Staff & Teachers

Meet Our 2017 Teachers:

Robert Robert Shampain is Founder and Director of the 27-year-old BAYFEST Youth Theatre program. He has taught and directed theatre training programs with major companies around the US and UK for over 30 years, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute in New York, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, Boston University, Catholic University of America, University of Southern California, Clwyd Youth Theatre, Tyne Youth Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre among many others. He has worked as a professional stage actor and director around the US and UK, as well as having acted in many TV and film projects.


Sumayya Diop is a Seattle-based dancer, choreographer and teaching artist.




 Roger Fernandes is a Native American storyteller and artist living and working in the Seattle area.


Past Teachers include:

Gina Angelique Founding Artistic Director of Eveoke Dance Theatre in San Diego, California.                   

SethSeth Barrish is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Barrow Group Theatre Company and School in New York City. His work as an actor and Director has been seen in New York and regional theatres around the US, and he has also acted in numerous TV productions.



Jean Taylor is a Master Teaching Artist with Lincoln Center Institute. She also taught for many years at the  Berkeley Carroll School and Stella Adler Conservatory, and is a certified Alexander Technique teacher. Her work as an actress and clown performer has taken all over the US.

Dean Byfield was founder of The Engine Room Theatre Company in London. He was Assistant Director of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, and his teaching, performing and directing work has taken him all over the UK and Europe.



David Deblinger is an actor and writer living in New York City.


SamSam Gold trained as an actor and physical performer at Pomona College in California. Combining classical theatre training with a background in Corporeal Mime, Sam has performed his solo work and taught physical theatre at home and abroad in schools, workshops, and international festivals. Selected as a 2011-2012 Watson Fellow, Sam traveled the world studying the connections between puppets and people in performance.

Molly Kenny is the Founder of Rubicon Dance Cardiff, South Wales. She worked for many years as Movement Specialist with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Dave-Quicksall-thumbDavid Quicksall received a BA in Theater at the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to receive an MFA in acting at UCLA. In Seattle, David has worked in the professional theater as an actor, director, and writer for ACT, the 5th Avenue, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Book-It Repertory Theatre. This last winter, David directed his original adaptation of Frankenstein for Book-It Repertory Theatre.  He will be directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona this summer for the Seattle Shakespeare Company.  Over the last 13 years, David has worked as a teacher and artist mentor for Arts Impact, an organization that trains classroom teachers to infuse the arts into their curriculum.

GideonDr. Gideon Rappaport is an award-winning Shakespeare, literature and humanities teacher at La Jolla Country Day School (formerly at The Bishop’s School, also in La Jolla, California). He has worked as Dramaturge for the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and California Shakespeare Festival, among other theatres, and has taught and guest-lectured at colleges and universities around the country.

David Robinson is a painter, storyteller, and theatre artist living in Seattle, Washington. His travels and work have taken him all over the world.

Mary-Rochon-thumbMary Rochon worked in La Jolla, CA for summer 2013’s The Winter’s Tale. As a multi-award winning Costume Designer, Mary has focused her career on story telling through fabric, color and silhouette. She is a visiting artist with the NW Children’s Theater in Portland, OR and has worked for esteemed companies like The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse and Artist’s Repertory. Mary holds an MFA in Design from the University of California, San Diego and a BFA in Fashion Design from the Art Institute, Chicago.