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PVTC 2021 Summer Camp Staff

Meet the dedication, talented & passionate members of PVTC's summer staff that inspire creativity & push the boundaries of what theatre can be. Check back as our staffing continues to evolve. 

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Alicia Kot

What's On Tonight? - Costume Design & Instruction

The Big One-Oh - Costume Design & Instruction

Site Specific Devising - Costume Design & Instruction

Crewmates: An “Among Us” Parody - Costume Design & Instruction

She Kills Monsters (Virtual Realms) - Costume Design & Instruction

Alicia Kot is a costume designer and the co-owner (along with Drew Atkinson!) of Stray Cat Strut ATL, a costume and makeup design studio for film and theater, living in Atlanta, GA. Her professional credits include Leading Ladies at Georgia Ensemble Theater, Cinderella at the Kentucky Ballet Dance Academy and most recently, The Undisturbed, 2021 (film). Alicia has also co-created The Local Aesthetic, a monthly subscription box curated with pieces by Georgian artists. She is excited to continue with her fourth year at PVTC with the completely new online platform. She loves teaching and creating costumes with the campers and cannot wait to see the creativity each camper will bring to their characters.

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Andrew P. Quick

Crewmates: An “Among Us” Parody - Physical Acting Instructor

Andrew P. Quick (he/him) is happy to be partnering with PVTC this summer. Andrew enjoys inciting laughter and creating theatre with talented young actors. He can be found juggling throughout the Bay Area with Circus of Smiles (circusofsmiles.com) and the Medical CLown Project (medicalclownproject.org).

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Brian Herdon

Skills With Pros - Lead Instructor

Brian Herndon (he/him) is so happy to come back to PVTC to work with these creative, fun, kind cast and creatives! He previously worked with PVTC choreographing the fight sequences for Heathers, The Musical (High School Edition) and Spring Awakening; he also worked as a dialect coach on The Drowsy Chaperone. Brian looks forward to acting again all over the Bay Area, at TheatreWorks, City Lights Theater Company, Marin Theatre Company and San Jose Stage. Brian has an MFA in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and studied at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

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Clara Walker

What's On Tonight? - Director

Clara Walker hails from Chicago, IL and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Music Theatre. She is passionate about bringing the Arts to young people and their communities, and is so grateful to return to the PVTC community for another summer.   Professional acting credits include Monty Python's Spamalot at City Lights Theatre Company as Lady of the Lake, She Loves Me at South Bay Musical Theatre as Ensemble, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Los Altos Stage Company as Mary, and Company at Los Altos Stage Company as Kathy. Clara was also a company member at California Theatre Center for three seasons where she performed in plays and musicals for young people like Miss Nelson is Missing, Madeleine's Christmas, and Beauty and the Beast. She is a proud practitioner and teacher of the Arts, and wishes to extend deep thanks to her husband, family, instructors- and to her students, who are always her greatest teachers.

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Drew Atkinson

What's On Tonight? - Makeup Design & Instruction

Data Breach - Makeup Design & Instruction

The Big One-Oh - Makeup Design & Instruction

Crewmates: An “Among Us” Parody - Makeup Design & Instruction

She Kills Monsters (Virtual Realms) - Makeup Design & Instruction

Drew Atkinson is a makeup artist and the co-owner (along with Alicia Kot!) of Stray Cat Strut ATL, a costume and makeup design studio, living in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in special effects makeup and prosthetics fabrication. Professional credits include makeup design and prosthetics fabrication for Actors Express’ Angels in America, property designer for Whitetail (2020), and makeup department head for The Undisturbed (2021). Drew has also co-created The Local Aesthetic, a monthly subscription box curated with pieces by Georgian artists. This is her second summer working with PVTC! She is more than ready to see the characters these campers bring to life through makeup design!

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Elizabeth Berg

What's On Tonight? - Director

The Big One-Oh - Director

She Kills Monsters (Virtual Realms) - Acting Instructor

Elizabeth Berg (she/her) is thrilled to return for her second summer with PVTC! She has worked with numerous theatre companies throughout the Bay Area, including California Theatre Center (where she was the Education Coordinator), Starting Arts, StarStruck Theatre, and Redwood City Youth Theatre. She also spent three years as the drama teacher and theatre director for Ashland Middle School in Massachusetts, where she taught every child in the school and ran the after-school theatre program. Highlights among the 20+ productions she’s directed include PVTC’s Summer 2020 production of Cirque du Broadway, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man JR., Macbeth, Seussical JR., 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.

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Fred Eiras

What's On Tonight? - Props & Set Design & Instruction

Data Breach - Props & Set Design & Instruction 

The Big One-Oh - Props & Set Design & Instruction

Site Specific Devising - Director

Crewmates: An “Among Us” Parody - Props & Set Design & Instruction

She Kills Monsters (Virtual Realms) - Props & Set Design & Instruction

Fred Eiras (he/him) 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 gotta build it first."

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Hilary Stevens

What's On Tonight? - Director

Hilary Ann Stevens (she/her) Is excited to finally be joining PVTC for their summer camp after many years of teaching for their after school program. 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 and all over the country as an actress, director & teaching artist. Favorite performance credits include: The Odd Couple- Female Version (Olive), Around the World in 80 Days (Aouda), Damn Yankees (Gloria), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Candy Starr), Favorite directing credits include: The Lion King Jr, Jane Eyre, Deathtrap and The Mousetrap.

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Jessica Bennett

What's On Tonight? - Acting & Choreography Instructor

The Big One Oh - Camp Staff

Broadway Dreams - Acting the Song

Jessica Bennett (she/her) joined the PVTC team in 2016. After earning her B.A. in Humanities in Southern California, she attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City. After six years of performing in the Big Apple, she moved back to her hometown of Redwood City in the Bay Area and became a full-time teaching artist. Jessica is passionate about training the next generation of theatre performers and teaches several acting, choreography and musical theater classes at PVTC. Directing credits include: The Little Mermaid JR., Seussical KIDS, Broadway Bound, 101 Dalmatians KIDS, So You Think You Can BROADWAY, and last summer’s virtual production of James & the Giant Peach Jr.

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Lindsay Saier

What's On Tonight? - Hair Design & Instruction

Data Breach - Hair Design & Instruction

Skills with Pros - Dressing for a headshot

The Big One-Oh - Hair Design & Instruction

Site Specific Devising - Hair & Makeup Design & Instruction

Crewmates: An “Among Us” Parody - Hair Design & Instruction

She Kills Monsters (Virtual Realms) - Hair Design & Instruction

Lindsay Saier (she/her) is thrilled to be returning for summer 2021, marking her 25th year of involvement with PVTC.  Lindsay is a Bay Area artist who is passionate about storytelling through Wigs, Hair, and Makeup Design and Education. She has worked all around the U.S. in educational, regional, tours and on/off Broadway. Most recently she spent 4 seasons as the Wig Master at American Conservatory Theatre, SF.  When she is not with campers she runs her company Bearded Slaier offering flamboyant,hand tied on lace  facial and body hair as well as custom designed creations. Massive thank you hugs to the interns and staff.

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Lisa Rozman

Data Breach - Costume Design & Instruction

Lisa Rozman (she/her) has designed for many productions around the Bay Area, and was particularly proud to be on the costume team that won a Harriette Hill Technical Award for contributions to A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at SBMT. Other past production include: Oslo (LASC), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (FMT), Next To Normal (LASC), Big River (SBMT), The Sound of Music (FMT), and a dozen youth productions at  Sacred Heart Schools.

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Luisa Sermol

Skills With Pros - Lead Instructor

Luisa Sermol (she/her) began working with PVCT in 2019 when she started teaching the adult acting classes! As a long-time teacher of youth, she is so excited to get to work with  the wonderful young people this summer! Recently transplanted from Portland, Oregon, she is an award winning Equity actress who has worked for many theatres including Theatreworks Silicon Valley, City Lights, Hillbarn, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Profile Theatre, Roundabout, Classic Stage Co., Williamstown Theatre Festival as well as many Off-Broadway productions. Television/Film work includes Grimm, Leverage, Personals, Zero Effect and Insect Poetry. She holds an MAT from Lewis & Clark College, and a conservatory degree in acting from The Juilliard School. In addition to PVCT, Luisa is a virtual teacher for Portland Actors Conservatory (Voice/Dialects) and a private coach! Let the games begin!

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Maddie Napel

Data Breach - Director

Site-Specific Devising - Acting Instructor

She Kills Monsters - Inclusivity Facilitator 

Maddie Napel (she/her) is thrilled to be returning for her seventh summer with PVTC! Maddie is a Seattle-based teaching artist, director, and PhD student in Learning Science and Human Development at UW Seattle. Her focus—creating theatre for and with young people with disabilities—is most evident in her roles as Seattle Children's Theatre’s Sensory Drama Specialist and founding Artistic Director of a multisensory, immersive theatre company, Parachute Players. Maddie holds a degree in Theatre and Sociology from Northwestern University, with a focus in Theatre for Young Audiences, and is a 2019 graduate of the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab.

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Maddie Rostami

Site Specific Devising - Director

She Kills Monsters (Virtual Realms) - Director

Maddie Rostami (she/her) is thrilled to be joining for another adventurous summer camp season at PVTC! This will be Maddie’s eleventh summer at PVTC -- she began as an intern before returning as a staff member. Favorite PVTC directing credits include Spring Awakening, A Year with Frog and Toad JR, and Annie KIDS. In addition to her work with PVTC, Maddie is a freelance dramaturg and teaching artist with a passion for creating new plays for audiences of all ages. In the Bay, she has supported new play efforts at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Three Girls Theatre Company. Other favorite credits include work with Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago) and The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences (Washington, D.C). Maddie also reads scripts for The Playwrights Realm (New York) and The Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis). Maddie holds a B.A. in theatre and cognitive science from Northwestern University.

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Noëlle Gibbs

Summer Camp Producer

Crewmates: An “Among Us” Parody - Director


Noëlle GM Gibbs (she/her) is an interdisciplinary theatre artist living and creating work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Noëlle grew up as a PVTC student from its inception in 1993, giving her a 25+ year history with the organization. Since joining the staff in 2007, Noëlle has worn many hats including associate artistic director, children’s conservatory director, intern mentor, choreographer, producer, production manager, grant writer, and designer. Noëlle has directed over 20 MainStage & 100 year-round class productions in the past decade. Noëlle has also directed at City Lights Theatre Company, Dragon Theatre, and Arabian Shakespeare Festival and worked in the artistic and literary departments at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Magic Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Long Wharf Theatre. She teaches acting, directing, producing, and design to students in PreK through adults at PVTC and also served as the director/acting teacher at Crystal Springs Uplands School for two years. In 2014, Noëlle was the proud recipient of the Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award in Directing after having completed the Theatre Bay Area ATLAS program and received a Theatre Bay Area nomination for Best Direction of a Play for I & You at City Lights Theatre Company. Noëlle received B.A.’s in Theatre and Dance from UC San Diego, studied at the Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and continues to explore ideas of collaboration and audience engagement in her work.

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Raf Ornes

The Big One-Oh - Music Director

Broadway Dreams - Music Director

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.

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Stacie Doherty

Summer Camp Producer

Stacie Doherty (she/her) relocated to the Bay Area from San Diego in 2011 to join PVTC. Stacie has worked as an arts administrator since 2007 and is the managing director of PVTC. While at PVTC Stacie has worked on both Children’s Conservatory and MainStage productions stepping into many roles over the years including arts administrator, stage manager, intern mentor, and producer. 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, building skills they can apply both on and off the stage.

REFUND POLICY

PVTC recognizes that families may be cautious to sign up for summer programming given the unknowns of the times. Some families may be comfortable only with an online camp experience while others may want to participate only in-person. In an effort to be flexible with families’ needs, PVTC has updated our refund policy for 2021 as follows:​​

  • If you plan to participate in camp no matter what, you can pay in full or choose a payment plan at the time of registration.

  • If you are waiting to learn which platform PVTC will be using for camp this year, the process is as follows:

    • A $100 non-refundable deposit holds your place in camp at the time of registration.

    • On April 23rd 2021 PVTC will announce the location of camps (online, in-person, or hybrid).

    • By April 30th families will need to state their intent to participate in camp. 

    • On April 30th 50% of tuition payment is due. 

    • On May 28th the remaining tuition balance is due. 

    • Families needing a more flexible payment plan please contact info@pvtc-ca.org, we are happy to work with you!

  • REFUNDS

    • $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. 

    • 25% of of tuition is non-refundable after April 30th.

    • 50% of tuition is non-refundable after May 14th.

    • No refunds will be offered after May 28th. 

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