Introducing American Coast Children’s Theatre

American Coast Children’s Theatre seeks to foster life skills and cultivate theatrical excellence in a safe, encouraging, and professional environment.

Meet our new Education Director, Caitlin Harjes!

Caitlin is a singer, musician, actor, director, and choreographer who may have been in the business for a short time but has exceptional drive and passion for theater and seeing her students succeed. 


She graduated from the University of California-Irvine in 2017 with a BA in Drama (emphasis in Musical Theater). Throughout her studies, she participated in a variety of stage and film performances as well as working behind the scenes. In May 2017, she was selected to participate in their month-long intensive satellite program in NYC.


Growing up in remote, rural Colorado she knows that musical theater experiences are not yet easily accessible to everyone. Attending Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Program early in her career introduced her to a whole new world which she longed to share with others. Her passion for performing and love of working with young people are what continue to push her to new challenges.


Having decided to settle in OC, Caitlin has musically directed, choreographed, and created several productions through the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, OC Dance Productions, and Estancia High School. She is also a Teaching Artist for Disney Musicals in Schools through Segerstrom Center for the Arts along with 7 other brilliantly talented professionals in the theater business. Giving kids a space to perform and succeed through theater has been very exciting and rewarding!