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.
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.
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.
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.
ANNA SMITH is a local teaching artist with Cal Shakes, Berkeley Playhouse, and Redwood High School in Marin County. Anna will also be starting work with the education department with 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley, teaching self-designed acting curriculum. As an actor, she has performed with the Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Ray of Light Theater Company, and CCCT. After seeing YMTC’s production of Ragtime, Anna has been itching to work with YMTC, and is looking forward to Pocket Broadway!
EVAN ALPARONE is a music director, accompanist, and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program in UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television in 2006 and has worked on over 35 musicals as an accompanist and music director. Recently he has worked with TriValley Repertory Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Boxcar Theater, and the Douglas Morrison Theater. From 2007-2010 Evan was the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward where he conducted 100 students in five choirs participating in festivals, competitions, and tours. As an accompanist, Evan is in demand to accompany workshops, recitals, and concerts around the Bay Area and currently serves as the music director at El Cerrito United Methodist Church.
RUSSELL WRIGHT is a native of Berkeley, and has been working with youth ages 5-18 in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years, specializing in many facets of performing arts including directing, writing, improvisation, song writing, hip hop spoken word, costumes, scenery, choreography as well as dance instruction. As a dance teacher he is well versed in ballet, jazz dance, ballet, hip-hop and West African. He has worked in a variety of settings including the Berkeley-Albany YMCA as a summer program coordinator, dance teacher, site coordinator and drama instructor, Julia Morgan Center for the Performing Arts as a youth theatre director and as a board member. He was the lead choreographer and consultant on African-American themes for San Francisco Day School's Summer Center Stage production "There's Got To Be A Way" in 2004. He has also had a successful association with the Marsh Youth Theatre in San Francisco, starting with the summer program in 2006. In the spring of 2007 he was the contemporary choreographer for MYT's "Siddhartha," a production so successful that it was revived that winter as a family holiday attraction. Russell's choreography was reviewed in the San Francisco Bay Times as a show-stopping Bollywood hip-hop number that brings the house down every time. His most recent show "1968: Visions of Change" gave young actors a chance to explore the politics, culture and music of "The Summer of Love." Russell is the Drama and Movement teacher at Walden Center & School, where he mounts several performance there a year. Russell was voted "Best Teacher grades K-12" in the East Bay Express Readers Poll.
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.
RANA WEBER is an actor, singer/songwriter, musician, writer, director, teacher and acting coach in the Bay Area and is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she earned the prestigious Founders Day Award for scholastic excellence and a BFA (with honors) in Acting. Rana specializes in preparing actors and singers for specific auditions and callbacks; she also enjoys working with people to enhance their performance in a role they've already landed. Rana's students have booked guest spots on TV and principal roles in film, theatre, voice-overs and commercials. As a teacher, she throughly enjoys working with students at all levels, and was most recently seen teaching YMTC’s Pocket Broadway with co-teachers Dave Moschler and Jennifer Boesing.
SKYE ATMAN performs regularly as pianist with many leading Bay Area soloists and ensembles and is a highly regarded vocal coach and accompanist. She is a versatile musician who enjoys working with theatrical companies such as Berkeley Repertory Theater, North Bay Opera, the Mendocino Music Festival, and the Marin Theater. She has been Assistant Music Director at Oakland Opera Theater for the past 7 years, and has particularly enjoyed working with YMTC since its early beginnings. Skye completed her graduate studies in accompanying with Jean Barr at the University of Southern California and worked as a free-lance musician in Los Angeles and London before moving to Berkeley in the '90s.