Whitney Anthony fell in love with performance at an early age and never looked back. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in performance studies, as a recipient of the Hollywood Scholarship, before moving to Los Angeles where she worked on a variety of commercials, sets, and TV shows with some of the top names in the industry. Whitney now lives full time in Raleigh and is the owner/founder of VOW Creative, a video production and creative consulting company. She also runs a self-improvement blog, www.vehicleofwisdom.com, which has almost 10,000 subscribers from around the globe. Whitney is passionate about the performing arts and helping others to manifest the power of performance in their own lives. She is particularly excited about being able to give back to a performing arts community which has given so much to her.
Jess Barbour is a full time actor, teacher, and Equity Member Candidate. She earned her BFA in Theatre from Elon University and this summer studied with Bill Esper at The Esper Studio's Summer Intensive in NYC. During college, she attended Broadway Theatre Project where she studied with such theater greats as Anne Reinking, Ben Vereen, and Frank Wildhorn. She has taught all over the area, as the choreographer for St. David's Episcopal School, Sanderson HS, Apex HS, and with NRACT's camps and shows. She works at Duke University as a Standardized Patient training medical students in bedside manner and teaches anti-bullying strategies with NCT Conservatory in Wake County schools. She has performed professionally all over the Southeast and filmed on industrials, local and national commercials, voiceovers, television, independent and feature films. Currently, she is celebrating the success of the film Oh Crappy Day, which has been accepted into 35 film festivals and counting, winning the 2015 Lou Costello Award for Best Comedy Short at the Garden State Film Festival along with many other awards.
Chasta Hamilton Calhoun is the Owner/ Artistic Director of Stage Door Dance Productions and the Founder/Editor of The Dance Exec. A 2007 Park Scholar Alumna of NC State, Chasta graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Arts Applications/Administration (Emphasis: Theatre). Her choreography has appeared at Raleigh Little Theatre, Deep Dish Theater, North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, Theatre In The Park, Athens Drive High School (2014 Triangle Rising Star Award), and Clayton Youth Theater. Upcoming projects include: Choreographing the 41st Production of A Christmas Carol, Choreographing Sweeney Todd at Raleigh Little Theatre, and Directing/Choreographing The Wedding Singer at North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. In 2012, Chasta received the Goodman Award for Regional Leadership Excellence in the Area of the Arts, and in 2014, Chasta was named to the Triangle Business Journal's 40 Under 40.
Jesse R. Gephart started in the Youth Education Program at RLT when he was 14 and has been a long-time member of the theatre community at large since 1998. He most recently was seen at RLT in Miss Nelson Is Missing! and is onstage this June in Glass Menagerie. Jesse also directed their acclaimed production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He's very thankful to be able to reconnect with the education program again.
Rachel Klem teaches theatre full time at NC State. She teaches a variety of classes for University Theatre, directs main stage productions, and is the resident acting coach for students participating in productions. Ms. Klem has been directing theatre in the Triangle since 2001. She moved here after receiving her MFA in acting from Depaul University’s The Theatre School. While in Chicago, she acted and taught theatre for Navy Pier, Chicago TheatreSports, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the City of Chicago. She has directed over 40 productions in North Carolina including Six Degrees of Separation (Ghost & Spice Productions), Macbeth (NCSU’s University Theatre), and City of Medicine, the Series (Common Ground Theatre). Ms. Klem writes and adapts plays, and has received national attention for her work on The Bowling Show, set in a Chicago bowling alley. She has published over 10 plays for children, and is the co-writer of the local smash A Trailer Park Christmas.
Evan Mitchell is a professional actor, director and teacher who has performed locally, internationally and in New York. He trained at UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts and at the Lecoq-Lees studio in France. Specializing in theatre movement, he teaches a demanding array of techniques such as Lecoq Movement Analysis, Mask and Viewpoints.
Joel Rainey brings to RLT more than 30 years of Theatre experience including roles such as Valjean, Scrooge, Juan Peron in Evita, Bill Sikes, and Daddy Warbucks to name a few. Joel holds Masters Degrees in Acting and Directing from LSU and B.G.S.U. In the fall, he will be heading the Theatre Dept. at Broughton High School. Joel has directed more than 50 productions, many with his wife Paige, and has had the privilege of working with Terry Mann, Hal Linden, Paul Sorvino and Cece Winans.
Sue Scarborough Sue Scarborough is a long time theatre artist and educator. She is the founder of Teen Co, Improv Company; Raleigh Creative Costumes; North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators and The Playworks Project. She is pleased to have studied with Paul Sills, Charna Halprin, Catherine Fitz-Morris and at the Globe Theatre in London. Recent work includes Moving Pieces in downtown Raleigh and A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Rose Garden. Some favorite Shakespeare shows she has directed are Othello, Hamlet, Pericles, Twelfth Night and Macbeth.
Mia Self is the assistant director of acting and directing at North Carolina State University. She has a BA in theatre from Catawba College and an MFA in directing from the University of Mississippi. She worked as a professional actor, voice and text coach, playwright, and director around the Southeast and Midwest before beginning her career in theatre education in 2004. She recently directed Love/Sick by John Cariani and is excited to be directing A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro at RLT this spring.
Heather J. Strickland has worked in the triangle area for nearly 15 years as a director, actor, and dance/fight choreographer. Her most recent projects were directing Bare Theatre’s all-female production of Titus Andronicus and performing as Charlotte in RLT’s Charlotte’s Web. She has worked with many schools and performance groups as a performer and teacher, including Raleigh Little Theatre, Deep Dish Theatre Company, Burning Coal, Ghost and Spice Productions, Cary Players, The Nickel Shakespeare Girls, Duke University, Durham School of the Arts, and Franklin Academy. Heather has a degree in Theatre Arts from Flagler College in Florida and is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors.
Patrick Torres is RLT's Artistic Director and has more than a decade of experience as a professional director and theatre educator. His work as a freelance director has been seen at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Southwest Shakespeare Festival, Round House Theatre, The Source Festival, and the Hangar Theatre among others. In 2003, he was selected as a Drama League Directing Fellow and in 2005 was named a Young Leader of Color by the Theatre Communications Group. He has an MFA in Directing from the University of Southern Mississippi.