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Youth Theatre and Education Director

LindaLinda O’Day Young has been involved in Theatre Education for the past 30 years and has designed and taught drama classes for a variety of age groups from 18 months to 94 years and for various special needs populations. Her RLT directing credits for the Youth Series shows are: Sleeping Beauty, James and the Giant Peach, Pinocchio, Merlin and the Cave of Dreams, Baba Yaga and the Black Sunflower, Peter Pan, Ozma of Oz, Wiley and the Hairy Man, Charlotte’s Web, The Hundred Dresses, The Great Cross Country Race, Jungalbook, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures, Merry Christmas, Strega Nona, Dear Edwina, Jr., East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Snow White, The Queen’s Fair Daughter. She has also directed The Story, A Raisin in the Sun and Intimate Apparel for Raleigh Little Theatre.  

Associate Education Director

Kathleen RudolphKathleen Rudolph has been working with the Raleigh Little Theatre Education Program for the past 18 years. She has a BA in Communications and Theatre, with post-graduate training from Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and Herbert Berghof Studios in New York. Besides being a theatre instructor, Kathleen is an actor, acting coach and director. Her directing credits include The Emperor’s New Clothes, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood, The Reluctant Dragon, Bunnicula, Snoopy!!!, Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables, The Princess and the Pea, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Really Rosie, The Prince Who Wouldn’t Talk, Nanny Claus: The North Pole Nanny, The Adventures of Nate the Great, In One Basket, Jingle Bell Jukebox, The Cocktail Hour and The Brementown Musicians.

Adjunct Faculty

Todd AbertsTodd Aberts is currently the Technical Director at RLT. He is a graduate of Mary Washington College with a BA in Theatre and from UNC Chapel Hill with a Masters in Technical Theatre Production. He has managed shops at multiple regional and LORT theatres.

J ChachulaJ Chachula is a professional actor, teacher, and director. He teaches Meisner Technique, Improvisation and Scene Study at the Flying Machine Theatre Studio. Memorable jobs include two years touring with the Transactors Improv Company as well as directing, writing and acting for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Fun Theatre. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and son.

Judy DoveJudy Dove has taught theatre arts for over 20 years with WCPSS and Durham Schools. She has studied puppetry with Hobey Ford (Golden Rod Puppets) and Lisa Sturz (Red Herring Puppets), enjoys writing plays for youth and is active with the NC Theatre Conference. She and her husband, Kent, met at RLT over 25 years ago and have three children, all of whom have followed a path into the arts! Judy is looking forward to her third season with Storytellers to Go!

Johannah Maynard Edwards received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After spending eight years in New York working and training as a director, designer, playwright and performer, Johannah currently resides in Raleigh. Her professional experience includes creating and producing many original devised works for the stage. In her eleven years of teaching experience, Johannah’s main passion continues to be empowering students to confidently bring their own creative vision to life through theatre.

Barbette HunterBarbette Hunter holds a BA in Speech/Communications from NC State University and did graduate work in acting at UNC-Greensboro. She has earned three performance awards and two technical theatre awards from RLT. As a professional actress, she has performed with numerous companies in the Triangle including the Justice Theatre Project, Raleigh Ensemble Players and Theatre in the Park. Barbette has been working with the RLT Education Program for several years.

Alison LawrenceAlison Lawrence is an award winning voice teacher/actress/director. Along with teaching private voice lessons (on both coasts) and performing as often as she can, Alison conducts workshops and Masterclasses on all things Musical Theatre. She has performed on stages across the country as well as touring with her most successful student, Clay Aiken. Alison holds a BA in Voice Performance and is a proud member of NATS (National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing).

PJ MaskePJ Maske has a BA in Theatre from James Madison University and a MA in Movement Studies from London’s prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama where she trained to teach and direct. She has worked as a professional performer in Virginia, Indiana, London and North Carolina and has produced and directed many devised performance pieces as the artistic director of Urban Garden Performing Arts.


Thomas MauneyThomas Mauney is RLT’s Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer but he has designed sets and lights for many other theatres in the Triangle. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana and a BFA from UNC-Greensboro, both in design.

Susan Meyer studied theatre at Western Carolina University and has taught classes and camps at RLT for over six years. She has worked with special needs children for many years and believes in adapting her classes to the specific needs of each student in those classes. Susan was in the original cast of RLT’s Cinderella in 1984 and again in 2002.

Christine Northrup teaches and directs theatre with WCPSS and is passionate about sharing the collaborative nature of theatre with all grade levels. She holds a BFA in Theatre Education from UNC-Greensboro and has trained with Second City and The Lincoln Center Institute. She is an active member of NC Theatre Arts Educators where she has served on the Playworks Project committee for five years.

Sue Scarborough is a long time theatre arts educator (at Enloe Magnet High School for 23 years) and director. She is the founder of Teen Co, Improv Company, Raleigh Creative Costumes, North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators and Playworks Project. Her companies have performed in a wide variety of venues from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, to local elementary schools.

Dan SippDan Sipp began improvising in 1988 with Transactors Improv Company. He also spent eight years in Chicago studying, performing and directing at The iO Theater. He ran The Worx Training Center in Raleigh and has taught workshops for Duke University, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and NASA.

Jason Tyne-ZimmermanJason Tyne-Zimmerman is a director, playwright and actor. He holds an MFA from Northwestern University in directing and an MA from NYU in educational theater. He trained with the UCB Theater, The PIT and the Magnet in New York City as well as performing with the long-running improv team Queen of Sharks. His favorite New York directing credits include Il Tabarro (Empire Opera), And That's the Way It Is (Rising Sun Performance Company) and Sporknotes (NY Frigid Festival).

Kelly WatsonKelly Watson is a graduate of NCSU where she holds a Masters degree in Education and Political Science. Kelly has been working in theatre since she was in middle school. She loves all creative arts and especially enjoys bringing that love to children. Kelly taught high school before turning her sights on raising a family and directing her own original productions. She has been the creative director of “Bravissimo” Theater Company.

Renee WimberleyRenee Wimberley has been involved on stage, back stage or in a classroom at RLT for nearly 30 years! She holds a BA in Theatre Education from UNC-Greensboro. A home school mom of three, her passion is theatre arts integration and training teachers, home educators and ministry leaders to use creative drama to enhance their learning environments.

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