Instructors Bios

Joseph Henson

is the President and Producer for TAIF, the largest theatre company in the
Inland Empire. Mr. Henson has managed the California Theatre of the Performing Arts Center
since 1999 and the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts since 2010.

 

Mr. Henson has served as presenter for numerous top headliners including Michael Bolton, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Amy Grant, Penn & Teller, Young Frankenstein, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters, The Producers, Rent, the Moscow Ballet and over 100 other celebrity performers.

 

His television producing credits for Showtime include Ian Bagg: Getting to Know You, Monique Marvez: Not Skinny, Not Blonde, Bill Belamy's Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour, Melanie Cormarcho: Hello!, Anthony Clark: Ambiguous, Steve Trevino: Grandpa Joe's Son, Willie Barcena: I Gotta Be Honest, Jay Mohr: Funny for a Girl, Rita Rudner and 3 potential ex-husbands, Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy, Louie Anderson Presents, Caroline Rhea & Friends, Tom Arnold: That's my Story and I'm Sticking to it, The Payaso Comedy Slam, The Latin Divas of Comedy.


Along with TAF producer Allen Evenson, Mr. Henson has produced the national and
international tours of Little Shop of Horrors, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado,
The Christmas Box, Beauty and the Beast, Caution: Men at Work TAP, On Golden Pond with
Jack Klugman appearing in over 160 cities in the US and five countries as well as 400 stage
productions. Mr. Henson has also produced numerous seasons at the Pechanga Resort and
Casino, the Kodak (now Dolby) Theatre in Hollywood, the Center for the Arts Escondido, and
the California Theatre of the Performing Arts.


Mr. Henson has provided marketing support to the Sinfonia Mexicana, The Inland Dance
Theatre, Performance/Riverside, San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, the Civic Light Opera of the
South Bay Cities, Starlight Musical Theatre in San Diego, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in
Orange County, the Bakersfield Music Theatre and the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Mr. Henson has a strong marketing and sales background and uses the latest social networking
online sites such as Facebook and iPhone/mobile Apps, as well as print media, billboards and
other media to create strong marketing programs that result in well attended performances, high ticket sales and solid return on investment (ROI).


Feature films include Court of Appeals (Writer/Director) The Invisible Man
(Producer/Writer/Lead Director), The Enchanted Cottage (Lead Director, Producer Writer,
Winner F.A.M.E. US International Film Fest, Riverside International Film Festival, Noho
International Film Festival), Lady Windermere's Fan (Producer, Lead Director), W.I.B.
(Producer), Shadows (Producer, Director, Writer).


Mr. Henson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Southern California
(USC) also, a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.
 

Allen Evenson

Producer, Presenter, Film Maker, Film Instructor, Theatre Instructor and Operation Manager for Theatrical Arts International Foundation (TAIF).   Mr. Evenson has been Operation Manager of the California Theatre of the Performing Arts since 1999 and Sturges Center for the Fine Arts since 2010.

 

He was General Manager for Performance Riverside at the Landis Performing Arts Center for 20 years from 1977 through 1997.Mr. Evenson served as presenter and Technical Advisor to the City of San Bernardino for numerous top headliners including Michael Bolton, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Penn & Teller, Young Frankenstein, Frankie Valli, Bernadette Peters, Beauty and the Beast, Blue Man Group, Les Miserables, The Producers, Rent, the Moscow Ballet and over 100 other shows.

Mr. Evenson is the executive producer of 16 stage-to-television productions shot live at the
California Theatre and presented on the Showtime network starring such celebrities as Tom
Arnold, Snoop Dogg, Louie Anderson and Jon Lovitz. Two stage-to-television productions shot
live at the California Theatre and presented on the Showtime network The Latin Divas of
Comedy and The Payaso Comedy Slam. Two PBS Specials.

 

Executive producer of five movie features including: Lady Windemiere’s Fan, Enchanted Cottage, Invisible Man Along with TAIF producer Joseph Henson, Mr. Evenson has produced the national and international tours of Little Shop of Horrors, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado,
The Christmas Box, Beauty and the Beast, Caution: Men at Work TAP, On Golden Pond with
Jack Klugman appearing in over 160 cities in the US and five countries.

 

Mr. Evenson has also produced numerous seasons at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, the Kodak (now Dolby) Theatre in Hollywood, the Center for the Arts Escondido and the California Theatre of the performing arts.

Mr. Evenson has provided technical expertise to Harmony Artists, Plan-B-Entertainment, The
Big Bear Performing Arts Center, The Starlight Civic Light Opera, The Mission Inn, The Old
Elsinore Theatre (in Salem Oregon), The McCallum Theatre, The Sinfonia Mexicana,
Bakersfield Civic light Opera, Performance Riverside at the Landis Performing Arts Center and
the San Bernardino Civic Light Opera. Having begun his career in education he has kept the
venues he has managed on the cutting edge of technology.


Mr. Evenson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from California State University, San
Bernardino and a Masters Degree in Theatre from the University of California, Riverside.


Jesse Dinkel

is a theatre producer and filmmaker.  He has produced over 100 plays, musicals
and concerts throughout Southern California. His company Ovation Entertainment Group, has presented many top industry acts such as Joan Rivers, Collin Raye, Restless Heart, The Shanghi Acrobats of China, Moscow Festival Ballet's Giselle, International superstar Charo, Rita Coolidge, Michael Londra's Celtic Fire, and iL Circo Viaggio.

 

As a stage producer Jesse  has  produced Dreamwork's Shrek, Monty Python's Spamalot, West
Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, Disney's The Hunchback of Notre
Dame, Mel Brooks' The Producers, Rent, and Miss Saigon. He has also produced the  feature
films,  Lady Windermere’s Fan,  The  Enchanted  Cottage, The Invisible Man, and Hercules Houdini Holmes.


TV credits as Associate Producer include Ian Bagg: Getting  to F**king Know You (TV Special
documentary),  Monique Marvez:  Not Skinny  Not Blonde  (TV  Special  documentary) Bill
Bellamy’s Ladies  Night  Out  Comedy Tour (TV  Special documentary)  Melanie Comarcho:
Hello! (TV  Special documentary) Anthony Clark:  Ambiguous (TV  Special documentary)
Steve Trevino:  Grandpa Joe’s Son (TV  Special documentary)  Jay Mohr: Funny for a Girl (TV
Special  documentary) Rita  Rudner and 3 Potential  Ex-Husbands (TV Special  documentary)
Snoop Dogg Presents: The Bad Girls of Comedy (TV  Special)  Louie Anderson Presents  (TV
Special  documentary) Michael  Londra’s Beyond  Celtic  (TV  Movie) Legally  Brown (TV
Special  documentary) Jon Lovitz  Presents (TV  Movie) (associate producer  California
Theatre)  Caroline  Rhea  & Friends (TV  Movie).


In addition to being the president/founder of Ovation Entertainment Group, Jesse has worked as an Associate Producer for Theatrical Arts Foundation, and was associate producer for the  first-ever  Broadway Series  at the Kodak (now Dolby) theatre  in Los Angeles for two seasons.

 

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