Rob Ballo

They say life isn't about the destination, it's about the journey. And the journey that has led me to co-found a traveling theater company has been a great one. It led me to an amazing women who would become, not only my co-founder, but the love of my life. We met in a 1990 production of "The Music Man." She was a dancer. I was in the ensemble (the theater equivalent of being an extra). And while I thought theater was fun, it wasn't something I thought I'd being doing all these years later. But little by little I began to share Heidi's vision of the importance of theatre in the lives of children. PretendLab is the result of her vision, experience, and determination. It has been my pleasure to share the journey that has gotten us here, and I can't wait to see what PretendLab will become.

Heidi Dotson

Heidi Dotson has been involved in theater for almost 30 years.  She has performed with Riverside Civic Light Opera, Redlands Bowl, Redlands Theater Festival, Rio Hondo College, San Gabriel Valley Music Theater, and Opera Pasadena, among others. Favorite roles include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Lily St. Regis in Annie, Anytime Annie in Anything Goes, Kristine in A Chorus Line, and Sarah in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She has been a member of  Culver City Public Theatre  for 10 years and served for four years as the company president. She directed their 2011 production of Little Women and wrote and directed several of their very successful children’s shows King Midas (2007)Slue-Foot Sue and Pecos Bill (2008)Aunt Fondeen and the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine (2009)John Henry (2013), and The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk (2010), which received a “GO!” from LA Weekly.

“GO! ... this sweet, magical play had little kids and adults giggling.”-LA WEEKLY (2010)