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teaching artists

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 Conservatory@nctcsf.org.

 

Click here to read our Teaching Artist job description.

 

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.


Alicia Piemme Nelson (Drama Explorer, Curriculum Development)

Alicia Piemme Nelson (Drama Explorer, Curriculum Development)

Alicia Piemme Nelson - is an award-winning SF/Bay Area-based actor, clown, and teaching artist. Originally a ballet dancer, she eventually turned to musical theatre and finally discovered that her heart lies in physical comedy. She is a  graduate of Boston University where she acquired a BFA in Acting. She has also trained in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy at Accademia dell'Arte where she studied commedia dell'arte, and in Papingo, Greece as an apprentice with One Year Lease Theater Company with whom she studied Greek tragic theatre Alicia is passionate about all things that spark the imagination. She is an avid believer in playing pretend, making a fool of yourself, diving in head-first, and increased diversity in theatre. She hopes to make theatre accessible to its youngest audiences and, in doing so, inspire creativity in the generations to come.


April Deutschle (Drama Explorer, Performance Lab Director)

April Deutschle (Drama Explorer, Performance Lab Director)

April Deutschle holds a BFA in Acting from the Academy of Art University. She has a passion for physical comedy and clown. Having written and performed in her own one-woman show she has a zest for creating and devising interactive work. Having been in NCTC's world premiere of Everything That's Beautiful she is excited to be back and share her knowledge and experiences with the community. 


Daniel Owens (Performance Lab Musical Director)

Daniel Owens (Performance Lab Musical Director)

Daniel Owens is originally from San Diego and has worked as a performing musician and music educator in the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly 20 years. He received his B.A. in music from Sonoma State University and completed a California single-subject teaching credential in music through SFSU and UCLA. He has taught music to youth at various schools, including Aptos Middle School, Creative Arts Charter School, Live Oak School, and Belmont Oaks Academy. In addition, he has worked at NCTC as both a live performer in The Marvelous Wonderettes and as a music director for Really Rosie. Daniel currently directs the music and drama programs at Marin Preparatory School.


Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club: Reader's Theatre, Latinx Storytelling)

Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club: Reader's Theatre, Latinx Storytelling)

Francisco Rodriguez is a theatre-maker, primarily as an actor and educator. He has worked with a number of theatre companies and schools within the bay area. Francisco is the founder of Teatro Sublingual; developed while living in Guadalajara, Mexico and the Artistic Director of the Mexican American Conservatory Theatre. His work focuses on spreading and uniting the diverse and rich art of Mexico and Latin America. FranciscoTeatro.com. As a teaching artist at NCTC, Francisco is excited to serve communities in need of arts education.


Jenny Rosen (Drama Explorer, Adult Drama Club: Improv & Games)

Jenny Rosen (Drama Explorer, Adult Drama Club: Improv & Games)

 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.


M. Graham Smith (Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club: Reader's Theatre)

M. Graham Smith (Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club: Reader's Theatre)

M. Graham Smith is a San Francisco-based Director, Educator and Producer. He is an O’Neill National Directing Fellow, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Fellow and a resident artist at SF’s Crowded Fire. Graham has directed at HERE in New York City, and venues in San Francisco including A.C.T., Aurora Theatre, Central Works, Crowded Fire, The EXIT Theatre, PlayGround, Brava, The Playwright’s Foundation, Cutting Ball Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, Golden Thread, SF Opera, and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. He teaches at A.C.T.'s actor-training programs, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Occidental College, Colorado College and at Barcelona’s premiere Meisner Technique program in Spain.


Marie Cartier (Performance Lab Director)

Marie Cartier (Performance Lab Director)

Marie Cartier is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised, living and working in San Francisco. A trained actor, her work in theater also spans everything from light and sound operation to props design and education. She recently completed an artist in residency with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and created the original show, Yesterday is Tomorrow in collaboration with her sister and performance partner, Genie. Marie also goes on biking adventures to add to her Plein Air SF painting series, celebrating the natural beauty of San Francisco and Northern California. She holds BA's in Theater and Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley. 


Marielle Duke (Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club: Writing Lab)

Marielle Duke (Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club: Writing Lab)

Marielle has directed with Boomerang Theatre Company, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Manhattan Theater Source, World Theater Day, and Metropolitan Playhouse, among others. She is the Artistic Director of Adaptive Arts Theater Company, a non-profit theater company whose mission is to make theater more accessible to individuals with Invisible Disabilities. With Adaptive, she’s directed a devised adaptation of Goethe's Faust, Mensch’s All Hail Hurricane Gordo, Brecht’s Good Woman of Setzuan, Barrie’s Alice Sit by the Fire, and multiple workshops for their “Autism Initiative” program. As an educator, she has spent close to a decade working with artists from 1 to 80 years old. She has spoken across the country on ways to create accessible theater performance for populations with disabilities. BA in Theater (Directing) and Creative Writing from Drew University and Masters in Educational Theatre from City College.  She recently relocated to San Fransisco to pursue her Masters in Drama Therapy at CIIS. She is thrilled to be joining the New Conservatory Theatre Center team this year! 


Mikee Loria (After-School Drama Explorer)

Mikee Loria (After-School Drama Explorer)

Mr. Mikee is an empathetic performer, writer, and storyteller focused on artistic creation and excellence. Mikee's goal is to carve out a safe, playful, and creative space for my students to help them find their voice. He hopes to tell human narratives that not only entertain, but also challenge how audiences view themselves and the world they live in. 


Sophie Iribarren (Guest Teaching Artist: Summer Director)

Sophie Iribarren (Guest Teaching Artist: Summer Director)

Sophie Iribarren is an NCTC alum who now teaches acting to the next generation of students. As a student, Ms. Iribarren participated in Teen Summerstock, High School Performance Ensemble, Musical Theatre and performed in several Family Matinee productions including, The Wizard of Oz, Anansi, the Clever Spider and the title role in Rock ‘n Roll Cinderella. She is currently a 7th grade Special Education teacher with a BA from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s in Education from SFSU.


Sutter McKenna (After-School Drama)

Sutter McKenna (After-School Drama)

Sutter McKenna is an artist, creator, and designer who also has a passion in the field of youth development and community engagement. Sutter is from South Carolina, and is currently studying at University of San Francisco as a performing arts and social justice major. Their goal is to help youth develop their own individualistic voice through the wonder of theatre. 


River Sanders (After-School Drama)

River Sanders (After-School Drama)

River Sanders (they/he) is a recent graduate from Emerson College’s Musical Theatre program and is now pursuing a career in directing and playwrighting. They are deeply invested in contributing to a new American theatre that openly challenges white supremacy culture. Directing work includes productions of The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee and Little Women, as well as a number of concerts and revues. He is also the author of an award-winning thesis entitled Latine Racial Protest in the American Musical Theatre which explores the ways Latine artists are advocating for equity and change in the theatre industry. He has worked as a director, actor, stage manager, and teaching artist at companies around the Bay including Hillbarn Theatre, Children’s Fairyland, and the Oakland Theatre Project.   


Jennifer Linkous (Drama Explorer)

Jennifer Linkous (Drama Explorer)

 

Jennifer is an actor, writer, journalist and mom!  Her own multiethnic children were the catalyst for her to become a Teaching Artist.  She strives to provide a positive, empowering environment where kids can grow and see their own potential, develop their own voice and build confidence in all that they do in and out of the classroom.
Jennifer is a SAG/AFTRA Actor who holds a B.A. in Humanities with a concentration in Communications from Florida State University.

Jennifer is an actor, writer, journalist and mom!  Her own multiethnic children were the catalyst for her to become a Teaching Artist.  She strives to provide a positive, empowering environment where kids can grow and see their own potential, develop their own voice and build confidence in all that they do in and out of the classroom.Jennifer is a SAG/AFTRA Actor who holds a B.A. in Humanities with a concentration in Communications from Florida State University.


Evelyn Rumsby (Drama Explorer)

Evelyn Rumsby (Drama Explorer)

Evelyn Rumsby is an actress, singer, songwriter, and recording artist. She started performing at 8 years old and never stopped! She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a BA in Music, and performs regularly throughout the Bay Area. Evelyn has released two original singles on Spotify, and is in the process of recording a full album. She is excited to teach at NCTC!