Board of Directors
Trace Oakley, President
TRACE OAKLEY is delighted to serve on the Board of Directors for CCPT, having directed their production of his original play, THE MANITOU HOUSE in 2019 and 2018's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Trace has directed more than 60 productions, and has more than 100 additional productions to his credit as either actor, playwright, producer, or administrator, working in his home town of Denver, on both coasts, and on national and international tours. Trace worked on the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of ROLLIN’ ON THE TOBA, and later stage managed and co-directed the Los Angeles production. He received a United Nations medal for distinguished service for his U.S. Department of Defense touring production, HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE WHODUNNIT, which performed at military bases throughout Europe. He served as artistic director for Denver’s famed Chicken Lips Comedy Theatre. Trace is the proud co-founder of the Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Company, now in its fifth year.
Sophie Bell, Vice President
Sophie has been an actress, mime, swing dancer and lover of Shakespeare for decades. Growing up in New Orleans provided an ample theatrical lifestyle. She has been onstage since age three, from twirling around in NOLA ballets to miming at Jazz Fest.
Sophie was first introduced to CCPT as an actress in 2019, and joined as VP in 2020. She is delighted to be working with the CCPT team, and from writing grant applications to producing shows, she thoroughly enjoys putting her administrative hat on behind the scenes. She is particularly proud to be in a company that brings free theatre in the park to children each year.
In her "free" time, Sophie can usually be found at home, taking care of her wonderful daughter.
Jules M Patrick, 2nd VP
Jules loves Shakespeare, sitcoms and musicals, and geek culture. They’ve played Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, have filmed one of their D&D campaigns, and sing music from pop to operetta. It’s only a matter of time before they write and perform in that beloved TV musical satire set in Elizabethan-language Eberron. They just know it. Probably.
Other Company Members
Lauren is an actress, theatrical producer, lover of stage & screen, and also has a background in non-profits. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Theatre Arts with an Acting Emphasis. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and has been active in the local arts theatre scene ever since. Lauren was in her first CCPT production, “The Golden Bird and the Dancing Princesses” back in 2015 and joined the board shortly afterwards.
Alexis Long served as the CCPT's Secretary/Treasurer for 3 years. She performed in the 2019 production of “The Wonderful World of Dissocia.” Originally from Houston, Texas, Alexis works as a registered nurse in LA and lives with her husband Forrest and their cat Napoleon. Alexis has had training in theatre and film acting in New York, Houston and Los Angeles. She has performed in showcases off-Broadway, theatre productions in Houston and many small film roles in LA.
ERIC BILLITZER is a founding member of CCPT and has participated in every season since it's inception. He has graced the stage as well as written some of our most popular children's shows.
LEON COHEN’s acting career began in 1994 when cast as Mordechai Weiss in the CSU, Dominguez Hills production of A Shayna Maidel. By the end of the 1st performance, he was hooked although he wisely did not give up his day job as a professor/administrator at CSUDH. He has since retired after 40+ years in academe. He has now appeared in over 30 stage productions across the greater Los Angeles area. A proud member of SAG & AFTRA, he has been seen in television and film as well as commercials.
SUSAN STANGL performed with CCPT for the first time in 2015's The Would-Be Gentleman, having designed sound for Leading Ladies in 2013. She has acted, directed and designed sound for dozens of shows in the LA area, most recently directing the award-winning Becky's New Car at Kentwood Players and appearing in Sordid Lives and Delusion: Lies Within. Look for her in the upcoming horror films Dead List and The Monster Project. She also performs as a singer and songwriter.