Tomorrow Youth Rep Staff
Tyler Null (Managing Director / Instructor) has been teaching theater since 2010. Tyler’s own journey into theater and performing arts began in childhood after-school programs, and he is grateful and excited to be able to pass this along. Tyler has been on all sides of the theater world, serving at various times as an actor, a producer, a director, a writer, a designer, a stage manager, a puppeteer, a scenic builder, a lighting technician, and pretty much everything except for a marketer (which is why he is so especially grateful that he knows other people that are good at that particular field). A firm believer in the value of teamwork and community, Tyler seeks to instill in TYR an appreciation for the all of the contributors that come together to make a single experience on the stage.
When not working with the next generation, Tyler still actively moonlights as an actor, as a musician, and as a writer. He can also be found dabbling in the stand-up comedy world from time-to-time. His personal favorite credits include his Voter’s Bloc Theater piece Spencer Blackhart for Mayor and the film Refinery Surveyor Black. He also for obvious reasons has a particularly soft spot for Snow White and for Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Missing Mystery, which were developed for and performed by TYR.
Jordan Best (Development Director / Instructor) has a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from CCM in Cincinnati, one of the country's top music conservatories, and a Bachelor of Music Degree, also in Vocal Performance, from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She has performed extensively in opera and musical theater throughout the Bay Area and US as well as in France and Italy. Ms. Best has a background in ballet, tap, Stanislavsky and Meisner method acting training and has performed in numerous concerts, recitals and benefits. She has taught privately since 2006 and has a private vocal studio which includes both children and adults. She has worked as a voice teacher, musical director, music teacher and choreographer throughout the Bay Area since 2007 and is currently co-producer of 142 Throckmorton Theater's Little Throck Program and director of their high school Accapella group Throckapella.
Melanie O’Reilly (Instructor) is an experienced vocal teacher and musician, with too many tours and groups under her belt to name. She is glad to work with such fun and talented students.
Miyuki Bierlein (Production Manager) has had over ten years of experience working in the Bay Area theater scene as an artistic collaborator. She enjoys combining her intimate knowledge of the technical world of theater and her savvy as a small business owner to help create the magic we put on the TYR stage! Miyuki loves creating and facilitating spaces for creative collaboration; please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a skill you'd like to contribute to our behind-the-scenes hustle and bustle.
Mallory Penney (Instructor) has been involved in theater since she was six years old and has never looked back. From acting to stage managing to directing, Mallory has always felt at home working with young actors exploring the wonders theater can offer us. While attending school, Mallory founded and ran a theater program at Earhart Elementary school in Alameda. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies. Mallory currently works as a teaching artist with companies such as Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre and Throckmorton Theatre.
Tania Johnson (Instructor): A recipient of the 2014 Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Music Direction for her work on Always…Patsy Cline! at Altarena Playhouse, Tania loves using all aspects of her musical and theatrical training to help young people develop their artistic voices. She is active in the musical theatre classes at Alameda High and St. Joseph's High. Most recently she was music director at Coastal Repertory in Half Moon Bay. At Berkeley Playhouse, Tania was conductor for Peter Pan as well as music director for many Conservatory productions. Other recent music director projects include the Altarena, Redwood High School, Youth Musical Theatre Company and Bay Area Children's Theatre. As an actor, Tania has performed with many companies including SF Playhouse, 42nd Street Moon, and TheatreWorks. Tania holds a B.A. in music from U.C Berkeley where she was founding music director of BareStage.
Will Norman (Instructor) is a veteran multi-instrumentalist who has been teaching with TYR since 2013. He can be found playing in any number of bands, or arranging kids in “shells” and teaching them to “cheat out” while fending off the “Sherlock” kids who somehow were told that he was ticklish.
Leah Gardner (Instructor) is thrilled to be a part of the teaching team for Tomorrow Youth Repertory. Previous credits with TYR include Little Mermaid, Honk, Addams Family Musical, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Snow White, Rumors, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Hansel and Gretel, Aladdin, Into the Woods, Cinderella, Seussical, High School Musical, Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz. In addition to TYR, Leah is a physical comedy and circus skills instructor for Oakland based Circus of Smiles. An undeniable clown, Leah has circled the globe performing with the internationally renowned physical comedy troupe, Pi. Leah is currently the director in residence for an immersive show called The Speakeasy SF. Leah has worked professionally as a director, stage manager and house manager with companies including: The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre, Boxcar Theatre, Teatro ZinZanni, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Cal Shakes, The Mark Taper Forum, BrickaBrack, 42nd Street Moon, Cabrillo Stage and The Studio Theatre. A native of the Atomic City, Leah transplanted to the West Coast in 2000. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she earned dual degrees in Politics and Theatre Arts, she attended the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco.
Rob Cheifetz (Instructor) has been a director with TYR since our wild productions of Narnia and Les Misérables in Summer 2013. A Bay Area native, Rob teaches voice and woodwinds as a private instructor and substitute teaches in public schools. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in music composition and performance. During his time at Cal he was mentored by Marika Kuzma in vocal ensemble conducting and by Myra Melford in a wide range of approaches to ensemble improvisation. He has performed in pit bands for tons of musicals at numerous Bay Area stages. Rob has an extensive history of touring bands, including afrobeat ensemble Lagos Roots, funk-pop-party crew Wallpaper with the prodigious Ricky Reed, and the local rock band Add Moss. Over the last 7 years, the now-defunct Foundry in West Berkeley hosted Rob as a resident artist where he wrote, directed, and produced his own improvisational musical (or "improvsical") and a variety of other performance art pieces. Rob is absolutely jazzed to be a part of this wonderful TYR community.
David Moore (Instructor) is a Bay Area performer and educator who has been with TYR since 2014. A Resident Artist of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, David has performed with many regional and local theaters, including SF Shakes, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Marin Shakespeare Company, Word for Word, Just Theater, and Marin Theatre Company. David teaches with SF Shakes, Tomorrow Youth Repertory, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As an educator of K-12 students, David has led Shakespeare workshops up and down the West Coast and has co-directed both musicals and traditional plays, including Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, and TYR productions of Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, and Aladdin. He earned a BA in Theater and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley.
Kara Perrino (Instructor) is new to California, having only recently moved from Charlottesville, VA to the west coast in the summer of 2017. She has had a love for theater since an early age, dabbling in theatrical roles that range from directing, set design, costuming, lights/sound, and of course...acting! She attended the College of Charleston for undergrad, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelors in Sociology and Astronomy, and kept her love of theater as a hobby throughout her college years. A jack of all trades, she has spent most of the past several years teaching, running local coffee shops, toy stores, or playrooms and working on display work for local businesses. She is so excited to be a part of this amazing program as she settles into her new home in the Bay Area.
Rob Williamson (Instructor) is a California native, born at Travis Air Force Base. Throughout his childhood and youth, he moved with his family and traveled around much of the United States coasts and Europe. Rob's love of theater began in his Maryland high school and continued through much of his time in college. He worked with the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and was a founding member of Common House Productions, serving for a time as their Production Manager. He currently works full time as a youth director in Vacaville, but this doesn't leave him much time to perform, so he is thrilled that he received the opportunity to work with Tomorrow Youth Repertory to ensure that the love of theater gets carried down to the new generation!
Cary Litchford (Instructor) is excited to be returning to TYR for the production of Les Misérables this summer. Last summer, he was the vocal director for TYR’s The Addams Family. Most recently, he was musical director for the Bentley School’s Little Mermaid, Jr. and Saint Joseph’s Chicago. In 2017 he was musical director for TVRT’s Wizard of Oz and Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s Grease. An accomplished musician, he has received critical acclaim and numerous awards for his vocal and orchestral direction on productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Favorite productions as musical director include AIDA, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver, Rocky Horror Show, The Secret Garden, Titanic, Tommy and as vocal director for Hair, The King and I, Oklahoma, and Spring Awakening. In addition to musical direction, his professional theater resume includes vocal coach, piano instructor, children’s camp director,and community theater board member.
Sylvia Burboeck (Instructor) is relatively new to TYR, but not to the wonderful and magical world of theatre. She has been a Bay Area actor for over 20 years, and holds a BA in Theatre from Tulane University. When not helping to bring stories and characters to life, Sylvia is also a Certified Yoga Instructor, with over 15 years of teaching experience.
Pam Arneson (Administrator) is a native of Alameda's West End. She has 3 daughters who all enjoy performing in musical theater. Two of them continue to be involved in TYR programs. It seems that Pam has always been involved in producing fundraising events. For 7 years, she co-produced Circus for Arts in the Schools, and continues to help produce gala events for the Medical Clown Project. If you have any questions regarding TYR programs, contact Pam at email@example.com.
Dan Wood (Webmaster) built and runs the TYR website with the aid of sophisticated space-age technologies that make sure the website content never goes stale. While not helping TYR, Dan is the proud father of two actors from past TYR productions, the landlord of several backyard honey-yielding beehives, and a professional software engineer.
Tomorrow Youth Rep founders Tyler Null, Amy Marie Haven, and Jordan Best