Kelrik Staff  2019/20



Artistic Director

Erik is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Kelrik Productions has been honored to direct over 75 professional productions at wonderful places such as the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center Harmon Hall, Spanos Theater, Clark Center, Unity Playhouse and the beautiful El Portal in North Hollywood and the Lyceum in San Diego.   Kelrik began as a small neighborhood theater group when Erik was only 10 years old that has been dedicated to providing quality live theater with high standards and artistic vision . When not producing shows, Erik is busy teaching workshops throughout the state of California and Montessori Children’s Schools inviting students into an exciting and nurturing environment in which they may explore the power of theater and their own imaginations.  A native of Portage, Indiana, Erik is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy New York City.  Mr. Austin is the author of "90 Days in S hadow Hills, How I Survived the Underworld" and his current art collection "Angels and Rainbows" has been displayed throughout the state of California.  Check out his art at




Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, Joe grew up performing on stages across the Central Coast, including dozens of musicals with Kelrik Productions. After graduating from SLOHS in 2010, Joe made the leap to NYC where he attended Pace University’s prestigious musical theatre program. Since graduating with his BFA in 2014, Joe has acted professionally in regional theaters across the country and covered the lead role of Huey Calhoon in the national tour of Broadway’s Memphis. Joe performs extensively with the USO, singing for military members around the world, and is also a member of the touring singing group, Dublin’s Irish Tenors.  In 2017, Joe had the pleasure of returning to the Central Coast to star as Max in PCPA’s premiere of Lend Me a Tenor The Musical; he also played the scene-stealing Crutchie in Disney’s Newsies.




Musical Theatre Star of the Year (StageSceneLA).  Best Leading Actress/Best Director (Eddon Awards/BroadwayWorld Awards/Stage Raw/StageSceneLA/VALLEY THEATRE AWARDS) National/International/ Regional Phantom of the Opera/Les Miserables in Concert (Christine/Cosette), The Mikado (Yum Yum), VIOLET (Violet), Disney’s Tarzan, The Musical (Jane), SHOWBOAT (Magnolia).  Sunday in the Park with George (Dot/Marie), Victor/Victoria (Norma), “A Lovely Lineage” (tribute to her late Grandmother, MGM Star, Kathryn Grayson)  Recording of “And the World Goes ‘Round” (Woman 2)/Kritzerland. Member: SAG-AFTRA, Actor’s Equity Association, AGVA. 



Musical Director

John has been active in Community Theater as pianist, Music Director and onstage for Pismo Light Opera Theater, San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, OperaSLO, Cuesta College, The Great American Melodrama, SLO High School, Paso Robles High School, Blazing Horsefeathers, On Our Own Productions, Chameleon Productions, Kelrik Productions, St. Peter’s Reader’s Theatre, and Tumbleweed Productions. A church musician for more than thirty-five years, he is currently serving as Music Director/Organist for St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Los Osos. John performs with San Luis Obispo Master Chorale and Allan Hancock Choral Singers. He is accompanist for the Advanced Vocal Ensemble (AVE) and Concert Choirs of the Central Coast Children’s Choir and Producer for Central Coast Reader’s Theater/ John is a REALTOR with San Luis Obispo Realty. 



Musical Director

Kristina is a voice technique instructor specializing in linguistics and vocal health. She has prepared many private students for leading roles, and has also directed the music for stage productions at Atascadero Junior High, Children's House Montessori, and Kelrik’ Willy Wonka. She attended Voice Performance and Music Education programs at Boston University and New England Conservatory, and held a teaching fellowship with the Boston Children’s Chorus. She also holds degrees in Linguistics and Voice Performance from the University of Texas, Austin.  As an artist, she has performed a wide range of musical styles on stages around the world, from Salzburg, Austria to Boston's historic Footlight Club. In 2012, she was the Winner of the Cayman Islands' Hard Rock Cafe Singing Competition, winning a trip to Hard Rock Calling in London. She was also a finalist in Cayman's Got Talent. Locally, she has been a soloist with Cal Poly Bach Week, Canzona Women’s Ensemble, New World Baroque Orchestra, Cal Poly Co-Opera, SLO Little Theatre, Central Coast Gilbert and Sullivan, and Café Musique. She has also sung with Resonance Vocal Ensemble and The Vines Festival Chorus. Recent local onstage roles include: Iolanthe (Phyllis), The Merry Widow (Valencienne), and Kelrik's Into the Woods (Cinderella). Other favorite roles include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and Tales of Hoffman (Niklausse).




Nicole is excited to be a part of Kelrik Production's Pinkalicious! She currently works as a Drama Teacher for Torah High School, a Musical Theatre Dance Instructor for Dance & Company, and is a performer at LEGOLAND California Resort. Directing/Assistant Directing Credits: Spring Awakening (UCSD), High School Musical (Torah High), Black Pearl Sings! (San Diego Rep - AD), Birds of North America (UCSD - AD). Choreography Credits: The Secret Garden (The Barn Stage Company), Murder at the Howard Johnson's (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Seussical Production Medley (Dance & Company). Much love to her supportive parents, brother, musketeers, and all her other wonderful family and friends! And a big thank you to the entire team for making this possible. Most importantly, she would like to thank God for all He has done and continues to do through her life and others'. John 15:4-5




Got the acting bug at a very young age. Barely three years old, she took the stage by storm at the Santa Maria Civic Theater’s Fairytale series. Even though she did not have an actual part, Perales-Duckworth remembers whizzing up to the stage to play an impromptu role with grade school kids twice and three times her age! She has not looked back since then and has rejoined the actual casts of the Santa Maria Civic Theater during the past two seasons. She has acted on stage for the last decade and most recently has done film work as well.

A native of the Central Coast, she received her education and training locally.  She has been acting up and down the Central Coast from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara for the past 10 years, including work with Kelrik Productions since 2012. Her training has included work with the Pismo Beach Youth Theater, Righetti High School, Kelrik Productions, the Santa Maria Civic Theatre, and the Theatre Group at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). She is completing her first year of Theater Arts courses at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) under the direction Michael Gros.  Additionally, she has received vocal and dance training while at SBCC. She recently debuted at the Theatre Group at SBCC in the role of Dinah Lord in High Society. Some of her favorite roles have included Sharpay Evans (High School Musical), Margot (Legally Blonde), Bird Girl #1 (Seussical), and as a Swing (Annie). Claire has had the good fortune of performing in several Kelrik shows; her favorite Kelrik show was  definitely the high-flying Peter Pan (2015).   In 2018, Claire transitioned to film work in Los Angeles but still remains committed to her first love--the stage!



Musical Director

Charles is a pianist studying at UCSD, majoring in Music Technology with a minor in Sound Design. Previous shows as Musical Director include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Muir Musical UCSD), Working (Los Alamitos HS) and And the World Goes Round (Los Alamitos HS). As assistant MD: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Musical Theatre West), Singin' in the Rain (MTW), Come Get Maggie: Workshop 2016 (UCLA). He is happy to be part of the team and thanks the entire production staff and cast for the opportunity.