ANNE NORLAND (Director of Education)
Anne joins 42nd Street Moon as the Education Director with a wealth of experience as a teacher, administrator, director, and performer. After completing her conservatory training at the Tisch School of Arts New Studio on Broadway for Musical Theatre at New York University and earning her teaching credential in K-12 Performing Arts Education with a focus in Musical Theatre from American University in Washington, DC, Anne started her career performing and teaching theatre in public and private schools in DC and Northern Virginia. Since moving to the Bay, she has served as the Education Program Manager for Bay Area Children’s Theatre, taught Middle School humanities and arts at the Stratford School in SF, and served as Theatre Director at the Bay School in San Francisco. As a performer, Anne is the proud recipient of a Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical for her performance of Clarice Starling in Silence! The Musical with Ray of Light/Cloud 9 Theatrics. Other theatre credits include: Marin Shakespeare, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and Musical Cafe. Anne has performed with 42nd Street Moon in Kismet in Concert and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, where she fell in love with Moon’s mission and vision for theatre in San Francisco. While musical theatre genres are her first love, Anne is also passionate about supporting and producing new works, especially those conceived by up-and-coming and underrepresented playwrights, and bringing older works to life for the 21st-century audience. Anne is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity candidacy program, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, and Educational Theatre Association.
DAREN A.C. CAROLLO (Executive Director)
Daren is over the moon elated about his new role as Executive Director of 42nd Street Moon. He has been a leader in the Bay Area arts scene for over a decade. Previously, serving as the Producing Artistic Director of Berkeley Playhouse, Executive Director of Broadway By the Bay, and Artistic Director for Diablo Theatre Company/DLOC. His production company, Carollo & Palumbo, LLC, produced the musical bare Off-Broadway and A Time to Kill on Broadway. Daren is an award-winning director with over 50 credits over the last thirteen years. His directing highlights include Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Jekyll & Hyde, Sound of Music, The Music Man, Noises Off (twice), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Trip to Bountiful, Dracula (twice), Peter Pan (twice), Miss Saigon, The Drowsy Chaperone (twice), A Grand Night for Singing, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Curtains, and To Kill A Mockingbird (twice). Daren has directed for Diablo Theatre Company, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, Napa Valley Opera House, Ohlone and Solano Colleges, Town Hall Theatre Company, DRAA’s On Broadway, El Campanil Theatre and Contra Costa Civic Theatre. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Theatre Bay Area’s Theatre Services Committee. For all that Daren has been blessed and honored to accomplish theatrically thus far, he is most proud of his greatest accomplishment: being the father of his son, Jack.
DANIEL THOMAS (Executive Director)
A Bay Area native, Daniel returns after two decades of professional theatrical experience as an administrator, producer, actor, director and musician in Southern California. Previously Daniel served as the General Manager for Musical Theatre West, Education Director for the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, and Box Office Manager for Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. He was also a Founding Producer/Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Ensemble which is now the wildly popular Reiner Reading Series of Musical Theatre West. Daniel worked for nearly every regional theatre in Southern California as an actor, musical director/conductor, and/or musician, including Musical Theatre West, 3-D Theatricals, Cabrillo Music Theatre, McCoy-Rigby Entertainment, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Candlelight Pavilion and the Santa Barbara, Fullerton, and San Gabriel Civic Light Operas, as well as the Disneyland Resort. Recently Daniel has been the musical director/conductor on multiple productions for Woodminster Amphitheatre in Oakland and Lyric Theatre in San Jose. Daniel is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, AGVA, and American Federation of Musicians Local 6. Daniel is grateful and lucky to have the love and support of his wife Rebecca, and they are the extremely proud parents of their son Joshua.
MOONSCHOOL TEACHING STAFF
Angel Adedokun is a bilingual vocalist, songwriter, and dancer. She has worked with the Latin company MundoBeat Entertainment and was featured as lead singer of leading Indianapolis Salsa band Grupo Bembe. In 2015, Angel moved from Indianapolis to California and has since jumped into musical theatre and teaching. Her stage credits include Hairspray (Lil Inez) with Footlite Musicals, SILENCE! The Musical (Ardelia Mapp), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter, Dance Captain) with Ray of Light Theatre, Iron Shoes (Second Girl) with Shotgun Players, Avenue Q ( Gary Coleman) with NCTC, and Troop Beverly Heels and Mean Gays with Peaches Christ Productions.
Working for many Children’s Theatre companies, she has been the musical director and director for Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Tomorrow Youth Repertoire Theatre, and Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre. Angel has also choreographed multiple shows for Children’s Theatres. Among her the shows she has worked on, her highlights include The Little Mermaid (BACT), Shrek Jr. (SCHAT), and Aladdin (42nd Street Moon). Angel is thrilled to be back and work with MoonSchool!
Danielle Behrens was born and raised in Visalia, California and has been dancing since the age of three. She works professionally as a musical theatre performer and dance instructor in both California and New York City. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. Danielle has worked on the North American tour of The Wizard of Oz, Disney Cruise Line, and at regional theatres around the country. She loves sharing her passion for the arts as well as everything she has learned along the way!
Dave Dobrusky has long been a 42nd Street Moon mainstay, delighting audiences with his instinctive and intuitive feel for the music of the golden age of Broadway. Dave has been the music director for over 90 of Moon’s productions over the last quarter-century. His past favorites include Zorba, Three Sisters, Strike up the Band, Babes in Arms, Call Me Madam, High Spirits, Finian’s Rainbow, Paint Your Wagon (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), and Leave It to Me! (recorded). Other Bay Area credits include Road Show; Marry Me a Little; Tick, Tick, Boom! (Theatre Rhino); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The Full Monty (both for Ray of Light); Camelot; My Fair Lady; Man of La Mancha (BATCC Award); Putting It Together (all for SF Playhouse); and Connie Champagne as Judy Garland at the Rrazz Room. Dave has appeared with Emily Skinner, Cady Huffman, Karen Ziemba, Rebecca Luker, Donna McKechnie, Noah Racey, Faith Prince, Andrea McArdle, and the late Celeste Holm, all at 42nd Street Moon. Dave holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory.
Maggie Connard is a teaching artist and performer who graduated with a BA in Dance from Point Park University. Maggie loves musical theatre; especially the choreography of Bob Fosse. She has performed in local productions of “A Chorus Line”, “Singing in the Rain”, “Chicago”, “Cabaret” and “White Christmas”, as well as with many local modern dance companies, and SF’s go-go sweethearts, The Devil-ettes. She teaches Rhythm and Motion and barre fitness at ODC, and has taught ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre dance to children and adults.
Juan Castro has worked with children’s theatre programs such as Mugglebee Theatre and Bay Area Children’s Theatre as a Music/Vocal Director and Assistant Director. He has taught for programs in Pleasanton, San Ramon, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Sunnyvale, and Alameda. He is also a K-5 music teacher at Notre Dame Elementary in Belmont. Aside from teaching, he is an active performer in musical theatre. He has performed with theatre companies such as 42nd Street Moon , Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Bay Area Musicals, City Lights Theater Company, and Palo Alto Players.
Ashley is a Theatre Bay Area and SFBATCC award nominated actor, singer, and dancer with credits in musical theatre and live events from Las Vegas to the UK. At 42nd St. Moon, she appeared as Mona Kent in Dames at Sea! Other work includes projects for Apple, Danskin, Broadway Cares, and Miss America. She is a graduate of AMDA Los Angeles with a BFA degree in Musical Theatre and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. She has taught aspiring artists of all ages across the SF Bay Area for 15 years and is thrilled to be a part of MoonSchool!
Meredith engages in a wide variety of the performing arts as a choreographer, movement director, performer, and educator. She has an M.F.A in Physical Theatre, a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and teaching certifications in ballroom dance and Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS). Meredith taught for the Fred Astaire Ballroom Dance Franchise for 2 years before serving as Assistant Professor of Dance and Movement within the Department of Theatre Arts at Catawba College in North Carolina. Since relocating to the Bay Area, Meredith has choreographed and directed for Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and performed with Boxcar Theatre’s The Speakeasy: Age of Scofflaws. Some Meredith’s favorite choreography and movement direction credits include Anything Goes, Reefer Madness, Alice in Wonderland: A Dance Adaptation, Conference of the Birds, and The Comedy of Errors; favorite performing credits include A Chorus Line (Cassie), A Doll’s House (Nora), Shakespeare’s Henry V (Constable), and The Speakeasy: Age of Scofflaws (Violet). Meredith is excited to join MoonSchool’s education staff, and looks forward to dancing with you soon!
Phillip Harris has sung as a soloist at venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and with organizations like the San Francisco Symphony, San Mateo Masterworks Chorale, and the Aspen Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In 2019, he released a CD, Phillip Harris in Recital, a book, Songs and Spirituals: The Life and Music of Jacqueline Hairston, and presented a lecture/recital and masterclass at Alabama State University. He has sung over twenty operatic roles and several soloist roles in oratorios. A winner of the Encouragement award from the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, he holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in voice. More information can be found at philliplnharris.com.
Nicole is an award-winning choreographer, director, equity actor, and Chair of the School of Theatre at Oakland School for the Arts. With over twenty years of experience, she has taught dance and theatre at such well-known bay area organizations as Dance Mission Theatre, Laureen Fender’s Ballet School, Steppin’ Out Studios, SF Park and Rec, Kid Stock Inc., Handful Players, YMCA, Spindrift School for the Performing Arts.
Nicole has also studied at SFSU, the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Big Sur Theatre Lab, the Dunham Technique Seminar in East St. Louis, and many professional workshops across the state. She has worked with many Bay Area theatre companies, including SF Playhouse, 42nd Street Moon, Broadway By the Bay, Center Rep, Ray of Light, The Mountain Play, and Pacific Coast Reparatory Theatre. Most notable choreography credits include Cabaret (TBA and SFBATCC nominee), Groundhog Day (SFBATCC nominee), Dames at Sea (TBA and SFBATCC nominee), She Loves Me (SFBATCC nominee), The Music Man (TBA nominee), West Side Story (TBA Award), In the Heights (TBA Award), No No Nanette (TBA and SFBATCC nominee), and Lizzie (SFBATCC nominee).
Marissa Hockfield is a director, choreographer, and educator. She has over 15 yrs experience teaching dance and theater in the Bay Area and Chicagoland area. In the Bay Area, Marissa teaches ballet to 18 mo – 8 yr olds at several Tutu School locations and serves as a director and choreographer for the Bay Area Children’s Theatre educational programs. She studied dance and educational studies at Washington University in St. Louis and also holds a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and taught elementary school for the Chicago Public Schools. She is passionate about creating a nurturing and supportive environment for young students to work together on creative pursuits. She is thrilled to be joining Moon School and can’t wait to meet the students!
Zachary Isen is a Bay Area native and holds a BFA in drama from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He has also studied at The Performing Arts Project and The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Zachary has worked as a teacher, choreographer, and director at Bay Area Children’s Theatre, The Urban School of San Francisco, Oakland School of the Arts, The Performing Arts Academy of Marin, and Marin Musical Theatre Company. He regularly performs in the Bay Area. Zachary has a passion for using the Performing Arts as a tool to foster passion, creativity, respect, cultural appreciation and self expression.
Jean-Paul has graced the stages of San Francisco with companies such as 42nd Street Moon, Bay Area Musicals, San Francisco Playhouse, Cinnabar Theater, Moonlet Theater and West Edge Opera. He has been featured as Nanki Poo in Hot Mikado, Jamie in Last Five Years, Tulsa in Gypsy with Texas/Emcee in Cabaret, Sam in Crazy for You, Vadime in Mata Hari and Ensemble in No No Nanette. JP currently teaches vocal jazz at RUTH ASAWA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS in San Francisco, CA.
Kiah Kaloni Childress is California born and raised with a B.A in Deaf Education and dance from Cal State University Northridge. She move to Vegas a few years after graduating and taught kids through out Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She loves working with children and also works with kids with special needs. She even was an Artistic Director for a Deaf and hearing children’s performance group in Vegas. She also is an amazing performer, she has danced in shows on the Famous Vegas Strip and also in Reno, NV. She also dances with and for many Cirque de Soleil artists and has been in commercials, tv shows and game shows, and continues to grow her resume. She believes that everyone is a star and is here to help her students reach for their dreams.
Fiona King is a current student at Smith College pursuing a B.A. in Theatre (playwriting emphasis), where she also acts, directs, and designs. She is currently the chair of a musical theatre company, Duct Tape Productions (also at Smith College). She has also previously studied theatre with the Cherubs program at Northwestern, the American Conservatory Theater, and The Bay School of San Francisco, of which she is an alum. This is her second summer with MoonSchool, having also previously worked with the American Conservatory Theater’s summer programs.
Kimberly Ridgeway has been working professionally as an Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer in film and theater for over 20 years. Kimberly wrote, produced and directed the stage plays The Drowning Pool, No More Secrets, Prospect Place, and The Gigolo Chronicles, and the short film “The Confession”. Her favorite acting roles include Mrs. Muller, Doubt, Sam Stevens, The Gigolo Chronicles, Coretta Scott King/Fannie Lou Hamer, All The Way, Randa, Savannah Sipping Society, Bernice, The Piano Lesson, Duchess, Wonderland (World Premiere), Tiana in “Hopes Identity” and Camae in The Mountaintop for which she won the 2016 BroadwayWorld San Francisco Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play (Local). Kim has directed projects for several Bay Area Theater Companies including The Playwrights Center of San Francisco, Bay Area Drama Company, Ubuntu Theater Project Bay Area Performing Arts Collective and Dragon Productions Theatre Company.
Clay Robeson has been performing and teaching improvisation for the last 20 years. Whether it’s for the stage, the corporate world, or as an avenue to more organic character creation and storytelling, he believes the end goal is always to learn to trust yourself and the people around you. Clay has worked and taught with Boston’s Improv Asylum, and San Francisco’s Un-Scripted Theater Company, Moment Improv Theatre and VoiceOne where he is exploring how improvisation can help Voice Actors both with auditions and in the booth. He also tours improv festivals with Bookends, a two-person improvised musical inspired by Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, which will be presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.
Zoë Swenson-Graham returned to the Bay Area in 2015 after living in London for nearly seven years, where she worked as an actor, dancer, and trained as a stage combat instructor and fight choreographer– working around the UK teaching in various drama schools, and working with organizations such as the Royal Opera House, The Globe, Southwark Playhouse and The Kings Head Theatre. Since returning to the Bay, Zoe has choreographed for and taught with the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Oakland School of the Arts, Sierra Repertory Theatre Company, Broadway By The Bay, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, YMTC, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, Mountain Play Association and MoonSchool with 42nd Street Moon. Dance choreography credits include: Newsies (Hillbarn Theatre), Camelot (Sierra Rep Theatre), Mamma Mia (Mountain Play and Hillbarn Theatre), White Christmas (Sierra Rep Theatre Company), The Producers, A Chorus Line, Company (Mayhem Musical Theatre Company, London) and she worked as the Associate Choreographer on Music Man and Saturday Night Fever at Broadway By the Bay. Zoe’s horror film Lasso features her acting and stunt work, which was released internationally last year and her motion capture and voiceover work will be seen in an upcoming feature film. Zoe still loves to perform on stage, most recently appearing in Cabaret at the SF Playhouse and A Chorus Line at Sierra Repertory Theatre.
Originally hailing from the East Bay, Chanel Tilghman is an actor, vocalist, and dancer who attended Albany High School before earning a B.A. in Communication and a double minor in Theatre and Music Industry from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she was a member of UnderSCore A Cappella. Recent stage credits include Kitty Bennet in the world premiere of Paul Gordon’s Pride and Prejudice: A New Musical at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, now streaming on Amazon and StreamingMusicals.com; Sophie Sheridan in Berkeley Playhouse’s Mamma Mia!; and the Acrobat in CCMT’s Matilda. Other notable roles include Ethel/Selma in Memphis (Berkeley Playhouse), a Dynamite in Hairspray (Bay Area Musicals), Michelle Morris in Dreamgirls (Berkeley Playhouse), Lisa in Mamma Mia! (Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre), and Vanessa in In the Heights (Plethos Productions). Along with MoonSchool, Chanel is an arts educator for Berkeley Playhouse and Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and is elated to be a part of the MoonSchool family! chaneltilghman.com
Leslie has been performing and choreographing in the Bay Area for most of her life. She received early training locally, as well as at California Institute of the Arts. Most recently, she choreographed the West Coast premiere of American Psycho with Ray of Light. Also with ROLT, she has choreographed The Rocky Horror Show for the past 4 years, adding Director to her title for the Fall 2018 production. Other choreo credits include The Wedding Singer (BAM), Pageant and Ghost (OMG I Love That Show Productions), direction and choreo for Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical (Oasis), and D’Arcy Drollinger’s upcoming film, “Shit & Champagne”. Up next: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Custom Made) and The Full Monty (BAM). She has performed locally with AMTSJ, Ray of Light, Diablo Theatre Company, BAM, Oasis, Magic Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, SF Shakes, Killing My Lobster (5-year company member) and at the Herbst Theater.