Arts Council

Bay Area Children's Theatre is grateful for the partnership of the renowned creative artists, theatre colleagues and community leaders who serve on our honorary Arts Council. Their expertise and experience in creating and performing award-winning work helps us build a thriving arts community and achieve the highest level of artistic and educational programming for Bay Area children and families.

Adam Pascal

Adam Pascal started singing in various rock bands when he was 12, and has been singing in bands, as a solo artist, in movies, or on the Broadway stage ever since. In 1996, he landed the role of Roger in the original production of Rent, which became one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance. He also reprised his role of Roger for the West End Premiere in London and for Rent - the Broadway Tour. Other Broadway credits include Radames in Elton John/Tim Rice’s Aida, Emcee in Cabaret, Memphis, Chicago, Something’s Rotten (national tour), and Chess at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Films: Rent, School Of Rock, SLC Punk, Punk’s Dead, and The Devil’s Carnival Alleluia. Albums: Model Prisoner, Civilian, and his latest release, Blinding Light.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony, Oscar® and Golden Globe-winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen (Tony, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Helen Hayes Award) and A Christmas Story, The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). Other musicals include Dogfight (Lucille Lortel Award winner), James and The Giant Peach, and Edges. Film projects include La La Land (Oscar®, Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song), Trolls, and The Greatest Showman (Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song). Upcoming film projects include Snow White (Walt Disney Pictures), Medusa (Sony Pictures Animation), and Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures). TV credits include Smash, Sesame Street, The Flash and Johnny and the Sprites, and Fox’s A Christmas Story (the live musical). Additional honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Jonas Rivera

Born and raised in Castro Valley, California, Jonas Rivera grew up on Star Wars and Disney animation. Recurring trips to Disneyland and watching the old Disney classics on home video fueled his desire to become an animator. He saw “Luxo Jr.” while studying film production at San Francisco State University and was so impressed that he cold called Pixar Animation Studios and asked about getting a job. Since that call, Jonas has worked on almost every Pixar film to date, working his way up from production intern on Toy Story to his current role as Producer and VP of Production. In 2009, he won a Producer’s Guild of America award for his work on Up, which went on to win Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score at the 2010 Academy Awards. Jonas’s follow-up film was Inside Out, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and his current project is the upcoming film Toy Story 4.

Marty Johnson

Recently named by Playbill.com as one of the top ten educators shaping Broadway, Marty is the Director of Education and Resident Director at iTheatrics, where he has developed and directed over 30 new titles including the Australian pilot workshop of Disney’s Newsies Jr., Dreamworks’ Madagascar Jr., and Heathers High School Edition among others. He also directed students for the first two White House Turnaround Arts talent shows hosted by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Marty holds a graduate degree in Theatre for Youth from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, served for nine years as a board member for TYA/USA, and is the proud co-author of The iTheatrics Method: The Quintessential Guide to Creating Quality Musical Theatre Programs.

Timothy Allen McDonald

Tim is the founder and CEO of iTheatrics, an award-winning musical theatre librettist, and a leading authority on educational musical theatre. Librettist credits include Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (with Academy Award winning songwriters Pasek and Paul), Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (with Academy Award winning songwriter Paul Williams and directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli), and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (with Academy Award winning songwriter Leslie Bricusse). Tim is also the co-author of The iTheatrics Method, the world’s first-ever educational musical theatre textbook. Tim’s latest project, Between the Lines, is based on a novel by New York Times best-selling authors Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer.

Tina Ou

Tina’s passion for Broadway musical theatre started with dance when she trained professionally in Southern California and with San Francisco Ballet School. She soon transitioned to commercial dancing, singing, and acting which led her to performing in various productions for Disneyland’s Videopolis Stage and the Princess Cruise Line. In 1993, she made her Broadway debut in the revival production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Michael Damien. Other theatrical credits include: Once Upon a Mattress, The King and I, Babes in Arms, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Carnival, Footloose, Rent, Tenderloin, Finian’s Rainbow, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Music Man, House of Flowers, Pajama Game, and finally Wonderful Town. Her current production is being a full time mom to her two young children and an active member of the Berkeley community. She values the importance of arts and theatre and hopes that one day her children will pursue the same dream and passion she did!

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