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.