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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.

DRAMA at The Rose Artist Educators

Brian Guehring

Brian Guehring

Education Director & Playwright-in-Residence
briang@rosetheater.org

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 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. He has recently been seen on stage in Robin Hood, A Year with Frog and Toad, How I Became a Pirate, The 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.

Kevin Ehrhart

Kevin Ehrhart

Teaching Artist
kevine@rosetheater.org

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.

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Teaching Artist & Literary Manager
michaelm@rosetheater.org

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 Toad, Richard Scarry’s BusyTown, and Treasure Island.

Tyrone Beasley

Tyrone Beasley

Artistic Associate –
Director of Outbound Programing
tyroneb@rosetheater.org

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

Stephanie Jacobson

Teaching Artist & Director of Youth Productions
stephj@rosetheater.org

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.

Ashley Laverty

Ashley Laverty

Teaching Artist
ashleyl@rosetheater.org

Ashley Laverty is a theatre maker originally from Massachusetts and she is excited to be joining The Rose's Education team this fall! She holds an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. Ashley is the founding Artistic Director of Kerfuffle, a theatre company devoted to creating performances with and for 2-5 year olds, and she directed the premiere production, The Caterpillar's Footprint in March 2016. Ashley's plays for young audiences include Dotty Dot!, written in collaboration with Travis Kendrick, Ryan Cavanaugh and John Wascavage, Nadine's Coloring Book, and Where Our Stuff Goes. As an actress, Ashley has performed nationally for young audiences with the National Theatre for Children, VEE Corporation, Roxy Regional Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and Storyland, a family amusement park. For more information: www.ashleylaverty.com.

Kimberlee Stone

Kimberlee Stone

Teaching Artist Fellow
kimberlees@rosetheater.org

Kimberlee is originally hailing from sunny Southern California. She is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, where she received her BA theater arts. Some of her favorite credits include: Ensemble (u/s Joanne) (Rent), Hannah Pitt/Rabbi Chemmelwitz (Angels in America), Penny Pingleton (Hairspray), and Chubukov (Anton Chekov’s The Proposal). She is excited to continue her work with the students here at The Rose as a Teaching Artist.

Robyn Helwig

Robyn Helwig

Teaching Artist Fellow
robynh@rosetheater.org

Robyn Helwig is a recent graduate of the class of 2015 of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where she graduated with a Bachelors in Theater Arts. She has worked as a Properties, Scenic, and Projections designer with Valley Repertory Theater in Newberg, OR, and as a freelance designer at other theaters in and around the area. She received her Architectural Drafting certificate from Chemeketa Community College in June, 2016, after a year of coursework in computer assisted drafting technology. She has spent time teaching workshops and after school programs to at risk students, as well as utilizing drama therapy for students with special needs. Looking forward to the future, Robyn hopes to use her talents to bring theater opportunities to communities and students without access.

Hayley Greenstreet

Hayley Greenstreet

Teaching Artist Fellow
hayleyg@rosetheater.org

Hayley Greenstreet is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a BA in Theatre with Honors. While in school, she worked at Twin City Stage as a stage manager for summer camps and as an educator for their season long classes. Also during this time at Wake Forest, she performed in a variety of shows such as As You Like It, Noises Off, The Laramie Project, Clybourne Park, and The Watchers, among others. Since graduating, she worked as a Resident Professional Education Intern at Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky. Along with teaching classes, Hayley served as the stage manager for LCT’s first ever Learning Stage Series production, Zombie in Love. She also worked as the props artisan for the second Learning Stage production, Disney’s Mulan Jr. She is eager to not only further her knowledge of Youth Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences, but also to learn from and grow with The Rose community in the 2016-2017 season.

Chloe Langford

Chloe Langford

Teaching Artist Fellow
chloel@rosetheater.org

Chloe Langford graduated from Peru State College with a degree in Early Childhood Education Unified and Special Education K-12. She originates from Bellevue, Nebraska. At Peru State College she was a true theatre generalist. She worked in countless tech areas, acted, and even tried her hand as a playwright and director. Some of her favorite roles include: Ann in Albee’s play At Home At The Zoo, the reverse gender casting of Lady Tabby Belch (sir Toby Belch) in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Billie, a bumbling cop, in Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith, and most recently as Columbia in Robert O’Brian’s The Rocky Horror Show. Beyond that Chloe has participated in murder mysteries in both Auburn and Brownville, Nebraska and has worked as a costume crew member for countless productions. In late 2014 Chloe was a co-costume designer for Peru State’s production of Rose’s 12 Angry Jurors, of which she competed with her designs at the 2014-2015 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival- Region 5. Chloe was also a company member of The Colonel Mustard Attic Players of Lincoln. In 2015 Langford wrote and produced a world premiere play titled, Beard Water. This original piece of Dadaism counted as her senior theatre project. With her passion of theatre and education Langford hopes to pursue a degree in Drama Therapy.

BROADWAY at The Rose Instructors

Sue Gillespie Booton

Sue Gillespie Booton

BROADWAY at The Rose Director
sueb@rosetheater.org

Sue has been The Rose’s Resident Choreographer for 12 years, creating choreography for How I Became a Pirate, Disney’s High School
Musical, Disney’s High School Musical 2, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Pinkalicious-The Musical, and Peter Pan-The Musical, just to name a few. Her latest Rose stage credits include Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, How I Became a Pirate, and Pinkalicious-The Musical. She was recently awarded the “Best Director” award at the regional Access Broadway convention as well as nominated for the jazz piece “Queen Medley.” Additionally, she was nominated for Omaha Entertainment Awards “Best Choreography” for both Disney’s High School Musical and Disney’s High School Musical 2 and was awarded “Best Choreography” for her pieces “Crawl,” “Sucked Under,” and “Wipeout” from regional conventions Showbiz, Access Broadway, and Dance Olympus.

Katrinka Stayton

Katrinka Stayton

Transcendtrix Dance Lab Director

Katrinka is a sought-after competitive dance choreographer as well as judge and master teacher. She started her dance training at Ballet Omaha, then went on to perform with Joffery Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Central Dance Theatre and Brooklyn Dance Consort.

Katrinka specializes in contemporary competitive choreography and can teach contemporary, ballet, partnering, pointe, jazz, jazz/funk, leaps and turns, pilates, yoga, barre and tumbling.

Katrinka has choreographed and taught for ballet schools, competition teams, universities, opera companies, dance companies, and high school dance programs. Her students have appeared on Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, Dance Moms, many Broadway National Tours and the Super Bowl.

Laurelin Sterns

Laurelin Sterns

Voice Instructor

Wendy Eaton

Wendy Eaton

Voice Instructor

Stephanie Jacobson

Stephanie Jacobson

Musical Theater Instructor

Teaching Artist & Director of Youth Productions
stephj@rosetheater.org

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.

Trudy Yeatts

Trudy Yeatts

Voice, Musical Theater, Teen Dance Instructor

Claire Goodwillie

Claire Goodwillie

Dance Instructor

Claire is a Ballet Nebraska company member and a former apprentice with Omaha Theater Ballet. She has studied with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Banff Center for the Arts, and Ballet Austin. She has also performed with Opera Omaha and Omaha Symphony.

Mimi Lawry

Mimi Lawry

Dance Instructor / Transcendtrix Dance Lab Choreographer

Teresa Coulter

Teresa Coulter

Dance Instructor

Nikki McMullen

Nikki McMullen

Dance Instructor

Nikki recently won “Best Choreography” from Access Broadway for her piece “Into the Void,” collaborated with Aaron Ellis. She has also won “Best Choreography” for her pieces “Breathe Me” and “Raw Harmony.” Nikki is a registered dietitian and offers expertise in diet to the students and performers.

Ashley Reabe

Ashley Reabe

Dance Instructor

Ashley originally started dance in Jacksonville, Florida where she attended Lavilla Middle school of the Arts as well as Douglas Anderson school of the Arts where she majored in Dance. Additionally, she also attended many master classes throughout her training to keep up with the always changing styles of dance. She holds a degree in elementary education from the University of NE at Omaha, where she was a member of the UNO Dance Team. While at UNO, the dance team competed nationally and placed in the top four each year. Ashley worked for the Omaha Nighthawks as a professional cheerleader/dance team 2013.14.

Natasha Gregory

Natasha Gregory

Dance Instructor

Natasha is a Ballet Nebraska company member and a former member of Omaha Theater Ballet. Her favorite roles include The Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Princess Vasilisa in Firebird, and The Snake in The Rose’s The Rainforest.

Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens

Dance & Musical Theater Instructor

Katlin Leonard

Katlin Leonard

Dance Instructor

Katlin was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She began dancing at the age of three at Brownstone Dance Studio. When she was five she began competitively dancing and continued until she was a senior in high school, dancing for Nebraska Dance. While she was in high school, she was on the dance team for four years and was captain from her sophomore year until she graduated. In college, she danced for the Cornhuskers as a Scarlet. She was on the team for four years and was a captain her junior and senior year. Katlin now performs as a Prime Dancer for the Omaha Beef. She has choreographed numerous musicals, competition routines, and various high school dance teams throughout Omaha and Lincoln. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Broadcast Production. She is looking forward to having her own dance class for the very first time and helping other dancers achieve their dreams.

Kevin Ehrhart

Kevin Ehrhart

Teaching Artist
kevine@rosetheater.org

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.

Rachel Busse

Rachel Busse

Musical Theater Instructor

Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson

Musical Theater / Voice Instructor