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Professionally trained in Theatre Arts and Dance, Lexis holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles. Her favorite roles include The Cloud Gatherer, Basket in The Great Cross Country Race, Teiresias in Antigone, and Mairead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

She has studied dance under Ardie Bryant, the innovator of Modern Jazz Tap, and Frit & Frat Fuller, Jazz Dance choreographers. She has also studied Viewpoints with Mary Overlie, Creative Drama with Dr. Pam Dunne, Director of the Drama Therapy Institute of LA, and Dance Theatre with Rachel Rosenthal. She honors them for their impact on her life, all of them masters and innovators of their art forms.

She has performed at the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County, in LA public schools, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Fullerton, The John Lion New Plays Festival, the Nugget/Nor Cal Fringe Festival, and the Nevada Theatre, among others. Recent film credits include “Clean Up Protocol” and “The Tunnel of Bling” with Michael Berryman, both currently in production. 

Lexis loves Physical Theatre, Commedia dell’arte, New Plays, and Children’s Creative Drama. As a performance artist, she is an actor, dancer, singer, director, writer, choreographer and visual artist. She enjoys working both onstage and in film, and lives in a tiny house in Nevada City with her German Shepherd, Echo. Lexis is excited to be teaching Dance and Acting at McLaughlin Studios.

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McLaughlin Studios would like to welcome our newest dance teacher, Leah Cenatiempo. Leah comes to us with eight years of dance experience, including tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, musical theater, and swing. She is an energetic and enthusiastic dance instructor and performer. Leah has performed for the last five years as a tap dancer for the annual “Polar Express” event presented by the California State Railroad Museum, and has several years of experience in theater and performance arts. In addition to all of her dance commitments, she is also a former swim coach and is currently pursuing her degree in education and history at Sierra College. Her goal is to become an elementary or high school teacher.

 Annie Donnell

Annie has always had a passion for performing. She discovered this passion at a very young age when she joined her elementary school’s drama club. From there she participated in countless musical theatre productions including Grease, Oklahoma, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She began dancing when she was 11 years old and since spent as much time dancing as possible. Annie is currently studying dance as a senior at Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy and is planning to graduate highschool with a distinction in dance. Outside of school she takes a variety of classes including ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary. She plans to continue her training in college by working towards obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance.

Annie has had many creative opportunities this year, such as choreographing Lincoln High School’s spring musical Once Upon a Mattress, and interning with Mclaughlin Theatre Company as the assistant choreographer for The Wizard of Oz, The Addams Family, and The Holiday Cabaret. This is Annie’s first year teaching and she cannot be more excited; she has always loved children and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with them.