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 If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, The Bully Show, The 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.  This season he will be performing in A Year with Frog and Toad and has recently been seen on stage as Sharktooth in How I Became a Pirate, Colin in The Misfits, and Starkey in 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 this season’s Madeline’s Christmas and A Year with Frog and Toad. This season he will be performing in George and Martha: Tons of Fun and was recently seen on stage 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 has directed for the Teens ‘N’ Theater season, performed as Centipede in James and the Giant Peach, and the national tours of Frog and Toad, Richard Scarry’s BusyTown, and Treasure Island.  This season Michael will be performing in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Micahel can be reached at or (402) 502-4624.

Michael Wilhelm, Teaching Artist
Michael has been teaching at The Rose for 21 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 Pirate, Annie–The Musical, Peter Pan–The Musical, Treasure Island, Little 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. This season Michael will be performing in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  Michael can be reached at or (402) 502-4616.

Stephanie Jacobson, Teaching Artist & Director of Youth Productions
We are excited to welcome Stephanie back to our full time staff.  She directed The Rose’s award winning world premiere of The Misfits and will soon direct George and Martha: Tons of Fun.  She starred on stage as Laura in If You Give a Cat a Cookie and as the mother in Pinkalicious, and has been cast to perform in A Year with Frog and Toad this spring.  Stephanie has an MFA in acting from the University of Iowa and is a certified yoga instructor.  She worked for three years at the Jim Henson Company.  Stephanie can be reached at or (402) 502-4629.

Maddie Mardesen, Drama Instructor
This is Maddie’s first season at The Rose after previously completing a summer internship. She earned a BA in English and Theatre from Morningside College in Sioux City. She will be performing in Nebraskaland! and Ticket to Toyland. Maddie can be reached at

Kelsey Celek, Drama Instructor
Kelsey is so excited to be joining The Rose’s staff this season. Kelsey earned her BFA in acting/musical theater from Wright State University and has completed three tours with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. This season Kelsey will be performing onstage in A Year with Frog and Toad. Kelsy can be reached at

Alanna Reeves, Drama Instructor
Alanna earned her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was active with Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness, Theatre for Young Audiences, and Creative Drama course work. She is performing in Big Nate and Leo Lionni’s Frederick this year. Alanna can be reached at

Nicole Korpela, Teaching Artist Fellow, Dance Teacher, Choreographer
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

Katie Otten, Teaching Artist Fellow
Katie Otten graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelors in Theatre Education and an emphasis in Acting. She has taught with First Stage in Milwaukee and can be seen in The Goblin’s Grocer & The Little Mermaid. Katie can be reached at

Kathryn Stahl, Teaching Artist Fellow
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 was an understudy for Robin Hood, and can be seen in The Grocer’s Goblin & The Little Mermaid and Ramona Quimby. Kathryn can be reached at

Jackie Kappes, Teaching Artist Fellow
Jackie Kappes recently graduated with a degree in Theatre Education. She interned with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Lexington Children’s Theatre. Jackie is looking forward to performing in The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid. She also just moved here from Georgia and is uber excited about seeing real snow. Jackie can be reached at







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