Theatre Class Instructors

Meet some of the professionals who teach our classes and workshops.

Andrew Ian Adams has been working with The Human Race Theatre for the past 6 seasons backstage and onstage in such shows as Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear), The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Ensemble), and Gingerbread Children (Hanzel). He is currently a memeber of OTRimprov in Cincinnati which hosts the annual IF Cincy improv festival, has multiple shows each month in historic OTR, and does corporate training for some of the biggest businesses in the tri-state. He was previously seen onstage in productions of The Fisherman’s Wife (Octopus), Beertown (State Rep. LPC), Hearts Like Fists (Peter), Rocky Horror [Puppet] Show (The Narrator), and La Cage Aux Folles (Jacob). He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s The Chocolate News and commercials for Tidy Cat, Glad, and Kroger. Many thanks to his family and friends for their support and enduring the insanity that is his career. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewIanDoes

Christine Brunner, AEA, SAG/AFTRA, has a Masters in Theatre from Miami University, where she taught in the theatre department for over 7 years. She is a sought-after teacher of young and adult actors. She is an adjunct member of the Theatre Arts Faculty at Wright State University where she teaches Acting Aesthetics, and also a member of their MAPP (Musical Theatre Acting Prep Program) faculty, where she serves as acting coach to students ages 12-18. She is an instructor with the WSU Pre-College Programs Residential Camps, teaching immersive week-long drama workshops to students ages 11-15 from all over the region who live in the residence halls. Christine is a Resident Artist at The Human Race Theatre Company, last seen in projects such as the “Music of Downton Abbey” concerts with the Bach Society of Dayton, and also as Truvy in Steel Magnolias, and as Debbie Dean in Play It by Heart, both at the Loft Theatre. Christine is a master of using voices and dialects, and is a professional voiceover artist to clients all over the world such as Marriott, Delta Airlines, McDonald’s, US Air Force, Macy’s, Time Warner Cable, UD, McGraw-Hill, and Riddle Rangers. Christine also teaches Professional Auditioning Techniques, and Beginning Acting, as well as Voiceover Skills.

Michelle Goodman has choreographed for most of her 25 year career. She worked extensively as resident choreographer for the Sorg and Whitewater Opera Companies, choreographing many operas, her favorites being La Traviata, Carmen, The Merry Widow, and My Fair Lady. She has choreographed for Miami University, and Gem City Ballet as well. Michelle earned a BFA in dance from Wright State University and graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy. She performed professionally with Walt Disney Productions, the Dayton Opera, the Sorg and Whitewater Opera companies, and La Comedia Dinner Theatre. She is currently the director/choreographer of the Pontecorvo Ballet Studio’s Children’s Ballet Theatre, a new performing company designed to interest young children in ballet performances. She choreographed original works to Bizet’s Children’s Games, and a new ballet, The Princess and the Pea. Her recent work, Snow White, is set to the original score composed by Silvio Amato. Michelle has taught for Dayton Ballet, South Dayton School of Dance and Pontecorvo Ballet Studios since 1992 and Wright State University since 1994, where she is a faculty associate.

Chris Hammond is elated to be a part of the Autism and Shakespeare project, and looks forward to the journey. Chris considers it an honor to be involved in this profound experience. Chris has been an active thespian, both on and off the stage now for over 35 years, and has been a part of The Human Race Theatre Company “family” from the beginning. Chris has taught various workshops and classes for many institutions throughout the tristate area, ranging from individual instruction through to the Culture Builds Community Project with The Zoot Theatre Company, where she is a resident teaching artist. Her latest endeavor was in Cincinnati teaching “Signing Safari,” where she taught hearing parents their first signs to communicate with their Deaf children. Chris is a firm believer in the “Culture Builds Community” philosophy, and avidly does what she can to use her talents to help children across the board experience the arts. Chris is currently pursuing her certification to be an Interpreter for the Deaf.

Louan Hilty presently teaches high school English for Archbishop Alter High School and is currently obtaining her intervention specialist licensure. In the past, she has worked as a theatre adjunct for The University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College. After graduation from Miami University in Secondary Education, Louan returned to Miami’s Theatre Graduate Program to pursue a MA in directing. While at Miami, she wrote and directed an original adaptation of Antigone. This production was produced in collaboration with the Muse Machine and Human Race Theatre Company as part of their theatre in context tour. In her free time, Louan enjoys spending time with her 8 year old daughter.

Natalie Houliston is an adjunct instructor at Stivers School for the Arts. As of March 2014, she began her 7th year with The Vandalia Youth Theatre Company, this year as the Music Director/Assistant Director of the Senior Production. Previously, she served as the Artistic Advisor and Director at Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School, and directed at The Dayton Playhouse. In addition, she has been a performer for over 20 years with such companies as Cincinnati Opera, Zoot Theatre, Encore Theatre Company, and Free Shakespeare. She has also toured as a performer in schools across the Miami Valley with Muse Machine, and nationally with Theatre IV.

Scott Hunt is a native Daytonian, proud Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company and veteran of Broadway and National Tours. A strong believer in the value of “paying it forward”, he has dedicated the last five years of his career to becoming a Teaching Artist, sharing his knowledge and professional experience with the next generation of performers. He has performed on Broadway and in the National Touring productions of Les Misérables (Marius) and Rent (Mark Cohen), in addition to a robust regional theatre career including over 20 productions with HRTC. As an educator, he has instructed students at Wright State University and Drake University in addition to his work as a Teaching Artist for the Victoria Theatre Association. This Fall, he will be teaching Acting in the Musical Theatre at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).

Jennifer Joplin has worked and played in Dayton for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Wright State’s professional actor training program and longtime actor and resident artist of The Human Race Theatre Company. Both organizations have given her the inspiration and the tools needed to create a life-long love of performing, creating, teaching and coaching. Whether on stage, in the classroom or in the boardroom, Jen believes in theatre’s unique ability to explore the shared human experience and our innate need for storytelling. As an actor, she’s played in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati and of course, right her in Dayton. Her teaching has ranged from grade school through adult learning, Shakespeare to improv with a growing focus on arts integration in our schools, our companies and individual development. Jen is looking forward to a full 2016-2017 season including serving as president for the League of Cincinnati Theatres. She is also thrilled to have recently launched Spotlight Training, a group of professional actors bringing customized creative solutions into today’s workplace.

Marilyn Klaben has been the Education Director as well as lead artist/teacher at The Human Race Theatre Company for 20 years. She directed The Human Race Theatre’s Summer Stock for 7 years. She teaches theatre/drama skills to students K–12 throughout the Dayton area, developing innovative drama programs which connect with a vast number of curriculum areas. Many of these projects culminate in a play production. As an adjunct professor at Wittenberg University and Wright State University, Marilyn has taught Child Drama courses to students studying to be teachers. In 2008, Marilyn completed training to become a Kennedy Center teaching artist which resulted in the creation of a new Teacher Training workshop for K–8 teachers entitled Drama and Diversity: Promoting Acceptance and Respect in the Classroom Community. As a Muse Adventure and Victoria Theatre artist, Marilyn works playfully with teachers and students sharing successful strategies about how to integrate drama into every classroom. Marilyn was awarded the Jack Moss Creativity Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton.

John-Michael Lander has been involved in theatre, television, and film since winning 2 gold medals at the Platform and Springboard Diving Championships in Tønsberg, Norway. He has won a DayTony Award for his portrayal of Brother Boy in Sordid Lives at the Theatre Guild and was honored with two Blackburn Awards at the Dayton Playhouse for my portrayals of Chris in All My Sons and Rooster in Annie. He has done national commercials for Long John Silvers, Diet Coke with Elton John, and many car commercials. He portrayed Lawton on All My Children and Hans on General Hospital. Films include: All the Rage, 1 Nation 2 Worlds, Patron St. Jayne, Single Parents, and Young Emotions. Originated and created roles for Broadway and Off-Broadway: Adam and the Experts; Math and Aftermath; The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From; Alone in the Rain; Anywhere, Anywhere; and Custody. John-Michael is currently pursuing a PhD in CIA at Walden University, received a Masters in Education in 2009 from McGregor Antioch University, and graduated Magnum Cum Laude from WSU in Musical Theatre in 2001.

Jake Lockwood, AEA, is a writer, director and actor whose creative career started right here in Dayton. His relationship with The Human Race Theatre Company dates back to the early 90s when he appeared in A Christmas Carol and Romance, Romance while studying Acting at Wright State University. Jake then travelled south to Orlando where he performed in 27 different shows in a twenty plus year stint at Walt Disney World. His focus on Improvisation and Atmospheric/Immersive theatre has led Jake into the world of writing and directing, a shift that allows him to pursue new and exciting opportunities with theme parks all over the globe. Jake has written and directed entertainment offerings for Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Lines, SeaWorld and Mirage Entertainment as well as developing attraction storylines for Dollywood, Busch Gardens Tampa and Universal Studios. As an educator, Jake has shared his love of acting and improvisation with The Human Race Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Town Hall Theatre, The Muse Machine…and is thrilled to be an Adjunct Instructor, teaching Improv to Sophomore Acting majors at Wright State University this semester.

Michael M. London is an Ohio playwright who has worked with the artist-in-residence program at the Ohio Arts Council since 1986. His plays have been performed in the US and Canada. He has taught workshops and seminars on playwrighting over many years. Recently, he was a guest Professor in Playwrighting at Otterbein University. Michael is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Andréa Morales has worked nationally as an actor and teaching artist, most recently landing Ohio. Select regional credits include Parallel Lives (Magnolia Theatre Company), #othello and The Full Monty (Human Race), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, and The Comedy of Errors (Richmond Shakespeare Festival), It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (ATC), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Harbor County Theatre Festival), A Chorus Line (NightBlue Theatre), and The Blue Room (N2T). Andréa has worked on world premieres including: Not Your Generic Latina, The Toymaker’s War, and The Sun Serpent. Andréa served as Company Member for Childsplay (Phoenix), N2T (Phoenix), and Halcyon Theatre (Chicago). She is an Artistic Associate of Magnolia Theatre Company (Dayton). Mi familia es mi vida!

Jene Rebbin Shaw served as the Adventures in Theatre instructor for six years. She is excited to also be teaching outreach workshops for The Race through the new ArtsPart program this year. Jene has been teaching and directing youth theatre for nine years. She founded the GuildKids program at the Dayton Theatre Guild, and directed the program for five years. Jene directs the Summer Stock KIDS camp at The Race, and taught for Clark State Community College’s College for Kids program. She has also recently worked with KidStage and Project Jericho, both in Springfield. Jene has a Master’s Degree in Theatre from Miami University. She has taught for Miami and Sinclair Community College, and has directed for Clark State Community College. Jene has acted in many college and community productions, toured with Madcap Puppet Theatre, and often performs with Mayhem & Mystery in Dayton and Columbus.

Scott Stoney (Private Acting/Audition Preparation Coach) is a highly experienced actor, director and theatre adaptor. Though he is known more for his stage work with over 45 years of professional experience, Scott is no stranger to teaching. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University in Education. After settling in Dayton in 1981 he began his teaching career with the Theatre Department of Sinclair Community College then chaired by Dr. Robert MacClennan. An Artist-in-Residence position provided Scott with many unique opportunities to grow as an artist with leading roles in Hamlet, Antigone, Waiting for Godot, The Tempest, The Lion in Winter and others. His directing credits on the Blair Hall stage form an eclectic collection including Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Infernal Machine, Under Milkwood, The Importance of Being Earnest and Arsenic and Old Lace. He continued in this capacity until 2003 and now serves as adjunct instructor at several area colleges including Wright State University. He also coaches privately, helping actors of all ages to reach their goals. He has assisted over 100 students in getting into the college program of their choice. An accomplished pianist, Scott enjoys working with musical students the most. As a Resident Artist and founding member of The Human Race Theatre Company, Scott has performed many functions—including serving on the HRTC staff and the Board of Trustees, but he is most often remembered for his on-stage roles at the Loft and the Victoria Theatre. Victoria shows include It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Shenandoah, Tenderly: the Rosemary Clooney Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and The Boys Next Door, among others. Recent Human Race productions include The Full Monty, Play It by Heart, Other Desert Cities, Gem of the Ocean, Permanent Collection, Twelfth Night and August: Osage County. His career has given him many opportunities to travel—a European tour in Maury Yeston’s Phantom with an international cast; a world premiere production of Te Ata, about the Native American storyteller in her home state of Oklahoma; and the Human Race production of Convenience that premiered in Dayton and Sacramento. From his acting credits, a few of his favorite roles are Willy Loman, Werner Heisenberg from Copenhagen; Father from Children of Eden; Horton the Elephant from Seussical; Roy Cohn from Angels in America and the title role in Sweeney Todd. From his directing credits, a few of his favorite Loft productions are Master Class; The Santaland Diaries; Crowns (with Debbie Blunden-Diggs); Torch Song Trilogy; Caroline, or Change; Man of La Mancha; 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70s; A Christmas Carol; Rabbit Hole and The Spitfire Grill. For the Victoria Theatre he directed Next to Normal, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors and To Kill a Mockingbird. Scott has also received two major awards: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and in 2004 he was inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame.

Kandis Wean is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and holds a BM from The Conservatory of Music at Capital University. Her credits at The Human Race include: Love Makes the World Go ‘Round (Anna), The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Grace), and Sweeney Todd (ensemble). New York credits: A Celebration in Song at Just Off Broadway, Inc. and Carnegie Hall. Some other professional credits: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Molly) at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Ragtime (Mother) and Singin’ in the Rain (Lina Lamont) at Peach State Summer Theatre, Sisters of Swing (LaVerne Andrews) at Bearcreek Farms Resort, Steel Magnolias (Annelle) and Grease (Marty) at LaComedia Dinner Theatre. Locally, Kandis is a private voice coach. She has taught theatre camps for Columbus Children’s Theatre, the Dayton JCC and Dare to Defy Productions. She has instructed music classes with Centerville City Schools (Voyager), has directed/music directed/choreographed multiple children’s Christmas musicals and assisted with musical direction/performed in summer productions at Epiphany Lutheran Church.