​​​​​​​Woodside High School 

Theatre Arts

Director:  Barry Woodruff

After graduating from Woodside High School, Mr. Woodruff earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of California Los Angeles where he began a successful career in the entertainment industry. Before moving back to the bay area, Mr. Woodruff performed on stage and screen with acclaimed artists such as: Bernadette Peters, Mitzi Gaynor, Susanne Summers, Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller, Juliette Prowse, Bette Midler, Rita Moreno, Carol Lawrence, and Donald O’Connor. His television credits include: The Lucille Ball Special, The Tim Conway Special, Charlie’s Angels and Merv Griffin.
He has directed, choreographed, and taught dance throughout the bay area where he still teaches and is delighted to be heading up the Theatre Arts program in the very place where his love of Theatre began. Mr. Woodruff received his teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont Ca.

After Graduating from UCLA, Mr. Woodruff played 4 yrs. of professional Baseball before moving into the Entertainment Industry.

Producer:  Karen Seiko Peterson

Karen Peterson  has produced 12 Woodside High School musicals.  While teaching 40 years at Woodside Elementary, she was involved in 30 eighth grade operettas. Karen is also associated with the Woodside Community Theatre for over 15 years. Although she enjoys the musical productions, Karen doesn't sing, dance, act, or play a musical instrument.  She appreciates working with this awesome production crew and the fantastic students/parents.The challenge of seeing through to the end product from our Company and the camaraderie of our theatre family makes Karen proud to be the producer.

Technical Director:  Don Coluzzi

Don Coluzzi serves as a technical volunteer in the drama department, and has done so since his two children attended Woodside High School in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He has over 40 years of production credits with many community theatres on the Peninsula, along with Menlo-Atherton and Menlo High Schools.  
His current ‘job list’ at Woodside encompasses set and lighting design, scene shop foreman, master carpenter, master electrician, and stage management. He has been a principal part of every drama production in the ‘new’ Performing Arts Center since it opened, and he is thrilled to be on the artistic teams assembled by Barry Woodruff.  He enjoys seeing and helping the countless number of students as they perform, and he is grateful to all of the parents (and alumni) for their tireless work on those productions.
Don currently is a clinical professor of dentistry at UCSF, following his retirement from a private practice in Redwood City.

Choreographer:  Kim Harvath

Kim Harvath- Kim began her dance training at the age of 8 and has been teaching and choreographing in the Bay Area for the last 13 years.  Kim's favorite choreography credits include Footloose, Suessical, Curtains, Aida, Legally Blonde, and Beauty and the Beast with Woodside High School and Suessical Jr. with PVTC.  Her professional dance experience includes industrials for Hitachi, Google, Ingenix, Genentech, Sislex, The American Cancer Society, and Bastille Day at the Hotel Sofitel.  In 2013, Kim turned her passion for dance into a full time job when she opened Melodic Remedy Dance Studio in San Carlos with her sister.

Conductor:  Bill Tolles

Mr. Tolles is in his 36th year of teaching instrumental and vocal music and is currently in his 9th year as Director of Music here at Woodside High School. After teaching in Southern California for 22 years Mr. Tolles moved his family to the Central Coast taking the music director position at Monterey High School.  Mr. Tolles was selected as the Monterey Jazz Festival's Outstanding Jazz Educator in the Spring of 2009 only to move to Redwood City a few months later after accepting the music position here at the home of the Wildcats! Mr. Tolles has volunteered his time as a conductor,  woodwind performer, as well as pit rehearsal coordinator for all of the 9 musicals since his arrival. Mr. Tolles is proud of his very musical family.  He met his wife Kate, a flutist while both were members of the 1979-80 Cal State Long Beach Super Star Basketball Band.  Mr. Tolles' son, Tyler, is currently performing professionally, as a percussionist, in the Southeastern region of the United States.  Mr. Tolles' daughter, Traci, is an alumnus violinist of our WHS Orchestra as well as the University of Nevada Symphony. "She has fond memories of performing as a member of our Orchestra as well as in the "Pit" for such WHS Drama Department favorites as "Aida" & "Legally Blonde". Mr. Tolles feels his participation in our musicals help in furthering the talents of our music students who are seeking a professional-like experience while here at WHS. At the end of each year, you will always hear Mr. Tolles profoundly state how lucky he is to be a part of Woodside High School.  



Musical Director:  Juliet Green

Juliet Green has been a music educator in the Portola Valley School District since 1991, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the amazing students, parents, and staff at Woodside. At Corte Madera School, she directs the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble program Panache and teaches musical theater. She has also been on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Jazz Camp West, and the Jazzschool in Berkeley. As a performer, she has performed many roles in the area with Hillbarn, Broadway by the Bay, Portola Valley Theater Conservatory, and most recently was seen as the Lady of the Lake in Palo Alto Players' "Spamalot". She sings regularly with San Jose big band "A Touch of Brass" and a cappella sextet Ro Sham Bo. Her two CDs, "Simple" and "Think About That" are widely available.