Ryan Scott Oliver
Ryan Scott Oliver is the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program’s Artistic Director and Co-Director of the Senior Company (7th through 12th grade students). Ryan is an award-winning composer and lyricist, playwright and voice instructor. Ryan is an alumnus of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Ryan earned a B.A. in Music Composition from UCLA, and an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University – Tisch, and is an adjunct professor at New York City’s Pace University. Ryan is a 2011 Lortel Award Nominee, 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient, 2008 Rodgers Award Winner. Music and lyrics for 35mm, Darling (featured on NBC’s The Apprentice), Mrs. Sharp (Playwrights Horizons July 2009 starring Jane Krakowski, dir. by Michael Greif), Jasper in Deadland, Out of My Head, and the 2010 Writer’s Guild East Awards; a collection of his work, Rated RSO, played the Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, New York Musical Theatre Festival; Off-Broadway and elsewhere: TheatreWorksUSA’s We the People, Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids, and cabarets worldwide. More at www.ryanscottoliver.com.
Emily Clark is the Director of the Junior Company (4th through 6th grade students). Emily is an alumnus of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and UC Santa Cruz (B.A. Theatre, History). She is the Performing Arts Teacher at Sierra Madre Middle School, artistic director of The Unknown Artists, member of the Mechanicals Theatre Group, and has studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC) and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Acting credits include HAiR (Ovation Nominee), It’s About Time (Off-Bway), Assassins, The Rover, and Rated RSO (Boston Court).
Gayle Bluemel began her career in PUSD in 1973 and during that time she served the community as a classroom teacher, performing arts specialist, and administrator. One of her crowning achievements was the 1995 founding of the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program, then called PUSD Gifted and Talented Summer Musical Workshop. Upon her retirement from the district in 2011, the auditorium in which our PMTP students rehearse and perform was dedicated in her name. She currently serves as the PMTP Musical Director and is a a member of the board. Gayle also has the unique pleasure of collaborating with her own children who have grown up in PMTP, Director Emily Clark and Stage Manager Cody Clark.