STAFF

Artistic Staff

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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.

Producing Artistic Director

Noëlle GM Gibbs

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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.

Managing Director

Stacie Doherty

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Jessica, a Bay Area native, was bitten by the acting bug in middle school after making her stage debut in Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet.' In high school she fell in love with musicals, getting the chance to sing, act and dance in shows like Footloose and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. After graduating from college, she made the scary but exciting decision to move to New York City to attend the two-year conservatory program at The Neighborhood Playhouse. There, she further honed her acting abilities with the Meisner and Alexander techniques. Some favorite roles include Paulette in Legally Blonde, Linda Rotunda in Savage in Limbo, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Sissy, a crazy bride-to-be in a show called Broken Moments, which premiered at last year's NY International Fringe Festival! She is excited to get to know the students of PVTC!

Children's Conservatory Director

Jessica Bennett

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Maddie grew up in PVTC’s intern program and she’s thrilled to return this year to PVTC. She graduated from Northwestern University where she studied Theatre and Cognitive Science with focuses in new play development and theatre education. At Northwestern, she served on the board of Seesaw Theatre, an organization that creates original theatre for audiences with cognitive disabilities. Maddie spent the last year as the Literary/Dramaturgy Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, supporting new work across the season and with The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. After working with PVTC’s summer camp program for the past 9 years, including 5 as a teaching artist and director, Maddie cannot wait for a year of working and playing with some of her favorite educators and students!

Artistic Associate

Madeleine Rostami

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Lauren joined the PVTC team in April 2018. She is a graduate of Washington & Lee University (VA) where she majored in Theatre, Dance, and Film Studies, as well as Anthropology. Lauren is extremely active in local bay area theatre, having worked as a Stage Manager with companies such as Broadway by the Bay, Palo Alto Players, American Conservatory Theatre, and City Lights Theatre Company. She spend two years working as the Resident Assistant Stage Manager at 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco. At PVTC, Lauren assists with daily operations for all camps, classes, and MainStage programs. She is thrilled to see so many young artists excited about theatre and has enjoyed meeting students and parents in the community!

Theatre Administrator

Lauren Howry

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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." 

Set Designer

Fred Eiras

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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.

Music Director

Raf Ornes

Teaching Artists

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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.

Performance Ensemble Grades 6-8 on Tuesdays

High School Performance Troupe Grades 9-12 on Tuesdays

Hilary Ann Stevens

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Katya is a native of Menlo Park, California. She earned her B.M in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2016. She has been performing for over 20 years throughout the Bay Area and discovered her love of theater through acting, dance and music classes as a young child. Some highlights include Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Old Deuteronomy in Cats, Trix the Aviatrix in The Drowsy Chaperone. She has always been passionate about bringing the arts to the younger generation and has worked with children in many operas, musicals and summer camps throughout her life.

Sing & Dance Disney Grades 1-2 on Tuesdays

Songs & Scenes Grades 3-5 on Tuesdays

STAGES: Musical Theatre Grades 3-8 on Thursdays

Katya Lohngoen

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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.

Telling Tales K-1 on Mondays 

Act Out Grades Grades 2-3 on Mondays 

STAGES: Acting Grades 3-8

Elizabeth Berg

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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. 

Adult Scene Study Workshop on Mondays

Luisa Sermol

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Chris returns again to PVTC, the birthplace of his own Theatrical passion, to light the stage and ignite the passion for lighting in others! Although Chris has spent significant time working in all areas of theatre, including acting and directing, lighting remains his greatest passion! Chris began working with PVTC in the Summer of 2019 and is thrilled to still be able to work with students in Lane Hall. Chris earned a Theatre degree at Bucknell University, along with a B.A. in French and Animal Behavior and is currently pursuing a career in medicine, applying to Medical School in this next cycle. He teaches CPR and EMT classes on the East Bay at the Bay Area Training Academy, and is involved with several other theatres in the Bay Area. Chris most enjoys lighting musicals and dance!

Designing for the Theatre: Lighting 101 (4th-8th)

Chris Gregory

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Stefan Fisher has been involved in performing arts since the age of six when his father gave him an old box of magic tricks. The last two springs, he directed the Middle School play at Woodside Priory. He has also acted recently with Epic Immersive, where he played: a rather persnickety White Rabbit in two different sequels to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the genial pirate Smee in a Peter Pan sequel, and the nefarious pirate Blackbeard in a prequel to Peter Pan, all at secret locations in San Francisco. For twenty-one years, Stefan was an actor, director, playwright, and instructor with California Theatre Center, where he appeared in more than a hundred productions and directed student actors in numerous Conservatory productions, many of which he wrote. In his younger days, he traveled and

 performed with several circuses as a juggler, tight-wire walker, unicyclist, and master of ceremonies. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Art from University of California, Davis and a Teaching Credential from Sacramento State University. He is particularly proud to have used the word "nefarious" in his biography.

Magic, Clowning & Juggling Instructor

Stefan Fisher

Founding Members

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Cheryl Goodman-Morris

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.

 

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