Kids on Camera staff celebrating the holidays
and their upcoming 35th anniversary in 2016
Left to right: David Rosenthal, Lois Tema, Ezra Stanley, Jackie Yost, Judy Berlin,
Deborah Eliezer, Chad Deverman, Paul Collins, John Litten
JUDY BERLIN; Director and founder of Kids on Camera since 1981, Judy is a credentialed teacher in Theatre Arts/Communications, a professional voiceover, vocalist, and casting director. With a B.A. from Michigan State U, and graduate work in film at Wayne State U and SF State U, Judy has taught for over 30 years in Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Marin County and Canada. She was casting director for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Educat'l Films for 7 yrs. Casting credits include DISNEY FILMS and NICKELODEON. Judy was a voiceover on SESAME STREET for 12 years and is a member of the professional performing unions: SAG/AFTRA. Judy has performed as a vocalist and was a runner up on the TV show, STARS OF TOMORROW, hosted by Joan Rivers. Judy has taught children with learning differences (eg: dyslexia), at the Developmental Resource Center in Florida and the Charles Armstrong School, in Belmont, CA. KGO TV consumer reporter, Michael Finney, from Seven on Your Side and View from the Bay, featured Kids on Camera and spoke of Judy's high quality program when he said:, "Kids on Camera was the right place to go."
Actor, director, and experienced teaching artist for over 10 years. (M.F.A. in Acting from Cal State, Fullerton and a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Middle Tennessee State U.) While in Los Angeles he co-founded V.O.I.C.E.S. - Arts Institute for Youth, and taught in after-school programs w/ Star Education and STRIVE. Since relocating to the Bay Area, he has taught at Stage Write in San Francisco schools. Currently, he works with the San Francisco Youth Theatre in the Mission District directing "Don Quixote" and teaches children's drama part-time at Cal State U, in the East Bay. His stage roles in the past year include Colossal at SF Playhouse, Aesop Amuck based on Aesop's Fables with Idiot String, and The Unheard of World with Fools Fury Theatre Co. He joined Kids on Camera in 2015.
A professional circus artist, dancer, & improv and physical comedy coach. She has been singing, acting and dancing forever! She joined our staff in 2011. She coaches our TV 1 series for ages 4-6 in spring 2015 and was on staff for our summer camps. Texas is a graduate of the University of North Texas w/ a BA in dance. She studied at the Clown Conservatory at San Francisco's Circus Center and was their summer children’s program director in 2010 & 2011. She performs in the Bay Area at The New Pickle Circus, Lunatique Fantastique, Miracle Theater, and Jump Theater. She continues to teach at the Prescott Circus Theater in West Oakland.
JOHN LITTEN is an improvisation specialist, accomplished playwright, director, actor, and coach; he earned his B.A in theatre at San Diego State U. and was co-founder of the Los Angeles based acting program The Young Actors Project (Y.A.P.) from 2005 - 2013. While w/ Y.A.P. John created after-school acting programs and improv leagues. John has produced over 90 plays, written 33 original scripts and adapted dozens of stories from classic literature. While at San Diego State, he created a traveling theatre co. which toured California. John believes in the powers of positivity, creativity, and inspiration. His goal is to elevate youth performers to their highest potential. In 2014 - 2015, John directed stage plays at Marsh Youth Theatre and Brava Theatre in SF. He directed an original version of Robin Hood at Marsh Youth Theater. He also facilitated after-school acting and improv programs for grades K-5th. John also teaches an advance youth acting class called, 'Acting is Believing'. John has performed in Mexico, Russia, Bali and at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival held in South Africa the second largest theatre festival in the world.
John will coach TV Acting 1, teens, ages 7-12 and TV 3, Monologues & Improv for ages 8-18 in 2016. John joined our staff in 2014.
Director, coach, actor, writer and award winning filmmaker. With a BA in Cinema & Film Production from SF State U; his awards include Best TV Commercial Award at the Burbank International Film Festival in 2009 and 2010 and Best Commercial at HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood in 2011. As a coach he assists elementary and middle school students with ADHD and learning differences and taught Experiential Learning at SFStateU. He is a motivational speaker at his alma mater at Lowell High School. Ezra attended Kids on Camera & our Talent Showcase which led to castings in commercials, voiceovers and films, such as ED TV w/ director Ron Howard. On our staff for over 2 yrs.
Actor, voiceover, director and private coach. David received his BA in Theatre, Anthropology, and English Lit. from Sarah Lawrence College. He has studied in NYC at Herbert Bergoff Studios and in SF with Richard Seyd. Cast in over 50 commercials, including Toyota & Alka Seltzer, he is also a voiceover for SONY, SEGA, & NINTENDO and the announcer for Astro Boy Cartoon. Directorial and coaching credits include Kittredge School, School of the Arts in SF: S.O. T. A., Mercy High, Freeman School, and Lilliput Players Children’s Theatre. He has 16 years of acting and directing experience and is father to Jonah and Madeleine, who also act on TV and in films. He brings a great warmth and sensitivity to his students. He teaches all ages, offers privates, and will focus on a new Voiceover for Animation One day Workshop in the fall for ages 8-18.
On staff, 27 years.
Michael Axtell. Sabrina Fitzsimmons, Ezra Stanley,
Rob Fullen, Gray Barker, Keena Romano
VIP STAFF Lois Tema, Deborah Eliezer, Heidi Abbot, Jackie Yost, Robin Graham, Mary Dilts, Heidi Abbott, Tricia Saunders, Suzanne Lorraine