INSTRUCTORS

Current Instructors: Please click below if you are in Group A or Group B to find a copy of your blank Timesheet. Please fill out the excel completely and email to Lily at [email protected] or submit your Timesheet to the Stagebridge Office.

SUMMER 2019 INSTRUCTORS:

  • Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
  • MaryGay Ducey
  • Jean Ellisen*
  • Lucia Fanelli
  • Joanne Grimm
  • Ruth Halpern*
  • Wayne Harris*
  • Jeanne Haynes*
  • Martin Holtz*
  • Mary "Marijo" Joseph*
  • Judith Kajiwara
  • Scrumbly Koldewyn
  • Christie Maturo
  • David Norfleet
  • Liz Nichols*
  • Benjamin Pither
  • Ellen Robinson
  • Corey Rosen
  • Suzanne Schmidt
  • Shara Tonn
  • Sam Weber
  • Linda Wright*
  • *Storybridge Instructors

PAST INSTRUCTORS:

  • Kaye Anderson
  • Marge Betley
  • Bruce Bierman
  • Lauren Carley
  • Joy Carlin
  • Nancy Carlin
  • Fred Casto
  • Anthony Clarvoe
  • Jeri Lynn Cohen
  • Patricia Cotter
  • Donna Davis
  • Reid Davis
  • Matt Deegan
  • Lina del Roble
  • Jeff Dunn
  • Susan Dunn
  • Lauren English
  • Michael French
  • Greacian Goeke
  • Amy Gorman
  • Joanna G. Harris
  • Ellen Hoffman
  • Terrance Kelly
  • Lindsay Leopold
  • Olga Loya
  • Joan Mankin
  • Jeannie McKenzie
  • AeJay Mitchell
  • Sara Moore
  • Dyan McBride
  • Ely Orquiza
  • Josiah Polhemus
  • Ray Reinhardt
  • Grace Renaud
  • Charley Robinson
  • Daniel Savio
  • Barbara Scott
  • Andy Sarouhan
  • Yael Schy
  • Jeremiah Selvey
  • Meryl Shaw
  • Debbie Sternbach
  • Mona Thompson
  • Trish Tillman
  • Jesse Vail
  • Helen Vaughn
  • Kirk Waller
  • Valerie Weak
  • Larry Wright
  • Carlos Zialcita



CURRENT INSTRUCTORS

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe

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Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe launched her career in the San Francisco Bay Area, touring nationally and internationally for six years with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Edris has appeared in productions at SF Playhouse, Aurora Theatre, Magic Theatre, Ashby Stage, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, Theatre Rhinoceros, Intersection for the Arts, Theater Artaud, Word for Word, Z Space, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and Brava Theater Center. Edris is an accomplished solo performer with 5 original works. Her solo play Adventures Of A Black Girl In Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion was published in the anthology, solo/black/woman and her solo play, Traveling While Black was presented at Penn Museum in Fall of 2018. Edris’ directing credits include the West Coast premiere of Relativity at the Magic Theatre, Stealin’ Home at Exit Theatre; Crying Holy at Theatre Rhinoceros, and Urban Zulu Mambo and Blue/Orange at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. With the company she founded, Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience, Edris recently directed the Bay Area premieres of Robert O’Hara’s An American Ma(u)l and Bootycandy.

 MaryGay Ducey

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MaryGay Ducey was raised in New Orleans with its rituals and play, Ducey is a descendent of Southern women who prized a sassy mouth. She tells all sorts of tales to all sorts of ages as befits a woman with a restless nature, and her work has been described as “full of wit and elegance, but aimed straight at the heart.” A celebrated storytelling educator with many workshops up her professional sleeve, she has taught storytelling at several universities—UC Berkeley among them. A featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival several times, she is also the recipient of the Oracle Lifetime Achievement Award.

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!

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.

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.

Christie Maturo

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Christie Maturo is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Midwestern State University Texas. She enjoys all aspect of performing and directing and has specialized in the Meisner and Chekhov techniques. She has also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre and Second City, Chicago. Christie has worked as an actor and director for many years including three seasons with The Gaslight Melodrama and Music Hall and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Las Vegas. Currently you can see her in her co-starring role in the award-winning digital series, Hey You, Its Me. She has also performed in musicals, classic and dramatic works in theatres across the country. Christie is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actor's Guild.

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.

Benjamin Pither

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Benjamin Pither is a professional actor and theatre educator. He has worked as a drama teacher at several schools in the Bay area, including Park Day School in Oakland and SF School of the Arts.  He served as the Theatre Arts Director for three years at Camp Swig and Camp Newman. Benjamin was trained as a theatre educator when he was selected as a Stephen Spielberg Fellow in 2001 and he has performed with Center Rep, Berkeley Playhouse, Willows Theatre, 42nd St Moon, Custom Made Theatre, Altarena Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, the Playwrights’ Foundation, and the Playwrights’ Center of SF.

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.

Corey Rosen

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Corey Rosen has hosted more than 100 live events for The Moth. He is an Emmy-award winning writer, actor, and storytelling teacher. He has hosted The Moth StorySlam and GrandSlams since winning the first ever Bay Area Moth StorySlam (2014).  Rosen has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, Backfence PDX, and “The Finch Files” and “The B-Sider” podcasts. He is an on-air personality for Alice Radio’s “The Sarah and Vinnie Show,” the #1-rated commercial morning show in the San Francisco area.   He performs at BATS Improv, one of the world’s foremost centers for improvisational theater. Rosen has written for Comedy Central, Jim Henson Productions, and Lucasfilm. He is head writer at Tippett Studio, a 2-time Oscar-winning media production company, writing screenplays for seven theme park attractions around the world.

Suzanne Schmidt

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Suzanne Schmidt has graced theatrical stages throughout California and her television credits include Sons Of Anarchy, Days of Our Lives, and Hillbrook Gardens (2016). Suzanne’s film credits include Lilin’s Brood, Apt 123, The Dark Mirror, Mr. Maples, Mechanic and watch for her in Dark Sky Picture’s upcoming graphic novel film, Monster School. Suzanne has a BA in Theater from USC and an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University and has studied extensively at Stella Adler LA and The Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) in Russia. She now resides in Los Angles and works as an Actress/Content Creator/Writer/Director/Producer and Voice Over Artist. She teaches Michael Chekhov (NMCA) and Meisner intensives throughout California, and is a member of the Acting/Directing Faculty and AMDA (American Musical and Drama Academy) Los Angeles.

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.