Teaching Artists

 

Get to know the teaching artists visiting your classroom.

Janelle Renee Dunn

Janelle Renee Dunn is excited to join Actors Theatre as the Education Associate. Dunn, originally from Duncan, South Carolina, is an actor, singer and teaching artist. She has a MFA in Acting from the University of Louisville and a BA in Theatre (Directing) from Berea College. Before joining Actors, Dunn was the Performing Arts teacher at Chancey Elementary. She also taught drama workshops and drama clubs to students for three years throughout Louisville. She also appeared in the title role of a local kid’s touring show, Kylie for President (Drama by George). Janelle Renee was the former Co-Artistic Director for Smoked Apple Theater Group, where she made her professional directorial debut with SATG’s production of Oh Lord! Mamma Done Burnt the Biscuits.

Liz Fentress

Liz Fentress is an award-winning playwright, director, and actor with extensive experience in professional, community, and educational theatre. In Louisville she acts with StageOne and Bunbury Theatre, and is a teaching artist for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s New Voices program. She also teaches the Online Playwriting Workshop for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Continuing Studies. Liz’s new play Stages of Bloom will premiere at the Public Theatre of Kentucky in Bowling Green in March of 2017, followed by a production at the Bunbury in June. Liz’s play The Honey Harvest won the North American Actors Association annual Playwriting Competition and was staged in London's West End. KET's production of Liz's Circus Story, which Liz wrote and performs, won the National Educational Television Association award for Best Dramatic Narrative. Prior to moving to Louisville, Liz worked at Horse Cave Theatre for 13 seasons as a director and actor, and also served on the theatre’s management team. Later she served as co-editor of World Premieres from Horse Cave Theatre, an anthology of 14 plays by or about Kentuckians. Visit Liz’s website at www.lizfentress.com

Jane B. Jones

Jane B. Jones, Education Director, is in her eighth season at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  From Culpeper, Virginia, Jones has been a theatre educator in Virginia, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Scotland. Jones worked for the American High School Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for nine years.  At Actors, Jones has taught playwriting to middle and high school students, acted as Literary Manager of the New Voices Young Playwrights Contest, and headed the theatre’s lobby enrichment initiative.  Jones has developed work with the Professional Training Company and directed in the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival.  In 2012, Jones’s short play, Dress Up, was produced in the Tens at Actors and she was commissioned to write TMI: a sex-ed puppet show for Squallis Puppeteers. Jones is a former board member and contract artist for Squallis Puppeteers where she has developed several original puppet shows. Jones is an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Spalding University; she graduated cum laude from Smith College with a BA in Theatre.

Keith McGill

Keith McGill is thrilled to be a teaching artist for Actors Theatre’s New Voices and Living Newspaper programs. He also teaches with Walden Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare, Shakespeare Behind Bars, and ArtsReach. In addition to teaching, Keith is an accomplished actor, and has appeared in productions with local theatre organizations, such as The Necessary Theatre, Shoestring Productions and Louisville Repertory Theatre. He's also a stand-up comic, having appeared on CMT, BET, and the Bob and Tom Show, as well as performing for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

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.

Abigail Miskowiec

Abigail Miskowiec returns to Actors Theatre of Louisville as the Education Associate, having served as an Education Apprentice during the 2017-18 season. Abigail has worked as a classroom teacher in her hometown of Charleston, WV, and as a teaching artist in Boston and New York. She holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in Journalism from New York University and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Abigail occasionally acts for stage and screen and received the "Best Actress" Award at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival in Spring 2017. Aside from her work in theatre, she has published several articles with the Society for American Baseball Research.

Letitia Usher

Letitia Usher is an award-winning theatre arts teacher and is excited to be a teaching artist for Actors Theatre’s New Voices and Living Newspaper programs. She also teaches with Commonwealth Theatre Center, Sacred Heart School for the Arts, and The Nativity Academy. Letitia (Tish) is a Colorado native who graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Speech Communications from Murray State University in 1994.  In 2009, she earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville in Counseling.  She is a Master Storyteller, Certified Teacher and School Counselor who has over 25 years’ experience in Theatre Education.  She has worked professionally as an actress, storyteller, scenic painter, carpenter, and stage manager.  Ms. Usher has taught theatre and storytelling/ literacy building programs to young people in multiple states, including; California, Colorado, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.