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teaching artists

Interested in joining our teaching team?

 

NCTC has been a cornerstone of theatre education in San Francisco for over 40 years. Join the team and help us bring drama to the next generation of theatre-makers. We can’t wait to meet you! For the full position description, click HERE.

 

About Our Workshops:

 NCTC Education provides weekly after-school workshops and in-school residencies for K-8 students in San Francisco schools. The fall semester runs September thru mid-December. After-school workshops take place Monday-Friday one hour per week (for 8-10 weeks) between 2:30-5 pm. In-school residencies vary on day, time, and hours. Preferably, Teaching Artists work 2-3 afternoons per week. All classes will be in-person and masked.

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching youth ages 5 to 13
  • After-school availability between 2-5 pm and Residencies availability between 9 am - 3 pm
  • Reliable, team player, communicative, willing to learn new skills, friendly and outgoing
  • Ability to travel to San Francisco school sites
  • All Teaching Artists will complete a background check and must show proof of COVID vaccination and negative Tuberculosis (TB) test.
  • B.A. or B.F.A. in theatre or performing arts preferred, but not mandatory with relevant experience

 

Applications Instructions:

Our Teaching rate is $55-$60/hour (inclusive of prep time and travel). We also compensate for NCTC meetings and training. 

To apply, please complete our Teaching Artist Application form.


Alicia Piemme Nelson (Drama Explorer, Curriculum Development)

Alicia Piemme Nelson (She/her) Curriculum Specialist-Commedia dell’arte

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 (She/her) Saturday Conservatory: Acting, Movement

April Deutschle (She/her) Saturday Conservatory: Acting, Movement

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. 


FELIX MACK (He/him) Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club

FELIX MACK (He/him) Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club

Felix Mack (He/Him) is an LA-based queer and trans writer originally from Scotland who is passionate about telling authentically raw and messy queer stories and platforming trans joy. Previously, Felix was a consultant with the Leeds Queer Film Festival and he is a recent alum of the Warner Bros. Early Careers Bootcamp. When not vacationing in Hawaii with his husband, he is working on writing a new trans holiday rom-com feature film. 


FENNER MERLICK (They/them) Satellite Teaching Artist

FENNER MERLICK (They/them) Satellite Teaching Artist

Fenner is an actor, director, and teacher living in West Oakland. They studied Theater and Performance at UC Berkeley, and have since trained in clown, Suzuki, Ancient Japanese theater, butoh, and ensemble/devising processes, most recently completing the Professional Training Program at Dell’ Arte International. Past productions include a potato in ‘Potato Topos’ at the 2022 Sf Fringe, 'Pip' in 'How to Transcend a Happy Marriage' at Custom Made Theater Co, many Kyogen pieces at Theater of Yugen, and more. Fenner is the founding ensemble director of Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre's cross-country tour and is also an adventure cyclist, musician, and host with the most. Catch them next in a tall elf costume or directing the Kinetic Arts winter circus show!


FRANCISCO JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (He/him) Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club

FRANCISCO JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (He/him) Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club

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 (She/her) Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club

JENNY ROSEN (She/her) Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club

 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 (He/him) Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club

M. GRAHAM SMITH (He/him) Guest Teaching Artist, Adult Drama Club

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.


MARISA LOPES (She/her) Satellite Teaching Artist

MARISA LOPES (She/her) Satellite Teaching Artist

Marisa Lopes is so excited to be working with young students this semester! Her passion for theater and acting has led her to this moment, and she could not be prouder. Marisa graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s of Theater Arts and a minor in Musical Theater. She found her passion in working with young students through her experience at Red Ladder Theatre Company. When Marisa isn’t acting or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her cat son, Victor.


MAYRENI SWEIS (She/her) Satellite Teaching Artist

MAYRENI SWEIS (She/her) Satellite Teaching Artist

Mayreni Sweis is an actor, writer, podcaster, multi-hyphenate, and now a Teaching Artist with NCTC. She received her B.F.A. Acting for the Stage and Screen from Azusa Pacific University where she honed her craft in voice, movement, Shakespeare, stage, camera acting, and more. She then studied at NYU’s Atlantic Acting School and San Francisco’s American Conservatory of Theater. Mayreni is excited to be a part of the NCTC community working with young artists to help them find their unique voices to create and use their boundless imagination!


MICHAEL PARROTT (He/him) Satellite Teaching Artist

MICHAEL PARROTT (He/him) Satellite Teaching Artist

Michael Parrott is a newly San Francisco based performer with over ten years of professional experience all over the country. As a teaching artist, he cannot be more excited to share the gift of storytelling and the dramatic arts with new generations all over the city. As a performer, he has had the amazing opportunity to create theatre from California to New York and everywhere in between. Michael is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.


MIKEE LORIA (He/Him) Satellite Teaching Artist

MIKEE LORIA (He/Him) Satellite Teaching Artist

Mikee Loria is an empathetic storyteller / actor based in the Bay Area. He graduated from UC Berkeley Class of 2021, earning a B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies and a B.A. in Film and Media Studies. He is also an alumnus of A.C.T's 2019 Summer Training Congress. Some highlights include working with The Pear Theatre, Delta Kappa Alpha Cinematic Fraternity, GiANT Filmmakers, Bindlestiff Studios, Kindred Kapwa Productions, Theatre Rhinoceros, Sunny Owl Productions, The Actor's Space, Cast Images Talent Agency, and Two River Theatre. Mikee’s goal as a teaching artist is to highlight the importance and the joys of play!


SOPHIE IRIBARREN (She/her) Curriculum Specialist, Summer Conservatory

SOPHIE IRIBARREN (She/her) Curriculum Specialist, Summer Conservatory

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 (He/Him) Satellite Teaching Artist

SUTTER MCKENNA (He/Him) Satellite Teaching Artist

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


WILL MATTINGLY (He/Him) Satellite Teaching Artist

WILL MATTINGLY (He/Him) Satellite Teaching Artist

Will has been working with youth for over seven years. His experience with institutions such as the YMCA coupled with his training in theatre (SFSU graduate class of ‘21) allows him to be a dynamic theatre teacher with an emphasis on building ensemble as well as helping students find their creative voice.