LD Burris a former marine and North Carolina native, has taught dance to students of all ages in master classes, workshops and residencies throughout the US. He is a former adjunct faculty member of Meredith College and Peace College. LD is a founding member and former principal dancer with Chuck Davis’ African-American Dance Ensemble. He has staged and directed over 20 theatre productions.
Lauren Busteed hails from Toronto Ontario Canada but has travelled performing all over Canada, the US and overseas. Lauren spent five years of her career working for Walt Disney Co. performing at Tokyo Disneyland and onboard Disney Cruise Lines. She has also spent over ten years teaching, directing and choreographing youths in Canada and the US.
J Chachula is a professional actor, teacher and director. He teaches Meisner Technique at the Flying Machine Theatre Studio and Improvisation at Open Mind Improv. 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.
Judy Dove is a veteran theatre arts educator who has received numerous awards for Excellence in Directing from the North Carolina Theatre Conference as well as the NCTC K-12 Theatre Educator’s Award. She has studied puppetry with Hobey Ford (Golden Rod Puppets) and Lisa Sturz (Red Herring Puppets), and has written a series of plays for youth, based on North Carolina history, which have been 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. In her twelve 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 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 ten years.
Thomas Mauney has designed sets and lights for many theatres in the Triangle including RLT! He holds an MFA from the University of Montana and a BFA from UNC-Greensboro, both in design.
David McClutchey received his certification as an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has staged over 80 fights in the Triangle. He has won two performance awards at RLT, and has multiple Best Actor and Supporting Actor awards throughout the Triangle.
Jim McManus is the author of six plays that have been developed and performed at many theatres throughout the world, including The Kennedy Center, Irish Repertory Theatre and Glass Umbrella Creative in Sydney. Awards include the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting for Cherry Smoke, which is published by Samuel French and the 2013 Helen Merrill Award. He received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
Susan Meyer studied theatre at Western Carolina University and has taught classes and camps at RLT for over seven 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.
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.
Fonda 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. Mrs. Muhammad has been happily married for 30 years and has 4 children, 3 granddaughters and 2 daughters-in-law.
Christine Northrup 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.
Vicki Olson got her MFA in theatre costume design from UNC-G in 1985. She has been costume designer for Raleigh Little Theatre for 20 years. She was Raleigh Little Theatre’s first professional costume designer when she took the position in 1985.
Lucius Robinson is currently pursuing his MFA from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and is a Performance Studies graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill. He spent much of his youth learning and performing with the RLT Youth Education Program and has taught in that program since 2008.
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 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. Some favorite Shakespeare shows she has directed are Othello, Hamlet, Pericles, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Dan 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. Dan now directs the Standardized Patient Program at Campbell University’s School of Medicine.
Jason Tyne-Zimmerman is the Theatre Instructor at Longleaf School of the Arts and a director at Carrboro Arts Center and Cary Playwrights Forum. 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.
Renee 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.