Teaching Artists

 

Get to know the teaching artists visiting your classroom.

Erica Denise

Erica Denise, a native of Louisville KY, is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, singer, song writer, actress, playwright, producer, director, visual artist and youth leader. She is the owner of Erica Denise Entertainment and recently joined Actors Theatre of Louisville as the Director of Learning & Creative Engagement (LACE). Her mission is to give back to the community as much as she can while uplifting, encouraging, motivating, and aiding youth and adults alike strive for their dreams.

Keith McGill

Keith McGill is thrilled to be a teaching artist for Actors Theatre’s New Voices program. He also teaches with Commonwealth Theatre Center. Stage One Family Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare Behind Bars. In addition to teaching, Keith is an accomplished actor, and has appeared in productions with local theatre organizations, such as The Liminal Theatre, Stage One, and Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Recently, he has directed plays with Stage One, and Derby City Playwrights.

Talleri McRae

Talleri McRae is a theatre artist, educator, disability scholar, and inclusion/access specialist based in Louisville, KY. Over the last 10 years, Talleri has forged partnerships with theatre artists and educators in Kentucky, Texas, Alaska, California, and Illinois. While completing her MFA for Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities in Austin, TX, Talleri researched how casting choices apply to perceptions of theatre and disability with young people. As an independent contractor working regionally and nationally, Talleri teaches and collaborates with Actors Theatre of Louisville as well as The University of Louisville, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, The Kentucky Arts Council and The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). Talleri holds a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kavin Moore

Kavin Moore, a Louisville native and theatre professional who loves all things surrounding the performing arts. Kavin wears many hats in the theatre profession; teaching artist, performer, casting professional, stage manager, and choreographer. Before joining the team at Actors Theatre, Kavin was a regional performer/educator performing in musicals, theme parks, and cabarets across the region. Currently they are the LACE and Artistic Coordinator and hopes to bring light to historically marginalized voices in the theatre.

Morgan Younge

With an enthusiastic passion for performance art, Morgan uses her dynamic stage presence to truthfully convey stories and characters. Her honesty on stage shines. She brings with her a great understanding and respect for the art. She currently is a drama instructor for Sacred Heart School for the Arts and Drama by George. She also is a teaching artist in the department of Learning and Creative Engagement at Actors Theatre. Visit MorganMYounge.com to learn more. 

Clare Hagan

Clare Hagan (she/they) is a theater artist and educator from Louisville, Kentucky, who fell in love with nontraditional, community-based theater while working on projects such as Wendy’s Neverland and Ezell: Ballad of a Landman. Clare is particularly interested in storytelling which lifts up under-heard voices and invites engagement, not only in its content, but also in the creative ways in which that work is produced and presented. In Louisville, Clarity Hagan has worked as stage manager with Kentucky Shakespeare, a playwright with the Derby City Playwrights, a company member with Looking for Lilith, and as an educator with Drama by George, the Louisville Nature Center, Looking for Lilith Theater Company, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Robin G.

Robin G is a spoken word artist, published poet, host & keynote speaker. She utilizes her passion for poetry & spoken word to uplift, encourage and ignite her audience. Inspired by own adversities and triumphs, she is best known for her raw, transparent and uncensored narrative in regards to women and their struggle with loving, living and maintaining their own identity. She spends most her time & talents creating platforms for other artists by organizing open mic opportunities within the community in partnership with locally owned venues. She facilitates original workshops inspired by her written pieces that encourage both creative writing & positive self reflection. In 2018, Robin G was nominated for two Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards & in 2019, she advocated for the “Spoken Word Artist of the Year” category to be added to the official ballot of the KUE Awards & became the awards 1st recipient. She is a 2020 Southern Entertainment Award nominee and 2021 SEA recipient for Best Spoken Word Poet. In 2020, Robin G launched The Stanza Collective, statement apparel inspired by her original poetry & positive affirmations. Her published work, collections of poetry entitled, "Love, Relentlessly", "there is substance here." & "Robin" are available for purchase via Amazon & her spoken word singles “trusted you” & “love me” are streaming on all digital platforms.

LaShondra Hood

LaShondra Hood is an actress, director, educator, and administrator from Birmingham, AL who was most recently the Director of Fine Arts at Louisville Central Community Centers. Recent directing credits include ReFrame, Elf Jr. (StageOne) and The Little Mermaid, Jr. (Louisville Central Community Centers.) Some of LaShondra’s proudest theatrical opportunities include playing Sofia in The Color Purple, playing Mrs. Claus in Mrs. Claus Saves the Day, and winning the National Irene Ryan Best Partner Award at the Kennedy Center. LaShondra received her B.A. from Alabama State University and her M.F.A from the University of Louisville.

Sophie Hill

Sophie Hill (she/her) is a performing artist from Louisville, Kentucky, and has worked with companies in the Louisville Metro area including Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kentucky Opera, Derby Dinner Playhouse, and StageOne Family Theatre. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre with a Dance Minor from Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts (2017-2019) and Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts (2019-2021). As a passionate artist and activist, she is grateful to be using her craft and devising her own work to raise awareness and fund resources for The Center for Women and Families.