Noëlle GM Gibbs
Producing Artistic Director
Over 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, The Lion King, Jr., 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's joined the PVTC staff in 2011 and has worked as an arts administrator since 2007. 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 the theater's 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 Music Man Jr. with Lyric Opera San Diego, SummerFest with the La Jolla Music Society, and U.S. Drag at Dragon Theatre in Redwood City. Stacie is inspired to create a space for youth to explore all aspects of theatre, allowing young artists to work together as an ensemble creating skills they can apply both on and off the stage.
Children’s Conservatory Associate
Jess (she/her) was born and raised in the Bay Area. Jess got bitten by the acting bug in middle school, after making her stage debut as Lady Capulet in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. After graduating from college, she moved to NYC to attend acting school at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse. Some favorite acting roles include Ilona in She Loves Me, Patty Simcox in GREASE and Olivia in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. She is celebrating five years as a teaching artist with PVTC! In that time, she has directed, choreographed and coached many student shows, from Seussical to James and the Giant Peach (on Zoom)! Jess loves teaching the next generation of theatre-makers, and is excited to co-direct A Midsummer Night's Dream at Corte Madera School!
Fred joined the PVTC during the summer of 2018. He returned to the Bay Area after 13 years in Kentucky. He has been involved with theatre for 43 years on and off the stage and has enjoyed working with PVTC students, summer campers, MainStage actors, and volunteers. He is also currently the Technical Director of Performing Arts for Sacred Heart Atherton. Fred's motto: " All the world's a stage, but someone's got to build it first."
Raf Ornes began working with PVTC in 1996 when he conducted a production of The Music Man. Since then he has been the music director for many shows for PVTC (adult and youth productions), while concurrently serving as Minster of Music at Valley Presbyterian Church. Raf earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, before returning to study choral conducting at Stanford. He has directed several choirs and other groups at local schools and theatre companies including the Foothilll College, Stanford University, Stanford Savoyards, Ram's Head, Lyric Theatre, and Woodside Elementary School. He enjoys the opportunity to help young performers grow and develop artistically in a supportive environment.
Hilary Ann Stevens
Hilary is excited to be back at PVTC this coming semester. A graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory/University, she holds a B.F.A. in Theatre for Youth with a minor in Voice. Hilary has worked with various theatres in the Bay Area as an actress and director along with Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida where she was head Director/Instructor/Actress, Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce, Florida as Theatre for Youth Director, and has toured to various locations across the United States. She has directed and performed in over 100 productions.
Elizabeth is thrilled to be joining the team at Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory! She has worked with a number of schools and theatre companies in California and Massachusetts, including California Theatre Center (where she was the Education Coordinator), Starting Arts, Somerville Arts for Youth, Watertown Children's Theatre, Arlington Center for the Arts, and more. She also spent 3 years as the drama teacher and theatre director for Ashland Middle School in Massachusetts. She taught every child in the school and ran the after-school theatre program, directing two productions each year and leading a company of up to 80+ cast and crew members.
Highlights among the 20+ productions she’s directed include The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man JR., Macbeth, Seussical JR., The Phantom Tollbooth, Amelia Earhart: Flights of Fancy, and The Two Princesses of Bamarre (Massachusetts premiere).
Elizabeth holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a B.A. from Whitman College.
Luisa Sermol is a recent transplant to the Bay Area from Portland, Oregon, An actress, director, and educator for over 30 years, she is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama, and holds a Masters in Teaching (Lewis and Clark) and a BA in English Literature (PSU). She has taught students of all ages working with Portland Actors’ Conservatory, Portland Shakespeare Project, Portland Community College, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, University of Washington,The Oregon Symphony, The Yakima Symphony, Theatreworks, many theatre outreach programs as well as public school teaching and currently teaches drama at The Girls Middle School in Palo Alto. Her acting credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, Williamstown, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theater, many Portland theatres, and is honored to be a 5-time award winner of Portland’s Outstanding Performance by an actress. Recent work in the Bay Area includes The Siegel for City Lights, They Promised Her the Moon for Theatreworks New Work Festival, Noises Off for Hillbarn Theatre and the upcoming Archduke at Theatreworks.. Film/television work includes Leverage, Personals, Zero Effect, Grimm, and the award winning animated short, Insect Poetry. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and The Screen Actors' Guild.
Founding Artistic Director
Cheryl holds a BA in English/Speech from the University of Texas, an MDiv from Louisville Theological Seminary, has studied theater at Cal State Fullerton and at the Accademia dell Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and is a graduate of the Foothill Theatre Conservatory. She has been directing plays, musicals, and teaching acting classes for over 30 years. She founded Main Street Players, a theater company in Southern California, in 1979, and the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory in 1993. Cheryl loves working with people and deeply believes in the transformative power of the arts to help the individual develop his or her fullest potential.