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YES Company

Guest Speakers

Professionals continue to donate their expertise, time, and talent to present workshops to YES Company members.

Mic Thompson        Professional Actor/Dancer/Choreographer.  Dancer for Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Paula Abdul, Pointer Sisters.  Feature films – FORBIDDEN DANCE, LAMBADA, DANCE WITH ME, BASE-KETBALL.  First dancer/choreographer invited to Communist china to teach western dance.  Choreographer for Disneyland.  Dance Workshop, Choreographed “Blues” in the YES Company production of WEST SIDE STORY

Robert Ulrich          Casting Director for Film and Television.  CSI, MATLOCK, MELROSE PLACE, THE AGENCY, DARK ANGEL, DIAGNOSIS MURDER, EARLY EDITION, FELICITY, ANY DAY NOW.  Film and Television Workshop.

Kim Ulrich                  Professional Actress, Film and Television, currently starring as Ivy Crane-NBC’s PASSIONS.  Appeared in WINGS, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, CHEERS, MURDER SHE WROTE, HIGHLANDER, AS THE WORLD TURNS. 
Film and Television Workshop.

Jere O’Donnell          Professional Actor/Director (New York); Professor of Acting, CSUS. 
Stage Fighting and Acting Workshops. 

Patti O’Donnell          Professional Actress (New York).  Acting Teacher, CSUS.  Acting in the Theatre and Characterization Workshop. 

Jack Souza                Professional Actor/Director.  Masters Degree in Theatre, University College, Dublin, Ireland. 
Acting in the Theatre and Characterization Workshop. 

Lori Bryhni                Professional Dancer – Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Dance Collaboration.  Teacher- Johansen High School.  Modern Dance Workshop. 

Jana Chiavetta         Professional Dancer – Contemporary Dance Collective; Studied at San Francisco State University and Alvin Ailey, NYC.  Teacher – Hart Ransom School. 
Movement for Non-Dancers Workshop. 

Maggie Costa           Career Educator, Keys to Success, Stanislaus County Office of Education.  Facilitator of Pacific Institute’s – Investment in Excellence (provided by Royal Robbins). 

Charlotte Ferriera    International Baccalaureate, Coordinator, Modesto City Schools. 
Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story Workshop.  Character Analysis Workshop. 

Rhonda Dahlgren     Community Resource Advocate, Communications Liaison for Project ALIVE!, Stanislaus County Office of Education.  County Coordinator for Friday Night Live.  Director of Spontaneous Combustion Tobacco Prevention Teen Theatre. 
Character Counts Workshop. 

Richard Bernal          Ex-gang member who spent 23 years incarcerated for various offenses.  Today, volunteers as a speaker to share his experiences, strength and hope with youth.  Gangs… Yesterday and Today.  

Cheryal Villierme     Substance Abuse Counselors Coordinator, Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Center.  Recovering heroin addict and alcoholic, former gang member. 
Gangs…Yesterday and Today. 

David Yanez             Professional Dancer – Regional Theatre for the past 20 years.  CHORUS LINE, JESUS CHRIST SUPER STAR, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. 
Introduction to Dance Workshop. 

Karen Lotko               Actress/Singer- CHESS, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, SWEENY TODD, INTO THE WOODS, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES.  Drama Instructor – Downey High School. 
Costume Workshop. 

Judy Yates                Set/Costume Designer – Los Altos Youth Theatre, Townsend Opera Players (TOPS), Modesto Performing Arts (MPA), Theatre in the Square, YES Company.  Scenic Design Workshop. 

Thames Wong           YES COMPANY Alumni, California State University, Northridge.  DJ, Stand-up at Hollywood Improv, featured Rap artist recording released in Belgium, Marketing for Soundbreak.com, Intern Columbia Records. 
Real Life after YES Company.

Charles Mullins         Speech Instructor - Sacramento City College.  Masters Degree in Speech Communication, Emphasis in Performance, CSU, Fresno. 
Straight plays Vs Musical Theatre Workshop. 

Kathy Moser             Founding Director of Backstage Dance Company, Dancer/Choreographer. 
Dance Basics Workshops. 

Michael Strangio      Former Ballroom Dance Champion. 
Ballroom Dance Workshop. 

Justin Worsham        Professional Actor.  Spent 7 years at Paramount’s Great America.  3 years as an improviser at Comedy Sports, San Jose.  Creator/Director of improvisation group, THE UNSCRIPTABLES, Modesto. 
Improvisation Workshop.

Janell Glance             Speech/Communication Professor, Modesto Junior College.  Community advocate, various non-profit organizations. 
Facing Fear.

Doug Wann               Supervising Probation Officer, Stanislaus County Juvenile Probation Department. 
Teenage Ethics and Responsibility Workshop.

Aaron Raby               Program Planner, Prevention Programs, SCOE
Get Fit Physical Trainer. 

Healthy Lifestyles.