INSTRUCTORS

CURRENT INSTRUCTORS

  • Bruce Bierman
  • Anthony Clarvoe
  • Jean Ellisen
  • Lucia Fanelli
  • Joanne Grimm
  • Ruth Halpern
  • Wayne Harris
  • Jeanne Haynes
  • Martin Holtz
  • Clara Kamunde
  • Scrumbly Koldewyn
  • Olga Loya
  • Marijo
  • Liz Nichols
  • Ellen Robinson
  • Mona Thompson
  • Trish Tillman
  • Kirk Waller
  • Sam Weber
  • Linda Wright

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
  • Mary Gay Ducey
  • Jeff Dunn
  • Susan Dunn
  • 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
  • Charles Shaw Robinson
  • Jeremiah Selvey
  • Meryl Shaw
  • Debbie Sternbach
  • Jesse Vail
  • Helen Vaughn
  • Valerie Weak
  • Larry Wright
  • Carlos Zialcita

 

 

 

    CURRENT INSTRUCTORS

    Bruce Bierman

    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 Advanced Musical Theater for us this fall.

    Anthony Clarvoe

    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.

     

    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.

    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 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, Actor, Storyteller, Writer, & Arts Educator. She has been performing for 20-plus years, & has toured her solo shows throughout the US, London, Germany, & Zimbabwe, Africa. Marijo has taught drama & storytelling at schools in the Bay Area and many states throughout the country. She was the storyteller for the California Governor’s conference on Arts in Education and the California Arts Council Artists-in-Schools.

     

    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.

     

    MONA THOMPSON

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    Mona Thompson is an improv performer, teacher, and coach. She has performed and taught in 21 cities around the U.S. She began improvising in high school, continued in college as a member of the Stanford Improvisors, and never looked back. Currently, Mona performs with Un-Scripted Theater Company, Social Studies Improv, Minerva, and Mona and Shara Do Improv. She teaches at BATS Improv, Un-Scripted Theater Company, Stagebridge, and Stanford University. In 2014, she co-founded Collective Capital, a company that helps organizations create a culture of innovation through improv and design.

     

    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.

    Kirk Waller

    With a lifelong love of story, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller has been immersed in these art forms for over 20 years. He has garnered national recognition for his storytelling, including being awarded the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant by the National Storytelling Network, receiving a Parent’s Choice Foundation GOLD award for his CD, “But Why? Stories, Music and Songs” and being a storyteller at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. In addition to being the Director of Storytelling at Stagebridge, he is current chair of the Storytelling Association of California and is on the advisory board of Tell It On Tuesday at the Marsh in Berkeley. Kirk received his bachelor’s degree in English and his Master’s in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

    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.