Artistic Staff

Shane Smuin
Director

Born into a family of performers, Shane’s been on stage and backstage, one way or another, since he was six months old when his father carried him onto the Kennedy Center Main Stage for a performance of the ballet “Petrushka.” Shane has his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Notre Dame de Namur University, and an M.F.A. from The Actor’s Studio. In 2006, he came back home to the Bay Area to pursue his true calling in life… teaching. For the last ten years, Shane has taught and directed theatre at Aragon High School. His past Aragon musical productions include: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”,“Seussical”, ”Into The Woods”, “Chicago”, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, “Batboy”, “Curtains”, and ”The Producers.”

Troy Davis
Musical Director

Troy is the Director of Bands at Aragon High School and the Music Director of the Oakland Municipal Band. Troy is also the principal Oboist of the Livermore Valley Opera Orchestra, Oboe Section Leader of the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, and the Applied Oboe instructor at the College of San Mateo. Troy was honored in 2011 as a “Distinguished Music Educator” by Yale University and by Marquis in 2008, when he was selected to be listed in “Who’s Who in America.” He earned his Master’s Degree in music education from Notre Dame de Namur University and his Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently working towards earning his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education at Boston University.

John Chen
Vocal Director

John is the Choir and Orchestra teacher at Aragon High School and the Music Director of United Church of Christ in San Carlos. He received his degree in Music Education and Performance in Voice and Piano from San Francisco State University, and Kodaly Certification from Holy Names University. He also worked at the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has studied organ with Thomas Bara, piano with Virginia Weckstrom, and voice with Beverly Rinaldi, Jeffery Norris & Irene Gubrud.

Danny Giray
Choreographer

Danny is known around the Bay Area as “Danny G” – a successful, self-titled Children’s dance and movement show. He has a background in jazz, modern, ballet, musical theater, Southern Philippine dance, hip-hop and children’s dance therapy. He is a Master-Artist for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and previously was the Artistic Director of the Young Extensions Children & Dance Theatre. Danny has received several California Arts Council “Artist-in-Residence” awards for his work with Zohar School of Dance in Palo Alto, an outreach program teaching underprivileged youth. Danny has taught dance at San Francisco State and for the San Francisco Ballet’s “Dance In School’s” program.