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.
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
We are excited to welcome Stephanie back to our full time staff. She directed The Rose’s 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 next 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.
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.
Maddie Mardesen, Teaching Artist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.