6th Street Studio

Teaching Artists

Anne Clark

Rick Adam

Rick Adam (he/his) has been performing, teaching and inspiring people of all ages for over 40 years. He’s toured schools, colleges, prisons, from Rhode Island to Russia. Acting with the Rhode Island Shakespeare Company, Trinity Rep, Celebration Mime Theatre and was Artistic Director of Heart of Gold Vaudeville Company.
Performing at International Clown Festivals in both Russia and China, and twice for Bruce Springsteen. As a one-man band, he’s documented in the Smithsonian Institute’s permanent collection. The featured performer for the Seussentennial Celebration at the Dr. Seuss National Museum and on Broadway with “America’s Got Talent!”
Rick studied at Celebration Mime Theatre, and Antic Arts Academy and worked in and around NYC performing his original theatre and teaching Movement, Music, Circus and Shadow Arts before relocating to Healdsburg in March of 2020.
Rick is excited to be joining the staff at 6th Street Playhouse!!

http://www.PaddyWhackMusic.com http://www.BeatleZania.com http://www.AdaminConcert.com

Anne Clark

Tyler Bertolone

Tyler started taking acting classes at 6th street playhouse many many years ago! Since then Tyler has continued his training working and learning at Roustabout Theater and receiving a BFA in Musical Theater from Elon University. Tyler appeared on the shows Revolution(NBC) and Banshee(Cinemax) before graduation earning him membership with SAG-AFTRA . After moving to NYC Tyler spent significant time on the road with Bring It On: The Musical, playing the role of Randall in the 2nd national tour and Japan productions, directed by Andy Blankenbuehler; as well as working with Theaterworks Children’s touring theater. Tyler has also worked as a reader for many of Joy Dewing Castings touring productions and as a regular stand in for shows like Ray Donovan, Blindspot and Law and Order: SVU

Claire Buchignani

Claire Buchignani

A Sebastopol native, Claire has been acting professionally since she was 11 years old, cutting her teeth with various productions at Summer Repertory Theatre. After earning her BFA from University of Arizona, she moved to NYC where she performed Shakespeare, straight plays, and musicals Off-Broadway and around the country. Some of her career highlights include: the Encore Performance Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, being nominated for Best Actress in a Musical by TBA and surviving a Shakespeare performance in 110 degrees in a corset. You can find her back in beautiful Sonoma County acting, singing, recording and producing various podcasts, and of course, being an overprotective dog mom to her senior rescue Odie.

 

Luca Catanzaro

Luca Catanzaro

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 Clark

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​.

Erika Conaway

Erika Conaway

Erika Conaway is our Education Programs Manager here at 6th Street. Formerly a valued staff member at Transcendence Theatre Company, Erika brings vast arts education experience, specializing in arts integration for English Language Learners as well as show biz experience to the Playhouse. A Shenandoah Conservatory graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre, she has performed in National Tours: Memphis!, A Chorus Line. NYC: One Singular Sensation (The Public Theatre Gala 2014), and multiple regional theatres.

Melissa Cunha

Melissa Cunha

Melissa is a Persian American interdisciplinary artist and embodied actor. She is a performer, educator, director, stage manager, and production manager. She is among the founding Core Members of Bike City Theatre Company in Davis, California. Melissa has performed internationally on ELEMENTS by Shogo Ota in Bogotá, Colombia and with The Builders Association with Marianne Weems in NYC. 

Melissa received her B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Film Studies at UC Davis, where she focused on experimental Shakespeare with Peter Lichtenfels and found her passion as an embodied actor for devised, experimental work. After graduating, Melissa later became a certified yoga instructor focusing on the importance of the human body and wellness. She then went on to receive her M.A. in Theater Arts with a focus on education and acting from UC Santa Cruz.

Currently she is heading up BCTC’s educational program, as well as developing BCTC’s Experimental offerings.

 

Martin Gilbertson

Martin Gilbertson

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.

Cheryl King

Cheryl King

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

 

Allie Pratt

Allie Pratt

Allie Pratt has an MA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz, a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts, and an RDT from the Drama Therapy Institute Los Angeles in the works, Allie will be teaching classes, developing curriculum, and piloting some sociodramatic workshops in the studio. In addition to education and creative arts therapies, Allie brings a wealth of professional experience to the Playhouse, having numerous features, short films, and national commercials under her belt. Favorite roles include Lizzy in Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Viola in Twelfth Night at Seattle Shakespeare, and generally any role she gets to play outdoors in the summertime.

Cheryl King

Ellen Vieira

Ellen Vieira (she/her) has a long history of involvement in performing, directing, and educating in the performing arts. Acting credits included Mommie in Edward Albee’s An American Dream, Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, Maturio in Garcia-Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Cora in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, among many other roles in regional theatre across the East coast states. Ellen has been a volunteer story-teller in elementary schools in Southern California, and a mentor through the San Bernardino school district in Southern California. Ellen’s theatre education began in New York City, where she had her first role as the weather girl for one week on New York City’s version of the Romper Room television show when she was four years old. She has studied theatre arts with Dr. Jack Romano noted theatre director and educator, and founder of the Stagedoor Manor theatre program. Studies continued at Brooklyn College, and NYU. Ellen believes that theatre education gives children much more than the ability to perform on a stage. She is passionate about helping children discover, create, and present their ideas through the performing arts. She has worked with children through the Santa Rosa Children’s Theatre and Show Biz Kids for 5 years.