Creative Team

Jamie Van Camp

Lead Artist
Jamie Van Camp is a theatre-maker and educator with Graduate-level training from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Jamie’s professional focus is on actor training and community engagement practices. He has training in Commedia Dell’arte, clown, mime, puppetry, acrobatics and devised theatre. He is also a recipient of the Leadership U One-on-one grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided by Theatre Communications Group, a national grant that gave him an opportunity to work with and learn from exceptional leaders in contemporary American theatre. Jamie has directed numerous productions including an original play called Gold Hill Samurai featured at the 150th Wakamatsu Festival. His theatre research has brought him to Canada, Bali, Cuba, Norway and all over the United States. He currently teaches in the Theatre department at Folsom Lake College. Jamie is passionate about exposing more youth to professional theatre. He serves as a teaching artist for several arts organizations throughout the Sacramento region. As Artistic Director of See the Elephant, Jamie is focused on bringing exceptional theatre experiences where it is limited and creating platforms for a new generation of artists.

Tiffany Van Camp

Project Manager | Education | Puppet Design
Tiffany Van Camp is a theatre/dance maker and educator, and co-founder of See The Elephant. She earned her BA in Theatre & Dance at UC Davis and she is currently completing her Masters in Education & Single Subject Teaching Credential at National University. Her Master’s focus is in Social-Emotional Learning, and she is dedicated to advocating for SEL and art-based learning opportunities for youth. Tiffany is passionate about providing arts opportunities in rural areas and in areas with limited access to the arts.

Casey Ellis

Director of Photography
Casey Ellis is a multi-disciplinary artist from Placerville, California. Casey has also taught for several years at the Crocker House Creative Center, including at the Musical Theater Summer Camp for Kids. He currently works at the Boys and Girls Club, running the music room with a focus on musical theater – and general noise making. Through See The Elephant, Casey wants to help today’s youth navigate the world they are entering through the mediums of theater and film. With the coming climate crisis he hopes we can come together for our children to create a better world for everyone.

Kylie Balentine

Character Design
Kylie Balentine is a 20 year-old artist and animation student at California State University Long Beach. She is currently working towards her BFA in Animation Pre-Production with a focus on character design, and is set to graduate Fall 2022. Kylie’s greatest joy in art is being able to make a difference in the community, and to help elevate diverse voices. She is honored to be a part of this wonderful project with See the Elephant; it is such an absolute blessing for her to get to share her art with the public and work with such an amazing team of creators.

Gavin Sellers

Puppet Design
Gavin Sellers is a visual and theatre artist in Placerville, California. He earned his BA in Theatre from Sacramento State University and completed the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. He has been involved with many facets of the theatre community: teaching as a professor, creating original works, fostering rural performance, and starting local theatre festivals. He is incredibly proud to be a part of this team and looks forward to more groundbreaking theatre in the future.

Elizabeth Dubose

Elizabeth DuBose is an artist, activist, and Liberal Arts student in Placerville, California. Ms. DuBose is a 27-year-old Folsom Lake Community college student who has developed a passion in education and teaching transformative justice within her community. Starting May 25, 2020 to date, she has led over 20 public actions in El Dorado County, participated in multiple bi-weekly Placerville City Council meetings, and volunteers with community-based mutual aid efforts rooted in collective liberation. With the help of her community, she has grown into her own enlightenment as an activist and encourages others to practice legal pathways of action to address social justice issues within local and national levels of American government. Her recent experience in organizing, communicating, and event planning inside a vibrant and rural community has encouraged others to move forward into a future of love, light, and unity. Ms. DuBose is more than honored to use her voice in hopes to inspire children to follow their dreams and make a difference.

Joseph Beatty

Joseph Beatty is a musician, songwriter, and high school English teacher. He has spent his life believing wholeheartedly in the power of music to ignite the human spirit and deepen our collective understanding of human experience. He is passionate about creating music from various angles and in various contexts, from solo work to collaborative, multimedia projects. Joseph also releases original, self-produced music under the moniker Dark River. He is proud to be a part of this team of extraordinary artists.

Alyssa Mathews

Puppet Design Artist
Alyssa Mathews is a multi disciplinary artist. She grew up in the rural Northern California mountains, and currently lives in Sacramento. Alyssa holds a BFA in Theatre Performance with minors in Studio Art and Shakespeare Studies from Southern Oregon University. Most recently, she graduated with a masters degree in Puppet Arts at the University of Connecticut. She is constantly looking to explore new places, connect with others, and imagine.