Class Instructors

CURTIS AIKENS – Production & Songwriting Workshop


Bassist and Composer Curtis Aikens is a versatile musician who has worked in a variety of settings including theater pits, orchestras, folk, rock and hip hop bands, but jazz is his passion. He began his studies of jazz with Bay Area legend Mel Martin at the age of 12, and continued his education at The Idyllwild Arts Academy where, in addition to jazz, he studied classical bass, production and composition, with continued composition studies at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Curtis' first professional gig was as Principle Bassist of the Mill Valley Philharmonic at the age of nineteen.

 

GEOFF BOLT – Improv & Acting Workshop


Geoff Bolt is a comedian, writer and actor. A Bay Area original, Geoff is renowned as an inspired improviser in the world of sketch comedy. Geoff got his start in the comedy world as a founding member of the critically acclaimed National Theatre of the Deranged, and soon after debuted his stand-up comedy to rave reviews at San Francisco’s Other Cafe. He continues to perform regularly to dedicated fans at a wide variety of comedy clubs. He has appeared in many feature films was featured in HBO’s Young Comedian’s Special, Showtime’s Comedy Channel, A&E’s Evening at the Improv, and KQED’s Comedy Tonight. Geoff has appeared in several plays at the SF Fringe Festival and has done hundreds of voice- overs for radio, television, and video games. He appears regularly on NPR’s West Coast Live as half of the comedy team of Karl and Carl, who offer their unconventional “Tips on Travel.”

 

NOAH FRANKProduction & Songwriting Workshop


Noah Frank is a jazz trumpeter, composer, producer, and educator based in San Francisco. He has opened for Binary Star and collaborated with Saba, Mr. Carmack, Pep Love, Chuck D, and many others. His band Sueños has performed at the PDX Jazz Festival and Herb Alpert's Vibrato Jazz Club. Noah has also organized and promoted Hip-Hop shows and beat battles under the moniker Herbie One.

 

 

AMY MARIE HAVEN Little Throck: Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. & Conservatory Acting Studio


Amy Marie Haven has a diverse theatre background focusing on producing, directing, acting, and community building. Based in the Bay Area, she has directed for and acted with many award-winning local companies including: Cal Shakes, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Quixote Project, We Players, Alter Theater and Sleepwalkers Theatre. Her international theatre experience includes: Theatre of Heart and Four Larks in Melbourne, Australia, as well as youth street theatre in Tulum, Mexico and educational program creation at San Jeronimo Bilingual School in Cofradia, Honduras. Amy Marie is a co-founder of Tomorrow Youth Repertory in Alameda and has spent the last two years as a full-time faculty member with Oakland School for the Arts’ School of Theatre. She received a Bachelor of Arts from UC Santa Cruz in 2007 where she studied Literature and Theatre. Recently, she directed 23 Elephants’ The Unspeakable Act, a production awarded Best of Fringe 2016, and opened the world premiere of a new adaptation of The Oresteia in Oakland in 2017. Next, she is excited to act with We Players this summer in Caesar Maximus at the Music concourse in San Francisco and to deepen her exploration and service of the new North Bay theatre community she so admires and adores. 

 

LILY JACKSON Little Throck: Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.


Lily Jackson is a performer, director, and educator. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Occidental College, and completed training at the London Dramatic Academy as well as programs with A.C.T. and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Returning to her native Bay Area after graduating, she now teaches and directs with theatre companies such as the Yes! Foundation in the Ross Valley School district, the Montessori de Terra Linda and Throckmorton Youth Theatre, as well as providing administrative services to Stapleton School of the Performing Art. Lily has performed with companies throughout the Bay, including Central Works, 3Girls Theatre, Novato Theatre Company, and 142 Throckmorton.

 

JEAN-PAUL LAROSEE Set Building and Construction Intensive: In The Heights


Jean-Paul is a skilled carpenter, fine artist, woodworker and set designer/builder. He builds custom furniture, and has created sets for large stages as well as intimate theatre spaces like the Throckmorton Theatre. Favorite designs include Annie (Tomorrow Youth Repertory), Seussical the Musical (TYR), High School Musical (Marin Horizons) and this summer’s HAIRSPRAY at Throckmorton. Jean Paul was recently seen onstage at Throckmorton in Snow White: A Holiday Panto, and is also an experienced musician, chef and athlete. He lives in Oakland with his partner Reba Gilbert and their 18-month-old daughter Novari.

 

MICHAEL O'BRIEN – Improv & Acting Workshop


Michael O’Brien is an original member of the National Theatre of the Deranged, co-creator of “Tips on Travel” with Karl & Carl” and a master improviser whose credits include performances at The Moth, Porchlight SF, Marsh Theatre, Holy City Zoo and Throckmorton Theatre. Michael is also a teaching artist: Improv Open Workshop at Fort Mason Center, Voice One SF, Academy of Art University, San Francisco State University (guest instructor) and Stanford University (guest instructor).

 

 

MALLORY PENNEY Little Throck: Disney’s Mulan Jr.


Mallory Penney is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies. She has been involved in theater from a young age and never looked back. She founded and ran a theater program at Earhart Elementary school in Alameda before joining the staff of teaching artists at Tomorrow Youth Repertory. Mallory stage-manages for various theater companies in the Bay Area including The San Francisco Speakeasy and Berkeley Playhouse. She is very excited to work with the young talented actors in Mill Valley.

 

DAN SASKILittle Throck: Disney’s Mulan Jr.


Dan Saski has been a Director/Teaching Artist in and around The Bay Area for the past 14 years.  He led the Drama Departments at Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, Ursuline High School, Rincon Valley Charter School, and Sonoma Charter School; and currently teaches drama and directs productions at Cal Shakes, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, Jefferson Elementary, and Del Mar Middle School.  As an actor, Dan is a proud member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company; and has performed in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Qatar, and all over the U.S.