Fiddler on the Roof
2014 - 2015 Season
Fiddler on the Roof

Staff/Faculty

 

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:

JENNIFER BOESING began working professionally as a singer/actor in Minneapolis at the age of nine.  Before she graduated from high school, she had performed with  At the Foot of the Mountain Theater Company, Mabou Mines Theater, Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera.

Jennifer graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City, where she studied acting with Sanford Meisner and Richard Pinter.  In 2002 she earned a Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she recieved the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Operatic Performance.  Locally, she has performed  opera, oratorio, and new music theater; her professional credits include work with San Francisco Opera Center, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Pocket Opera, Golden Gate Men's Chorus, Gold Coast Chamber Players, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Opera, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Opera Theater, Festival Opera, and North Bay Opera.  She has been teaching voice privately since 1998.

She began working with YMTC in 2000 as Music Director, and served as Vocal Coach in 2002.  She has served as Stage Director for all of YMTC's productions and has led the intensive singer/actor workshops for the company since 2004.  She has been YMTC's Artistic Director since 2005.

Contact Jennifer Boesing

 

RESIDENT MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

DAVID MÖSCHLER David Möschler is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based musical director and conductor, and has music-directed over one hundred productions of musical theater, opera, and theater productions for companies such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory, Shotgun Players, Center REPertory Theatre, Ray of Light Theatre, Boxcar Theatre, Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project. Möschler is the recipient of two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, and won second place for the 2012 The American Prize in Music for YMTC's production of Ragtime. In addition to staying active as a frequent guest lecturer, vocal coach, cabaret artist, orchestra contractor, in the spring of 2013 he founded the Awesöme Orchestra Collective, a non-profit incubator orchestra. Möschler has also served as adjunct faculty for several Bay Area high schools and colleges, and served on the the conducting staff of Cape Cod's College Light Opera Company for six summers. After receiving his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Physics at UNC Chapel Hill, he completed his Master of Arts in Music for conducting, under the tutelage of Professors D. Kern Holoman and Jeffrey Thomas at UC Davis, publishing his thesis on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Möschler began music-directing YMTC productions in 2010, and in 2012 was named the company's first Resident Musical Director. Contact Dave Möschler

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND OPERATIONS:

LAUREN SPENCER graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Literature.  She is a San-Francisco based actor and singer and has performed with Magic Theatre, Just Theater, Town Hall Theater, Crowded Fire, African American Shakespeare Company, and Aurora Theater Company, among others.  

 When off stage, Lauren works as a teaching artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and Handful Players.  She has also worked as Casting Director for Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series and Boxcar Theatre.

Contact Lauren Spencer

 

RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER:

PAM CRANE, received her B.A. in Drama and English Literature from Occidental College, and while there, had the privilege of studying dance with Charlene Baker, who was Agnes DeMille’s assistant choreographer for many years. Pam has appeared in a number of shows in the East Bay, including productions with Berkeley Opera, Contra Costa Musical Theater and Diablo Light Opera. Pam's past choreography credits include Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business, Guys & Dolls, Godspell, Cabaret, Fiddler On The Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story.  She has co-taught several YMTC workshops, and has served as Production Manager for most of YMTC’s shows.  She was a founding board member when YMTC was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2004, and served as Board President until 2009, and as Managing Director until 2010. 

 


TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

PAUL COLLINS While earning an M.F.A. in Acting from Cal State, Fullerton (2011), Paul served as Lead Carpenter in the department’s scenic laboratory. Since then Paul has worked continuously as scenic carpenter, production assistant and technical director. Before relocating to the Bay Area in May of 2013, he created theatrical scenery for Sets Unlimited and the Pfinix Creative group, both based in Orange County, CA. These companies develop innovative designs for film and staged productions. He also spent a year employed as a production assistant for Pilgrim Studios: the largest reality television production company in Los Angeles. Paul is currently working as the interim master carpenter & technical director at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, scenic carpenterfor the Shotgun Players, and as the master carpenter & technical director for the Youth Musical Theatre Company.

MUSIC DIRECTOR/COMPOSER:

DAVE MALLOY has written music for seven full length musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electro-pop opera based on War & Peace, for which he was also librettist, orchestrator and performer (2012 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater; Best of 2012: NY Times, Time Out, NY Mag, NY Post). Other musicals include Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage (2011 Edinburgh Herald Angel, 2008 Glickman Award, New Yorker Best of 2009); Beardo; Sandwich; and Clown Bible (“Best Play of the Year,” “Best Music,” East Bay Express 2007). He is also one of the co-creator/performers of Three Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert’s Winterreise (Ontological-Hysteric Theater, New York Theater Workshop, American Repertory Theater; Special Citation OBIE Award), and the composer for the Brooklyn based ensemble Banana Bag & Bodice. Other notable shows include (The 99-cent) Miss Saigon, a shoe-string adaptation complete with a toy helicopter on a zip line, and pieces with Hoi Polloi, Witness Relocation, Clubbed Thumb, and Shotgun Players. Other awards include a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant and the 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers. He was the 2011 composer-in-residence at Ars Nova, and has been a Guest Professor in devised music theater at Princeton and Vassar Universities. He lives in Brooklyn. 

 

TEACHERS/CO-DIRECTORS:


DEREK LUSCUTOFF is a UC Berkeley student majoring in Political Science and minoring in Music and Dance/Performance Studies.  Originally from the Sacramento area, he came to Berkeley in 2010 and dove back into the world of musical theatre after a brief hiatus.  In addition to finessing his own dance technique in genres ranging from ballet to hip hop, Derek has taken on several leadership roles as a music director, rehearsal/pit pianist, and choreographer for various productions on the UC Berkeley campus.  In his spare time, he coordinates and performs musical revues at retirement homes and assisted living facilities.  Derek has enjoyed performing in several YMTC shows--Anything Goes, Ragtime, and West Side Story.  He recently taught YMTC's first dance class, and taken the position of co-choreographer for Wonderful Town! alongside fellow choreographer Pam Crane.

JANET DAS is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has performed for many local companies including AXIS Dance Company, Katie Faulkner's little seismic dance and several other independent choreographers.  In addition to making her own contemporary dance works for professionals and students, she also has done choreography for local theater companies' plays and musicals.  She is thrilled to be working with YMTC for this exciting, original show.  

 

SUSANNAH MARTIN is an award-winning director, teacher, and theatremaker. Susannah has taught and directed for organizations throughout the Bay Area, and for five years was the Joint Artistic Director of Paducah Mining Co., a San Francisco-based theatre ensemble that produced acclaimed work by established playwrights and devised original pieces on complex material such as domestic terrorism, spousal abuse, and poverty in America.  She has taught movement, voice, acting, and composition for California Shakespeare Theater for the past nine years and directed several Shakespeare productions for their 5-week summer conservatory.  Susannah has also taught and/or directed for UC Davis, Los Medanos College, St. Mary's College, Shotgun Players (of which she is also a proud company member), A.C.T., Marin Theatre Company, Porchlight Theatre Company,  Sonoma County Rep., TheatreFIRST, Town Hall Theatre Company, the New Conservatory Theatre, the Berkeley Playhouse, and a variety of high schools throughout San Francisco and the East Bay.  Susannah received her BFA from NYU and her MFA from UC Davis.


Voice teacher BETTY SCHNEIDER's client roster includes Grammy and Tony award winning singers.  She travels throughout the United States and Europe presenting workshops in musical theatre, pop, r&b and jazz.  She has pursued a life-long career in the arts in such diverse fields as dance, choreography, directing, lighting, acting, singing and teaching.  Since graduating from Oberlin College with a BA in Theatre Arts, she has worked with many institutions including American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Theatreworks, Seth Rigg's Summer Institute in Los Angeles, and Green Voices Institut in Munich.  Having trained in New York and Los Angeles, Betty now resides in Berkeley where she specializes in teaching seamless vocal technique and passionate performance.