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Broadway By the Bay is excited to launch its inaugural Theatre Arts Academy, an innovative summer program taking musical theatre training to a whole new level.

Students will delve into the world of theatre and stagecraft with the Bay Area’s finest teaching artists. Through an immersive and creative learning experience, they will explore the elements of musical theatre such as singing, dancing, acting, scene study, and playwriting. Each session will culminate in a workshop performance for friends and family at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Redwood City!

The Academy Philosophy

The Theatre Arts Academy is committed to promoting excellence in the development of student creativity, confidence and resilience through the various theatre disciplines in a supportive and innovative learning environment.


Enrichment through exploration, discovery and creativity

CREATORS (Ages 6-11)
Spark your child’s imagination and creativity through an array of classes in singing, acting, dancing, and improv games to name just a few. The Creators sessions introduce children to the building blocks of theatre. Children have the freedom to express themselves in an upbeat environment and embrace their natural sense of play! Through learning to balance technique and imagination, children will create their own performance to show what stars they truly are. There are three two-week sessions, all which can be taken individually or consecutively.

The Conservatory is designed to give students an intensive theatrical training at a professional caliber. To achieve this, we offer challenging classes, taught by career professionals, that cover comprehensive techniques brought from the top theater schools around the globe.  Our curriculum hones individuals into artists, with classes focused on growth and advancement; putting students high above benchmark when auditioning for competitive college programs and professional pursuits.   There are two three-week sessions, which can be taken individually or consecutively.

The process provides a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to each participant to meet their individual potential.



Jocelyn Pickett

Program Director (Creators), Teaching Artist
Jocelyn is an award winning professional actor and teacher, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Arizona. She began her career at Northwest Children’s Theatre, and is currently the Elementary Drama Specialist at Bullis Charter School. For more:


Joshua Marx

Program Director (Conservatory), Teaching Artist
Joshua is a professional actor, director, producer, and teacher. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Joshua is also Professor of Theatre Arts at SJSU, and a teaching artist at SF Shakes, Cal Shakes, and Theatreworks.
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Alissa Deeter

Vocal Program Coordinator
Soprano Alissa Deeter is a nationally recognized performer with firm footing in the classical, operetta, and musical theatre repertoire. An active recitalist, she has a penchant for French mélodie as well as the treasured compositions of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, and Weill. Alissa is an advocate of art to affect change and is continually promoting vocal music in local communities as a cultural force. She is the co-author of The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2014) and can be heard on the recording From the Heartland(Albany Records, 2012). She and pianist Arlene Shrut have a new recording entitled Hier: Mélodies of Francis Poulenc currently in production with Centaur Records. Alissa holds the Doctor of Music degree in voice performance from Florida State University and is a distinguished vocal pedagogue in the field. With twenty years of teaching, she possesses the skills and expertise to teach students of all ages and levels of development.


Sean Kana

Vocal Program, Teaching Artist
Sean is an award-winning music and vocal director, and Resident Music Director of Broadway By the Bay. Sean teaches voice in the Master of Fine Arts Program at American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) and holds a Bachelor’s of Music from San Francisco State University.


Nicole Helfer

Choreography and Mask Work, Teaching Artist

Choreography credits include Miss Saigon, Kiss Me Kate (SFBATCC nominee), West Side Story (TBA Award winner), and In the Heights (TBA Award winner) with BBBay; West Side Story (TBA and SFBATCC nominee), Peter Pan and the upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast with The Mountain Play; the West Coast premiere of School of Rock with Oakland School for the Arts; Lizzie with ROLT (SFBATCC nominee); Dogfight with OMG Productions; Tarzan with CCMT (Shellie Award nominee); RENT with PCRT; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Shellie Award nominee) with Willows Theatre Company; Click Clack Moo and Pinkalicious with Bay Area Children’s Theatre.  Currently, Nicole Helfer teaches at the Ballet School in Walnut Creek and is a full-time theatre faculty member at Oakland School for the Arts’ School of Theatre.


Amanda Farbstein

Choreography and Tap Specialist, Teaching Artist

Amanda has performed with such companies as PCPA Theatrefest, FaultLine Theater, Theatre Rhinoceros, Playwrights Center SF, Half Moon Bay Shakespeare, Hillbarn, and CustomMade (company member).  Favorite shows include Rapture, Blister, Burn (Avery), White Christmas (Judy), and Pericles (Gower). She holds a BA in English from Westmont College and is a proud graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.