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Teaching Artists

Claire Buchignani

Joe Ayers

Joe has had the pleasure of working on and offstage at many companies such as ACT, Asolo Rep, San Francisco Playhouse, Cal Shakes, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley Playhouse, 6th Street Playhouse and Center REP. He 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.

Claire Buchignani

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

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.

Claire Buchignani

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​.

Claire Buchignani

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.

Claire Buchignani

Michael Hayden

Michael is so excited to be joining 6th Street Playhouse! He has been acting since he was seven, and since then has developed a passion for technical theater. He worked as a director at the Art of Living Institute and helped stage manage The Diary of Anne Frank and Legally Blonde in Maria Carrillo High School’s Stagecraft program, further developing his skill set for both on-stage and backstage training. During these productions, he became interested in scenic design and later won the first scenic design award for MCHS at the 2021 Lenaea Theater Festival. He is currently at UC Davis double majoring in cognitive science and philosophy.

Claire Buchignani

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


Claire Buchignani

Bridget Palmer

As a Teaching Artist for the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, and the leader of Santa Rosa Children’s Theater, Show Biz Kidz, 6th Street Improv, and A Theater for Children, Bridget has helped thousands of young people explore the exciting world of theater and reap the rewards of self-confidence, imagination, and personal responsibility. She loves children’s theater and she’s excited about working at 6th Street Playhouse again.

Claire Buchignani

Jourdán Olivier-Verdé

Jourdán Olivier-Verdé is an East Coast transplant who has been seen throughout the SF Bay Area for the last  6 years! He was last seen at 6th Street Playhouse as Tom Robinson in “To Kill a Mockingbird”  and will be appearing as “Hud” in  “Hair” Recent  credits include: Delray in “Memphis”( Berkeley Playhouse) and Bottom in “A Midsummer  Night’s Dream” ( Marin Shakespeare Company) He is a Teaching Artist with various companies in the region  and  formerly served on the Board of Directors and as the Inaugural BIPOC Alliance Council Co-Chair for Marin Shakespeare Company. He received his training at Howard University, Prince George’s Community College, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts- NY, and the International Academy of  Film and Television- LA, with a Winter Session at Cours Flourent in Paris. He is also completing  his  Creative Writing/ Dramatic Arts Liberal Arts  Degree Program at Harvard Extension School in  August 2022. Jourdán is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association.

Claire Buchignani

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.

Claire Buchignani

Isaiah Zekarias

Isaiah Zekarias has been doing theatre since elementary school. He is taking theatre classes at his high school, Sonoma Academy, for the third year in a row. Over the summer he volunteered at 6th Street as the stage manager of Junie B. Jones Jr. and was employed to work as the assistant director for The Disney Music Spectacular and Frozen Jr. Isaiah will be playing the role of Ed in Sonoma Academy’s spring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. 

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