Our Singing Wait Staff
Raised in Texas, Juli began singing and acting at a very early age, making her stage debut performing “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” in her Kindergarten talent show. After that many school and community theater performances followed. Juli studied briefly at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and then finished her BFA in Acting from the College of Santa Fe, where she was a recipient of the Greer Garson Scholarship and was selected to study abroad for a semester at The British American Drama Academy. After college, Juli spent several years in New York auditioning, performing and honing her skills as a waitress. After taking her bite of the big apple, Juli lived briefly in beautiful San Francisco and discovered that she is not truly happy unless she is performing or being creative in some way. Juli moved back to Santa Fe in 1993 and worked in the Cantina as a singing waitress for a few years and then worked for two years at the Santa Fe Music Hall where she performed the role of Chile West. In 1998, Juli came back to the Cantina as the manager and has been at it now for fifteen years. Juli has written, adapted and directed over 30 shows for La Cantina and has produced three CD’s while manager. Favorite roles include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Ilona in She Loves Me, Rizzo in Grease and Carrie in Carousel. Juli recently received her certificate in Screenwriting from the Online Professional Screenwriting Program at UCLA and has placed in or won several screenwriting competitions, and was on the board of the Santa Fe Screenwriter’s Conference for two years. Juli has also co-written and directed two short films. Last year Juli expanded the scope of her work with Santa Fe Dining, and is now the Events Coordinator for La Casa Sena and her sister restaurant Rio Chama, while still helming the entertainment in La Cantina. Juli hopes to continue to sing great music nightly with her Cantina family, and to continue to pursue her love of writing and film.
Born in Austin and raised in Dallas, Benjamin Germany Callan moved to Santa Fe in 1991, after a 3 year tour with the U.S. Army 3rd ID in Germany. Ben has many musical theater appearances available by request. Ben’s original recordings include VooduZyn ( Zen Café), VooduZyn II, and Redneck Romeo, the world traveled cowboy, all available online at CDBaby.com
Ken Brown was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where music began as a private passion. Taking the rare moments when no one else was home, to sing along to his parents records; Andy Williams, Jane Morgan and Petula Clark. Then came the Carpenters and his biggest influence; Barbra Streisand. The first time singing in front of others came in High School auditioning for a part in the musical Annie Get Your Gun, landing the role of Tommy. Subsequent theater credits include; Feiffer’s People, The Crucible, Up the Down Staircase, How to Succeed in Business, The Ladies Not for Burning and Godspell. Acting and voice lessons followed, notable credit to performance coach Bob Corff and Russian mezzo Mara Baygulova for six years of Classical training. L.A. Club performances include; Gazzari’s on the Strip, Alley Cat Bistro, Rose Tattoo, Studio One Backlot and Carlos and Charlie’s. A singer at La Casa Sena Cantina for the past eight years, Ken will be moving to Florida in 2014 to pursue his dream career; working at Walt Disney World.
Raised in an Air Force family, Amanda grew up in many places – including London, where she fell in love for life with musical theater. Originally planning a career in International Corporate Law, she found herself singing at La Cantina during the summer of 1993 for a temporary job post college graduation. She discovered that singing was a whole lot more fun and instead of returning to school, threw the dice and decided to stay. Since then life has brought many twists and turns and adventures. A stint in New York led to living in Stockholm instead, then back to Santa Fe. A year was spent singing at the now closed but famous venue, The Crystal Palace in Aspen, Colorado, then again, back to Santa Fe. With co-worker, Ben Callan, she formed the theater company “Live Without a Net” and helped direct and performed in rock-style, musicals in now iconic clubs in Santa Fe such as The Drama Club and The Paramount. One of her favorite appearances was a charity event put together by good friend Jason Carlen at the local venue Vanessie where she performed “Song and Dance” a one woman show by Andrew Lloyd Webber. One more move brought her to Portland, OR but after much soul-searching she once again returned to Santa Fe. The next four years she was the lead singer for the entertainment phenomenon, “The Pink Flamingos”. This incomparable troupe took her to some amazing places nationally and abroad, performing many styles of music to audiences anywhere from 500-10,000. The opportunity matured her as a performer and let her know Broadway and Opera were not the only styles she could sing (and she could dance too!) Another favorite was the role of Yitzak in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. From a modest beginning this show got funded and snowballed into multiple performances around the state and in Arizona. At the moment she is juggling her love of music with a new career in Restaurant Management at our sister restaurant, Rio Chama. She also stays busy composing electronic music. This has long been a creative dream, which is finally coming to fruition. She continues to cherish her nights in La Cantina…this little room has shaped her life and her family of co-workers and beloved guests continue to support and inspire her.
Stephanie Lynn Burch was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She started performing in community theater at age 13 and choreographed her first production when she was 16. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Collage of Santa Fe with a BFA in musical theater. While at CSF, she received the Carol Burnett Scholarship for musical theater and was selected to study abroad a semester in London England through the Ithaca College Exchange Program. She spent the next five years in New York, teaching dance and aerobics, performing in dance companies, off broadway, in film, back up dancing for recording artists, and getting certified with the national dance institute with Jacques D’Amboise. She is now back in Albuquerque, working for her family at Gold Cup Gymnastics School as manager, summer camp director, dance instructor and choreographer. She also taught dance for two years at the Collage of Santa Fe. She still performs and choreographs for local theater companies such as Musical Theater Southwest and The Albuquerque Little Theater. Her favorite roles include: Anita in West Side Story, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Lola in Damn Yankees and Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, argentine tango, cooking, spending time with her family and her dogs. She joined the La Casa Sena family in 2011 and hopes to be a part of the amazing Cantina Singers for years to come.
April is thrilled to be a part of the Cantina Singers. Originally from Champaign, Illinois, April spent the last nine years in Los Angeles before moving to Santa Fe to attend St. John's College. Before moving to Santa Fe, April attended the Lee Strasberg Institute for Theater and Film in West Hollywood for four years where she studied Method Acting under the instruction of Marc Marno. Theater credits include Man of La Mancha ( Aldonza), Into the Woods (The Baker's Wife), and Company (Sarah). April recently starred in the independent feature film, "Scary Normal," which is now available on DVD. April is the director of an award-nominated summer youth musical theater program in Chapaign-Urbana, Illinois. She is passionate about cultivating the artistic brillance of young people.
Yusef Davis Seevers
Yusef Davis Seevers is a Detroit, MI native and a senior at Santa Fe University, currently studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. Yusef has performed in numerous show at the University, including Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors”, Agwe in “Once on this Island”, Belize in “Angels in America pt. 2”, and other outside local work such as his role as Malvolio in Santa Fe’s Shakespeare Society’s “Twelfth Night”. He has been performing since the age of 6 and singing since 14 with the world reknowned Detroit performance group, Mosaic. Random fact: Yusef has an extensive performance background in West African Dance and Percussion Rhythms.
Robert Fox (pianist) holds perfomance degrees from Berklee School of Music and The university of Miami. He has appeared with such Jazz notables as Stanely Turrentine, Eddie Narris, James Moody, Bobby Shew, and others. He and his wife, Nancy, are raising two sons, Rob and Charlie, and count songwritting as a family hobby. Vist the Fox Family Music website! RobandCharliemusic.com