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Ernestine Balisi

Ernestine has been cast as Elle Woods in DMTC‘s production of “Legally Blonde” performing July 2017.
You can also find Ernestine frequently performing our National Anthem at stadiums across California!  Here’s a link to Ernestine performing the anthem before an Oakland A’s game!


Jennifer Kranz

Jennifer recently completed a new musical reading and workshop called Recorded in Hollywood and was cast as Jolene in Musical Theatre West production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  She also just finished playing Lorraine in the concert version Bubble Boy in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan is a professional voice actor. He has been featured in various commercials and spots for Verizon, SimCity, theme parks and can now be heard as a voice on the new video game, 2K Mafia III.  Check out some samples of his work at

Jonathan’s mother, Jodi Murphy, who served on the PYT Board, is the founder of Geek Club Books, which opens hearts and ignites minds through autism stories.

Alison Koch

Alison has been performing in a variety of plays including, Angel Street, The Odd CoupleOut of Sight of Of Murder, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The 39 Steps, Tartuffe and Harvey. Alison has a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts with a focus on early childhood education. She’s recently married and is a drama teacher living in Maryland.

Amy Thompson

Amy does sketch and improv comedy for The Second City in Chicago. Since September 2016 she has been in their touring company, performing at venues around the US.  She wrote and performed her one-woman comedy show, “Boofgall,” at The iO Theater in June 2016.  Amy received degrees in English and Acting from Brandeis University before studying improv at The Second City, Annoyance, and iO Theaters. You can follow Amy on Twitter at @thompthompthomp

Janel Healy

Janel recently completed one of her dreams which was to hike the A.T. The A.T. is the Appalachian Trail and it’s the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, spanning Maine to Georgia. Janel walked 2,187 mountainous miles in 5 months finishing it in October 2016.   Read her reflections on how this amazing journey has affected her life.