2019 Spring School of Theater Teacher Spotlight

 Ashley Townend (Story Theater)

Ashley is honored to be working the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. After being an Apprentice for two years, she jumped right into teaching. Seven seasons later, she is still loving it. In 2013, Ashley spent her summer working with Dramatic Adventure Theater. She had the honor to introduce theater to a tribe of indigenous people of Ecuador’s Amazon. From there, she and a team devised a piece to perform in New York’s IATI Theater. That started a creative kick that hasn’t ended yet! You can find her teaching theater as therapy at a local psych hospital as well as teaching theater at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and writing her new kids book.

 Jaime Nebeker (Broadway Basics, Broadway Bound)

Jaime is in love with making theatre. As an actor, puppeteer, puppet maker, choreographer, and teaching artist, she gets to make a lot of it right here in Boise! Holding a BA in Theatre Arts from Boise State University, Jaime is the managing director and associate artist with HomeGrown Theatre and has performed with many other Boise theatre companies including Boise Contemporary Theater, Alley Repertory Theater, and for six consecutive years has toured the beautiful state of Idaho with Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s educational outreach programs Shakespearience and Idaho Theater for Youth. She looks forward to making some magic with all of the young artists enrolled in the Spring School of Theater!

 Dakotah Brown (Clowning Around)

Dakotah Brown is a local theatre maker who has worked as an actor, teacher, playwright, and director since 2008.  He has worked for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Bard Players, Hall International Academy, and is currently an Artistic Associate with Boise Contemporary Theater. Dakotah Brown has spent the past 3 summers as lead teacher for ISF’s high school apprentice program. He loves collaboration, telling stories, and getting a room of people together to use their imaginations. He will also appear onstage in Boise Contemporary Theater’s world premiere production,  Rabbit/Moon, this spring.

 Luke Massengill (Performance Intensive)

Luke Massengill is a theater film and voice actor who has worked at theaters and Shakespeare festivals across the U.S. and abroad. Luke is also a teaching artist. He has been in eleven educational tours and taught hundreds of workshops to children of all ages. Luke has taught at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival every year since 2009, spending two summers teaching the high school apprentice program. Luke will be seen onstage in Boise Contemporary Theater’s production Rabbit/Moon, this spring.

 Jessica Ires Morris (Adult Acting Forum)

Jessica Ires Morris recently relocated to Boise so her husband could become the new Managing Director at Boise Contemporary Theater. She has performed and trained all over the country and internationally. Regional, Los Angeles, and New York credits include work with Actors Theater of Louisville, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Boston Court, Texas Rep, Two Rivers Theater, REDCAT & The Center for New Theater, O’Neill Theater Center, Ars Nova, Epic Theater Ensemble, The Lark, Bohemian Archaeology, The Jerusalem Theater Festival and The Frictions Theater Festival in Dijon, France.  She  appeared as a terrible mother on CBS’ Criminal Minds and has worked on camera commercially and off camera as a voice over artist. She has coached actors, taught MFA and BFA acting at the University of Florida and Idyllwild Arts Camp, and performed in educational tours all over the Northeast. She has just wrapped up a semester of teaching Advanced Acting at BSU. Her own training includes work with LAByrinth, the Moscow Art Theater and Manhattan Theater Club.  She holds a BA in performance from Smith College and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.  

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