Summer 2016 Camps and Youth Workshops
Camp Instructor Bios
Jillian Toby-Cummings (Camp Director)
Jillian has extensive experience working with youth theater programs throughout the Bay Area, including at teaching summer camps at Hillbarn Theater, Theater in the Mountains, and Children’s Musical Theater San Jose. She also has a long history working with the Los Altos Youth Theater, having participated in the program as a child (her mother Laura Toby was LAYT’s Artistic Director for many years) and gone on to directed and choreograph numerous of their youth production, including the most recent LAYT/LASC joint production of Chitty Chiity Bang Bang. As Education Director for Los Altos Stage, Jillian has been charged with building a robust program that will include summer and vacation camps for local children, master classes and workshops for older youth and adults, and children and family-oriented productions.
Joe Antonicelli (Up and Comers)
Joe is an Education Associate and Enrichment Leader/Drama Specialist with the Campbell Elementary School District and has written, produced and directed several Children’s Theatre Productions with the AmericaEd After School and Summer Programs. His acting career in the Bay Area and Los Angeles spans over 45 years. Favorite stage roles include Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, Squire Trelawney in Treasure Island at Festival Theatre Ensemble, Charles in Pippin, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Van Helsing in Dracula and Papa Bonaparte in Golden Boy at West Valley College. Joe portrayed the Jolliest Old Elf himself in Santastic! at the Retro Dome. In his early L.A. days he appeared in the classic 80’s movies St. Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink and later in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad and Catch Me If You Can.
Ian Leonard (Main Stagers)
Ian Leonard is a San Jose-born actor, teacher, and director who has directed previously at LASC (The Wizard of Oz), Theater in the Mountains (Into the Woods, Spamalot), Children’s Musical Theater San Jose (The Sound of Music, Evita, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), and high schools and middle schools all throughout the Bay Area. As an actor, Ian appeared in the world premiere of Fly By Night (Harold McClam) at TheatreWorks, where he’s also played roles in [title of show], A Christmas Memory, Dessa Rose, and more. He recently played Rev. John Witherspoon in 1776 at American Conservatory Theatre, staged by Tony Award-winning director, Frank Galati. In Legally Blonde (Diablo Theatre Company), he played Emmett opposite Broadway’s Bailey Hanks, the winner of MTV’s Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods. Ian also co-founded and appears regularly in one of the Bay Area’s busiest (and most-polite) cover bands, The Peelers. www.thepeelersband.com
Danny Martin (Broadway Babies)
Danny Martin has a Master’s of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College, and a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. He has trained at A.C.T. in performance through their Studio classes. Danny has been performing throughout the Bay Area since 2003, and has been involved in over 50 productions. Previous shows include the West Coast premiere of Big Fish (Will Bloom) at Palo Alto Players in 2014; the Bay Area premiere of Love’s Labour’s Lost the musical (Boyet) at The Douglas Morrison Theater in 2015; Maple and Vine (Dean) The Fox on the Fairway (Dickie) LASC.
Cindy Powell (Up and Comers)
Cindy has been choreographing and directing in the Bay Area for over five years! She’s taught movement and dance for all ages, and choreographed productions of The Little Mermaid (Campbell Middle School & La Entrada) Alice in Wonderland, Peter Rabbit (Palo Alto Children’s Theatre), and The Secret Garden (Los Altos Youth Theatre).
Deborah Rosengaus (Up and Comers)
A native of the San Franisco Bay Area, Deborah Rosengaus is a sought after performer and vocal teacher across the US and internationally. Locally she has taught Music History courses at the San Mateo Adult School, local JCCs and community centers. A recent highlight was her vocal Masterclass at Shandong University in China. Her work with children ranges from Choral to Broadway ages 5-teens. She lead the St. Agnes Children’s Choir in Los Angeles and various Musical Theater workshops with Allegro Music School and Joyful Melodies in Cupertino. She was also the Children’s Chorus Master at Notre Dame de Namur University for their production of Hansel and Gretel. She made her Los Altos Youth Theater debut as Music Director with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang last year. She holds a B.M. From the University of Southern California and an M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.
D. Asa Stern (Main Stagers)
Asa currently teaches music at the Livermore Valley Charter School. Asa completed a MM in Composition at USF-Tampa and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific. Asa has taught instrumental and vocal music in both the West Contra Costa Unified School District and the San Jose Unified School District. As a performer, Asa works as a pianist, vocalist, woodwind doubler, and conductor. He has conducted ensembles including the Sunnyvale Singers, UC Davis, Davis Musical Theater Company, South Bay Musical Theater, Los Altos Youth Theater, Theatre in the Mountains, the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, and choirs at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church of Mountain View, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church of Tampa, and the Joint Venture Churches of Almaden Valley. He has recorded and performed many group including The Choral Project and Dave Brubeck.