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THE HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY

Dayton's Professional Regional Theatre

Kevin Moore, Producing Artistic Director

126 North Main Street, Suite 300

Dayton, Ohio 45402

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EDUCATION

The Human Race on Education

Philips Creativity Center

Kids and Teens Classes

Girl Scouts Workshops

Adult Classes

Private Coaching

Summer Theatre Camps

Schwartz Scholarship

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Artist in Residence

Theatre in Context

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THEATRE CLASS INSTRUCTORS

Meet some of the professionals who teach our Kids, Teens and Adult classes.

  Shawn Baker is Managing Partner of WorldStage Media, an award-winning video production company based in Dayton Ohio. Through WorldStage, Shaunn has directed and produced hundreds of video projects for companies and organizations throughout the country, including United Health Care, The VFW foundation, P&G, and The Benjamin and Marion Schuster Performing Arts Center, among many, many others. In addition to his film and video work, Shaunn has extensive background in live theatre and comedy. He began acting in professional theatre at age 13 and went on to graduate from Wright State University’s professional actor training program. While there, he wrote and performed as a member of The Generic Comedy Troup, which included Brad Sherwood from Whose Line Is It Anyway. The Troup played shows locally and nationally at places like The Improv, Comedy U, Manhattan Punchline and The Playboy Club to name a few. Shaunn was also founder and artistic director of The Lighthouse Repertory Theatre in the north suburbs of Seattle, Washington and has directed for The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton. Recently, Shaunn produced and was a director on the soon-to-be-released web series Freak Club, shot here in Dayton last summer, and produces the series Arts937. He also serves as vice president of FilmDayton, a non-profit organization dedicated to building the Dayton region’s film industry and community.
Kay Bosse Kay Bosse has been a Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre Company since 1990 and is a proud member of Actors' Equity. She holds a MA in Theatre and Steinbeck Studies. She has taught a variety of theatre classes, including basic and advanced acting, at Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, The University of Dayton, and Antioch Midwest. Kay's directing credits include The Grapes of Wrath, Galati adaptation of Steinbeck novel; Dancing at Lughnasa and Translations by Brian Friel; All in the Timing by David Ives; the musical Lucky Stiff by Steven Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and the award-winning A Day In Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. As an actress/singer/performer she most recently appeared in A Christmas Carol at The Human Race, as Marguerite in the new musical The Gloaming, and performed the role of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Anne Sexton, in the chamber musical The Ambition Bird. Other favorite acting credits include Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter and Charlotte in A Little Night Music.
  Michelle Goodman has choreographed for most of her 23 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 newly formed Pontecorvo Ballet Studio’s Children’s Ballet Theatre, a new performing company designed to interest young children in ballet performances. In the fall, she choreographed original works to Bizet’s Children’s Games, and a new ballet, The Princess and the Pea. She is currently in rehearsal for her newest work, Snow White, 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.
Heather Gorby Heather Gorby has worked with children in a variety of workshops in Ohio, Kentucky, and Maine. Her interactive theatre mystery, Who Stole My Lunch, premiered in Kettering in the spring of 2013. She performed in The Human Race Theatre Company’s Muse Machine In-School Tours: A Dickens of a Time, Myth-Connected, and Betwixt and Be Twain. Other tours include Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare with The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Greek Myths Out of the Box with Theatre at Monmouth. Locally, she has been seen as the Crow in The Zoot Theatre production of Hansel and Gretel as well as many productions at Sinclair Community College where she received her Associate’s Degree in Theatre Performance. Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University.
Heather Gorby 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.
Marilyn Klaben Marilyn Klaben has been the Education Director as well as lead artist/teacher at The Human Race Theatre Company for 18 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 recently awarded the Jack Moss Creativity Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton
Michael London Michael 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.
Katie Pees Katie Pees is a Resident Artist with The Human Race Theatre. Some credits at The Race include: Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q, Deb in Ordinary Days, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, Shelby in The Spitfire Grill, Woman in Five Course Love, Woman in Harold and Maude, and her own one woman show “Dayton’s Divine Miss P.” Regional and New York credits include: The National Tour of Footloose, Beauty and the Beast at the St. Louis Muny, Off Broadway: Boobs the Musical, and Guys and Dolls at Naples Dinner Theatre. Katie was the head of the Drama Department at Alter High School for five years where she taught a variety of theatre, voice, and dance classes as well as directing the fall play, spring musical, and the a capella group “A Sharp.” Now the Director of Secondary Programs for Muse Machine, Katie continues her love for arts education.
Jene Rebbin Shaw 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 Scott Stoney is a highly experienced actor, director and playwright. 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 Sinclair as well as Wright State University, the University of Dayton and Clark State College. 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—he is currently the Publications Manager, 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 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 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 Kandis Wean is the music instructor for Centerville’s after-school program, Voyager. She holds a BM in music from The Conservatory at Capital University, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Her credits at Human Race include: Love Makes The World Go ‘Round (Anna), and The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Grace). New York: A Celebration in Song at Just Off Broadway, Inc. theatre company. 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. Kandis has taught theatre camps for the Columbus Children’s Theatre, and has been directing the children’s Christmas musicals at Epiphany Lutheran Church for 3 years.