MRS. GENEVA ESGUERRA (PROGRAM DIRECTOR/TECHNICAL THEATRE INSTRUCTOR) is honored to be the new CTAA Drama Program Director for the 2022-2023 season. A CTAA alumni, she has been an instructor since 2007 with a brief hiatus in the 2014-15 season. She studied theatre at Leeward Community College and achieved her Bachelors Degree from Chaminade University. Geneva has been involved in the construction and production of various shows across the Island including Tony and Tina’s Wedding (MVT), Little Shop of Horrors (MVT), It’s A Wonderful Life (MVT), The Importance of Being Earnest (HPU), and Alice In Wonderland (DITR).
On Leave – CAROLYN TAIRA (PROGRAM DIRECTOR) Cari Taira is the Director of Central Theatre Academy of Arts. She is also a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director and resident stage director for Ohana Arts. She was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii, where her passion for theatre began at Kipapa Elementary School with inspirational teacher, Mrs. Yvonne Toma. She attended Mililani High School, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from the University of Portland. Her principle instructors were acting professors Ed Bowen and Mindy Logan, and voice processor Jill Sotero. She has performed in productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweet Charity, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Crucible, and The Wiz. After spending 9 years as the director and program coordinator of the Hongwanji Mission School drama program, and 2 years at Pacific Buddhist Academy, she is excited to be back at Mililani High School. Some of her directing credits include Peace On Your Wings, Seussical Jr., Peter Pan Jr., Annie Jr., Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Footloose, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Once On this Island Jr., and Little Mermaid Jr.