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“My mom always said, ‘Fake
it ‘til you make it. Look at
your audience and say TA
DA. Don’t be sheepish.’
Her encouragement helped
me make the leap to artist
with a capital A. It’s very
gratifying to reach so many
people through the power of
the visual and performing
arts, which should be
accessible to everyone in
our community.”

Without a doubt, Whitney can hold an audience. It
all began when she was a teenager rehearsing for
“Jesus Christ Superstar.” Her dad came to watch
and the producer ended up recruiting him to join the musical.
In 2003, Whitney’s parents founded the Pintello Comedy
Theater in Gilroy, and they’ve been packing the house ever
since. Over the past five years Whitney has directed about half
of the theater’s productions, which has allowed her to focus
on the big picture and the total audience experience.
The confidence that Whitney developed onstage have
served her well over time. She has served on the board of
Gilroy Rotary Club for five of her six years as a member and
is currently its President. As a member of Leadership Gilroy
(Class of 2014) she helped with the “Spokes for Folks”
project, which donated 300 bicycles to local families.
Career-wise, Whitney’s first love is the fine arts. For nearly
20 years she has continued to expand and refine her craft.
She studied creative arts in college and then taught high
school English and Drama for about five years. As a young
mom, she carved out time to explore painting on canvas,
murals and theater sets, then branched out into faux and
decorative painting on walls, vintage furniture, and windows.
Today, her work can be found at local restaurants, wineries,
boutiques, and at the Gilroy Garlic Festival where she won
first place in the festival’s annual poster contest in 2012.
Whitney graduated from San Jose State University with
a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts. She and her husband
Charles Gilmore live in Gilroy where they raised their
two daughters.