We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) .
Can you help us by giving the gift of the performing arts to the
children and teens in the Tri-Valley area.


The Mission of Tri-Valley Young Performers Academy

To provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatre production to area youth.

To build self-esteem, creativity and foster talent through age appropriate
classes, workshops, camps, plays and musicals.

To provide a safe environment for area youth. To build a sense of community
to help further the arts in the Tri-Valley area.

In meeting this mission, Tri-Valley Young Performers Academy shall be
mindful of the standards of its audience and maintain fiscally sound
management through ethical business standards.

 

The Instructors (2 Directors):

Brian Olkowski - Currently a fifth grade teacher at Coyote Creek Elementary in San Ramon and 2010 Teacher of the Year, Brian is a young performer's "dream instructor" bringing with him the best of both worlds - the structure and the safety of a teaching environment plus the charisma and passion of the performing arts. Brian has extensive theater experience as an actor and a director. His dynamic and challenging style still has room for lots of patience and care for the performers with whom he works. For the last five years, Brian has volunteered his time and talents to an after-hours drama program at Coyote Creek, growing his program to two drama groups and tripling the number of students enrolled. Additionally, Brian is a working actor who has appeared in numerous local plays and musicals, including The Producers, Peter Pan, Lend Me a Tenor, Rumours and Urinetown with Tri-Valley Reperatory Theatre, Seussical with Contra Costa Christian Theater, The Music Man at Ohlone College and Urinetown at Las Positas College. Brian brings with him his organizational and managerial skills as well as the passion that unites all four of the founders of Tri-Valley Young Performers Academy- the passion for offering opportunities for young people who benefit from the Performing Arts.

Jedediah da Roza - Local Livermore boy, Jed, is amazing, as most of his students can attest to. He will be attending the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music starting in the Fall of 2010. He is one of the most beloved directors that many of our young performers have ever experienced. He connects with first-time and experienced students alike, many of whom have followed him wherever he goes. The fact that his voice lessons show astounding results is only part of the reason for his popularity and high demand. Jed recently returned from New York where he participated in a 3 day workshop, The Complete Choral Musician, at Julliard. For six of the last eight years, Jed has studied with Richard Nikol at the San Francisco Academy for the Performing Arts. He was a member of the Las Positas College Chamber Choir and was featured as their student conductor. Under his musical direction, performers have reached new heights and shows have come together in the most creative and amazing ways. Ask any one of his many voice students and they will all tell you no one can ask for a more caring, dedicated, talented and supportive teacher. And he makes it doable and fun!


The Moms (behind the scenes):

Cie Probst - Born in Hannover, Germany and raised in Quito, Ecuador, Cie came to the United States as an exchange student in 1978 (She was exchanged for plowing equipment!) After a few fun years working in the high tech industry, Cie finally landed her dream job - mother to her three inspirations: Hans, Christina and Mark. Following her kids' passions, she helped to run a local theater company, assisting in various roles. She directed "Just Like Us!" as well as several Kinderacting programs through the Dublin Park and Rec. Most recently, she even joined her children on stage, performing alongside them in a couple of productions. You can easily spot Cie - she's the one behind the camera, happily snapping away photos of everyone around her. Having experienced first-hand the benefits drama and the performing arts imparted not just her own children, she passionately believes in the value of offering a safe and professional program for every young person to enjoy.

Linda Semmelmayer - Having seen her children grow in confidence through theater, Linda felt there was a void in the Tri-Valley area in student performed theater. Approached by Cie to come and join her in this venture along with Brian and Jed, she eagerly agreed. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to see kids come into the program, a little tentative at first, and leave with pride you can see written on their face. She has seen first hand how theater can truly transform a person. Linda performs some of the behind the scenes necessities, chipping in wherever she can.

 

Mailing Address:

Tri-Valley Young Performers Academy c/o Brian Olkowski, 6450 Dougherty Rd. #431, Dublin, CA 94568