HANA

Atlanta-born, Montana-raised, HANA spent her early years on the road in North America, perfecting her craft as a songwriter and performer, traveling state to state, year-round. In 2013, she decided to take a break and re-assess her artistic fulfillment, prompting her to sell the van, live off of that money and move into an old…

Polly Firestone Walker

Polly Firestone Walker Theater is about joy: the joy of storytellling, the joy of creation, the joy of connection.  In 1st Year Acting, the classroom is a space in which to explore and discover that sense of joy within each artist.  it is a space in which we can all experiment and take risks, using…

Emily Trask

Emily Trask My philosophy and goal as an educator, as well as a professional theatre artist, can perhaps be best illustrated by considering the slight but significant gap that lies between the words comprehend and apprehend.  To comprehend is to “grasp with the mind,” “to perceive” or “understand the nature of” something. To offer and…

Kitty Balay

Kitty Balay I love teaching. I love teaching acting and music literature.  I love uncovering sweeping through-lines and small intimate beats. I love theater and stories and people. I have been teaching primarily 1st year acting for PCPA’s Actor Training Program for a good part of the last 20 years. I give the students structure…

Nancy Gastelum

Nancy Gastelum Nancy is the Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and has a B.S. in Business Management in addition to working toward a graduate degree in professional counseling.  With over 20 years in the non-profit management and development arena, as well as teaching at all grade levels from preschool through high…

Rachel Johnson, Ed.D

Rachel Johnson, Ed.D. Rachel is the Executive Director: Education to Vocation, and Director of Alumni Engagement at Azusa Pacific University.  She has over 20 years of experience in higher-education and has expertise in strategic planning, leadership development, and organizational behavior. Rachel has received thoughtful mentorship from strong leaders and loves to encourage young professional women…

Shari Wenker

Shari Wenker Shari is the Marketing & Communications Managing Director for Accenture Technology. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services outsourcing company, with approximately 281,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. At Accenture, Shari leads a fantastic team in positioning…

Michelle Bilgh, PhD

Michelle Bilgh, PhD Michelle C. Bligh is Dean of the School of Social Science, Policy and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests focus on organizational culture and the role of leaders in influencing and changing corporate cultures. In addition, her research interests include charismatic leadership, interpersonal trust, and gender and leadership. She received…

Raissa Smorol

Raissa Smorol Raissa is the Senior Director of Individual Philanthropy for the Foundation for SBCC.  She joined the Foundation in April 2016 after serving as Director of Development at the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara for nearly 5 years, and Direct Relief before that. Prior to moving to California in 2011, Raissa was a Senior…

Sarita Maybin

Sarita Maybin Sarita Maybin is an international speaker, communication expert and author whose audiences have fun learning how to stay positive, constructively confront tough communication situations and work together better. During her 20-year speaking career, Sarita has spoken in ALL 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, England, Asia, Iceland…and on the prestigious…