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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.

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.

Dan Chevalier

Dan Chevalier

Teaching Artist
danc@rosetheater.org

Dan Chevalier is an educator and award-winning actor who has performed in regional and touring productions in more than 30 states across the US. He has been highly involved in the Omaha-area theatre community over the past 15 years, including appearing on stage nine times at The Rose Theater. Dan has worked as a teacher at Blair High School and Fairbury Junior-Senior High, where he directed high school and middle school plays and musicals. He is currently training dragons and wrangling bubbles as a programmer at the Omaha Children’s Museum. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received a B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he received his Teaching Certificate and M.A. in Language Teaching.

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.

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.

Michael James

Michael James

Teaching Artist
michaelj@rosetheater.org

As a teaching artist Michael’s work is centered on taking what he has experienced as a performer, as well as his technical theatre training, and using these skills to successfully collaborate with other artists. Michael has been involved in the arts from a very young age. He trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop before transitioning into acting and performing roles such as the role of Peter in Peter Pan and Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls. After graduating high school, Michael shifted his focus to production design and stage management, receiving his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He then went on to be a Director and Choreographer for several children’s theater productions while teaching acting courses with The Coterie Theatre, and dance courses such as Musical Theatre Dance and Boys Dance & Conditioning with The Culture House. Michael is also a certified group fitness instructor.
He has worked as production and creative staff in several locations in Kansas City such as The Coterie, The Culture House, Theatre in the Park, Kansas City Actors Theatre, Jewish Community Center, and Olathe Civic Theatre Association.

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.

Carina DuMarce

Carina DuMarce

Teaching Artist
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!

Hayley Greenstreet

Hayley Greenstreet

Teaching Artist
hayleyg@rosetheater.org

Hayley Greenstreet comes from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University in 2015, and has since worked as an Education Intern at Lexington Children's Theater in Kentucky and is returning for her fourth year as a Rose Teaching Artist! She has most recently performed in The Rose's productions of Judy Moody and Stink! and Thumbelina's Adventure Day. She is very excited to be working with TVY productions and was thrilled to work as the Assistant Director to Kerfuffle's "Nested" - a theater experience for the very young at The Union. She hopes to continue her work with Theater for Young Audiences by attending grad school in the upcoming years (though she is not sure where yet)! She is so very happy to be working at The Rose Theater where she and the rest of the wonderful education staff continue to engage, inspire, and empower students every day.

Caulene Hudson

Caulene Hudson

Teaching Artist
cauleneh@rosetheater.org

Caulene hails from Fruitland Park, Florida. She graduated in 2013 from Flagler College with a Bachelor’s in Communication (focus cinema and media studies) and Theatre Arts. Since graduation, she freelanced as a director, scenic artist and teaching artist in Pennsylvania and Alabama. Caulene arrived in Omaha in 2014 as a Teaching Artist Fellow with The Rose Theater. She earned her Masters in Theatre Management at UNO in 2019. Some favorite theatrical projects include: "Prancer,""Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular" (Wiggins; world premiere at The Rose Theater), "Walk the Night: Visions of Shadows" (Lysandra; immersive theatre project presented by the Blue Barn Theatre), and "A Child’s Garden of Verses" (Actor 4/Musician; theatre for the very young presentation at the Rose Theater).

LaDareon Copeland

LaDareon Copeland

Teaching Artist Fellow
ladareonc@rosetheater.org

LaDareon Copeland is so excited to be joining The Rose Theater this year. A graduate from Young Harris College, LaDareon has performed in many productions such as Tom Collins in Rent, Jim Bono in August Wilson’s Fences, and Black Fox/Henry Clay in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. LaDareon has worked in children’s theater for many years with companies including Missoula Children’s Theatre, CLIMB Theatre, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre. He is super excited to continue teaching and directing the next generation of amazing actors!

Maddie Grissom

Maddie Grissom

Teaching Artist Fellow
maddieg@rosetheater.org

Maddie Grissom grew up in Waukee, Iowa and recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Theatre for Youth. She is very excited to start her professional career here at The Rose Theater! Maddie has come from a past in youth theatre programs in Des Moines, Iowa, as well as teaching and acting in Theatre for Youth Audiences in college. In addition to Teaching, Maddie has a passion for Stage Management and Acting.

Jay Hayden

Jay Hayden

Teaching Artist Fellow
jayh@rosetheater.org

Jay Hayden originally hails from Hebron, CT. They are a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, where they earned a B.S. in Secondary Education (Literature). While at UVM, Jay was the Artistic Director for The University Players, a student group committed to producing original and pre-existing work in the city of Burlington; additionally, they founded Name Pending, UVM's first, finest (and only) improv troupe. Most recently, Jay worked as an Education Associate with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and as a Box Office Manager with Vermont Stage. Jay is licensed to teach High School English and is a self-professed Shakespeare buff. Some favorite past roles include: Moritz (Spring Awakening), CB (Dog Sees God), and Peter Pan (Peter Pan). They are ecstatic to be part of The Rose this season, and hope to be a benefit to the community in the coming year!

Alease Timbers

Alease Timbers

Teaching Artist Fellow
aleaset@rosetheater.org

Alease Arizona Timbers is beyond thrilled to be working at The Rose. She grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and graduated from Fayetteville State University with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Dance in 2015. Then received her lateral entry licensure from UNC Asheville. She’s spent the last 5 years directing, teaching and choreographing in North Carolina, Up State New York & Pennsylvania. She has most recently directed “Footloose” at South View High School, “Disney’s Frozen Jr” and "School House Rock Live" at Temple Theatre and “Anansi and Friends” at Fayetteville State University. She has also worked Bristol Valley’s Theater as their “Children Program coordinator” for Summer 2019.

Katy Kepler

Katy Kepler

DRAMA Class Coordinator & Teaching Artist
katyk@rosetheater.org

Katy Kepler is a theater artist originally from Rochester, NY. She has taught and directed children and teens of all ages. She specializes in working with youth on original and devised work, and is particularly proud of the creation of Saturday Afternoon Live!, an annual sketch comedy show put on by the apprentices of Bristol Valley Theater in the Finger Lakes. She has also appeared in the world premieres of Prancer and A Palette of Possibility at the Rose Theater.

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.

Michael James

Michael James

BROADWAY at The Rose Assistant Director

michaelj@rosetheater.org

As a teaching artist Michael’s work is centered on taking what he has experienced as a performer, as well as his technical theatre training, and using these skills to successfully collaborate with other artists. Michael has been involved in the arts from a very young age. He trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop before transitioning into acting and performing roles such as the role of Peter in Peter Pan and Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls. After graduating high school, Michael shifted his focus to production design and stage management, receiving his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He then went on to be a Director and Choreographer for several children’s theater productions while teaching acting courses with The Coterie Theatre, and dance courses such as Musical Theatre Dance and Boys Dance & Conditioning with The Culture House. Michael is also a certified group fitness instructor.
He has worked as production and creative staff in several locations in Kansas City such as The Coterie, The Culture House, Theatre in the Park, Kansas City Actors Theatre, Jewish Community Center, and Olathe Civic Theatre Association.

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.

Fran Adrianto

Fran Adrianto

Dance Instructor

Fran is excited to be back teaching at The Rose Theater. Past credits include ensemble, Elf: The Musical, Romeo – Newsies, Nikkos/Grandmaster Chad – Legally Blonde: The Musical, Creighton University.

Katie Agualiar

Katie Agualiar

Dance Instructor

Katie is a Grand Island native who is excited to share her passion for dance with Rose students! In 2014, she moved to Southern California to attend The Young Americans College of Performing Arts. Katie has since traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and all over the US teaching students of all ages how to sing and dance, as well as performing alongside them. She is currently attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha to pursue her degree in business administration. Katie made her own debut on The Rose stage as a Big Kid in Matilda The Musical and cannot wait to see her students shine!

Ben Beck

Ben Beck

Rose Brigade/Acting Instructor

An Omaha native, Ben has been an award-winning actor for over twenty years. Some favorite onstage credits include Hannay (The 39 Steps), Andrew (I Hate Hamlet) and Booth (Assassins). He has led workshops and classes in acting, improvisation, and Shakespeare for all ages and abilities. Also a playwright, Ben’s work has been produced regionally and internationally. He has appeared in local and national commercials for television, print, and radio as well as voiced characters for several cartoon series including, “Archie's Weird Mysteries”, “Dino Squad” and “Liberty's Kids”. He has a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting/Directing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Ben is deeply grateful to work with so many gifted teachers and students.

Buddy Benak

Buddy Benak

Tumbling Instructor

Jerry Brabec

Jerry Brabec

Rose Brigade Instructor

Jerry Brabec, tenor, is an Ordained Deacon on the clergy staff at Omaha St. Paul United Methodist Church where he serves as Minister of Worship. His responsibilities include the overseeing of liturgical preparation for the congregation of 500. He also serves as choral director for Temple Israel’s Kol Rina. Awarded the Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska, he studied choral conducting with Dr. Cina Crisara and Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. As a chorister of the acclaimed Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall, he sang for five years under the baton of the late Robert Shaw, was twice selected one of six participants in the Alice Parker Melodius Accord Fellowship Program and frequently continues his conducting studies with Ms. Parker during January in New York. At the Rose for the past ten seasons, “The Doll Maker’s Gift” marks his 36th show as a visiting music director/vocal coach. He also serves as music director for the nationally acclaimed Rose Brigade, one of the award winning offerings of the “Broadway at the Rose” program. Formerly, Jerry taught at the high school level for Council Bluffs Community Schools, served as associate artistic director of the Omaha Clarion Chorale, and as artistic director for the Kanesville Chorus and Renaissance Faire of the Midlands.

Shannon Duke

Shannon Duke

Musical Theater 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.

Kevin Ehrhart

Kevin Ehrhart

Acting Instructor
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.

Angie Frey

Angie Frey

Rose Brigade Instructor

Angela Frey is in her 5th year as musical director of the Jr. Rose Brigade. By day, she is a music specialist at Arbor View Elementary in Elkhorn, where she serves as Elementary Department Chair. She was most recently seen on the Rose stage as Mother in A Christmas Story. Other Rose credits include The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and The Music Man. She is actively involved in Omaha area theatre, and is an experienced private studio instructor and vocal audition coach. Angela has worked as a professional actress for theatre companies in New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Indiana, and has toured with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan.

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.

Hayley Greenstreet

Hayley Greenstreet

Acting Instructor

Hayley Greenstreet comes from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University in 2015, and has since worked as an Education Intern at Lexington Children's Theater in Kentucky and is returning for her fourth year as a Rose Teaching Artist! She has most recently performed in The Rose's productions of Judy Moody and Stink! and Thumbelina's Adventure Day. She is very excited to be working with TVY productions and was thrilled to work as the Assistant Director to Kerfuffle's "Nested" - a theater experience for the very young at The Union. She hopes to continue her work with Theater for Young Audiences by attending grad school in the upcoming years (though she is not sure where yet)! She is so very happy to be working at The Rose Theater where she and the rest of the wonderful education staff continue to engage, inspire, and empower students every day.

Caitie Hays

Caitie Hays

Musical Theater 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.

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.

Biannah Peji-Palm

Biannah Peji-Palm

Dance Instructor

Biannah was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. There, she first discovered her love for performing through her ballet training at Halili-Cruz School of Ballet. She performed and competed with the school and became part of the Quezon City Ballet-- the official national and international performing group of HCSB. At the same time, she also studied voice, piano, and organ at the Yamaha School of Music. At age 15, during one of her trips to Dance Excellence--an international dance convention in Los Angeles--she met the Young Americans. She auditioned, got accepted, and joined the group right out of high school at 16 and has travelled to places in Europe, Japan, and the USA while performing and teaching. After two years, she decided to get her bachelor's degree at Midland University in Fremont, and just graduated last May 2019 with a Bachelor's in Arts Management with a Minor in Business Administration and Theater Emphasis. During her time at Midland, she was very involved with the dance, theater, and vocal music activities. She was part of the Premier Dance Company that gave dance workshops and performed around the US. She played supporting, featured, and a lead role with the theater department and was an acting teacher for Midland's Performing Arts Studio. Currently, she's getting her Masters in Business Administration at Midland University while serving the Performing Arts Department as their Theater Graduate Assistant. She is looking forward to this new chapter of her life of being able to share passion and love for music and the arts at the Rose!

Laurelin Sterns

Laurelin Sterns

Voice Instructor

Stephanie Tepox

Stephanie Tepox

Dance Instructor

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.

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.

Madalene Steichen

Madalene Steichen

Front Desk Receptionist

Torisa Walker

Torisa Walker

Front Desk Receptionist