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teaching artists

Our professional Teaching Artists are just that—artists who teach. We look for educators and actors who love to work with children, hold college or conservatory degrees in Theatre or Education and have experience in the classroom. NCTC offers ongoing teacher development workshops to make sure our Teaching Artists have the skills they need to bring out the very best in their students.

 

We focus on the process of theatre training rather than the product. And although we work hard to create a cohesive performance piece by the end of class, the journey and skills learned on the way are really what matters most. Our concentration is on the “whole kid” and helping them develop life skills that guide them in and out of the theatre world.  Ensemble-based work is at the heart of our training at NCTC.

 

Interested in joining our teaching team?

 

Please submit a cover letter stating your teaching philosophy and a resume reflecting experience working with youth and/or a professional theatre resume & headshot to Stephanie Temple, Conservatory Director, at stephanie@nctcsf.org.


Stephanie Temple, Conservatory Director

Stephanie Temple, Conservatory Director

Stephanie Temple was recently named Conservatory Director and has been New Conservatory Theatre Center’s Family Matinee director and Children’s Playwright-in-Residence since 2002. With a Master’s in Drama from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Southern California’s School of Theatre, Ms. Temple is also an actor (most recently seen as Kate Monster in NCTC’s Avenue Q,) and a director/choreographer. Over the past twenty years, she has taught acting, improvisation, dance and musical theatre at NCTC, SFSU, CSU Stanislaus, Merced College, PCPA Theatrefest and currently runs the drama program at Live Oak School in Potrero Hill. Ms. Temple has adapted and developed original plays such as Goldi Locks and the Three Aliens, Sock Puppet Jamboree, Bollywood Sleeping Beauty, The Odyssey, and Rock ‘n Roll Cinderella


Kathleen Lee, Conservatory Programs Manager

Kathleen Lee, Conservatory Programs Manager

Kathleen is a Southern California native with a big imagination! Kathleen is an interdisciplinary teaching artist with education and experience in technical theatre, movement, voice development, directing, improvisation, producing, puppetry, and creative writing. She’s a graduate of San Francisco State University where she received degrees in theatre and education while gaining first-hand experience as a teaching artist with grades K-12. Kathleen is an alumnus of the Young Playwrights Festival at the Blank Theatre Company of Los Angeles, and Stella Adler Theatre. Here at New Conservatory Theatre Center, Kathleen hopes to further develop new practices that build a compassionate theatre community, while inspiring new artist and challenging social norms.


Stephen McFarland, Conservatory Programs Advisor

Stephen McFarland, Conservatory Programs Advisor

Stephen McFarland grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and did his first show at the age of 5. Theater has been a part of his life ever since. Upon graduating with a BA in Theater from Marywood University Stephen toured the United States with Missoula Children's Theater and American Family Theater before moving to NYC. While in NYC Stephen worked as an actor, director, choreographer, dance teacher and yoga instructor. He was also fortunate enough to work at the  Lincoln Center Theater where he got to work on Broadway shows such as The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific and War Horse. Since moving to San Francisco in 2012 he has primarily worked as an actor, florist and yoga instructor. He could not be more thrilled to join the team of extremely talented artists at NCTC.


Sean Garahan (After School Drama)

Sean Garahan (After School Drama)

Sean Garahan is an actor, teaching artist, and performing arts everyman. When he’s not acting he’s either tour managing a rock band, teaching theatre to all ages, or working stage crew at a Bay Area theatre. He was recently seen as Mat Burke in Anna Christie at the Dragon Theatre, as Bernard in Boeing Boeing at Ross Valley Players and as Paris in the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Romeo & Juliet. Sean earned a BA in Theatre from Emerson College in 2008, is an EMC member of Actor’s Equity, and is a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. You can follow what he’s currently working on at seangarahan.com


Suzanne Halka (After School Drama)

Suzanne Halka (After School Drama)

Suzanne is a San Francisco based writer, choreographer, actor, dancer, director, and teaching artist. Suzanne teaches for the JCC of San Francisco, NCTC, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks. She is a co-director of The HMCA Junior Acting Troupe for which she fosters a love of performance and challenges young actors in the development of full length productions. Before coming to San Francisco, Suzanne directed the Follystick Theatre program for the Lynchburg, VA Parks and Recreation Department, and was also a co-founder of their DIY Theatre program, which taught tweens to write and perform their own plays.  While in Virginia, Suzanne also taught dance for The Academy of Fine Arts, and was a member of the Lynchburg Regional Ballet Theatre.  Suzanne’s favorite theatre roll to date was as The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet: CSI, a deconstructionist version of the well-known play, and her favorite dance roll was as Autumn in Cinderella.  Most recently, Suzanne appeared in Hang Onto Your Hats as a Mouse.  Directing credits include: Backstage; Color Me Something; Sam and Licorice; The Silent Voice; Macbeth; The Taming of the Shrew; Richard III; Hush: An Interview with America; Next Victim, Please; and The Tempest. Suzanne feels privileged to have interned with The American Shakespeare Center and to have studied theatre in London. 


Tim Huls (After School Drama)

Tim Huls (After School Drama)

Tim Huls began his professional acting and filmmaking career in 2010 at the SF School of Digital Filmmaking, where he made his first professional short film, Cut Off. He then went to work on various film projects. A passion for directing led him to American Conservatory Theatre, where he trained beginning in 2011. In 2014 he finished A.C.T.'s inaugural San Francisco Semester program, a 15-week training intensive. Since the program he has been signed by NYLO Talent, performed with Marin Shakespeare Company, SF Olympians Festival, and as the lead in Tabard Theatre Company's Swift Justice. Additionally, he enjoys video editing and cycling around his beautiful neighborhood in San Francisco.


Evan Johnson (Youth Acting Ensemble)

Evan Johnson (Youth Acting Ensemble)

Evan Johnson is a Bay Area based actor, playwright and teaching artist. He is the founding director of The Junior Acting Troupe at Harvey Milk’s Center for the Arts and an after-school teaching artist at Marin Preparatory School. He's also been employed for 5 years in NCTC's YouthAware Program (Dos Rappers Two!) playing Rhymin' Ralph (a rapper who can't rhyme) educating young people about HIV/AIDS. As a professional theatre maker, Evan has devised two full length solo works locally, Pansy for New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) and Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer for Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory. Evan has also collaborated with Bay Area choreographers Hope Mohr (Ride the Rhythm), Jesse Hewitt (FREEDOM) and Liz Tenuto (The Two Legits) in original dance performances and has acted with Inferno Theatre Company (The Iliad), Velvet Rage Productions (Roseanne LIVE!) and Naked Empire Bouffon Company (SHAME!). In 2011, Evan was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award (Best Actor in a Drama) for Treefall at NCTC. His play Don’t Feel: The Death of Dahmer was featured in the SF Bay Guardian’s year end review as one of the best small theatre productions of 2010. He is currently working on a mask/puppet performance entitled Hang on to Your Hats with artist Michele Menard for the SF Fringe Festival. His show Pansy will be performed in NYC at The United Solo Festival (more info:  http://www.pansytheplay.com) and at Dell'Arte's 40th Anniversary Alumni Festival later this Summer. 


 Geoffrey Malveaux (After School Drama)

Geoffrey Malveaux (After School Drama)

Geoffrey is a Bay Area native who received his B.A. in Theatre, Performance Emphasis at San Francisco State University. From playing sports to switching to theatre, he has always having a passion for acting. In his time there, he has learned the world of being onstage especially directing a few shows, including one that he wrote himself. Most recently, he has worked with Greenhouse Festival and Playwrights' Center of San Francisco. He hopes to expand his art continuing with directing and play writing in the future because "theatre is life". 


Tessa Koning-Martinez

Tessa Koning-Martinez (Resident Artist, After School Drama)

Professional actor and native New Yorker Tessa Koning-Martinez has been teaching for over twenty years throughout the Bay Area for many different groups including New Conservatory Theatre Center, Word for Word, Brava! Theater Center, L.E.A.P., Vector Theater Company, Mission Cultural Center, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Repertory Theater, California Shakespeare Festival, Each One Reach One, Center for Youth and Elders in the Arts, Artworks, Peninsula Youth Theater, San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre where she teaches students from  4 to 18 years old.  Tessa has led drama residencies for English language learners, Spanish Immersion and GATE classrooms throughout San Francisco, focusing on language arts and physical  expression. She especially enjoys creating original performance pieces with her students.  


Michele Menard (After School Drama)

Michele Menard (After School Drama)

Michele Menard is an interdisciplinary teaching /working artist   with over 20 years of experience and education in: physical theater, directing, drama, visual art and crafts, puppetry/masks, musical performance and creative writing.. She regularly showcases her mixed media painting locally and nationally. Michele is a student in world music ..She had a successful run of her latest masked/puppet show titled " Hang on to your Hats: at the 2015 SF fringe theater festival. 


Nicole Meñez (After School Drama)

Nicole Meñez (After School Drama)

A Bay Area native, Nicole Meñez is a recent graduate of the University of California in Santa Cruz where she received degrees in Environmental Studies and Theater Arts. During her time in Santa Cruz, she worked in a variety of productions through the Theater Arts Department as well as with Rainbow Theater Troupe, the oldest multicultural theater troupe in the UC system. Her experience lies in directing, acting, singing and dancing in various styles as well as spoken word poetry. Nicole's most recent credit is in her role as Assistant Director for American Conservatory Theater's 2015 production of Monstress. She hopes to open hearts and open minds in the work she produces, creating dialogue amongst diverse audiences and giving opportunities for underrepresented communities to share their stories. "What comes from the heart, goes to the heart".


Grace Renaud (Resident Music Director)

Born on Maui, Grace Renaud moved to Marin as a child and fell in love with the Bay Area. She attended Mills College, Oakland, for both her undergrad and graduate studies in pipe organ performance, studying under Sandra Soderlund. Grace has an extensive background in dance and is proficient in piano, harpsichord, ukulele, Baroque recorder, and percussion. She sings and composes, and has been active as a music teacher, choral conductor, worship leader, and arranger in the Bay Area for twenty years. Grace is a Music Director for NCTC and Bay Area Children's Theater, Minister of Music for Church of the Nativity in San Rafael, and the new Artistic Director for the Marin Girls Chorus. Her specialties are bringing out the voice of the individual, and blending the voices of a group into a refined expression of harmony and truth through music. She has a special love for musical theater, and her favorite musical influences are J.S. Bach and S. Wonder. Grace has four musical children and loves to paint!


Jenny Rosen (Resident Artist)

Jenny Rosen (Resident Artist)

 A company member at BATS Improv since 2003 Jenny served as Dean of the BATS School of Improv for four years.  She regularly performs long and short form improvisational theater at Fort Mason Center. As a teacher and coach, Jenny has worked with students from ages 2 to 102.  She has taught for StageWrite, Live Oak, Haight Ashbury Cooperative Nursery School and dozens of other schools up and down the Bay Area.  She enjoys using theater games to inspire collaboration, positivity, and creativity in and out of the classroom.  A specialty is the incorporation of classroom curricula into theater training! Jenny has performed in Aspen, Improv Olympic (LA), The MET theater (NYC), The Moth and at the SF Fringe Festival.  She has created original musicals for 64 4th graders at the Cathedral School for Boys, and can make up full length musicals on the spot. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jenny Rosen lives in Potrero Hill with her husband and two children, Henry and Magnolia.


Elena Ruggiero (Musical Theatre- Choreographer)

Elena Ruggiero (Musical Theatre- Choreographer)

Elena Ruggiero is a Bay Area native who received her B.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Redlands, Johnston College. She returned to San Francisco after graduation and continued her musical theatre training at Ava Victoria's Voice Studio, The Jean Shelton Actor's Lab, and Rhythm & Motion/ODC with Ann Barrett. The best training she has ever received however, has been on stage. She has performed in multiple studio and main stage productions such as A Chorus Line (Sheila), Chicago (Kitty), Grease (Rizzo), Prelude to a Kiss (Aunt Dorothy/Leah) and the S.F. Fringe and Bay Area One Acts Festival. In addition to being an avid performer, Elena has also had the opportunity to teach dancing and acting throughout the Bay Area to children ranging in age from 5-15 for nearly 10 years. She began at ODC's After School Satellite Program and has continued teaching at locations such as Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Abbott Middle School, St. Finn Barr Elementary School, Averroes Institute, Linda Bulgo’s Musical Productions and now, New Conservatory Theatre Center.

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