Engagement & Education Team
Jenny Toutant, Interim Chief Engagement & Education Officer
Jenny began her tenure in the 2005/06 Season as the Education Assistant, moving into the Director of Education role a few short months later. After 15 years in this role, she also assumed the leadership of the community engagement department. As the leader of the education and engagement programs for Milwaukee Rep, she designs programming for all ages. This includes supporting resident-led neighborhood initiatives, community conversations and cultivating community partnerships. Rep Education programs serve over 20,000 students each year with student matinee programming, in-school arts-integrated residencies, student-driven teen programming and adult training. Jenny is actively engaged in co-leading nationwide conversations to further field-wide best practices and engagement. She has also taught for UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, Virginia Commonwealth University, First Stage and School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. She is published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and Theatre Symposium.
Jeffrey Mosser, Associate Director of Education
Jeffrey is a theater-maker of new plays, devised content and fourth-wall breaking events. Favorite directing credits include Theatre for Two: The Wedding Party, Imagination (Actors Theatre of Louisville), T: An MBTA Musical (American Repertory Theater’s OBERON), Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts/Northwestern University) 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Bad Habit Productions), How May I Connect You? (Or, Scenes in a Key of D:/) (Project: Project Theatre Ensemble) 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. MFA directing, Northwestern University. Jeffrey is a proud member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a board member of Quasimondo Physical Theatre and Associate Lecturer at UW-Milwaukee. He is a champion for ensemble-based creation and explores how it is made and paid for with his podcast “From the Ground Up.” @FTGUPod or www.JeffreyMosser.me
N’Jameh Camara, Associate Director of Engagement
N'Jameh Camara is an actress and advocate whose artistic work has spanned National Broadway tours, Off-Broadway, new play development/world premieres and audiobook narration in partnership with Random House Publishing. She was last seen at Milwaukee Rep in Junk and premiered Milwaukee Rep's online PlayOn Shakespeare series as Mercutio. Her advocacy work in creating relationships between actors and community partners, as well as unpacking bias in the structure of theater and the theater making process, has been fueled further after the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd #saytheirnames. For more on N'Jameh, please visit njameh.com
Auburn Matson, Education Associate
Auburn graduated with honors from UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in acting. She is excited to be back in Milwaukee to serve in the education department at 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 for 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 Pohja (JP), School Programs Coordinator
Joshua 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 The Skin of Our Teeth, Blue Stockings, Antigone and Much Ado About Nothing at First Stage and Golden Child, Much Ado About Nothing and The Laramie Project at Pius XI. Training: Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (BFA acting), Saratoga International Theater Institute (SITI) under the guidance of Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. He is an 18-year member of the Actors’ Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.
Maura Atwood graduated summa cum laude from Carthage College in 2016, with degrees in theater performance and music, and since then has been performing and teaching in the Milwaukee area. She currently teaches for Milwaukee Rep, Morning Star Productions and the Wauwatosa School of Music. As an actor, Maura has worked with Off the Wall Theatre, Acacia Theatre Company, Quasimondo Physical Theatre, Cooperative Performance, Mad Rogues, Morning Star Productions, SummerStage of Delafield, Original Practices and other theaters in the Milwaukee area. She is a company member of Kohl's Wild Theater. "And all my fortunes at Thy foot I'll lay, and follow Thee my Lord throughout the world."
Leatanya "Ms Anonymous" Dunn is an emerging songwriter/artist who is studying audio engineering and production. Early on, Leatanya's favorite class to attend was theater. She used her creativity to write monologues, poetry and lyrics. In 2004, she began her career in youth development. While mentoring at-risk youth in 2016, Leatanya had an opportunity to work on a project regarding gun violence prevention called Precious Lives: The Live Show. She took the stage at the Pabst Theater reciting a monologue about the murder of her brother at the hands of a youth. That led to more performances at venues such as the Imagining America National Gathering and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Leatanya then created a program called Songwriting and Studio Basics as an outlet for youth to express their traumatic experiences through music. She continues to focus on flourishing educational and resource programs into the community.
Luther Hall, aka Mistaloo Meff, is a Milwaukee-native MC, producer and creator of the independent comic book “Angry Kat.” Loo is also founder of Loo World Order, an independent multi-media brand created to release his varying artistic projects. He graduated with a degree in graphic design from Hampton University in 1997. To date, he has released just a handful of singles, starting with the 2014 release of “StopSteemingUpMyGlasses,” released on the city-wide Hip Hop collaborative project “Land by the Lake Vol. 1,” and his party anthem “The Party Up Rock.” He has also released collaborations with Milwaukee emcees Taiyamo Denku and Son Em All, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Loo is also a member of Milwaukee-based Fresh Perspective Art Collective, a former MARN mentee, an art teacher for Milwaukee Public Schools and frequently collaborates with The Unscripted, providing skillful freestyle lyricism over the band's unique style of improvised instrumental music.
I started my time at Milwaukee Rep a very long time ago working in the props department. When I left, I did various things including sewing theater drapes, working for a company that restores furniture and delivering mail. I went back to school and got a master’s degree in special education and worked a number of years in that capacity. Now, I am returning to put my love of theater and of teaching together for the education department.
Ashley S. Jordan is ecstatic to join this experience. She's grateful to embrace the art of storytelling and this journey of the legacy of August Wilson! Her experience with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, PEARLS for Teen Girls and many other organizations has propelled her to engage youth and her community. She is a creative with her debut podcast, “That's Deep Podcast,” along with her directing debut with No Studios’ Medusa Monologues. She is grateful and pays homage to her aunts and the women before her. Psalm 23.
Josh Krause began teaching for Milwaukee Rep in 2011 as an education intern before going to Indiana University where he received his MFA in acting. After graduating, Josh returned to Milwaukee Rep in 2015 as a Teaching Artist and has been teaching for them since. He has experience teaching all ages and many different classes including Reading Residencies, Adult Acting I, II and III, and private coaching. When he isn't teaching Josh is acting in productions in the Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago areas. When he isn’t teaching or acting Josh can be found at home watching horror movies or “The Great British Bake Off” with his wife and two cats.
Kimberly Laberge is active in the greater Milwaukee theater community both on and off-stage. As a teaching artist and stage manager, she has loved working with numerous companies including Kohl's Wild Theater, Brookfield Center for the Arts, Lake Country Playhouse and SummerStage of Delafield. Kimberly has worked as a theater critic in Wisconsin since 2016. A proud member of the American Theatre Critics Association, her reviews have appeared in The Capital Times (Madison) and the KM Perform Express (where she served as the senior editor) in addition to her independent blog, The Drama Den: The Stage on a Page. Kimberly is currently pursuing her degree in ASL interpretation in addition to her BA in theatre practices from UW-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts.
Malaina Moore is a Milwaukee-based actress, playwright and teaching artist. She trained at Marquette University where she studied theatre with an emphasis in performance and a minor in social welfare and justice. She enjoys writing stories with social justice themes, such as her works This Just In at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and White Privilege which has been performed multiple times in both Milwaukee and Madison. She is so excited to be joining Milwaukee Rep’s education program and hopes to share the importance of these social justice themes with the students!
Hope Parow is a passionate Teaching Artist and non-profit administrator with over 10 years progressive experience, specializing in theater and STEAM-based arts programming, social-emotional learning, and staff development and training. Hope graduated from UW-La Crosse in 2013 with a BS in education and theater performance and has since worked with and on behalf of thousands of young and adult learners though numerous organizations, including having previously served as Milwaukee Rep’s Associate Education Director and as the Youth Development Director for COA Youth and Family Centers in Milwaukee, WI. Other partner organizations include: First Stage, SHARP Literacy, Sunset Playhouse, Spotlight Youth Theatre, Camp Creative at Viterbo University and the La Crosse Area YMCA. Favorite performance credits include: Rent (Joanne), Miss Nelson is Missing (Miss Nelson/Miss Viola Swamp), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix the Aviatrix), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Saint Monica) and Hair (Tribe). Hope is a proud native of Ann Arbor, MI.
Brandite “Brandi” Reed grew up in Milwaukee's arts and entertainment district of Bronzeville. Under the guidance of her mother, Brandi and her sisters were afforded the opportunity to be mentored by many teaching artists, which inspired her love of music, specifically jazz music. Brandi’s mother saw fit to pool her resources and recruited the help of many community arts organizations such as the African American Children’s Theatre and the Milwaukee Inner City Arts Council where she was introduced to musical theater. Through this inspiration, Brandi and her sisters went on to study classical and jazz music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. This led to the girls becoming a jazz vocal trio at the tender ages of 9, 10 and 12. “The Reed Sisters” went on to perform locally, nationally and internationally all before reaching adulthood. This was accomplished under the mentorship of Melvin Rhyne, a prominent jazz organist, and the vocal jazz legend Dr. Betty Carter out of New York. Because of these meaningful experiences and opportunities, Brandi gained the confidence at an early age to pursue a career in the arts. Brandi enjoys spending time with her daughter, singing, teaching and being in productions.
Tony Roman is thrilled to be working with Milwaukee Rep's education department and bringing the joy of theater to students of all ages! Having his first acting opportunity here as Tiny Tim, Milwaukee Rep holds a special place in his heart. His non-performance experience includes Art Department, Technical Management, Theatre Facility Operations Management, Production Management, Tour Management, Theatre Technician, and Teaching Artist positions with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Los Angeles Opera, Center Theatre Group and EON Design.
Stage appearances include Jekyll & Hyde (General Lord Glossop) with West Allis Players; Mozart Opera Tales (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) and Figaro’s American Adventure (Soldier) with Los Angeles Opera’s Education and Community Engagement Department; Glengarry Glen Ross (John Williamson) with STAGEStheatre; She Stoops to Conquer (Tony Lumpkin) with Occidental Theater Festival; Breeders (John) with SISU Productions; Truckline Café with W.A. Repertory Theatre; Macbeth (Murderer) and Richard III (Prince Edward) with Dramatic New Arts Theatre; Dames at Sea (Dick) with Crossroads Repertory Theatre; Brimstone (Boy) and Gifts (multiple roles) with New Harmony Project; The Merchant of Venice (Lancelet) with University of Evansville – May Studio Theatre; Misalliance (Bentley), Godspell (Tony), Romeo and Juliet (Gregory), The Good Person of Szechwan (Ensemble), Evita (Ensemble) and Into the Woods (Facilitator) with University of Evansville – Shanklin Theatre.
Denzel Taylor is a Wisconsin native excited to continue his passion for acting and theater with Milwaukee Repertory Theater. As an alum of UW-Madison and the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts scholarship program, Denzel immediately dove into his inaugural year as a professional actor. He has worked with several companies in the Madison area, notably cast with Children’s Theater of Madison, Theater LILA and Madison Shakespeare Company. In addition, he has taught in residency at Capital High School with Theater LILA as a co-teacher and with First Wave as a co-facilitator of their summer programming. As a professional artist, Denzel seeks to inspire a sense of free yet intentional play.