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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 joined the Education department in 2016. Ashley is the Director of Early Childhood and a Teaching Artist, and she designs curriculum and facilitates creative drama and musical theatre classes for young people ages 2-15; and specializes in drama in the early childhood classroom, having worked extensively integrating creative drama in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Ashley writes and directs Theatre for the Very Young plays, such as Wynken, Blynken and Nod, and The Music Makers. Other plays for young and very young audiences include The Caterpillar's Footprint, Nadine's Coloring Book, Where Our Stuff Goes, and Dotty Dot!, written in collaboration with Travis Kendrick, Ryan Cavanaugh and John Wascavage. 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. At the Rose, she has been seen in Goosebumps, Wonderland, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Ashley is a co-chair of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Theatre for the Very Young Special Interest Group, on the Nebraska Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster, and is one of the five 2018 Artist Fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts and an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. For more information: www.ashleylaverty.com.

Hayley Greenstreet

Hayley Greenstreet

Teaching Artist
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.

Kyle Summers

Kyle Summers

Teaching Artist
kyles@rosetheater.org

Kyle is a recent graduate from Carson-Newman University where he primarily studied Theatre with minors in Speech and Education. Kyle worked for the Rose theater as a summer intern in 2016. Outside of spending late nights in the theatre and studying, Kyle has recently spent the summer working at Nashville Children’s Theatre as the Camp Coordinator. Kyle cannot begin to explain how excited he is to be coming back to The Rose to further expand his horizons in the Theatre for Young Audiences Community!

Kendra Ball

Kendra Ball

Teaching Artist
kendrab@rosetheater.org

Kendra Ball earned her B.F.A. in Theatre for Youth while completing a University Fellowship at Samford University. Kendra previously been employed as a Resident Professional Intern with Lexington Children’s Theatre, choreographer for the Virginia Samford Theatre, and director for various theatre camps in Birmingham, AL. Kendra recently adapted and composed music for The Jungle Book, which made its debut school tour during spring 2017; the show will be remounted at the Virginia Samford Theatre and submitted for conference performance in 2018. Kendra has also appeared in such roles as Modron (Sleeping Beauty), Sister Bear (Wake Up, Brother Bear!), Kari (The Pavilion), Grace Poole (Jane Eyre: A Musical Drama), and the titular role in Peter Pan.

Brissa Naily Lopez

Brissa Naily Lopez

Teaching Artist Fellow
brissal@rosetheater.org

Brissa Lopez holds a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre for Young Audiences from Brenau University with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance where she graduated with Honors with the the highest distinction in the Theatre Major. She has previous work experience as an education intern at Seattle Children’s Theatre and Lexington Children’s Theatre. As a Latinx actor, and educator Brissa has dedicated her mission to be an emissary of change for the latinx community and to inspire young people to reach for their dreams and overcome their adversities. Brissa is so very thankful and excited to be joining The Rose Theatre as a Teaching Artist Fellow this year!

Carina DuMarce

Carina DuMarce

Teaching Artist Fellow
carinad@rosetheater.org

Carina DuMarce is for Sisseton, SD. She attended Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN where she studied Theatre Arts. While living in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Carina has worked as a Teaching Artist at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, as well as directed/choreographed an assortment of musicals within the school district. Carina has multiple interests within theatre including education, directing, performing, and props mastering. She is excited to be working at The Rose Theatre as a Teaching Artist Fellow!

Dana Pittman

Dana Pittman

Teaching Artist Fellow
danap@rosetheater.org

Dana Pittman hails from Flint, Michigan. She earned a BA in Psychology from The University of Michigan in 2017. During her time in Ann Arbor, she had the opportunity to work with U of M’s Educational Theater Company (UMETC), the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) facilitating theater workshops in prisons and juvenile facilities, and performing in Basement Arts’ production of In The Red and Brown Water. Since graduation she’s grown as a director by assisting with her high school’s drama program in their production of Girls Like That. She believes deeply in theater’s ability to promote empathy and social change and hopes to amplify voices that are rarely given center stage. As a Teaching Artist Fellow with The Rose Theater she hopes to join them in their mission of enriching the lives of children and families through live theater and arts education.

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

Mimi Lawry

Mimi Lawry

Dance Instructor / Transcendtrix Dance Lab Choreographer

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.

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.

Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson

Musical Theater / Voice Instructor