Student, Alumni and Faculty
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Heather Orth (BFA 2013) and Samantha Bruce (BFA 2012) landed the two leading female roles in Gypsy, Broadway By the Bay's September 2011 production. Heather plays Mama Rose, Samantha is Gypsy Rose Lee.
Samantha Bruce (BFA 2012): Charlotte in Oliver! withWoodminster Theatre (July 2011), Judith in Boeing Boeing with Sierra Repertory Theatre (May 2011), Joan Fletcher in Strike Up The Band with 42nd STREET
MOON (April 2011), and Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone with Diablo Theatre Company (March 2011).
Jenny Matteucci (BFA 2012) led her Broadway Chorus in concert of Rodgers and Hammerstein's greats in May.
Carlo Olmos (BMu 2012) is a chaperone for the Ragazzi Boys' Chorus Tour of Cuba, and an intern for the Opera Academy of California. He joins the OAC this summer on a Work Study Fellowship.
Heather Orth (BFA 2013) performed in Man Of La Mancha at Symphony Silicon Valley in March, and is in Curtains with Foothill Music Conservatory this summer.
Neal Pascua (BFA 2011) joins the cast of The Wizard of Oz for Diablo Valley Theatre in July.
Luther Simon (MFA 2013) sings in Germany this summer with The Young Americans, bringing live performance to young audiences.
Francesca Camus (BMu 2005) is in Las Vegas, performing weekly at the Venetian/Palazzo Hotel in Streetmosphere and gigging with her Blues band. She is currently playing Joanne Jefferson in RENT at Green Valley Ranch Casino in the Ovation Room, and performs Cabarets for Cirque du Soleil. She recently performed for the Human Rights Campaign red carpet event for the Oscars.
Kelly Jean Hammond (BFA 2010) is Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel with Camelot Theatre in Ashland, and was Ernesta in The Billy Goats Gruff for Rogue Opera's tour, 2011. She has been accepted to American Conservatory Theatre's Summer Acting Congress for 2011.
Martin Rojas-Dietrich (BFA 2009) plays Brian in San Jose Stage's June production of Avenue Q. He repeated his Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award winning performance as "The Padre" with Symphony Silicon Valley in March. The KDFC radio broadcast of his role as 'Montfleury' with San Francisco Opera last fall was aired on Sunday June 5th on KDFC 90.3 . The worldwide broadcast follows this fall. He directs two children's musicals for Hillbarn Theatre this summer.
Louise Costigan-Kerns (Opera/Pianist) played concerts for the Pacific Art League and Topaz Music Society,
and performed with the Winchester Orchestra. Her third solo CD will be released in Fall 2011.
Robert Farrington (Woodwinds) played shows for San Jose Repertory Theatre, Symphony SIlicon Valley, The
Temptations, Johnny Mathis, and Santa Cruz Symphony.
Joel Friedman (History/Composition) completed the score for the supernatural horror-thriller feature film, Red Ice, accepted for screening at the San Francisco Indie Fest's "Another Hole in the Head Festival, June 23rd. DVD soon available on Amazon.com
Thomas Hansen (Piano) played recitals at Old Saint Mary's in San Francisco and Crestmont Conservatory.
Debra Lambert gave a Master Class on Opera/Musical Theatre Auditions at the Classical Singer Conference in Los Angeles in May. With MTC Co-Director Marc Jacobs, she presented at the Stage Top Honors Awards Ceremony at the California Theatre in San Jose on June 6th.
William Liberatore (Musical Theatre) conducted Man Of La Mancha with Symphony Silicon Valley, and toured Italy with 116 students from Gunn High School. Their performances at St. Bonfacio & Alessio in Rome can be seen at" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rDIvUg5YMo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1sk5Dizd5U. Billy won yet another Bay Area Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Direction for his work on The Light In The Piazza for TheatreWorks. He is Musical Director for TheatreWorks' Title Of Show in May/June.
Daniel Lockert (Collaborative Piano Faculty) completed his second CD of French mélodies and piano solos
with soprano Celine Ricci for the Sono Luminus label.
Leslie Martinson (Musical Theatre) directs Lend Me A Tenor for Shakespeare's Associates in July, and The Pitmen Painters for TheatreWorks in January 2012. She presented at the Theatre Bay Area's Conference in May.
Richard Patterson (Guitar). As founding director of Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, presented 19 artists from around the world in 12 classical/acoustic guitar performances in San Francisco's Herbst Theatre , Brava Theatre Center, War Memorial Opera House Green Room, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
Matthew Royce (Performance Production) is Production Manager for the Opera Academy of California in
June/July, and is designing lighting for Washington DC El Teatro Contemporanea de El Salvador in June.
Gia Solari (Musical Theatre, Choreographer) is the new Producing Director for Diablo Theatre Company and will choreograph the company's season closer, Legally Blonde, in February 2012.
Lee Strawn (Voice) sang Dr. Dulcamara in Elixir Of Love and King of Scotland in Ariodante with Pocket Opera, baritone solo in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, and presented a session on remedying vocal problems in the singing studio and performing at The XIX Pacific Voice Conference April 22-23, 2011 at Santa Clara University. He was elected a member of the Board and Treasurer of SF Bay Area National Association of Teachers of Singing. Adjudicated NATS Singing Festival San Jose, April.
Robyn Tribuzi (Musical Theatre) won the SJ Stage Top Honors Award for "Best Choregraphy" for The Wedding Singer at San Mateo High School.
Music Theatre Conservatory
Jennifer Brissman (MTC 2007) has been accepted to the College Conservatory at Cincinnati Musical Theater program.
Sarah Blodgett (MTC 2009) was called back to New York on July 7 for final callbacks for the Broadway and national tour companies of Phantom of the Opera, for the ballet dancing role of "Meg."
Tracy Camp (MTC 2008) joins the cast of A Civil War Christmas at TheatreWorks in December 2009.
Shaun Repetto (MTC 2008) is at NYU's summer Musical Theater program.
Leslie Sherman (MTC 2006) has been accepted to the Experimental Theatre Wing studio at Tisch/NYU.
Zach Trimmer (MTC 2005) has been on the national/international tour of Hairspray.