Conservatory Staff

Randy O’Hara – Conservatory Director
Jad Bernardo – Teen Company Vocal Director
Rick Reynolds – Teen Company Music Director
Stephanie Wozniak – Teen Company Acting Director
Adrienne Walters – Teen Company Dance Director
Samantha Ricci – Conservatory Managing Associate
Samantha Ayoob – Teen Company Assistant
Lani Yort – Youth Program Associate

Samantha Ayoob

Samantha (she/her) has been involved in performing arts from a very young age. She loves being part of the Hillbarn team both on the stage and behind the scenes. She has worked for many different theatre companies as a choreographer, assistant director, makeup lead, graphic designer, and stage manager. She is also part of the production team for Hillbarn’s new Teen Conservatory Company.

Jad Bernardo

Jad Bernardo (he/him) is a music director, vocal coach, and pianist. He’s worked with Opera and Broadway professionals, served as faculty/staff/coach at New York University, Adelphi University, and Broadway Method Academy, Hillbarn and ACT. Jad has music directed the “Sondheim Awards,” “Evita” & “Annie” (Westport Country Playhouse); “Songs for a New World,” “Fugitive Songs,” “Carousel”(RedRiverLyric,OBVI); “Les Miserables,” “Mary Poppins,” “Hair,” and “Spring Awakening” (SOOP Theater Co.);”The Fantasticks” (Millbrook Playhouse); “Footloose” and “Ragtime” (RCA,CT); “Five Guys Named Moe” (feat. Grammy Winner Nathan Best); “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (Northern Stage); “Sweeney Todd” (Gerald W. Lynch Theater NYC); “The Johnny” (NYC’s 2008 Fringe Festival); “Extraordinary” (Vital Theater Co.) & Off-Broadway hit PINKALICIOUS! (New World Stages). As an actor, he was last seen as Audrey II in Hillbarn’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Randy O’Hara

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.

Rick Reynolds

Rick (he/him) was the Music Director for Sister Act, Legally Blonde, Sweet Charity, Fiddler, and White Christmas, and played as a musician for many others. Other Bay Area theaters include TW, BBB, 42nd Street Moon, SJCLO, AMT, Flint Center, Pied Piper, local colleges, and schools. In the UK: Theatre Royal, Chester Repertory, Gilbert & Sullivan, and the Royal Derngate Theatre. Resident Music Director for Peninsula Center Stage, PAP, and L’Act for 9 years. Recipient of BATCC Best Musical Director Award for Jesus Christ Superstar and Dean Goodman Awards for Bells are Ringing and Oklahoma!. Contractor/Music preparation for studio recordings used by theme parks including Kings Entertainment and Marriots.

Adrienne Kaori Walters

Adrienne Kaori Walters (she/her) is thrilled to be back at Hillbarn directing HAIR! She was last seen directing Hillbarn’s Spring Awakening (Summer Conservatory). Adrienne was also part of the Creative team with Hillbarn’s Teen Company and choreographed the Summer Conservatory production of Bring It On. Past credits; Peter and The Starcatcher (TheatreWorks and Hillbarn), Our Practical Heaven (Aurora), Spring Awakening (Center Rep), and Beneath the Tall Tree (TheatreFIRST) where she made her playwriting debut. Adrienne has a BA in Anthropology, a minor in Classics, and worked with an archaeological excavation in Pompeii. Love to her amazing family, Drew, and Teagan. Member of Actor’s Equity Association. More info at

Lani Yort

Lani (she/her) 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.

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