Class Leaders - Fall 2020
Jaylin Brower is a three sport athlete who played football, basketball and track. After playing football for Western Carolina University, he moved back to his hometown of Asheboro to create an impact in his community. With a particular focus on middle and high school kids, Jaylin blends physical fitness and mental/emotional awareness with financial literacy to give young people the proper resources to be safe and successful now and into adulthood. Class leader of Financial Literacy for Teens.
Ali Evarts is a native North Carolinian who acts, writes, and produces for stage and film. Credit highlights include Company K and the upcoming Mary's Wedding and The Glass Menagerie (all with RhinoLeap Productions), Thespian (Amazon & Amazon Prime), Hamlet (Compass Rose Theatre), Tales from Ovid (Kenan Theatre Company), Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love (Studio Theatre), Sioux Falls (Mead Theatre Lab), and If I Hold My Tongue (Compass Rose Theatre / Women's Voices Theatre Festival). Education: UNC Chapel Hill. Class leader of English in Schools and Homeschool Acting for Teens.
Evan Finch is a filmmaker specializing in editing and sound design. He has edited music videos, commercials, animations, and short films and has also worked in visual effects, foley artistry, sound design, and commercial cinematography. His work has been featured on Rolling Stone, VH1, and has premiered at various Film Festivals across the United States. Evan holds a BFA in Filmmaking from UNC School of the Arts. Class leader of Video Magic.
Justin "Demeanor" Harrington is an artist born in Greensboro, NC merging Hip Hop and unorthodox folk elements to help illustrate the linkages between contemporary and traditional cultural music. Professionally trained as an actor, he weaves storytelling and character to engage and inspire all around him. Harrington is most recently a co-founder of Haus of Lacks, an artist collective committed to using the power of education to bridge the gaps between protesters and lawmakers through the performing arts. Class leader of Theater for Liberation.
Lalenja Harrington is a poet/performer and educator dedicated to exploring the intersection of performance, activism and education. She is an active practitioner of Theatre for Liberation methods, and also facilitates collective poetic writing - all of which she incorporates into her teaching at UNC-Greensboro and into activist work in the community. In addition to performing in Leaving Eden for RhinoLeap, Lalenja has performed at Triad Stage, Little Theatre of Winston Salem, and Winston Salem Theatre Alliance. She has a BA in Psychology from Princeton, an MA in Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a PhD in Educational Studies from UNC-Greensboro. Class leader of Theater for Liberation.
Krisha Marcano is a teacher and Assistant Dean of the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a performer she was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and starred in the Broadway production of The Color Purple. As a guest teacher, Krisha was an adjunct professor at NYU and Fordham University. She has taught for the Joffrey Ballet School, Dance Theater of Harlem, Stage Door Connections, and across the United States with The Broadway Dance Collective. Choreographer for Dance in the Park.
Allie Novell is an alum of the High School Drama Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a recent guest teaching artist in acting with UNCSA’s Summer Intensive, which teaches high school students from all over the United States. She is in her senior year of the BFA acting program at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, and has just completed a year studying at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Class leader of Homeschool Acting for Teens.
Patrick Osteen is a co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of RhinoLeap for which he directed and adapted The Tempest and performed in Company K, Leaving Eden, Mary's Wedding and The Glass Menagerie. For nearly three years he performed with Cirque du Soleil in the international tour of Toruk, and for a year and half before that he performed in the Broadway National tour of War Horse. Over the last three years, Patrick has been teaching puppetry, movement and improvisation to high school students all over North Carolina. He has a BFA in acting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Class leader of English in Schools and Homeschool Acting for Teens.
Elizabeth Parry trained for sixteen years in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and tap. She teaches preschool through high school dance at a studio in Durham and in Asheboro as well as being the dance instructor for the elementary school at Durham Academy in Durham, NC. Elizabeth is trained in Zumba and teaches adult dance fitness classes at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA. Her role as an instructor at the YMCA includes crafting her own dance fitness class, Dance Club and Sculpt, which combines elements of Zumba, dance cardio and ballet. She has a BA in elementary education from UNC Chapel Hill. Choregrapher for Dance in the Park.
Jeremy Skidmore is the Artistic Director of RhinoLeap Productions. He served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for ten years. Other teaching highlights include the University of Southern California, the University of Nebraska, University of Maryland, University of South Carolina, the Globe Theatre (London), the Institute for Dramatic Arts (Tokyo), Fu Ren Catholic University (Taipei), The Village School (Kilimanjaro), and The International Theatre Academy of Norway (Oslo). Jeremy has a BFA in directing from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an MBA from American University in Washington, DC. Class leader of English in Schools.
Dwayne Waden Jr., aka Issa Rebel was born in High Point, North Carolina and raised in Capitol Heights, Maryland. His love for dancing started in his grandmother's Kitchen doing Michael Jackson's famous Billie Jean dances and battling his dad, which inspired his drive to get better. Throughout the years, he has performed on many stages including the Apollo Theater and the Summer Jam at the Greensboro Coliseum. Dancing has always been a passion for Dwayne, and he enjoys sharing his love of the art with anyone willing to see and listen. As a musician, Dwayne makes Gospel music to inspire the younger generations to be positive and motivated in all that they do. Choreographer for Dance in the Park.
Allen Tedder was born and raised in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate degree in Dramatic Art. He then went on to earn his MFA in Acting at the Juilliard School. Allen has performed in regional theaters, including PlayMakers Repertory Company and The Public Theater as well as on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird. This fall, Allen will be making his RhinoLeap debut in The Glass Menagerie. He is thrilled to be back making theater while keeping everyone healthy! Class leader of English in Schools and Homeschool Acting for Teens.
Cameron Wade, MA RDT has performed, choreographed and taught all over North Carolina including RhinoLeap's The Last Five Years. She is a Registered Drama Therapist and K-12 Theatre/Arts Educator. As a trainer and curriculum developer for global non-profit, Move This World, she provided training in trauma-informed, social-emotional learning and management for teachers all over the east coast. She also served as a full-time Creative/Expressive Arts therapist for Cherry Hospital. Her research in Therapeutic Theatre as a treatment for family trauma and survivors of sexual assault has been published in the Drama Therapy Review. Class leader of Everyday Resilience for Teens.