Previous WCOPA Judges have included:
Troy was a multi-medalist world winner at WCOPA 1998. He is an award-winning musical director, keyboardist and arranger for Ariana Grande and has worked with Disney artists, reality show singers from American Idol and The Voice, and currently is working on a major project with the legendary Grammy-winning producer, David Foster.
Professional dancer and choreographer who has worked with Beyoncé and many celebrities appeared on Yahoo’s series Sin City Saints and performed at the MTV Video Music Awards. Trained in various styles of dancing, Amy teaches at the famed Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood.
California designer and creative director for 40 years and now a Professor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).
Jennifer Tomiko Kohatsu
Jennifer is the National Sales Director of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. What a great four years it’s been having our world event hosted in Long Beach, California – often cited as “Hollywood at the Beach!."
Jeff is President of “Weberworks Music,” his groundbreaking independent music label. Having produced over 180 CDs, his projects have yielded two Grammys, seven Grammy nominations, seventeen top ten albums, two number one albums and an assortment of other honors. And he is the producer of the album for WCOPA alums, Alessandro Danello (2015 Instrumentalist multi-medalist and Troy Laureta (1998 multi-medalist, and now renowned recording arranger, keyboardist and conductor).
An integral member of LA Models and considered the number 1 runway agent in America, Crista has developed and marketed top models to such exclusive clients as Gucci, Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton to name a few. Currently she hosts her own radio show, The Real Runway with Crista Klayman.
Kristina was a multi-medalist world winner at WCOPA 1998. She is now considered Russia’s #1 jazz singer, an award winning pianist, singer, composer, and Creator and Artistic Director of the Musical Festival Ultra Musica.
Casting director and speciality trainer for Feld Entertainment contracting for worldwide touring productions. Current projects include: Disney Live, Marvel Universe Live, Sesame Street Live, Monster Jam and many others.
With the Wilhelmina Agency, you’ve seen him as an industry expert on America’s Next Top Model! He has personally scouted and developed models for prestigious campaigns with Prada and Calvin Klein, as well as scores of magazines in Milan, New York, London, and Paris.
Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil Special Projects and Touring Shows in Montreal, Pierre is currently Senior Director of the Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows in Las Vegas.
Owner and Director of Bruce H. Newberg Casting. Having been nominated for and won several awards for casting in outstanding films and TV series, he currently is working on a comedy pilot for CBS.
Here’s another multi-medalist world winner! He’s from the 2007 WCOPA. Among his numerous accomplishments: he starred as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical in Australia, on Broadway and the national tour, and was a lead in Newsies on Broadway and in Disney’s recent film Newsies the Musical.
Brooks, a famous Calvin Klein model, starred on Alan Ball’s HBO hit TV series True Blood. He is a SAG ensemble award winner and Image Award nominee for his performance as Alfred Woodard’s son on ABC’s smash series Desperate Housewives.
John Pardee and Joey Murphy
These partners, in addition to their careers as successful feature film screenwriters, are in their 17th year as writers/producers of numerous television series – most notably, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Cybill. Both currently are the Co-Executive Producers of ABC television’s mega-hit, Desperate Housewives.
With six Emmy nominations, two Emmy Awards and honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Anita is one of America’s top choreographers and live show producers. Her countless credits include The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Miss America Pageant, The People’s Choice Awards, The Emmy’s.
One of the world’s most successful music composers. NSAI Songwriter of the Year, 40 BMI and 11 Billboard #1 awards, three-time Grammy nominee, Emmy nominee for five television compositions, nine #1 film songs and 15 Top 10 hits. His many songs have been sung by some of the greatest artists of our time: Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, George Strait, Vanessa Williams and countless others. He currently has two projects making their way to Broadway.