Joel Roster (Founder, Teaching Artist) has been involved in professional theatre since the age of 8. He has made his living from theatre since 2001, when he started teaching. He created a two-decade-strong program for Diablo Valley College's "College For Kids" program, and was then brought on by Kevin Morales to revamp the education department at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, where he helped transformed their educational programs into award-winning, thriving arts education resource for all ages. He served as Town Hall's Director of Education for three years before becoming their Artistic Director, where he directed (among many other plays and musicals) both parts of Tony Kushner's epic "Angels In America", which was the most critically-acclaimed and award-winning production in Town Hall's history.
In 2016, he was named by Diablo Magazine as one of their Top 40 Under 40--a young professional to watch.
He has taught over 2000 students, and his students have gone on to such schools as Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Tisch School For The Arts, RADA, The Old Globe, the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, national tours and off-Broadway productions.
As an actor and director, he's performed with Center REP, Ray of Light Theatre, Shotgun Players, Contra Costa Civic Theater, CCMT, Diablo Actors Ensemble, The Eugene O'Neill Tao House, and with many others.
Dave Abrams (Teaching Artist) Dave Abrams is thrilled to join the Other Other Theatre Academy. Born in Martinez himself and raised throughout the Bay Area, he understands the benefits of creating artistic spaces for creative youth in our communities. Due to the aid of his neighborhood educators along with his performance abilities, he is a graduate of UC Berkeley, as well as the recent winner of the 2017 Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical. He was nominated for the 2017 BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Person to Watch and Best Featured Actor in a Musical. His goal is for students to leave with confidence and a greater understanding of music, dance, and theater performance.