Gallo Center Youth Academy

GCYA

Teachers

Joy

Joy Kerr-Owens, Teacher & Production Director

Joy Kerr-Owens is an elementary educator with over fifteen years of teaching experience in the performing arts. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from CSU San Bernardino and her multiple subject teaching credential from CSU Stanislaus. Joy taught dance to students of all ages at Juline School of Dance before directing middle and high school theater at Modesto Christian School. Joy has collaborated with many local organizations, including Central Valley High School, SRT Jr., and The Juline Regional Youth Ballet, and currently teaches 6th grade at Great Valley Academy in Modesto.


Randi

Randi Linee', Teacher & Music Director

Randi Linee' began her vocal training with Erik Buck Townsend, Founding General Director of Opera Modesto (formally Townsend Opera Players) in Modesto in 1993. She has been performing professionally (regional, national and international) since she was 14 years old. Mrs. Linee’ has also served as the Founding General Director/Music Director/Choreographer for several local youth performance groups including the Turlock Youth Performing Arts, the Starmites youth performance group of Denair, and the Aspire Stars. Most recently she has served as the Education Director for Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, Vocal Coach for Gregori High School and Modesto Christian School, and has served as the Chorus Teacher for Fairview, Fremont, Summit Charter Academy and Everett Elementary school in years past. She currently serves as Program Director for Kids Works (Educational Puppet Theater) of Modesto Performing Arts and teaches Music at Aspire University Charter School. Mrs. Linee' runs a private vocal studio in Modesto, CA. She has a firm belief that all youth should have an opportunity to be trained and express themselves artistically and is looking forward to continuing the Gallo Center's rich history of enriching the lives of young performers through the arts, introducing youth to the stage!