About Our Teachers
Katelyn Altieri (Music Theatre Dance, Creative Toddling)
Katelyn Altieri, a senior (soon to be graduate) at Northern Kentucky University. She will be receiving her degree in BFA musical theatre. Hoping to go on and teach once she graduates. She has been in past productions of Seussical the Musical as a Giraffe (NKU) Les Mis as a lovely lady (NKU) Swan Lake as Rothbart (Inbocca Performance) Evil Dead as Shelly / Annie (Village Players) Batboy the Musical as Shelly Parker (Falcon Theatre) and Legally Blonde as Gaelen (NKU).
Brandon Bentley (Drama Workshop)
Brandon Bentley is a recent addition to the Cincinnati area originally hailing from Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He studied in a B.F.A. Musical Theatre program from Emory & Henry College and was mentored by professionals from Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia. Brandon has been acting professionally for the past 15 years with his roots beginning in outdoor drama of the Appalachian Mountains and Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina. Since moving to Cincinnati three years ago, Brandon has been seen on stage at the Carnegie doing such productions as Carrie: The Musical, The Addams Family, and Sweeney Todd. Other favorite shows include those of the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati such as The Snow Queen, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR., and The Day Before Christmas. You can find him on Northern Kentucky University's stage this summer doing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with the Commonwealth Theatre Company! Brandon's dream is to one day work as an actor, educator, and director with a resident theatre company or several different companies in an area. He's proud to say, he's currently fulfilling that dream.
Bethany Xan Jeffery (Drama Workshop & Music Theatre Dance)
Education: MFA with Merit in Musical Theatre - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Honors/Magna Cum Laude BFA Musical Theatre/BFA Acting- Pace University in NYC. Favorite credits: The Addams Family (Alice) at the Edinburgh Fringe winning Best Performance in a Musical, Company (Jenny u/s) at Lincoln Center starring Neil Patrick Harris, Chautauqua! at The Public Theater, The Girl Who (Matchmaker), Merrily We Roll Along (Mary)- which will be featured in the upcoming Documentary entitled “Our Time,” Kiss Me, Kate (Lilli/Kate), The Syringa Tree (Elizabeth), The Beggar’s Opera (Lucy), and most recently Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. (Ursula) here at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati… Now you can see Bethany directing, choreographing, and teaching for multiple institutions. She recently made her New York directing debut with The Girl Who at the Infinity Repertory Theatre.
Ally Mellick (Vocal Workshop)
Allysun Mellick is a recent graduate of NKU where she has a BFA in Musical Theatre. Currently, she is working with the Commonwealth Summer Dinner Theatre where she will be playing Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has a lot of experience working with children. For the past two years, she has worked as an intern at Uptown Arts and a Tour Guide with Community Connections at NKU. She is very excited to work with The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati!
Jacqueline Smith (Drama Workshop)
Jacqueline Smith moved to Cincinnati in 2012 after graduating from Miami University as a Theatre major and Business Management major. Jackie has been involved in the area as a Teaching Artist at The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, The Carnegie, Drake Planetarium, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (CPIP). Other theatrical work includes house managing at CPIP and Cincinnati Shakespeare, prop and set designer at The Carnegie (The Fabulous Fable Factory and The Grunch), Assistant Stage Manager at The Carnegie (Driving Miss Daisy), and CPIP wardrobe crew member (Cabaret and 4000 Miles). Jackie is excited for the opportunity to continue to teach Learning the Craft: Drama Workshop and Creative Toddling at TCTC!
Chris Stewart (Drama Workshop)
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. Mr. Stewart works for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati as the Associate Artistic Director of ArtReach, the tour which brings live theatre to schools and venues around the region. Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris is a proud alum of Hillsdale College in Michigan, and a local actor, director, playwright, and teacher. He met his lovely wife, Kari Stewart, during Disney’s Peter Pan JR., in which Chris played Peter and she played Wendy. He recently assistant directed TCTC's production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., played Udo in The Snow Queen and will be featured as the Narrator in Disney’s Aladdin JR. this spring. Recent acting credits: Awaited: A Christmas Show (Crossroads), Church Girls (Commonwealth Theatre Co.), Camelot (Carnegie Center), Don’t Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical, (Hugo West Theatricals). Directing credits: Anne Frank, The Night Before Christmas (ArtReach), Little Shop of Horrors, Arsenic and Old Lace, Zombie Prom (Roger Bacon High School), By the Rivers of Babylon (Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative). Playwriting credits: In the Shadows of Edison: The Nikola Tesla Story, The Sword in the Stone, The Frederick Douglass Story -- all for ArtReach: A Division of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati . His two newest adaptations, The Night Before Christmas and The Wind in the Willows (with music by The Snow Queen composer/lyricist Stephen Goers), will tour with ArtReach this season. Chris is also a Teaching Artist for The Children’s Theatre’s STAR Program and WorkShops. 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.