PAS Faculty

Our Friendly supportive staff at The Ballet School and Performing Arts Studio are all professionals in their fields. All of our Ballet teachers have trained at The Ballet School and have grown up under the philosophy and teaching of our technique and positive atmosphere. This provides very consistent training in our academic levels.

Our Performing Arts Studio Staff are all working theatre professionals. Directors, Choreographers, Actors, Set Designers, Playwrights, Casting Directors, Musical Directors, Composers, Film Actors, Dialect Coaches, Fight Choreographers, Theatre Managers, Producers and Stage Managers.

Lareen Fender, Founder The Ballet School

Lareen began taking ballet in 1935.  By 1940 she was studying with the great Dorothy Perkins in Kansas City.  Dorothy Perkins “Perky” was a student of Enrico Cecchetti and Joseph Pilates. Lareen was one of Dorothy Perkins most beloved students.  By 1948 Lareen graduated high school and moved to New York City where she studied at Studio 61 in the old Carnegie Hall Studios. {more}

The Performing Arts Studio Teaching Staff 

Jennifer Perry – Director/Owner

Jennifer Perry Jennifer Perry has been teaching Ballet and Theatre classes for over 20 years. She ... Read More

Amanda Denison – Director of Performing Arts Studio

Amanda is so excited to be a part of the amazing arts program at The Ballet School Performing Arts ... Read More

Vince Perry

Vince has been singing, acting and playing piano for as long as he can remember. Vince is the ... Read More

Jeffrey Draper

Jeffrey Draper is pleased to be back with The Performing Arts Studio.  He is an acting teacher and ... Read More

Kerri Shawn

Kerri has enjoyed many years of performing with Center REPertory Company. Most recently at Center ... Read More

Mark Farrell

Mark Farrell has appeared in over 60 productions in the Bay Area, L.A., NYC, and Europe, and has ... Read More

Lynda DiVito

Lynda is thrilled to be on the teaching staff for Performing Arts Studio. Lynda is a Center REP ... Read More

Hailey Cowden

Hailey Cowden was raised in Walnut Creek, where she began acting when she was only five years old. ... Read More

Josselyn O’Neill

Josselyn is a bay area native and is ecstatic to be a part of the Performing Arts Studio staff. She ... Read More