After 22 years of fearless leadership of Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, Founding Artistic Director Cheryl Goodman-Morris is retiring to Ashland, Oregon. Cheryl has been a visionary force in the PVTC community, bringing powerful stories to life in an intimate setting. She has staged everything from compelling dramas like Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" to daring musicals like "Les Miserables." Cheryl has touched the lives kids and adults, actors and audience members, teaching artists and designers. She leaves behind a great legacy and will be missed. Thank you, Cheryl, for all you have done!
PVTC is pleased to announce that the Conservatory will continue under the astute direction of two artists who have been an integral life of PVTC for many years. Noëlle GM Gibbs will step into the role of Producing Artistic Director and Stacie Doherty takes the reigns as Managing Director. The team has exciting plans to keep the Conservatory vibrant, exciting, and at the cutting edge of theatre arts through both the Children's Conservatory and MainStage season.
We look forward to entering this next chapter with all of you!
-The PVTC Staff
Noëlle GM Gibbs
Producing Artistic Director
For the past ten years, Noëlle has worn a variety of hats at PVTC, including Children's Conservatory Director and Associate Artistic Director. Noëlle is a proud graduate of PVTC, having taken the ﬁrst-ever intro to acting course offered by her mom in 1994. Credits at PVTC include Persephone, Distracted, Oklahoma!, The Servant of Two Masters, Proof, The Wizard of Oz, Shrek Jr., Guys and Dolls Jr., Seussical Jr., Once on This Island Jr., The Music Man Jr., and Cinderella, Jr. Noëlle received B.A.'s in Theatre & Dance from UC San Diego after completing an honors thesis project in which she spent six
months visiting Greece, England, and Italy to study Greek masks, Shakespeare, and Commedia Dell'Arte. As a result, most of her work focuses on collaboration, ensemble-building, and liberating the creative individual. In addition, Noëlle has worked in the artistic and educational departments at top-ranking regional theatres, including TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. She is also a freelance director who is working with Dragon Theatre and City Lights Theatre Company in the 2016 season. She was the recipient of Theatre Bay Area's' ATLAS Award in Directing in 2014.
Stacie joined the PVTC staff in 2011 as the Artistic Administrator and Resident Stage Manager for both the MainStage and After School Children's Program. Stacie received a B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego and spent a semester in London studying theatre which included internships at both the Kings Head Theatre and Little Angel Theatre. She worked as the Theatre Manager for four years at the Birch North Park Theatre in Southern California, assisting local and touring arts organizations facilitate their events while growing an intern and volunteer program, and engaging with the local community.
Stacie has stage managed for a variety of productions and festivals including Summer of Love with Adams Entertainment, Don Pasquale, Iolanthe, and The Music Man Jr. with Lyric Opera San Diego, SummerFest with the La Jolla Music Society, U.S. Drag at Dragon Theatre in Redwood City, and numerous MainStage and Summer Camp productions here at PVTC.