Judging by her impressive theater background, Los Altos Stage Company picked the right person in Kristin Walter to become its new education director and help develop its youth program.

Walter’s experience includes running conservatories for California Theatre Center, a Sunnyvale-based company that shuttered in 2017 after 41 years. She also served as the education director at Peninsula Youth Theatre in Mountain View. For the past 22 years, she’s been the middle school theater teacher at Castilleja School in Palo Alto.

“After spending all that time at Castilleja, I was very much ready for a new challenge,” she says. “It’s a perfect use of my skills set and it’s part-time, which means I’ll still be able to direct adult shows, perform and write.”

“We’re thrilled to have Kristin join us as our new education director,” says LASC’s executive artistic director Gary Landis. “She has a long and distinguished career in arts education and is widely respected throughout the local arts and education communities. We couldn’t have hoped for a more qualified person to advance our youth programs and plan for future growth, hopefully including a new neighborhood playhouse in downtown Los Altos.”

Walter already a familiar face to Los Altos Stage Company (LASC) audiences. In the past several years, she’s appeared in LASC’s productions of “Company,” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” “Admissions,” “Steel Magnolias” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.”

In the latter production, Walter shared the stage with her son, Max Mahle, who played Christopher; she played his teacher. Walter’s husband, Chris Mahle, is also an actor.

The couple met in 1996, when they both appeared in a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” on an island in the middle of Lake Erie. Since then, the two of them have only performed together one other time, at Mountain View’s Pear Theatre during its annual “Pear Slices” short play program.

With both parents being actors, Walter says Max was “genetically doomed to do theater.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in acting from Roosevelt University, and he’ll be playing Harold in LASC’s production of “Harold and Maude” in April.

Chris Mahle frequently performs at Palo Alto Players (he was recently seen in that company’s production of “The Play that Goes Wrong”) but he, too, has a day job: He teaches middle school theater in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Walter graduated from Santa Clara University, where she majored in theater with an acting emphasis. While there, she …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


New education director brings wealth of experience to Los Altos Stage Company

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