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Class Act is a year-round, innovative theatre program that provides students of all ages with a creative foundation in music, theatre, and acting. 


Class Act’s mission is to positively impact the lives of its students and families, by encouraging personal growth through creative expression and theatre.


Our programs offer the fundamental backbone to excel personally and professionally. We cater to the needs of every student who enters our door. 


Excel Creatively, Work as a Team, Impact the Community, Always Have Fun


Jessica Alexander



Jessica (MFA in Acting from New School University and BFA in Theatre from Doane University) has been involved in dance and theatre since the age of 5. She began working at Class Act Musical Theatre in 2011 and is so happy to have the opportunity to continue bringing her love and passion for performing and the arts to her students and the community.

Michael Cochnar

Managing Director

& Executive Producer

Michael (BFA in Theatre from Doane University) has been involved with theatre and entertainment since middle school. Mike enjoys running Class Act with his wife, Jessica, and bringing new and exciting opportunities through theatre to the kids in our community. Mike is also a writer/director in the film industry. 

Jaya Ely

Production Administrator

& Producer

Jaya brings a wide range of experience to children's theatre and has been on the creative end of Class Act shows for more than 20 productions. Jaya has worked as a director, producer, and choreographer for multiple Class Act productions. 

Ally Muholland

Tween/Teen Director

& Co-Choreographer

Ally (Graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy) has many years of experience in musical theater for kids. She is a working actress with a large musical theater background as well as on camera and voice over work. She brings her many talents to Class Act as a director, choreographer, and Program Director. 

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Thom Dalesandro



Thomas Dalesandro (BA in Performing Arts: Music from CSU Channel Islands) began playing piano at 6 years old and started his professional career at the age of 11. His vocals and keyboards are featured on projects ranging from rock albums to motion pictures, including Polar Express and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Aside from session work, Thomas performs alongside countless original and cover bands from a wide variety of genres - appearing everywhere from local bars and clubs to corporate events, conventions and festivals such as Warped Tour. Find out more at

Gabriella Hartline

Enrichment Associate


Gabriella (BA in Mass Communications from Florida State University) has joined the Class Act team with many years of experience in youth theatre and dance. She currently works with our enrichment and kids programs. 

Alyssa Dvorak

Kids & Enrichment Producer,

Lead Director/Lead Choreographer

Alyssa Dvorak (Graduate of New York University) has an extensive history of working in youth theater. She served as a director, choreographer, stage manager, producer, performer, board member, and administrator during her twenty years at the Verona Area Community Theater in Wisconsin before moving to California in 2021. She is excited to join the Class Act Team and help kids find their passion for Musical Theatre. 

Kesiah Patil

Kids/Teens & Enrichment Choreographer

Kesiah (Graduate of the Institute for American Musical Theatre) has extensive training in dance and musical theatre and is very excited to join the staff of Class Act.

Rachel Specland

Kids & Enrichment

Assistant Director

Rachel assists with our theatre enrichment and kids programs. 

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Emily Williams


Kids Program

Emily comes to Class Act with credentials from The National Ballet School of Canada, 15 years of experience performing
on Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theater, Feature Films and Commercials. She served as an Assistant Director/Choreographer to Bill Burns for The Tuacahn Center for the Arts Production of Tarzan, and a Guest Choreographer/Teacher at AMDA.

Tiffany Vallerga

Tweens & Enrichment

Co-Choreographer and Assoc. Director

Tiffany (BA in Cinematic Arts from San Francisco State University) has joined the Class Act team as a Theatre Enrichment teacher for our after-school programs, and is a co-choreographer for our tween and teen main stage program.

Daniela Vargas

Kids & Enrichment

Assistant Director

Daniela (BA Sociology from CSUN)  is a long time performer  turned staff member.  She has been a part of the Class Act family since 2010 and has been in over 20 productions with us.  She assists with our theater enrichment and kids programs.

Maria Fouras

Theatre Enrichment Assistant

Maria has performed with Class Act for a number of performances and assists with rehearsals and show productions.


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