Conservatory Staff

Adrienne “Addie” Kaori Walters
Interim Conservatory Director

Addie is ecstatic to be with the Teen Company at Hillbarn. Off stage, Addie is the Conservatory Director here at Hillbarn, teaching artist, director, choreographer, and writer. Onstage she has been performed with theatre across the Bay Area including Center Rep, Aurora Theatre Co, Theatreworks, and more. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Classics from San Francisco State University.

Jad Bernardo
Music Director, Vocal Coach, and Pianist

Jad is thrilled to be teaching and music directing for Hillbarn Conservatory!  He was last seen as AudreyII in Hillbarn’s production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has worked with Opera and Broadway professionals, served as faculty/staff/coach at New York University, Adelphi University, and Broadway Method Academy. Jad has music directed the SONDHEIM AWARDS(Shubert Theater), EVITA & ANNIE(Westport Country Playhouse); SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, FUGITIVE SONGS, CAROUSEL(RedRiverLyric,OBVI); THE FANTASTICKS (Millbrook Playhouse); FOOTLOOSE & RAGTIME (RCA,CT). FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE(feat. Grammy Winner Nathan Best) AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Northern Stage); SWEENEY TODD (Gerald W. Lynch Theater NYC); EXTRAORDINARY (Vital Theater Co.) & Off-Broadway hit PINKALICIOUS!(New World Stages).

Monique Hafen Adams

Monique is overjoyed to join the team for the Teen Co. at Hillbarn! Mrs. Adams is a professional actress that has performed at theaters all over the Bay Area, including ACT, Theatreworks, SF Playhouse, San Jose Stage Company, among others. She has worked locally as a casting director, is a writer for Playground SF, and owns her own private vocal studio. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University.


Amanda Farbstein

Amanda has been teaching dance (most notably tap) for all age groups and levels at multiple theatre conservatories, studios, and privately for several years. She’s performed in many dance/tap musicals herself both in the Bay Area and regionally for well over a decade, even doubling as dance captain. She’s an equity actor who also trained extensively in classical and contemporary acting as well as in voice and singing. Her greatest hope is that students will learn to love the craft more than the fears and insecurities they may have about it.

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