Founder, Diane Price, was quite literally a born performer. She made her first appearance onstage before she was two years old. She took dance lessons from Betty May in her early years but moved on to study with Stanley Kahn in her early teens to focus on Tap Dance. She began appearing on local TV while she was in high school. A San Francisco native, Diane studied theater arts and received her bachelors degree from the University of California in Berkeley. Diane performed professionally onstage for more than 20 years especially at the Opera Ring in San Francisco. She also performed at the legendary nightclub the Hungry I in San Francisco.
In the early 1980’s Diane began teaching Tap for the Drama and Dance division of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. After becoming familiar with the programs offered by the department, she put together a plan for a musical theatre program for children and teens. Shortly thereafter Young People’s Musical Theatre Co was born. (“teen” was added later). And so it has continued- hundreds of shows, and hundreds of teenagers – many of whom credit the Company with playing a formative role in their development. With the development of Friends of the Company, ( a non-profit that produces all the Company’s shows), Diane retired in 2005.
Director & Choreographer, Nicola Bosco-Alvarez began her career in musical theatre as an Artist in-Residence and Choreographer with the San Francisco Arts Education Project under the close mentorship of Danny Duncan, Emily Keeler and Camille Oliver-Salmon. After twelve years with SF ArtsEd teaching and learning with youth 9-14, she made the transition in 2007 as full time Director/Choreographer with YPTMTC. Her passion to work with teens and provide a professional setting for them to explore and create has been an amazing experience, and invaluable artistically. Working with such talented young adults and musicians is truly a dream come true for her. Nicola has taught with high schools and community theatres through out the Bay Area, and danced professionally with Carlos Carvajol. She has an Associate Credential of the Cecchetti ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) has studied professionally in Florence, Italy.
Music Director 1993–2012, Othello Jefferson, a native of San Francisco, began singing at a very young age. As a member of the San Francisco Boy’s Chorus, he vowed to continue to make music an integral part of his life. From elementary school through high school, he participated in many musical ensembles (chorus, band, orchestra, etc.).
Othello received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Single Subject Music Credential from San Francisco State University. He has been a recipient of various awards and scholarships including the Leslie Urquhart Foundation Scholarship and was the local first place winner in the Vocal Competition of the Collegiate Division of NANM (National Association of Negro Musicians). In July 1995, he was a prizewinner in the Leontyne Price National Vocal Arts Competition in Detroit, Michigan.
As music educator, musical director, singer, pianist, and composer/ arranger, Othello has had many wonderful experiences. From 1998-2008, he was the Choir Director at his alma mater, Lowell High School. He and his students worked with the likes of Michael Morgan (Oakland East Bay Symphony), The King’s Singers, and Chanticleer. In November 2004, he and members of his Chamber Choir represented the United States by participating in the International Children’s Culture and Art Festival in Shenzhen, China, winning two awards for performance. In May 2008, he was honored to receive a Gospel Music Award at the 37th Annual Academy of Gospel Music Awards in San Francisco, CA.
Othello is a musician at First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (San Francisco), music teacher at Sequoia High School (Redwood City, CA), and is proud to have been involved with the Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company as a singer, dancer, and, from 1993-2012, musical director. Thank you for the memories past and those to come!