Carlos Aguirre has been performing both as an actor and hip-hop artist in the Bay Area for over fourteen years. He is part of the musical group Felonious and has performed with The Roots, Eryka Badu, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Blackalicious, Jurassic Five, LL Cool J, and George Clinton among others. Carlos appeared most recently in The Magic Theatre’s 2012 world premiere of Bruja by Luis Alfaro. He also appears regularly at Intersection for the Arts with world-renowned theatre company Campo Santo (where he premiered his beatbox, rap and spoken word adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart). Carlos shares his experience by teaching at various schools and at risk environments throughout the Bay Area. He most recently taught a class in Literacy through Poetry and Songwriting at two correctional facilities in the Bay Area where he also used his vocal percussion workshops to help ESL students improve diction and clarity. He is currently working with STAGEWRITE, a literacy through theatre program which works in various schools throughout the SFUSD. His work has helped many different students from various demographics gain skills to better express themselves.
Andy Alabran received his BA in Theater from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. He is an actor, director, writer, teacher, and producer. He has taught acting and voice at the Young Conservatory at A.C.T., Studio A.C.T., Oakland School for the Arts, Mission High School, 826 Valencia, and Cal Shakes Summer Conservatory. He has performed with Theatre First, the Shotgun Players, and Killing My Lobster. A current company member of the Shotgun Players since 2000, his acting credits include Woyzeck, The Death of Meyerhold, A Seagull in the Hamptons, Truffaldino Says No (world premiere), and Mother Courage.
Liz Anderson is an actor, filmmaker, and teaching artist. She is a graduate of the San Francisco School of the Arts theater program and holds a BFA in theater from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has served as a bilingual arts educator and curriculum designer in public schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco, master teaching artist for the Brava Theater Academy, theater department chair for the Academy of Arts and Science, and program director for the Stonestreet Studios NYU Tisch LA Intensive Program. Liz has worked with numerous Bay Area theater companies and is a company member with the Leela Faculty Armando Ensemble and PlayGround at Berkeley Rep.
Cristina Anselmo is an actor, director, and teaching artist. She has been teaching Introduction to Film Acting for both the Studio A.C.T. and the Young Conservatory during the last six years. She has worked in episodic, industrials, and commercial formats both in LA and the Bay Area. In addition to on-camera work, she has worked in narration and voiceovers. In the Bay Area, she has appeared on stage at SF Playhouse, Capital Stage, Jewel Theatre, Stanford Summer Repertory, TheatreWorks, and Pacific Rep, among others. LA credits include shows at A Noise Within and Grove Theatre Center. She was a member of Theatre of N.O.T.E., Actors Alley at the El Portal, and Pasadena Shakespeare Company. In addition, she was a member of the inaugural class of the Antaeus Academy under the artistic directorship of Dakin Matthews. She trained at LAMDA and received her B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Enrico Banson is a filmmaker, music director, stage director and actor. Enrico got his degree in Film from San Francisco State University and has written and directed two full-length indie films, The After and Some Night, both of which have played at various film festivals. He’s worked both in front of and behind the scenes in many Hollywood movies. Enrico has stage-directed Jekyll & Hyde and Glory Days and music-directed numerous musicals. Some favorite stage acting credits: Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in Next to Normal, Stephen in Farragut North (Masquers Playhouse), Serge in Art, Roger in RENT (San Francisco Regional Premiere/Hollywood Hudson Theatre), Georg in Spring Awakening (Hudson Theatre, LA), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Golden Eagle Award/Winner the National Shakespeare Competition), Iago in Othello, Harry in Company (actor/muso version playing piano and trumpet as well). Enrico is also teaching staff at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. He is a proud member of the Writer’s Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. Enrico thinks young people should study theatre because it provides them with a keen awareness of how storytelling is embedded in our lives, helping them build strong communication and social skills.
Kimberly Braun is a singer, writer and teaching artist. She earned her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California where she studied numerous genres including opera, musical theater, and jazz. Kim independently released an album of her own music, Growing Up, and wrote and performed the award winning one-woman musical, A Woman Grows in Brooklyn. Kim received her Master of Arts in Theater Arts from San Jose State University and she launched Citizen Workshops, a haven for performing artists in Los Angeles. Kimberly has worked as a teaching artist with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Cupertino and Monta Vista High Schools, and A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory. She thinks young people should become involved in theater to build friendships, confidence, and joy. Kimpetersonmusic.com
Rebecca J. Ennals has been on the staff of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival since 2002 and Artistic Director since 2012. She holds a BA in English and Theatre from Scripps College and an MFA in performance from UC Davis. She has taught and written curriculum at the elementary through college levels. As a director and teaching artist, she has worked locally with Marin Theatre Company, PlayGround, Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, Pear Theatre, Napa Valley Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Los Altos Youth Theatre and Shakespeare At Stinson. Ms. Ennals has directed eight productions for the Festival's Shakespeare On Tour in-school touring program, six productions for the Civic Arts Stage Company program in Pleasanton, and four productions for Free Shakespeare in the Park. She also regularly writes the Festival’s Green Shows and conceived and executed the 2012 pop-up Shakespeare project "30 Days of Free Shakespeare in the Parklet" and the 2017 project “35 Famous Speeches in 35 Famous Places.” She is currently developing a new musical of As You Like It with The Kilbanes and Phil Wong, to be produced in Summer 2019. This is her first time working with A.C.T.
Nancy Gold is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher, playwright and author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor’s Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters, Smith and Kraus Publishers. Her passion is to empower her students to find, fill and have fun developing their artistic gifts. She has studied physical theatre with Jacques LeCoq in Paris, clowning with Ctibor Turba and mime with Claude Kipnis. She holds a BFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a Master’s Equivalency Degree. Nancy’s teaching experience includes A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory where she was honored with a Distinguished Artist Mentor Award, as well as Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Marin Theatre, UCLA, Academy of Art University and public and private schools throughout the country. She has been a presenter at CAIS, AYCO, International Clown-Theatre Congress and recipient of grants from The Parsons Foundation and The Patron Saints Foundation. She has directed numerous productions as well as writing original plays about empowering women for young audiences and adaptations from literature. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.
Jane Erwin Hammett is on the faculty at Sonoma State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) in addition to A.C.T. She has taught singing, acting and musical theater in the YC and the MFA Program, served as Musical Director for five YC world premiere musicals, and co-directed the YC Cabaret and Musical Ensembles with former YC Director Craig Slaight. She has performed across the U.S. and in San Francisco in two national companies of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as sung many leading roles with Bay Area opera and theater companies. She has earned two Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards and a Drama-Logue Award for appearances with San Francisco’s Lamplighters, She has directed productions for Sonoma State University, the Lamplighters, Pocket Opera, SF Opera Guild’s Opera á la Carte, SFCM’s Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes Program, and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England. For her 2016 direction of Ruddygore she received a Theatre Bay Area Awards nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Jane received her BA from Dartmouth College and her MA in Integrative Health Studies with Sound Healing Focus from the California Institute of Integral Studies where she was also a graduate of the Certificate Program in Sound, Voice & Music Healing.
Chauntee’ Schuler Irving is a Broadway actor and professor who recently moved to the Bay Area. Favorite NY and professional credits include: The Lion King, The Producers, Dreamgirls, Applause, Murder Ballad, Everyday Rapture, Party Come Here, Smokey Joe’s Café, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, As the World Turns, and national commercials. She has trained and worked with The Actors’ Studio Drama School, The Barrow Group Theater Company, Alvin Ailey, and the Virginia Governor’s School for the Performing Arts prior to receiving her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Website: chauntee.com
Andrew Mondello has been fortunate to call the Bay Area home since graduating with his degree in Acting from UC Irvine in 2015. Since then he has had the pleasure of performing all around the Bay from 42nd Street Moon in SF to BACT in Berkeley, to PCRT in Pleasanton and many more in between. He also enjoys an active life in educating youth theatre, directing and/or teaching year round here at ACT, Town Hall Theatre, and with the City of Pleasanton. Some favorite credits have been 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor); Beautiful Oops (Pig in a Car); No, No Nanette (Tom Trainor); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern); and The Sweet Smell of Success (JJ Hunsecker).
Marcelo Javier Pereira was born in San Francisco and is, himself, an alum of A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory. Since graduating the YC, he helped produce two off-Broadway productions: The Black Book by Phil Blechman, and Rogerandtom by Julien Schwab. In 2014 Marcelo co-founded San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO) with the mission to unite artists and audiences through live theater that is reflective of the authentic perspectives and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. He choreographed Urinetown: The Musical for the YC in 2018. Acting credits include Not Another Holiday Show! (BATCO), Gravity: A New(tonian) Musical, Home for “All of” the Holidays (BATCO), Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), Rent (Syracuse Stage), A New Brain (Syracuse University [SU] Drama), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bathwater Productions). Directing credits include Celebrate 12th Night Joyfully with Kathryn Crosby (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center), Cinderella (African-American Shakespeare Company), Not Another Holiday Show! (BATCO), La Posarela (San Francisco Community Music Center), The Complete History of America (abridged) (Black Box Players), and Too Many Tamales (Marsh Youth Theatre). #SupportTheArts
Brennan Pickman-Thoon is an actor, teaching artist, and proud Bay Area native. He grew up training with A.C.T., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Marin Theater Company, and more. He graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a BFA in Drama and trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. In addition to working as an actor in New York, he also wrote, produced, and directed a one-act comedy that won Best Short Play in the 2015 Unchained Theater Festival. Since returning to the Bay Area, Brennan has performed with Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Cutting Ball Theater, Marin Shakespeare Company, and New Conservatory Theatre Center, among others. Brennan enjoys developing and teaching diverse acting and theater curriculums, from Shakespeare to Improvisation to On-Camera Acting to Devised Theater. SFBATCC Winner: Actor In A Leading Role. Member, AEA.
Thaddeus Pinkston has been a member of the YC and Studio A.C.T. faculty for 12 years. As the YC Cabaret Program accompanist, he plays and arranges music for the Musical Ensemble, Cabaret Ensemble, Middle School Cabaret Ensemble, and a number of special events and musical theater classes. Thaddeus was musical director and co-composer for “Saint Tous” which premiered at La Mama along with Broadway Legend Andre De Shields. He also musical directed and toured with the Fifth Dimension’s rendering of “Ain’t Misbehavin” and served Musical Director for The Color Purple's Benefit Concert in San Francisco. He has accompanied a host of stellar performers and ensembles for American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Telluride Jazz Festival, Jazz Legend Stan Getz, Blues icon singer Koko Taylor known as the “The Queen of the Blues,” American folk singer Joan Baez, Maurice Hines, Freda Payne, and Jennifer Holiday.
Salim Razawi is an actor and teaching artist based in the bay Area. Previous directing credits include a full youth production of School of Rock with the City of Pleasanton and Addams Family Youth@Part with Town Hall Theatre company. Performer credits include Disgraced at San Jose Stage Company, Our Enemies with Golden Thread Productions, and playing Tim in Noises Off with Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre. In addition to these, Salim has performed with TheatreWorks, Broadway By the Bay, Altarena Playhouse, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, Tri-Valley REP, Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Tabard Theatre, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, and SF Shakespeare Festival. In addition to A.C.T Salim teaches for Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the city of Pleasanton.
Corinna Rezzelle is a Bay Area Teaching Artist and Costumer who is proud to call A.C.T. and the YC home! She has taught theatre in schools, community centers, and theatres across the country, primarily working with students between the ages of 1 (that’s right!) to 15. She holds two teaching credentials in English and in Drama, as well as a license in Kindermusik. She has a Master’s degree from New York University’s Educational Theatre program and a BFA in Performing Arts. Corinna strives to create engaging theater curriculums for all of her students, using multiple artist mediums and disciplines to create a well-rounded theater experience.
Vivian Sam has been teaching at the YC for over 20 years. She was in the original Miss Saigon on Broadway, the National Tour, and various other regional theater shows and workshops. Her dance background comes from the Oakland Ballet. She holds degrees from UCLA, Santa Clara University and a California Teacher’s Credential. Teaching middle school and high school students is her passion and she enjoys sharing her knowledge, experience, and process with young artists for developing performance and life skills.
Kimiya Shokri is a Bay Area–born and raised teaching artist, activist, and theater maker, working as an actor, director, dramaturg, and writer. Since graduating summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s College of California with a BA in English and Theatre, she has been teaching with A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, StageWrite, and more. She focuses on creating equitable theater and uplifting the voices of her students through the arts. She is looking forward to working with the YC to give students tools to empower themselves and express themselves through the performing arts as actors and creators.
Lauren Spencer is a Bay Area Based actor, director, and teaching artist. She is proud to have collaborated with A.C.T. (Rhinoceros, Men on Boats); Crowded Fire (Blackademics, Goods Goods), Campo Santo (Candlestick, H.O.M.E.), Kansas City Rep (Pride and Prejudice); Marin Theatre Company (Ann Boleyn, Miss Bennet) among others. Spencer directed the 2018 CYAP world premiere production of Black Butterflies at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater. She is YBCA Political Power Fellow and a proud member of AEA. She has taught for A.C.T., San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, StageWrite, and CalShakes developing decolonized and student-centered curricula in support of self-empowerment and critical civic engagement through theater arts in the classroom.
Valerie Weak is an Equity actor, teaching artist and communications coach whose San Francisco Bay Area performing credits include CenterREP, Word for Word, Shotgun Players, and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Valerie also works in indie film, commercials, and voiceover, and can be seen as Mrs. Miller in Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. She has 20 years of teaching experience and has taught for the Young Conservatory since 2015. Additionally, she is a Theatre Bay Area TITAN winner, has trained at Skidmore College with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UCLA.
Krista Wigle received her BA and Master of Music Degrees in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has taught musical theater classes for the A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory for two decades and is currently the Music Director for the YC High School Cabaret Ensemble. Krista has also served as Music Director/Vocal Arranger for many YC productions including Homefront, Fields of Gold, I’m Still Standing, Forever Young, Shed a Little Light, Dangling Conversations, The Ladies of the Canyon, Across the Universe, and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. She music directed Hair for A.C.T.'s MFA Program, and was the Assistant Music Director for A.C.T.'s mainstage production of A Christmas Carol. Krista has also been an Artist-in-Residence in the Vocal Department at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts since 2014. At Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma, she was the Music Director for their youth productions of The Little Shop of Horrors and Seussical. She currently maintains a private vocal studio, frequently performs in both the opera and musical theater genres. Performance credits include The Fantasticks (Cinnabar Theater), The People in the Picture (3Below Theaters, West Coast Premiere), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (3Below Theaters), Trouble in Tahiti (Opera Parallele), and Mamma Mia (Woodminster Amphitheater). Other favorite credits include Falstaff, The Turn of the Screw, La Cenerentola, The Most Happy Fella, The ThreePenny Opera, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, The MeshugaNutracker!, Don Giovanni, and Carlotta in the long-running productions of the Las Vegas and San Francisco productions of The Phantom of the Opera.