Teaching Artists

STAFF

MECHELLE MOE (Director of Education) has been working with Raven Theatre as a lead teaching artist since 2009 (Stone Academy, Senn Arts and Sullivan HS). Moe took over as Raven’s Director of Education in 2012. In addition to Raven’s programming, she teaches for various organizations including Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, Lifeline Theatre and TimeLine Theatre. Mechelle is a company member with both The Hypocrites and TimeLine Theatre. Mechelle has appeared on stage at TimeLine in My Kind of Town, The Front Page, The Children’s Hour, Not Enough Air, and Paradise Lost. She also has served as assistant director for When She Danced and as a teaching artist for TimeLine's Living History Program. Other Chicago theatre credits include The Bald Soprano, Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie, and Arcadia (The Hypocrites, a company she co-founded in 1997, and served as Managing Director until 2007), What the Butler Saw (Court Theatre) and Stage Door and Letters Home (Griffin Theatre). She also has worked with Lifeline, A Red Orchid, Steppenwolf, and Writers' theaters, among others. Moe received a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Actress in a Principal Role and an After Dark Award for her performance as the Young Woman in The Hypocrites' production of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal and Jeff Award nomination for Actress in a Principal Role for her performance in Stage Door. Mechelle graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, Chicago with both a bachelors in Theater and bachelors in Anthropology.

DANA MURPHY (Education Coordinator) has been serving as Raven’s Education Coordinator for the past year after teaching for their summer camp program in 2013.  She is a teaching artist for Raven’s summer camp, Saturday Series programs, and Taft & Orr High School residencies. Dana is also a lead teaching artist for Adventure Stage Chicago and a proud company member of Walkabout Theatre Company. In Chicago, Dana has performed with Walkabout in The Wild, Beach Party at the End of the World and with Steppenwolf Theatre Company in their production of Animal Farm.  Before moving to Chicago in 2013, Dana was the Founding Director of John Adams Middle School Theatre Company and Associate Artistic Director of DeeLightful Productions Children’s Theatre Company in her hometown of Los Angeles. Dana graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Theatre.

SCOTT THOMAS (Program Facilitator) has been working with Raven Theatre for many years, mainly as the program facilitator for the summer camp and Saturday series programs.

 

Teaching Artists 

ANTHONY PEEPLES (Peirce Elementary & Summer Camp) is currently a New York and Chicago based actor, director, casting director, and teaching artist educator. He has been teaching and directing youth productions for Raven for over eight years. Anthony is also is the director of the Pierce Elementary Circus Arts All Stars after school program. He is an ensemble member at The American Theatre of Harlem. Off-Broadway: Urban Lyrik, Take Wing and Soar, New Worlds Theatre Project. Regional: CATCO, Saratoga Shakespeare, The Black Rep, IRT, Victory Gardens, Silk Road Rising, Black Ensemble, American Theatre Company, Raven Theatre, Studio One, ETA, EMPAACT, First Folio Shakespeare, Cleveland Play House, Actors’ Theatre, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Red Herring, National Tennessee Williams Fest. Anthony holds a double B.A. in Theatre and Spanish from The Ohio State University were he studied with Marcel Marceau, Anne Bogart and members of The SITI Company. Anthony has also taught, toured, performed, choreographed and or directed as a guest artist and staff member for The Ohio State University: Department of Theatre, CATCO is KIDS, in Columbus, Ohio, the Cleveland Play House, Indian Rep, St. Louis Black Rep, and Saratoga Shakes.

JESSAMYN FITZPATRICK (Hayt Elementary, Summer Camp & Saturday Series) was born and raised in Chicago and some of her earliest memories include tagging along to rehearsals in Raven Theatre's old space. She is now proud to serve, so many years later, as a teaching artist for Raven. Upon graduating from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Jessamyn returned to Chicago where she served as an Education Intern for Lookingglass Theatre. Jessamyn is also a teaching artist for TimeLine Theatre's Living History Education Program and a member of the Shakespeare All-Stars - an education outreach group that brings Shakespeare to young audiences. As an actor she has performed with The Chicago Mammals, Beast Women, Redmoon, Gorilla Tango, and Corn Productions among others.

RICKY HARRIS (Summer Camp & Saturday Series) has been a teaching artist for many years. When not working at Raven, Ricky teaches private voice, piano, and acting
classes at the Beverly Arts Center Chicago. He also directs the Center's Youth Production shows and
this spring will be directing the ever so delightful Jungle Book. Ricky also works with Barrel of Monkeys, where he teaches within their in-school residency programs as well as performs in the school
productions.

KATY BOZA (Hayt Elementary & Saturday Series) is thrilled to be part of the amazing teaching team at Raven Theatre. She received her BA in Theatre from the lovely Missouri State University and has been teaching with Lookingglass Theatre for the past eight years. She has also taught for Barrel of Monkeys, Springfield Little Theatre, and Chicago Public Schools. Outside of teaching, Katy is a professional actress and director and is currently directing The Jungle Book for the Sign/Voice Theatre Deaf Program at Bell School.

KELVIN ROSTON JR. (Summer Camp) has been teaching with Raven Theatre for many years and serves as Musical Director for many of Raven’s summer productions. Aside from Raven, Kelvin is a professional actor working all over Chicago and abroad. Recent credits include: Michael B. in One Hit Wonders at the Black Ensemble Theatre, Purlie in Purlie at The Black Rep, Benny in Rent at Paramount Theatre, Seven Guitars at the Court Theatre, Detroit ’67 at Northlight Theatre, and James ‘Thunder’ Early in the Japan tour of Dream Girls.  He graduated with a BA from St. Louis University.

 MICAH FIGUEROA (Centro Romero & Saturday Series) holds a B.F.A in Theatre Studies (Directing and Playwriting) from Southern Methodist University and attended the British American Drama Academy in London. Outside of Raven, Micah is a teaching artist with Lookingglass Theatre, a freelance actor, director, fight choreographer, producer, and the Managing Director for Odradek Theatre Company.