our mission

The Marin Catholic Performing Arts Department is a comprehensive program of musical and dramatic expression that is built into the cultural and religious fiber of the Marin Catholic community. Students will develop the skills to prepare themselves for the professional, academic, and religious worlds. Achieving this goal requires a multifaceted approach. Firstly, the students will receive instruction in theory, and technique from MC faculty and industry professionals alike. Secondly, students will prepare for life as a performer in the 21st century. They will be immersed in the technologies of today, and apply those skills in original, contemporary, and multidisciplinary ensembles. Exposure to a myriad of styles, medium, and performing opportunities are emphasized as a key component of development. Finally, students will be empowered with ownership of, and leadership within, the performing arts program. Students can organize their own groups, and design and run their own shows. With this set of skills and experiences, graduates will be ready to succeed in both academia and professional industries.

meet the performing arts Faculty

 

Marin Catholic Performing Arts Faculty are active performers, bringing their professional expertise to the classroom.

 

Paul Smith-Stewart

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DIRECTOR OF PERFORMING ARTS

psmithstewart@marincatholic.org

Courses: Contemporary Music, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Music Technology

Extra-curricular: Curriculum Council

Paul Smith-Stewart is a professional musician, composer and educator.  He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Berklee College of Music in Interdisciplinary Arts.  He has recorded and performed with many different groups, but is best known for his work with the band Still Time. From 2004 to 2012, Still Time steadily expanded from a local college band to a national touring act that has become an underground legend in their hometown of San Luis Obispo and in the greater post-alternative rock scene.  Still Time also successfully recorded four albums all on their own record label, When It hits Records.  

After Still Time went on hiatus, Paul joined the faculty of his alma mater, Marin Catholic, and currently serves as the Director of Performing Arts.  Since taking over the program, the faculty has seen huge leaps in the department's size, scope, and quality after only a few years.  Many graduates are now going on to pursue music in both the collegiate and professional worlds.  Outside of his role at Marin Catholic, Paul is currently working on several original music projects, collaborating with fellow Bay Area musicians.  Paul is also the bass player for Dirty Cello, with which he has recorded studio and live albums. They have also performed at many prestigious Bay Area venues and festivals, in addition to more extensive national and international tours.


Molly Bell

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DIRECTOR OF DRAMATICS

mbell@marincatholic.org

Courses:  Acting II, III Honors; Film & Television

Extra Curricular: Fall Play, Spring Musical, MC Live, Drama Showcase, Tech Club

Molly is passionate about building a student-centered education and a supportive theater community at Marin Catholic. She has implemented theater programs for students grades K-12 in public and independent schools, for young adults with special needs in institutional settings, and produced theater projects in a variety of community theater venues. Her experience includes acting, dancing, choreography, singing, television production, and theater tech. Other pursuits include travel, museums, and reading Preston & Child thrillers and Jane Austen novels. Molly earned her BA in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College (Pasadena CA) and her MA in Applied Theatre at London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

www.linkedin.com/in/molly-bell-a0088226/


Ben lauffer

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PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR

blauffer@marincatholic.org

Courses: Contemporary Music, Instrumental Music, Honors Music Theory

Extra-curricular: Music Service Club, Leadership Council

Ben grew up in a musical family and has been an avid percussionist for as long as he can remember.  After receiving degrees in Philosophy and Music from West Virginia University, Ben moved to the Bay Area in order to pursue his passion for music.  He continues to perform regularly, while also sharing his love of music as a private instructor and music educator.


Ryan MOsse

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DIRECTOR OF VOCAL STUDIES

rmosse@marincatholic.org

Courses: Contemporary Vocals, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble

Extra-curricular: Tech Club, Math Dept. Analytics, A Cappella Club

Ryan is an engineer, musician, arranger, and teacher, fulfilling each of these roles as a faculty member at Marin Catholic.  In the music department he holds the role of Director of Vocal Studies.  In the math department, he teaches the Engineering Fundamentals course, while providing data analytics for the department.  As a engineering, math, and music teacher, Ryan's "real world" experiences inform his teaching practices.

Ryan holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering with a Music Minor from Cal Poly SLO, and an M.Eng. in Acoustics from Penn State University.  He has performed with many ensembles of myriad styles, singing and playing various wind instruments as a student, amateur, and professional.


Lily Jackson

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Dramatics teacher

ljackson@marincatholic.org

Courses: Acting I

Extra-curricular: Fall Play, Spring Musical, Tech Club

Lily Jackson is an educator, performer, and director. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Occidental College, and completed training at the London Dramatic Academy as well as programs with A.C.T. and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Returning to her native Bay Area after graduating, she now teaches and directs with theatre companies such as the Yes! Foundation in the Ross Valley School district, the Montessori de Terra Linda, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, and Berkeley Playhouse. When she's not working as a teaching artist, Lily performs with companies throughout the Bay, including Central Works, 3Girls Theatre, Novato Theatre Company, 142 Throckmorton, and Marin Musical Theatre Company.


adjunct faculty

 

music director – Spring musical

voice coach – Spring Musical

emmanuel orjuela

Kenji Higashihama