Greg McLaughlin is a Professor of Music and serves as Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Sierra College. An alumnus of Sierra College’s Music program (A.A.1978), McLaughlin also holds degrees in flute performance from CSU-Sacramento (BM, 1983, MA, 1994). He has served on the faculty at Sierra College since 1991, primarily as Director of Jazz and Instrumental Studies. He currently teaches courses in Jazz History, Music Fundamentals, Jazz Improvisation, and Ear Training, as well as directing the Sierra College Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble.
As a dedicated educator, Greg has been a private instructor in the Sacramento area since 1978. Currently, he and his wife, Nancie, own and operate McLaughlin Studios, a highly regarded music, dance, and theater arts education facility located in Loomis, CA. Greg currently teaches flute, and piano at McLaughlin Studios, in addition to serving as Musical Director for McLaughlin Theatre Company, and serves as the Artistic Director for the Sierra Performing Arts Association.
Greg also has been an active woodwind performer, freelancing throughout the Sacramento region for the past thirty five years.
Greg McLaughlin’s professional affiliations include California Teachers Association (CTA), Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), and National Flute Association (NFA).
Nancie McLaughlin has served more than two decades as an entrepreneur and educator in California. She is co-owner and managing director of McLaughlin Studios and works tirelessly to bring the best in arts education to the community. Her passion for education and the pursuit of excellence has made her an educational leader in arts education and business management. Additionally, Nancie has served as Executive Director for the local not for profit, Sierra Performing Arts Association.
Nancie earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Sac State including a Masters degree in Education. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Nancie is currently a professor in the College of Education, Department of Theatre and Dance, and College of Continuing Education programs.
Through her educational pursuits Nancie’s desire is to help students grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. To that end, Nancie is instrumental in creating new and challenging courses for the programs in which she teaches.
In the public business world, Nancie has facilitated several workforce development training programs in Northern California which provide training and advancement to a diverse learning community. The training programs embody Nancie’s core values and goals as a woman in business, an educator, and a life long student. Dedication to workforce development and education has played an extensive role in defining Nancie’s educational career. She is proud of her staff and cast members at MTC and looks forward to each production with renewed vigor and excitement.
Jason Bortz began acting at age 7, wrote his first play at 11, and booked his first commercial at 12. After attending college in Eugene, Oregon, he trained in Seattle with The Film School’s John Jacobsen. Jason was a member of the Seattle Cinema Co-Op, pursuing filmmaking both on and off camera in commercials, films and movies of the week. He moved to New York to train at the National Shakespeare Conservatory before heading to Los Angeles, where he became a member of the Shakespeare and Friends Foundation, performing in “at risk” inner city schools for audiences never before exposed to live theatre.
Jason is credited in film, television and a few video games, and has worked onstage in many plays. Jason has been honored with several awards since moving to the Sacramento region, including Sacramento News and Review’s “Best Local Actor,” and Sacramento Film and Music Festival’s “Best Documentary” for a film shot in Africa. He received A Place Called Sacramento’s “Best Overall Film” award for the short film “Hope”, and received a “Best Actor” Award from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance. Represented by the Silver Bitela Agency, Jason typically divides his professional time between performing, directing, writing scripts and coaching.
Andrew has his AA in Theater Arts and Mechatronics from Sierra College. He has been doing in theater since 2008, and professionally since 2010 He has been recognized by SARTA for 4 productions and recently won an Elly award for MTC's production of "James and the Giant Peach jr." Andrew also works professionally designing Lights, Sets, and Projections around the greater Sacramento area. Some of his current and past employers include The Harris Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Playhouse, McLaughlin Theater Co, Sacramento Theater Co, Davis Shakespeare Festival, and Sierra College Theater Arts Dept. In his free time, Andrew enjoys visiting Disneyland with his Wife and hanging with his dog Pickle.
With a career spanning over forty years Cheryl Watson has acted and directed in hundreds of productions with area theatres and colleges. Ms. Watson recently retired from the classroom after teaching and directing for both St. Francis High School and American River College. Cheryl has been nominated for over twenty “Elly” awards and received the award eleven times for direction and script adaptation. In 2017, she was honored with the Elly Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms Watson was part of the first Globe Theatre Education Academy and studied Shakespeare performance and education in London. Cheryl has directed and acted in area theatres including: Sacramento Music Circus, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, Chautauqua Playhouse, The Woodland Opera House, Fair Oaks Theatre Festival, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare On the Vine, Davis Musical Theatre Company, UC Davis Theatre, Sac State University Theatre, Theatre of Light in Hollywood and the LA Connection Improv Group in Los Angeles. She has worked in film and television in front and behind the camera. Two major career highlights include musical performances at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. For the last 30 years Cheryl appeared as a television spokesperson for KVIE PBS and was honored with the Lifelong Learning Award . She is thrilled to direct for McLaughlin Studios Music, Dance and Theatre Arts.
Ana Lovric has spent over a decade developing a whimsical approach to vocal training that is suitable for all ages and levels. Ana has coached students in a wide variety of styles from traditional musical theatre, classical voice, spoken word, and even singer-songwriters. On the stage, Ana's own performance experience has been equally diverse, spanning from world premiere musicals to off-Broadway revivals of beloved classics. After launching a career in vocal pedagogy in New York, Ana is thrilled to bring these skills and experiences to the wonderful world of McLaughlin Studios. Ana holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.