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.

Olivia Jones

Teaching Artist Fellow 

Olivia Jones is a Southern California native who has just graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BA in Theatre. Olivia has spent the last two summers in New York running the musical theatre program at the Iroquois Springs Summer Camp. When she isn’t teaching and acting, she can be found designing and constructing costumes.

Katy Kepler

Teaching Artist Fellow 

Katy Kepler joins the Omaha Theater Company as a teaching artist fellow for the 15-16 season.  Most recently, she worked as a freelance theatre artist based in Rochester, NY. Many of her favorite projects have been at Geva Theatre Center (LoRT B), which include assistant directing On Golden Pond, acting in Dracula and A Christmas Carol; teaching workshops for the theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors; and working as a scenic artist on several productions. Of great personal pride is her position as Production Associate for the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival in 2014 and 2015. Just outside of Rochester, Katy was the director for Bristol Valley Theatre’s Apprentice Program, a six-week summer program for ages 11-17 in summer 2014, and worked as a stage manager for the theatre in 2013. Prior to this, she was employed with the Rochester Children’s Theatre as their Production Stage Manager as well as an actor for their touring production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Katy received her B.S. in Theatre from the College at Brockport, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012.

Corrine Mica

Teaching Artist Fellow

Corrinne Mica grew up in East Bernard, Texas and recently graduated from Oklahoma City University in May 2015 with a BFA in Acting, BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences and a minor in Directing. She has worked professionally as an actor and educator with Oklahoma Children’s Theatre and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.

Joseph Schoborg

Teaching Artist Fellow

Joseph grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2014 with a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in both Performance and Drama & Theatre for Youth. He spent the past spring in Lexington, Kentucky working as a Contract Actor for the Lexington Children’s Theatre where he toured all over Kentucky and various surrounding states with two TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) shows/sets/costumes. In addition to teaching and acting, Joseph also has an interest in stage management and sewing theatrical garments.

Nik Whitcomb

Teaching Artist Fellow

Nik Whitcomb is a native of Omaha. He graduated from Creighton University last spring with a BA in theatre with and emphasis in acting and directing. Nik began his time at the Rose at the age of six and has been learning, teaching, and acting here every since. Nik has a passion for directing and is excited to go on this exciting new journey with the Rose!

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