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.
Joe Ayers is ecstatic to be back in the Bay Area this summer! He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as an actor, choreographer, director, and teaching artist where he had the pleasure of working on and offstage at many Bay Area companies such as ACT, San Francisco Playhouse, Cal Shakes, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Playhouse, Center REP, PlayGround SF, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Joe holds three BA degrees from UC Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies, Dance and Performance Studies, and English. He is currently an MFA Acting candidate at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, 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.
Anne Warren Clark
As Director of the acclaimed Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Anne Clark led operations and strategic direction across 11 different cities. She developed international programming with Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre and Free Performance Programs for over 800 students in the Bay Area.
A nationally recognized, award-winning director, she directed, music directed and choreographed over 40 productions with children ranging in age from 2 years old to 18 years old all across the Bay Area.
In Los Angeles, she established and managed Rockabye Dance, a children’s dance studio focused on creative movement, ballet and tap for children.
In Pasadena, she was Company Manager and a teaching artist for Pasadena Musical Theater, and acted as Company Manager for the summer camp intensive of a new work by Ryan Scott Oliver, teaching choreography and advanced acting techniques.
She earned a BA in Musical Theatre at UCLA, and was a participant in the prestigious Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program in association with the School of Theatre Film and Television.
Well-known in regional theatre in the Bay Area, she was featured in the film Dream Girls.
She won acclaim as Snow White in the original company of Snow White: An Enchanting New Musical, Disneyland, Original Company, Snow White. Her Broadway experience includes High Fidelity the Musical, Original Broadway Cast, Penny Hardwick/Back up Chick; Hairspray, Neil Simon Theatre, National Tour and Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1st National Tour.
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!
Martin Gilbertson is a transplant to Sonoma County from the far reaches of Ontario…California. As a sculpture artist with a background in construction and,a love for the theater, cultivated from a young age by his grandparents, he is very happy and honored to be part of the 6th Street Family. He has been working in scenic construction for the past 15 years and has been a member of the construction and artistic team for the Sonoma County fair’s popular Hall of Flowers. When he is not actively helping make dreams and scenes come true, he’s either making art, in the ocean surfing, or he is home hanging out with his family and his daughter Penelope, whom is his inspiration in all things, as well as the the most beautiful and incredible art he has ever helped create.
Zachary Hasbany is thankful to be directing for 6th Street this summer. He is a Sonoma County theatre teacher, acting coach, director, and actor who has worked around the country. He was last seen on 6th Street’s stage as Bill Sikes in Oliver. He is the drama teacher at Elsie Allen High School and Lawrence Cook Middle School. Zachary earned his MA in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado and trained as an actor at PCPA: Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Website: zacharyhasbany.com
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
Caroline discovered her love of theater and acting at a fairly young age, taking part in productions at Rincon Valley Junior High, Santa Rosa High School, and Santa Rosa Players. While studying art and G.E. at Santa Rosa Junior College, she discovered her love of ballet and modern dance and continued to take classes for many years, eventually subbing in classes for her teachers as needed. One day Caroline bumped into her dear old friend Bridget, who shared that she was putting together a musical theater camp and was currently looking for a choreographer and co-director. They put their heads together to create the initial Drama Camp, which is now in its 15th season.
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.
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.