Meet the 2019 Conservatory Staff!

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April Helen Ballesteros

April (Coordinator) is a graduate of California State University, East Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. She has been involved in theater since 5th grade when she was cast as the Fairy Godmother in her school’s production of Cinderella. She has since been consistently involved in theater whether it has been as a stage manager, director/assistant director, costume/makeup/hair designer, or actress. After taking on these different roles, she has found a passion in directing, acting, and teaching.

Alejandra Maria Rivas

Alejandra (Assistant Instructor-Noble Knaves) is a theater artist living in the Bay Area. As a recent graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California, she most recently starred in Cabaret (dir. Jon Tracy) and the world premiere of Ken Prestininzi’s Impure Thoughts (without apology). She has received two nominations for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Award for her performances in In the Heights and Impure Thoughts (without apology). Alejandra has a BA in Theatre Performance Studies with a minor in Psychology.

Lindsay Kathryn Ford

Lindsay (Assistant Instructor-Queen’s Own) is a lesbian theater artist and graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. She is also a professional jazz and rock vocalist, and has had upwards of five years of Estill Voice Training. She has studied in New York City and Tokyo, and sung competitively in Latvia, Hungary, and South Africa. Lindsay is very passionate about this field and the work that Cal Shakes does because in her mind, Shakespeare is often viewed as a purely “high art” or academic exercise, and it is time to tear this misconception down!

Sejal Bahl

Sejal (After Care Coordinator) is an energetic, driven, and hardworking artist who loves and enjoys anything and everything related to art, theater, and film. She is a double major in Design/Technical Theatre and Communications with a concentration in Cinematic Arts. She has worked on several plays at Saint Mary's College of California, both as cast and crew. She believes in the motto "media with a purpose" and strongly believes that theatre and film are such mediums that have the power to effect the masses.

Camila Prado

Camila (Costume Coordinator) is a sophomore at California State University, Northridge majoring in Creative Writing with an interest in Theater/Cinema. She is a Berkeley native who also attended the Cal Shakes Summer Conservatory in her youth. In the Summers of 2013 & 2014, Camila worked in a daycare center and senior home in Costa Rica as part of ISLS, a Spanish Immersion program. She has also tutored children ages 6-11 years old in reading literacy through a tutoring program called Reading Partners.

Jessa Nootbaar

Jessa (Assistant Coordinator) can't stop coming back to Cal Shakes Summer Conservatory! As a student in the Conservatory from 2010-2012, she had the time of her life, taking on such roles as Cyndi-Lauper-style Olivia in Twelfth Night and even meeting one of her best friends. Last summer, she returned to the Conservatory as an Assistant Instructor. Jessa graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University this May with a BA in Sociology and will continue her studies this fall at the University College London's Social Justice and Education MA program.

Juliette S. Carr

Juliette (Assistant Instructor-Fortune Artists) is a Berkeley native who spent just over a decade in New York City. After years working in the travel industry and at various magazines at Condé Nast Publications, while "dabbling" in theater and visual art in any spare time she could get, she has returned to California and to school to fully invest in her love of the arts, and is currently a transfer student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is working towards a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art, and for a second degree she’s planning to double-major in Cognitive Science.

Kathryn Gubler

Kathryn (Assistant Instructor-Riotous Knights) is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in Technical Theatre and Design with a minor in Creative Writing. Being a tech theater student gives her a different perspective with the Conservatory. It is important to know not only what happens onstage, but what happens backstage as well. She hopes that students will learn about ALL the elements that go into making theater and how expressing their voice can come in many forms including designing, building, and managing.

Kelsey Tremewan

Kelsey (Technical Coordinator) is a senior at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is a Technical Theatre and Design major and minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She believes in Cal Shakes’ mission to nurture a culture of learning where we are both teacher and student and is grateful to be working with humans of this mindset. She aims to expand her knowledge in all aspects of technical theatre. When she graduates she aspires to become a stage manager and director.

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