INSTRUCTORS

 


LINDA BULGO

LINDA BULGO, Owner and Founder

Linda's career as an entertainer was nurtured during her years at Lincoln High School. Both as a member of the a capella group under Lincoln's choral director, Sandy McCabe, and as an actress under Lincoln's drama teacher, Zora Changus, Linda blossomed, starring in many memorable musicals at Lincoln, including How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Her talent, beauty and natural friendliness led to her being voted by her classmates as Best Personality of her senior class. After graduating from Lincoln in 1978, Linda attended San Francisco City College from 1978 to 1980 and then San Francisco State University from which she graduated in 1982. After college, Linda decided on a career in the theater, studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater and at the Jean Shelton School of Acting. Along the way she found the time to enter a beauty pageant where her talent and beauty were recognized when she was chosen as Miss San Francisco of 1983.

In addition to acting, Linda studied voice under Edward Sayegh, Pamela Brooks and Edna Fischer. She also is an accomplished dancer who after honing her dancing skills at Dance Synetics can now tap dance with the best of them. These talents have led to a number of stage roles including Christmas with the Crawfords. But her big break came in 1985 when she was tapped by Steve Silver to star in his new review Beach Blanket Babylon as the lost heroine, which at that time was Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz but which more recently has been Snow White. Linda starred in Beach Blanket for an astounding run of 15 years from 1985 until 2000. She also starred in both the show's 20th and 25th Anniversary shows, the former at the San Francisco Opera House and the latter at the Herbst Theater. During her run, Linda not only played the two innocents, Dorothy and Snow White, but also performed as Betty Boop, the Wicked Witch, Glinda the Good Witch and even, Dr. Ruth. Linda's range is such that she can play either the shy, innocent waif or the outrageous femme fatale with equal aplomb. In shows other than Beach Blanket, Linda has created memorable impersonations of Bette Davis Vicki Carr, Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Cher, Kathryn Hepburn. Linda also created and starred in her own one-woman show which played all over the Bay Area, including the Press Club, the City Cabaret and at Harvey's in Lake Tahoe. She also has directed the annual passion play at St. Cecelia's Church for the past ten years.

Her talents have not been limited to the stage. She has appeared on television many times, most notably on "Good Morning, America" and "Mornings on Two," "Morning Blend" in Las Vegas, NV, and has even sung at the World Series. She performed in 2003 a portrayal of Judy Garland at the Emmy's of Northern California. Her film credits include Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg and Armistad Maupin's Tales of the City. She started in STUN, a television series on UPN 44. She remained active with the Miss San Francisco Beauty Pageant, and has appeared in numerous commercials and industrial films. In recognition of her many accomplishments, Linda was inducted into the Abraham Lincoln High School Wall of Fame in May 2004. In 2012 Linda wrote, produced, directed and starred in a Las Vegas, Nevada show called Hollywood Express.

Visit Linda's web site: www.lindabulgo.com

 


JAMES CAMPBELL
JAMES CAMPBELL, Pianist and Arranger

A favorite musician in San Francisco, James has played piano, accommodating all styles of music. Known by professional musicians and singers, to arrange audition materials for Broadway Musicals, to arrangements for film and TV commercials to musical productions.

James has long performed in notable hotels as The Ritz Carlton, Zingari Restaurant, Piano Bars and on musical productions. His styles include Jazz, Pop, Broadway Show tunes and Classical working with singers, instrumentalists (trios, jazz ensembles, R&B).

He lights up a room with his bright smile, upbeat personality and talent, as he knows just about every song, in any key, and all the words. Music is his full-time love, being a preferred Singer’s piano player, laying the foundation for tempo, keys changes and arrangements on the spot.

His recording talents are also well-honed, and called upon to lay the tracks for what is needed in just about any style of music.


EMILY HANSEL

EMILY HANSEL, Choreographer and Dance Instructor

Emily Hansel is a San Francisco-based dancer and choreographer. Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, she received a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida in 2016. Since then, she has performed with The Anata Project, SOULSKIN Dance, Marika Brussel, Jeremy Banon-Neches, and as a guest artist with Robert Moses' Kin. Emily's choreography has been presented at the Joe Goode Annex, Little Boxes Theater, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, and various venues in Tampa, West Palm Beach, Atlanta, and Paris (Fr.).

While studying at the University of South Florida, Emily established herself as a dynamic performer, choreographer, scholar, and leader. She performed in works by Ohad Naharin, Alonzo King, Robert Moses, Brenda Way, Katie Faulkner, Maurice Causey, Bliss Kohlmyer, Paula Nunez, Andrew Carroll, and Jeanne Travers. She performed at the International Creative Dance Seminar at the Beijing Dance Academy and travelled to France with USF’s Dance in Paris Program. In 2014 Emily attended the American Dance Festival School, where she worked with choreographer Carl Flink and performed in his ADF-commissioned piece, Unkindness of Ravens.

Emily’s choreography was presented numerous times in USF’s annual Student Dance Production among other shows at the University and throughout Florida. Her work, No Reason, was selected to be presented at the Southeast ACDA Conference in March 2016. It received rave reviews from the adjudicators for its originality as a “sophisticated fusion of dance theater, improvisation, and contemporary movement.” Most recently, Emily presented Scale, a new work for three dancers, as the culmination of a residency at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts.