School of Drama Faculty

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Juliet Noonan
Director of Education

Juliet has been a member of the faculty of the Playhouse for 6 years teaching a variety of classes in the School of Drama. She trained at The American Conservatory Theatre and earned a B.A. in theatre with an emphasis in acting 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. In addition to her teaching expertise, Ms. Noonan is an accomplished actress who has appeared in some of the Playhouse's most acclaimed productions including A Streetcar Named Desire (the role of Blanche) and Margret in Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky. 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

Al has been acting since childhood. He was fortunate to be chosen by Viola Spolin’s son Paul Sills to be an actor in Sills’s story theater in 1967 -1969. The shows were put together by the actors using Spolin’s game theater techniques. Al has since acted as coach/director for two classes in game theater both in Boulder Co and in Ukiah. These classes were well received and Al is excited to have been given this opportunity to coach the upcoming Spolin workshop at 6th St. Al has remained active in theater and has acted and directed many shows throughout the Bay Area. He was the recipient of the Marquee award for best lead performance in a drama for his work in Visiting Mr. Green at 6th St and was recently seen in To Kill a Mockingbird and West Side Story.

Heather Gibeson

Heather graduated with a BS in Theatre with an emphasis in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University. Heather has 14 years of improv experience behind her. She has trained for years with Tj & Wendy Penrod the founders of Off the Cuff and the Red Rocks Improv Festival. Practiced in Short & Long Form. Currently a member of Sonoma Counties premiere improv troupe The Natural Disasters, formerly known as The Gentlemen Basterds.

Lennie Dean

Lennie Dean received an MFA in Acting from the Temple University Advanced Actor Training Program in Philadelphia, and has been part of the Sonoma County theater scene for forty years. She co-founded and was Artistic Director of the Marquee Theater, and founder and Artistic Director of Studio Be Theater. She has taught, acted, directed, worked as dramaturge and produced for several different 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. Lennie has received the Independent Eye Award for contributions in theater in Sonoma County.

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 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 he formally trained in.

Jessica Headington

Jessica Headington has a BFA in Acting from Stephens College and has been studying theatre since age ten. Her recent roles at 6th Street include Henrietta Leavitt inSilent Sky, the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, Maureen Folan in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Ivy in August: Osage County.  Elsewhere in Sonoma County, Jess played Dawn in Lobby Hero at Sonoma Stage Works and Agnes White in Bug at Narrow Way Stage Company.   She is currently working as a company member with the Chalkboard Players, an improvisational children's theatre group.  During her undergraduate years, she was the Artistic Director and Dramaturge of the Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus and a company member at the Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, IA. Jess loves teaching almost as much as she loves acting.  She has taught reading, piano lessons and African dance.  Her movement study has included Alexander technique, pilates, and yoga.  She has sung with many choirs, including 5 years with the Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble in Sonoma.  When she's not at the theatre, Jess enjoys spending time her husband Billy and her sweet dog, Sophie.

Tina Lloyd Meals

Tina Lloyd Meals has been living and working in Sonoma County since 1987, though she hails from the Mid-West. She graduated from Northern Illinois University cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in voice performance and then continued studies in opera at USC. Tina has performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay area with such groups as the San Francisco Opera Chorus, Pocket Opera, North Bay Lyric Opera, and Sonoma City Opera. She has performed and recorded with the Fulton Chorale in performances at Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel for the Bracebridge Dinners. She has also worked as pianist and music director for Broadway Bound Kids Children's Musical Theater in many productions ("Annie", "Oliver", "Peter Pan", and "Into the Woods"). Tina played Rona Lisa Peretti and vocal directed “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and appeared as Dolly Levi in “Hello Dolly” at the Raven in Healdsburg and has performed in “Camelot”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, and as Marmee in “Litte Women” at Spreckles Performing Arts Center. She has also music directed “Scrooge”, “Mary Poppins” and “The Little Mermaid” at Spreckels. At 6th St Playhouse, Tina has music directed “The Full Monty”, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and two runs of “The Rocky Horror Show” in addition to youth productions, “Shrek, Jr.” and “West End Stories, the Way We Listen.” Tina has been teaching and coaching voice privately for over 20 years, and was previously certified as a Speech Level Singing instructor and is currently the North Bay Area Representative for the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) and is a certified Instructor III.

Alexandra Moore

Alexandra has been in theater her whole life, from school plays and community theater as a youngster to college as a theater major at Western Michigan University where she directed and performed in peer education theater. She also created, directed and performed People with the Puppets, mentoring teen performers and script writers for a project bringing health education to elementary children in a way they can understand and relate to. She then spent 15 years touring Europe as a street performer with her partner and children, learning the arts of circus and theater in the round. She eventually found her way back to California, her native land, and has been teaching theater, juggling and social emotional learning in local schools. She is trained in and teaches Restorative Justice Practices, Toolbox, Awakening Wisdom and Positive Discipline and is excited and honored to work with 6th Street Playhouse Theatre students!

Amanda Morando

Amanda Morando is thrilled to be working for 6th Street Playhouse as Program Director for the summer youth program.  Though she is not new to 6th Street Playhouse, she is new to the Education program!  She has, however, been working with children since graduation from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor of music in vocal performance in 2010.  She loves working with children and sharing her love of theater.  She believes that children's theater helps increase confidence, builds teamwork skills, and produce well-rounded individuals whether these children pursue theater as adults or not.

During the school year, she teaches Music & Movement to the K - 2nd graders & Drama to the 3rd - 5th graders at Dixie Elementary School in San Rafael.  She works for Rhythms Performing Arts in Novato teaching Acting & Broadway classes there.  Two years ago she helped expand their performing arts program to produce children's musicals and has co-directed/music directed 4 productions thus far!  She has worked with toddlers teaching music classes through JAMaROO Kids, been choral youth program director for SingersMarin, and worked as musical director for both adult and youth musical theater for Marin OnStage, YES! Theater for kids, and Curtain Theater.  

She performs herself here at 6th Street Playhouse most recently as Petra in A Little Night Music & Magenta in Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Some of her other favorites include Rona in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marin OnStage), Heidi in Title of Show (Marin OnStage), and Kate Monster in Avenue Q (NTC). She has received SFBATCC and Theatre Bay Area nominations as Music Director & Lead Female in a Musical. 

Lillian Myers

Lillian Myers is a professional teacher, actress, activist and theater designer. She has taught theater and visual art for over a dozen years internationally and locally. Myers focuses on mural painting, improvisational theater and clowning. Lillian is a touring company member with Performers Without Borders, a social circus non-profit. As a theater designer, Myers has built puppets with Hand Spring Puppet Theater Company of South Africa. Myers holds BFA degree in Performance and ECE from Naropa University, the only Buddhist University in North America. Presently, she teaches visual arts and theater at Alchemia, an adult day program for differently abled adults which nurtures the creative expression of individuals with disabilities as a vehicle for personal growth and accomplishment. Teach classes in Yin Yoga, eco-art and gardening, hip hop dance and DIY crafts. Born and raised in San Francisco, Lillian now lives in Graton, California.

Eileen Nagle

Eileen has taught theater, musical theatre workshops, playwriting, and directed summer theater camps, for nearly 20 years. She holds a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix (Utah Campus), a BA in Interpersonal Communication and an AA in Theater Arts, from Brigham Young University and studied Theatre Arts atUtah Valley University. As Outreach Coordinator for Noorda Regional Theatre Center for Children and Youth in Orem Utah, from 2011 to 2014, Eileen taught playwriting and directed plays for tours, co-directed the theatre summer camps and staged her signature ‘Musical-in-a-Week’ theatre programs. In 2013 Eileen was a National Dramaturg Winner with Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (KCACTF). 

Mike Schaeffer

Mike Schaeffer is a professional actor and an experienced acting coach. He 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. Mike will soon be seen at Left Edge Theater in BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY,  directed by Argo Thompson. Other local stage credits include A STEADY RAIN, DISGRACED, RICHARD III, BEYOND THERAPY, ANNIE, BONNIE AND CLYDE, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, FUNNY GIRL. MIKE has a BFA in drama from the prestigious CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, a four year acting conservatory in Pittsburgh.

Rachel Wynne

Rachel Wynne is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, improvisor and performer, new to the west coast, having spent much of the last decade training and teaching in New York City. She holds a Joint BA Hons in Contemporary Dance and Theatre from De Montfort University, UK, and has further training from DNA (formerly Dance Space Center), NYC; Tanz Atelier Wein, Austria; Magnet Theater, NYC; among others. Rachel started choreographing professionally at the age of 18 with a bursary commission from the Irish Arts Council for Dublin Youth Dance Company. She went to on choreograph for the Irish National Youth Dance Company (winning awards for them at the Irish National Dance Awards), later choreographing for arts festivals and film makers in Ireland. She is also the recipient of a €4k Arts Council Professional Development award and individual Irish National Dance Award for her solo choreography. To date, she has taught and performed in Ireland, the UK, Austria, Belgium, India, Costa Rica and the States and produced three short dance films, shown at film festivals in the UK and Ireland. She has trained in ballet (RAD, 15 years), modern and contemporary forms, capoeira, fencing and clowning, et al.

Matlock Zumsteg

Matlock Zumsteg is the founder of The World's BIGGEST Comedy Duo', ‘The Evil Comedy Council’ and ‘The Gentlemen Bastards’ improv groups that have performed in Theatresports competitions, North Bay Cabaret and multiple venues throughout Sonoma County and the North Bay. Matlock has a role in the upcoming game 'Mafia III', starring credits in Investigation Discovery's 'I (Almost) Got Away With It', along with leading roles in local musical productions and films. Matlock has a deep appreciation for the importance of improv in developing the ability to react honestly on stage, as well as off.