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About Our Teaching Artists

Genevieve Andreaessen [Teaching Artist] began her life in the theatre touring nationally with the VITA Shakespeare Festival. She has studied with such masters as Stephen Schwartz, Andrea Burns Flynn & Peter Flynn, among others. She has trained in Meisner, Alexander & Viewpoints techniques, as well as the Edith Skinner Speech method. She attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA & spent 4 consecutive summers training at the Perry-Mansfield Arts School & Camp. In 2002, Genevieve won the NESU Shakespeare competition in San Francisco & placed as a national semi-finalist.

Marcus Klinger [Teaching Artist], a Shellie Award and BATTC Award Winner for his starring roles in The Producers and Hairspray, brings his 15 years of teaching experience home to THT. The Founder and Director of the Show Choir "Story and Song" at Salesian High School, he has presented over 30 Concerts of original arrangements, from Beethoven to Broadway to Katy Perry. All of Marcus' taught music is created in his studio specifically for the voices in that particular class, and the students provided with original and re-invented background tracks with which to rehearse. Besides the music, Marcus brings the spirit of playfulness and humor to his classes, never forgetting that it should always be fun, nurturing, and by the time he's finished, his students become teachers, after all, "Performing is just the ultimate form of teaching."

Dennis Markam [Teaching Artist, Ads/Promotions Coordinator, Box Office Manager] began teaching at Town Hall Education working with Rena Wilson and a troupe of brilliant 5th graders on Willy Wonka Jr. at Spring Hill Elementary School and has been involved as a Teaching Artist and occasional producer for Town Hall Education ever since. If Dennis could impart one piece of knowledge it would be that tappers should always check their screws.

Leah McKibbin [Teaching Artist/Main Stage Production Manager] is a graduate from St. Mary’s College of California with a BA in Theatre where she did work in acting, directing and stage managing. This is her first time working as a teaching artist with Town Hall Theatre and is having a blast! She has worked with Town Hall during their past three seasons and became their Main Stage Production Manager in the Fall of 2009. Recent stage managing credits include: Rabbit Hole, The Odd Couple (Female Version), 'Art,' The Importance of Being Earnest, and Proof at Town Hall Theatre, Old Times with TheaterFIRST, and The Threepenny Opera, The Salt Plays: In The Wound, and Salt Plays: Of The Earth with Shotgun Players. Recent Assistant Directing credits include: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Glass Menagerie at Town Hall Theatre and Seagull in the Hamptons with Shotgun Players. During the summer in 2009 she was the Assistant to the Producer on the FURYFactory Theater Festival.

 

Henry Perkins [Teaching Artist]

 

Joel Roster [Artistic Director/Teaching Artist] has been, over the past seven years, a fixture at Town Hall, both onstage and off. He's been a Teaching Artist at Town Hall since the program was first revamped back in 2006, and since then, he's directed many full-scale productions with young performers, including Urinetown: The Musical, Harvey, Moon Over Buffalo, The Music Man, Bugsy Malone, Once Upon A Mattress, Annie Get Your Gun and Our Town. For Town Hall's Main Stage, he has directed Bleacher Bums and the East Bay premiere of The Graduate. As an actor at Town Hall, he has appeared in Arcadia (Septimus Hodge), Bullshot Crummond (Capt. Hugh Crummond), Groucho: A Life In Revue (Harpo/Chico Marx), Rough Crossing (Dvornichek), and Fall 2011's Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Pablo Picasso). For the last nine years, Joel has also served as an instructor for Diablo Valley College's College For Kids program.


He received his training as an actor and director from Jim Kirkwood, Beth McBrien, Douglas Dildine, Andrea Weber, Harvey Berman, Ray Stansbury, Les Abbott, and many others. He studied at Diablo Valley College and in private workshops and classes all over California. He is deeply honored to be part of Town Hall's Educational Programs once again.

Ginny Wehrmeister [Director of Education, Teaching Artist] has been a part of the Town Hall family since 2007. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her continued schooling comes from A.C.T. and Berkeley REP, studying with such teachers as Andrew Hurteau, Andy Murray, L. Peter Callender, Rebecca Castelli and Jessica Richards, among others. A Bay Area native, Ms. Wehrmeister has received two Shellie Awards for acting (Best Actress In A Play--"Bus Stop", Roleplayers Ensemble Theatre; Best Actress In A Play--"Educating Rita", Diablo Actors Ensemble) and several more nominations. On the Town Hall main stage, audiences have seen her in "Bleacher Bums", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Pygmalion", and as a Teaching Artist, she's helmed or co-helmed over twelve full-scale productions for students. She's worked all over California, working with such companies as DTC, CCMT, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Altarena Playhouse and many, many more, and she's honored to bring her talents to the students at THE.

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