Michael Cerasoli

Mr. Mike is so excited to work with you and help you achieve your best performance! He is an actor who has performed and sung on stages all across Florida, and is passionate about sharing his love of entertainment with everyone he can. He has been a coach and director to kids for many years, and has been privileged to work and teach alongside amazing people (like Disney’s Raven-Symoné from Raven’s Home!). He can’t wait to be your Teaching Artist!

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • Assistant Director for The Big One-Oh
  • 2020 Summer Camps
    • Twisted Circus Takeover
    • Escape Room: Hunting for Horcruxes
    • School of Withcraft and Wizardry
  • Director of An Improvised Christmas Carol
  • Director of Jack and the Beanstalk Raps Performance Workshop

Morgan Cobb

Morgan is a second year MFA Theatre for Young Audiences candidate at UCF. She is from North Carolina where she earned her undergraduate BFA in Theatre for Youth at East Carolina University. She has a background in musical theatre and is a certified actor combatant. Morgan worked as an Education Intern at Orlando REP  in the 2018-2019 season and is excited to continue working in partnership with the REP and UCF!

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2nd year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Marketing Coordinator for Writes of Spring 2021
  • Director of Charlotte Holmes: Future Detective Performance Workshop

Chanel Gomaa

Chanel Gomaa graduated from the University of Central Florida in May of 2019, with a degree in Theatre Studies and a minor in Creative Writing.  She has had the privilege of performing, teaching, directing and choreographing for companies and theatres like the Wekiva River Players, Southern Arts Events, The Institute of Reading Development, The Flagler Playhouse, Daytona State College, UCF, the Orlando Rep, and more.  Additionally, Chanel performs and competes with spoken word poetry.  She has represented UCF, as well as the cities of Orlando and Deland Florida on multiple national stages, as part of a team or as an individual poet.  Her collection of poetry, entitled “Lessons on Being the Muslim in the Room”, was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest; her work has also been featured and published by TeenInk Literary Magazine, and Slamfind.com.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2020 Summer Camps
    • Cardboard Creators: Racing Mario
    • Twisted Circus Takeover
    • Junior Designers: Care of Magical Creatures
  • Co-Director of Once Upon a Pine; a Performance Workshop partnership with the JCC of Greater Orlando
  • Co Director of Oz Performance Workshop
  • Teaching Artist for ELTA Story Drama Residencies
  • Teaching Artist for UCP Story Drama Residencies
  • Assistant Director of Charlotte Holmes: Future Detective Performance Workshop
  • Teaching Artist for Story Drama residency with Lake Highland Preparatory School

Ximena Gonzalez

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for ELTA Story Drama Residencies
  • Technical Coordinator for Writes of Spring

Gisella Hernandez

Gisella Maria Hernandez is a bilingual actress and teacher. As an actress, she has appeared in The Street of Crocodiles and The Refugee Plays on the UCF stage, When Coquis Sing and Perspectives: Just Like Us on the Orlando Repertory Theater Stage. As a teacher, she continues to be a part of the Bilingual EYEPLAY program and teaches themed drama classes at the Orlando Repertory Theater. Gisella is a student at the University of Central Florida in her senior year (Graduation December 2019) with a major in Theatre (Acting Concentration).

For the 2019-2020 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for UCP Story Drama Residencies

Bryan Jager

Bryan is a local actor, writer, and director, and is thrilled to be working with the Orlando Repertory Theatre! He’s performed with the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, Mad Cow Theatre, and many shows at the Orlando Rep. As a writer/ director, he’s had work produced in New York, Chicago, and right in town at the Orlando Fringe Festival.

For the 202-2021 Season…

  • Playwright of Alices in Wonderland
  • Teaching Artist for Once Upon a Pine; a Performance Workshop partnership with the JCC of Greater Orlando

Carmen Medina

Carmen has more than 20 years of experience in theatre, opera, and film as a wigmaker, wig stylist, and makeup artist. More recently, she has added wax figure hair application and styling to her bag of tricks! This is her third full season at Orlando REP creating wig styles and headdresses (not always out of actual hair) and her second season helping to teach the very popular FACE-OFF Makeup Class, which she enjoys very much.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for Face Off Stage Make Up 
  • Teaching Artist for Haunted Halloween Makeup Master Class

Karen Marulanda

Karen Marulanda is a bilingual actor, improvisor and teaching artist. She has been teaching with the Orlando Repertory Theatre since the summer of 2018.  She earned her BFA in Acting at The University of Florida. Karen is an Orlando native and currently resides in NYC.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for UCP Story Drama Residencies

Laura Mejia

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Central Florida and graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. Originally from Colombia, Laura moved to the United States at the age of 10, and discovered her passion for the performing arts at the age of 13 when she performed in her first production with a local Spanish-speaking acting group. Since then, she has been involved in multiple stage, film as well as theme park productions, and has a huge love for Theatre. She lived in Germany for 3 years, where she was a nanny and English tutor. Now back in the US, she is excited to combine her love for children and theater at the Orlando Rep as a teaching artist, and is very proud to be involved in the EyePlay program, which focuses on the incorporation of dramatic arts within bilingual classrooms.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2020 Summer Camps
    • A Pirates Life for Me
    • Super Heroes: Fighting Crime at Bedtime (Online)
    • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Online)
  • Teaching Artist for Story Drama series with Lake Highland Preparatory School
  • Assistant Director for Performance Workshop: OZ
  • Teaching Artist for Baby and Me: Story Strolls
  • Teaching Artist for ELTA Story Drama Residencies
  • Teaching artist for UCP Story Drama Residencies
  • Assistant Director for Charlotte Holmes: Future Detective Performance Workshop

Joni Newman

Joni holds a BA in English Education from Brigham Young University and is an MFA candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences at UCF. Although her professional background involves nearly a decade of teaching English to high school and junior high students, Joni has been a performer all of her life. Favorite credits include Marian (The Music Man), Catherine (The Foreigner), Shelby (Steel Magnolias), Belinda (Noises Off), and Beth (Little Women: The Musical). She has also helped assistant direct and choreograph numerous productions in the Utah valley. She is thrilled to work with the Orlando Repertory Theatre where she can help foster meaningful theatre experiences for youth.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2nd year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Summer Camp Coordinator
  • Writes of Spring 2021 Coordinator

Tommy Novak

Tommy Novak(they/them/their)   is a Chicago-based non-binary Equity Actor,  theater director, vocal coach, movement specialist, performer and an adjunct professor of Musical Theater at Carthage College. Tommy has a masters in Music Theater Vocal Pedagogy. They have worked both nationally and internationally as a actor. Some productions Tommy has performed in are Hairspray, Billy Elliot, The Producers, Shrek and Little Shop Of Horrors, Taming of the Shrew, Loves Labour’s Lost, Romeo and JulietTommy has produced and directed many shows some shows are, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Skylight, Wit, Sister Act, Don Giovanni, The Adams Family, The Wild Party, Peter Pan and Annie.  They have a rich experiences in teaching and performing music and drama and has his own unique teaching style.They have worked all over the world as a teaching artist teaching, theater, musical theater, and Design costume and makeup designs classes.  The classroom atmosphere is relaxed and fun facilitating students to their maximum creativity.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2020 Summer Camps
    • Face Off Stage Makeup (Online)
    • Junior Designers: Behind the Fairy Door (Online)
    • Swordplay: Defending the Jolly Roger
    • Cardboard Creators: Under the Big Top
  • Teaching Artist for Haunted Halloween Makeup Master Class
  • Teaching Artist for Stage Makeup: Faces through the Ages (Online)

Jarrett Poore

Jarrett holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and a M.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre from The University of Central Florida. Born and raised in Central Florida, Jarrett has worked professionally as both an actor and teaching artist for the past five years at local and National levels. You can also find him making all sorts of magic at Universal Studios Florida! Favorite credits: Toad (A Year with Frog and Toad); Gus the Platypus/Dad/Barnaby (Pete the Cat); Margaret/Tribe (HAIR), and Patsy (Spamalot). Currently, Jarrett has been working on crafting and editing original content on YouTube featuring the many talents of Central Florida Performers. He is proud to be a teaching artist so that he can nurture a love and respect for the theatre while providing a safe space for growth and play! Theatre can change the world, if you believe it. IG: @jarrettpoore Web: jarrettpoore.com

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • Co-Director for Once Upon a Pine; a Performance Workshop partnership with the JCC of Greater Orlando

Samantha Reser

Samantha Reser is an MFA student studying Theatre for Young Audiences at UCF. Samantha received her BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences with a minor in Directing from Oklahoma City University and has previous teaching artist experience in theatres such as Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Metro Theater Company, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, Hartford Stage, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, and the Brass Ring. She is dedicated to pursuing a career in children’s theatre because she believes in the power of using theatre to teach about empathy, conflict resolution, and confidence.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2nd year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • 2020 Summer Camps
    • Performance Workshop: Cinderella (Director)
  • Director for #ENOUGH: Guns in Dragonland
  • Playwright for Writes of Spring 2021
  • Teaching Artist for #enough Playwriting Residencies

Brooke Shellpfeffer

Brooke has been a part of the REP family since she was 9 years old. From performing in TYA shows, to summer stock shows, being an apprentice, to being an assistant choreographer, to 4 years as a teaching artist. She is currently working as the Education Intern for the 2019-2020 season at Orlando REP, as well as continuing as a teaching artist. You can also find her choreographing the season and competitive high school troupe at Magic Curtain Productions this year. Brooke graduated from Florida State University with a BA in Theatre, with an emphasis in Choreography. She truly has a passion for teaching and inspiring young children and loves getting the chance to share that passion in the Orlando area!

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for Cardboard Creators: Box Car Challenge Online Summer Camp
  • Teaching Artist for Vote? Field Trip Plus
  • Teaching Artist for ELTA Story Drama Residencies
  • Teaching Artist for UCP Story Drama Residencies
  • Director for Charlotte Holmes: Future Detective Performance Workshop

Nathan Tanner Stout

Nathan Tanner Stout is a graduate student in the MFA Theatre for Young Audiences Program at UCF. Originally from Zanesville, Ohio, Nathan earned his BA in Theatre Arts Studies at Brigham Young University before living and teaching in Italy for 2 years. He has been a member of BYU’s Young Company, touring elementary schools in the Salt Lake Valley.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2nd year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Director of Performance Workshop: OZ
  • Director of the #ENOUGH: Ms. Martin’s Malaise
  • Director for Writes of Spring 2021

Sage Tokach

Sage Tokach is an M.F.A. Theatre for Young Audiences graduate candidate at the University of a Central Florida. She’s from Abilene, Kansas, and Orlando is the largest city where she has lived. Sage got her B.F.A. from Oklahoma City University and recently toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre. She has a special passion for outdoor theatre, and she hopes to visit every national park.

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2nd year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • 2020 Summer Camps
    • Performance Workshop: When We’re Together Again (Online; Playwright & Director)
    • Performance Workshop: 10 Ways to Survive Life in Quarantine (Online; Director)
    • Performance Workshop: A Mystery Most Grimm (Online; Assistant Director)
    • Junior Designers: Behind the Fairy Door (Online)
    • Performance Workshop: Alice in Wonderland (Director)
    • Performance Workshop: Cinderella (Director)
  • Director of Performance Workshop: OZ
  • Teaching Artist for ELTA Story Drama Residencies
  • Education Coordinator for Writes of Spring 2021
  • Teaching Artist for Baby and Me: Story Stroll
  • Teaching Artist for Sprouting Imagination: Creative Drama at Leu Gardens

Arius West

Arius West graduated from the University of Central Florida with his bachelor’s in Theatre and Education with a concentration in Stage Combat. He seasonally works in Entertainment at Sea World and he is a teaching artist and performer with The Orlando Repertory Theatre. Arius is also a coach for a high school step team, he serves as a lead & assistant teaching artist for Michelee Puppets & ArtReach Orlando, respectively, that integrate the arts within school curriculum, and he joined The Orlando Magic’s coed Hip Hop Dance team, The 407. Considering the impact of Covid-19 on all of this, Arius now spends a lot of his free time virtually connecting & collaborating with other artists and helping with producing content for virtual productions & performances and more!

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • 2020 Summer Camps
    • #MusicalTheatreGoals (Online)
    • Dance Through the Decades (Online)
    • Swordplay: Defending the Jolly Roger
  • Director of Santa’s Workshop’s Got Talent Performance Workshop
  • Director of #Dystopia Performance Workshop

Desiree Montes

Desiree is an Equity Singer/Actress/Dancer/Voice-Over Artist/Audition-Prep Coach. You may have seen her at Universal Studios as Mabel (The Blues Brothers Show) and as Celestina Warbeck (Diagon Alley). As well as Coral/Peach (Finding Nemo: The Musical) and a Gospel/R&B Singer (Joyful! A Celebration of the Holidays). Desiree works on year-round projects for a few local entertainment companies, her talent agencies & many theatre companies within and beyond Central Florida. She is also an arts educator teaching music and theatre to children of all ages for several theatrical companies within Central Florida. Some of her favorite roles include “Norma Valverde” (Hands on a Hardbody), “Aida” (Aida: the Musical), “Sarah” (Ragtime: the Musical), “Oda Mae Brown” (Ghost: the Musical), and “Billie Holiday” (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill). She recently made her Off-Broadway debut at the 2019 New York Musical Festival. www.DesireeMontes.com

For 2020-2021 Season…

Assistant Director for #Dystopia Performance Workshop

Erica Bargas

Erica Bargas is a senior at the University of Central Florida. She is graduating in the summer of 2021 with a degree in Theatre Studies and minor in Hospitality Management. Previously, she has worked as a choreographer and production assistant in the Titusville Playhouse Rising Stars Education Department, as well as performing in many main stage productions. While studying Musical Theatre at Daytona State College, she was an active dance captain, performer, improv artist, and choir member. She is currently working as an education intern at Central Florida Community Arts with clerical and choreographic duties. Erica is very excited to begin teaching with such an amazing staff and creative company here at the Orlando REP!

For 2020-2021 Season…

  • UCF REP Experience participant
  • Teaching Assistant for Charlotte Holmes: Future Detective Performance Workshop