Meet Our Instructors

Dinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor)

Dinah Smith bio picDinah Smith has a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certificated Teacher.  She has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and performer on stage, in film, and on TV.  She has worked professionally with children’s and community theaters throughout Southern California and Colorado. Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Sandra Rockman, Lake Wildwood, Center Stage Dance, and CATS.  Dinah has taught Youth Theatre Classes at The Center For The Arts, Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, The Miners Foundry, and currently at Grass Valley Charter School.  She directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth ages 10 – 16 this past December 2014 and in 2013 at The Off Center Stage.


Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman is a 4-time world juggling champion who has appeared on over 100 national television shows including the Tonight Show, a Showtime Comedy Special, and a Presidential Command Performance.

He has toured as an opening act with Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Jay Leno, a dozen more celebrity headliners. For the last 25-years he and his partner have performed as The Raspyni Brothers at corporate events, sales meetings, trade shows, and product launches for Fortune 500 companies around the world.

He lives in Grass Valley with this wife and son – who is quite a juggler in his own right.


Allison Chan, M.A.

Allison Chan is a 3rd generation Nevada County resident.  She graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Art Studio.  She earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a Single Subject Art Credential, and her Masters in Education from National University.

She teaches Independent Studies and Art at Sierra Mountain H.S. and Set Design at Nevada Union H.S. where she designed the set for Seussical, The Crucible, and Wonderland.

Allison has been involved with CATS since its inception.  Her stage credits include:  Flower Drum Song, Snow Falling on Cedars, The King and I, and Teahouse of the August Moon & Miss Saigon.  She is also a proud member of the CATS board.


Glenn Husted, M.F.A.

Glenn Husted received an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture working with Master Artist Paul Soldner at the Claremont Graduate University in 1992. Glenn has taught in many capacities as both a Professor of Art and as an artist working primarily in clay.

His lectureship includes; Chaffey College in Alta Loma CA, CSU San Bernardino and Scripps College in Claremont California.  He has taugh ceramics, sculpture, and painting for Yuba College in Marysville, CA since 1998.

His work is featured in several collections Internationally including the Fred Marer Collection of Contemporary Ceramics and the Tokoname City “IWCAT” collection in Japan and most recently, the Macsabal Museum in Osan, Korea.

He has led various workshops within the ceramics discipline that include: kiln building, sculpture construction, pottery technique, and primitive/lowfire techniques for many colleges and art centers nationally.  In 1995, he personally built and ran a school for ceramics called the “Pottery D” at the “Angels Gate” Center for the Arts in San Pedro,

As one of the top graduate students in 1991, he attended the IWCAT Workshop in Tokoname, Japan. In 1996, he returned to work with Japan’s National Treasure, Ryoji Koie. More recently in 2006, he has worked with Master potters in an effort to survey woodfiring methods in Japan and Korea. Mr. Husted has traveled extensively to work Internationally, lecture, and exhibit work and survey contemporary and historical ceramic practice.

Currently, Mr. Husted operates the Stone Soup Studio in Penn Valley, CA, and is represented by the Mowen Solinsky Gallery in Nevada City, CA.




Bill Douglass

Bill Douglass has performed Chinese folk and classical music for more than 20 years and is passionate about playing jazz and passing on this uniquely American art form. He is first-call Bassist for many stars of the jazz world, recording and performing with Marian McPartland, Tom Waits, Mose Allison, Mark Isham and many others. Bill also plays bamboo flute and can be heard on the soundtracks of “Never Cry Wolf” ,”Thousand Pieces of Gold”, “The Black Stallion”, and “National Geographic” specials.

Bill is a compassionate teacher whose love for jazz is happily infectious. The Jazz Camp faculty are all long-time friends and colleagues of Bill’s — musicians with experience, patience and the love of teaching music. Bill and fellow Jazz Camp faculty member Ian Dogole are part of a wonderful group called Hemispheres.


Hock Tjoa

Hock TjoaHock Tjoa has lived in Nevada County for ten years. He is active in community theater and passionate about traditional Chinese culture and values (from a parent’s perspective).

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