Workshop Personnel

Guinevere Dethlefson Program Director.

Guinevere PH Dethlefson loves the theatre and our community. A founding member of The Empty Space, Guinevere was also the School of Arts Director at Spotlight School of Arts before it closed, a production manager, stage manager and actor for the Kern Shakespeare Festival, and is dedicated to using theatre to create social change. Her work with V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, has raised $38,000 for Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. This mother of three has worked with Meet Your Neighbors, One Book One Bakersfield and is a huge advocate for early childhood education.

David Rock Improv.

David Rock leads our improv program, expanding it from one to three sections and creating a regularly performing team for graduates of those classes. He has been a fixture on the Bakersfield theatre scene since 1999 with his own sketch comedy troupe. Dave enjoys teaching our students with special needs as well. He will be joining Bessie Owens Intermediate as a fourth grade teacher in the fall.

Cory Geurtsen Directing.

Cory Rickard Geurtsen loves the theatre! She is a founding member of The Empty Space. She holds a CA State teaching credential from San Jose State and a M.A. in Theatre from Cal State Los Angeles. She teaches fourth grade at Bimat.

Faith Hall Acting.

Faith Hall is currently finishing up her Child Development Degree at Bakersfield College. She is an avid actor and you may have seen her in productions at The Empty Space Theatre. Faith also enjoys directing and loves working with new performers and our youngest students. This accidental antique collector has the best vintage costume pieces and perfect props for any show!