About Us

“…Under the guiding hand of T.J. Dawson, [3-D Theatricals] has delivered shows whose production values exceed many a touring company…, and which are as slick and professional as anything in New York City…” – Orange County Register

Welcome to 3-D Theatricals!

Mission Statement: To provide southern California with professional theatre that includes Broadway Musicals, plays, readings and new works. It is our goal to increase arts awareness throughout the community and to nurture our youth with culture and education. We are committed to excellence, and bringing new life and demand to the arts.

The Dawson family (T.J., Gretchen & Daniel – the 3-D’s) set out to fulfill their dream of building a musical theatre company and bringing the Broadway experience to Southern California. Presented with the unique opportunity to build an audience from the ground up, 3-D Theatricals opened its first season in 2009 at The Orange County Pavilion (Now the campus of Orange County School for the Arts) to an amazing reception by OC theatergoers. In 2011, the company made the move to Fullerton’s Plummer Auditorium, and from there, 3-D Theatricals began expanding the business by producing stellar Broadway-caliber to the South Bay at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

After six wonderful years in Fullerton and in Redondo Beach, 3DT was given the opportunity to become the exclusive resident Broadway Series producer at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. We are proud to be producing our shows exclusively at the beautiful Cerritos Center, providing excellent professional musical theatre productions to Cerritos and the surrounding communities as well as providing much-needed jobs to local professional actors, musicians, and designers.

3-D Theatricals has earned rave reviews from The Orange County Register, LA Times, Los Angeles Daily News, The Long Beach Examiner, the Spark OC Blog, and BroadwayWorld.com. Our 2013 season received fifteen Ovation Award nominations and five L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award nominations. Our production of Jason Robert Brown’s PARADE won Ovation Awards for Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Featured Actor, and Best Ensemble.

3-D Theatricals is a non-profit 501c3 company. We thank the support of our donors who believe in our work and help us in bringing the arts to the communities that we serve. We are grateful to have the services of The Houselights – our volunteer guild that ushers and takes tickets for our performances.

The 3-D Theatricals headquarters is in Anaheim and houses our front of house team, business offices, set and costume warehouse, as well as our rehearsal space. From this location 3DT hosts auditions, run rehearsals for our productions, and houses over 30,000 square feet of costume and set rental properties.

T.J. Dawson

T.J. DAWSON

Executive Producer/Artistic Director

T.J. is thrilled to see where 3-D Theatricals has come in such a short time and hopes it’s the beginning of many more successful years to come.  In a short time, 3-D Theatricals has been among the most awarded and critically acclaimed theaters in Southern California including many Ovations nominations and wins as well as the very prestigious Joel Hirschorn Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre by the LA Drama Critics Circle.   The company received the most Ovation nominations of any theatre for the 2012-13 season next to Center Theatre Group.  As a director, T.J. has received an Ovation nomination, as well as a L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination for the critically acclaimed production of PARADE (winner of 4 Ovation awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, and Best Musical) and for his production of RAGTIME.  He has also directed for 3DT: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, ALL SHOOK UP (both productions), THE SOUND OF MUSIC, A CHORUS LINE, AVENUE Q (Ovation Nomination), 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, INTO THE WOODS, SIDE SHOW (Robby Award for Best Director and Musical), THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Staring Bronson Pinchot and Rachel York), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE FULL MONTY and OKLAHOMA!  Other Select producer/ director/ choreographer credits include: the Orange County premieres and critically acclaimed productions of SIDE SHOW, Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY, BAT BOY THE MUSICAL, CABARET, INTO THE WOODS and SEUSSICAL.  He wants to thank the entire 3DT team for all their hard work and dedication to everything they do!  Thanks to his mom and dad for encouraging him to chase his dreams and to dream big, his wife Jeanette for putting up with all the long hours and late nights, “you are my strength, my every breath and I love you more than words can express,” and lastly, above all, God, for being his constant love and inspiration.  He and Jeanette have two handsome boys and a beautiful baby girl; Jude, Isaac and Haven!  He is now tackling his most challenging but incredible role ever as “dad” and loving every second of it. “Thank you for checking out our website and please continue to support arts in your local community!”

GRETCHEN DAWSON

Co-Founder/Director of Marketing

Gretchen Dawson is thrilled to be pursuing her dream, and feels honored to work beside her family. Recent behind the scenes credits include: Associate Director/Choreographer for RUDOLPH THE RED NOISE REINDEER Tour (McCoy Rigby Entertainment), Associate Choreographer AMERICAN IDIOT (La Mirada Theater), Assistant Choreographer for SPRING AWAKENING (La Mirada Theater).  Recent performing credits include: The Moho’s sketch comedy group starring Fred Willard, Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme in ASSASSINS (Gem Theater), and Roxie Hart in CHICAGO (Gem Theater). She would like to thank you for taking an interest in 3DT and hopes you continue to come back and become a subscriber. Please help spread the word about 3DT by talking about your experience of our shows on social media. Word of mouth is the number one marketing tool! A special thank you to her wife, friends, and family for their love and support. See you at the theater!

DANIEL DAWSON

Co-Founder

Daniel Dawson is honored to be a part of something so spectacular as to be seemingly beyond his wildest dreams. Always having been very close to his family he feels very lucky to be able to work together at something they are all equally passionate about. His dream of being a part of the entertainment industry was jump started by encouragement from his brother to audition for the GLORY OF CHRISTMAS at the Crystal Cathedral. He was 11 years old and terrified of the thought of being on stage, but because of his brother’s tenacity, Daniel was thrust into the show and given the “Silent Night” solo; he has been addicted to theatre ever since. Along with his siblings, he attended the Academy for the Performing Arts in Huntington Beach and then he went on to receive his B.A. in Musical Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado.

Some of his favorite credits include: National Tour: CATS 2009-2010 “Tour of the Americas” produced by Troika (Male Swing covering: Munkustrap, Skimbleshanks, Rum Tum Tugger, Alonzo, and Plato/ Macavity), Regional: BAT BOY (Bat Boy) with Stages [Garland Award Nominee], ASSASSINS (Balladeer) with Still Hungry Theatre, JESUS’ KID BROTHER LARRY (Ernst/Julio) with International City Theatre, SEUSSICAL (Wickershim Brother) with Moonlight Amphitheatre, FOOTLOOSE (Willard Hewitt) and GREASE (Roger) with Musical Theatre West (MTW), CRAZY FOR YOU (Sam/Custus) both with MTW and Downey Civic Light Opera, SIDE SHOW (Buddy Foster), NO, NO NANETTE (Billy), ANYTHING GOES (Billy), JEKYLL AND HYDE (Spider), 42ND STREET (Bert Barry), A CHORUS LINE (Mike/Bobby/Larry), OKLAHOMA (Will Parker), JOSEPH… (Joseph), GREASE (Doody), CABARET (Emcee), and a few others.

He loves his family and friends and thanks them from the bottom of his heart because without them he wouldn’t be the happy person he has become.

JEANETTE DAWSON

Co-Founder

Jeanette is pleased to be a member of the producing family at 3DTheatricals. Jeanette was present at the very first few meetings when T.J. decided it was time to start producing and hasn’t left his side since. Jeanette has been married to T.J. for over 15 years now and they have 3 children together. Jeanette has a certificate in Child Development and her own responsibility at 3D, is hiring and training the child wranglers for the shows that have child cast members. Jeanette also loves working with her husband whenever she can. They started and run WESTBEAT, the acapella group that 3D owns that mostly performs at Disneyland. Jeanette loves singing in the group as well. Jeanette enjoys being onstage at 3D as well sometimes. One Jeanette’s important passions in life is to always work with her husband doing what they love together. She advises him on as much as she can at 3D including choosing seasons, staff and casting choices to dressing room assignments to rehearsal schedules and so on. She also makes time for her and the kids to visit with patrons before and after shows as much as possible. Jeanette is thankful for the exciting life she gets to live and loves being co-workers with T.J. as well as being the love of his life!

GIGI FUSCO MEESE

Director of Community Relations

Gigi Fusco Meese was appointed the organizations’ first Director of Community Relations in 2016 and comes to 3DT with a wealth of experience within the non-profit arts community. Her experience includes serving as Managing Director of the Long Beach Opera, Executive Director of the Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation, Director of Public and Community Relations for Musical Theatre West and as Executive Director/Producer for the venerable Long Beach Playhouse. Gigi is also an award-winning theatrical director and is the recipient of the 2006 “Distinguished Arts Professional of the Year Award” from the Arts Council of Long Beach and in 2010 was named “Woman of the Year in Theatre” by the Los Angeles Times/Daily Pilot.

TERRY HANRAHAN

Production Manager

TERRY HANRAHAN’S heart has always belonged to live theater. She works with a number of local theaters, including Mc Coy-Rigby Entertainment, Reprise! Broadway’s Best, The Theatre at Boston Court, and International City Theatre.

She has also worked extensively in Children’s Television on a number of programs including Nickelodeon’s All That and Kenan & Kel, and Kids Incorporated for the Disney Channel.

In the infomercial world, she has propped/decorated exercise equipment infomercials featuring Suzanne Somers, Lennox Lewis, and Paula Abdul, as well as many juice machines, cookware sets, golf clubs, and just about every vacuum cleaner ever made!

Ms. Hanrahan is also an Equity Stage Manager.

JENNIFER NELSON

Rentals and Patron Services Manager

Jennifer became a full-time member of 3-D Theatricals after working for four seasons as House Manager for 3DT´s productions at Plummer Auditorium. (And following the development and implementation of an elaborate scheme to get herself hired…..) Aside from being proud of 3-D´s amazing volunteer group, The Houselights, and being able to do work that she genuinely loves, Jennifer is pleased, finally, to be able to answer the question, ¨What do you do with an M.A. in Political Science?¨

DAVID JORDAN NESTOR

Company Manager

David Nestor has managed live theatre for fifteen years, first as a stage manager and then as a company manager. He currently works with both 3-D Theatricals and McCoy Rigby Entertainment. The highlight of his week is pay day, when everyone is happy to see him. As a stage manager, David is also a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

AMBER SNEAD

Casting Director

Amber Snead is the Casting Director for 3-D Theatricals.  Also a performer, she has appeared many times on the 3DT stage, and some of her favorites include ALL SHOOK UP, SHREK, and RAGTIME.  Amber is thrilled to be working behind the scenes and getting a first hand look at all the amazing talent in Southern California.  This is her 6th year with the company, working in casting, and she is looking forward to many more!