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), Advanced Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance, Movement 101 for Actors, 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.


Heidi McIver

Acting II

Heidi McIver, a graduate of the Directing program in the UNCSA School of Drama, works with exceptional young artists throughout the Triad, including in UNCSA's Acting Out! program. During the school year, Heidi teaches at the Arts Based School in Winston-Salem, facilitating arts integration with the classroom curriculum, teaching drama through theatre games, instructing and choreographing stage combat, and directing the 1st- through 5th-grade original student productions. She teaches improvisation and story theatre in UNCSA's ARCH (Artists Reaching Children in Hospitals) program. She is also an active member of the Shakespeare Lives! program, which allows both teachers and students to experience the works of the Bard as they were meant to be: with body, mind, and spirit. 


Charlie Kluttz

Musical Theatre I

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, Acting III PLUS, 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.


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.