Each year the Celebrate Stockton is Magnificent Arts Committee selects an artist in residence to represent the talent of our community for the annual event. This selection is based on a commitment by this individual to promote Stockton and the surrounding area in a positive and creative way. The arts committee has selected KEVIN AND ELIZABETH COSTELLO as the 2014 Artists of Residence. Kevin and Elizabeth are well known in the northern California region for their commitment to performing arts, both in community theatre and children’s theatre. The Costello’s own and operate “That’s Show Biz Theatre Company on the Miracle Mile in Stockton. Past recipients of the award include Vanessa Hadady, painter, and Arturo Vera, photographer.
For 11 years, the Costellos ran a traveling educational children’s theatre, performing over 3,500 times, conducting numerous workshops & serving as Artists-in Residence at schools & libraries throughout California. They have been in and/or directed countless plays & musicals at numerous theatres, That’s Showbiz Theatre Company, and Stockton Civic Theatre.
Kevin has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Pomona College and is the Artistic Director at Stockton Civic Theatre as well as director of the Saint Mary’s High School Theatre Department.
Elizabeth has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Jose State and has appeared on T.V.’s One Life to Live and Off-Off Broadway. Elizabeth worked for 13 years in early childhood and elementary education That’s Showbiz Theatre Company operated by the Costellos and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality Theatre Arts education and professional entertainment to Stockton and surrounding communities.
A sample of the talent of the Costellos and their performers can be seen in a dramatic/comedic act on the children’s stage at the 4th annual Celebrate Stockton is Magnificent event. Kevin and Elizabeth have provided the community with years of theatrical training and performances, enhancing the lives of many Stockton residents and you can see them free on Saturday, October 4th from noon to 3PM in Victory Park. For more information go to StocktonMagnificent.com.