About ICT

The Irvington Conservatory Theater (ICT) is a conservatory-style theater program at Irvington High School, a public Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) magnet high school located in Fremont, CA. 

ICT is part of the Center for Creative Arts (CCA), the arts magnet program offered by the Fremont Unified School District. Students with specific artistic talents and interests may apply to participate in CCA by transferring to Irvington from other high schools in the district. ICT also offers classes for college credit through the Ohlone College concurrent enrollment program. 

 

Every school year, ICT mounts two major theatrical productions, including a fall play and spring musical, participates in competitions, and hosts a myriad of events and fundraisers. 

We have an accomplished staff of teaching artists, and work to maintain the highest levels of professionalism and artistic achievement.

We encourage community involvement and support in the form of donations and volunteer opportunities. We are proud members, supporters, and alumni of both the Fremont and wider Bay Area theater community.

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Meet Our Staff

Matthew Ballin

IHS Theater Arts Teacher / ICT Director

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Matt Ballin holds a BFA in Theater from UC Santa Barbara, an MFA from The Ohio State University, and spent a year abroad in the Tel Aviv University Overseas program. The 2021-2022 school year will be Matt's 21st year teaching Theater Arts in Fremont, and his 7th at Irvington High School after 14 years at Washington High School just down the road. He has acted and choreographed fights throughout the Bay Area, and is an Associate Artist with The Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a member of Fremont's Temple Beth Torah. His wife Pamela is a sometime actress / vocalist herself, and a full time elementary school speech and language pathologist. Matt lives in Livermore with Pam, their two children, Emmy and Moss, and their dogs.

Contact Mr. Ballin at mballin@fremont.k12.ca.us

Erin Reis

ICT Vocal Director

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Erin Reis is a bay area vocalist, actress, director and private vocal instructor with 18+ years of performance experience in Musical Theatre, and over a decade of experience in teaching music. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and Music from San Francisco State University and runs a private vocal studio in the East Bay. Over the years Erin has performed in over 45 Musical Theatre productions/ staged concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area and has worked with a wide variety of Theatre companies, including DMT, SBMT, Coastal Rep, PCRT, Stage1, Tri-Valley Rep, The Victoria Theatre and GSTP. Erin enjoys directing and vocal directing for summer youth theatre camps/ and various High Schools in the East and South Bay, but loves calling ICT her home. Outside of the Arts, she is passionate about traveling, good food, rescuing dogs, and loves going on adventures with her two mutts Jiminy and Walter. 

Nicole McAllister

ICT Choreographer

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Nicole McAllister has always had a passion for performance.  She started training in acrobatics and gymnastics at the age of 5, and began her first formal dance education at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose, CA.  Thanks to the Performing Arts Magnet program and tons of family support, Nicole thrived in their dance, drama, and Musical Theatre departments.  She then went on to earn a BA in Dance from San Jose State University with her primary emphasis in Jazz, secondary in Modern, and tertiary in Ballet.  Nicole has worked at a variety of Bay Area Dance studios and high schools, teaching dance technique and Competitive Teams earning her multiple Top Teacher & choreography awards.  She went on to perform and work for the Oakland Raiders as a Raiderette and Ambassador for the NFL, and was Director & Choreographer for San Jose State University's Spartan Spectrum Dance Team for 9 years, as well as the resident choreographer for Evergreen High School's Musical Theatre productions.  She boasts that the best part of her job(s) is watching her students grow and flourish in the arts, and that they inspire her every day.

Liz Whitaker

ICT Costume Designer

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Elizabeth Whitaker is a physical therapy assistant for a living, but has been building and coordinating costumes at Irvington High School since 2002. She is thrilled to still be working behind the scenes on every IHS show with some of her favorite people! 

Ryan Willer

ICT Technical Supervisor & Sound Designer

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Ryan Willer is a math and leadership teacher at Irvington High School. He has been teaching for fifteen years and his favorite class to teach is trigonometry. In 2012, he volunteered to help with ICT's fall play play "The Hobbit". Since then he has been helping design lighting and sound for nearly all ICT productions.

Daniel Geschke (he/him)

ICT Lighting Designer

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Daniel is a lighting designer with experience lighting in a variety of applications including theater, theme parks, dance, and events. He is currently studying for a Bachelor in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Lighting Design at California State University Long Beach. Daniel has been involved in local productions including Oliver! The Musical here at Irvington High School in 2019, 12 Starstruck Theatre productions, and various seasonal events at California’s Great America.

Martha Garcia (she/her)

ICT Webmaster

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Martha is the parent of an ICT CCA/PAC alumnus, and has enjoyed giving back to the program as our volunteer Webmaster since 2015. She has 30+ years of professional experience working as an Executive Assistant in Silicon Valley, and 40+ years of musical experience as a percussionist for several Bay Area music ensembles and theater companies (including Fremont's StarStruck Theatre). When not working, performing, or volunteering, Martha can often be found hiking in the east bay hills with her husband, visiting her daughter in Los Angeles, watching true crime documentaries, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, laughing at memes, and correcting Mr. Ballin's typos before posting information on this site.