Serenade, Four Temperaments, Concerto Borroco, Dougla, Fall River Legend and Firebird. 

Following her stent with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Lauren was selected to dance with the Oakland Raider’s Raiderettes, Football’s Fabulous Females. 

Lauren then moved to Southern California where she became a member of the Screen Actors Guild, acting on various television shows, while continuing her dancing career and teaching ballet to children 3-18 years old.

Upon returning to the Bay Area, Lauren taught ballet at Santa Clara Ballet School.

Lauren has a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from U.C. Berkeley. 


DRAKE MADRID

Instrumental Music - Youth through Adult Program

Drake has been playing guitar for about 10 years! He started out playing Beetles tunes and moved to blues, then by the time High School came around started playing jazz. Dixieland jazz greatly shaped Drake during his formative years, and has made him the player that he is today.

Drake has studied with various accomplished guitar players, and became a part of a few blues rock groups as well as a Dixieland band.

Another huge part of his life has been playing in many worship teams in and around the Bay Area. It wasn't until 5 years ago when Drake’s family started attending 3Crosses church, that he joined the worship team. Since then, he has been working alongside leaders Kevin Ledbetter, with Christmas and Easter outreaches, and Brian Andes with the Sunday morning worship team as well as worship bands for student ministries.

For QUESTIONS:
Faith Blevins, Artistic Director
faith@3Crosses.org