Karen Simpson

Executive Director

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Karen has worked in virtually all areas of theater: set design, painting and construction, stage management, costume design and construction, running light and sound boards, directing and acting. Immediately after receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University,(where she received the William H. Lehey award for contribution to the department) Karen fell into an administrative “day job” at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, and quickly discovered a talent and passion for arts management. Within two years she was appointed the Business and Outreach Manager of the Center, creating innovative programs to help make the arts accessible to everyone in the community. Karen obtained her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She became the Executive Director of PYT in 2000, which melds her love of theater and arts management. Karen was the recipient of Gentry Magazine’s Community Star award in 2008. She is a graduate of Leadership Mountain View (2002) and has served on the board of directors for Mountain View Community Television and Leadership Mountain View, receiving the “Volunteer of the Year” award from that organization in 2005. In addition to writing several plays for PYT Karen is resident playwrite for Geek Club Books. She also has two wonderful, dramatic children!

Loryn Hatten

Producing Artistic Director

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Loryn has been serving as PYT’s Production Manager since January 2014. She began working in professional theatre for young audiences in 2003 with the California Theatre Center (CTC) where she toured the West Coast as a Stage Manager before becoming the company’s Production Manager, Tour Director, and Company Manager. While with CTC, Loryn directed numerous plays and musicals with both professional actors and youth performers. She also worked a great deal with the Education Program, teaching theatre to children ages 5 to 18. In the fall of 2010 Loryn moved to Seattle to pursue her M.F.A. in Arts Leadership. There she had the opportunity to serve as a teaching intern with Seattle Children’s Theatre. She also interned for One Theatre World, the national conference held by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. Loryn wrote her graduate thesis on engaging adolescents in afterschool theatre programming. She is very proud to be part of the PYT team.

Meg Fischer Venuti

Education Director

Meg first became involved with PYT when she was hired to teach for Theatre In the Park in the summer of 2004. She joined the PYT staff in 2008 and currently serves as Lead Outreach Director for the Play In a Box after school drama program. She holds a B.A. in Theology from Loyola Marymount University, and started teaching high school straight out of undergrad. After seven years teaching drama and religion, Meg decided to take the leap and work in theatre full time. Since then, she has had the opportunity to direct and vocal direct for PYT’s Centerstage and Stories On Stage programs, WVLO, Theatre In the Mountains, Sunnyvale Community Players, Hillview Middle School, and Saint Nicholas Catholic School. Meg has been a drama kid herself ever since she can remember and performs whenever she can sneak it into her schedule. She feels truly blessed to be a part of the professional theatre community.

Caitlyn DeRouin

Outreach Director

Caitlyn first became involved with PYT when she performed in her first show in the Spring of 2008. Since then she’s performed in and worked on numerous Centerstage musicals, in addition to teaching for Theatre In The Park. She joined the PYT staff in 2014 and is currently an Outreach Director for the Play In a Box after school drama program. She graduated from the Foothill Theatre Conservatory in 2013 with a degree in Theatre Arts. In addition to her work at PYT, Caitlyn has assistant directed multiple musicals at Foothill College, directed for the Foothill Theatre Conservatory and has worked as the Musical Theatre instructor for Marti’s Dance Studio. She is truly thankful to be working for such an amazing company as PYT.

Roberta Inscho-Cox

Outreach Director

Roberta, a graduate of California State University, East Bay with a BA in Theatre Arts, first became invloced with PYT in the summer of 2007 as an instructor for the Theatre in the Park program. Since then Roberta has continued to teach and direct for many of PYT’s amazing programs, and she is so thankful to hold a staff position at PYT as an Outreach Director for the School Play in A Box program where she has the opportunity to “build character onstage” every day. Roberta has directed and assisted other productions at TheatreWorks, Los Altos Stage Company, Sunnyvale Community Players, Shady Shakespeare and the Douglas Morrison Theatre, to name a few. She is truly thankful to be a part of the PYT family.

Beth McClelland

Outreach Director

Beth McClelland has been an Outreach Director for Peninsula Youth Theatre since 2008. She holds an M.A. in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University and a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from Santa Clara University.  She has extensive teaching, acting, and directing experience with PYT as well as companies such as San Jose State University, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and South Bay Musical Theatre. Beth also enjoys directing and choreographing for PYT, as well as performing locally.  Favorite roles include Helena and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosa in Drood, Miss Dorothy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime.

Candice Gasperik

Office Manager

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