Lisa Sedares is delighted to come on board as Conundrum’s President and Music Director. Lisa is a classically-trained pianist who began at an early age and eventually became involved in musical theater, choral directing, and composing. Some of the recent shows that she has been a part of are Putting It Together (music director), Beauty and the Beast (vocal director), Urinetown (pianist), Oklahoma! (pianist), and Into the Woods (pianist).
Originally from Arizona, Lisa moved to Maryland for school and spent 9 years on the east coast building a career in aerospace engineering while pursuing a double master’s in piano performance and space systems engineering. She recently relocated to Los Angeles for a change of scenery, a new job at NASA, and more professional musical opportunities. On the side, Lisa is currently working on a new musical that is at the intersection of her two passions: Rocket Science and Musical Theater.
Bryan is from Colorado Springs, CO. He started acting when he was in Kindergarten, playing the Prince in a school production of Cinderella. The stage has been his passion ever since, and he is thrilled to be part of Conundrum.
Bryan received his BA in Theatre Directing from the University of Northern Colorado. He currently works as the School Age Director for the Burbank Community YMCA.
Bryan has been a part of numerous productions, both on and off stage. He recently portrayed Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music. Some other acting credits include You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), Fuddy Meers (Kenny), and Grand Hotel. He has also directed A Company of Wayward Saints, Bringing It All Back Home, Love Letters, and The Sound Of Music.
When he has free time, Bryan likes to play the piano, read, and watch Disney animated movies.
Jackie has been involved with theatre for most of her life as a performer, director, producer, and lyricist. Theatre has given Jackie confidence and killer memorization skills, has taken her across the globe, and most importantly, it has introduced her to life long friends. Jackie’s performing has taken her to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York University, and right here to Los Angeles. Jackie is passionate about bringing high-quality and innovative theater to Los Angeles.
Jackie moved to Los Angeles for law school. However, Jackie continues to perform throughout the Los Angeles area both on stage and screen. Some favorite roles include, Winifred (Once Upon a Mattress), Roxie Hart (Chicago), Charity Valentine (Sweet Charity), The Witch (Into the Woods), Marian Paroo (The Music Man), and Maria von Trapp (The Sound of Music). Jackie has been involved in all of Conundrum's productions and her most recent role with Conundrum was Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.
Jackie has a day job she loves as the General Counsel & Director of Industry Relations at the National Association of Theatre Owners and has two adorable kiddos. For more, visit jackiebrenneman.com.
Jess Jani has been surrounded by performers her whole life, which has only solidified her passion for the theatre. She made her stage debut at the age of twelve and was instantly hooked. In high school, Jess won an award at the Musical Theatre Competitions of America for her solo performance, was president of the thespian society, and ran the school's improv troupe. She was known for jumping into any role in which she was needed from stage managing, student directing, and even writing original material to perform. Jess was ready to wear any hat given to her.
She went on to study acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre & Film. There she was able to star in several short films but ultimately decided the stage is where she felt most at home. Jess currently works at AV Squad, a company that creates movie trailers and, she has dedicated her off time to writing new musicals.
Jess is delighted to be on the board of Conundrum Theatre Company and looks forward to building a strong theatre community over here on the West Coast.
Matthew Claiborne Karic
Arizona native and seasoned performed Matt studied Opera Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Under the instruction of Maestro Vladimir Chernov and direction of Peter Kazaras, he sang in countless productions, recitals, and masterclasses. Some of his favorites while at UCLA have been singing for Maestro James Conlon of the LAOpera and performing the role of Il Commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni. During his time at UCLA, Matt also was the vice president of BruinLIGHTS, a student organization that brought student-taught arts curriculum back to LAUSD schools whose budget cuts had left the curriculum artless.
Matt is thrilled to be on the board of Conundrum Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization bringing theatre opportunities to working professionals in the valey. During the day, he can be found in the Hollywood Hills working in celebrity endorsements and global brand building.
Amanda is an avid theater goer, an aerospace engineer, and a self-proclaimed nerd. Even though she came from a school with no music or theater programs, she has been a theater lover ever since seeing Beauty and the Beast in Toronto at age six. She consistently and almost obsessively attends shows at the Ahmanson and Pantages since moving to LA in 2014.
Amanda is also a big supporter of smaller theater groups as well, frequenting performances by East West Players and, of course, Conundrum! You're more likely to find her operating satellites than up on stage, but her tech savvy will make her a great addition to the Conundrum Board.
Nikki is a PhD candidate studying educational psychology at the University of Southern California. Her parents like to say she could sing before she could talk, which makes sense, given her love of performing. When she's not working on a research project or tearing up a karaoke bar (pre-COVID, of course), she enjoys playing with her dog, running while listening to podcasts, and baking overly complicated pastries.
Daniel Segura has been making theater since he was teen. In high school he was awarded the Bank of America Drama Award for starting a drama club, a thespian society and an improv troupe, as well as performing in 12 plays and musicals across 3 different campuses.
At UC Berkeley in the Theater, Dance and Performance Studies department, Daniel began writing and researching the intersection of political activism, theater and performance art. His first full length play was his senior thesis, a research paper turned into dramatic text “Fragmented We Stand.” He then directed and performed the work and won a department award and graduated with honors. Daniel then worked for UC Berkeley writing and performing theatrical presentations with math and science themes for students across Northern California.
Upon returning to Los Angeles Daniel has performed, written, directed or assistant directed projects for Playwrights Arena, Latino Theater Company, The Getty Villa, Boston Court and Rockwell Table and Stage. He has hosted over twenty-five musical salons and musical-themed parties across Los Angeles mixing Broadway performers with local talent for organic and exciting nights of music-making.
Daniel also teaches narrative workshops for students and artists crafting stronger personal narratives for speeches, personal statements, monologues, solo shows, creative projects, etc.
A native Angeleno, Daniel is committed to strengthening the arts in Los Angeles. He is happy that Conundrum shares this vision.