Benita Scheckel (director/co-writer) is a San Gabriel Valley native, growing up in Alhambra and making Pasadena her home. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Benita toured with an opera company and performed musical improv at the Ice House in Pasadena. Some of her stage credits include,Camelot, Into the Woods, Evita, Music Man, The Secret Garden and Oklahoma.
She made her ABC television debut as a guest star on Miracles in 2003, and works as a voiceover actress on Disney Channel’s hit show, Phineas and Ferb.
Ms. Scheckel started directing and producing in 2003 for local philanthropic organizations and in 2007 began her career as a director and teacher in the Pasadena Unified School District working with middle and high school students at Blair School.
Her “Bend in the Road” occurred when fellow touring companion, Michael Upward asked her to consider writing lyrics for a new musical he’d been contemplating based on the beloved children’s novel, Anne of Green Gables. This collaboration brought together an exciting blend of two perspectives that resulted in the show now being produced for the Carrie Hamilton Theater at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Ms. Scheckel has been honored for her work with children and her particular knack for including students with special needs both physical and emotional. She has been awarded certificates of appreciation from the Special Education Department within PUSD yearly since 2007.
IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1587027/