Years in Conservatory: 2003-2011
Elyssa was born and raised in Merced and started at the Playhouse Merced Conservatory when she was 8! She couldn't get enough theatre and did as many classes and shows that she could until she graduated high school.
She went on to Cal State Fullerton and received her BFA in Musical theatre and later moved to New York, where she continued to pursue theatre!
The shows that carry the most memories of her time at Playhouse Merced would be: Stuart little, Little Women, and The Wizard of Oz!
Years in Conservatory: 1994-2000
A California native, Roque is a director, actor, teaching artist and proud Associate Member of SDC (Stage Directors & Choreographers Society). Roque is currently the Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre [Untitled] and Actor’s Professional Theatre Conservatory (APTC) based in New York City. Theatre [Untitled] focuses on new and reinvented works and provides a platform for undiscovered artists. In 2018, APTC celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Roque is formerly a resident director at Stagedoor Manor, a professional theatre training camp for young artists in upstate New York. Roque served as Artistic Director of the Allenberry Playhouse for three years in Pennsylvania. While in California, Roque trained with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City. While in NYC, Roque has worked on Chicago, Hamilton, Hamilton- Puerto Rico, and currently Jagged Little Pill.
Select directing credits include:The Whale Play (The Drama Book Shop), Bye Bye Birdie (Forestburgh Playhouse), The Theory of Relativity (Stagedoor Manor), Rent (Stagedoor Manor), Spamalot (Stagedoor) Into the Woods (Stagedoor Manor), Chicago (Allenberry), Footloose (Allenberry), The 39 Steps (Allenberry), Wait Until Dark (Allenberry), The Wedding Singer (APTC) and 13! (APTC).
My favorite memory/thought of the Conservatory:
Attending the Conservatory allowed me to finally find my place and purpose in life. I understood that this unquenchable desire to create was a gift. That every time we get to be in a theatre it is special and something that you can't experience anywhere else. The Conservatory made me realize that through the performing arts, we as artists get to be present in our dreams each time we step on that stage.