Meet the Faculty
Anna KimmellDirector of Education Biography
Anna Kimmell is an actor, educator, and artist raised in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre, she has performed in touring and regional companies throughout the United States including NC’s Flat Rock Playhouse, RI’s Theatre by the Sea, CO’s Lake Dillon Theatre, FL’s Show Palace, GA’s Georgia Shakespeare and Theatre of the Stars, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and on The Wizard of OZ National Tour, to name a few.
From 2013-2016, Anna served as the Director of Education at Mill Mountain Theatre, facilitating the growth of a robust theatre education program for youth and adults. In August 2016, she began as the Director of Education at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, where she restructured and expanded to a year-round training program for youth and adults reaching over 7,500 students annually.
Recent projects include serving as an adjunct professor at Hollins University, facilitating Broadway dance workshops at the University of Central Arkansas, traveling and teaching through a reverse exchange program in Los Andes, Chile, directing a staged reading of Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book She Persisted Around the World, serving as a guest instructor at the Little Rock Tap Festival, and directing and choreographing The Rep’s production of Willy Wonka Jr.
Brandon NicholsTeaching Artist Biography
Brandon Nichols is thrilled to be back at The Rep, where he first discovered his love for theatre participating as a young artist in the summer program. Brandon performs in theatres throughout Central Arkansas and works as a Guest Artist & Instructor at The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre as well as Bearden Productions. He is beyond thankful to Anna for allowing him to continue to spread his love for Theatre and dance to the next generation!
Bridget DavisTeaching Artist Biography
Bridget Davis is a Little Rock native who is so excited to share her love for musical theater with young artists in Central Arkansas! Many of her first theatrical experiences were at The Rep, where she began performing at age 9. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. After graduation, she spent time in NYC, before heading out on the National Tour of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” traveling the country and Canada. Favorite Little Rock credits include: Sophie (Mamma Mia), Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act), Sandy (Grease). Bridget currently lives in Little Rock with her fiancé, Hayden, and their Australian Shepherd, Ava. Bridget teaches private voice lessons, works as a Pure Barre Instructor, and is an active performer in the community.
Courtney Bennett BakerTeaching Artist Biography
Originally from Little Rock, Courtney Bennett Baker received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Central Arkansas. She spent time in NYC studying acting and movement techniques, then moved to Chicago where she studied circus and clowning. While there she acted professionally, with one of her favorite roles being Dr. Stockmann in an adaptation of Ibsen’s ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE with Jeff Award-winning director James Palmer. In 2010, she returned to the U.S. after receiving a Professional Training Certificate for Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She performs locally with the Arkansas Arts Center (Go, Dog. Go!; Cat in the Hat), The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre (King Lear, As You Like It, etc), and the Arkansas Rep (Macbeth).
Katherine GreerTeaching Artist Biography
Katherine Greer is a graduate of UA Little Rock with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Katie has worked in theatre/dance education across central Arkansas with Episcopal Collegiate, Arkansas Academy of Dance, Argenta Community Theatre, Wildwood Park for the Arts and North Little Rock High School’s Dance Troupe. Her favorite roles include Frenchy in Grease, Biondello/Widow in Taming of the Shrew, Young Woman in Machinal and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is an instructor, guest artist and choreographer with Arkansas Festival Ballet and her work Descent was selected to be performed at the Regional Dance Association’s conference in 2017. Katie is grateful to Anna for the opportunity to share her love of dance with the talented students of The Rep!
Kevin Alan BrownTeaching Artist Biography
Kevin Alan Brown is a theatre artist who recently moved to Little Rock from Washington, D.C. He grew up in St. Petersburg, FL where he participated in arts magnet schools from the 3rd grade until high school graduation. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance. He married his artistic collaborator and college sweetheart Robin Neveu Brown in 2007. Kevin spent four years being a professional actor in New York City, where he earned his Equity card, performed in staged readings, fringe festivals, improv shows, and created new works with his wife, as well as collaborating with composer Dylan Glatthorn and director William Joseph Stribling. He received his MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University in DC. He is also an avid fan of football. Go Gators! Go Bucs!
Kevin uses his training as well as his musical talents to create new works as well as tackle classical and contemporary theatre. His hope is to be a collaborative teaching artist as well as an actor in the theatre community, while continuing to explore his literal and figurative marriage of Theatre and Dance.
Matt BoyceTeaching Artist Biography
Born and raised in New Jersey, Matt Boyce has studied and performed the art of tap dancing since age 10. Mike Minery served as his mentor. Matt made his first debut into the professional industry at the age of 12 when he became the youngest ever principal dancer for the New Jersey Tap Ensemble, under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. At the age of 16, Matt became an original company member of Mike Minery’s Tapaholics. With the Tapaholics, Matt performed for six years touring nationally with the company. Throughout Matt’s years in high school and while studying music in college, Matt had the privilege of working with many musicals, musically directing, assisting in choreography, and working privately with vocalists on numerous shows. Matt has also been an assistant choreographer for the Tap Convention “Slide”. Matt was the tap instructor for the national touring convention, SHOCK the Intensive, and was on staff there from 2011-2015. Matt has also been a guest artist instructor/choreographer for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock dance program. Matt has been teaching masterclasses and choreographing for studios around the US for over 10 years, and continues to annually. Matt has also been on faculty at the international tap festival, “Tap United”. Most recently, Matt is living in North Little Rock, AR where he has founded Arkansas’ first ever professional tap company and non-profit tap company, Untapped. Alongside his wife Savannah, Matt is also the Co-Founder of Little Rock Tap Festival, (est. 2015) the fastest growing, and newest tap festival in the south.
Rebekah ScalletTeaching Artist Biography
Rebekah Scallet has been the Producing Artistic Director of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre since 2011, where she has directed My Fair Lady, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Twelfth Night. Raised in Little Rock, she studied theatre at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School, and went on to receive her BA in Theatre and English from Brandeis University and her MFA in Directing from Illinois State University. Rebekah spent five summers with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and lived and worked in Chicago for ten years, where she was a member of the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and also worked with Northlight Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Theatre Seven, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Raven Theatre, and greasy joan & co. Rebekah is also a faculty member in UCA’s Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing, and was the recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council’s 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in Directing.
TJ MedelTeaching Artist Biography
TJ Medel is Jersey all day, every day. He holds a BA in Theater Arts from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. As a 2015 Second City Chicago Bob Curry Fellow, he has performed on Second City Mainstages, worked as a Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator for Second City Works, and is the first Filipino faculty member for The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Outside of Second City, Medel has devised works with The Neo-Futurists Theater (A Story Told in 7 Fights), Theater Unspeakable (Superman 2050, The American Revolution, Moonshot, The Sacajewea Project), and Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble (One Day When We’re All Robots, Have a Great Summer). Medel has showcased his talents in festivals such as the Detroit Improv Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, Chicago Improv Festival, Chicago Fringe Festival, Second City Los Angeles Diversity Festival, Montreal Fringefest, Toronto Combustion Festival, Manila Improv Festival, NBC’s Breakout Comedy Festival, and CBS’s Comedy Showcase. His television credits include numerous commercials and web series including FOX’s Empire. TJ has been a collaborative teaching artist with Silk Road Rising, Chicago Improv Productions, Chicago Poetry Center, and Urban Gateways. He is a former member of the legendary All Asian Improv Group Stir Friday Night and is the Founder of the Improvised Spoken Word Group PREACH! For more information, follow him on @tjspokenword on all social media platforms or contact his representatives at Stewart Talent Agency.