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…