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.
Meet Our Staff
IHS Theater Arts Teacher / ICT Director
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 email@example.com
ICT Scenic Designer and Stagecraft Instructor
Cayla is a scenic painter, designer, and artist with a BFA in Theatre Design and Production (2014) from Central Washington University. She has completed contracts with organizations such as the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Cincinnati Opera, and SeaWorld. In 2017, Cayla returned to the San Francisco Bay Area full time, where she was recently married, and has been furthering her career in educating young artists by teaching set design for Mission Academy of Performing Arts’ (MAPA@Brava) after-school tech program titled San Francisco Running Crew. In her free time, Cayla enjoys embroidery, producing public art, and dabbling in graphic design and photography. Cayla looks forward to one day attending grad school in pursuit of an MFA in the arts while continuing to work with children at organizations such as the Girl Scouts of Northern California, Los Gatos Youth Theatre, and the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Cayla is a member of the Guild of Scenic Artists and Theatre Bay Area.
ICT Vocal Director
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.
ICT Costume Designer
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!
ICT Technical Supervisor/Lighting and Sound Designer
Ryan Willer is a math and leadership teacher at Irvington High School. He has been teaching for eleven 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.
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 at Silicon Valley tech companies, and 40+ years of musical experience as a percussionist for many Bay Area music ensembles and theater companies (including Fremont's StarStruck Theatre). When not working, performing, or volunteering her time, Martha can often be found hiking in the east bay hills with her husband, watching true crime documentaries, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, or following cat and meme pages on Instagram.
ICT Wardrobe Mistress
Bio and photo coming soon.
Cathe Hamada Chan
ICT Props Mistress
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