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Faculty

Youth Theatre and Education Director

LindaLinda O’Day Young is a teacher, actor, director and a playwright. She has been involved in Theatre Education for the past 33 years. She has designed and taught drama classes and workshops for a variety of age groups from 18 months to 94 years and for various special needs populations. She enjoys writing scripts for her students to use in class. She strongly believes that the arts are vital to the development of a child and that through theatre, students see possibilities, improve academic achievement and develop great life skills. Some favorite directing credits for the Youth Series shows are: Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Hundred Dresses, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. For the Sutton Series, directing credits include The Story, A Raisin in the Sun and Intimate Apparel. She is especially proud of her recent Teens On Stage Summer Conservatory productions of Animal Farm, Fiddler on the Roof and Runaways. When asked what’s it like to spend your summer with 30-35 teenagers, she says, “It’s exhausting. It’s exhilarating. It’s wonderful!”

Associate Education Director

Kathleen RudolphKathleen Rudolph  has been working with the Raleigh Little Theatre Education Program for 20 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. Recent directing credits include Can Mrs. Claus Save Christmas?, Miss Nelson is Missing! and Don't Dress For Dinner. This season, Kathleen will direct Christmas All Over the Place, Ten Minutes Till Christmas and Bring On The Snow! at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, and James and the Giant Peach at RLT.

Adjunct Faculty

Jenny AnglumJenny Anglum has performed at Raleigh Little Theatre and other Triangle area stages for the past 12 years, most recently in Don’t Dress For Dinner at The Halle in Apex. She is mother to four children ranging in age from 6 to 19. Jenny enjoys working with preschoolers because they are honest, spontaneous and make her laugh.

Chasta Hamilton CalhounChasta 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. Chasta recently choreographed the 41st Production of A Christmas Carol for Theatre In The Park and Sweeney Todd for Raleigh Little 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.

Michelle CorbittMichelle Corbitt  has been performing improv for 8 years and teaching for three years at ComedyWorx in Raleigh. She enjoys performing, directing and writing. Michelle has been a preschool teacher for twelve years and is having a blast working with the students at RLT.

Judy M. DoveJudy M. Dove  is a veteran Theatre Arts Educator who has received numerous awards for Excellence in Directing from NCTC as well as the NCTC K-12 Theatre Educator’s Award and the Capital University Alumni Achievement Award. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of NCTC and has been an adjunct professor in the Meredith College Department of Dance and Theatre. Judy studied puppetry with Hobey Ford (Golden Rod Puppets) and Lisa Sturz (Red Herring Puppets), directed RLT’s recent production of Sleeping Beauty, and has written a series of plays for youth, based on North Carolina history, performed by the RLT Storytellers to Go!

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

Susan Comer Fisher is a proud native of North Carolina and has had the opportunity to study, perform and teach music, theater and dance across the country. She believes passionately in the importance of the arts to empower and inspire youth and has sought experiences to help further those goals including training and working as a Facilitator of Theater of the Oppressed, with students with special needs and a creator of devised work. Most recently, Susan was the Arts Education Specialist for Arlington Public Schools where she worked to ensure all students had access to the magic of the arts. She is also a proud alum of Northwestern University and New York University.

Edward FreemanEdward Freeman grew up acting in the Raleigh theatre community.  He studied theatre arts at ECU and trained and apprenticed at HB Studio in New York. He also trained with The Studio/New York and the Mary Anthony Dance Studio.

Jesse GephartJesse 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.

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 twelve years.

Alison LawrenceAlison Lawrence is an award winning actress/singer/director and full time voice teacher. Many of her students have gone on to successful careers (Clay Aiken, Frankie Muniz, Evan Rachel Wood) as well as being accepted into some of the most prestigious colleges and universities. She has been teaching voice for over 25 years and volunteering onstage and backstage for RLT just as long...most recently onstage as Stepmama in Cinderella and Musical Director of Divas!

Susan Meyer studied theatre at Western Carolina University and has taught classes and camps at RLT for over nine 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. Susan also was recognized as 2nd Runner-Up in our big RLT fundraiser event Divas! 2015.

Wayne MooringWayne Mooring is a local actor, writer, and educator. He has been involved in both the technical side of stagecraft, as well as performance, since the age of 8. Wayne has taught Middle and High School Theatre Arts in Wake County, and currently does private coaching. Wayne studied theatre vigorously while earning his Associates Degree. Wayne also teaches for North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre. He is thrilled to be a part of the Education Department at RLT!

Fonda MuhammadFonda K. Muhammad  is a native of New York and has been teaching middle school English and theater for more than 25 years. She has a Master of Science in Education and is a Nationally Certified Classroom Management Specialist. Fonda brings with her a wealth of theater knowledge and passion, which enables her students to confidently embrace their characters on stage.

Paige RaineyPaige Rainey is excited to be teaching for Raleigh Little Theatre. Her background includes working for the Disney Company at MGM Studios and directing and choreographing numerous productions at the High School and Middle School level.

Sue ScarboroughSue 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.

Annette StoweAnnette Stowe has performed with opera companies in North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Oregon and Hawaii. She has extensive recital experience, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with classical guitarist Michael DiGirolamo. Her orchestral solo work includes performances of Handel's Messiah, Brahms's A German Requiem, and Schubert's Mass in G Major. She recently began a classical concert series in partnership with the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, NC, and is a current member of the North Carolina Master Singers. Annette is a member of AGMA and the Actors' Equity Association, and a performing member of the Professional Women Singers Association, as well as NATS and MTNA.

Heather StricklandHeather 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.


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