Education Staff

Jenny ToutantJenny Toutant, Education Director
Jenny Toutant began her tenure at Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the 2005/06 Season as the Education Assistant, and after a few short months, took over as the Education Director. As the facilitator for the outreach and training programs for The Rep, she designs programming for all ages. Rep Education serves over 20,000 students each year with student matinee programming, in-school arts-integrated residencies, and student driven community engagement programming. Jenny currently teaches at UW-Milwaukee and has worked as an educator for UW-Parkside, Virginia Commonwealth University, First Stage Children’s Theater, and School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. She earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Theatre Arts from University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Jenny is also the proud mother of her son, Michael. 

Jeffrey MosserJeffrey Mosser, Education Manager
Jeffrey is a theatre-maker and co-founder of Project: Project, where he co-created & directed immersive events, adaptations, and documentary-style performances including How May I Connect You? (Or, Scenes in the Key of D:\). From 2010-12 he served as Community Outreach Director for the Plays for Presidents Festival, connecting and producing 46 productions of the play 44 Plays for 44 Presidents across the United States. He has recently completed his course work towards an MFA in Directing at Northwestern University, where he directed O GURU GURU GURU…Crime and Punishment, and Twelfth Night.

Favorite directing credits include: Theatre for Two: The Wedding Party, Imagination (Actors Theatre of Louisville), T: An MBTA Musical (American Repertory Theatre’s Club Oberon) 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Bad Habit Productions), Shiver: A Fairytale of Anxious Proportions (Project: Project), and bobraushenbergamerica (National High School Institute). He has trained with Dell’Arte International, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Double Edge Theatre, ImprovBoston, Augusto Boal, Giovanni Fusetti, Liz Lerman, Dominique Serrand, and the inmates from Shakespeare Behind Bars.

Jeffrey is dedicated to ensemble-based theatre making and explores how it is made and paid for with his podcast From the Ground Up. @FTGUPod or www.JeffreyMosser.me

Amanda Garrigan

Auburn Matson, Education Administrator
Auburn Matson graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Acting. She is excited to be back in Milwaukee to serve in the Education Department at the Milwaukee Rep. Auburn is a proud company member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA where she served as the Education Associate and the Training Assistant and Workshop Manager for the Center of Actor Training. Favorite performance credits include Second Best Bed (Margaret of Anjou), Cymbeline (Queen, Soothsayer), Our Town (Mrs. Webb), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta/Titania).

Joshua PohjaJoshua Pohja (JP), School Programs Coordinator
Joshua Pohja (JP) is an educator, director and actor.  He is currently a Teaching Artist for Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Pius XI and First Stage.  Previously, he has taught Movement for the Actor and Shakespeare for the Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company on-tour intensives.  He currently serves as Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s School Programs Coordinator, and is grateful to be bringing theater residency programs to students throughout Milwaukee County.  He was last seen on the stage in GREAT EXPECTATIONS at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as understudy for Narrator #5, and as the production's assistant director.  Some recent directorial credits include SKIN OF OUR TEETH, BLUE STOCKINGS and ANTIGONE at First Stage and GOLDEN CHILD at PIUS XI. Upcoming: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in March 2019.  Training:  Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (B.F.A. Acting),  Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) under the guidance of Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.  He is a 17 year member of the Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.

Kristen Carter

Kristen Carter, 2018/19 Education Resident
Kristen Carter is so excited to be working at Milwaukee Repertory Theater as the education resident this season! Kristen was born and raised in Flushing, Michigan. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015 with a B.A. in theatre, a minor in music, and dreams of being an actor. After accidentally landing a job as an educator, she learned how much she loved working with kids. After three years of working during the day and rehearsing and performing at night, she decided to try to blend the two together. Kristen has just spent the summer as a Theatre Arts Training intern at Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She's very excited to spend time exploring Milwaukee and learning more about theatrical education from the staff at MRT. In her spare time, Kristen can usually be found cross stitching or singing.

Lead Teaching Artists

Thomas AdisiJJ Gatesman – JJ Gatesman is an Actor, Fight Choreographer and Playwright based out of the Milwaukee area.  Originally from Las Vegas, He is an MFA graduate from Western Illinois University where he specialized in theatrical movement.  He has appeared on stage in The Foreigner (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Dick III (Quasimondo Theater), and Pride and Prejudice (SummerStage of Delafield).  JJ is a certified instructor of stage combat through Dueling Arts International through which he has choreographed fights in Las Vegas, Denver, Milwaukee, and Madison.  He has taught for Milwaukee Repertory Theater since 2016, where his collaborative take on devising theater has supported students in creating unique performances.  

Katie LoughmillerKatie Loughmiller – Katie Loughmiller is an interdisciplinary social practice artist exploring storytelling through performance, writing and video. Loughmiller received her undergraduate degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in the Public Practice program at Otis College of Art & Design. Loughmiller has been an artist-in-residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Wildacres Residency Program and MKE<->LAX. Loughmiller is the co-founder of LUNA (Latinas Unidas eN las Artes), a Latina artist collective based in Milwaukee, WI. She is also the founding member of Heard Space, a women of color led and focused performance arts collective. In addition to her art practice, Loughmiller has a strong commitment to education and has taught in various educational settings in South Africa, New York City, Los Angeles, Boston and currently teaches with Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Arts @ Large in Milwaukee. She serves as the Arts Project Coordinator for the Milwaukee Public Library overseeing the NEA Our Town grant at the Mitchell Street Branch. You can also listen to her on We Heard We're Funny, a comedy radio show, every first and third Wednesday of the month at 9pm CST on Riverwest Radio.

Becca MartenBecca Marten – Becca is a director, theater educator and a proud alum of Milwaukee High School of the Arts. She holds a BA in Theater Education and is a certified K-12 Theatre teacher where she has spent her career working with students of all ages in Milwaukee Public Schools.  She worked for ten years as the Education Manager at Skylight Music Theatre before transitioning to a full time theatre teacher at Milwaukee High School of the Arts. She enjoys the ability to give a voice to the voiceless and help students find talents and passion for things they never even knew existed.  

 

Teaching Artists

Thomas AdisiThomas Adisi – Thomas worked on his first project, Coda (2003), while still in high school. The short film won several major international festival awards. After studying international business in London, and a stint as art director for the largest military news paper in US, he began performing again when he landed the role of Young Jackson Teller in the pilot episode of Sons of Anarchy (2008). Thomas has since appeared in several major network TV series as well as two other award-winning short films. He booked one of the lead roles in the Warner Brothers released feature film, Blue Weekend (2017), alongside C. Thomas Howell and Olivia d'Abo, and has also has appeared in major national commercial campaigns for Samsung (UK) and Microsoft (USA), among others. At the moment he is developing a television pilot, and creating a variety of content for local and regional businesses through his production company, Adisi Imagery llc. Thomas lives with his wife, actress and co-producer, Danielle Adisi, and their three children, in Milwaukee.  

Maura AtwoodMaura Atwood – Maura Atwood is an actor and teaching artist from Milwaukee. She graduated summa cum laude from Carthage College in 2016 with a B.A. in Theater Performance and Music. In addition to teaching for the Milwaukee Rep, Maura teaches voice lessons at the Wauwatosa School of Music and performs with Kohl's Wild Theater. She has understudied at First Stage Children's Theater and has acted with various Milwaukee companies, including Off the Wall, Acacia Theatre, Voices Found, and Quasimondo Milwaukee.  

Samantha CollierSamantha Collier – Samantha Collier is a Milwaukee resident but a native of Chicago, Illinois. Her skills as an artist along with being an educator landed her as a Teaching Artist with the MKE Rep since fall 2018. Her background is in emerging and engaging youth in enriched passion to be creative with their voices. She has over 15 years as a grassroots founder and community organizer. Short screenplay writer for ThreeSixFive 2016 MKE short film festival winner of the Voices Heard Award. Awesome actress in the play Vagina Monologues in 2015 with UWM. Graduate from University of Wisconsin Parkside. Being a presence in many different classrooms keeps the flame blazing in her to encourage the youth to see more, dream more and be more. 

Grace DeWolffGrace DeWolff is a Milwaukee theatre maker trained in an array of skills from Shakespeare to sword combat. From Honolulu to Edinburgh, she continues to search for new experiences. Grace's main passion is to bridge the professional theater community straight into the classroom.

Josh KrauseJosh Krause joined the Education staff as an intern in 2011 before going to Indiana University where he received his MFA in Acting. After graduation, Josh returned to the Milwaukee Rep in 2015 as a Teaching Artist. He has experience teaching all ages and many different classes including Scriptworks and Adult Acting. Josh believes that the best way to learn to act is by doing it. When he isn't teaching, Josh is acting in productions in the Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago areas. 

Ami MajeskieAmi Majeskie – Ami Majeskie is 2016 graduate from Carroll University with a bachelor of science in theater arts with double minor in communication and arts management. Currently Ami is a Milwaukee based choreographer and Young Performer Supervisor for Skylight Music Theater. Ami also served as a touring repertory actor, director, and playwright for Kohl’s Wild Theater. Past choreography credits include; The Flesh Trade, Urinetown, First Date, Anything Goes, Chicago, Rent, Aladdin Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., Parade, Assassins, and 1776. Past acting credits include; Sugar in The Flesh Trade, Little Sally in Urinetown, Gingy in Shrek, Wendla in Spring Awakening, Lisabette in Anton in Show Business, and Judy in Women of Manhattan. Past directing credits include; The Untitled Women Project, Urinetown, Young Frankenstein, First Date. She will be directing and choreographing The Addams Family Musical at Pewaukee high school in spring of 2019!

Hope ParowHope Parow
Hope graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a B.S. in Education and Theater Performance, as well as her WI Educator's License. She relocated to Milwaukee to serve as Rep Education's Emerging Professional Resident for the 2013/14 Season, prior to her year as Education Assistant. Hope has also taught various theatrical and academic topics for First Stage, Spotlight Youth Theater, Viterbo University, and as a private coach. Favorite performance credits include Rent (Joanne), Hair (Tribe), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix), and The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot (Saint Monica). Hope is a proud native of Ann Arbor, MI. Hope is currently the Youth Development Director at COA Youth & Family Centers.   

Carmen QuinlivanCarmen Quinlivan – Carmen Quinlivan is a Milwaukee based artist from St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the first to receive a BA in Community Arts from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Carmen has experience working in collaborations with groups throughout Milwaukee including: The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Public Theater, Arts @ Large, and Youth Empowered in the Struggle. The emphasis on relationship building and identity exploration in her work is closely tied the notion that art has a responsibility to respond to social struggle. She believes socially engaged art is a practice rooted in collaboration through establishing profound relationships with communities through the arts. She utilizes her skills in printmaking, Theater of the Oppressed and drawing to bring physicality to the unique experiences of a group of people. Through a collective art experience they articulate a visual community narrative.    

Kat WodtkeKat Wodtke – Kat Wodtke loves theatre, music, teaching, libraries, and woods, and she refuses to pick one. After many cross-continental adventures, Kat settled back in her hometown of Milwaukee. Here, she has had the privilege of performing with Renaissance Theaterworks, First Stage, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Forward Theater Company, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and Truepenny Theatre, among others. Kat has also toured to communities across Alaska with the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre and Perseverance Theatre. Kat works as an educator for the Milwaukee Rep, Arts@Large, Havenwoods State Forest, and the Milwaukee Public Library. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota.