faculty bios


NATALIE TAYLOR | DIRECTOR OF FINE ARTS / DEAN OF PFAME


Natalie Taylor (NatalieBabbittTaylor.com) serves as the Director of Fine Arts and Dean of the PFAME Concentration and brings with her a rich background. She has been performing and singing since the age of seven in numerous musical theatre productions, choirs, bands, recordings, and concerts. Most recently, you can hear her as a soloist in the score for the romantic comedy Isn't it Romantic. Some of her other recent credits include soprano 1 in Disneyland's The Voices of Liberty, featured soloist in Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional, featured soloist with the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Orange County Symphony, background vocals on Lindsey Stirling’s Christmas album “Warmer in the Winter,” and choir vocalist on the animated films Wonder Park and The Breadwinner.

Natalie graduated with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and Music Business from Azusa Pacific University. She currently sings soprano 1 in the Los Robles Master Chorale under the direction of Lesley Leighton. She attends Christian Assembly Church in Eagle Rock where she serves on the worship team. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

EMAIL | nataliet@villagechristian.org


RITA OUTTRIM | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT / MUSICAL DIRECTOR


Rita Outtrim serves as Administrative Assistant and Musical Director. Rita began performing in musicals at the age of five in Houston, Texas. Growing up, she had the opportunity to perform with various theatres, orchestras, and choruses including the Houston Grand Opera. She later received a Bachelor's of Music Education at the University of North Texas. Notable theatre credits include: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, and Kathy in The Last Five Years. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Fine Arts Department and Music Director for the elementary and middle school musicals. Though she loves performing dearly, she feels it's a privilege to work and teach kids in the arts.

EMAIL | ritao@villagechristian.org


THOM BABBES | DIRECTOR OF THEATRE ARTS


Thom BabbesThom Babbes, Director of Theatre Arts, has worked as a professional actor and director since 1979, having trained at The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts and The Professional Actor Training Program at UWM-Milwaukee. Mr. Babbes has worked from New York to Los Angeles acting and directing in regional theater and feature films. At Actors Co-op in Hollywood, he directed award winning productions of AH, WILDERNESS, SUMMER AND SMOKE, and A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS.

A screenwriter as well, his scripts have been produced by Roger Corman’s Concorde New Horizons and others have sold to Samuelson Productions, Apollo Pictures and Kings Road Entertainment.

He finds teaching and directing high school students rewarding beyond anything he could have imagined. His goal is to inspire his students to be at their creative best by developing their acting techniques and critical thinking skills and to find Biblical truth in secular work.

At Village Christian, Mr. Babbes has created an environment that brings together a production team of working professionals that mentor students and gives them the experience of striving to be excellent in everything they do, because God deserves nothing less than our best.

EMAIL | thomb@villagechristian.org


CHLOE BABBES


Chloe Babbes is a VCS alum who is thrilled to be back teaching and directing at Village. Growing up in a family of artists in Los Angeles, California, Chloe has been immersed in theater, television, and film her whole life. Chloe is a graduate of PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre and has been working as a professional actor and musician for the past six years. She has worked in regional theatre such as The Western Stage in Salinas, California and NC Stage in Asheville, NC. Chloe has enjoyed principal roles in national AT&T and The Real Cost Anti-Smoking commercials. She has toured the U.S. playing bass and singing backup with recording artist Jason Hawk Harris. As an artist, Chloe believes that God calls us to strive for excellence and seek truth. She has carried that with her and hopes to pass this mindset along to the kids. She has loved working with the Fine Arts Academy. After stage managing and assistant directing Suessical Jr, Into the Woods Jr, Aladdin Jr, Annie Jr, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Chloe made her directorial debut with last year’s production of Frozen Jr.

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MEGAN BARLOW | ES MUSIC / ES CHOIR DIRECTOR


Megan Barlow, Elementary Music and Elementary Choir Director, attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated magna cum laude with her degree in music education in 2004. She is a professional pianist, organist, bassoonist, percussionist, and woodwind player, and she has been in elementary education her entire career. She has a long, distinguished record establishing and leading exceptional elementary music programs in both public and private schools in Virginia, Illinois, and California. She has also taught middle school choirs, high school percussion and marching band, handbells, theater, and even “The History of Rock.”

EMAIL | meganb@villagechristian.org


TARA BATTANI BOWLES | MS THEATRE ARTS DIRECTOR


Tara Battani Bowles, Middle School Theatre Arts Director, studied Theatre and Communications at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. Tara has done many national commercials and is currently a proud member of Actors Co-op in Hollywood, an Equity waiver Christian theatre company. Her first love will always be theatre, and she has performed many of the best written roles for the stage in Los Angeles including Gypsy Rose Lee in GYPSY, Jackie-O in THE HOUSE OF YES, Jennie in CHAPTER TWO, Tracy Lord in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Georgette in THE TRAVELING LADY, Kirsten Clay in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, and Annie Sullivan in THE MIRACLE WORKER. Her latest stage role was as Alma Winemiller in Tennessee Williams’ SUMMER AND SMOKE (directed by VCS's own Thom Babbes) which resulted in staggeringly wonderful reviews and a "Best Female Lead Performance" 2018 Stage Raw Nomination. She will next appear as Lee in MARVIN'S ROOM, which will open in 2021.

EMAIL | tarab@villagechristian.org


DAVID AND SARA DAS | CO-DIRECTORS OF MS/HS VOCAL ARTS


David and Sara Das are co-Directors of Middle and High School Vocal Arts. David (daviddas.com) is a composer, conductor, producer, and songwriter for film, television, advertising, and trailers. He also serves as the President of the Academy of Scoring Arts. Sara is a former church choir director and homeschool teacher, and has also taught at Junior Achievement. They met as music majors at the University of North Texas, have been married for twenty years, and are parents of two Village students. They are excited to be a part of the Village community and to help students develop their musical gifts.

EMAIL | davidd@villagechristian.org and sarad@villagechristian.org


AMY MARTENS | BAND DIRECTOR


Amy Martens, Band Director, grew up in a musical family (with both parents Band Directors!). She is no stranger to the world of music. Beginning with piano at the age of four and adding flute in elementary school, she has been studying and performing music her whole life. She is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Biblical Studies, and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance. During her time at APU, she was the principal flutist in various ensembles, and had the opportunity to be a soloist with an orchestra while on tour in Italy. Besides her work at Village, Ms. Martens also performs regularly with the Corona Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific, as well as teaching privately and freelancing around Los Angeles.

EMAIL | amym@villagechristian.org


KIM PATTERI | DANCE INSTRUCTOR


Kim Patteri, Dance Instructor, has toured internationally with the renowned dance company, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, swung thirteen roles in the Toronto Broadway Production of Beauty and the Beast, danced opposite Grammy Award winner Celine Dion, was an original member of the Canadian pop sensation group, KONNEXION, and performed in numerous other regional and industrial shows. On camera, Mrs. Kim was a Rockette in The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas, played Wasp Woman opposite Brendan Frasier in Monkeybone, and appeared in over fifty television shows and commercials. As a choreographer, Ms. Kim assisted two thousand performers in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Special Olympics, Guys and Dolls, Anne Of Green Gables, and the world premiere of Ben Hur: The Musical. Ms. Kim studied dance at the prestigious York University and on scholarship at The Studio Dance Theatre of Toronto, Canada. As a teacher, Mrs. Kim has taught every age and every style of dance in studios, workshops, master classes and colleges all over the world, including Sheridan College Performing Arts (Toronto), Dance Factory (Montreal), Pineapple Studios (London), The Edge (Los Angeles), Dance Precisions (Yorba Linda) and Orange County Song and Dance (Huntington Beach).

EMAIL | kimp@villagechristian.org


TYLER SMITH | PERCUSSION DIRECTOR


Tyler Smith is a freelance percussionist, educator and composer living in the Los Angeles area. He has also had the privilege of teaching percussion at Oaks Christian School, Calabasas High School, Sierra Canyon, Moorpark High School, and Lawrence Middle School. He has also started drumline programs at both Sierra Canyon and Oaks Christian School.

As a percussionist, highlights include over 50 musical theater productions in the greater Los Angeles Area, performing the “Raise the Roof” timpani concerto with The Master’s College and Azusa Pacific University, and recording under Gordon Goodwin for Disneyland Paris. In addition to writing percussion literature, he is also involved in music technology, composing, arranging, recording, editing and engraving. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University, and a Masters of Music degree from California State University, Northridge. He has studied under Bill Schlitt, Mark Converse, John Magnussen and the previous principal percussionist of the LA Philharmonic, Raynor Carroll. He is delighted to bring his talents and abilities to serve the Lord and his students at Village Christian.

EMAIL | tylers@villagechristian.org


MICHELINA WRIGHT | STRINGS DIRECTOR


Michelina Wright, Strings Director, hails from Chicago. She received her Bachelor's degree in music performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2000. That same year her string quartet went to South Bend, Indiana, where they were semi-finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The summer of 2000 she studied at Roundtop International Music Festival in Texas where her quintet was one of the ensembles chosen for Best of Chamber Music. Ms. Wright received her Master’s degree in music performance at the California Institute of the Arts, where she was active in various ensembles including the New Millennium Players. She has played with the St. Louis Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the El Paso Opera, has sat Principal Second with the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and was Concertmaster for the Santa Clara Chamber Orchestra, where she was a featured soloist in 2005. She plays regularly with the Riverside Philharmonic, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the LA Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra, and has had the honor of performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on numerous occasions, once under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Michelina has appeared on episodes of Boston Public, has recorded for Sony Classical artist Mario Frangoulis, and is the featured violinist on the IMAX soundtrack Mystery of the Nile. She also performed on Dave Matthews’ ‘You and Me’ music video and had the privilege of performing with Carmen Lundy and is featured on her CD and DVD “Jazz and the New Songbook.”

Along with performing, Ms. Wright also has a passion for teaching, having taught with various organizations for the past twenty years. She started out teaching with the Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra in 2000, taught with the non-profit youth organization Harmony Project, and has been the Strings Director at Laurel Hall School since 2002 and at Village Christian since 2018.

EMAIL | michelinaw@villagechristian.org

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