About Our Teaching ArtistsRuthe Baez is a local product of Lafayette. Following in her parent's footsteps, she has participated in theater since she was a very young child. As she grew up, she went on to act in many local productions around the Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Theatre from St. Mary's College in Moraga. She then went on to graduate school there and received her teaching credential. When not teaching kid's at Town Hall, she is a third grade teacher in Pittsburg.
Dr. Margaret Halbig moved to the Bay Area in 2011 and joined the accompanying and vocal coaching staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Margaret has been the music director for Town Hall Education’s teen musicals for over 3 years and also works with THE’s Advanced Actors Troupe. Margaret earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in piano from the University of California Santa Barbara and also holds performance degrees from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory and University of Evansville, Indiana.
Marcus Klinger, 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 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.
Joel Roster 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 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.