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Teaching Artists!

SF Youth Theatre is proud of its fantastic teaching artists! 

 


photo EMILY KLION

Emily is the Director of San Francisco Youth Theater. She specializes in collaborating with artists from all disciplines, creating and producing new works of theater for youth with an emphasis on social justice. She has a BA and MA from Mills College in music composition, where she studied with the great Terry Riley and Lou Harrison. Emily composes much of the music for SFYT’s original productions. For thirteen years, Emily was the director of the Marsh Youth Theater (MYT), which she help found in 2001, developing a community youth theater magnet for young artists throughout the Bay Area. She received the American Harmony Prize for her original script and score of Katherine Paterson’s “Jip, His Story”, and the Rex Foundation’s “Jerry Garcia Award” for promoting creativity in youth.

     
photo PAUL COLLINS

Paul Collins is an actor, director, and teaching artist; he earned his M.F.A. in Acting at CSU, Fullerton in 2011 and a B.A. in Theatre Performance at Middle Tennessee State University in 2002, where he co-founded the V.O.I.C.E.S. Arts Institute for Youth. Since then, he has worked as a teaching artist with Star Education and STRIVE in Los Angeles and with San Francisco's StageWrite. He has performed for youth, directed youth in productions and led youth in story-based drama curriculum in schools. In addition to SFYT, Paul works as an acting coach for Kids On Camera in San Francisco and teaches Children’s Drama at Cal State East Bay.

     
photo SALLY DAVIS

Sally works as a musician, theater director, and arts educator in Telluride, Colorado and in children’s theater residencies around the world including: Telluride Institute Watershed Puppet Shows, The Children’s Storefront School, Harlem, N.Y. Bay Area Discovery Museum, Marsh Youth Theater and Mudd Butt International. Sally conducts Story Theater workshops at the Ah Haa School, The Mudd Butt Mystery Theater Troupe, Circus Holus Bolus and Moving Mountain Theater in Telluride. Sally’s adult performance work includes: San Francisco Trolley Dances, Sonic Luminescence (Epiphany Productions), Planet Protectors and How Clowns Got Their Red Nose, Field Trip (Telluride Repertory’s ACTion Tour), St. Adolf’s Ring (Terry Riley) and The Mission is Not Impossible (Peter Whitehead.)  She is a recipient of the Telluride Institute Visionary Award.

     
photo MAICA FOLCH

Maica is a movement artist and educator from Barcelona, Spain who teaches aerial dance, trapeze and clowning. She has performed in theater and dance projects directed by Moshe Cohen, Rhodessa Jones, Kim Epifano, Theresa Dickinson and Lizz Roman. Maica is a lover of the Day of the Dead celebration. Along with other members of the Marigold Project, she organizes the Day of the Dead festival of altars at Garfield Park. Maica has worked with home-schooled children and also with students at many local schools, such as Sanchez Elementary School, James Lick Middle School, Buena Vista Elementary School and The San Francisco School.

     
photo GENDELL HING-HERNANDEZ

Gendell Hing-Hernandez was born in Havana, Cuba, and has been a Bay Area actor, director, combat choreographer and educator since 1997. He has worked as an actor for Berkeley Rep, Word for Word, Theaterworks, Shotgun Players, Campo Santo, San Jose Rep, Center Rep, New Pickle Circus, Teatro Vision and many others. Productions include Around The World In 80 Days, The Cook, Blood Wedding, Oil!, Food Stories, House on Mango Street and Romeo and Juliet to name a few. He has been a company member of Theater of Yugen, Red Ladder Company, and The Felonious Collective. He is currently a member of the Alphabet Rockers and an Associate Artist with Word for Word. As a director he has worked with Felonious, Quixotic Players, Teatro del Juglar, The NY Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Oakland Public Theatre, Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre and the Pacific Alliance Stage Company. He recently choreographed the fights for Hamlet and Don Quixote at SF Youth Theatre. 

     
photo MICHELLE JORDAN

 

Michelle Jordan is an extraordinary singer, musician, actress, storyteller and muse. She is also known for being a spiritual counselor, teacher, facilitator, and role model. For more than twenty years, Ms. Jordan has performed in theaters around the Bay Area including Theatreworks, A.C.T. and the Lorraine Hansberry Theater. She is a member of the performance ensemble WINGIT! and was a star in the hit musical “Crowns”, produced by Theatreworks. Ms. Jordan’s theatrical appearances include the Oakland Ensemble Theater Company's production of “Ain't Misbehavin” , the San Francisco production of “Cole”, TheatreWorks productions of “Hi Hat Hattie”, “Go Down Garvey” and “Dreamgirls”, for which she won a Critic's Circle Award for her portrayal of the character Effie.

 

     
photo JOHN LITTEN

John is an accomplished playwright, actor and co-founder of the Los Angeles based acting program The Young Actors Project. John has produced over 90 plays, written 33 original scripts, most notably Bonnie and Clyde and Spurs of Love, and has adapted dozens of stories from classic literature for young actors. While earning his B.A.in theatre at San Diego State University, John created a traveling theatre company that toured throughout California. John has also performed in Mexico, Russia and at South Africa’s Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the second largest theatre festival in the world. As an actor, John works in film, television, and theatre. As an acting teacher and director, John believes in the powers of positivity, creativity, and inspiration. His goal is to elevate youth theatre to its highest potential and offer his actors and audience alike an experience they will remember for a lifetime.

     
photo RYAN MARCHAND

Ryan Marchand is a Los Angeles native that moved to San Francisco to attend SF State, where he completed his BA in French with a minor in Theatre. Since then Ryan has performed, directed, and taught in the Bay Area with particular focus on new, and devised works. Recently Ryan performed in Chiori Miyagawa’s world premiere This Lingering Life with Theatre of Yugen, he served as movement director for Kat Evasco’s Mommy Queerest, which enjoyed runs in San Francisco with Guerilla Rep, and in Boston with The Theatre Offensive, he directed with Playwright’s Foundation for their Flash Plays, and continues to work as Artistic Director with Handful Players – a free afterschool musical theatre program based in the Western Addition.

     
photo CLIFF MAYOTTE

Cliff is an award-winning educator and director with over twenty five years of experience in the field. He currently serves as the Education Program Director for Voice of Witness, an oral history book series and education program that highlights contemporary social justice issues. For Marsh Youth Theater, Cliff directed world premiere productions of The WaveTruthtopia, and Gary Soto’s In and Out of Shadows, which has become a touring production for SFYTHe recently directed the SFYT production of Hamlet at Red Poppy Art House and Hayes Valley Art Works. From 1997-2000, Cliffserved as the Education Director for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He has staged plays for such notable local theatres as Aurora Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, Marin Shakespeare Company, Rough and Tumble and The Marsh. Cliff has received awards from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Drama-Logue, SF Weekly and the Beverly Kees Educator Award from the Northern California Chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists. 

     
photo MARCELO PEREIRA

MARCELO PEREIRA- Recent acting credits include Skippyjon Jones (TheatreworksUSA), Rent (Syracuse Stage), A New Brain (SU Drama), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bathwater Productions). Directing credits include Celebreate 12th Night Joyfully with Kathryn Crosby (NYPL at Lincoln Center), La Posarela! (Community Music Center), Too Many Tamales (Marsh Youth Theatre) and The Complete History of America [Abridged] (Black Box Players). He has also helped produce two off-Broadway shows, The Black Book by Phil Blechman and Rogerandtom by Julien Schwab. Marcelo can be found teaching around the Bay Area with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, San Francisco Youth Theatre, SF Rec and Park’s Young Peoples Teen Musical Theatre Company, and at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.Marcelo is the co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SFBATCO).

     
photo JOHN RAMIREZ

John Ramirez, fine artist and art instructor grew up in the farmlands outside of Sacramento. He studied studio art at Sacramento State University and UC Davis with Mel Ramos, Darrell Forney, Wayne Thiebault and Greg Kondos. For the past twenty-five years, Ramirez has freelanced as a professional space designer, prop master, and muralist for business throughout the United States. Ramirez produces set designs for Jean Shelton Theater Productions and continually explores his artistic vision in works in oil, acrylic and charcoal. His teaching experience includes studio art, murals and set design Mission Cultural Center, Marsh Youth Theater and Mission High School. Ramirez has a fine art studio in San Francisco Mission District.

     
photo INDIRA URRUTIA

Chilean born Indira Urrutia immigrated to New Haven, Connecticut in 1986 with her entire family. She received her  Bachelor of Science in Studio Art with a specialty in Photography. In addition to her passion for photography, Indira explores other visual art formats such as mixed media, installation art, and experimental video. She teaches children art throughout the Bay Area though her non-profit, "Mi Cultura Art Project."