Teaching Artist Bios
WorkShop Teaching Artists
Our team of dedicated Teaching Artists has a wealth of experience in combining education and entertainment to provide a thrilling learning experience for groups of all ages.
Deondra Kamau Means (Teaching Artist)
Deondra is a proud husband and father of two who has performed for TCTC for the past 17 seasons. MainStage production roles include Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS (Baloo), Holiday Follies and Holiday Follies 2 (Jimmy), Charlotte’s Web (Templeton), Disney’s Mulan JR.. (Mushu), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Salt), Robin Hood (Alan-A-Dale), Seussical JR.. (Mr. Mayor), The Rockin’ Adventures of Peter Rabbit (Benjamin Bunny), Noah’s Ark (Ham), The Wizard of Oz (The Lion), Little Red Riding Hood (The Big Bad Wolf), The Piano Lesson (Lymon), The Crucible (Cheever), Snow White (The Apprentice), and Man of La Mancha (Dr. Carasco) which was performed at the Sibui Festival in Sibui Romania. As a co-creator of the WorkShop series for ArtReach, Mr. Means has written and conducted sessions including Self-Esteem Through Self-Expression, Martin’s Dream, performing Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, a residency teaching the works of Langston Hughes, Art Alive! and Freedom Songs. A long time educator in area schools, Mr. Means has taught a wide range of performing arts to students from pre-K through high school. From vocal music to drama, to working with special needs children and at risk students, Mr. Means has a gift for reaching students of all ages through sharing his experience and love of theatre and music. As a professional actor, he has traveled to perform in Chicago, St. Louis and in 2007 toured Romania with the cast of Man of LaMancha with Northern Kentucky University. Many area schools including Villa Madonna Academy, Mason Heights Elementary, Ninth District Elementary and WEB Dubois have utilized his talent of enriching classroom lessons through dramatic principles throughout the school year. Mr. Means has the ability to bring to life through drama, historical lessons, world cultures and literature to help students to better understand what is required in the classroom.
Chris Stewart (Teaching Artist)
Chris Stewart, actor-director-playwright-teaching-artist for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, has taught drama/acting classes for Learning the Craft since the program began. Recently, he directed Rumpelstiltskin for the ArtReach tour. Playwrighting credits include Holiday Follies 2 & 2011, Jack & the Beanstalk, Huck Finn, The Fantastic Toy Shoppe; and The Sword in the Stone. Mr. Stewart played the title roles in TCTC’s productions Disney’s Peter Pan JR. and Tom Sawyer. He is the Associate Artistic Director for ArtReach and teaches for the STAR program and WorkShops, and has directed drama programs for young performers all over the Cincinnati area, including the Covedale Young People’s Theatre Prep. Mr. Stewart was in the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals 2006-07 as an actor and press/marketing officer, and has performed in local shows at the Showboat, Commonwealth Theatre Company, and the Carnegie. His classes specialize in improvisation, classical and contemporary material, characterizations, and stagecraft. A graduate of Hillsdale College (BA, Theatre; BA, English) and alum of the Huron Playhouse, Mr. Stewart now shifts his focus to education.
Bob Herzog (“When I Grow Up” WorkShop Instructor)
Bob Herzog anchors LOCAL 12 morning newscasts, serves as Traffic Reporter on Good Morning Cincinnati, produces the offbeat segment called The Cooler and hosts the notorious tradition known as Dance Party Friday. Mr. Herzog has appeared as many different characters in shows for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati over the last twelve years including The Heat Miser in Santa's Toy Factory, Captain Hook in Disney’s Peter Pan JR., Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., Genie in Disney’s Aladdin JR. and Aesop in Aesop’s Fables. Mr. Herzog graduated from Oak Hills High School, Xavier University and Chase College of Law at NKU. Mr. Herzog’s number one hobby is spending time with his family.
Tatiana Godfrey (Guest Teaching Artist)
Tatiana was born in Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA and drama, she worked in New York and Atlanta, Georgia, teaching students of all ages. A big advocate of arts education, she’s excited to be back in Cincinnati, and a guest teaching artist with TCTC.
Emily Mohler (Guest Teaching Artist)
Emily Mohler has been on tour with The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati's ArtReach Touring Division this past year, and is happy to be continuing her work with them. Roles played this past year include Della in The Gift of the Magi, Jo Ann Robinson in The Rosa Parks Story, as well as Mildred in Rumpelstiltskin.
Kate Altieri (Guest Teaching Artist)
Kate Altieri is a Sophomore at Northern Kentucky University as BFA Musical Theatre major. After she graduates, she hopes to go on to Broadway and also open her own theater to teach musical theatre. She is a member of the Theta Phi Alpha sorority and hails from Loveland, OH. Kate appeared in two show choirs (By Request and Revolution.) She has been in productions of Legally Blonde (Galean) Grease (Rizzo) Seussical the Musical (Mayzie) Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Wife).