Created in the Summer of 2020, Garage Theatre Ensemble was founded by independent theatre artists and directors Tony Sanchez, Matthew Mullin, Caity Petterson, Abel Marquez, and Lizzy McCabe as a way to practice and experience live theatre during the COVID-19 Pandemic. After receiving upwards of 300 new plays during their inaugural open submission period for their Garage Door Playwrights Intensive, GTE decided to move in the direction of becoming solely a new works company.
Through groundbreaking virtual programs, Garage Theatre Ensemble has extended its reach to all corners of the U.S.A. and beyond in the first 7 months of it's founding.
Lizzy McCabe is a Director, Podcaster and Actor based in Orange County CA. She received her BA in Theatre Arts with a specialization in Directing from CSU Fullerton in 2019, and has directed various projects at Fullerton College, Santa Ana City College, and CSUF since 2016. She has directed projects at Fullerton College, Cal Sate Fullerton, and Santa Ana City College. Her productions of Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape and Charles Busch's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, both received "Best of Fest" honors at Fullerton College's Annual Director's Festival. Her most recent credits include a world premiere One-Act (Polonium or What Activated the Atomic Bomb?) at CSUF and A Streetcar Named Desire at Santa Ana City College. She is also the creator and host of The Ugly Cry Podcast (2020) which can be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
"As an artist and a leader, I seek to create and to inspire others to create bold and powerful art. Chiseled from the bravery of our souls, and sealed with our willingness to be vulnerable in the face of adversity, I believe that the concept of performance is potently undeniable and has the unique power to move people where it matters most: their hearts."
Matthew Mullin is an actor, director, musician, and playwright born and raised in Southern California. He is currently serving as the director of Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory at Santa Ana College, which will air virtually at the end of April.
In 2016, he was elected student president of the Fullerton College Theatre Ambassadors. He was the recipient of the Bronwyn Dodson Memorial Scholarship, Paul Scop Memorial Scholarship, and the Marvon Levine Scholarship from the Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department. Matt received the alternate national finalist spot for the KCACTF SDC Directing Fellowship in 2020 for his work on Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. In 2021, he was the KCACTF SDC national finalist for Region 8 for his work on Mara Nelson-Greenberg's "Do You Feel Anger?" His directing credits include work on Richard III, The Baltimore Waltz and A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as a full-length production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in 2018. Matt’s playwright credits include Sentences, an original one-act that made its world premiere at The 2018 Fullerton College Director’s Festival and went on to be produced at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe. Matt is currently working on writing several new plays and received his degree in directing from California State University of Fullerton in the fall of 2020.
"As a student first, I value keeping the process of self-education a lifelong endeavor. As an artist, I seek to better myself by starting my days having gained something from the work I did yesterday. It is important to me that art is a catalyst for social progression, to make us more patient or perceptive. The assessment of my future will be a measure of how open I was to new ideas and how successful I was in representing my values."
Caity is an actor and director born and raised on the Central Coast of California. She is currently based in Orange County after having completed her Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Directing from Cal State Fullerton. Prior to her transfer to CSUF, Caity spent two years in Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA)'s professional acting conservatory until she graduated in the Spring of 2018. Caity has directed Aaron Cruz's original musical, Jenny Jenny: A Jukebox Musical, intensive scene studies from plays including Candida, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Glass Menagerie. She has also directed several staged readings, some of which include Dry Land, by Ruby Rae Spiegel, and an original play, A Mistress Called Science, by Wendy-Marie Martin. Caity was also the Region 8 SDC Directing National Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival after her work on Paula Vogel's Indecent. Currently, she is in the process of workshopping Matthew Mullin's new play, Sustained Release, with plans for a world premiere in 2021.
"I create theatre for curious minds and open hearts. I want to be a part of telling stories which seek to educate, understand, and embrace our differences of size, shape, color, language, culture, experience, and everything else in-between. I hope to give love to all worldly perspectives and provide a space to discover our collective sense of humanity."
Tony Sanchez is a California-based director and technical director. Tony has worked as a director on shows including Mr. Marmalade, Samuel Beckett’s Act Without Words I and II, and the world premiere of Sentences, written by fellow Garage Theatre Ensemble member, Matthew Mullin. In 2018, alongside other emerging artists from Fullerton Junior College, Tony and Matthew took Sentences from its success in the Fullerton College Director's Festival and produced it in Hollywood Fringe Festival. Tony has also worked as the Technical Director for Shrek: The Musical, Mamma Mia, and several original works written by other local artists. Since the Fall of 2018, Tony has worked as a teacher and Technical Director at Centennial High School.
"My mission is to challenge myself and inspire others with my art. I aspire towards artistic excellence in all of my work, and I aim to create bold, diverse art that sparks a dialogue."