School of the Arts

STC understands that young people dream of careers in performing arts, but they need an outlet and proper training. STC meets those needs by offering elementary, middle, and high school students after school and weekend training programs, including:

Veteran actors, directors, designers, technicians, and producers–all with professional training and college degrees–provide hands-on training. Students flourish and gain momentum as they work towards enrollment in colleges and, ultimately, careers in professional theatre. Many of STC’s alumni-–including Yale University graduate Alexander Dominitz, Northwestern University graduate Anna Miles, University of Michigan graduate Paige Silvester, and Royal Academy of Music graduate Maggie Elizabeth May–are enrolled in theatre programs at top universities or working on Broadway or London’s West End.

Executive Director, School of the Arts, Michele Hillen-Noufer


Michele Hillen-Noufer, M.Ed., AEA, SAG is the Executive Director for the STC School of the Arts and oversees programs such as the Young Professionals Conservatory, the Pre-Professional Ensemble, Professional Internship Program, Camp Programs and the School Partnership Program (which she created in 2011.) She is a member of Actors Equity Association as well as SAG/AFTRA. Michele has been working as a professional actor for 25 years doing theatre, film, and television across the country and internationally. She has directed, taught, and choreographed professional theatre, as well as theatre for young people. Michele has a passion for helping young people achieve their goals in the performing arts as well as providing Theatre Arts Education to schools through STC’s School Partnership Program and arts integration during the day. Michele is an arts integration specialist and keeps her skills current by teaching at STC, local elementary schools as well as providing workshops and professional development opportunities for conferences and in-services for Educators. She has been a member of the Sacramento State University’s, Academic Talent Search faculty since 2012.

Education Coordinator, Lyn Alessandra

Lyn Alessandra, AEA, IATSE graduated from UC Davis in 2016 with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and minors in Managerial Economics and French. She has worked as a stage manager in various cities, including in Dallas, Los Angeles, and here in Sacramento at Broadway at Music Circus in the summers. She has also toured as a union stage hand on Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Lyn has a passion for theatre, and loves to share it with students of all ages. She enjoys teaching and inspiring students to delve into every topic theater can offer them. When she isn’t in rehearsals, she is playing with her two dogs or baking.