Co-Founding Director

John Ainsworth

John is the head of the YATC Film Department.  He 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,  as well as commercials, short films, and regional theatre productions in the Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and San Francisco Areas.

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Tracy in the National Tour of Hairspray

Carly Jibson

Carly starred on Broadway in "Cry Baby" (Pepper Walker), "Hairspray" (Tracy Turnblad) Nat'l Tour: "Hairspray" 1st Nat'l (Tracy Turnblad) which she originated. Regional Theatre: World Premier of "Johnny Baseball," World premier of Andrew Lippa's "Asphalt Beach." World premier of Crash Nation. She co-starred in the "Unauthorized Parody Musical of SCREAM" @ The Rockwell with Sarah Hyland.

She can be seen on TBS' THE GUEST BOOK by Greg Garcia (MY NAME IS EARL & RAISING HOPE), and on Season 2 of ONE MISSISSIPPI (Tig Notaro & Diablo Cody) on Amazon. 

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Bay Area Teaching Artist

Casi Kristant

Casi is a California native who returned back home to the Bay Area after almost 6 years of enjoying the magic of the Chicago theatre scene. She was the Producing Conservatory Director for Berkeley Playhouse and a proud Dandy Minion in the Taylor Mac 24 Decade History of Popular Music family. While in Chicago, she received a Jeff Nomination for 'Best Actress in a Musical' for Kate Monster in the Jeff Nominated Musical Avenue Q, originated the role of Jackie Kennedy in the musical Kennedy and played Snow White in Boystown's longest running musical, Snow White & the 7 Drag Queens. which she will return to this June for Chicago's Pridefest. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and 1/3 of the popular female cabaret trio Head Over Heels. She received her BA in Theatre: Acting Option from California State University East Bay and certification from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She has performed as an actor and pursued her passion of theatre education as a teaching artist with many professional Bay Area and Chicago Theatre Companies, in commercial, TV, web series, voice over, cabaret and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  

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NYU's MFA Program

Amir Malaklou

Amir Malaklou is an actor based out of NYC, who has worked in both film and television. He is currently attending NYU’s coveted MFA Acting Program. A few of his Film/TV credits include: Argo(2012), Secret In Their Eyes(2015), Horshoe Theory (SlamDance winner 2017), VIPER CLUB(2018), Vice(2018), Major Crimes(TNT), Doubt(ABC), The Fosters(FreeForm), Loosely Exactly Nicole(MTV). He specializes in young actor development—how to bring the actors individual identity to their roles.


Broadway's Cinderella and Sister Act

Marla Mindelle

Marla Mindelle is a Broadway actress and writer, best known for originating the roles of Sister Mary Robert in the original Broadway production of "Sister Act" and Stepsister Gabrielle in the original Broadway Production of "Cinderella." Other theatrical credits include South Pacific on Broadway, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Wild Party. 

She's plays the role of Olivia on the Netflix show, Special. 


Who's The Boss?

Danny Pintauro

Daniel Pintauro is best known for his eight year run as Jonathan Bower on ABC-TV’s Who’s The Boss?. Mr. Pintauro began his professional acting career at the age of 2 as a model and commercial actor, at age 3 he began a 5 year contract role on CBS-TV’s daytime drama As the World Turns, which was followed by his acclaimed film debut as Tad in Stephen King’s “Cujo.”

Theater credits include Paula Vogel’s “Hot n’ Throbbing,” “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” Puck in Hangar Theater’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” he played Allen Ginsberg in the acclaimed “beat” in the New York International Fringe Festival, and most recently played the lead role of Tony Whitcomb in the longest running play in U.S. history – “Shear Madness.”  Mr. Pintauro made his professional New York debut at The Duplex in the one man show” The Velocity Of Gary (Not His Real Name).”

Mr. Pintauro is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Directing from the Drama Department with a minor in English.


Director of Disney's The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Jim Fall

Jim Fall has had a diversified directing career spanning theater, TV, and motion pictures. Jim's feature film career started with the acclaimed independent feature "Trick" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival in Dramatic Competition. It was quickly acquired by Fine Line Features and released in the summer of 1999 becoming Fine Line's highest-grossing film of that year. Jim's studio directing debut, "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" - a big-screen adaptation of the hit Disney Channel series starring Teen Queen Hilary Duff - was a big box office success for Disney, opening at number two below "X-men 2" its opening week.

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LA Writer, Director, Actor

Kelton Jones

Kelton Jones is an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer. Four of the short films Kelton has shot, acted in, and produced with the Young Actors Theatre Camp have been accepted and shown at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. Kelton also makes documentaries and has shot award winning docs for film legend Robert Zemeckis and rapper/actor/producer Ice-T.


Editor and Cinematographer

Brian Levin

This is Brian's fourth year working with Camp YATC and they’re both excited to come back to see old faces and meet new ones. Working at Camp YATC was an experience unlike any other, and they are excited to help campers bring their stories to life once again this year. Brian and Mike are based out of Los Angeles, where they own a busy production company, "Forge and Discover" serving high-end brand clients, and focusing on narrative editing for features, commercials, documentaries and more!

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Bay Area Teaching Artist

Craig Marker

Craig Marker is a veteran actor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. His Regional stage credits include work at Portland Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Aurora Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theater, TheatreWorks, San Francisco Playhouse, Center REPertory Company, and the late great San Jose Repertory Theatre. He has been critically acclaimed in productions of Equivocation, 9 Circles,  and The Seagull at Marin Theatre Company; reasons to be pretty, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Wirehead, The Story, and First Person Shooter at San Francisco Playhouse; and Macbeth at Shotgun Players. Mr. Marker’s television and film credits include Trauma, Bye-Bye, Bin Laden, Generic Thriller and Night of Henna. His voice work includes several characters in the video game “Brutal Legend” starring Jack Black, and clients such as Comcast, Bank of the West, and AAA.

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Pixar Studios

Jeanette Penley-Marker

Jeanette Penley-Marker will be returning to YATC for her seventh year as a Monologue and Classical Theater teacher. She has an extensive background in theatre – both on stage and behind-the-scenes, with experience in directing and casting. She has performed locally in the Bay Area as well as theatres around the world. She also has credits in films for Pixar and starred as a leading role in a web series.  Her favorite role is being mom to two beautiful girls and one handsome son.

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Co-Founding Director

Shawn Ryan

Recently seen on the Freeform show, Famous in Love, and 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! Shawn most recently wrote and directed the CampYATC short “Henry” which made its debut at The Cannes Film Festival marking Shawn’s 8th film in 5 years at this prestigious festival. In addition to “Henry”, Shawn has recently completed writing YATC’s Summer Musical and new feature entitled “Feels Like Home” to be produced later this year. “YATC is the place that I wished I had when I was a kid. It is my honor to have worked with over 5,000 students in 19 years and I cannot wait to get to coach you this summer! I aspire to inspire and know that I will be inspired by each and every one of you at The Young Actors’ Theatre Camp.”

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