Ailene Millich has been involved with CSPA since 2010 when her daughter was cast in her first show. She has an Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and currently is a Recreation Leader and Puppeteer for San Jose City Parks and Recreation. In 2013, Ailene was part of the parent group who formed the Milpitas Children's Theater Alliance.
At 9 years old, Anevay Miliich had a field trip to see a Rainbow Theatre show. In 2011, she was cast in her first production. Since then she's participated as a cast and crew member and performed in the Milpitas Tree-Lighting ceremony, CSPA Showcase, and helped out as a theater assistant.
At the age of 9, Bobby Rodriguez was introduced to the theater when he was cast in Narnia. He continued as a cast and crew member throughout the years and later re-connected with Mei-Wan to join the team as an intern. Years later, he still finds time to help out and looks forward to being part of CSPA for many years to come!
A retired engineer, Bob Bandel started volunteering for Rainbow Theater without any experience. He has continued with the transition to Center Stage and really enjoys working on the sets, making props, and working with the incredible people we are associated with.
Michelle Bandel is a retired Kindergarten teacher who really appreciates the chance to help Mei-Wan encourage her students to follow the acting profession. She loves painting the sets, props and working on the costumes. It is fun and very rewarding for her and her husband to be volunteering. They both look forward to the next play before they finish the one in progress.
Gina Chai Harris has been involved with music and dance for 29 years. She began as a cast member and eventually transitioned into the choreographer, musical director, and currently coordinates the Disney Tour Program for CSPA. Gina is a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry. In addition to maintaining a career and being a mother of two, she still makes time on the side to follow her passion by assisting with the theater.
Brianna Chai began as an audience member watching her older siblings perform and was finally able to join them on stage at the age of 7. She continued performing until she moved away to college and then directed the Mini Actor's Program on her summer breaks. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in Audiology and will be doing her externship at Boston Children's Hospital where she will continue to work with children.
Kristie Chai O'Leary started dancing at the age of 4 and has continued to perform, compete, and choreograph even to this day. She studied Hospitality and took on various roles at corporate and social events in Southern California. After graduation, she moved back to the Bay Area where she continued working special events. Even though Kristie has a full time job and is married, this is her way of combining her two passions: the arts and event planning.