The Rose - Performing Art for Children and Families

Enriching the lives of children and their families
through live theater and arts education.

Meet Our Instructors

The Rose’s professional teaching artists are the best in the region!  They are the same professional actors who perform in The Rose’s main stage productions, and most have college and graduate degrees in theater arts and education.  Each class features one lead teacher, as well as an assistant to help provide additional support.


Brian Guehring

Education Director & Playwright-in-Residence

As The Rose’s Playwright-in-Residence, Brian has written many scripts including The Grocer’s Goblin & The Little Mermaid, If You Give a Cat a CupcakeThe Bully ShowThe Misfits, and Holiday Time Around the World and his scripts have been honored by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Kennedy Center, and the Nebraska Arts Council.  He has recently been seen on stage in Robin Hood, A Year with Frog and Toad, How I Became a PirateThe Misfits, and Peter Pan – The Musical. He earned his MFA in Children’s Theater and Creative Drama from the University of Texas at Austin, and was honored in 2006 with a Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association. He is currently serving on the board of Theater for Young Audiences/USA. Brian can be reached at or (402) 502-4636.


Kevin Ehrhart

Teaching Artist

Kevin has been teaching at The Rose for 22 years.  He studied dramatic arts at UNO and is a Master Teacher with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist-in-Schools program.  He teaches improvisation, directing, Shakespeare and all forms of creative drama for ages preschool through high school.  As a director, Kevin has been responsible for numerous main stage productions including Madeline’s Christmas and A Year with Frog and Toad. He has performed on stage as George in George and Martha: Tons of Fun, as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical – The Musical and as Pierre in How I Became a Pirate. Kevin can be reached at or (402) 502-4620.


Michael Miller

Teaching Artist & Literary Manager

Michael joined our full-time staff in 2011 having previously worked for Macon State College, Mercer University, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Performing Arts, El Museo Latino, and Omaha Boys and Girls Clubs.  Michael is a Master Teacher with the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists-in-Schools program with a focus on creative drama and design residencies. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Masters degree in Non-Profit Management from UNO.  He directed Leo Lionni’s Frederick on the main stage this pas season and has directed for the Teens ‘N’ Theater season, performed in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, James and the Giant Peach, and the national tours of Frog and ToadRichard Scarry’s BusyTown, and Treasure Island.  Michael can be reached at or (402) 502-4624.

Tyrone Beasley

Artistic Associate –
Director of Outbound Programing

Tyrone Beasley is the Artistic Associate – Director of Outbound Programing. No stranger to the stage Tyrone has worked with acclaimed directors: Peter Sellars (The Merchant of Venice, It is Now Our Time), Claude Purdy (Jitney), Charles Marowitz (Shakespeare), David Wheeler (The Trials of Ezra Pound) and Antonio Banderas (Crazy in Alabama), among others. Tyrone has performed in many theaters around the globe including The Goodman Theatre (Chicago), Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago), Thalia Theater (Hamburg, Germany), MC93 Bobigny (Paris, France) and The Royal Shakespeare Company (London, England). He has worked in front of the camera and behind the scenes in post-production on film and television projects for Disney, Fox, Sony, VH1, TriStar Pictures and the BBC. An Omaha Benson High School graduate, Tyrone earned a BFA in studio arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He attended California State University, Long Beach for graduate study in theater arts, taught acting classes there as a teaching associate and was an ensemble member of California Repertory Company. Tyrone served as the Artistic Director at The John Beasley Theater (JBT) in Omaha for ten years, he managed and taught the theater’s workshop programs that were a part of JBT’s mission of community outreach and developing a local pool of trained actors. He also acted in and directed numerous plays at the JBT.



Stephanie Jacobson

Teaching Artist & Director of Youth Productions

Stephanie Jacobson is a full time Teaching Artist, Director, Actor, and Director of Youth Productions and the High School Internship at The Rose Theater. Stephanie has her MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, is a certified yoga instructor, participated in The Diavolo Project: Nebraska and is a trained puppeteer specializing in Bunraku and Shadow Puppetry. Before moving to Omaha she lived in NYC where she worked with Liz Swados, Lee Bruer’s  Mabou Mines, Taylor Mac, and The Jim Henson Company. At The Rose she previously directed George & Martha, Charlotte’s Web as well as The Rose Theater’s World Premieres of both The Misfits and The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid.  She has appeared on The Rose stage as the Mother in Pinkalicious;  Arrietty in The Borrowers; Frog in Frog & Toad; and Gina in Big Nate-The Musical, and Irma Cody in The Rose’s World Premiere of Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band by Max Sparber. Stephanie can be reached at or (402) 502-4629.


Michael Wilhelm

Teaching Artist

Michael has been teaching at The Rose for 22 years, and for six of those years, also participated as a Master Teacher with UNL’s Arts Are Basic program.  His many Rose acting credits include How I Became a PirateAnnie–The MusicalPeter Pan–The MusicalTreasure IslandLittle House Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and Coppélia.  Michael is also the performer for The Big (Not-So-Bad) Wolf, the popular one-man show that has been seen by thousands. Michael can be reached at or (402) 502-4616.


Nicole Korpela

Teaching Artist

Nicole earned her Bachelors degree in Theatre Performance with an emphasis in choreography from Northwest Missouri State University. Nicole co-directed and choreographed Once on this Island, Jr. for the Teens ‘N’ Theater program at The Rose. Nicole can be reached at


Kathryn Stahl

Teaching Artist

Kathryn earned her BFA in Performance Theatre from Central Washington University and her Teaching Theatre K-12 certificate. She was named one of CWU’s Top 10 Student Teachers of the year. She performed on The Rose stage in The Grocer’s Goblin & The Little Mermaid and Ramona QuimbyKathryn can be reached at


Jackie Kappes

Teaching Artist

Jackie Kappes recently graduated with a degree in Theatre Education. She interned with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Lexington Children’s Theatre. Jackie was seen on stage in The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid. She can be reached at

Amy Bahr

Teaching Artist Fellow

Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she double-majored in Theatre & Drama and International Studies. Her experience includes leading after-school drama clubs in Madison Public Schools, teaching history through drama to ELL students and a teaching apprenticeship at First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Favorite theater for youth roles include Joy in The Yellow Boat and Sparrow in the world premiere of The Wondrous Tales of Old Japan. She will be acting on The Rose mainstage in A Christmas Story and The Reluctant Dragon.

Caulene Hudson

Teaching Artist Fellow

Caulene has a degree in theatre arts and communication with emphasis in cinema and media studies from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. She most recently worked as a scenic artist and scenic designer for the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre, and as teaching artist at B’Nai B’Rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, PA. Some favorite roles on stage include: Rosalind in As You Like It, Theresa in Circle Mirror Transformation and Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation. Caulene appeared on the Rose mainstage this fall as Mother in A Wrinkle In Time. You can catch her on stage again this spring in The Reluctant Dragon and in the Rose’s metro tour of Nebraskaland.

Melissa Rice

Teaching Artist Fellow

Melissa is returning to The Rose after completing an internship with the theater in Summer 2013. Originally from Blue Ridge in the North Georgia mountains, she graduated from Piedmont College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre for Youth. Some of her favorite credits include Doors, Mother Hicks, and Courage. Students may recognize her from her role as Nutrition Woman from The Rose’s metro tour this fall. Later this year she will be appearing in the Nebraskaland tour, as well as on the mainstage in Charlotte’s Web.

Shannon Wade

Teaching Artist Fellow

A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Shannon graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Theater. Her experience includes an internship with the Portland Stage Company. She has a unique interest in puppetry; Shannon has designed and built puppets for several productions, including Peach, or Pigland and Selfish Shellfish. Shannon played Dr. Exercise in Nutrition Woman and will be appearing in Nebraskaland and Balloonacy this winter!

Kara Bussing

Teaching Artist Intern

Kara will be a junior at Northwest Missouri State University where she is double majoring in Theatre and Psychology. Her goal is to work in the field of drama therapy, focusing on adolescents. She looks forward to adding to her many theater roles, including front of house, publicity, stage management, props and scenic painting. A native of Council Bluffs, she is excited to be at The Rose for her first internship.

Samuel Card

Teaching Artist Intern

Sam will graduate from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Theatre with emphases in Drama and Theatre for Youth as well as Performance. He has be featured in several shows, including The Merchant of Venice and Mother Hicks. He was the Assistant Director for UNI’s production of Spring Awakening. A highlight of his collegiate experience has been the opportunity to teach social skills dramatically to young people on the autism spectrum.

Maggie Fey

Teaching Artist Intern

Maggie returns to The Rose after serving as an active participant in Pride Players, a high school theater intern and an assistant director for Pride Players Project 15. She aspires to a career in children’s theater after completing her education at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, where she is a sophomore majoring in Theatre. She has a strong interest in playwriting and has written two plays performed at The Rose’s Young Playwrights Festival: Bloom and Remembering Evan. Maggie also has a strong affinity for musical theater and hopes to someday work with children in that genre. She says that she feels The Rose is her home and she is excited to be here this summer.

John O’Neil

Teaching Artist Intern

John is a senior BSED Speech and Theatre Education major at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. His goal is to pursue a career as a theatre educator in the public school system or within the education department of a professional theatre. He currently serves as the Student Liaison to the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri and as the president of Missouri State’s chapter of the Student Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri. In his spare time, he volunteers as an assistant speech and theatre teacher at Fair Grove High School.

Joseph Scoborg

Teaching Artist Intern

A native of Marshalltown, Iowa, Joseph will enter his final semester at the University of Northern Iowa in the fall where he is majoring in Theatre with a double emphasis in Performance and Drama & Theatre for Youth. He has previously worked as an assistant teacher on an Autism Speaks! grant project, using drama to teach social skills to students on the autism spectrum. He has served on the board of the UNI Student Theatre Association for two years, serving as President last year. He is excited to be interning at The Rose this summer!

Autumn Simpson

Teaching Artist Intern

Autumn comes to Omaha from the Houston, Texas area where she currently attends the University of Houston as a Theater Education major. Her previous experience includes an internship with the Alley Theatre in Houston, assistant teaching with their summer PlayMakers camp for elementary students where she focused on arts integration. Her future plans include a career in children’s theater, arts education and directing.

Will Wright

Teaching Artist Intern

Will plans to continue his education at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas this fall as a Secondary Education and Social Sciences major with a minor in Theatre Arts. His dream is to be a high school theatre teacher/director. Will is a native of Omaha and attended Skutt Catholic High School. His love of theatre started when he was just a sixth grader. He says, “Theatre has done so much for me in terms of confidence and social skills, that I hope to do what I can to give that back to students for a long time to come.”

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