Meet Our Teachers

 

Valley Youth Theatre would like to introduce you to our highly trained, professional, performing arts teachers.

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Rebecca Joslin

Rebecca Joslin is an Arizona native and long-time VYT veteran. Since debuting in the orchestra pit at age 13, Rebecca has grown up at VYT, playing for two dozen shows, teaching 10 summers of camp, many years of education classes and music directing several shows, including 11 straight years of A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail! Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arizona State University and teaches orchestra and theater at Gilbert Classical Academy. In her spare time she is the proud parent of Annette, Philip and Charlotte!

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Stacey Hanlon teaches Musical Theatre classes. 

Stacey Hanlon 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.  She is a founding member, teacher and performer with The Torch Theatre, a Phoenix-based improvisational theatre company.  Currently, Stacey performs with The Light Rail Pirates, Junebug, 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. 

 

Susan Gibson is currently the Principal of Fine Arts Academy in Tolleson, AZ.  She was previously a Kindergarten through 4th grade teacher throughout the Phoenix area.  In her role as Principal, she works with students directly on beginning Theater skills.  In her free time, she loves to Direct Theater.  She has directed various youth shows throughout the Valley since 2009.  She has been nominated and won various Zoni and National Youth Arts awards for Directing, Lighting, and Overall Production.  Susan Gibson also has been involved in theater as an actor throughout most of her life.

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