Staff & Faculty

Producing Artistic Director

Jennifer Boesing began working professionally as a singer/actor in Minneapolis at the age of nine.  Before she graduated from high school, she had performed with  At the Foot of the Mountain Theater Company, Mabou Mines Theater, Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera.

Jennifer graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City, where she studied acting with Sanford Meisner and Richard Pinter.  In 2002 she earned a Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Operatic Performance.  Locally, she has performed  opera, oratorio, and new music theater; her professional credits include work with San Francisco Opera Center, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Pocket Opera, Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, Gold Coast Chamber Players, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Opera, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Opera Theater, Festival Opera, and North Bay Opera.  She has been teaching voice privately since 1998.

Boesing began working with YMTC in 2000 as Music Director, and served as Vocal Coach in 2002. In 2004, she came on board as YMTC’s stage director, assisted the company in forming a board and incorporating as a non-profit in 2004, took on the mantle of Artistic Director, and began to design, implement and teach acting and musical theater workshops throughout the season. Boesing has been leading the company as its Producing Artistic Director since 2012.

Contact Jennifer Boesing.

Resident Musical Director

David Möschler is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based musical director and conductor, and has music-directed over one hundred productions of musical theater, opera, and theater productions for companies such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory, Shotgun Players, Center REPertory Theatre, Ray of Light Theatre, Boxcar Theatre, Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project. Möschler is the recipient of two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, and won second place for the 2012 The American Prize in Music for YMTC’s production of Ragtime. In addition to staying active as a frequent guest lecturer, vocal coach, cabaret artist, orchestra contractor, in the spring of 2013 he founded the Awesöme Orchestra Collective, a non-profit incubator orchestra. Möschler has also served as adjunct faculty for several Bay Area high schools and colleges, and served on the the conducting staff of Cape Cod’s College Light Opera Company for six summers. After receiving his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Physics at UNC Chapel Hill, he completed his Master of Arts in Music for conducting, under the tutelage of Professors D. Kern Holoman and Jeffrey Thomas at UC Davis, publishing his thesis on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Möschler began music-directing YMTC productions in 2010, and in 2012 was named the company’s first Resident Musical Director.

Contact Dave Möschler.

Resident Choreographers

Pam Crane received her B.A. in Drama and English Literature from Occidental College, and while there, had the privilege of studying dance with Charlene Baker, who was Agnes DeMille’s assistant choreographer for many years. Pam has appeared in a number of shows in the East Bay, including productions with Berkeley Opera, Contra Costa Musical Theater and Diablo Light Opera. Pam’s past choreography credits include Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business, Guys & Dolls, Godspell, Cabaret, Fiddler On The Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaparone, and Urinetown. She was a founding board member when YMTC was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2004, and served as Board President until 2009, and as Managing Director until 2010.

Contact Pam Crane.

Janet Collard is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in the San Francisco bay area.  Janet studied dance and choreography as an undergraduate at CalArts, then received her MFA in dance performance and choreography at Mills College.  She has worked with many local bay area choreographer’s and is currently a member of Katie Faulkner’s little seismic dance company and Nancy Karp and Dancers.  Janet  was a member of AXIS Dance Company from 2008-2011.  With AXIS she performed all over the country and danced in the works of choreographer’s David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Kate Weare, Alex Ketley and Shinichi Iova-Koga.  She has produced and performed her own work in the San Francisco bay area and southern California. She has also done choreography for Shotgun Players, Berkeley Playhouse and for pre and professional dancers in the bay area. Janet started working with YMTC in 2015 on the original show Don’t Stop Me and followed up with Company, Carousel, Spring Awakening.

Technical Director

Nate Card has produced, directed, written, performed, and built Theatre since being introduced to it in 2000, in Kansas City, MO.  He earned his BFA as a Male Acting Apprentice at Stephens College for Women (2006). In 2009, he migrated to Chicago, and soon became (and remains) a proud company member with CollaborAction Theatre, through which he has worked (directed/choreographed/performed) for Electric Forest Music Festival, Art Institute of Chicago, Alexian Brothers, and the City of Chicago DCASE. In 2015, he relocated to the Bay Area where he has been onstage with New Conservatory Theatre, Dramatists Guild, and PCSF,  and backstage with Playground SF, PCSF, Z Space, and the exceptional YMTC. @NCardCreative #DanceEveryDay

Contact Nate Card.

Marketing Coordinator

Laura Soble has been involved with YMTC since seeing Into the Woods in 2009 and finding herself moved, transfixed and transformed by the performances and the artistry of the production. She served seven years on the board, was Board Chair from 2013-16, and is particularly proud of the community effort that resulted in the creation of the YMTC campus at Aquatic Park. Laura worked as Public Relations/Marketing director for the Paramount Theater of the Arts in Oakland before returning to graduate school to study psychology. Her roots are in music and theater, including professional work as a director, teacher, arts administrator and musician. Laura holds a BA in Dramatic Art (Directing) from UC Santa Barbara and an MA in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy from JFK University.

Contact Laura Soble.

Teaching Artist/Outreach Coordinator

Simone Kertesz has been learning and performing  with YMTC since 2002. She is so excited to be a part of day to operations, teach and direct with YMTC. A graduate of Chico State with a degree in Musical Theater, she now works professionally in the Bay Area. Some of her favorite roles include; Hippolito in Revenger’s Tragedy, Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

Contact Simone Kertesz.

Production Stage Manager

Zoe Wei Hu graduated from Simon’s Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in spring of 2017 with a degree in Theater Arts. She joined the YMTC staff last fall, stage managing Guys & Dolls and was terribly impressed by how dedicated the students and staff are to bringing these productions to life. Zoe is very happy to be back in the Bay Area doing something she loves, and continuing her education with YMTC.

Music Director

Diana Lee is a classically trained pianist and cellist. She did her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, and has been teaching, performing and freelancing ever since. She maintains her own private studio in the East Bay, and has been the Music Director for various theater companies throughout the Bay Area including the San Francisco Arts Education Project, Pacifica Spindrift Players, Spindrift School of Performing Arts, and Bay Area Educational Theater Company. Most recently she has been working with San Francisco Bay Area Theater Company and, of course, with YMTC. She has played in the pit for many YMTC shows since 2012, and is grateful for the continued opportunity to work with the incredible staff and students in the program.

Volunteer Staff

Wendy Ponder (Front of House Volunteer Coordinator) has been a YMTC parent since the 2012 season. Her family has volunteered and supported YMTC behind the scenes in many roles from baking concessions, ushering and managing the front of house to loading and striking sets for many shows and now is serving as a board member and volunteer coordinator.  Wendy would like to invite and welcome all family members into the YMTC community which supports the actors and the many professionals guiding them.

Contact Wendy Ponder.

Alexa Wilkie (Box Office Manager) has been a fan of YMTC since the first show she saw in 2010. Coming from a family rooted in theater, she is delighted that both her sons have had the chance to experience the amazing training that YMTC offers. When not selling tickets to YMTC shows, she works in public health as Program Manager of a state environmental health program. Volunteering as Box Officer Manager gives her a really good excuse to see every show.  

Teachers / Directors

Susannah Martin is an award-winning director, teacher, and theatremaker. Susannah has taught and directed for organizations throughout the Bay Area, and for five years was the Joint Artistic Director of Paducah Mining Co., a San Francisco-based theatre ensemble that produced acclaimed work by established playwrights and devised original pieces on complex material such as domestic terrorism, spousal abuse, and poverty in America.  She has taught movement, voice, acting, and composition for California Shakespeare Theater for the past nine years and directed several Shakespeare productions for their 5-week summer conservatory.  Susannah has also taught and/or directed for UC Davis, Los Medanos College, St. Mary’s College, Shotgun Players (of which she is also a proud company member), A.C.T., Marin Theatre Company, Porchlight Theatre Company,  Sonoma County Rep., TheatreFIRST, Town Hall Theatre Company, the New Conservatory Theatre, the Berkeley Playhouse, and a variety of high schools throughout San Francisco and the East Bay.  Susannah received her BFA from NYU and her MFA from UC Davis.

Voice teachers

Betty Schneider‘s client roster includes Grammy and Tony award winning singers.  She travels throughout the United States and Europe presenting workshops in musical theatre, pop, r&b and jazz.  She has pursued a life-long career in the arts in such diverse fields as dance, choreography, directing, lighting, acting, singing and teaching.  Since graduating from Oberlin College with a BA in Theatre Arts, she has worked with many institutions including American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Theatreworks, Seth Rigg’s Summer Institute in Los Angeles, and Green Voices Institut in Munich.  Having trained in New York and Los Angeles, Betty now resides in Berkeley where she specializes in teaching seamless vocal technique and passionate performance.

Rebecca Castelli is an experienced voice teacher and dialect coach, as well as a professional actress and singer.  Besides teaching out of her private voice studio in El Cerrito, she currently teaches voice and theatre classes at Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre.  She has also taught Voice & Text at California Shakespeare Summer Conservatory, and has also served as the vocal coach for Willows Summer Conservatory.  Rebecca has dialect coached with various local theatres including Shotgun Players, Virago Theatre Company, Theatre Rhinoceros, Ross Valley Players, Custom Made Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre.  Rebecca was a company member with the Marin based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years, and has also performed with various local theatre companies, including Shotgun Players; Cinnabar Theatre; and Those Women Productions.  Regionally, she has appeared at Fifth Avenue Musical Theatre in Seattle and Clarence Brown Theatre Company in Knoxville, TN.  She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a theatre group based out of Oakland that improvises full-length plays.

Fight Coach

Zoe Swenson-Graham