Stepping Out

TheatreWorks hopes new video series will inspire next generation of artists

Courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Gunn High School sophomore Jacqueline See-Tho, left, interviews actor Rinabeth Apostol via Zoom for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Opening the Curtain” video series.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley – in partnership with the Palo Alto Unified School District as part of the John F. Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program – recently unveiled the next two videos in its “Opening the Curtain” video series, designed to inspire the next generation of artists.

The program introduces PAUSD elementary students to the breadth of careers available in performing arts, including acting, tech, scenery, costumes, directing and administration.

For the videos, PAUSD high school students interviewed professional theater artists, asking them about their jobs, their career paths, what they love about working in their field and their vision of the future of the arts world.
Videos for “Opening the Curtain” are available to view on the TheatreWorks website and YouTube page, with new interviews to be released monthly through May.

One of the videos is an interview conducted by Milpitas High School junior Paige Hutchison that explores the field of stage management with Marcy Reed. The other video features a conversation about acting with Bay Area stage veteran Rinabeth Apostol (TheatreWorks’ “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga”), who is interviewed by Gunn High School sophomore Jacqueline See-Tho.

Reaching 15,000 students each year, TheatreWorks’ K-12 education programs include classes that focus on student-generated work centered on play-making and performance skills, summer camps and student matinees that comprise study guides, preshow workshops and a talkback session.

To watch the series and for more information, visit

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