Acting Out! Instructors

Acting Out! Instructors

Instructors include UNCSA faculty members and alumni, with the same caliber of instruction as our high school and undergraduate programs. Our faculty is committed to seeing children grow and thrive, not only as actors but as people.

Julianne Harper

Tap (Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced), Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance (Beginning/Intermediate, Advanced), Hip Hop

Julianne Harper is an educator, performer, director, and choreographer. She has been the acting instructor for the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem since 2010, and directed multiple productions including Charlotte’s Web, Alice In Wonderland Jr., and Madagascar Jr. Since graduating with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ms. Harper has toured with the Open Dream Ensemble, an alumni-based theater group, around the country performing for thousands of children. She has worked with the Durham-based company Haymaker as a choreographer and performer in an original version of Elektra, debuting in Philadelphia. Julianne is currently the dance instructor for the Acting Out program during the school year. 

Janine Hawley

Director, Musical Theatre II, Musical Theatre PLUS

Janine Hawley began her career in Musical Theatre earning her Actors Equity membership at the Paper Mill Playhouse (NJ). She went on to perform leading roles at regional theaters and opera houses across the country, singing with companies in New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Fort Worth, Miami, New Orleans, Chicago, and Philadelphia, among others. Ms. Hawley has been a soloist at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), and the Kennedy Center. Janine holds bachelors degrees from Indiana University and a masters from  Columbia University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Voice in the School of Drama at UNCSA and has been directing the Acting Out program since its inception.

Nadiyah Dorsey-Quander

Acting II

Nadiyah Dorsey-Quander is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Drama. Upon graduation Nadiyah spent several years working as a professional actress in New York City and in regional theatre, film & television productions across the country. During those years she made her Equity debut in the Washington DC Shakespeare Theatre's production of the Oedipus Trilogy and went on to earn an AUDELCO Award nomination, a Boston IRNE Award nomination and an NAACP Hollywood Image Award for various productions before moving to Winston-Salem to raise her equally arts enthusiastic family. She is thrilled to join the Acting Out program and to continue sharing the magic of theatre with children across the Triad.

Charlie Kluttz

Musical Theatre I, Musical Theatre II

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.

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.

Nick Zayas

Acting III, Audition Prep Intensive

Nick Zayas is a graduate of UNCSA School of Drama's High School Program and the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Art, where he was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Nick currently teaches drama at the Arts Based School, an arts charter school in downtown Winston-Salem, and continues to direct throughout the area.

Jordan Brown

Primary Acting, Acting I

Jordan Brown is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a professional actor and has worked for Tony-Award-winning regional theaters and directors in numerous productions. His work includes Brigadoon (Jeff Award Nominee - Best Supporting Actor), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Wonderful Town at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago; Shakespeare In Love and Roe at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida; A Skull In Connemara at Center Stage Theatre in Baltimore; and By The Water and White Guy On The Bus (world premiere) at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois. Jordan’s television credits include Sirens on USA Network and Crisis on NBC. He also starred as Kirt in NBC’s very first web series, Bobby and Iza. Jordan has relocated to the Triad with his wife and daughter and is the Drama teacher at the Arts Based School.

Alicia Reid

Private Voice Lessons

Soprano Alicia Reid is a Masters student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Alicia is an alumnus of UNCSA, where she studied voice with Dr. Marilyn Taylor. She was a finalist in the 2016 Rosen-Schaffel Concerto Competition at Appalachian State University. She has also been a national finalist for the Classical Singer Vocal Competition and has received superior ratings in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, most recently placing 1st in her category at the state level. She has most recently performed the role of Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte", Helene in Hindemith's "Hin und zurück", and the title character in "Little Red Riding Hood", a children’s outreach opera with the UNC Greensboro Opera Theatre. Alicia has performed in productions with Piedmont Opera, including the Shepherd Boy in "Tosca", First Spirit in "Die Zauberflöte", and various ensemble roles. Other credits from her time at UNC School of the Arts include Lauretta in Bizet’s "Doctor Miracle", and the role of Phyllis in "Iolanthe" with Greensboro Light Opera and Song. Originally from Canada, Alicia is also a classically trained harpist.