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 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. 

Hope ParowHope Reed-Johnson, Associate Education Director
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.  

Amanda Garrigan

Amanda Garrigan, Education Programs Manager
Amanda fell in love with The Rep’s Education Department as a part-time intern Spring of 2013 and was delighted to return full-time as a member of the Emerging Professional Residency Program during the ’15-’16 season. Now she is honored to rejoin the department once again! A Wisconsin DPI certified teacher for grades 1-8, Amanda loves teaching theater to all ages, and believes strongly in the social and academic benefits of integrating the arts across all content areas. An honors graduate of Carthage College with degrees in Elementary Education and Theatre, Amanda’s training consists of acting, dance and physical theatre (specifically from the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy). Amanda is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado-Extended Campus, and continues to seek out performance opportunities in Milwaukee and Chicago during her free time.

Lauren Sagendorph

Lauren Sagendorph, Education Resident
Lauren Sagendorph is a recent graduate with a theater degree from Indiana University. Her love of theater stretches through many categories and she considers herself an actor, director, playwright, educator, and administrator. She has loved her time with the Milwaukee Rep as a Teaching Artist Assistant and is now excited to be The Rep's Education Resident. A few favorite shows include: Lungs (W), Marat/Sade (Director), Sing To Me Now (Yankee), Red Light Winter (Christina), Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Ford), andPicasso's Women (Dora Maar). Last year Lauren had the amazing opportunity to receive conservatory acting training at The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Lauren is originally from Grayslake, Illinois.

TEACHING ARTISTS

Grace DeWolffGrace DeWolff is a Milwaukee actress, director, and teaching artist who is dedicated to experiential learning through theater and forensics. Educated at UW-Milwaukee and First Stage Theater Academy, Grace's most recent projects include playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and directing Liz Shipe's Upon a Midnight Clear at Soulstice.

Neal EasterlingNeal Easterling is a Founding Artist Member of Cooperative Performance Milwaukee and has worked for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Performance Project/east, Hampton Roads Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Ballet, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  He has served as the Director of Education and Outreach at Virginia Stage Company and continues to teach and direct for Stagedoor Manor in New York. Neal is a member of P3 Studio and teaches the actor training techniques of Tadashi Suzuki, Shogo Ohta, Steve Pearson and Robyn Hunt. Neal holds an MFA in Directing from The University of South Carolina.  

Marcella KearnsMarcella Kearns is a Milwaukee-based actor and teaching artist. She serves as Education & Literary Manager for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, adjunct instructor of theatre for Carthage College, and instructor for both Education and the Academy at First Stage. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina and is a former Fulbright Fellow (Austria). She hails from Colorado and the U.S. Air Force. 

Sam KozelSam Kozel has been working in the Milwaukee indie film scene as an actor for over 11 years and has worked on over 100 films, 13 of which have appeared in the Milwaukee Film Festival. Sam uses a variety of techniques when acting, including a new one he calls "Self-Puppeteering", and has loved acting for as long as he can remember. He currently works as a professional screenwriter and runs a non-profit for filmmakers based in Milwaukee called Film Freed. 

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. 

Samantha MartinsonSamantha Martinson is a Milwaukee-based theater artist. She is the Education Assistant at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, where she helps run the Young Playwrights Festival, and is an adjunct teaching artist for Milwaukee Repertory Theater and First Stage Children's Theater. Samantha is also the Performing Arts Program Manager for a non-profit, Lake Valley Camp, where she manages and develops a spoken word and social justice focused school year program and a summer theater camp. Recent work on stage and behind the scenes includes: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage, Windfall Theater, Splinter Group, Pink Banana, Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, World Stage, and Milwaukee Youth Theater. Samantha is thankful to be working and teaching in the field. Outside of theater, she enjoys rock climbing, cooking, and adventuring across the states. For more information, visit: samanthamartinson.com.

Angel MullenAngel Mullen has been a teaching artist, director, and actor for several local theatre companies since 2003. With a degree in Education from UW- Milwaukee, she has been able to mix her love of theatre and literature in one place! She has worked for The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre for the past four years teaching residency programs in several schools across the Milwaukee area. At First Stage Children's Theater she was a Lead Teacher for the Theater Academy and taught many outreach and in-school programs such as the Summer KidZ Stage and Teaching Through Theatre. Angel spent six years as the advisor for Muskego High School's Drama Club directing over a dozen plays and teaching various theatre skills. She is also an actor previously working with Optimist Theatre and Waukesha Civic Theatre's ACAP Playmakers. When not teaching, directing, or acting, she is the lead vocalist for local rock cover band Looming Larger and a founding partner of Tangle Photography. 

Joshua PohjaJoshua Pohja (JP) is an actor, educator and director.  As an actor he has worked with The Acting Company: Richard III (National Tour/Off-Broadway), Guthrie Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regional Tour), Alley Theatre: A Christmas Carol, Old Globe: The Full Monty (B’way Workshop), NY Fringe Festival: Dr. Faustus Lights The Lights.  He currently a teaches Acting, Voice/Movement, Improvisation and Shakespeare at Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Theater Academy and Young Company.  Previously, he has taught Movement for the Actor and Shakespeare for the Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company on-tour intensives. He recently directed First Stage Young Company’s production of Antigone and will be assistant directing Great Expectations for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.  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.    

Kat WodtkeKat Wodtke is an actor, educator, and musician from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kat holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. She has performed locally with Renaissance Theaterworks, Splinter Group, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Theatre Gigante, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre/Young Playwrights Festival, Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Rep. Kat is also a frequent visitor to Alaska, where she has performed with Perseverance Theatre and Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Kat has composed original music for Skylight Music Theatre (KidsWrites), Splinter Group (3 for the Road), and Bunny Gumbo (Combat Theatre). Daughter to two teachers who cultivated her fierce love of learning, Kat couldn’t be more proud to carry on the tradition. She has taught in schools, theaters, libraries, correctional centers, a crisis shelter, and a state forest. She currently works as an educator with the Milwaukee Rep and the Milwaukee Public Library.