INSTRUCTORS

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CURRENT INSTRUCTORS

  • Bruce Bierman
  • Anthony Clarvoe
  • Jean Ellisen*
  • Lucia Fanelli
  • Joanne Grimm
  • Ruth Halpern*
  • Wayne Harris*
  • Jeanne Haynes*
  • Martin Holtz*
  • Mary "Marijo" Joseph*
  • Judith Kajiwara
  • Clara Kamunde*
  • Scrumbly Koldewyn
  • Olga Loya
  • David Norfleet
  • Liz Nichols*
  • Charley Robinson
  • Ellen Robinson
  • Ely Orquiza
  • Yael Schy
  • Trish Tillman
  • Shara Tonn
  • Sam Weber
  • Linda Wright*
  • *Storybridge Instructors

PAST INSTRUCTORS

  • Kaye Anderson
  • Marge Betley
  • Lauren Carley
  • Joy Carlin
  • Nancy Carlin
  • Fred Casto
  • Jeri Lynn Cohen
  • Patricia Cotter
  • Donna Davis
  • Reid Davis
  • Matt Deegan
  • Lina del Roble
  • Jeff Dunn
  • Susan Dunn
  • Mary Gay Ducey
  • Lauren English
  • Michael French
  • Greacian Goeke
  • Amy Gorman
  • Joanna G. Harris
  • Ellen Hoffman
  • Terrance Kelly
  • Lindsay Leopold
  • Joan Mankin
  • Christie Maturo
  • Jeannie McKenzie
  • AeJay Mitchell
  • Sara Moore
  • Dyan McBride
  • Benjamin Pither
  • Josiah Polhemus
  • Ray Reinhardt
  • Grace Renaud
  • Daniel Savio
  • Barbara Scott
  • Andy Sarouhan
  • Suzanne Schmidt
  • Jeremiah Selvey
  • Meryl Shaw
  • Debbie Sternbach
  • Mona Thompson
  • Jesse Vail
  • Helen Vaughn
  • Kirk Waller
  • Valerie Weak
  • Larry Wright
  • Carlos Zialcita

CURRENT INSTRUCTORS

Bruce Bierman

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Bruce Bierman is an award-winning theater artist, dance/movement educator and proud member of the Stagebridge company since 2007.   His work as a director, choreographer, actor and playwright has been seen in major theaters throughout California including The Laguna Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, L.A. Opera, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, New Conservatory Theater and the Ashby Stage.  After graduating from U.C. Santa Cruz with his B.A. in Theater Arts, Bruce toured the country as a leading dancer with the renowned Aman Folk Dance Ensemble of Los Angeles.  As a community arts advocate, Bruce served as Arts Coordinator for at risk youth at the Edgewood Center for Children and as a founding member of San Francisco's Intergeneration: Building Queer Community Through Art. Bruce founded New Stages-- a performing arts program serving LGBT seniors and currently based at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  Influential theater and movement teachers include Jerzy Grotowski, Anne Bogart, Yoshi Odi, Anna Halprin, and Gabrielle Roth.  Bruce is also one of the leading presenters of Klezmer and Jewish dance on the West Coast and has performed with some of the great Klezmer bands in the country. Bruce is teaching Viewpoints, Joy of Dance and Musical Theater for us this Winter.

Anthony Clarvoe

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Anthony Clarvoe is a veteran playwright and his plays include the award-winning Pick Up Ax, The Living, Let’s Play Two, The Brothers Karamazov, Ambition Facing West, Ctrl+Alt+Delete and The Art of Sacrifice. He has received a dozen commissions as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim, McKnight, Jerome, and Irvine Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Lucia Fanelli

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Lucia Fanelli is a professional dancer who studied tap extensively with San Francisco tap master, Stan Kahn, and his protege, tap virtuoso Sam Weber.  Lucia studied ballet at Pennsula Ballet Theatre School under its founding director, Anne Bena and jazz dance with Dancer Synectics Studio in San Francisco.  Her performance career is highlighted by shows with Mason-Kahn, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Fascinating Rhythm Productions and industrial shows backing up such performers as Bing Crosby, Phil Harris and Julio Iglesias. Her teaching experience includes teaching tap to children and adults at Mason-Kahn Dance Studios, Peninsula Ballet Theatre School, and she currently assists teaching movement classes for people diagnosed with Parkinsons.  Lucia loves working with the students teaching tap at Stagebridge and is excited to be a part of this program!

Joanne Grimm

Joanne Grimm has been a Stagebridge cast member for almost 20 years and the director of Never Too Late for the last six years. She also performs with Generation Theatre, a Bay Area based repertory company. She started out as a story teller and keeps her hand in telling tales at assisted living facilities. She has appeared in numerous Grandparent's Tales plays, productions produced by Stagebridge. Joanne’s background includes training in radio, public speaking, oral interpretation, improv, acting and children’s theater. She’s been acting in one venue or another since elementary school and enjoys introducing others to the thrill of applause!

Jeanne Haynes

Inspired by a Stagebridge storytelling seminar 16 years ago, Haynes abandoned her media relations consulting business to become a full time performer and teacher. Theater venues include SF Theater Festival, Bay Area Storytelling Festival, SF and Berkeley Marsh, Brava! in San Francisco; Julia Morgan Theatre and Ashby Stage in Berkeley, regional Telebrations, KPFA FM Berkeley Public Radio. A former news reporter with a degree in Journalism, she draws from her communication background to tell personal and traditional tales. She has taught more than 300 adults in ongoing weekly classes at Stagebridge and conducts senior workshops. As an artist in residence she has taught some 3,000 students in 20+ Bay Area schools.

Martin Holtz

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Martin Holtz is a veteran of more than 30 years as a performer, award winning writer and artist-as-educator, in both South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area. Over this span of time he has managed to interweave his love of teaching with the performing arts. He was a featured performer in the South Florida Shakespeare Festival, Miami Beach Art Deco Festival, the New World Festival, as well as creative director of Unexpected Company. He was associate artistic director of the Coconut Grove Children’s Theatre and creator of the highly successful “Wizard of Words” language arts enhancement program. He is a trainer and creative consultant for the Center for Domestic Peace dealing with domestic violence and founding member of the Bay Area Playback Theatre.


Judith Kajiwara

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Judith Kajiwara is an independent solo Butoh performing artist, teacher and choreographer.  She began her Butoh career in 1995 with her first solo performance, The Ballad of Machiko, at NOHspace, San Francisco (SF).  She is a life-long dancer who has trained in numerous dance and martial arts.  She currently teaches Butoh and hip hop dance classes in the East Bay.  In 2013, she formed OnenessButoh, an ensemble of Butoh enthusiasts who regularly train with Kajiwara and perform her works.  Judith will teach her first class at Stagebridge, Hip Hop Demystified, in the Spring 2019 session.

Clara Kamunde

Clara Kamunde is a tinkerer, a maker, an actor, storyteller and creativity development specialist – for real – she actually has Master of Science in Creativity Studies – who knew you could study creativity – right? Clara is an experienced facilitator and has developed and lead creativity workshops for a variety of organizations including The Children’s Creativity Museum of San Francisco, Cal Shakes Summer Conservatory, Performing Arts Workshop, Reading Partners, Mission Learning Center and the San Francisco Department of Children and Youth. In her capacity as a performing artist Ms.Kamunde has worked with Stagebridge, Cal Shakes (where she is also a presenter on the Grove Talk Series), Berkeley Rep, Ross Valley Players, Virago Theatre, amongst others. She is a former recipient of the COLA Artist-in-The-Community grant from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, and enjoyed a year of creating fun and fostering creativity in venues all over Greater Los Angeles.

Scrumbly Koldewyn

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Scrumbly is an accomplished composer who has performed with the Cockettes, the Distractions and the Jesters Vocal Trio, touring throughout Europe. He has been musical director at many Bay Area theatres including Berkeley Rep and 42nd Street Moon. His awards include the Bay Area Critic’s Circle and Bay Area Cabaret Gold Awards. Revivals of his shows with the Cockettes have been playing at Thrillpeddlers in SF for 4 years. For Stagebridge he has been musical director for Comedy Tonight and currently co-directs the touring show Never Too Late. He also created the music for Stagebridge’s world premiere musical Sylvia’s Advice on How to Age Gracefully on the Planet Denial based on the works of Nicole Hollander.

Olga Loya

Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher, Olga Loya performs a mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America, as well as stories from her own varied and colorful life growing up in East Los Angeles. She performs and teaches workshops at a wide variety of locations, including schools, businesses, museums and festivals, such as the Guadalajara, Mexico Festival and the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival. Olga was the recent recipient of the National Network of Storytellers 2013 Oracle Award in The Circle of Excellence.

Marijo

Marijo is an actress, storyteller, writer, and arts educator. In the tradition of the African Griot, she has been called a “truth-keeper,” and uses her work to inspire, entertain, and educate to reveal the common bonds between all people.

She received training at the American Conservatory of Theatre, and has toured throughout the U.S. and London, Germany, and Zimbabwe, Africa. She has been a 3-year recipient artist of the California Arts Council, teaching drama and storytelling to wide range of ages – 6 to 103; as well as workshops on creating stories from life experiences and social concerns.

Marijo has written solo theatre works about HIV/AIDS that have been performed at many venues here and abroad. One of her stories has been published in an anthology, “Positive/Negative: Women of Color and HIV/AIDS.”

David Norfleet

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Since 1991, David Norfleet has been improvising music with companies around the U.S. and Canada. During the day, he composes and produces music for film, television, multimedia, installations, and anything else he can think of. From 1995 to 1998 David was active in New York’s improv, live theatre, and performance art scene. He transplanted himself to San Francisco to start his own music/sound studio, Seal Rock Music. David’s music and audio clients include Pixar, Dreamworks, Comedy Central, National Geographic, Intel, the city of San Francisco, MasterCard, and National Public Radio. He has also taught improvised singing for many years and has been the musical director of numerous musical improv shows.

Ely Orquiza

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Ely Sonny Orquiza is a Filipino actor based in San Francisco Bay Area.Orquiza studied at the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies with an emphasis on Acting. At Cal, Orquiza has performed in many devised plays, mainstage shows, and student productions working with prominent Bay Area artists including Rhodessa Jones, Sean San Jose, Joe Goode, Guillermo Gomez Pena y La Pocha Nostra, and Philip Kan Gotanda.He has workshopped with internationally renowned artists from all over the world. He graduated from American Conservatory Theater's Summer Training Congress in the summer of 2016 and also became one of the first of many students to study under Lauren English in San Francisco Playhouse's Rising Star Program.

Charley Robinson

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Charles Shaw Robinson is thrilled to return to Stagebridge. In October, he is appearing in OSLO at the Marin Theatre Company. Recent work includes IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE at Berkeley Rep. Other favorite roles include Shag in Bill Cain’s Equivocation, directed by Jasson Minadakis (MTC); Leonard in Seminar (San Francisco Playhouse); Milton in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); and Iago in Othello (California Shakespeare Theatre). He was last seen in New York in the American premiere of Frank McGuinness’s Gates of Gold at 59E59 Theaters, and before that at the Second Stage Theatre as the Father in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice.

Ellen Robinson

Jazz vocalist, composer and educator Ellen Robinson has worked with literally thousands of students throughout her life. Her musical journey has led her through many genres: folk, rock, Blue Grass, Cabaret, musical theater, a cappella and finally jazz. Her third and latest CD “Don’t Wait Too long” was released in 2011. Ellen is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a gifted and dedicated vocal coach. In addition to her own jazz performance dates and recording projects, Ellen has been a Vocal Instructor for adults at U.C. Berkeley Extension, a Choral Director for teenagers in the Oakland Youth Chorus and a Music Instructor for children at Walden Center and School in Berkeley and Beacon Day School in Oakland, CA. Currently, Ellen teaches a beginning singing class for women called Swingshift Singers and she is the director of the Anything Goes Chorus, a community chorus that gives public concerts and also free performances at retirement homes and homeless shelters since the early 1980s. In 2011 Ellen was honored with a prestigious Jefferson Award for her community work.

Yael Schy

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A dynamic theater and dance instructor, actress, singer/songwriter, and performer known for her creative approach to learning and performance, Yael Schy is teaching Solo Swing and Improv Theatre classes for the Winter 2019 session. With an emphasis on collaboration and partnering skills, Yael's many years of experience as a performer and teacher in theater and dance have included serving as a dancer and choreographer with Westwind International Folk Ensemble, Jubilee American Dance Theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area, and dancing with Avaz International Dance Theatre in Los Angeles. Since 2002, Yael has been studying improvisational theater, dance, and singing with Bay Area Theater Sports, Pan Theater, Loose Moose Theatre, Un-Scripted Theater, East Bay Improv, Leela, and various dance and music instructors. She is a founding member of the Applied Improvisation Network, an international association of business professionals and academics who use improv tools, experience, and theory for human development, training, and coaching in communities and organizations. In her spare time, Yael writes original jazz and blues songs.

Trish Tillman

Trish Tillman was most recently the Director of Artistic Learning at California Shakespeare Theater for five years and has been a working actor, improvisor and theater arts teacher for 25 years. She has a Masters in Dramatic Performance and Teaching Theater from Antioch University, and a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. In addition to acting regularly at theaters throughout the Bay Area, she’s created teaching artist training programs for both classroom teachers and college education students, brought the world of Shakespeare to literally thousands of children through productions and classes, founded two improvisational theater companies in San Francisco and is currently on staff and in the ensemble of Un-Scripted Theater.

Shara Tonn

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Shara Tonn is an improviser, actor, clown and teacher. An alumna of the Stanford Improvisors and San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory, Shara is an ensemble member at Un-Scripted Theater Company in San Francisco and performs in a variety of Bay Area comedy shows. With her duo group, Mona and Shara Do Improv, she toured the USA in the summer of 2018 and Northern Europe in the summer of 2019, performing and teaching with her partner Mona Thompson. She currently teaches at BATS Improv, Collective Capital, Un-Scripted Theater Company and Aragon High School.

Sam Weber

Sam Weber is professional tap dancer who works internationally as a performer, master teacher and choreographer. A protégé of San Francisco tap master Stan Kahn, Sam is the winner of numerous awards, including the New York Dance Critics’ Bessie.