Frequently Asked Questions

What makes The Rabbit Hole Theater different from other performing arts spaces?

At The Rabbit Hole Theater, we focus a lot more on pretend play and a lot less on technique. Children will never be told how to move or what to say, but instead will be encouraged to reach inside themselves for inspiration for our theatrical adventures, songs, and dances!

Which parks do you visit?

 

On our camp days, you can find us at Noe Valley Courts or Douglass Park. If we have more than 5 children, we wear matching green shirts! We also leave a note on the door telling you where we are.

Do you offer free trials?

Yes! Please email us at info@therabbitholetheater.com and let us know the class you would like to try and your child’s name. Since some preparation is required for each class, please be sure to give us notice that you’re coming.

Is The Rabbit Hole Theater gender expansive?  

Yes! It is especially important to us that kids feel the freedom to dress up and be whatever they want to be. We have a large selection of costumes that we do not label. We avoid any language that could categorize kids, and we encourage them to wear whatever their heart desires!

Can parents stay and watch a class?

 

Parents are welcome to watch a class in our designated parent’s area. If you’re doing an after school club or day camp, those are drop off, but there will be a magical show at the end just for you!

How do you handle children’s allergies?

 

If your child suffers from an allergy, please alert the staff as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly. We are a nut free studio and we do our best to keep common items that cause reactions out of the studio. If your child uses an EpiPen, also please let us know. Our staff is CPR certified.

What is your refund policy? 

We are incredibly thankful for all of the support given by the community to our local, small business.  Due to nature of our business and it’s smaller size we are not able to offer refunds once something has been purchased. However, if you are unable to attend a purchased activity, you will receive a full credit, redeemable for up to one year from the purchase date towards any future Rabbit Hole activity. Exceptions can be made under certain extreme circumstances for refunds.

What should my child wear? 

Send your child in something they can move around in freely. Costumes are always welcome! In ballet class, some students wear leotards and ballet shoes, though these are certainly not required. In day camps we do a lot of painting, so don’t send them looking too fancy!

Is parking available?

There is street parking available in front of The Rabbit Hole. It can become crowded at certain times of the day, so please plan accordingly. Also, please do not park in front of our neighbor’s driveway or the bus stop!

What are your teacher credentials? 

Meet The Cast! The Rabbit Hole Theater staff is a hand picked team of creative actors, artists, dancers and musicians that have a history and passion for working with children. All of our staff undergoes background checks and are CPR certified.

For a full camp day what is the ratio of teachers to students?

We offer one teacher for every six kids in camp.

How do I become a Rabbit Hole teacher?

We are always looking to add new and creative teachers to our team. Please email brooke@therabbitholetheater.com if you’re interested!

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Mary Eriette Atanante

Teacher and Characters

  • Favorite Character:  Sabirel
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Flying
  • Favorite storybook land: Camelot

Mary has been a teacher at The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater for the last four years. You can find her teaching a class, creating activity books, dressing up and performing for kids or jamming at a birthday party! 

A recent graduate from San Francisco State University studying Theater and Communications,  Mary  loves to help children unlock their imaginations and motivate them to create the wonderful ideas in their mind!

Chelsey Mony

Teacher

  • Favorite Character:  Alice 
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Flying
  • Favorite storybook land: Wonderland

Chelsey is an actress, dancer, improviser and has an exuberant passion for musical theater. Her love of theater began when she was a little girl.

When she is not helping those in need, she found joy in performing in a community theater group in Las Vegas- having starred in multiple shows for the past 5 years.

Chelsey  moved to the Bay Area in 2019, and  joined the Rabbit Hole team. Her love of theater and wonder will be an excellent asset to the team as she encourages children to find their own unique love of theater and wonder.

Creating a safe space for children to exercise their imagination and creativity is her mission in this work.

Melania 'Mel' Rivas

Head of Product Development

  • Favorite Character:  Sailor Moon 
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Flying
  • Favorite storybook land: Neverland

Mel is an eclectic, curious and creative individual who has learned and experimented with many different arts & crafts forms since she was a little kid.

Fascinated by the healing power of art and its ability to express our inner worlds, she has pursued and completed studies in art, early childhood education and psychology.

Mel has taught bilingual exploratory art to children during the last 5 years and now she makes use of her passion for creativity and children’s education to bring The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater ideas to life for kids all over the world to enjoy!

Strider Patton

Project management

  • Favorite Character:  Wizard Merlin
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Invisibility
  • Favorite storybook land: Middle Earth

Strider Patton is founder and director, Brooke’s, husband and partner in The Rabbit Hole. A third generation self taught artist, Strider grew up appreciating and making art.

He is a professional contemporary visual artist himself, specializing in sculpture, murals and studio art. When he is not in his studio or on an installation, he is working with The Rabbit Hole Crew. Building sets, designing products, creative planning and the occasional puppet show keep Strider involved with the company from many angles.

He has worked with youth and communities since he was young, valuing the role that creative expression plays in individuals and communities lives.

Ariella Cooley

Head Creator.Sound Designer.Teacher

  • Favorite Character: Pirate
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Flower Power
  • Favorite storybook land: Narnia

Ariella Cooley has been teaching and creating at The Rabbit Hole since 2017. As a lead teacher, she uses theater games, song, dance, masks, puppetry, and crafts to tell stories with the kiddos in her class.

As sound designer, she pulls from her classroom experience to make the Rabbit Hole Queendom come to life aurally. Crafting whimsical underscores, creating kooky sound effects, and finding expressive character voices make her tasks endlessly enjoyable!

Ariella earned her B.A in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Cruz, focusing primarily on acting and directing. Her work as a vocalist and songwriter inspired her expansion to audio production and theatrical sound design.

At Rabbit Hole, she is able to tap into all of these artistic loves and fold them into her work with children.

Meryl Theo Press

Head Creator.Illustrator.Teacher

    • Favorite Character: A drowsy cat with a cupcake farm  
    • Favorite Magic Powers: Flying 
    • Favorite storybook land: Narnia not under the white witch’s rule

    Meryl Theo Press has an affinity for play. She brings humor, music, visual art, and empathy to her work at Rabbit Hole. With these tools she enjoys creating magical worlds for kids to inhabit, in order to stimulate their imaginations, encourage self-expression, and nourish joy.

    In the classroom, her focus is on “seeing” the child. In her illustrations, Meryl appreciates detail and seeks a thread of storytelling. In summoning voices for Rabbit Hole’s audio plays, she digs deep and scoops out the absurd characters within. She uses her longtime love of singing to bring musical elements to Rabbit Hole classes and productions.

    Meryl studied printmaking and painting at California College of the Arts and has performed with various bands in San Francisco, the United States, and Europe. She has been a part of Rabbit Hole since 2016. Meryl’s 9 year old daughter Vida is her most treasured and valuable collaborator.

Brooke Patton

Owner.Founder.Director 

  • Favorite Character: Glinda  
  • Favorite Magic Powers: Ice Magic 
  • Favorite storybook land: The Shire 

Brooke Patton spent that last decade in the classroom developing an imaginary play method designed to nurture creative confidence in early childhood education. She founded The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater in 2012.

Having spent the first 8 years in the classroom she’ created heartfelt experiences for kids both in and out of the classroom. She’s developed lesson plans, theatrical kits, creative classes and productions all designed to nurture children’s creative development.

She comes from a strong foundation in theatrical arts and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where she studied Musical Theater. Brooke also holds a strong passion for human development linking the connection play servers for children’s creative development.

Her method is rooted in celebrating the creative process and honoring ideas that come from the child. Allowing kids to discover the depths to their creative potential and grow up with a sense of worthiness around their ideas.

She is a mother to an incredible little girl and loves her family with her whole heart.