(Executive Director)

Shoshana has been joyfully teaching and directing young performers since the beginning of her career as an actor and dancer. She started working professionally in the Bay Area with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She then toured with two productions nationally, The Secret Garden and A Christmas Carol before landing in New York City, where she performed at the Lincoln Center Institute.

Shoshana began offering professional youth acting programs in the community of Malibu in 2004 and in 2006 she co-founded the Young Actors Project. To date she has produced, directed and designed sound for just under fifty theatrical productions. Some of her directing & producing credits outside of YAP include Fat Men In Skirts by Nicky Silver (Sunset Gardner Stages),  Massively Horrific Long Island Geeks with Tremendous Ego Problems by Steve Altman (Malibu Stage Company), and four musicals in New York: West Side Story, Footloose, Oliver, and Free to Be You and Me. Shoshana graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Drama and Dance from San Francisco State University and received an advanced certificate in Classical Theatre from Oxford University in the UK. In 2012 she earned a Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University’s graduate school of Education and Psychology.

Shoshana is a proud member of the stage actors union: Actors Equity Association, a certified Yoga teacher, and a successful acting/audition/voice coach for children and adults. She is honored to have the opportunity to create a company of talented young actors who continually inspire her with their self-expression and creativity.