Meet Our Teachers
Valley Youth Theatre would like to introduce you to our highly trained, professional, performing arts teachers.
Lizzie Baggleman teaches Just Dance for Teens and Musical Theatre for Teens. She is the full-time life skills teacher for 7th and 8th grade at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA). She has also taught Theatre there since 2015. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Theater from Arizona State University in 2013 . She has been an an actress and choreographer around the Valley for 10 years. She began her career with High School Musical at Valley Youth Theatre. She would like to thank Bobb and Sandi for this wonderful experience of working here once again.
Bertha A. Cortes teaches Play Pretend, Treasure Trunk Theatre, Acting Technique and Acting Out. She received her Bachelor's in Theater Education from GCU in 2015. She's currently teaching theatre to Pre K through 6th grade at BMES in Cave Creek/Scottsdale. She is also a company member at Brelby in Glendale. While in College she interned and taught various classes at VYT and after almost two years she is excited to be back working at this wonderful theatre!
Stacey Hanlon teaches Musical Theatre classes. She has been teaching for VYT since 2006. Stacey got the acting bug at 10 years old, when she played the role of “Fuzzy Bunny” in a production of Winnie the Pooh at the Magical Theatre Company in Barberton,Ohio. Recent roles include Jenna in Tangelico, ensemble performance in the premiere of Greg Kotis’ The Unhappiness Plays and Mabel in A Bloody Mary Christmas. She is also a founding member, teacher and performer with The Torch Theatre, an improvisational theatre company. Currently, Stacey performs with The Light Rail Pirates, Mail Order Bride, JaxNReed and SIDECOACH! at The Torch. She moved to Phoenix from New York City in 2005, where she performed sketch and improvisational comedy, and was a producer and workshop director of the Oktoberfest comedy festival.
Stacey is the co-founder of Conducted Stories Improv, a local organization that uses improvisational theatre to foster communication and social skills with youth on the Autism spectrum. She lives in central Phoenix with her husband and daughter, Ruby. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
Will Hightower teaches Improv. With over a decade of experience, Will is an award-winning performer and improviser for audiences around the country ranging from national charities to corporate leadership organizations. As a professional performer and graduate of Arizona State University's acting program, Will is featured in national commercials, television shows, and McGraw-Hill's A Speaker's Resource: Listener-Centered Public Speaking. He is currently pursuing his Master of Education in Educational Leadership. In the community, Will is found serving as a board member for a local professional non-profit theatre and developing resources for artist organizations as the founder of Theatre Think Tank.
Rebecca Joslin is a VYT veteran having started in the orchestra pit at age 13 and working her way up to teacher and music director by 2007. A 2011 graduate of ASU with a BME, Rebecca now teaches orchestra and theater full time at Gilbert Classical Academy. When not working with other children, Rebecca is home enjoying her wonderful husband and her own three children, Annette, Philip and Charlotte.