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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 almost 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. 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 JukeboxThe Cocktail Hour, The Brementown Musicians, The Toys Take Over Christmas, Broadway Santa, OPQRS, Etc., Plaza Suite, Ho Ho Ho The North Pole Chronicles, North Pole Star, The Velveteen Rabbit and The Dining Room.

Adjunct Faculty

Michelle CorbittMichelle Corbitt has been performing improv for almost seven years and teaching for three years at ComedyWorx in Raleigh. She enjoys performing, directing and writing. Michelle has been a preschool teacher for eleven years and is excited to work 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 the North Carolina Theatre Conference as well as the NCTC K-12 Theatre Educator’s Award. She directed RLT's Sleeping Beauty this past season, and has written a series of plays for youth, based on North Carolina history, which have been performed by the RLT Storytellers to Go! In love with puppets since childhood, she has studied puppetry with Hobey Ford (Golden Rod Puppets) and Lisa Sturz (Red Herring Puppets). Judy is on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Theatre Conference, where she also serves as secretary of the NCTC Executive Committee.

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.

Connor GerneyConnor Gerney has taken classes, workshops and camps at RLT for half his life. He has been a Teaching Assistant since 2010 and has performed in many plays, both at RLT and at The Halle in Apex. Connor has taken many stage combat classes with Jeff Jones, and is certified in Unarmed, Rapier and Dagger.

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 ten 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.

John MarucaJohn Maruca is a producer, sound designer and engineer who has worked in the field for 25 years. He has produced theatre sound designs and engineering solutions for over 40 productions in the last 5 years. His website is mindtracs.com 

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.

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.

Even MitchellEvan 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 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. Mrs. Muhammad has been happily married for 30 years and has 4 children, 3 granddaughters and 2 daughters-in-law.

Lee O'ConnellLee O'Connell recently moved to Raleigh from New York, where she was an actor for five years. During that time, she was a member of Actors' Equity and two theatre companies, worked backstage and performed Off-Broadway, produced and starred in a web series and a cabaret, and performed frequently onstage and occasionally on film. Lee has taught acting, singing, and dance at three different summer camps and is excited to be teaching at Raleigh Little Theatre.

Vicki OlsonVicki 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.

Benoit SabourinBenoit Sabourin is a recent graduate of UNC-G with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. He is excited to re-join the RLT family as an instructor after having spent much of his youth here taking classes. He is now a student at NCSU working on his Masters in Higher Education Administration concentrating in Student Affairs. He is looking forward to working with all the students at RLT and participating in shows!

Lauren SatterwhiteLauren Satterwhite 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.

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.

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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