The Rose - Performing Art for Children and Families

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

Meet Our Staff

Brian Guehring, Education Director and Playwright-in-Residence
Brian Guehring is The Rose Theater’s Director of Education.  He earned an MFA in children’s theater and creative drama from the University of Texas at Austin and has been teaching theater, acting, creative drama, improvisation and playwriting for 16 years for students ages four through college.  He has worked as an Artist in Schools in Texas, Georgia, Iowa, and Nebraska.  He has taught for numerous organizations including the University of Texas at Austin, Macon State College, Omaha Theater Ballet, Omaha Symphony, Nebraska Arts Council, and the Texas Young Playwrights Festival.   He was honored by the National Education Association with a  Human and Civil Rights Award in 2006. He is currently serving on the board for Theater for Young Audiences/USA.

As the playwright-in-residence for The Rose Theater, Brian has written many scripts including If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, The Bully Show, The Misfits, Old Yeller, Miss Bindergarten, Holidays  Around the World, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Sacagawea: Discovering History.  Brian’s scripts have been honored by  AATE (American Alliance for Theater and Education), the Kennedy Center, and Nebraska Arts Council. His plays have been produced by theaters around the country and two of his plays are published by Dramatic Publishing Company. Brian has also been a member of the resident acting company at The Rose for the past 10 years.  He has been seen on stage as the Linus in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Harry in Harry the Dirty Dog, Captain Meriwether Lewis in Sacagawea: Discovering History, Arliss in Old Yeller, and in ballets as Uncle Drosselmier/Mouse King in The Nutcracker and Stepsister in Cinderella.  Brian earned his BA in theater from Duke University.

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.

Kevin Ehrhart, Teaching Artist and Resident Director
Kevin has been teaching classes at The Rose for 22 years. He has taught classes in improvisation, directing, Shakespeare and all forms of creative drama for ages ranging from pre-school to high school. He studied dramatic arts at UNO and is a Master Teacher with Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists-in-Schools program.

As a director, Kevin has directed numerous main stage productions for The Rose including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Velveteen Rabbit, Old Yeller, Madeline’s Christmas, Miss Bindergarten, and the national tours of Treasure Island, Richard Scary’s Busytown, and Old Yeller. Kevin also represented the theater at the Kennedy Center as the director of The Bully Show. As an actor, Kevin has been seen on stage as the father in Forgiving Harvest, Captain Hook in Peter Pan-The Musical, Oz in The Wizard of Oz, and the ugly stepsister in the ballet Cinderella.

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.

Michael Miller, Teaching Artist and Literary Manager
Michael Miller joined The Rose’s full time staff in January 2011.  He has previously worked for Macon State College in Georgia, the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, Mercer University, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Performing Arts, Museo Latino, and Omaha Boys and Girls Clubs.  Michael is a Master Teacher with Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists-in-Schools program focusing on creative drama and design residencies.  He earned his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Yale University and holds a master’s degree from UNO in non-profit management.  Michael has directed in the teen theater season for five years, designed the set for Holidays Around the World and Where the Red Fern Grows, and acted in the national tours of Frog and Toad, Richard Scary’s Busytown, and Treasure Island.

Michael Wilhelm, Teaching Artist
Michael has been teaching classes at The Rose for 21 years. He participated as a Master Teacher with UNL’s Arts Are Basic program for six years.  As The Rose’s National Tour Director, he spent many years traveling the country leading workshops for all ages.

Michael’s many directing credits for The Rose include The Wizard of Oz, Seussical-The Musical, Cinderella, and The Music Man. His acting credits at The Rose include Annie-The Musical, Peter Pan-The Musical, Treasure Island, Frog and Toad, A Little House Christmas, A Night Before Christmas, and the ballet Coppelia. Michael is the author and performer of the popular one-man touring show The Big (Not-So-Bad) Wolf that has been seen by hundreds of thousands of children over the past several years.

Jim Hoggatt, Teaching Artist
Jim has been teaching theater to young people for over 17 years.  He has worked as an educational theater specialist with theaters both in the Midwest and California, including the Coterie in Kansas City and the New Conservatory Theater in San Fransisco. Jim received his BA from the University of Kansas and his MA in Drama from San Francisco State University. Jim Hoggatt has directed A Bridge to Terebithia, Puss and Boots, Harry the Dirty Dog, and Holidays Around the World for the main stage.   He also adapted Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and The Gingerbread Man for our professional company.  Jim has been seen on The Rose stage in The Velveteen Rabbit, Forgiving Harvest, Miss Bindergarten, Heidi, Inspector Gadget, and Winnie the Pooh, among others.  He is currently working full time for the Ollie Webb Center as the artistic director developing theatrical opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

Fran Sillau, Teaching Artist
Fran started as a Rose drama instructor and actor in 2009 after completing both a high school and college internship at The Rose.  Fran is an Artist-in-Schools for Nebraska Arts Council, which specializes in bringing the art of theatre to those with special learning needs or disabilities.  As artistic director for Rusty Horse Productions, his company has brought theater underserved rural groups in Iowa and western Nebraska.  Fran has also worked with Lexington Children’s Theatre and led theater artist training through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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!




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