Mitch Atkins
Lori Atkins
As co-founder and President of Musical Theatre Orange County, Mitch is realizing a dream of instilling a love for live theatre into the youth of our community. Mitch has been with the Disneyland Resort for over 26 years, the last 14 as a Technical Director with Disney Creative Entertainment on such diverse projects as Haunted Mansion Holiday, Electrical Parade, Fantasmic!, Parade of Dreams, Celebrate!, ElecTRONica, Mad T Party, Aladdin and now Frozen - Live at the Hyperion (opening in May 2016). He has also occasionally stepped in as an Entertainment Producer, and was recently promoted to Principal Technical Director with Creative Entertainment for the Disneyland Resort. Prior to, and during this time Mitch also continued to nurture his love for theatre with his outside role as Technical Director with various community theatre’s including lighting design duties for over 50 productions. Christmas 2014, Mitch and his family were honored to create and produce “Journey to Christmas”, an original production for Eastside Christian Church.Mitch’s theatre experience goes back to Junior High School where he began working in technical theatre. He has since tried his hand at acting a few times as well.Mitch and his wife Lori are both natives of Orange County, California and have raised their four children in the city of Orange.
Lori is co-founder and Executive Producer of Musical Theatre Orange County. Lori has produced numerous shows for MTOC during the past 14 years. Some of her favorites include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Disney's Tarzan. In addition, she has organized and produced talent shows and has been involved in various community theaters in a variety of capacities for the past twenty years. She has managed everything from box office, back office, costumes, scenery and anything else that needs to be done. A recent proud moment was producing the beautiful original production of ECC's "Journey to Christmas". She has also enjoyed a bit of time on "the boards" herself with favorite roles such as Aunt Tilly ("It's a Wonderful Life") and Ethel Toffelmier ("The Music Man"). With success in many entrepreneurial endeavors which include owning her own Collectibles Business, event coordinating and several years as a licensed Cosmetologist, her proudest accomplishments to date are……being a wife, mother and now "nana".