Originally from Louisiana, Amy Franklin Leonards graduated with a BA in Performing Arts from Centenary College of Louisiana. Upon graduating, Amy moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the arts. After spending a few years in L.A., Amy moved to the Bay Area where she finished her teaching credential and MA in Education. Amy is currently a Credentialed Teacher with Visions in Education and the Director of Ballet at Lamorinda Theatre Academy. She also maintains a professional performing career. Some of her favorite stage roles include Cheryl in THE TAFFETAS (Altarena Playhouse & Diablo Actors Ensemble), Ariel in FOOTLOOSE! THE MUSICAL (CCCT), Lady Larken in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (The Playhouse, San Anselmo), Jellylorum in CATS (Woodminster), Maggie in A CHORUS LINE (PCRT), Marian in THE MUSIC MAN (PCRT), Rose in the World Premier of ENCHANTED APRIL (PCRT), and most recently Hope in ANYTHING GOES (PCRT). Amy has international, national, and regional commercial and print credits including Ford, LegalZoom, LeapFrog, Salesforce, Rodney Strong Winery, and Silver Oak Winery to name a few. Along with being a professional actor, singer, dancer, and educator, Amy is also a devoted wife and a mother.
A Castro Valley native, Lisa has more than 15 years private voice teaching experience in the bay area and holds a Master’s degree in Voice & Opera from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in music and history from Scripps College. She is music director and soprano in the quartet at St. Thomas Church in San Francisco and also teaches music for elementary school special education classes in San Mateo County. For the past 12 years, she has been on the music staff for the Summer Music West Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes Program held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Lisa has had the pleasure to sing with a variety of theatre, opera companies and choruses throughout the Bay Area including the Lamplighters, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, the Douglas Morrison Theatre, American Bach Soloists Choir, 42nd Street Moon, Stanford Savoyards, San Francisco Renaissance Voices and the San Francisco Opera Chorus.
JACQUE WILSON | M.S. Opera Performance
Jacque is hailed as a “passionate singer with beautiful warm tones”. She has more than ten years of teaching experience including three years spent as a musical theater voice faculty at the University of Southern Maine. She is a California native who spent the last decade performing and teaching on the east coast. Jacque holds a Master’s degree in opera performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge. She was the alto soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, under conductor Bernard Haitink. Favorite opera roles include: Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), LaCiesca (Gianni Schicchi), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), and Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana). Favorite Musical Theatre roles include: Julie Jordan (Carousel), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), and Pitti Sing(The Mikado).
Originally from Idaho, Michael has been directing and teaching in the Bay Area for over 6 years. Aside from directing, Michael has a background in Clown, Puppetry, and Physical Theatre with degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Connecticut, and Dell’Arte International. Michael has taught and directed around the Bay for several theatre companies and school organizations. Michael is currently directing Twelfth Night with a home school group in San Mateo. He was assistant director of The Taming o the Shrew with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and directed their green show “The Taming School”. He directed Ramayana at Civic Arts Stage Company, and Assistant Directed their Alice in Wonderland. Michael is a member of Actor’s Equity, UNIMA-USA, and Puppeteers of America. Michael is a Resident Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and an Emerging Artist at the California Shakespeare Theater.
Found her passion for musical theatre at the age of 16. She was called in to accompany her first show, “The King and I,” and immediately fell in love with the music, the people and the experience of theatre. Since then she has worked her way up from accompanist to a Musical and Vocal Director working in the Bay Area. She works with many different companies including Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Douglas Morrison Theatre, Tri-Valley Reparatory Theatre, and Pacific Coast Reparatory Theatre. Beyond working as a Musical and Vocal Director for theatre companies, she also is the Musical Director for Cal State East Bay – she plays and directs the musical theatre classes while also musically directing their winter musical each year. As the oldest of five, she has always had a soft spot for children and truly feels that teaching music to children is the greatest gift someone can give. She enjoys giving her students a basis for understanding music whether it is for piano, voice, or musical theatre. While she majored in classical piano performance at Cal State East Bay, she soon realized that teaching music to all ages was what she wanted to do. She recently decided to go back to school and is attending San Francisco State University to get her Bachelors of Music in Music Education to have a degree that better suits her career.
Allison has been performing around the Bay Area for the last 5 years and is thrilled to be joining the Lamorinda team! She graduated with her BA from UC Irvine where she participated in their New York Program working with some of the best in the city. Allison is a former dance instructor from Tiffany’s Dance Academy and has been directing, choreographing and performing with Bay Area Children’s Theatre for the past two years. She is currently pursuing her teaching credentials for elementary and applying to Masters programs in Theatre Education.