Acting Out! Instructors

Acting Out! Instructors

Julianne Harper

Advanced Tap, Musical Theatre/Jazz

Julianne Harper was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Since graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance, Julianne has trained and performed internationally in various types of dance forms, her favorite being tap. She has had the honor of dancing with Gregory Hines and tapping for the premiere of his film Bojangles, as well as being selected for the casting bank of STOMP and Cirque du Soleil. She currently performs, choreographs, and directs various projects for dance and theater companies around the state. Julianne also teaches for Dancing Classrooms, a social development program for 5th graders utilizing ballroom dance, and acting classes for Twin City Stage. Playing the drums, tapping with local bands, and learning how to Balinese dance also keeps her busy in the Camel City.


Janine Hawley

Director, Musical Theatre

American mezzo-soprano Janine Hawley has achieved accolades for her critically acclaimed performances of roles ranging from Carmen to Cherubino in opera houses throughout the United States.   Ms. Hawley has distinguished herself in several productions of Carmen, where Opera News noted that "she placed her stamp on Bizet's Gypsy at her first entrance, a tough provocative Carmen providing the sensual centerpiece for the evening, negotiating all the arias with lithe grace, her portrayal gaining in tragic stature as the opera reached its climax."  She has worked with the Washington Opera (Kennedy Center), Opera Company of Philadelphia, New Orleans Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Boston Lyric Opera, Tulsa Opera, Connecticut Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Sacramento Opera, Chautauqua Opera, among others.  Her performances have garnered great critiques that praise her lush quality, dark timbre, technical facility and charming stage presence. Ms. Hawley was born in Nebraska and is a graduate of Indiana and Columbia Universities


Jacobi Howard

Acting III

Jacobi Howard is an actor, writer and and educator from Charlotte, NC. Some of his credits Include "Toast" (Public Theatre, NY), "Mother Courage...!" (Arena Stage, DC), "Master Harold and the Boys" (Martha's Vineyard, MA), the web series "Commuters" (Los Angeles, CA), and an upcoming role in the feature film "War Room" in theaters August 28.  He is very excited to share and create art with everyone. 


Charlie Kluttz

Musical Theatre

Charlie Kluttz was born and raised in Concord, North Carolina. He moved to Winston-Salem five years ago to study at UNCSA. Since then, he has become an integral part of the Spring Theatre company in the downtown area and is now passionate about inspiring and empowering young artists. Kluttz also works with community theaters in the area, most notably the Theatre Alliance of Winston-Salem where he recently music directed productions of "Tarzan", "Nunsense" and "La Cage Aux Folles". Kluttz has performed with Piedmont Opera in such shows as "South Pacific", "The Flying Dutchman" and "Carmen". Kluttz is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from the UNCSA, studying with Glenn Siebert.


Chesley Polk

Primary Acting & Acting I

Chesley graduated from UNCSA in 2012. He moved to NYC doing Shakespeare in Riverside Park, acting for Lifetime/A&E, doing several commercials and originating several roles in new plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre and around the city.


Kristin Schwecke

Private Voice Lessons

Kristin Schwecke holds a Performing Artist Certificate from the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute. During her time there, she was featured as the soprano soloist, Lia, in Debussy’s L’efant prodigue,with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra. Kristin also sang the title role in Puccini’s La Rondine, Mrs. Coyle in Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Alice Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and also performed the role of Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, a joint production with UNCSA and Piedmont Opera.

Schwecke has received honors in the HeafnerWilliams Vocal Competition, the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, Charlotte Opera Guild Competition, Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition, Schubert Club Bruce P Carlson Scholarship Competition and internationally from the Czech and Slovak International Singing Competition. She was also the winner at the District level and received an Encouragement Award at Regional level in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Kristin began teaching voice lessons 10 years ago and thoroughly enjoys working with children. She has performed hundreds of outreach shows in middle schools across the Southeast. Kristin has been seen in Children's Operas like The Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs as a part of the Fletcher Opera Institute. She also toured with The Open Dream Ensemble in their original production of Big Shoes.


Morgan Sellers

Tap Time!

Morgan Sellers is a tap dance teacher and choreographer. She has studied dance for 13+ years and has won awards for her high scoring performances in tap and other genres of dance. Morgan has taught at many dance studios to varying ages and skill levels, she is the tap teacher at Epic Dance Showcase, and has taught classes for the UNC School of the Arts Summer Session. She has choreographed award winning tap routines for competitive dance teams and has choreographed tap numbers for musicals like "The Wiz" and "Take One Step."