REBECCA CERVANTES (World Dance) has been teaching dance and choreographing shows for youth and adults all over San Francisco for the past 9 years. She currently dances with Mixtiso, a hip hop group that represents the diversity of San Francisco. She has a strong commitment to empowering youth through the arts. At The Marsh since 2003.
MAICA FOLCH (Trapeze) is a movement artist and educator from Barcelona, Spain. She teaches aerial dance, trapeze and clowning at the MYT. She has performed in theater and dance projects directed by Moshe Cohen, Rhodessa Jones, Kim Epifano, Theresa Dickinson and Lizz Roman. Maica is a lover of the Day of the Dead celebration. Along with other members of the Marigold Project, she organizes the Day of the Dead festival of altars at Garfield Park. Maica has worked with home-schooled children and also with students at many local schools, such as Sanchez Elementary School, James Lick Middle School, Buena Vista Elementary School and The San Francisco School. At The Marsh since 2005.
RON JONES (Performance Conservatory) has written about everyday heroes that enrich our life. Three of his stories The Acorn People, The Wave, and B-Ball have been made into television specials garnering an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody for their producers. A book entitled Kids Called Crazy was nominated for a Pulitzer. And Say Ray, the story of a disabled man abducted to Mexico, was honored as the American Book of the Year. His classroom experiment in Fascism, The Wave, has been produced as a feature film Die Welle and documentary Lesson Plan. The novelized version of The Wave, available through Random House, is printed in 23 languages and required reading in German and Israeli schools. In 2013 Ron completed a musical version of his Wave experience developed and produced at The Marsh and Mercy High School. The Third Wave Musical is available through Dramatic Publishing. Theatric and musical productions of The Wave have been performed in theaters worldwide. For information, play dates, and locations see www.thewavehome.com.
Recently, Ron has taken the stage as spoken word artist. Solo shows include Buddha Blues, Say Ray, and When God Winked. Last year he produced his first CD, Soulful Blessing as a unique blend of poetry and jazz. For a listing of Ron’s storytelling videos, see www.ronjoneswriter.com. Ron most recently collaborated with Mercy High School in the production of a new play Kid’s Called Crazy. He is currently completing a novel, Life in the Sunset, about growing up in San Francisco.
LIZ McANINCH (Performance Conservatory) is Mercy High School’s (MHS) Director of Drama and a member of the English department where she has directed over 80 productions, including two premiere productions of new scripts: The Wave and Kids Called Crazy. She also adapted and directed the first production of Deadman Walking with women in the lead roles, and her version has been published for other single gender schools. Her directing credits include a number of Shakespeare plays at MHS, most notably the western Taming of the Shrew, the “Star Trek” Tempest, the 1930s Chicago Comedy of Errors and the 1960s Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as musicals including, Legally Blonde, The Wiz, Gypsy, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical and Les Miserables.
As an actress, McAninch has performed at the Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was a member of the first “Actors in the Schools” program sponsored by the OSFA. She has also taught and directed at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Summer Conservatory Program and at the Opera House Summer Theatre Program in Uvalde, Texas.
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