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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

The Dance Lab at The Rose 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

Wendy Eaton, mezzo-soprano, is known for her “warm and colorful voice which she uses very skillfully…”. “Her rich musical background gives her a very clear understanding of a wide variety of musical styles in vocal music” Victor Yampolsky, music director Emeritus of the Omaha Symphony.

Wendy Eaton has been an active performer and teacher in the Omaha area for over 25 years, including 20 years of teaching at the collegiate level. Eaton appeared regularly as a company member at the Rose from 2001-2012 & still enjoys occasionally performing with her colleagues at the Rose as much as she enjoys teaching with them.

Eaton’s love of classical song has been a driving force in her performing and teaching careers. She has been a featured soloist & guest artist with many local organizations including the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Opera Omaha, Omaha Chamber Music Society, Orchestra Omaha, Omaha Symphonic Chorus, the River City Mixed Chorus and the Nebraska Choral Arts Society. She has also performed in concert and recital throughout the state as a member of the Nebraska Arts Council Touring program and also throughout the country. Equally at home on stage, Eaton’s opera and musical theatre credits include Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Genevieve in The Long Christmas Dinner, Desiree, in A Little Night Music, Lady Thiang in The King and I, and Gertrude McFuzz in Suessical, the Musical.

Eaton has taught through Broadway at the Rose since its inception. She helped develop the curriculum of the Voice Area. Eaton also teaches in the Creighton University Music Department, where she has been a member of the voice faculty for 10 years. She also maintains a private studio teaching students of a wide variety of backgrounds and ages.

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

Trudy is delighted to be an instructor at The Rose, and enjoys teaching voice, musical theatre, and dance. She grew up in New Jersey and began a professional performing career in New York City at the age of 6. She has performed on Broadway and National Tours in such shows as “A Chorus Line”, “Shenandoah”, “Dames at Sea”, and “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine”. She developed a night club act and was booked in N.Y.C. , Los Angeles, resorts in the Poconos, and cruise ships. She then moved to Ohio where she spent 23 years singing for a Christian Ministry, writing original songs, producing/directing/choreographing sketches and musicals, and coaching many singers. She moved with her family to Omaha in 2015 and began working for the Rose as a private voice instructor. Since that time she has loved the numerous opportunities that have opened up for her to teach and share from her professional experiences with young people who adore Musical Theatre like she does.

Mimi Lawry

Mimi Lawry

Dance Instructor / The Dance Lab at The Rose Choreographer

Born and raised in Omaha, Ne, Mimi has been dancing since she could walk. She began training at ballet schools and participating in many local ballet and theater productions at the age of eight, playing the role of Clara in “The Nutcracker” at the age of twelve. Mimi danced competitively in regional and national competitions for ten years, winning many scholarships and overall awards. She spent summers studying at Kansas City Ballet School Intensive, and after high school, went on to train professionally at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC. While in New York, Mimi also studied at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway with world famous choreographers. Eventually, Mimi moved to Los Angeles where she continued dancing in Hollywood at Millennium Dance Complex, International Dance Academy and Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studio. She then wound up back home in Omaha where she enjoys teaching company classes and choreographing award winning competition pieces.
Mimi is also a local singer-songwriter and has opened for Tech N9ne at Sokol Auditorium in 2014 and for Kid Cudi, Mac Miller and Logic at the Grassroots Music Festival in 2015. Mimi’s love of the arts drives her passion for inspiring young dancers to be their best selves!

Nikki McMullen

Nikki McMullen

Dance Instructor

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Nikki has been an instructor in the Omaha area for
over 25 years. Many years of intense classical ballet training have helped Nikki to
easily transition into various styles of dance, including: contemporary, lyrical,
jazz, dance team, and hip hop. Nikki is a choreographer for the Dance Lab at the
Rose competition company. Her pieces have won numerous choreography,
entertainment, and other awards on the regional and national level. Nikki also
works full time as a registered dietitian. She is married to her husband Matt and
they have two children, Zach and Ella.

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

Sarah is a private voice instructor, music director, and musical theater instructor for The Rose. In addition to her educational work, she performs on The Rose mainstage, including past productions: "Elf the Musical," "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular," "Peter Pan."

Other credits include "Heathers" (Ms. Fleming), The Blue Barn Theatre, Omaha, NE; "The Light in the Piazza" (Signora Naccarelli), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN; "Boeing Boeing" (Gretchen), Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji, MN; "Sunset Boulevard" (Norma Desmond), New Century Theater, Minneapolis, MN; Carousel (Nettie Fowler) Bucks County Playhouse (PA). Other Regional: The Rose Theater (NE), The Blue Barn Theatre (NE), Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (MN), Skylark Opera (MN), Lyric Opera of the North (MN), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Theatre L’Homme Dieu (MN), Pioneer Place on Fifth (MN), Park Square Theatre (MN), Fiesta Dinner Theatre (NJ), Pocono Playhouse (PA), and the historic Highfield Theatre on Cape Cod (MA). Sarah holds a BA (music) from Smith College, an MA (musical theater performance) from New York University and a DMA (vocal performance) from the University of Minnesota.

Megan Torbert

Megan Torbert

Dance Instructor

Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Megan Torbert is one of our dance teachers at Broadway at the Rose. Having studied dance in Minnesota and at Creighton University, Megan specializes in Jazz, Tap, Modern, Ballet, Swing, and Musical Theater styles and loves them all. Megan received her degrees in Marketing, Dance, and Spanish from Creighton University in 2018 and is proud to be putting her knowledge to work at The Rose Theater by teaching classes in dance and providing choreography for camps. This is her second year working for The Rose and she is thrilled to work in such a warm and welcoming environment that puts education and fun first.

Garrett Griffin

Garrett Griffin

Musical Theater Instructor

Garrett is thrilled to be on staff at The Rose this season teaching musical theatre and assisting with the Junior and Senior Brigades. Credits include “The Young Americans” Japan, Europe, the U.K. and U.S. tours, La Mirada Theatre; "The Magic of Christmas," Dolby Theater; Imagination Entertainment, "The Addams Family" (Lucas Beineke), "Man of La Mancha" (Cantaor/Padre), Little Theatre On The Square; "Damn Yankees" (Linville/Lynch), and The Rose Theater; Disney’s "Newsies" (Henry/Finch/Spot Conlon), "Elf The Musical." Garrett is a senior at Midland University studying Arts Management/Theatre.

Ben Beck

Ben Beck

Musical Theater Instructor

A multiple award-winning performer, Ben has worked with several companies for many years. Recent regional performances include “The 39 Steps”, “Bent”, “Frost/Nixon”, “I Hate Hamlet”, and “Assassins”. He has toured nationally with Nebraska Shakespeare and the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Ben has taught workshops and classes in acting, improvisation, and Shakespeare for all ages for multiple groups/companies including the Omaha Community Playhouse, The Nebraska Rep, Why Arts, and Nebraska Shakespeare. He has directed high-school, university, and regional productions for Omaha South High School, Westside High School, Dana College, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, and The Shelterbelt Theater. Ben wrote and directed his first play “Crash! Boom! Pow!” for the Shelterbelt Theater, which went on to win an OEA award for Best Premiere of a New Original Script. His one-act, “Chekhov's Gun” was also produced at the Shelterbelt and went on to receive a TAG award for Best One Act and later produced by Encompass Productions in London. His latest full-length play, “The Wings”, was read at the 2018 Emerging Artists Festival in Pittsburgh, PA. He has also written for STIR Productions, Witching Hour Productions, and the Douglas County Historical Society. He has appeared in local and national commercials for television, print, and radio as well as voicing characters for several cartoon series including, “Archie's Weird Mysteries”, “Horseland”, “Dino Squad”, and “Liberty's Kids”. Ben has a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting/Directing from the University of NE-Omaha.

Trey Mendlik

Trey Mendlik

Musical Theater Instructor

Trey Mendlik is a Nebraska native, who is ecstatic to be teaching at The Rose this season. Trey began his professional journey teaching, performing, and traveling with the Young Americans. With the group, he toured all over the US, Germany, Poland, and Japan. This opportunity allowed him to share his love of performing and teaching, all over the world. Trey has also spent time working and performing up at the Black Hills Playhouse in South Dakota. Some theatre credits include Don Quixote in "Man of LaMancha," Trevor Graydon in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors," Troy Bolton in "High School Musical," and Skidmore in "Oklahoma."

Trey Mendlik can’t wait to share his passion for the performing arts with all of you.