6th Street Studio gathers together some of the best teaching artists in the country. Our instructors have advanced degrees, professional show business experience, and connections to the community. We regularly offer master classes in a variety of topics, including audition technique, Musical Theater study and more.
Brittany Caine is an artist, an educator, a writer, a researcher, and above all, a passionate advocate for community connection. Her work focuses on using drama-based techniques to engage young people in creative learning of various subjects, ranging from literacy to sports to performing. She has worked and trained with theatre companies on the East and West Coasts, Minnesota, and the UK. Highlights include Oily Cart, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, and Orlando Repertory Theatre. Most recently, Brittany directed an entirely virtual production of James and the Giant Peach Jr. for San Carlos Children’s Theater. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida.
Luca Catanzaro has been doing theatre since middle school when he appeared in ETC’s production of Cabaret in Sonoma. Since then he has worked at Spreckles Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, and completed four years of musical theatre training at Marin School of the Arts. Luca is now a member of the theatre department at Santa Rosa Junior College, training in scenic and lighting design as well as stage management.
Joy is a New York City and California based union musical theatre performer, collaborator and educator. She attended the Boston Conservatory, receiving her Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. An IRNE Award nominee, Joy has been described as a chameleon, excelling in roles both comedic and dramatic, from Shakespeare to musicals. As a theatre educator, Joy has taught all ages in places like NYC, musical theatre summer camps, CMT San Jose, and Wakefield High School. As a choreographer, Joy choreographs for professional and youth theatres alike. Recent productions include Fiddler on the Roof, for which Joy restaged Jerome Robbins’ original Broadway choreography. Joy’s choreography for professional productions of Seussical and Stuart Little were seen by hundreds of families at the Boston Children’s Museum, and Wheelock Family Theater.
Reggie De Leon has appeared on Broadway and in the national tour of Aladdin as Iago, and also on the big and small screens in recurring roles on MOM, Young & Hungry, Melissa & Joey, the Pup Star film series, and in sketches for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Key & Peele, to name a few. As a theatre and acting teacher, he’s worked with students as young as kindergarteners at Egremont School, to adults at Santa Ana College, and everything in between!
Megan Dewees is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing. She fell in love with teaching and choreography while working as a coach at Trapezepro in Sonoma and Bay Area Children’s Theatre in the SF East Bay. She has trained as a stage combat coordinator with Richard Pallaaziol and David Brimmer. Megan’s favorite thing about teaching the arts is being able to help her students discover that they are capable of more than they know!
Broadway: Wicked. National Tours: Wicked—LA Cast (Boq), Saturday Night Fever (Vinnie). Regional: Peter Pan—Dorset Theatre Festival (Peter Pan); Of Mice and Men, Palace Theatre (Curley); Cyrano—Fulton Opera House. Disneyland’s Snow White: An Enchanting Musical (Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, and Sleepy). TV: The Tonight Show. B.F.A.: University of the Arts. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @michael_drolet
Cheryl King has been working in the performing arts since 1978, as a mime, comedian, actor, writer, and director. Since 1999 she has taught writing, improvisation, and acting to students of all ages in NYC, LA, Seattle, and Chicago. Cheryl’s unique approach involves helping students get fully into the mind and body of the character via improv exercises and games, and writing exercises crafted to bring out the imagination. She moderates feedback sessions that encourage students not only to listen and watch effectively, but to articulate their impressions and use them to improve their performance, both as writers and actors. Cheryl created and ran her own theatre in NYC, Stage Left Studio, from 2005-2015, and has acted in and directed dozens of productions across the US. She studied for over a decade in NYC and LA with acclaimed teachers Carol Fox Prescott, Gary Austin, Michael Gellman, Rod Menzies, and Jeffrey Sweet. http://www.cherylkingproductions.com and http://www.stageleftstudio.net
Ryan Mardesich is a bi-coastal actor, director, and theatre educator. He has performed on stage at various theatre companies throughout the country including North Shore Music Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Co., San Francisco Playhouse, The Barnstormers Theatre of New Hampshire, Sierra Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, and many others. Ryan is a lecturer in the Theatre and Dance department at San Francisco State University. In addition to his teaching there, he has also taught and directed at The Boston Conservatory, The Dalton School in New York City, Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose, and Los Altos Stage Company.Ryan holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Before that, Ryan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Santa Clara University. Ryan is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Musical Theatre Educator’s Alliance.
Eileen has taught theatre, musical theatre workshops, playwriting, and directed summer theater camps for nearly 20 years. She holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix, a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication, and an A.A. in Theatre Arts from Brigham Young University. As Outreach Coordinator for Noorda Regional Theatre Center for Children and Youth in Orem, Utah, Eileen taught playwriting and directed plays for tours, co-directed the theatre summer camps, and staged her signature Musical-in-a-Week theatre program. In 2013, Eileen was a National Dramaturg Winner with Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Joshua Waterstone is an award winning director, arts producer/administrator, actor, fight choreographer, educator and ensemble theatre maker who holds an M.F.A. in Directing for Stage and Screen. As a teaching artist Joshua has worked with Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre, California Shakespeare, San Francisco Shakespeare, San Francisco Youth Theatre, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Shakespearience, LEAP and American Conservatory Theatre. Joshua is an Associate Member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers an Actor/Combatant and member of the Society of American Fight Directors and a 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher.
Scottie has dedicated his life to the love of Musical Theatre. He has been teaching theatre and dance since 1999 starting at his dance studio in Colorado Springs with his mentor and friend Betsy McClenahan and spent the last several years working with the award winning Bay Area Children’s Theatre. During his time with BACT he had the privilege of working directly with Disney Theatrical’s Theatre Education staff and even spent two summers in Shanghai teaching musical theatre to kids on the other side of the world. He now works with the amazing people at Lucky Penny in Napa where he and Karen Pinomaki have started the Napa Academy of Performing Arts. He has had the honor of directing and choreographing many productions both in Children’s Theatre and with professional adults. He has also been acting, singing and dancing in musicals his entire life all over the United States.