JoAnne Bennett grew up acting, swimming, playing soccer, basketball and water polo and creating Art. She has Teaching Credentials in Art, Health, PE and a supplemental in Speech and Drama. During her Masters thesis on “The Effects of Yoga on Kids with ADD/HD”, she discovered its benefits for not only ports but also the stage and performance, in general. She had trained numerous students using this method, and teaches it part time at Cal Berkeley. She uses it and triggering methods for acting and teaching. Performances include Annie (Miss Hanigan), Grease (Marty Maraschino), Cheaper by the Dozen (Ernestine), The Hatfield and the McCoys, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Romeo and Juliet and many others. JoAnne lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, 13 year old son, and 2 dogs. She enjoys traveling, creating art/painting, water sports and taking in performances or playing games with family and friends.
Kristina D’Amico is a middle school math teacher by day but has never forgotten her love of theatre. She was heavily involved with Town Hall productions as a teen and continued to be involved in her early years of college. She is excited to return to this lovely team and help the education program grow. She hopes that kids learn while they have fun as they work towards putting on a great show. Break a leg!
Kayla Evans joined the team in 2018 and works with the 2nd-5th grade classes in the summer, spring and fall sessions. She finds joy, liberation and catharsis in the performing arts and has been participating in theater, music, dance and cheer since she was in elementary school. She has always believed the arts to be both a creative outlet and valid space for multidisciplinary learning and is excited to be a part of cultivating these spaces at Town Hall. Kayla is also a writer of creative fiction and poetry and an avid reader. She stays active with yoga and kickboxing. She'll be graduating from Saint Mary's College of California with a BA in Women and Gender Studies in December of 2018. She plans to pursue her passions for social justice, education and equality, as a teacher or a college professor.
Lauren Flaherty considers herself a master at reinvention. After graduating with degrees in Theater and Speech Communication, Lauren moved to the Washington DC area where she had extensive careers in Event Planning, Public Relations and as a Television Producer working for Discovery, TLC and NBC. She has spent the last ten years living overseas in Dubai, Jordan and Jerusalem supporting her husbands career in the US Foreign Service and raising three children. Currently living in the Bay Area with her family, Lauren has been an acting coach and is getting her certification in Executive and Life Coaching. Helping Town Hall Theater launch their adult education program seems to be the perfect next step on this exciting journey called life!
Giana Gambardella is an active member of the Bay Area theater community with a newfound passion for educating theater students. When she was 17, Giana herself was a Town Hall Education student participating in a production of Les Miserables that further sparked her passion for performance. She later studied at UC Davis where she participated in four productions while earning degrees in both Biological Psychology and Cognitive Science. When she is not rehearsing or performing, Giana enjoys hiking, reading, and playing with her three energetic dogs.
Madison Gerringer is a proud Bay Area native and a graduate from Emerson College with a BA in Theatre Education. While earning her education degree, she spent her time at Emerson exploring directing, performance, playwriting, choreography, and the development of new works. Before Emerson, Madison attended high school at Idyllwild Arts Academy in southern California with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She developed a passion for theatre education early on and a majority of her artistic endeavors since then have stemmed from that passion. She is also actively pursuing a career in theatrical directing, and was a 2017 Theatre Bay Area ATLAS participant. Madison is a board member at Quinan St. Project and a teaching artist at various locations throughout the Bay Area. madisongerringer.com
Henry Halkyard is excited to be back in the Bay Area teaching theatre and art to kids and adults alike! Henry graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2018, where he taught theatre to kids aged 5 through 18, created site-specific performance art in the nearby town of Yonkers, and focused on film acting for short films and commercials in his spare time. He is ecstatic about expanding his roots in the Bay Area with Town Hall Education in mind. In his free time, Henry enjoys producing music, working on cars and mopeds, and feeding his (slightly) pudgy cat, Mochi.
Dennis Markam has been a Teaching Artist at Town Hall since 2008. He has been an actor and director at Town Hall, Fantasy Forum Actors' Ensemble, Diablo Actors' Ensemble, and Central Works among others. Dennis has also been on the Town Hall staff since 2008 and has been Managing Director since 2014.
Andrew Mondello is so pleased to be at Town Hall teaching music and acting to these students. Andrew has been fortunate enough to perform, direct, and music direct around the Bay Area since receiving his degree in acting from UC Irvine in 2015. You may have seen him on stage with companies all the way from 42nd Street Moon in SF to PCRT in Pleasanton, and across the waters again to BBBay in Redwood City. His truest passions are music and acting - so he is very grateful for the continued luck in doing both full time. It is his absolute pleasure to work with Town Hall Education. Andrewmondello.com
Lisa Anne Morrison is very excited to be a brand new teaching artist here at Town Hall! She is a private acting/audition coach and has taught Improv and acting for the last 5 years. Lisa will soon be seen in “Nova”, directed by Emmy award winning director, Joyce Tsang. Lisa has appeared in many episodic TV shows and was last seen as Mrs. Antilly in “13 Reasons Why”. She has also performed at many Bay Area and L.A. area theatres. Some of her favorites are Cal Shakes, TheatreWorks, Z Space, A Noise Within and Laguna Playhouse. For over a decade, Lisa performed and toured with long form Improv troupe “Those Meddling Kids”, who were born out of CalArts where Lisa earned her B.F.A. in acting.
Sophie Nelson grew up in Southern California but is happy to call the Bay her home! She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies and a minor in Education and is excited to put her learning into practice. An actor as well as a teaching artist, she has been lucky to assist some incredible teaching artists in the Bay Area, including at the California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, and the Quinan Street Project. She would like to act as a facilitator in the classroom, helping to guide students toward their own unique understandings of dramatic expression. She is so happy to be joining this incredible and passionate group of artists and absolutely cannot wait to see what her students will create together!
Corinna Rezzelle is thrilled to be joining the teachers at Town Hall Theatre! She hails from Georgia and holds a MA in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University, a teaching credential, and a BFA in Performing Arts. She has been a theatre teacher for the last nine years and has taught in classrooms all over the United States. She loves chocolate and coffee and you will notice that she usually has both at rehearsal with her!
Lindsey Schmeltzer is an actor, musician, and teaching artist in the Bay Area. At Town Hall, Lindsey teaches the 4th/5th grade class, along with Preschool/Kindergarten and 1st grade classes. She teaches with Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cal Shakes, Livermore Shakespeare Festivals’ So Wise So Young program, and Walnut Creek’s Youth Theater Programs/Preschools. Lindsey comes from a long line of teachers, and has a background in early child education and child development. She believes theater teaches confidence, empathy, better communication/social skills, that can then be used outside of the theater. She has a BA in Musical Theater from California State University, Chico, and was the Education Intern for Milwaukee Repertory Theater for their 2012/13 season, where she taught reading skills through acting to low income schools.