EVCT Staff

Bryanna Patrick Blanco
Artistic Director

Bryanna is a Zoni Award-winning local director, as well as an adjunct professor of Theatre and Film at South Mountain Community College. Working with Arizona Theatre Company, MET, Stageworks, Maricopa Community Colleges, and Southwest Shakespeare Company she has been teaching and developing academic, professional and community performing arts classes in Phoenix for over twenty years. She most recently directed She Kills Monsters and A Doll’s House at SMCC, Circle Mirror Transformation at MET, and Urinetown and Is He Dead? at Arizona Theatre Company. She has a Bachelor’s of Art from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Theatre Education and Outreach from The University of Arizona. She is supported by her wonderful husband and kids. She is ecstatic to carry on the amazing work done here at EVCT!   

Instructors

Breona Conrad

Bravo Director
Classroom Instructor
Voice Lessons

Breona Conrad is delighted to be a part of the staff teaching in the classroom at East Valley Children’s theatre.  Breona has been a professional actor across the country since graduating with her BA in Acting with a minor in Vocal Performance from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne (now PFW) 11 years ago. Phoenix credits include The Complete Works…Abridged (Broadwayworld.com winner Best Actress 2017), Sense and Sensibility, Pride@Prejudice (Southwest Shakespeare Company), A Discourse…Invisible World, Natural Shocks (The Bridge Initiative), Macbeth, The Taming (Class 6 Theatre), and American Idiot with Stray Cat Theatre.  When not onstage, Breona’s passion for teaching keeps her quite busy outside of EVCT as she is the Director of Education at the Southwest Shakespeare Company. For a peek at her approach to Shakespeare, check out her passion project alongside her husband at unrehearsedarizona.com.

Aaron Blanco
On the Spot Teen Improv Troupe Director

Aaron is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s B.F.A. Acting program with a stage combat certification. He is a professional Phoenix actor and stage combat choreographer. His recent credits include Beau Jest at the Hale (Bob), Peacemaker at Phoenix Theatre (Bluey), and various roles/stage combat work with Southwest Shakespeare.

Aaron would like to thank Bry and his beloved daughters for their continued support in his acting career.

Jamie Gilbert
EVCT Express Director
Classroom Instructor

Jamie is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University with a major in Children’s Theatre and a minor in film and communications.  She has an extensive background in improvisation and is founder of – A Bit of Funny, an improvised pod cast.

Katie Olsen
Office Manager

Katie Olsen – Is the current office manager for East Valley Children’s Theatre. Katie will be managing the office, classes, troupes, camps and more throughout the year. She has a AAFA in Theatre from Chandler-Gilbert Community College and has worked in Higher Education for the last three years at Northland Pioneer College. Katie started working with EVCT in 2006 till 2015 as a stage manager, instructor and camp administrator. EVCT and Karen Rolston has been an inspiration to her life and she looks forward to working with all the children/families that walk through its doors!

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