CARSON MAGUIRE - CO-FOUNDER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MUSIC DIRECTOR, PERFORMER
Carson was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. She has described her upbringing as a "normal childhood" in a middle-class family. Her surname is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname taken from a Biblical place name. Carson has described herself as Jewish; though she was raised in an agnostic household and did not practice religion as a child. Carson has said that she would "flip out" if she got a "B" and not an "A" in school, as well as that she was a class clown. Her father encouraged her to begin acting when she was eleven years old. Carson graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 2006 and was then accepted into the University of Southern California, but has deferred her enrollment to work on film projects. She rose to prominence in the late 2000s for her leading role in the High School Musical franchise (2006–2008). During this time, she also starred in the musical film Hairspray (2007) and the comedy film 17 Again (2009). She has since appeared in films like New Year's Eve (2011), The Lucky One(2012), Neighbors (2014), Dirty Grandpa (2016), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), and Baywatch (2017).