Acting Out! Instructors
Acting Out! Instructors
Alex Bodine is an actor, director, and stage combat choreographer. He is a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship in Directing at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Wash. Before Seattle, Alex spent time acting in New Hampshire (Peterborough Players), North Carolina (Triad Stage), New York (Blackfriars, Bristol Valley, Bridge Production Group), and on tour with Living Voices, based out of Washington. Alex approaches theater with a collaborative, ensemble-based methodology. He believes in teaching that cultivates artists who encourage, inspire, and enliven one another's creative problem-solving minds in order to tell stories. Alex is a graduate of UNCSA with a BFA in Acting.
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.
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
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 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 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.
Jeremy Skidmore is the Artistic Director of RhinoLeap Productions. Based in Asheboro, NC, RhinoLeap tours professional theatrical productions across North Carolina and leads residencies with high school students in parts of the state where schools have cut theater programming. Prior to moving to North Carolina, he was appointed as the Interim Artistic Director of the Malibu Playhouse in California, and for fifteen years before that he was based in Washington, DC. While in DC, Jeremy co-founded and served as President of the Capital Talent Agency, as Artistic Producer of the Source Festival, and as Artistic Director of Theater Alliance. Having directed for many of the area theater companies, his productions have been nominated for 34 Helen Hayes Awards. As a teacher, Jeremy was an adjunct faculty member at UNCSA for ten years and also taught at the University of Southern California, University of Nebraska, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, University of South Carolina, the Globe Theatre in London, the Institute for Dramatic Arts in Tokyo, Fu Ren Catholic University in Tai Pei, and The International Theatre Academy of Norway in Oslo. He has a BFA in directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an MBA from American University in Washington, DC.