Jenny Toutant, Education Director
Jenny 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 Milwaukee 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 Mosser, Education Manager
Jeffrey is a theatre-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 Theatre’s Club 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 Theatres, 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
Auburn Matson, Education Administrator
Auburn 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 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 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 (B.F.A. Acting), Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) under the guidance of Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. He is a 18-year member of the Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.
Danielle Adisi is a dynamic performer with a background in theater acting. After a number of years of professional dance, theater, network TV appearances, and major commercial bookings out of Los Angeles, Danielle now heads up a local production and education company, Adisi Imagery, where she oversees the business's "CoLAB" on-camera acting class curriculum. Her psychology degree gives Danielle intimate knowledge of the thought patterns that hold us back from our dreams - which she aims to change through her mindset coaching work, on and off camera. Danielle's work with Milwaukee Rep’s education department involves teaching literacy curriculum programs in MPS where she brings a vibrant perspective to the classics and modern plays alike. She is also an amazing mother to three beautiful children.
Thomas Adisi began his relationship with Milwaukee Rep three years ago teaching on-camera acting for adults, and now regularly teaches in MPS through Milwaukee Rep's reading residency programs. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Thomas has been working as a visual creative for over 15 years. He began as a graphic designer, and then became art director for the largest military newspaper in the world. After moving to Los Angeles in 2008 he began working professionally in film and tv, appearing in major national commercial campaigns, short and feature films, as well as network tv shows. In 2016 Thomas moved with his family to Milwaukee where he is now based and continues his acting work. He and his wife, Danielle, head up two creative ventures in town: Adisi Imagery; a film production company, and CoLAB; an on-camera acting group that prepares and supports actors hoping to, or already working in, the real world of film and tv.
Maura Atwood graduated summa cum laude from Carthage College in 2016, with degrees in theatre performance and music, and since then has been performing and teaching in the Milwaukee area. She currently teaches for the Milwaukee Rep, Morningstar Productions, and the Wauwatosa School of Music. As an actor, Maura has worked with Off the Wall, Acacia Theatre, Quasimondo Milwaukee, Cooperative Performance, Mad Rogues, Morningstar Productions, Summer Stage of Delafield, Original Practices, and other theaters in the Milwaukee area. She is a company member of Kohl's Wild Theatre. "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 such as Imagining America National Conference and 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 communities.
Allen D. Edge is an ordained minister, talented actor, director, producer, and comedian with over forty years in the performing arts. Mr. Edge has performed with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, First Stage Children’s Theatre and Renaissance Theater Works. He was also featured in a number of commercials and films, including Barber Shop 2 and Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns”.
Allen has performed his special brand of humor at Zanies in Chicago, Barrel of Laughs, All Jokes Aside, Jokes & Notes in Chicago, U Got Jokes Chicago, Comedy Central’s “Comic Justice”, The Comedy Café in Milwaukee, The Apollo Theatre in New York, and as the opening act for Pattie La Belle, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and The O’Jays. Allen’s stand-up is always clean and fresh. Mr. Edge is also a member of Toastmasters International. Allen has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago. Allen is also a founding member of Transitions Edge Productions and Bronzeville Arts Ensemble.
Kathleen Henderson started her time at Milwaukee Rep a very long time ago working in the props department. When she left, she did various things including sewing theater drapes, working for a company that restores furniture and delivering mail. Kathleen went back to school and got a Masters Degree in Special Education and worked a number of years in that capacity. Now, she returns to put her love of theater and of teaching together for the Education Department.
DiMonte Henning is a native of Milwaukee, WI, DiMonte received his formal theatre training from UW-Milwaukee with additional training from Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Emerging Professional Residency. Recently, DiMonte was a Lead Teacher for Acting Theory at First Stage's Summer Theater Academy. DiMonte serves as Producing Artistic Director of performing arts organization, Lights! Camera! Soul! where the organization focuses on developing emerging theatre-artists across multi-disciplinary arts forms. His recent credits include: First Stage’s productions of Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Wiz. Milwaukee Rep’s productions of Junk, Our Town, and Dreamgirls.Skeleton Crew (Forward Theater Company), Black Nativity (Black Arts MKE), Deathtrap (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Lila). TV credits include: NBC’s Chicago PD (Seasons 4&6), UBER, Disney’s Encore, Cousin Subs, and Harley-Davidson.
“I wholeheartedly believe the arts have the power transform lives. That's why I am honor to help be apart of the development of the next generation of theater artists. What I hope this competition accomplishes is bringing exposure and appreciation to the work of August Wilson. August Wilson was gifted in the fact that he was able to write truth in each of his characters. The many layers and nuances he was able to weave into each of his characters that translate off-stage in so many homes in the Black community. What I hope we're able to accomplish is the celebration of August Wilson's work and bringing more opportunities to young artists through healthy competition.”
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 Rep, Boys and Girls Club of Greater MILWAUKEE, PEARLS for Teen Girls and many more has propelled her to engage youth and her community. She is a creative with That's Deep Podcast being her debut Podcast and visual 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.
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 MKE-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.
Morgan Karl is currently a senior at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying K-12 Theatre Education and is thrilled to be a Teaching Artist for Milwaukee Rep. She is a graduate of Nicolet High School where she spent the majority of her 4 years performing. Morgan is passionate about engaging students through theatre, in hopes of shaping more confident, expressive, and empathetic individuals. After graduation in May, Morgan hopes to move to Chicago and work in education for a professional theatre company.
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 Great British Bake Off with his wife and two cats.
Kimberly Laberge is active in the greater Milwaukee theatre community both on and offstage. 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 theatre 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.
Becca Marten 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.
Ken Miller recently graduated with his MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. He was previously working living and working in Chicago where he worked with such companies as Oak Park Festival Theatre, Muse of Fire, Redtwist, and Promethean Theatre Ensemble. Regionally he has worked with Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and Door Shakespeare.
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 the Milwaukee Chamber Theater and White Privilege which has been performed in both a range of times in Milwaukee and Madison. She is so excited to be joining the 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 the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science 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 The 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 Theater, Camp Creative 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.
Abbey Pitchford has been a teaching artist with Milwaukee Rep since 2017 and served as the 17/18 Season Education Emerging Professional Resident (EPR). Abbey has worked as an actress and theatre practitioner for Milwaukee-area companies since 2012. She is a proud alumnus of UW-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts having earned a BA in Theatre Studies. Her most recent credits include Romeo and Juliet Kinda Sorta (stage manager), Cedarburg Children's Theatre (Assistant Director), Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (Director, Prop Master), Robin Hood at Concordia University (stage manager), Sanders Family Christmas at Acacia Theatre (Denise), MKE Fringe Festival (stage manager) and Guys and Dolls at Concordia (Prop Master, Assistant to the Producer). Much love to Dylan, and to her WI and MO families.
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, this 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 theater and the Milwaukee Inner-city Arts Council where she was introduced to musical theater. Through this inspiration, Brandi and her sisters and 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 Indiana State University Repertory; Brimstone (Boy) and Gifts (Multiple Roles) with New Harmony Project; The Merchant of Venice (Lancelet) with University of Evansville 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.