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Teaching Artists

Malia Abayon

Malia Abayon

Malia Abayon is an actress, choreographer, director, and educator currently residing in Sonoma County. Malia is a trained educator and works in independent schools where DEI and cultural authenticity is at the forefront of her instruction. She works as a teaching artist and as a music ambassador in preschool programs throughout Sonoma County.

Malia obtained her B.A. from UC Davis where she concentrated in acting, modern dance, and human development. She trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Werk with Broadway in New York City. Theater credits include: In the Heights, Rent, The Who’s Tommy, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Revelations the Musical (off-Broadway).

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.

Joshua Bailey

Joshua Bailey

Joshua Bailey is a highly experienced voice teacher based in Northern California. With a Master’s degree from NYU, Joshua is an expert in his field and has taught voice at both NYU and in China. His advanced certificate in Vocal Pedagogy sets him apart from other voice teachers in the area. Joshua has given many masterclasses throughout his career, including ones in Shanghai, China, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has also established his own voice teaching studio in the North Bay, where he helps students of all ages and levels improve their vocal technique and performance skills. In addition to his career in voice teaching, Joshua has a passion for singing and performing himself. He enjoys exploring a variety of musical genres, from classical to contemporary. When he’s not teaching, Joshua loves hiking in the beautiful hills of Northern California and spending time with his friends. Joshua is dedicated to helping his students achieve their full potential as singers and performers. With his extensive knowledge and experience, he is a sought-after voice teacher in the Northern California area.
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

Jonathen Blue

Jonathen Blue

Jonathen Blue has spent the last 15 years working in education as an elementary teacher, music instructor, and administrator. As well as being a seasoned classroom teacher, he holds a professional conservatory certificate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He is also trained in Fitzmaurice Voicework and Linklater Technique. When he’s not in the classroom, Blue enjoys working as a performer, costumer, and choreographer in Sonoma and Napa County.
Claire Buchignani

David Bradbury

David has been training as an actor and vocalist since he was 12, and throughout his career he has appeared in such productions asThe Producers, Grease, You Can’t Take It With You, Singin’ in the Rain, The Pajama Game, and Company. In 2020, he graduated with a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine, moved back to Sonoma County, and began to pursue a career as a theatrical educator and administrator. He has worked as the Operations Specialist for the 6th Street Studio since 2022. When he’s not onstage, David enjoys playing chess and walking his dog, Rosalind.

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​.

Aja Gianola-Norris

Aja Gianola-Norris

Aja has been teaching since forever! She rejoices in making the world a kind place through music and storytelling. Aja also lives with her two favorite students: her 15 year old son and 9 year old daughter. After getting her Bachelors in Voice and Harp, Aja taught a robust studio of voice and piano lessons for two years in Baltimore. In 2006 she started a Music school in Cotati: Music to My Ears. And in 2022 Aja spent a life affirming year as Education Director at 6th Street Playhouse.

Aja has taught over 50 youth musicals since 1998 at different locations including Marin Academy, Rancho Cotati HS, Palo Alto High School, Music to My Ears, 6th Street Playhouse and other places.

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.

Katie Kelley

Katie Kelley

Katie has been directing youth theatre for the last eight years and has directed over twenty five shows since her journey began. In addition to teaching and directing, Katie also works as a Performing Arts Mentor for Alchemia, an arts program for adults with special needs and disabilities. Katie believes that theatre has the ability to transform lives, giving people of all ages and abilities a safe space to play and discover who they are through and what they’re capable of, all while building connections and growing confidence. Katie feels so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the magical journey.

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.

Ava Rudesill

Ava Rudesill

Ava Rudesill began her theatre journey with an acting class at 6th Street and she is elated to come full circle as a teaching artist! At the Playhouse, she works as an assistant director with the Youth Players. Also an actor, costume designer, and director, Ava has grown her theatrical knowledge/experience through four years in Drama Production at Montgomery High School. Some of her favorite roles have been M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias and Beatrice in A View From the Bridge. This last year, she directed The Insanity of Mary Girard, for which she won Bronze at the Lenaea Theatre Festival.

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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