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 continue to develop 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 and chilling with his cats,  Baloo, and Shere Kahn.

Amanda Borges

Scenic Painting Coach

Sue Howell

Costuming Coach

Amanda Ku

Vocal Trainer / Vocal Director

Alyx Michele

Choreographer / Dance Coach

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

Annalisa Penhollow

Audio Coach

Allison Robinson

Business Management Coach

Samantha Schroeter

Lighting Coach

Will Schroeter

Carpentry Coach