Kristi GrandArtistic Director, Choreographer and Co-Founder

Kristi has worked her whole life in and around the stage. Growing up as a competitive dancer in the East Bay and a Musical Theater performer and choreographer she realized early that the arts offered much more than just an extracurricular activity. Having the opportunity, from the age of 13 to 18, to participate in a similar program was life changing and Kristi hopes to bring that same gift to her community. A theater and child psychology major, Kristi’s mission is to provide an educational program that is all encompassing and that will SPARK fire in the hearts around her for musical theater.

Trenton Torain : Vocal Director, Partner, Show Operations Manager. AKA Coach T

 

Trenton has been teaching and working with kids sense he was 16 years old. Now 20 years of age Trenton is working toward a BS in Music while exploring the world of live entertainment, musical entertainment, and theater. Trenton writes, mixes, and produces music in his free time.  As a brand new full fledge Music Director, Coach T holds high focus in harmony and reading music. He hopes to give his students tools that can help them progress in both their theater careers and in there regular every day lives. Coach T is working to earn a high degree in music, and teach locally, while pursuing his dream of writing and producing mainstream music. He has performed in multiple theater performances; Shrek in "Shrek the Musical", the Lion in "The Wizard of Oz", and the TBA nominated, Ensemble, in Stage One's production of "Ragtime". Trent is a born leader and wants to be there for his students in any way they needs him to. He says "I do my best to touch the heart of every kid I come across. To let them know they are talented, and full of potential. But its funny, the kids, all with their own stories, struggles, and triumphs; always teach me way more then I could ever teach them. And thats why i have fallen so in love with teaching." 

 

Grand Performing Arts (G.P.A.) was dreamed, created and founded by Kristi Grand and Ryan Joslin. Together they hope to bring education of the arts to the Tri-Valley in a forum conducive to growth and positive and by nurturing inner talents in ALL children, teens and adults! Click on the staff members picture to learn more.

Ryan JoslinBusiness Manager, Stage Manager/Set Designer and Co-Founder

Ryan brings her business sensibility along with her 15 years of working with children to the G.P.A family! Born with a passion for art, construction and creativity Ryan is now teaching Grand Performing Arts Set design and building classes. Ryan is excited that the Tri-Valley area is giving Grand Performing Arts the opportunity to teach children and adults about the arts and the self in one program.