Matilda Manning Kunin, Founder
Stephanie Holmes, Executive/Artistic Director
Phillip Laurent, Instructor
Phillip Laurent is a teaching artist based in San Francisco. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2006, where he studied studio art and political science. Since his very first summer job as a math tutor at age 15, Phillip has honed his passion for developing and sharing knowledge into a lifelong career as an educator. Phillip has worked with students of all ages, teaching filmmaking, photography, writing and theater. He has taught for Flint Hill School in Northern Virginia, the Bridge School in Hillsborough CA, tutored adults in photography and composition in San Francisco, and has been a theater instructor for YPT since 2013. Here, Phillip leads the Theater In Education program, where he brings storytelling and performing arts to classrooms throughout the city. For YPT, Phillip has taught classes in acting, play production, storytelling and sketch comedy. Phillip is thrilled to call YPT his vocational and creative home, and is steadfast in his devotion to the art of teaching... the teaching of the arts!
Jean-Paul (J.P.) is in his third year of teaching at YPT. He currently resides in San Francisco where he primarily works as a singer and music educator. While living in his native Los Angeles he had the pleasure of performing with groups such as The Al McNeal Jubilee Singers, Los Angeles Master Chorale and L.A. Opera Chorus. Since moving up north he has performed with Bay Area companies such as Cinnabar Theater, Moonlet Theater, theTRIBE Productions and 42 Street Moon. He also sings countertenor with musical ensembles such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorus, Pacific Collegium, Berkeley Symphony Chorus, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and the Cathedral of Christ the Light. He currently is the resident music teacher at St. James Catholic School and music directs for schools through the city.
JP values exposing the kids in his class to musical theater that spans multiple styles and decades and emphasizes music and movement in his shows.
Jean Paul Jones
Steve Bologna, Instructor
Steve is thrilled part of YPT’s theatre academy.
As an Actor, Director, Producer and Fight Choreographer, Steve has worked for several Bay Area theatre companies, including: N.C.T.C, Palo Alto Players, Ray of Light and the San Francisco Playhouse. Steve holds an M.A( Directing and Dramaturgy) and a B.A(Performance), in Theater Arts from San Francisco State University. His education and practical experience includes all facets of theatre. Currently, Steve serves as Artistic Director for Breach Once More; directing credits with B.O.M include Othello, Bug, Mr. Marmalade and TBA’s recommended SubUrbia.. Steve is passionate about producing entertaining plays that grapple with human struggles and ignite his audience’s sense of empathy.
Bri Reyes, Instructor
Bri Reyes is a director, playwright, actor and vocalist based in Oakland, CA. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Performance and Creative Writing. She was a member of the prestigious Saint Mary’s College Chamber Choir and Glee Club and performed with the choir at Carnegie Hall. Her shorter plays have been performed on stages throughout the country. She has had the opportunity to present and attend numerous conferences throughout the country that dealt with empowering communities to create and transform their own stories through theatre. She enjoys working with learners of all ages and is especially excited to facilitate student’s creation of their own stories and performances of those stories. She expects to graduate from Mills College with her Master of Arts degree in English Literature in May 2018.