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Sherrie Garcia
Models, Inc. Talent Agency
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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fax: (415) 513-5291
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Credits
My career includes an unusual variety of disciplines ranging from acrobatics to Polynesian music and dance.  My theatrical work includes major roles in musicals such as CATS, West Side Story, and Oklahoma! (for which I won a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics' Award for Best Actor in a Musical).  I've toured internationally and performed as a dancer or as a musician with several companies including San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Na Hula O Moku'aina, Moving Arts Dance, Huckabay McAllister Dance, and Peninsula Ballet Theatre.  As a vocalist, I have performed in both intimate and grand settings such as The Plush Room, Peninsula Symphony, and San Francisco Opera.

Scan through the list of credits below to see more details of my many performance experiences.



THEATRE

CATS

Plato / Macavity

Westchester Broadway Theatre, NY

Altar Boyz

Matthew

San Jose Stage Company

Out of This World

Jupiter

42nd Street Moon

Coco

Georges

42nd Street Moon

Carousel

Billy

Foothill Music Theatre

West Side Story

Tony

Foothill Music Theatre

Oklahoma!

   (BATCC Award)

Curly

Foothill Music Theatre

A Little Night Music

Carl Magnus

TheatreWorks, CA

Guys and Dolls

Sky

Foothill Music Theatre

Dreamgirls

Curtis

Willows Theatre Company

Dessa Rose

Kaine / Phillip

TheatreWorks, CA

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Miles Gloriosus

West Valley Light Opera Association

Once Upon A Mattress

Sir Harry

Peninsula Center Stage

Grand Night For Singing

Martin

New Conservatory Theatre

In The Beginning

Zeke

Willows Theatre Company

Old Timers’ Game

Sut Davis

OnStage Theatre

The Colored Museum

Walter Lee / The Kid

San Jose Stage Company

Man Of La Mancha

Pedro / Muleteer

Peninsula Center Stage

Ragtime

u/s Coalhouse / Ensemble

TheatreWorks, CA

The 3hree Musketeers

   (Original Cast Recording)

u/s Aramis / u/s Rochefort / Ensemble

American Musical Theatre of San Jose

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

u/s Miles Gloriosus / Protean

American Musical Theatre of San Jose

Children of Eden

u/s Abel/Ham / Ensemble

American Musical Theatre of San Jose

Legends

Boom Boom

Town Hall Theatre

 

MUSIC

Appomattox (World Premiere)

Chorus

San Francisco Opera

Summer Pops Concert 2005

Featured Vocalist

Peninsula Symphony Orchestra

ReMix 8

Featured Vocalist

Opera Frontier

Habitat for Humanity Benefit

Featured Vocalist

Acc’sentials

Andy Black’s 50th

Featured Vocalist

Plush Room, San Francisco

The Two Baritones

Featured Vocalist

Bella Mia Concert Series

Love and Passion

Featured Vocalist

Dystonia Foundation

Razzle Dazzle 2001

Principal Singer

Carousel Dinner Theatre, OH

The Most Happy Fella in Concert

Pasquale / Featured Singer

American Musical Theatre of San Jose

Kismet in Concert

Hasaan-Ben / Singer

American Musical Theatre of San Jose

 

DANCE

Samson and Delilah

Featured Dancer

San Francisco Opera

The Rake’s Progress

Featured Dancer

San Francisco Opera

Iphegenie en Tauride

Dancer

San Francisco Opera

Carnival of the Animals

Tarzan / Featured Dancer

Peninsula Ballet Theatre

Nutcracker

Coffee (Arabian)

Peninsula Ballet Theatre

‘Opu: Finding Your Center

Featured Dancer and Singer

Na Hula ‘O Moku’aina

Manawa: Dance of Emotions

Featured Dancer and Singer

Na Hula ‘O Moku’aina

Performing Arts Presenters’ Showcase, New York

Featured Dancer

Moving Arts Dance

Tandem

Featured Dancer

Moving Arts Dance

Pearls of the SF Bay

Featured Dancer

Moving Arts Dance

Intimate Places

Featured Dancer

Huckabay McAllister Dance

Summerfest 2006

Hansel / Featured Dancer

Huckabay McAllister Dance

Life After Birth

Featured Dancer

Huckabay McAllister Dance

A Little Princess

Dancer

TheatreWorks, CA

Dreamgirls

Curtis u/s / Dancer

West Coast Tour 2004

Miss Saigon

u/s John / Acrobat / Dancer

American Musical Theatre of San Jose

South Pacific

Marcel / Featured Dancer

American Musical Theatre of San Jose

Follies

Dancer

American Musical Theatre of San Jose

Raisin

Reggie / Dancer

TheatreWorks, CA

Kiss Of The Spider Woman

Fuentes / Dancer

TheatreWorks, CA

Go Down Garvey

Dancer

TheatreWorks, CA

How To Succeed In Business

Gatch / Dancer

Foothill Music Theatre

Nutcracker

Hungarian Soldier / Coffee (Arabian)

Danville Ballet Company

East, West, and Somewhere In Between

Principal

Danville Ballet Company

Romeo & Juliet

Capulet

Western Ballet

Nutcracker

Coffee (Arabian)

Western Ballet

International Heiva I Honolulu

Featured Dancer

Polynesian Cultural Association

Tahiti Fete San Jose 2003-2006

Drummer / Dancer

Polynesian Cultural Association

San Francisco Taiko Japan Tour 1995

Drummer / Dancer

San Francisco Taiko Dojo

 

AWARDS

Best actor in a musical

Winner 1999 and Nominee 2000 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award

Outstanding principal actor

Winner 1999, 2000 and 2003 Dean Goodman Choice Awards

Best ensemble vocalist

Winner 2001 American Musical Theatre of San Jose Ginny Award

Best understudy

Winner 2000 American Musical Theatre of San Jose Ginny Award

Best minor character

Winner 1999 American Musical Theatre of San Jose Ginny Award

Scholarships

1997 Virginia Levin Memorial Fund and 2000 Foothill College Musical Theatre Award

 

TRAINING

Education

Bachelor of Science in Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 1993

Professional Musical Theatre Program, Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), 2001

Theatre Artists’ Institute (TAI), American Musical Theatre of San Jose, 1997

Acting

Actors’ Training Project with Lissa Tyler Renaud

CAP21 with Linda Lavin, Larry Arancio, Alexandra Borrie

TAI with Larry Hecht, John Loshman, Marc Jacobs

Studio American Conservatory Theatre with Marvin Greene

Canada College with Constance Wise

Foothill College with Marcia Frederic

Voice

Music Studio of Ina Krause

CAP21 with Robert Longo, John Herrera, Alix Korey

TAI with David Craig, Wesla Whitfield, and William Liberatore

Stanford University with Gregory Wait

Chamber Chorale and Gospel Choir, Stanford University

Gospel Choir, United States Air Force Academy

Dance

Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Polynesian with Michael Lowe, Kathy Hirai, Anandha Ray, Maria LaMance, Rebecca Crowell, Marie Stinnett, Kristine Elliot, Laura Sefchovich, Barbara Shewfelt, Debbie Norris, Diane Mitchell, Catherine Blankenship

 

SPECIAL SKILLS

Acrobatics. Hawaiian and Tahitian dance. Personal Trainer. Aerobics Instructor. Basic ‘ukulele, Tahitian drumming, taiko drumming, piano and juggling.