Bianca Alamo

Bianca Alamo is a third year M.F.A. Theatre for Young Audiences graduate candidate at the University of Central Florida. Her most recent REP credits include Coordinator for Writes of Spring 2019 Neighborhood Watch and Assistant Director for YA show My Son Pinocchio Jr.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • 3rd YearMFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for HOPE Community Center Residency

Mariellen Batchelor

Mariellen Batchelor has her Masters in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado and has been a Teaching Artist in the Orlando area for over 10 years.

Mariellen can be found inspiring Orlando’s young artists through theater arts education as a Teaching Artist for the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Mariellen has had the opportunity to work with organizations such as the Alliance Theatre, Garden Theatre, Winter Park Playhouse Outreach, Walt Disney World Youth Education, Osceola Arts, Wekiva River Players, and ArtReach Orlando sharing the magic of theatre with all ages from 3 years old to College Undergraduates.

A performer since the age of 5, Mariellen has been involved in almost every aspect of theatre ever since.

For the 2019-2020 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for Creative U Residency

Brittany Caine

Brittany Caine is third-year Theatre for Young Audiences MFA Candidate. She hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked as a Teaching Artist and Director for companies including TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Her passion lies at the intersection of art and literature, using books and stories as the foundation for her theatrical work, and finding ways that teaching can create overlap with communities and families.  Favorite Orlando REP memories include Writes of Spring 2019 and assistant directing The Giver and Ella Enchanted. Brittany holds a BA from Smith College in Theatre and Jewish Studies. missbrittanyteaches.com.

For the 2019-2020 Season…

  • 3rd YearMFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for REP Readers Library Program
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Audition Edge Workshops

Morgan Cobb

Morgan is a first 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. This past season she worked at the Education Intern at Orlando REP and is excited to continue working in partnership with the REP and UCF!

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • 1st year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Project Coordinator for Writes of Spring 2020

Chris Creane

Chris Creane is currently an MFA Acting student at UCF. Prior to that he acted in shows all across the United States, as well as internationally throughout the Middle-East, South and Central America, and Taiwan. His love for theatre began when he was 18, shortly after his love for pizza which began at 17.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • 2nd Year MFA Candidate in Acting Program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Playmakers: “X” Marks the Spot: A Pirate Adventure

Ximena Gonzalez

Ximena Gonzalez is excited to be Orlando REP’s site coordinator this summer! She is a recent graduate from UCF with a degree in Theatre Studies. Originally from Venezuela, she has a passion for exploring the use theatre for educational purposes and social change. Ximena is very proud to be part of the REP’s program EYEPlay and teach her native language using dramatic techniques as well as a teaching artist for The Justice Project, and many other projects!

For the 2019-2020 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for EYEPlay Dual Language Program
  • Teaching Artist for REP Readers Library Program

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 EYEPlay Dual Language Program
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Story Drama: How I Became a Pirate

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 2019-2020 Season…

  • Playwright for Youth Academy Performance Workshop of The Kid Who Couldn’t Stop Drawing

Maria Katsadouros

Maria Katsadouros, the Education Coordinator for Orlando REP, holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida and a BA in Theatre and Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The past six years have brought Maria opportunities to teach, perform, and share her love for young people internationally and throughout the U.S. Her credits as a teaching artist include Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, NC), The Coterie (Kansas City, MO), La Isla Bonita (San Pedro, Belize), and Orlando Repertory Theatre. When she’s not in the classroom Maria spends time creating and sharing original Theatre for the Very Young (TVY) pieces throughout Central Florida. She’s over the moon When Pigs Fly, an original TVY piece inspired by her thesis work, will debut at Orlando REP Fall 2019!

For the 2019-2020 Season…

  • REP Education Curriculum Manager
  • Graduate of Theatre for Young Audiences MFA program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for Act Out Justice Residency
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Baby and Me classes
  • Director for Youth Academy Homeschool Performance Workshop Anansi: Three Tales
  • Teaching Artist for ELTA Professional Development workshops

Kate Kilpatrick

Kate Kilpatrick is a third year graduate student in the Theatre for Young Audiences MFA program at UCF where she is a 2019 inductee into the Order of Pegasus and the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre UCF. She holds a BFA in Acting from Michigan State University. Currently, Kate is a teaching artist for several programs for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their care partners using theatre and improvisation. Additionally, she facilitated the intergenerational program Come to the Table in partnership with the Orlando REP, Avalon Middle School, and Encore at Avalon Retirement Community. Recently, she has directed several Central Florida productions such as Jason and the Argonauts (Orlando Fringe), The Last Paving Stone (UCF), and her original play Come to the Table (Avalon Middle School). Her passions include intergenerational drama programming and creating Theatre for the Very Young.

For the 2019-2020 Season…

  • 3rd YearMFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for Edgewood Children’s Ranch Residency
  • Assistant Director for Youth Academy production of  Disney’s The Lion King Jr
  • Director for Youth Academy production of Pickle Chiffon Pie

Ralph Krumins

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • 3rd Year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Playground Improv Troupe

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 2019-2020 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for A Haunted Halloween Makeup Master Class
  • Teaching Artist for Animals of Pride Rock Makeup Master Class

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 2019-2020 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for EYEPlay Dual Language Program
  • Assistant Director for Teen Perspectives Lab Ghosts in the Machine Staged Reading

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 2019-2020 Season…

  • 1st year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Performance Workshop The Frightful Family Tree
  • Education Coordinator for Writes of Spring 2020

 

Jarrett Poore

Jarrett is an actor and teaching artist with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida and is currently working on his Master’s. He has appeared onstage at Orlando REP (A Year with Frog and Toad; Elf: The Musical; Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure) as well as The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, The Orlando Shakes, Orlando Fringe Festival, and Universal Studios Orlando. Web: jarrettpoore.com IG: @jarrettpoore

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Performance Workshop The Frightful Family Tree
  • Teaching Artist for REP Readers Library Program

Mikey Reichert

Mikey is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (BFA in Musical Theatre, Dance minor). This past year, Mikey completed Florida Repertory Theatre’s nine month acting internship, participating in mainstages, touring TYA shows, and the education program. For more info, check out mikeyreichert.com.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for A Haunted Halloween Makeup Master Class
  • Teaching Artist for Animals of Pride Rock Makeup Master Class

Scott Savage

Scott Savage is a 3rd year MFA candidate in the University of Central Florida’s Theatre for Young Audiences program. He received his BA in Theatre Education from BYU and has taught acting, technical theater, improvisation, and arts integrated drama lessons to students from Pre-K through University level. He has directed TYA pieces in Utah, Florida and California; most recently 101 Dalmatians at ARIEL Theatrical. His lighting design credits include TheatreUCF, BYU’s Pardoe Theatre and the Pugh Theatre at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • 3rd YearMFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for Audition Edge Workshop

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 The 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 2019-2020 Season…

  • Education Intern
  • Assistant Director for Youth Academy Homeschool Performance Workshop Anansi: Three Tales
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Playmakers: “X” Marks the Spot: A Pirate Adventure
  • Teaching Artist for Act Out Justice Residency
  • Teaching Artist for Edgewood Children’s Ranch Residency

Robby Stamper

Robby Stamper is thrilled to be a part of the Orlando Rep family. Robby has served as musical director for Disney, including Disney Theatrical’s Cub School, which works with young performers, preparing them for roles in Disney Broadway shows. As a musical director/vocal coach, he worked in New York City with Julliard’s Summer Performing Arts Vocal Workshop and other organizations. Robby is also an award winning composer and alum of the Tony award-winning BMI Musical Theater Workshop. Robby recently moved back to his hometown of Orlando after a 19 year residence in NYC, and is a teacher and musical director with Orlando REP and other local theatres. Robby also teaches private piano and voice to all levels of experience. Visit www.robbystamper.com.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • Musical Director for Youth Academy production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr
  • Musical Director for Youth Academy production of Pickle Chiffon Pie

Nathan Stout

Nathan Tanner Stout is a first year 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 Salk Lake Valley.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • 1st year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF

Myles Thoroughgood

Myles Thoroughgood has over 30 years of experience in the Dance and Entertainment industry.

The Founding Director of the Interactive Academy of Performing Arts School of Dance providing online arts training worldwide.

Thoroughgood has been creating movement for every medium since his debut as choreographer for The Disney Channel. Many artists, including Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russel, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, shared their first television experience under Myles’ choreographic direction.

Thoroughgood also worked with young performers from Nickelodeon, TLC/Discovery Network and Sesame Workshop.

On stage, Thoroughgood has directed and choreographed more than thirty Central Florida musical theater productions.

He is a Creative Consultant for Disney World and directs projects regularly for Nickelodeon Entertainment Experience at resorts, theme parks and cruise lines. Across the board, he strives to succeed in bringing a creative vision and a spirit of collaboration to every project.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • Choreographer for Youth Academy production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr
  • Teaching Artist for ELTA Professional Development workshops

Sage Tokach

Sage Tokach is a first year 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 2019-2020 Season…

  • 1st year MFA Candidate in Theatre for Young Audiences program at UCF
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Playmakers “X” Marks the Spot- A Pirate Adventure

Arius West

Arius West graduated from the University of Central Florida with his bachelor’s in Theatre and Education and a concentration in Stage Combat. He currently works at Sea World as a seasonal performer, a Dance Coach with Elevate Afterschool, a Hip-Hop Instructor at Celebration Arts Academy, a Teaching Artist with Orlando Repertory Theatre, and a Tour Guide at Chocolate Kingdom.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • Teaching Artist for Edgewood Children’s Ranch Residency
  • Assistant Choreographer for Youth Academy production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
  • Teaching Artist for Youth Academy Audition Edge Workshops

Julie Woods-Robinson

Julie is a professional actor, director, and teacher who aims to inspire creators, artists, and life-long learners through the arts. Julie holds a BFA in Drama from New York University and an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida. Julie specializes in community collaboration, devised works, puppetry, and musical theatre. Favorite directing credits include Shrek, Jr. (REP Youth Academy), My Son Pinocchio, Jr. (REP Youth Academy), Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever (A.D., Orlando REP), and Puddin’ and the Grumble (UCF). Julie is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association with professional credits in New York, Naples, and Orlando such as Little Women (Beth) at TheatreZone and Finding Nemo: The Musical (Nemo) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Visit JulieWoods-Robinson.com.

For 2019-2020 Season…

  • Graduate of  Theatre for Young Audiences MFA program at UCF
  • Director for Youth Academy production of Disney’s The Lion King Jr