The Conservatory at Hillbarn is the closest thing you’ll find in the Foster City area to a full-immersion Performing Arts Conservatory – without having to leave home.
The Conservatory is a year-round performing arts conservatory with four main programs: Mainstage musicals at Hillbarn, Classes at Hillbarn, Outreach Enrichment classes and camps, and Outreach Productions. Our primary focus is to create a place where young people of all levels of talent and experience can build and hone their performance skills while developing self-esteem, teamwork skills, and friendships that will last a lifetime. Our classes are for youth ages 4 to 18 and students will have the opportunity to work with our staff of trained theatre professionals. Our Mission: To inspire young audiences with imaginative productions, introduce children of all backgrounds and abilities to the excitement of live theatre, and create an engaging, encouraging, and educational environment in which children and their families can explore and enjoy the theatre arts. Each year we produce 3 children’s musical productions on the Hillbarn Theatre main stage. Our performances feature youth performers. We hire designers and directors who bring vibrant, creative worlds to life and who understand how to make theatre accessible for audiences young and old. Throughout the year, we offer drama, voice and dance classes and camps for children ages 4 to 18. Our classes focus on ensemble performance, teamwork, and confident communication. We provide after-school enrichment classes to elementary schools in Foster City, San Mateo and Hillsborough. We produce full-scale musicals in outreach to elementary, middle and high schools who otherwise would not do a school musical due to lack of internal performing arts curriculum. All of our Teaching Artists are professionals, trained as both artists and educators.
Whether your child is looking for a new fun activity or is yearning to be up on stage, our Hillbarn Conservatory has something for everyone. Have a question about our shows/programs? Check our FAQ page HERE!
Randy O’Hara is ecstatic to be joining the Hillbarn team as Conservatory Director! Originally from Massachusetts, Randy is now a local actor and educator on the peninsula. After spending many years performing all over the Northeast and New York City, he traded in his winter hat for sunglasses and couldn’t be happier on the west coast. He is overjoyed to have this opportunity to work with the incredible students and families involved in Hillbarn Conservatory. Along with the amazing team at Hillbarn, Randy is looking forward to creating beautiful art, and empowering children and adults through theatre. Phone: 650-349-6411 ext. 307 Email: [email protected]
Samantha Ricci SummerStage Managing Director Sam began her career with a year-and-a-half-long jaunt touring with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. In that time, she worked with over 5,000 children in shows and workshops across the US, Canada, and Southeast Asia. She returned to California to spend two years with the California Theatre Center in Sunnyvale, performing in children’s shows and teaching at their summer conservatory until the company’s closing. When not at Hillbarn, you can find Sam facilitating improv workshops in California state prisons with Red Ladder Theatre Company or running hands-on field trips with History San Jose. This is her second year helping run the day-to-day goings-on of SummerStage, and she is so excited to see what this summer brings.
StarShiners and StarTots Staff
Lani Yort StarShiners & StarTots Lead/101 Dalmatians Choreographer Lani returns to Hillbarn Theatre as a teacher after many years of being a performer. Lani grew up in the Bay Area performing in many local theater companies, such as Hillbarn, Broadway by the Bay and Peninsula Youth Theatre. She received her teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has taught first grade in two Bay Area schools. Lani now teaches middle school in San Mateo. Lani has taught theater (camps, choreography, costumes, etc.) at many local theater companies, such as Hillbarn, Broadway by the Bay, Borel Drama, and Peninsula Youth Theater. Hillbarn Theatre has always had a special place in Lani’s heart. Kelly Burke StarShiners & StarTots Assistant Lead Kelly is extremely excited to be a part of the Hillbarn family again this summer! Having been part of the Hillbarn family for about 7 years now, she loves being a part of productions as well as working with the amazing kids during the summer! Miss Kelly is currently a sophomore at Chapman University where she is a Psychology and Integrated Educational Studies double major, with hopes to join their 4+1 program for her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction next spring. In her free time besides performing, she loves to read mystery novels, write, and dance in all different styles, with tap being one of her favorites! Miss Kelly can’t wait for all of the amazing opportunities to make so many new and fun memories working with the little stars at Hillbarn again this summer! Isabella Ellis StarShiners & StarTots Assistant Lead Bella is so excited to be working at Hillbarn again this summer! She was a counselor for the StarTots and StarShiners camps last year and absolutely loved working with the kids. Seeing the kids’ faces light up as they learn a new song or dance is always rewarding. Bella is now a second-year college student majoring in Theatre Arts/Drama at San Francisco State University. She has been in 21 shows throughout her life, 7 of which were performed during her time at San Mateo High School. She also played Laurey Williams in Hillbarn’s Oklahoma! back in 2016. She loves to think of Hillbarn as her second home!Nicolette Aarons Startots Nicolette is 16 and currently a Sophomore at San Mateo High School and is so excited to be part of the Hillbarn Conservatory Staff this year! She grew up performing at Hillbarn and in several other productions in the Bay Area. Nicolette loves working with children and is thrilled to get to teach them more about theatre. Some of her other hobbies include singing, dancing, photography and painting. Raina Bhargava StarShiners Raina is thrilled to be working at Hillbarn this summer, and returning to the place where she started performing. She loves working with kids, and has taught dance for two years at the Tutu School. Her training includes the Joffrey Ballet School’s West LA Intensive, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Sacco-Belli Voice Studio. A recent graduate from San Mateo High School, she’ll be pursuing her degree in theatre at UCLA this fall. Recently, she was seen as #14 in The Wolves (A.C.T Young Conservatory), and Granddaughter in Cinderella (African American Shakespeare Company). Kylie Chiu StarShiners & StarTots Kylie Chiu is going into her fourth year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a Liberal Studies major. This will be her sixth year as a staff member for Hillbarn summer stage productions. She first got involved with summer stage in 2012 when she performed in Aida and has loved it ever since. Kylie is super excited for another amazing year at camp! Lee Kedem StarShiners Lee is very excited to work at Hillbarn this summer! She has most recently worked at Z Ultimate Karate studio as an assistant instructor. Her training includes voice and acting with Stephanie Styles and Joshua Finkle. She has just graduated from San Mateo High and will be attending the University of Utah to pursue a degree in musical theatre. She has recently been seen as Gabrielle in Cinderella (San Mateo High )and Campbell in Bring It On (Hillbarn Conservatory). Charlotte Kehrberg StarShinersCharlotte Kehrberg is a junior at San Mateo High School. You may have seen her recently as Mickey in the Odd Couple or Grandma Addams in The Addams Family. This is her second summer working with the StarShiners, and she couldn’t be more excited to work with such amazing kids! She hopes you all enjoy the shows! Megan Rae Little Starshiner & Startots Megan Rae Little is very excited to be working at Hillbarn Theatre this summer for the first time. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre Performance. Megan currently resides in New York City where she pursues acting full time. She continues to train at Broadway Dance Center, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and with her voice instructor, Paul Lincoln. Megan has taught at summer theatre camps all over the New Hampshire seacoast and loves to see kids experience the joy of theatre. Tim Sanders Starshiners & StarTots See 101 Dalmatians staff below.
101 Dalmatians Staff
Alexandra J Nemchik 101 Dalmatians Director Alexandra Nemchik is so excited to be working with Hillbarn again! This will be her 7th summer in a row at Hillbarn conservatory! She loves spreading her love of musical theatre to the young actors, and helping them find their voice in acting! Some shows she has directed at Hillbarn conservatory that you might have seen are Oklahoma, Into the Woods, The Pajama Game, and recently Urinetown with Randy! Enjoy the show! Lani Yort 101 Dalmatians Choreographer See Starshiners above. Amy Banks 101 Dalmatians Music Director Amy is excited to educate and inspire a love of learning musical theater to Hilbarn’s conservatory participants. She’s enjoyed being a music teacher for 17 years, teaching in numerous classrooms and as a private piano teacher. She studied at Whitworth University and San Francisco State University attending a music credential program and earning a music degree in piano performance. Amy has taken Kodaly and Orff training music certification courses and additional course work completed from Notre Dame de Namur University. Amy comes to Hilbarn Theatre with the joy of knowing she gets to collaborate with a great thespian community of children and adults. Tim Sanders 101 Dalmatians Stage Manager/Starshiners & Startots Tim Sanders is excited to be back for his second summer with Hillbarn’s Youth Conservatory. Tim is a rising senior musical theatre major at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He has performed with companies across the Bay Area including Starstruck Theatre, Palo Alto Players, ACT, and Woodminster Summer Musicals. Directing credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Irvington Conservatory Theater and Little Women with Emerson’s Musical Theatre Society. He is excited to share his love of theater with a new group of young artists! Makena Reynolds 101 Dalmatians Production Assistant Makena is excited to be part of the Hillbarn family!
Jocelyn Pickett Spamalot Director Jocelyn is ecstatic to join the Hillbarn Conservatory Team! She has performed as an actor in many productions throughout the Bay; (even right here at Hillbarn as Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde!). She grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she spent her summers hard at work as an actor, director, and choreographer at Northwest Children’s Theatre in Portland, OR. After receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre, she moved to Los Angeles. Upon her arrival to the Bay from Los Angeles, she stumbled across many Bay Area theatre companies that could foster her love of teaching the next generation! After teaching for a few years at Peninsula Youth Theatre, she found a position as a full-time Drama Specialist at Bullis Charter School where she has had the opportunity to grow as an educator and director for five years! Jocelyn is looking forward to the hilarity that will ensue with the discoveries the students will make along this journey to Camelot! Kaitlyn Tom Spamalot Choreographer Kaitlyn Tom is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan and is so thrilled to be back at Hillbarn after growing up performing in Summer Stage productions. Some of her favorite credits include Margot in Legally Blonde(University of Michigan), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Menlo School), and Quintina in I’m Still Standing (American Conservatory Theater). When she isn’t doing theater (which is hardly ever), Kaitlyn can be found eating large amounts of feta bread and binge-watching every rom com on Netflix. Kaitlyn feels incredibly grateful for being able to work with such amazing people this summer! Sara Rangel-Murphy Spamalot Music Director Sara Rangel-Murphy earned her Masters in Opera Performance and has performed internationally in shows, operas, and recitals. She is the Music Director at St Charles Parish in San Carlos as well as the Choir/Music Director at Tierra Linda Middle School and St Charles School. Sara has a private voice studio, music directs for Hillbarn Conservatory, San Carlos Children’s Theatre, and Music for Minors, and co-owns Murphy Music Camps. So happy to be a part of the Hillbarn family for over seven years! Joe MurphySpamalot Vocal Coach Joe is a musical director, actor, middle school band director and business owner here on the peninsula. Joe has been seen on stage at Hillbarn as Houdini in Ragtime and the UPS Guy in Legally Blonde. He musically directed Funny Girl and Cabaret and ran the choir for Hunchback at Hillbarn, as well as assistant directed many other shows. Joe will be acting as Lancelot in Spamalot with Woodside Community Theater in the fall and he’ll be back at Hillbarn to music direct Little Shop of Horrors in the winter. Allison Parker Spamalot Stage Manager and Assistant Director Allison is delighted to be back at Hillbarn for another summer in the Bay! Originally from Chico, she graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BFA in Musical Theatre and has worked as a performer at various spots in the Bay Area, most recently playing Sophie in Mamma Mia! at San Jose Stage Company. Allison resides in Los Angeles where she both auditions and slings espresso shots professionally. Favorite directing credits include Oklahoma! and Children of Eden. She has adored working with these kids and cannot wait to see them find their Grail! Lilliana LoGuidce Spamalot Production Assistant Lilliana has been a part of the conservatory shows for 3 years and this is her first year working as a production team member. She is thrilled to be working on the other side and joining the Hillbarn family!!
Spring Awakening Staff
Adrienne Kaori Walters Spring Awakening Director and Co-Choreographer Adrienne is thrilled to be back with the Hillbarn Conservatory after choreographing Bring It On this past summer. Past credits; The Language Archive (TheatreWorks), Peter and the Starcatcher (TheatreWorks), Blasted(Shotgun Players), Our Practical Heaven (Aurora), Spring Awakening (Center Rep), and Beneath the Tall Tree (TheatreFIRST) where she made her playwriting debut alongside Jeffrey Lo. Adrienne privately coaches and is a teaching artist for various theatre companies throughout the Bay Area. She has a BA in Anthropology, a minor in Classics, and practices archaeology abroad. Love to her mom, Marshall, Hana, Drew, and as always for dad and Brian. Proud member of The Actor’s Equity Association. More info at www.adriennewalters.com Jon Toussaint Spring Awakening Choreographer Jon is a rising Senior at Northwestern University, where he studies Theatre, French, and Psychology, and is in the Music Theatre Certificate Program. At Northwestern, he has performed in several plays and musicals, most recently Into the Woods (Wolf/Steward). In his senior year, he will direct NU Lovers & Madmen’s Winter Mainstage musical and serve as a Co-chair for the 89th Annual Waa-Mu Show. He recently appeared in Gatehouse Theatre’s inaugural production of Heathers at the Fort Mason Center (Choreographer/Beleaguered Geek). He is thrilled to be returning to Hillbarn, where he worked on the creative teams for Bring It On and Millie, and previously appeared on the mainstage in Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Funny Girl, and Ragtime (Little Boy). Rick Reynolds Spring Awakening Music Director Rick is happy to be part of the Hillbarn family! Ethan Staneart Spring Awakening Stage Manager Ethan is happy to be part of the Hillbarn family! Blythe Butler Spring Awakening Production Assistant This is one of Blythe’s first ventures into the production side of theatre but she has been immersed in the theatre world and performing onstage for the majority of her life and has just finished her freshman year at Columbia College Chicago where she studies musical theatre. You may have seen her in Hillbarn Conservatory’s production of Bring It On, last summer, as Bridget. She is so excited to be back in this amazing community.
REFUND POLICY – PLEASE READ
Something come up? It happens to all of us. To cancel a Conservatory class you must do so in person at the Box Office or via email (a time and date stamped email from you to us). Unfortunately, you may not cancel by phone. These policies are non-negotiable. Reimbursement Conservatory Cancellation Policy: We do not offer refunds on Fall/Winter/Spring Classes. If your child is unable to participate, we can offer class credit, but no refunds are available. SummerStage Cancellation Policy: If your child(ren) is unable to participate in SummerStage after they have been enrolled, we are able to offer refunds in the following manner:
- Before April 15, 2020– Full refund less $50 (processing fee/hold spot fee)
- After April 15, 2020 – 50% refund
- 3 weeks prior to enrolled camp start date – No refunds.
- Cancellation after the first week of a program has passed and you cancel, no tuition is refunded under any circumstance.
We know that sometimes things come up that are emergencies that can’t be controlled, so we reserve the right to waive the formality of the cancellation policy depending on circumstances.
Please understand we structure our programs and hire teachers according to early enrollment. Last minute cancellations cost the company time and money and often deprive another child of the opportunity to participate in a conservatory class or camp that was assumed to be filled. Once a camp has begun, fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Welcome to Hillbarn Theatre – SummerStage 2019!
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
Your liability release agreement and medical history form must be completed and returned to Hillbarn Theatre BEFORE your child will be allowed to participate in camp. We’ve provided an easy way to complete your registration. Use our convenient online form or download the forms and turn them in the first day of camp.
Please use one of the options below:
OPTION 1: Use the online forms below to complete the registration for your child(ren).
OPTION 2: Print and fill out the forms below — medical history, liability form, and photo release agreement form and turn in on the first day of camp. Click on the forms below to download: *INDICATES REQUIRED
- *Emergency Medical Form
- *Liability Forms
- *Photo Permission and Release Form
- * Cancellation Policy
- * Conservatory Sign In/Sign Out Policy
OPTIONAL FORMS (DOWNLOAD ONLY)