Who are we?
MeCo is a non-profit 501c3 theater and dance production company that provides an artistic outlet for community members who seek to take part in dance and theater at the semi-professional level. Productions are intelligent, finessed, humorous, clever, emotional, and fulfilling to those on stage, backstage and in the audience.
Founded by sisters Beth Megill and Heather Reba in 2002, MeCo has produced seven fully staged musical theater productions and eight dance productions and taken part in the Rogue Festival (Fresno, CA), the Fringe Festival (Hollywood, CA), the MixMatch Festival (Santa Monica, CA), ArtBark (Santa Barbara, CA) and performed in Puebla, Mexico with the small contemporary dance company Quinto Elemento.
Beth Megill, MFA in Dance UC Irvine, BFA UC Santa Barbara, Language of Dance® Specialist, Certified Labanotation Teacher, teaches a variety of dance styles including Modern, Ballet, Tap and Jazz at Moorpark College. In addition to her technique courses, Beth enjoys teaching Improvisation, Choreography and Performance and Production. Under the umbrella of Megill & Company, Beth maintains a consistent relationship with a sister modern dance company Quinto Elemento in Puebla, Mexico where she often spends her summers teaching and choreographing. Beth believes in a comprehensive approach to teaching technique and performance often including her various backgrounds in Dance Theory, History, Yoga, Anatomy and Massage Therapy. Her work in Language of Dance® and Labanotation (dance notation) supports her advocacy work in getting dance literacy integrated into dance and core classrooms as a tool for deeper understanding of movement, conceptual thinking and creative expression. She aims to foster well rounded artists who are open to new opportunities, growth and expression. She is currently Co President of the California Dance Education Association (CDEA) for Southern California. Plus, she loves to laugh and does her best to bring joy and play to all that she does.
Heather Megill Reba, MM (Vocal Performance) SUNY Buffalo, BA in Music UC Davis, is a director and playwright living in Idyllwild, CA where she teaches at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. She previously taught full time with the University of New Haven's Theater Program and while in Connecticut directed with the Turnpike Players, Hamden Public Schools and UNH's Theater Program. Heather has also taught music courses for the University of New Haven and Finger Lakes Community College. In California, Heather directed with Oceanside Theatre Company, Carlsbad Community Theater, Encore Youth Theater, Megill & Company and Carlsbad High School. She is also a performer, having performed with Sacramento's Music Circus, Moonlight Stage Productions, the Welk Resort Theater, and Starlight Musical Theater. Favorite roles include Anna in King and I, Maria in Sound of Music, Marian in Music Man, and Princess Leonide in Triumph of Love. Heather is the author/composer of three musicals (FATE, Ask Dorothy, Welcome to Sleepy Hollow) and the author of the novel FATE. www.HeatherReba.com
Chris Reba, MA in Music Composition SUNY Buffalo, BA in Bass Performance and Composition UC San Diego, AA in Music Recording MiraCosta College, is Chair of the Music Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Previously, Chris was a tenured Assistant Professor of Music and Sound Recording at the University of New Haven and an audio engineer at Firehouse 12 studios. He has studied composition with Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds, Chaya Czernowin, Cort Lippe, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Rand Steiger, Jeffrey Stadelman and studied bass with legendary bassist Bertram Turetzky. Chris has extensive experience as a professional musician, live sound engineer for music and theater, and as a recording engineer. As a musician he has played with Sean Watkins, Sara Watkins, Chris Thile, Jason Mraz, Larry Mitchell and many others. In his capacity as an audio engineer he has worked with artists in numerous and varied areas of music including Charles Neville, Alvin Lucier, Barry Altschul, The Claudia Quintet, Bob Brozman, Tim Berne, Mary Halvorson, Rachel Z and many others. He has worked theater tech for California Center for the Arts, Escondido, The University of New Haven and Mandeville Theater in California. For more information please visit www.ChrisReba.com
MeCo Company Dancers
Kaitlyn Desautels has been dancing since she was three years old. She has studied and trained at Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten as well with Jackie Sleight, Mark Meismer, Gregg Russell, Liz Imperio and at Moorpark College. She has won numerous top awards and honors in Tap solo and duet performances while competing in her youth. She currently is dancing in Cal State Northridge as a dancer/cheerleader. She will be graduating from CSUN with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May. Dancing with MeCo for two seasons now, Kaitlyn is super excited to be able to share her playful and rhythmic side as part of MeCo!
Erin Riddle Sofley has had a love affair with dance since she put on her first purple tutu, to be like Big Sister, at age 2. Growing up, she trained in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, and hip hop at Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten Studio, developing technique and competing at dance competitions. She has taught at Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten and coached the Moorpark High School Dance Team. She discovered modern, the idea of concert dance, and Beth Megill at Moorpark College. In 2009, Beth invited her to join Megill and Company, and she’s been with it ever since. While pursuing a career in advertising, she continues to dance for the fun of it, alongside her MeCo amigos.
Karissa Smith grew up with a passion for dance, performance, and movement in general. A gymnast from an early age, Karissa began her journey as a dancer at age seven at Pam Rossi’s Dance Ten, where she competed and performed in many productions, with starring roles in The Nutcracker Ballet. She continued her dance career at Moorpark College, where she performed in a variety of concerts and was among the first members of the Moorpark College Dance Ensemble from 2009 to 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology - Exercise Science in 2012 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015, both from California State University, Northridge. Karissa is proud to combine her passion for dance and love and understanding of movement in her career as a physical therapist. Karissa has been a member of Megill & Company since 2008 and is endlessly grateful for the variety of opportunities it has brought to dance, perform, love, and laugh.
Natasha Wolfe has loved dance since she first became aware of it (somewhere around the age of 3) but only started really pursuing it at the age of 19...and that too in Chennai, South India, training in the classical Indian style of Bharatanatyam. After 4 years of grueling training at the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts (aka, Kalakshetra), in the even more grueling hot and humid climate, she graduated. Moving back to the United States, she then decided it would be a fabulous idea to pursue further grilling in the styles of Western classical dance. Natasha started at ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and ballroom shortly after her 22nd birthday. She currently has an Associate of Arts degree in dance from Moorpark College, and continues to train in these styles, enjoying every second of every sore muscle. She was totally thrilled to join MeCo in 2016, and continues to be totally thrilled with it!