Brand Manager & Office Assistant

Denna Basto was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. She recently moved to Orange County and has been enjoying her time since moving. Denna has always appreciated theatre and performing since she was young and loves the theatre community. She currently has an Associate of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Foothill College and is double majoring in Film Production and UX/UI Design. Denna is thrilled to be a part of the Stagelight Performing Arts team and is eager for its future endeavors.


How long have you been working with Stagelight?
Since the 22/23 Season!
What do you love most about your job?
The people! I enjoy seeing and working alongside my coworkers, and even getting to know the families at Stagelight. It’s also amazing seeing the kids become more and more confident each time they come back to the studio!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love binging shows & movies, playing on my PC, traveling, and doing anything creative such as painting, drawing, crocheting, clay modeling, and more!
What are 3 fun facts about you?
1. I traveled across the country in 2021! I started in SF and drove all the way to Florida, stopping at different states with my partner.
2. Before Season 8 of Game of Thrones came out, I binged Season 1 through Season 7 in the span of 3 days.
3. I have naturally curly/wavy hair, but I get Japanese straight perms!
Why did you choose to pursue a career in your field?
I love and appreciate the performing arts, and I wanted to work somewhere related to this field!
If you weren’t a teacher, what other job could you see yourself pursuing?
Definitely doing something creatively — Event planning, film production, designing in tech, or having my own shop!
What’s your favorite musical, movie, and/or show?
My favorite musical is OBVIOUSLY High School Musical……jk (not really), but it’s Heathers! Favorite movie is Everything, Everywhere, All at Once & Spirited Away. My favorite show is Brooklyn Nine-nine, Assassination Classroom, and Queens Gambit.