School of Drama Faculty

Juliet Noonan
Director of Education

Juliet was appointed Director of Education in 2019 after having taught at the Playhouse for six years. She trained at The American Conservatory Theatre, earned a B.A. in theatre from Idaho State University and a master's degree in education from Sonoma State University. Her graduate work focused on the design of theatre curriculum that utilizes improvisation and storytelling to support social and emotional learning in public education. Juliet is an accomplished actor having played Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, the mother in Equus, and Margret in Silent Sky, some of the Playhouse's most acclaimed productions. Other roles include Gillian in Fault Line starring Olympia Dukakis, Regan in King Lear, Maria in School for Scandal, Belle in A Christmas Carol, and Toni in Avatara.

Faculty Bios

Al Kaplan

A seasoned performer, Al has been acting since childhood.He was selected by Viola Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, to perform in Sills’s story theater in 1967-1969. The actors created the shows using Spolin’s game theater techniques. Al has since acted as coach/director for two classes in game theater in Boulder, Colorado and in Ukiah. Al was the recipient of the Marquee award for best lead performance in a drama for his work in Visiting Mr. Green at 6th Street and was recently seen in To Kill a Mockingbird and West Side Story.

Heather Gibeson

Heather graduated with a B.S. in theatre with an emphasis in classical acting from Southern Utah University. She trained with TJ and Wendy Penrod, the founders of Off the Cuff and the Red Rocks Improv Festival. Having 14 years of improv experience, she practices both short and long form. Heather is currently a the co-director of Sonoma County's premier improv troupe, The Natural Disasters, formerly The Gentlemen Bastards and was last seen in The Book Club Play at the Playhouse.  

Lennie Dean

Lennie Dean received an M.F.A. in acting from the Temple University Advanced Actor Training Program in Philadelphia and has been part of the Sonoma County theatre scene for forty years. She has taught, acted, directed, worked as a dramaturge, and produced for several theater companies and schools in New York and San Francisco, as well as locally in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sonoma. She is authorized by master acting teacher Eric Morris to teach his technique, The Eric Morris System. At 6th Street, Lennie has directed several productions including The Revolutionists, Equus, Silent Sky, The Children’s Hour, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. UpcomingLennie is slated to direct Fully Committed opening December 13, 2019 in the Monroe Theatre.

Joseph Favalora

Joseph Favalora originally trained in dance on the East Coast, studying various eclectic styles from many of the top dance instructors in the greater Boston area and New York City. In his early years, he taught tap, jazz, ballet, ballroom, and acrobatics, throughout the greater Boston area. When he went professional as a musical theatre dancer, he taught at New Dance Group on Broadway in New Your City. His focus was musical theatre dance, which allowed him to incorporate many of the dance styles in which he was formally trained. 

Jessica Headington

Jess Headington has a B.F.A. in theatre arts from Stephens College and has worked as a professional theatre artist in Sonoma County since 2009. She has been an instructor at the 6th Street School of Drama since 2013. Her instructional and directorial approach is actor-centered and rooted in truthful, honest storytelling. Her approach to movement is heavily influenced by yoga and a study of the mind-body connection through meditation. At 6th Street she recently directed The Book Club Play and starred in The 12 Dates of Christmas, Comedy Of Errors, and Silent Sky.

Margaret Hee

Margaret Grace Hee holds a B.F.A. in acting from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and an M.F.A. in directing from the New School for Drama in New York. Margaret is the Theatre Program Director for Convent and Stuart Hall, Sacred SF, and works as a freelance actor and director around the Bay Area. Prior to settling in sunny California, Margaret worked as an actress and director in New York and Chicago where she founded Baby Crow Productions, whose work has been produced across the U.S. and in Scotland. For more info please visit: margaretgrace.net  

Tina Lloyd Meals

Tina Lloyd Meals graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University  with a bachelor’s degree in voice performance and then studied opera at the University of Southern California. She has been teaching and coaching voice privately for over 20 years. Tina is certified Instructor with the Institute for Vocal Advancement. She has worked as pianist and music director for Broadway Bound Kids Children's Musical Theater and music directed numerous shows at the Playhouse. She has performed with the San Francisco Opera Chorus, Pocket Opera, North Bay Lyric Opera, and Sonoma City Opera. Her acting credits include lead roles in Hello Dolly and A Little Night Music.  

Alexandra Moore

Alexandra has performed in school plays, community theatre, and college as a theatre major at Western Michigan University, where she directed and performed in peer education theatre. She has created, directed, and performed People with the Puppets, mentoring teen performers and scriptwriters to bring health education to school children in a way they can understand. She toured Europe with her young family for 15 years as a street performer, learning the arts of circus and theatre-in-the-round. Alexandra teaches theater, juggling, and social emotional learning in local schools. 

Amanda Morando

Amanda has been working with children since graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in music, vocal performance.  She teaches music, movement and drama to grade schoolers, acting and broadway classes at a performing arts school, and works with toddlers teaching music classes. Amanda had produced, directed, and music directed children's musicals and been a choral youth program director. At 6th Street, she has performed in A Little Night Music and The Rocky Horror Show. Amanda received SFBATCC and Theatre Bay Area nominations as Music Director and Lead Female in a Musical. 

Lillian Myers

Lillian is a professional teacher, actor, activist, and theatre designer. She holds B.F.A. in performance and ECE from Naropa University. Lillian’s focus is on improvisational theater and clowning. She has taught theatre internationally and locally for over a dozen years; is a touring company member with Performers Without Borders, a social circus non-profit; and teaches theatre at an adult day program for differently abled adults that nurtures the creative expression of individuals with disabilities as a vehicle for personal growth and accomplishment. She was recently seen in Gypsy at 6th Street Playhouse.

Eileen Nagle

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. 

Mike Schaeffer

Mike is a professional actor and an experienced acting coach. He received a B.F.A. in drama from Carnegie Mellon University, a four year acting conservatory in Pittsburgh. He currently has a major role in the critically acclaimed independent feature Donovan Reid, now streaming on Amazon Prime. Other film/tv roles include The Silence of the Lambs, Collisions, Wheels of Fortune, Wicked Attractions, Ice Cold Killers, FBI Criminal Pursuit, and The Last Hit. His local stage credits include A Steady Rain, Disgraced, Beyond Therapy, Annie, Bonnie and Clyde, Arsenic and Old Lace, Funny Girl, and his most recent production Between Riverside and Crazy. 

Rachel Wynne

Rachel Wynne is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, improviser, and performer having taught and performed extensively in Europe and now the U.S. She holds a Joint B.A. Honors in contemporary dance and theatre from De Montfort University, U.K., and has trained at DNA (formerly Dance Space Center), New York City; Tanz Atelier Wein, Austria; Magnet Theater, New York City; among others. Rachel has choreographed for the Dublin Youth Dance Company, the Irish National Youth Dance Company, for arts festivals and for filmmakers in Ireland. She is the recipient of an Arts Council Professional Development award and individual Irish National Dance Award for her solo choreography. 

Matlock Zumsteg

atlock Zumsteg is the founder of Sonoma County's premier improv troupe The Natural Disasters, as well as The World's BIGGEST Comedy Duo, The Evil Comedy Council, and The Gentlemen Bastards improv groups that have performed in theatre sports competitions, North Bay Cabaret, and multiple venues throughout Sonoma County and the North Bay. Matlock was recently featured in a role in the game Mafia III, and played the lead in an episode of Investigation Discovery's I (Almost) Got Away With It. He has starred in local musical productions including as Max Bialystock in 6th Street Playhouse's production of Mel Brooks' The Producers and as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at SRJC. Matlock has a deep appreciation for the importance of improv in developing the ability to react honestly on stage, as well as off.