Get to know the Teaching Artists visiting your classrooms


Rachel Bischoff, an Education/Teaching Artist Apprentice, is a recent graduate of Centre College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Arts. While at Centre, she acted in several shows including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Boeing Boeing, Moby Dick, Assasssins, and Proof. In addition to acting, she has worked in assistant stage management, directing, and various production crews. In the spring of 2017 she studied abroad in London at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in the American Theatre Arts program in which she acted in the world premiere of the promenade show There’s a City in My Mind. Rachel has also worked extensively with children and young adults through summer camp supervising experience as well as serving as an Arts Education Intern with Louisville’s resident children’s theatre, StageOne Family Theatre. Additionally, she has served as a Resident Advisor for two years and a Co-Residential Supervisor for one year at the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, working with Kentucky high school students in arts education. She hopes to pursue a teaching career in the future and is so happy to join Actors Theatre for their 2018-2019 season!

Janelle Renee Dunn is excited to join Actors Theatre as the Education Associate. Dunn, originally from Duncan, South Carolina, is an actor, singer and teaching artist. She has a MFA in Acting from the University of Louisville and a BA in Theatre (Directing) from Berea College. Before joining Actors, Dunn was the Performing Arts teacher at Chancey Elementary. She also taught drama workshops and drama clubs to students for three years throughout Louisville. She also appeared in the title role of a local kid’s touring show, Kylie for President (Drama by George). Janelle Renee was the former Co-Artistic Director for Smoked Apple Theater Group, where she made her professional directorial debut with SATG’s production of Oh Lord! Mamma Done Burnt the Biscuits.

 

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

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.

Emma Leff, an Education/Teaching Artist Apprentice, is a director, dramaturg and educator originally from Chicago, Ill. She recently graduated with a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., where she focused on youth studies and theatre. While at Hampshire, Leff directed A Girl’s Life, wolf-luck and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek; devised Careful, Now; and served as dramaturg for Hot ‘N Throbbing and this will change. Previously, Leff interned at Steppenwolf Theatre in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults department, worked with foster and adoptive youth in creative arts programming, and served as a Faculty Associate for the National High School Institute Theatre Arts Division (Cherubs) where she also assistant directed Stupid F*cking Bird.

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.

Tish-webLetitia 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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