Maria Gobetti (Miss Edwards): Last appeared at
the Victory in Taking Care by Mia McCullogh. Prior to that she
portrayed “Delia” in
Lanford Wilson’s The Moundbuilders. Maria has appeared in
Television and Film as well as Stage. She recently directed
the critically acclaimed Victory production of the West Coast
premiere of Ten Cent Night
by Melissa Wegrzyn.
With Tom Ormeny she founded and built The Victory
Theatre Center. It opened with the critically acclaimed world premiere
of Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest, which Maria directed.
Her first love always has been acting and theatre. She is the Director
of the Gobetti-Ormeny Acting Studio, coaches there and at the The New York Film Academy and LACHSA.
She teaches at the and at Arts High at Cal State LA. She has directed over 80 plays.
Maria spent two years as Director of Development
for The Brillstein Company, and worked as both director and coach
at Hanna-Barbera. A member of the Directors’ Guild of America, she
has directed for Disney. Maria is a member of Women in Film, Women
in Theatre, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, and the DGA. She was the 1992 recipient
of WIT's Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Award. She has both
a BA and an MA in Theatre. Maria serves as chair of the 99 Seat Review
Committee for the ATLAS organization where she presses on in support of
more, and all theatre in Los Angeles.
Tom Ormeny (Artistic Director) was born into a
theatrical family and continues the legacy. Starting as a child actor,
this year, Tom is celebrating his 52nd anniversary as a professional
co-founded and built the Victory Theatre Center in 1979, and has been its Artistic
Co-Director throughout the last twenty-eight
Most recently, he appeared at the Victory in the critically acclaimed, Old
Glory, My Old Friends and Broken Glass. Other
Victory acting credits include: On the Money, Haunted
Wilderness, Escape from Happiness, Meet the Wilsons and Oleanna. Tom
has also performed at International City, the Odyssey and the Met Theatres. He
has extensive television credits including Grey’s
Anatomy, Heartland and Boston Legal.
Tom is the
proud recipient of Theatre L.A.’s Ovation Award:
The James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in Theatre. Tom
works actively in arts advocacy. He was instrumental in forming
Los Angeles Municipal Promotions (LAMP). He served eight terms
as the president of the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance and is President
Emeritus of the Board of Governors of Theatre LA.
Tom has produced many productions
for the Victory and has directed several successful
world premieres, including last year’s, Ten
Sex and Education, The Miss Firecracker Contest, and The
Largest Rodent. He belongs to the Directors Guild of America and
has directed for Disney where he also coached The New Mickey
Mouse Club Show. Tom wrote and produced the play Life on
which premiered at the Victory. Tom also teaches acting at
the Gobetti-Ormeny Acting Studio and at Cypress College, and
the New York Film Academy. He is currently directing
the world premiere of the upcoming one-man show …dying
to be BORN which will open on 11/11/11 in The Little Victory.