Get to know the Teaching Artists visiting your classrooms


Liz-Fentress_webLiz Fentress is an award-winning playwright, director, and actor with extensive experience in professional, community, and educational theatre. In Louisville she acts with StageOne and Bunbury Theatre, and is a teaching artist for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s New Voices program. She also teaches the Online Playwriting Workshop for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Continuing Studies. Liz’s new play Stages of Bloom will premiere at the Public Theatre of Kentucky in Bowling Green in March of 2017, followed by a production at the Bunbury in June. Liz’s play The Honey Harvest won the North American Actors Association annual Playwriting Competition and was staged in London’s West End. KET’s production of Liz’s Circus Story, which Liz wrote and performs, won the National Educational Television Association award for Best Dramatic Narrative. Prior to moving to Louisville, Liz worked at Horse Cave Theatre for 13 seasons as a director and actor, and also served on the theatre’s management team. Later she served as co-editor of World Premieres from Horse Cave Theatre, an anthology of 14 plays by or about Kentuckians. Visit Liz’s website at www.lizfentress.com

Betsy-1-webBetsy Anne Huggins is the Education Manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, having served as an Education Intern and Teaching Artist in the 2011-2012 season. At Actors, Betsy works to keep the Education department running smoothly, which includes managing the department’s budget, calendar, and marketing, as well as continuing to teach in and out of the classroom. Betsy also serves as the co-chair for the Professional Theatre Network at the American Alliance and Theatre and Education. Outside of Actors, Betsy is an actor, director, dramaturg, playwright and puppeteer and has worked with Squallis Puppeteers, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Kentucky Shakespeare and other local and national theatres. Huggins was recently awarded the Champion of Art in Recovery award by Seven Counties Services for her work on The Power of Stories: A Seven Counties Story Slam, where Betsy taught storytelling to people recovering from mental health and addiction issues. She has directed in Actors’ New Voices Young Playwrights Festival and Walden Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Festival, and served as directing assistant on brownsville song (b side for tray) by Kimber Lee in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Betsy graduated cum laude from Beloit College in 2010 with degrees in Theatre Arts and Political Science.

Jane-2-webJane B. Jones, Education Director, is in her eighth season at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  From Culpeper, Virginia, Jones has been a theatre educator in Virginia, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Scotland. Jones worked for the American High School Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for nine years.  At Actors, Jones has taught playwriting to middle and high school students, acted as Literary Manager of the New Voices Young Playwrights Contest, and headed the theatre’s lobby enrichment initiative.  Jones has developed work with the Professional Training Company and directed in the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival.  In 2012, Jones’s short play, Dress Up, was produced in the Tens at Actors and she was commissioned to write TMI: a sex-ed puppet show for Squallis Puppeteers. Jones is a former board member and contract artist for Squallis Puppeteers where she has developed several original puppet shows. Jones is an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Spalding University; she graduated cum laude from Smith College with a BA in Theatre.

Keith-webKeith McGill is thrilled to be a teaching artist for Actors Theatre’s New Voices and Living Newspaper programs. He also teaches with Walden Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare, Shakespeare Behind Bars, and ArtsReach. In addition to teaching, Keith is an accomplished actor, and has appeared in productions with local theatre organizations, such as The Necessary Theatre, Shoestring Productions and Louisville Repertory Theatre. He’s also a stand-up comic, having appeared on CMT, BET, and the Bob and Tom Show, as well as performing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

 

Talleri-webTalleri McRae is a theatre artist, educator, disability scholar, and inclusion/access specialist based in Louisville, KY. Over the last 10 years, Talleri has forged partnerships with theatre artists and educators in Kentucky Texas, Alaska, California, and Illinois. While completing her MFA for Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities in Austin, TX, Talleri researched how casting choices apply to perceptions of theatre and disability with young people. As an independent contractor working regionally and nationally, Talleri teaches and collaborates with Actors Theatre of Louisville as well as The University of Louisville, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, The Kentucky Arts Council and The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). Talleri holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.

 


Abigail Miskowiec is an Education and Teaching Artist Apprentice for the 2017-2018 season at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has previously worked as a teaching artist in West Virginia, New York, and the greater Boston area. She graduated with honors from the NYU-Tisch BFA Acting program and received a Master’s Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College. In addition to theatre, she has taught English as a full-time classroom teacher in her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia.


Zoe Rosenfeld is excited to be an Education Apprentice in the 2017-18 Professional Training Company. She graduated from Reed College in 2016 with a BA in Theater and a fanatical interest in (as well as a thesis on) the plays of Naomi Wallace. She has worked as a teaching artist at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, as well as at arts summer camps in both Portland, OR and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is originally from San Francisco, where her design credits include the San Francisco Playhouse and the Ray of Light Theatre.

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Letitia Usher is an award-winning theatre arts teacher and is excited to be a teaching artist for Actors Theatre’s New Voices and Living Newspaper programs. She also teaches with Commonwealth Theatre Center, Sacred Heart School for the Arts, and The Nativity Academy. Letitia (Tish) is a Colorado native who graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Speech Communications from Murray State University in 1994.  In 2009, she earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville in Counseling.  She is a Master Storyteller, Certified Teacher and School Counselor who has over 25 years’ experience in Theatre Education.  She has worked professionally as an actress, storyteller, scenic painter, carpenter, and stage manager.  Ms. Usher has taught theatre and storytelling/ literacy building programs to young people in multiple states, including; California, Colorado, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

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