Tiny Spotlight is the San Fernando Valley’s newest children’s theatre academy offering musical theatre and improv classes to children ages 4-10. The academy is co-owned by mom friends and theatre enthusiasts, Lindsay Ravage and Kristin Engle (both earned their Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre & Dance) who started Tiny Spotlight after feeling there was a lack of theatre classes in the Valley for their own kids.
Our goal is to teach kids the fundamentals of theatre and acting technique while encouraging social skills, collaboration and creativity through fun-filled classes in a real theatre setting.
Unlike some acting schools in LA, our focus is not to create the next big star. The lessons we teach go beyond the theatre and will have a positive impact on whatever our students choose to do in their lives.
Lindsay Ravage, Co-Founder
Lindsay is currently a working actor in both commercials and television. Growing up just outside the theatre capital of the world, New York City, Lindsay fell in love with the stage at a young age. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s Theatre School and studied at the esteemed British Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Lindsay is also a graduate of The Second City conservatory program and UCB improv program and has performed improv all over Los Angeles in various improvisation and sketch troupes. In addition to acting, Lindsay has worked as a casting associate for some of the most successful commercial casting offices in Los Angeles. She has worked with children most of her adult life, including her two adorable boys.
Kristin Engle, Co-Founder
Kristin is an Los Angeles native who fell in love with the theatre at a young age. She grew up dancing, performing in school plays, appearing in commercials and studying at the Young Actor’s Space. After high school, she headed to Austin where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas (and ate a lot of Tex Mex). Upon graduating, she moved back to Los Angeles where she discovered her true passion was behind the scenes - in production. Since then, she has worked as a production manager on various large-scale concerts, theatrical productions and events all over the country. Kristin shares her love of all things show biz with her husband and two adorable (and occasionally dramatic) daughters.
Krista Sutton, Director - Musical Theatre
A graduate of the University of Toronto’s UC Drama Program and Dora Award nominee, Krista has worked in theater, musical theater, film and TV since her first professional role at age 12. When not performing, Krista has always loved teaching! She has taught in New York City schools working with at-risk youth, at The Drama Workshop, a school she co-founded and ran in Toronto for over 15 years, Gotham City Improv in NYC, TheaterSports Chicago, and on Broadway, with the school program for the New Victory Theater. Krista was co-founder and Artistic Director of Canada’s Georgian Theater Festival for 10 years where she also ran the kids’ program. This past year Krista was invited to teach comedy, script analysis and improv at Sag Youth Conservatory in Los Angeles. As a performer, instructor and mom, Krista sees how important theater and the arts are for kids in fostering confidence, co-operation and a sense of self.
Bridget Kloss, Director - Improv
Bridget Kloss Dario is an alumni of The Second city Chicago training center, touring company and Las Vegas Mainstage as well as iO Chicago and iO West. She has taught improv classes and workshops across the country, for all ages and several business and universities. She has combined her love for Improv and her bachelors in education to develop and teach youth improv at Second city LA, iO west and YADA. She is married with two children, and currently lives in the Santa Clarita area.
Rachel Kiser, Director - INK
Inspiring people to discover their creative genius and grow artistically is Rachel's passion and life's work. She started INK Theater for the youngest among us to learn that they have unlimited potential to do extraordinary things. As an educator for the past 20 years, Rachel has written innovative curriculum and developed progressive educational programs (and pioneered a school!), coached individuals and classes of all ages in music, theater, and - her favorite - musical theater, and has traveled the globe bringing the hope and joy that only music and theater can bring to even the remotest villages in Africa. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music with an educational focus from University of Wisconsin.
Mina Bloom, Music Director
Mina Bloom (UCLA BA in Theatre Film and Television ’17) is an award-winning pianist, composer, flautist, music director and music teacher based out of West LA. A recent graduate of UCLA’s theatre school, Mina founded Dually Noted Theatre Company on campus—a group that produces new musicals.