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Kathleen Woods

Kathleen Woods has over thirty years’ experience as a theatre educator and director. She has earned recognition for her work at the local, state and national levels. She is currently the head of the Palo Alto High School Theatre Program, where she has been for twelve years. Kathleen is currently serving as Secretary of the California Educational Theatre Association Executive Board, and is a member of the Northern California Thespian Leadership team.  Kathleen was honored by the California Educational Theatre Association as the Outstanding Theatre Educator for 2012. Kathleen also has experience working with students of all ages, including college, as well directing in professional theatre. Ms. Woods is an enthusiastic advocate of theatre education and feels very fortunate to be able to share her love of theatre with students and the Palo Alto community on a daily basis.

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Alyssa Bond

Alyssa Bond joined the Paly community for the 2016-2017 academic year and teaches Theatre 1 as well as Dance 1 and Dance 2. In addition, she is the choreographer for the Main Stage productions and has been a Theatre and Dance educator for over 15 years. She has been honored by the National Society of High School Scholars as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction for excellence in teaching.

Alyssa began dancing at a very young age and hasn’t ever stopped. Originally from the Seattle area, she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop and moved to California where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in both Drama and Dance. After graduation, Alyssa began to choreograph, teach, and dance professionally for regional theatre companies in the Bay Area and has worked with Berkeley Playhouse, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, and many others. She feels privileged to be able to share her love of theatre and dance with new generations of performers.