RCT Academy

ARTISTIC INSTRUCTORS

RCT provides instruction and mentoring by qualified industry professionals.

Pat Wilhelms

Pat Wilhelms

(Artistic Director)

Pat is the Artistic Director and founder of Roanoke Children’s Theatre: Professional Theatre for Young Audiences! located inside The Dumas Center downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Prior, she was the Director of Education and Outreach at Mill Mountain Theatre for 10 years, directing shows that toured to schools all across Virginia. RCT directing credits include: Madeline’s Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, The Giver, Junie B. Jones , The Secret Life of Girls, Tuck Everlasting, If You Give a Mouse A Cookie, Wrecked, The Velveteen Rabbit and Go Dog. Go!. Pat is on the screening committee for The Southeast Theatre Conference and teaches Basic and Advanced Acting at Virginia Western Community College. Pat is also a member of ASSITEJ. and The American Alliance of Theatre and Education.

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Kelly Germain

Kelly Germain

(Director of Education)

Kelly is so excited to be joining RCT as Director of Education. A recent transplant from Cincinnati, Kelly served as Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre National Tour and Education Outreach. Kelly developed in school workshops, wrote several productions for the national tour and wrote and directed plays for the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre Broadway style mainstage productions. While in Cincinnati, Kelly also taught professional development workshops for area teachers and worked in the Cincinnati Public Schools as a teaching artist, using theatre arts as a springboard into various curricula. Kelly has taught acting for performance majors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northern Kentucky University. Kelly is a member of Actors Equity Association and her performance credits include working with the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, The Women’s Theatre Initiative, The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC (formerly The Folger), The Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and The Madison Rep in Wisconsin and the Commonwealth Theatre (formerly Northern Kentucky Dinner Theatre). Kelly was also an original member of the award winning comedy improv troupe Carnivores in Action (she was the only herbivore!)

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Megan Corsnitz

Megan Corsnitz

(Education Coordinator)

Megan has been a part of the RCT family since the very beginning, both onstage and off. Having collaborated as a teaching artist, stage manager, actress and more, she is thrilled to be back as the Education Coordinator. After receiving her B.A. in Theatre Arts and her VA Teaching License from Roanoke College, she toured the nation with Theatre IV. You may recognize her from the RCT stage (Stuart Little) or up in the RCT booth, stage managing (A Year with Frog and Toad, Honk!, James and the Giant Peach). Some favorite professional credits include Mary Poppins, Peter and the Starcatcher, Snoopy!!!, Sister Act and The Little Mermaid.

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Caroline Rigby

Caroline Rigby

Caroline recently performed the title role in How I Became a Pirate. Other RCT Credits: Madeline’s Christmas, Junie B., and Velveteen Rabbit. Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from CNU where she appeared in Sweet Charity, Urinetown, Last Five Years, and the Tempest. She was most recently seen as Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells and worked with the regional tour of teen outreach program at Charlotte Children’s Theatre and as a performer at Busch Gardens Theme Park.

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Kristen Kay Smith

Kristen Kay Smith

Originally from TX, Kristen holds a MM in Musical Theatre Performance from NYU Steinhardt and a BME in Choral/Classical Voice with Minors in Piano and Religion from Baylor University. She is the Youth Choir Director at Second Presbyterian, a Middle School Choir Director with RCPS and has been Adjunct Faculty at NYU and Ferrum College. Performances include Love Creek Productions NYC, her favorite, “Celtic Fyre,” while also a vocal captain at Busch Gardens, MMT, Opera Roanoke, RCT where she has taught and music directed, and the acoustic duo, Carrington Kay www.carringtonkay.com.

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Kerry Morgiewicz

Kerry Morgiewicz

Kerry Morgiewicz earned her B.M. degree in piano performance from James Madison University, and her M.M. degree in piano performance from the University of Memphis. She also studied at the Bavarian Music Academy in Marktoberdorf, Germany in 1999 and 2001. She is currently teaching piano at Hollins where she is the coordinator of the Hollins Music Academy. She also works in the theatre department as the music director for productions at Hollins. Shows include: Chicago, Into the Woods, Violet, Nine, Caroline or Change, Goodnight Moon, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Man of LaMancha, and Rent. Past shows at Roanoke Children’s Theatre include Honk, Christmas Cookies, and Rapunzel.

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Justin Kline

Justin Kline

Justin is a Southwest Virginia native who is thrilled to be working with Roanoke Children’s Theatre! Justin graduated from Radford University in 2015 and, since then, has travelled all over the country acting and directing kids of all ages. He most recently toured with Missoula Children’s Theatre performing in and directing Peter & Wendy and Pinocchio. He is thankful for the opportunity to be able to do what he loves in the community that he admires so much.

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April Parke

April Parker

April Parker is Roanoke native and a wife and mom of 3, who loves to dance. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in dance from Radford University. While in college she discovered her love for teaching and choreography and had the opportunity to choreograph several student pieces. She was a teacher and company member of the Roanoke Ballet Theatre. While at RBT she helped choreograph pieces for their performances of Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Beauty and the Beast. She has also directed and choreographed for the Judah dance ministry for many years and taught dance classes in some local schools. She has also danced in Romania, Czech Republic and Costa Rica. She has recently performed with Attic Productions as Fannie and a chimney sweep in Mary Poppins She is excited to be at RCT doing what she loves, teaching dance.

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MAIN OFFICE: 540-400-7795

BOX OFFICE: 540-345-2550

E-MAIL: info@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

LOCATION: The Jefferson Center

541 Luck Ave SW

Roanoke, VA 24016

MAILING: P.O. Box 4392

Roanoke, VA 24015

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