Current Staff Members:

Tracy Whitney

Founding Artistic Director

Kristin Schrader-Shawler

Managing Director

Alicia Cone

HYPE Advisor

Jenn Gilbertson

Chapter Coordinator

Current Teachers:

Dan Floyd

Dan Floyd is new to CYT as a teacher, but not to musical theater! He has spent several years singing with community and church choirs, most recently with Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre's Broadway Chorus. He has had the pleasure of directing three different groups and loves to both sing and hear good music. Professionally, Dan works as a baker, and his own Dan Good Cookies have been a favorite at CYT shows and events, thanks to his generous donations! He lives in Livermore with his husband David, and he can often be found singing while he works. While it has been quite some time since he performed in a proper musical, he is excited to share his love of music and the joy it can bring.

Jordan Higby

Jordan Higby is 20 years old, and has 14 years of ballet training in both classical and contemporary styles. She began her training at Livermore School of Dance at age 6, where she still studies today. She has also been an active member of Le Tableau Magnifique Ballet Company for 9 years, where she is now a Principal Dancer. Some of her favorite past roles include The Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, and Peter Pan in Return to Neverland. She has a passion for passing on her love and knowledge of dance to the younger generation and is very excited to be teaching for Spring Session!

Marinna Zinsman

Sophie Rheinheimer

Sophie Rheinheimer is a founding faculty member at Las Positas College, where she began teaching Physical Education in 1975. She began teaching fencing classes at the college in the early 1980s, and founded the Fencing Center in 2002. As senior coach of the Las Positas Fencing Center, Sophie teaches adults and children. Her competitive youth fencing group travels the state competing in tournaments and has qualified for Summer Nationals for the last 5 years; they will be competing in Ohio for Summer Nationals this year in July. Sophie has fenced competitively at both the national and international levels. She won a bronze medal at the 1998 Nike World Master Games and was a member of the USA team competing at the 1999 and 2000 Veteran's World Fencing Championships in Siofok and Godollo, Hungary.

Steve Glavan

Steve Glavan is excited to return to CYT. His love of all things performance has not only given him a lifetime of personal joy, but has allowed him to share that joy with others as a teacher, director, and entertainer. He finds particular fulfillment working with young people, possibly because he insists that he has never really grown up. “As I recall,” he says, “my childhood began at an early age and never ended.” Steve began acting in plays while in elementary school, and continued throughout high school and college, as well as appearing in church productions and community theater. He has written and performed original plays and parodies, always with a wholesome, family-friendly theme. He is also a singer, and served as a choral director for children’s, youth, and adult church and community choirs for more than thirty years. A business owner and consultant, he serves on the board of directors of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance. Steve lives in Pleasanton with his wife, Caryl. They have three adult children and four not-so-adult grandchildren.

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