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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

Jackie Kappes

Jackie Kappes

Director of Education & Teaching Artist
jackiek@rosetheater.org
(she/her/hers)

Jackie (she/her) began at The Rose as a summer education intern and is delighted to return as the Director of Education. She has had the privilege of working as a theatre artist and teacher in communities across the country and world, including with Disney Musicals in Schools, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Bay Area Children’s Theater, Shanghai Children’s Art Theater, 7 Stages International Theatre, San Francisco Playback Theatre, Chattanooga Theatre Centre and StageWrite. Her work at The Rose Theater ignited her passion for theatre for social change and she went on to receive her Masters in Counseling Psychology and Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Since she has utilized theatre to facilitate dialogue for communities and organizations around topics such as harassment, immigration, veteran’s issues, LGBTQ+ pride and much more with San Francisco Playback Theater. Jackie has also brought drama therapy practices into schools in order to support students and families in building feelings of confidence, working through trauma and grief, fostering more positive relationships and preparing for big life transitions. Jackie is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the vibrant artistic community that so graciously and fruitfully supported her in her first steps out into the professional world of theatre education so many years ago.  

Kevin Ehrhart

Kevin Ehrhart

Actor/Director/Instructor
kevine@rosetheater.org
(he/they)

Kevin Ehrhart has been a member of the Omaha Theater Company staff since 1989. While at the Theater, he has directed mainstage, studio theater and national touring productions. His directing credits include Jack Frost, Charlotte's Web, Amelia Bedelia and Treasure Island. Kevin directed the Bully Show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' New Visions New Voices program.

As a professional actor at the Theater, Kevin has performed as George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Rooster in Annie, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music.

As an educator, Kevin has been involved in teaching students from preschool age through high school. He has developed creative drama curriculum surrounding improvisation, movement, directing, playwriting and audition preparation.

Stephanie Jacobson

Stephanie Jacobson

Teaching Artist & Early Childhood Director
stephj@rosetheater.org
(she/her/hers)

Stephanie (she/her) has worked at The Rose for over 16 years, as the Director of Early Childhood, Teaching Artist, Actor, Playwright and Director. She has had her adaptations of The Grocer's Goblin (co-created with Brian Guehring), Thumbelina: Adventure Day, and Kindness Begins with Us: The Tail of Two Wolves (co-written with Carina DuMarce) produced at The Rose Theater. Stephanie has her MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, is a Yoga instructor, participated in the Diavolo Project: Nebraska, member of Omaha's The Moving Company, performed in The Woodsman (at The Bluebarn) and participated as a playwright at The Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Festival, and is a trained puppeteer specializing in shadow puppetry and Bunraku. Before moving to Omaha, she lived in NYC where she worked with Liz Swados on Jabu at The Flea Theatre, Lee Bruer’s production of Mabou Mines' A Dollshouse National and International Tour, Taylor Mac and The Jim Henson Company. www.stephaniejacobson.weebly.com

Michael James

Michael James

Teaching Artist & Associate Director, BROADWAY at the Rose & Director of Youth Productions
michaelj@rosetheater.org
(he/him/his)

Michael’s (he/him) work as a teaching artist 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.

Brian Guehring

Brian Guehring

Literary Manager, Playwright-in-Residence & Teaching Artist
briang@rosetheater.org
(he/him/his)

Brian Guehring is the award-winning Playwright in Residence of the Omaha Theater Company for Young People, where he has premiered many productions on the mainstage including Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular, The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid, The Misfits, and Where the Red Fern Grows. His original Theater in Education plays The Mysterious Case Files of Silver Cash, Money Detective, The Super Adventures of Pyramid Man and Dr. Nutrition, The Bully Show and Nebraskaland! The New Nebraska History Themepark have toured local elementary schools for years. He has several plays published by Dramatic Publishing Company. He was honored with the Orlin Corey Medallion Award from the Children’s Theater Foundation in 2017.
At the Rose, Brian also co-teaches the teen Young Playwrights class, co-directs Senior Brigade, and is a teaching artist in the schools. Brian is the co-founder and co-director of the award winning teen theater troupe Pride Players.

Additional credits:
Most recently seen on stage at the Rose as…..
Skipper in Madagascar
Lord Farquaad in Shrek
Owl/Rabbit in Winnie the Pooh
Mr. Kraler in Diary of Anne Frank

Carina DuMarce

Carina DuMarce

Teaching Artist
carinad@rosetheater.org
(they/them/their)

Carina DuMarce (they/them) is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and full time Teaching Artist, Performer, Youth Director, and Co-Director of Community Outreach. Carina started at The Rose in 2018 as a Teaching Artist Fellow and has been hooked on their programming ever since. It is a goal for Carina to share their experiences of performance, directing, and technical theater with students to help cultivate their theatrical skills in becoming a well rounded theater artist and human. It is Carina's philosophy that any and all skills learned in the Arts may be applied to everyday life. Carina has been involved in the arts since High School, all thanks to their father encouraging them to find their voice. Minnesota State University Moorhead is where Carina studied Theater Arts with a focus on Directing, Musical Theater, and Technical Theater. In 2016, Carina journeyed down the path of becoming a Teaching Artist at Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater. There they learned how to create curriculum for ages 6-12 using improv, creative drama, and movement. Carina has also directed, choreographed, and designed multiple musicals at Saint Joseph's Catholic School in Moorhead, MN. After stumbling upon The Rose in a Google search, Carina decided it was time to strengthen their Teaching Artist tool box and applied to become a Teaching Artist Fellow. Since then, Carina has learned and shared so much of what it means to be a Theater Educator and why the Arts are so important for our young people. While in Omaha, Carina has had the opportunity to bring iconic characters to life at The Rose Theater in productions of Winnie the Pooh(Winnie the Pooh) and The Little Engine That Could(Piper). It is Carina's mission to create a platform for indigenous youth to share their stories of what it means To Be Indigenous in Our World Today. Pidamaya.

Jay Hayden

Jay Hayden

Teaching Artist & Director of Teen Programming
jayh@rosetheater.org
(they/them/theirs)

Jay Hayden (they/them/theirs) is an activist, educator, playwright, and brussels sprout enthusiast hailing from the stolen land of the Wangunk and Mohegan peoples, today known as Hebron, Connecticut. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Jay is licensed to teach High School English and is a self-professed Shakespeare buff.
Some onstage appearances at The Rose have included The Cat in the Hat, Howie D: Back in the Day (with Howie D of the Backstreet Boys), Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus, and several local touring productions. Jay's plays, The League of Super-Zeroes and Rising and Gliding Out are available on New Play Exchange. Work outside of Omaha has included performances with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, AATE's Broadway-on-Demand production of Rumpelstiltskin, and Vermont Stage. Jay is overjoyed to be continuing work with The Rose in this new position and hope to appropriately serve the Omaha community in the coming years! Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. Indigenous Lives Matter. Stand with Hong Kong.

Fran Sillau

Fran Sillau

Teaching Artist & Accessibility Coordinator
frans@rosetheater.org
(he/him/his)

Fran Sillau (he/him) serves as the Accessibility Coordinator at The Rose Theater, where he organizes educational opportunities for students with disabilities. He also directs mainstage productions at the Rose including *Shrek: The Musical*, *Go,Dog.Go!* and *Hanna’s Suitcase*. He also co-wrote and directed the world premiere production of *The Doll Maker’s Gift*

Sillau serves as Executive Artistic Director of Circle Theatre, a company dedicated to creating theater that includes artists with disabilities. Under Sillau’s leadership, the Circle co-commissioned My Broken Doll, a play based on the life of holocaust survivor Beatrice Karp, adapted by Ernie Nolan, and Over the River, a play about friendship by Ellen Struve. In December of 2016, Sillau directed a regional premiere of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Sillau is an Aurand Harris Fellowship recipient and a winner of The Access Grant from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where he is a frequent contractor. He also served as a Teaching Artist Fellow for VSA: The International Association for Arts and Disability. On the subject of theater and disability, Fran has conducted workshops in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Florida, Tennessee, New York, Washington, Connecticut, and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. He holds an MFA in directing and inclusion from Goddard College.

Kimberlee Stone

Kimberlee Stone

Teaching Artist
kimberlees@rosetheater.org
(she/her/hers)

Kimberlee Stone (she/her) is a passionate teaching artist and playwright from sunny California. She earned her BA in Theater from Cal Poly Pomona, where she learned a lifelong love of performing. After college she spent time performing locally and even worked as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland before landing the opportunity to work at The Rose ( fellowship: 2015-2016; contract: 2016-2017). It was here where her love for creative storytelling and theater education truly blossomed, and she decided to stay another year as teaching artist for hire. She decided to further her education and love of storytelling at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, receiving her MFA in Playwriting in 2021. She is elated to continue her professional curiosities and love of creation with The Rose for this 2021-2022 season. Learn more about Kimberlee here: www.kimberleestonecreates.com

Taylor Adams

Taylor Adams

Teaching Artist Fellow
taylora@rosetheater.org
(they/them/their)

Taylor is a current teaching fellow for the Rose Theater. They have been in many production at the Rose, credits including Bob the Party Penguin (Penguin Problems), the Maternity Doctor (Matilda), Oscar Delancey (Newsies), Tubby Ted (Peter & the Starcatcher), Skut Farkus (A Christmas Story). They graduated from Creighton University with a BFA in Acting Performance and Direction. While there, they were seen as Bobby (Company), Chuck (She Kills Monsters), Warner Huntington III (Legally Blonde), Andrei Prozorav (Three Sisters). They were also a part of the award winning production of Riot, Repeat as scenic designer and ensemble member. They have also been seen around town in various productions including Shelterbelt: Ricky Lee (Catherland), SNAP!: Freddie the Photographer (Carrie: The Musical), PLVCT: Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz). They hope to keep creating art spaces that foster connection and inclusion within the queer and trans community. Give them a follow on instagram: Taylor.the.Painter.

Prentiss Matthews III

Prentiss Matthews III

Teaching Artist Fellow
prentissm@rosetheater.org
(he/him/his)

Prentiss (he/him) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Valdosta State University in May of 2020. He is a theatre artist specializing in acting, playwrighting, directing, and he's a teaching artist. Prentiss currently is a Teaching Artist Fellow at The Rose Theater. When it comes to art, Prentiss values thought-provoking work that delivers a powerful message. Some of the recent work that he has engaged in was a live stream of a play that he wrote called The Gay Roommate, a play about two young men who are roommates and at odds because they come from two different worlds. One roommate is straight, and the other roommate is gay. The play touches on themes of tolerance, homophobia, self-acceptance, friendship, and personal growth. He also debuted his Christmas play Twas the Night Before Bah-humbug, a modern re-telling of the Charles Dickens Classic but with a multicultural twist. The play centers on a young Black boy who discovers that he is the modern Scrooge. As an artist, Prentiss strives to find ways to create works that have a powerful message or seek opportunities to be a part of work that touches on themes of social change, positive representation, and Blackness. He plans to continue cultivating his artistic skills, expanding his career opportunities, and learning to find joy in every circumstance.
Let the growth begin!

Zoella Sneed

Zoella Sneed

Director of School-Based Programming
zoellas@rosetheater.org
(she/her/hers)

Zoella Sneed (she/her) recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with degrees in Theatre Performance and Theatre for Youth. In both her fields of study, she has dedicated herself to discovering opportunities surrounding equity/anti racism work and theatre for social change. She uses this focus to help create spaces for marginalized theatre artists to take up space and and use theatre as a platform to share their voices. Zoella also has a passion for musical theatre, and aims to bring her social justice work to the art in order to make musical theatre more representative and accessible for all people. Overall, her primary goal is to uplift and enrich the theatrical and emotional learning of young people and the theatre industry as a whole through multicultural, social justice, and empathy based theatre practices.

BROADWAY at The Rose Instructors

Sue Gillespie Valker

Sue Gillespie Valker

BROADWAY at The Rose Director
sueb@rosetheater.org
(she/her/hers)

Sue (she/her) 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

Associate Director, BROADWAY at The Rose
michaelj@rosetheater.org
(he/him/his)

Michael’s (he/him) work as a teaching artist 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.

Mimi Lawry

Mimi Lawry

Rose Dance Project Director
mimil@rosetheater.org
(she/her/hers)

Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Mimi (she/her) 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!

Alex Vandenberg

Alex Vandenberg

Claire Booton

Claire Booton

David Nuno

David Nuno

Emily Boganowski

Emily Boganowski

Jerry Brabec

Jerry Brabec

Rose Brigade Instructor
(he/him/his)

Jerry Brabec (he/him), 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.

Domanic Brown

Domanic Brown

Dance Instructor
(he/him/his)

Domanic Brown is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer, who began with self taught dancing as a child. Since then he has studied Tap, Jazz, African, Modern/Contemporary, Ballet and Hip Hop inspired movement.

In his career he has danced with celebrity artist such as Lady Gaga. Domanic has trained with many renowned celebrity choreographers such as Richard Jackson, Brian Green, Tricia Miranda, Carolyn Dorfman and various others.

Currently he is very active in the dance community in Omaha, NE. He has been apart of the Moving Company since 2010 where he has grown heavily in the Modern style movement and is now apart of the team of directors where he serves as the Public Relations Director. Also he teaches various styles of movement at South High School with their dance program and the schools dance company La Fuerza as the Assistant Director, as well as several other community centers and studio centers where he shares his passion with others!

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Mini Brigade Director & Musical Theater Teaching Artist
(she/her/hers)

Jessica (she/her) is originally from Maine and has been involved in professional theater since the age of 3. She holds a degree in early childhood development and education with a theater arts focus as well a voice, instrumental, fine arts, writing and photography. She love teaching and working with students, sharing the joy and passion that theater especially musical theater can bring to them and their community. Jessica has taught all ages from 1- 99 worldwide and was a member of the Young Americans. She has a special love for the littles and laying that creative foundation early. She has been the voice for commercials and videos in the Omaha Metro area and has worked on shows for CBS and the Discovery Channel. She is a professional fiber artist and educator when not either teaching here at the Rose or up on the main stage acting. Jessica in the mother of two beautiful creative daughters Jules and Jocey as well as mom to 4 fluffy bunnies, 3 cats, 2 dogs, and a moss ball named Tyron.

Grace Brewster

Grace Brewster

Teaching Artist
(she/her/hers)

Hey y’all! I’m Grace Brewster, your other teaching artist for Musical Theater 8-11! I received my BFA in Theatre for Youth from Samford University and am a teaching artist fellow with The Rose. In addition to being a teaching artist, I am a performer, director, dancer, and musician. You can also see me perform in Percy Jackson at the Rose later this year!! I’m stoked to be working with your students and want to thank you for encouraging them in the arts!

Grace Manley

Grace Manley

Teaching Artist
(she/her/hers)

I received my BFA in Theatre for Youth from Samford University and am a teaching artist fellow with The Rose. In addition to being a teaching artist, I am a performer, director, dancer, and musician. You can also see me perform in Percy Jackson at the Rose later this year!! I’m stoked to be working with your students and want to thank you for encouraging them in the arts!

Wendy Eaton

Wendy Eaton

Voice Instructor
(she/her/hers)

Wendy Eaton (she/her), 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.

Jen Kalvoda

Jen Kalvoda

Angela Frey

Angela Frey

Rose Brigade Instructor
(she/her/hers)

Angela Frey (she/her) 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.

Kenna Antaya

Kenna Antaya

Brian Guehring

Brian Guehring

Rose Brigade/Acting Instructor
briang@rosetheater.org
(he/him/his)

Brian Guehring (he/him) is the Playwright in Residence, Literary Manager, and Teaching Artist for the Omaha Theater Company. Brian has worked at the Rose for twenty-five years and currently serves as the acting coach/stage director of the Junior and Senior Brigades. He is the co-founder and co-director of the award-winning teen theater troupe Pride Players. Brian’s recent plays for the Rose have included Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular, The Mysterious Case Files of Silver Cash, The Grocer’s Goblin and The Little Mermaid, The Misfits, and the upcoming Popularity Coach. He has recently been seen on stage as the Skipper in Madagascar, Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Toad in Frog and Toad, Rabbit/Owl in Winnie the Pooh, and Prince John in Robin Hood. He earned his MFA in Theater for Young Audiences from the University of Texas at Austin and his BA in Theater from Duke University.

Lucy Kupka

Lucy Kupka

Stephanie Jacobson

Stephanie Jacobson

Musical Theater Instructor
Teaching Artist & Director of Youth Productions
stephj@rosetheater.org
(she/her/hers)

Stephanie (she/her) has worked at The Rose for over 16 years, as the Director of Early Childhood, Teaching Artist, Actor, Playwright and Director. She has had her adaptations of The Grocer's Goblin (co-created with Brian Guehring), Thumbelina: Adventure Day, and Kindness Begins with Us: The Tail of Two Wolves (co-written with Carina DuMarce) produced at The Rose Theater. Stephanie has her MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, is a Yoga instructor, participated in the Diavolo Project: Nebraska, member of Omaha's The Moving Company, performed in The Woodsman (at The Bluebarn) and participated as a playwright at The Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Festival, and is a trained puppeteer specializing in shadow puppetry and Bunraku. Before moving to Omaha, she lived in NYC where she worked with Liz Swados on Jabu at The Flea Theatre, Lee Bruer’s production of Mabou Mines' A Dollshouse National and International Tour, Taylor Mac and The Jim Henson Company. www.stephaniejacobson.weebly.com

Jen Lempke

Jen Lempke

Front Desk Receptionist
(she/her/hers)

Nikki McMullen

Nikki McMullen

Dance Instructor
(she/her/hers)

A native of Omaha,Nebraska, Nikki (she/her) has been an instructor in the Omaha area for over 30 years. As a past member of the Nebraska Junior Ballet, she performed locally in many classical ballets, such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. Many years of intense classical ballet training have helped Nikki to easily transition into performing and teaching various styles of dance, including: contemporary, lyrical, jazz, dance team, and hip hop. Currently Nikki is also a choreographer for the Rose Dance Project competition company. Her pieces have won numerous choreography, entertainment, and other awards on the regional and national level. Dance training, teaching, and inspiring children to learn and grow, is her first passion. In addition to teaching, Nikki also works full time as a Registered Dietitian. She is married to her husband Matt and is a mother to two children, Zach and Ella.

Michael Montez

Michael Montez

Tumbling Instructor
(he/him/his)
Michael Montez
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.

Former Junior Olympic competitive gymnast.

Recreational gymnastics coach(NOVA/Viking Ship)

Acrobatics/Tumbling instructor(The Rose, Smitty's PAC, I am Dance, Pear Tree Dance)

Biannah Peji-Palm

Biannah Peji-Palm

Rose Studios Manager
Dance Instructor
biannahp@rosetheater.org
(she/her/hers)

Biannah (she/her) 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!

Sarah Ryland

Sarah Ryland

Dance Instructor
(she/her/hers)

Sarah Keating Ryland (she/her) grew up dancing in Lincoln, NE. She began her teaching career at Hart Dance Academy, and was a member of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, dancing in their annual production of the Nutcracker, as well as other ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and Copellia. She graduated from the University of Nebraska--Lincoln, where she danced on scholarship with the Scarlets for four years. She was a head instructor for Universal Dance Association, as seen on ESPN, and had traveled across the US and Europe teaching and choreographing. After graduating with a BA in English, she moved to Omaha, where she has continued to teach for the past 21 years, both as a studio owner and as a company teacher. Her passion is for ballet and perfect technique in all genres of dance! Sarah is married to Bill Ryland and mother to Clara, Trey, Katlyn, Faith, William, Hope, and John Paul.

Laurelin Sterns

Laurelin Sterns

Voice Instructor
(she/her/hers)

Stephanie Tepox

Stephanie Tepox

Dance Instructor
(she/her/hers)

Shelby Weis

Shelby Weis

Dance Instructor
(she/her/hers)

Shelby (she/her) began dancing with Ballet Omaha and Omaha Theater Company Ballet. She received her B.F.A. In modern dance performance from The University of The Arts. Shelby returns to The Rose with over fifteen years of teaching experience. Shelby has performed with Omaha Modern Dance Collective, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Behold Modern Dance Collective. She is trained in Progressing Ballet Technique and has completed multiple certifications from Lisa Howell of The Ballet Blog. Recent credits include Honk! (Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble) which she received a Shellie award nomination. Shelby also received a Shellie nomination for her choreography of Crazy For You (Brentwood Theater Company).

Rhyan Nolan

Rhyan Nolan

Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

Teaching Artist
(she/her/hers)

Natalie Hanson (she/her/hers) is a multidisciplinary theatre, music, and dance artist from Tacoma, Washington residing in Omaha. Natalie’s choreographic and original musical composition was last featured in a collaborative performance art piece entitled "Dollhouse" funded by Amplify Arts through their Generator Grant series. Natalie has been an actor with the Rose in various productions since 2017, and has thoroughly enjoyed furthering her career this past year as a teaching artist with focus in dance and musical theatre. Natalie has worked with Teatro Vista, Comedy Dance Chicago, and Matter Dance company in Chicago where she previously resided. Recently, Natalie's solo project Facade Queen was also nominated for "Outstanding New Artist" for the OEAA awards this past year, and she looks forward to continuing exploration through songwriting and creating music for movement in her future endeavors.

Alfred Ibsen

Alfred Ibsen

Teaching Artist
(he/him/his)

Alfred has been performing in Omaha for 5 years and is really excited to work with the Rose again after having a wonderful time in their production of The Sound of Music. He started as a dancer at Creighton and has since continued his education in singing and acting.

Additional credits:
The Sound of Music - The Rose

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Shelby Burr

Shelby Burr