Staff

Jonathan Yani

Theater Arts Director / Thespian Troupe #7618 Director

jyani@cuhsd.org 

Jonathan Yani is a graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Technical Theater, and a Minor in English Literature.
He has been passionate about theater (especially the tech aspects) from a young age. After working as an extra-curricular coach he decided to pursue his credential to be able to work with the passionate youth at Leigh. He is looking forward to fully handling the department that has given him so much. 
In the past he's appeared as Moises Kaufman in The Laramie Project, and Thurio in  The Two Gentleman Of Verona. He draws on his love of theatre history (dramaturgy) to allow students to explore the many different styles that originated with the Greeks and continues to evolve through the modern age.
While he enjoys acting he found himself drawn to the dark side of theater. He's passionate about set design, and costuming, and is proud of his students that have decided to pursue theater post-graduation from Leigh.
In his free time (what little there is) he enjoys going to Disneyland with his girlfriend Lena, and chilling with his four cats, Bagherra, Baloo, Shere Kahn, and King Louie.

Sue Howell

Costuming Coach

Will Schroeter

Carpentry Coach

D. Ryan Seregow

Lighting / Rigging Coach

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Since 1996, D. Ryan Seregow has over 20 years of professional lighting industry experience. His job titles include Master Electrician, Chief Lighting Technician, Lighting Designer, Chief Rigger, and Safety Instructor for ANSI Z359.12 fall protection.

Ryan is currently self-employed at DRS Productions while also working part time with IATSE Local 134 as a union rigger for concerts and conventions. In addition, he is also the Systems Engineer at Prime System Integrations; a company he and his best friend co-founded, which specializes in home/office networking, security cameras, audio distribution, and cellular signal boosting.

When Ryan is not working at his various jobs, he volunteers and leads a team with the NPS as a Historical Preservationist in the Mojave National Preserve, mapping, photographing, and stabilizing old cabins and homesteads for visitors to experience. Ryan also enjoys offroading, underground mine exploration, and hand woodworking.

Despite all that he is involved with, Ryan is honored to be a part of the Leigh High School Theatre Arts program, and looks forward to working with his students and fellow coaches throughout the year.

Christine Ormseth

Makeup Coach

Christine Ormseth graduated from Sonoma State University with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts back in 2011. She is a freelance Hair and Makeup Designer for different theatre companies in the Bay Area. She primarily works for West Valley Light Opera and South Bay Musical Theatre but has also worked with Sunnyvale Community Players and Palo Alto Players. She has been designing for 8 years and has designed over 20+ shows. She is also a preschool teacher with Children’s Corner in Los Altos. She loves to perform as well and has many favorite roles including Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, The Adult Woman in Spring Awakening, and Florika in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She absolutely loves teaching the makeup class here at Leigh. She loves being able to teach her craft to eager students and making it really fun! In her free time she enjoys singing, crafting, doing cosplay, and spending time with her family, friends and boyfriend

Amanda Borges

Scenic Painting Coach

Alyx Michele

Choreographer / Dance Coach

Annalisa Penhollow

Audio Coach

Amanda Ku

Vocal Trainer / Vocal Director