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