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Meet Shawn Ryan, Director and Co-Founding Director of YATC

shawn-ryanAlongside his Co-Director John Ainsworth, Shawn will be the Emcee for your week at camp and directing the Showcase which is held at the end of each Summer session! Shawn was most recently seen on the Hit Fox Show “Bones”. Other TV Credits include: “The Mentalist”, “Women’s Murder Club”, “Life”, and “America’s Got Talent”. Shawn’s career as an Actor, Producer, Singer, Writer, and all around artist serves him well at camp. He’ll be more than happy to work with you on making that Monologue memorable or Selling your 32 bars so that you GET THE PART!
“I love YATC! I am so proud of the world that I have helped to create and I cannot wait to meet each and every new camper and welcome our return campers back home! Get ready for a life changing experience!”

Meet John Ainsworth, Co-Founding Director of YATC

john-ainsworthJohn is the Co-Founding Director of the Young Actors’ Theatre Camp and head of the YATC Film Department, and brings with him a vast knowledge of Film and TV experience, as he has appeared in multiple television shows including FOX’s Glee, as the Funny Girl Stage Manager “Barclay”, American Horror Story: Murder House, Grey’s Anatomy, Justified, Hasket’s Chance, and Justice, as well as commercials, short films, and regional theatre productions in the Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and San Francisco Areas.


Meet AJ Hamilton, Technical Director

aj-hamilton-technical-directorAJ is the Technical Director for YATC and has been a part of the camp for 7 years. A San Francisco State University graduate with a BA in Theatre Performance, AJ is a working actor and voice actor in Los Angeles. AJ’s body of work includes short films, commercials, film and stage. He has been in more plays than he can remember, including A Chorus Line, Romeo and Juliet, South Pacific, and High Fidelity the Musical. His dream is to someday be a voice actor on cartoon shows like the ones he and millions of other children used to watch on Saturday mornings.


Meet Valerie Dohrer, Associate Director

valerieValerie graduated from Drew University in 2014 with degrees in Sociology and Gender Studies. As YATC’s Resident Meryl Streep, she spends her days opening malls and spreading the YATC spirit. Valerie has been part of the YATC Family since 2006 and loves ever second of it! She is happy to answer any questions about camp or Meryl Streep day or night. You can reach her at!



Meet Our Scene Study Department

About Karen Moore…

karenKaren Moore is an actor and director who specializes in and has a particular love for classical theatre! As a performer she has graced the stages of the San Francisco Shakespeare
Festival, Theatre Rhinocerous, and Teatra Bella and has directed for such companies as Highlands Children’s Theatre and Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company. Recently Karen has been developing an original play based on Shakespeare’s most memorable characters. She is proud to be a member of the YATC team and is thrilled to be a part of this scene study crew!
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Meet the Musical Theatre Dept!

Meet Emmy Frevele, Musical Theatre Choreographer

emmy-fEmmy Frevele is a professional dancer and actress living the Hollywood dream. Emmy’s passion lies in performing. Her skills range from dancing, such as jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, and more, to acting, on stage and on camera, to circus skills, such as acrobatics and juggling. Emmy works with the best in the business, and can be seen on the hit ABC series Bunheads, in music videos for Olly Murs, LMFAO, and Bella Thorne, among others, and in commercials for Best Buy and American Apparel. Emmy is also a director, a choreographer, a video and audio editor, and a photographer. For fun, she enjoys playing her guitar, singing, painting, and writing. “Dance has no limits, and neither do I.”

Meet the Film Lab!

John and the film crew are bringing back the very popular YATC Short Film Festival! Be sure to bring your imagination and your ideas to this exciting filmmaking class. We will be working on scripts, storyboarding, building shot lists, casting, production staffing, and you will see your short film through from start to finish culminating with the YATC Short Film Festival showcasing your short films

About Aryn Winslow…

aryn-winslowAryn Winslow is so excited for this summer of YATC because she knows that it is going to be the best summer ever! Aryn is 22 and has been involved with theater since she was very young. She attended Oakland School for the Arts in the theater department and, after graduation, she attended Academy of Art University in the motion pictures and television department. After that, she relocated to Los Angeles, CA where she now resides to live her dream. Her interests range from Drama to Video Games. She is a lifeguard and loves to be both in front and behind the camera. She can’t wait to meet everyone at camp and get this awesome summer going!


Suzan Jones, Headshot Photographer. Film Dept

susan-jonesSuzan has worked extensively in film and TV production as a producer, photographer, make- up artist, audio mixer and actress. She works closely with her director/cinematographer husband to produce independent features and documentaries as well as content for television and the web. Together they strive to create content that is socially relevant and entertaining using the latest technologies to tell great stories and enact social change.

Meet the Counseling/Assistant Teaching Staff!

Meet Caryn Thomason, Camp Nurse


Caryn Thomason has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, specializing in Women’s Health. She has worked in Labor and Delivery and Post Partum, as well as talking with patients on the phone about Diabetes, Heart Failure and Asthma, and last year began expanding her horizons as Camp Nurse! At Camp, she specializes in the practical application of sunscreen, bandaids and bug spray, medication administration, homesickness talks, and hugs. While she doesn’t act, can’t carry a tune in a bucket and has 2 left feet, she has recently become interested in voice over work including medical documentaries and audiobooks. See if you can spot her first before she drenches you with her water gun! This will be Caryn’s second summer Camp and she looks forward to seeing returning campers as well as meeting first time campers!

Natalie Brice, Musical Theatre Voice Instructor


Natalie was obsessed with theatre and performing arts ever since she was able to memorize Peter Pan, and now she’s been coming to camp for years! She’s done shows like Cinderella and The Laramie Project at theatre companies in Pleasanton, and now she performs in San Francisco and acts in films! She studies Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University and experiences the joy of acting every day, all over the place! The only thing she loves more than theatre families is EVEN BIGGER THEATRE FAMILIES! Cant! Wait! For! CAAAAAMMP!!!




Kris Robinson, Counselor

kris-robinsonKris D.J. Robinson is very excited to be returning home to work her 4th year at YATC. She has just completed her 4-year conservatory training in Acting from the University of Arts in Philadelphia and will be furthering her career in New York City this fall. She loves working with students on Stage Combat, movement based acting training involving Williamson technique, viewpoints, and Linklater technique. She also loves working with students on their voice, with singing, diction and vocal coloring in acting performance. She cannot wait to start the summer again at YATC! See you soon!



Luke Gonzales, Counselor

luke-gonzalesLuke is so excited to be returning to YATC for the best summer ever! He is currently attending CSU Stanislaus pursuing a theatre major. In his free time Luke enjoys comics, art, guitar, video games, and fighting crime in Gotham City. If you see him, feel free to say hi and share some nerdy conversation about whatever it is that you geek out over! Can’t wait to see you all soon!





Jacob Hsieh, Counselor/ Tech Assistant

jacobJacob is super excited to see everyone at camp this session! He is a bay area native actor and performer who is currently in his last year of college at San Francisco State University pursuing a degree in Drama with an emphasis in performance. Several of his credits include Avenue Q, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Carrie:The Musical. Outside of acting, Jacob is an avid fan of board games, ultimate frisbee, and backpacking.



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