TEACHING ARTISTS

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Jeff Zavattero

Jeff Zavattero (he/ him) is humbled, honored, and elated to be the Library & Recreation Coordinator for Pleasanton Youth Theatre Company and the vibrant arts programming here in Pleasanton. Jeff moved to Pleasanton at the age of nine, and was introduced to Pleasanton programming when he was nine years old, playing baseball with Pleasanton Little League, basketball with PYB, and flag football with PJFL before finding his passion in theatre in 2012. He has called this program home since 2013 when he first began teaching here – and it has been his great joy to be a part of this program’s incredible growth over the last decade. Jeff has his AA in Theatre from Las Positas College, where he had the great joy of enhancing his performance skills in several shows and found his passion for directing. Outside of theatre, Jeff has a strong affinity for digital design and is an avid video game-lover. He looks forward to continuing to share his deep love for the arts with the youth in his hometown.


Andrew Mondello

Andrew Mondello (he/ him) is ‘Bay’sically a native to the Bay, having been here since he was 12. However he was born and raised in Chicago – so you will often see him donning one of his many Chicago hats. He graduated from UC Irvine in 2015 with a BA in Acting and an emphasis in musical theatre. Since then he has had the great pleasure of making his living as an artist here in the Bay Area performing, directing and teaching amongst; American Conservatory Theatre, CenterRep, 42nd Street Moon, The Ballet School, BACT, PCRT, Town Hall Theatre, Broadway By the Bay, and of course here at Pleasanton Youth Theatre Company. He started teaching youth theatre in 2012 here in his hometown of Pleasanton – where he has spent the last decade teaching and cultivating new programming all with the goal of creating a space students feel safe to learn and grow. So, it goes without saying he is just over the moon to continue teaching with a program brimming with positivity and kindness at every turn, where he can continue to create a space crafted to make students feel safe and welcome. AndrewMondello.com


Lauryn Hedges

Lauryn Hedges (she/ her) is a singer-songwriter, musician, and music director who has been a part of the Firehouse Arts Center family since she moved to the Bay Area in 2016 and joined the High School Music Collaborative in its first year. She is currently studying songwriting and music business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. When she’s home in Pleasanton, Lauryn has the pleasure of being involved in several programs at the Firehouse. She was the teaching songwriter/music director for the Teen Playwright’s Camp in 2018 and 2019 and she music directed 101 Dalmatians Kids and the High School Cabaret Camp. She’s also an improvisational musician for Creatures of Impulse and she has written several songs for the Firehouse and the City of Pleasanton, including a celebratory song for Pleasanton’s 125th anniversary in 2019. Lauryn has always had passion for sharing her heart through music and she is so grateful to get to guide students through the process of sharing their own stories through songwriting and performing in this beautiful community. Laurynmariemusic.com


Megan Farrell

Megan Farrell (she/ her) grew up in Pleasanton participating in the city’s performing arts programs for 8 years and is a Firehouse Arts Center Creatures of Impulse Alumni. She is currently a college student on the road to complete a BFA in Musical Theatre. Currently attending Las Positas College, Megan also spent some time at Long Island University, NY in their Musical Theatre BFA program for half a year and is looking to continue her education in the next three years at a 4-year university. She has had a blast working with the city of Pleasanton for the past 5 years at the Firehouse Arts Center and is overjoyed to be a part of yet another season of teaching. Megan prides herself in creating a safe and fun environment for participants to freely express themselves while being immersed in the creative and magical world of theatre,


Alex Lish

Alexandria Lish (she/ her) is a Senior at Livermore High School and has been involved in theatre with the Pleasanton Youth Theatre Company since she was in 7th grade! Her first role was when she was 5 and played little Cosette in a Tracy High production of Les Misérables. Since then, she has participated in countless shows, including The Phantom Tollbooth, School of Rock, Bring It On, Titanic, and Peter and the Starcatcher. She loves to teach and participate in all aspects of theatre and is thrilled to be a member of the youth theatre program crew for her third year! Alex intends on attending a 4-year after graduation, and wants to major in Communications with a minor in Business. Until then, she will spend her time working, going on adventures with friends, being involved on her campus, playing lacrosse, and filling out her billions of college applications. She can’t wait to teach your kiddos!


Tyler Sullivan

Tyler Sullivan (she/ her) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was very upset when she moved to California at the age of 7 and there weren’t celebrities everywhere. Shortly after recovering from the lack of celebrities, Tyler began bugging Andrew and Jeff every summer as a proud participant of the city of Pleasanton’s drama camps. She went on to complete over 15 shows at Firehouse during the city’s partnership with BACT, her favorite of which was James and the Giant Peach because she got to spray whipped cream into her mouth. Tyler is an alumni of the High School Music Collaborative and still spends a lot of her time writing music and practicing various instruments. She just graduated from Foothill High School (‘sko falcs!) and is beyond excited to be continuing her education at NYU as a music education major (please let her know if you have any good winter coat recommendations). While she still has a lot of learning to do herself, she is thrilled to be helping kids learn to love the arts through the same programs that made her love them.


Ronnie La

Ronnie La (she/her) is graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in Mass Communication and Media with a minor in Project Management, and obtained her AA in TheatreArts at La Positas College. She grew up in the Bay Area is happy to call the Tri-Valley her home and to celebrate and share art and theatre through civic arts and education. 


Megan Geiger

Megan Geiger has lived in the Bay Area her whole life, and has always been surrounded and fascinated by the theatre arts. She went from being dragged to shows by her mom and grandma when she was little, to wanting to pursue it as a career! She is currently studying Theatre at Las Positas College, and is applying to transfer to a four-year program next fall. She has been blessed enough to be able to perform on many different stages with so many amazing people, her faves including : Creatures of Impulse at the Firehouse Arts Center, First Time in Forever at Las Positas, Frozen Jr. with PYTC, and State Fair with Livermore High School. She enjoys babysitting, theatre (what, really?), improv, piano, and cooking. She loves watching kids fall in love with theatre the same way she did- unexpectedly. 


Jared Sigman

Jared Sigman (he/ him) has been working for the Firehouse Art Center for four years. He fell in love with the program in middle school when his mom signed him up for the Summer Middle School Improv Camp. Ever since then, he found his place and something he is passionate about, and he hopes to do that for more kids like him. Jared was a four-year member of Creatures of Impulse from 2015-2019. He has also been seen in some community shows In the Bay such as Evil Dead at Las Positas College and Mamma Mia at TVRT. Before finding the Firehouse, Jared was extremely shy and didn’t have any interests outside of superheroes and Pro Wrestling. He wants to make sure every camper and student has a great time, makes friends, improves, and finds something they can get excited and passionate about.


Lou Cooper

Since they were six years old, Lou Cooper (they/them) has been heavily involved with theater and grew up with the City of Pleasanton theater programs. Now they are one of the assistant directors of the resident teen improv troop Creatures of Impulse as well as directing, choreographing, and assisting other PYTC programs. Lou attends Saint Mary’s College of California and is majoring in Choreography and Performance. They hope to make a career as a teaching artist and to inspire the next generation of passionate, inclusive, and kind performers. When Lou is not at the Firehouse or doing homework, you might be able to catch them rollerskating around town!


Leila Brown

Leila Brown grew up doing theatre productions at the Firehouse, and is stoked to teach there now! Her passion lies within educating children, as she is studying to become an elementary school teacher. Whether it is in a school classroom or a theatre classroom, she loves helping children find their passions and hopes to provide a safe environment for them. When she is not teaching, she is reading, songwriting, spending time with her family, or at Disneyland (and if not at Disneyland, she is 100% jamming to Disneyland Park music). The Pleasanton Youth Theatre Company has taught her to unapologetically be herself and to believe in herself, and it is an honor to be working at a place so supportive and so kind. 


Mason Hekl

Mason Hekl (she/ her) began acting with the city of Pleasanton in the 4th grade – so it’s been a while!!! She’s been in over 20 theatrical productions and was a member of Creatures of Impulse throughout most of high school. Asides from theatre, Mason also loves blueberry muffins (the food), purple (the color), and Rapunzel (the princess)!!! This will be Mason’s first time working with the city of Pleasanton’s summer drama camps, and she could not be more excited!!!! Hoping to be a therapist one day and wanting to help others, Mason believes that theatre and acting connect people and allow them to see different perspectives and keep an open mind – which is VERY important. Basically raised in the Pleasanton theatre programs, she hopes to share the love and joy she found in theatre with all of the campers this year!


Ella Thurlow

Ella Thurlow (she/ her) is a big lover of all the corners of Musical Theatre. She has grown up doing shows with PYTC and was featured in some you might have seen such as School of Rock (Summer Hathaway), Bring It On (Eva), Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry), and Frozen Jr (Elsa). She is in her senior year at Foothill High School and stays busy with The High School Music Collaborative, high school tennis, and the yearly PUSD District Musical. Ella appreciates the safe and fun space that the Firehouse gave her for so long, and is just ecstatic to be creating that community for the new generation.


Claire McNerney

Claire McNerney is an actor and writer from Pleasanton, California. She currently attends UC San Diego, where she’s studying theatre and linguistics. She loves reading, improv, and trying new boba drinks, and she is so is excited to meet you! 


Kris Kiyoi

Kris Kiyoi calls Pleasanton his second home town, as he lives in Livermore but attended schools in Pleasanton. He’s had the pleasure to have been on tech crew for the District musicals in his high school years, and was the stage manager for All Shook Up! He is an incoming sophomore at Ithaca College where he is pursuing his BFA in stage management. Past shows include production assistant for Rent and associate stage manager for Unicorn Girl. He is very excited to be a theater technician and assistant teacher for tech camps and assist the drama programs this summer! He hopes to spread the  love and passion he’s gotten from Pleasanton back into the community.


Nadia Brown

Nadia Brown is a junior at Amador Valley High School, and she has been doing musical theatre at the Firehouse for seven years. Nadia was raised in Pleasanton, and she is thrilled to be a part of Pleasanton Youth Theatre Company. In addition to musical theatre, Nadia performs in the High School Music Collaborative and Creatures of Impulse. The arts promote values in Nadia’s life that have helped her grow as a person, and she is so happy that she can help create a supportive environment for students.


Ella Srouji

Ella Srouji (she/ her) has lived in Pleasanton her whole life and is about to be a senior at Foothill High School. She has been involved at the Firehouse Arts Center for quite some time now, and has been performing in musical theatre since she was young. She has performed in several shows produced by companies like Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Pleasanton Youth Theatre Company, and more. Additionally, Ella loves creating art and being involved in seasonal sports. Ella has been wanting to work at the Firehouse Arts Center for quite some time, and now she can finally experience what its like to work on the other side of a theatre production! She is very excited to help students grow and learn more about theatre, and can’t wait to help contribute to the program.


Danny Georgiev

Danny has been an actor and theater technician in the bay area for 7 years. He is currently a student at Las Positas College in Livermore. Along with being involved with school productions, he has worked with several local companies such as The Mountain Theater, Chanticleers, and Alameda Civic Ballet. After several years of perusing his own theatre education he is thrilled to be here at PYTC educating and inspiring young thespians!


Lucie Bernard

Lucie Bernard (she/ her) is a rising senior in high school, and is excited to join the world of theatre at the Firehouse this summer! Lucie is an avid musician who is experienced with piano and violin. Most recently, she participated in the PUSD’s 2022 “Seussical the Musical” as a violinist in the pit orchestra. She loves working with kids, and has taught students on violin for several years. She is looking forward to encouraging students to develop their skills in theatre! 


Mathew Glynn

Mathew Glynn is an aspiring director and educator who is blessed to help usher in a new generation of performers. Getting his start through Pleasanton theatre programs ten years ago, he has been an active performer and student ever since. Bringing his performance experience to the other side of the table is an opportunity he is humbled to have. Some of his favorite credits include Baker in Into the Woods, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Black Stache in Peter in the Starcatcher. He is so excited to be apart of this amazing team!


Sruthi Kumar

Sruthi Kumar (she/ her) can sometimes be the definition of a theater kid. She loves musicals, singing, dancing, and putting on a show. She started theatre when she was nine with Bay Area Children’s Theater, and moved on to Improv with the City of Pleasanton’s Teen Improv Troupe, Creatures of Impulse. She’s been working with children since 2017, and loves teaching young ones to express who they are!  When she’s bored (which is often) she likes to journal in her really cool journal with all her different pens (it makes her happy). She volunteers at the Z-Cares Foundation, which actively destigmatizes Mental Health Awareness, and advocates for Mental Health outreach and support (since mental health matters!). Now working with the City of Pleasanton, she hopes to bring some life back to the camps that were postponed, and create a happy and fun environment, for the kids, her coworkers, and herself!


Mackenzie McDonald

Mackenzie McDonald is an incoming senior at Amador Valley High School and participates in the Tri-Valley Middle College program at Las Positas College. She began acting in the fourth grade and started doing improv in her sixth grade Improv Club. All through middle school she did summer camps at the Firehouse including the teens intensive camp and screenwriting camps! She also attended YATC for two years. When she became a highschooler she auditioned and made it into the Firehouses very own teen improve troop Creatures of Impulse and has been a creature for three years now. Her favorite thing about Theatre is how it can make you feel less alone. She’s always left every show she’s in or every camp she’s attended feeling like she has found her place in the world and she is over the moon excited about getting to help kids experience that!


Bethany Chase