Meet the Rose Children’s Theatre Directors!
Dody Hansen, received a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Oregon. She has taught music in both Elementary and Middle School, leading not only general music classes but teaching band, choir and producing several musicals. Always involved with large groups she has also directed numerous camp and church programs for children for many years. She has been an assistant director, Board president and costumer in various orders with Rose Children’s Theater for over 10 years and she is now delighted to be directing for them. Working with youth seems to be a theme with Dody; her day job is a substitute teacher for both Springfield and Eugene School Districts. Presently Dody is the Executive Music Director for Oregon Children’s Choir which she has had been involved with for 11 years as a parent & volunteer. She is so honored to work with an amazing organization such as Rose Children’s Theater and their awesome theater family!
Evynne Hollens is a singer and voice teacher primarily known for her online videos & live performances. With over 4 million views on YouTube, she releases weekly videos; frequently popular music video covers, alternating with her new voice lesson series entitled “How To Sing”. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she resides in Oregon with her husband Peter Hollens and is a performer, teacher and artistic director. After several years performing on cruise ships with Royal Caribbean alongside her husband Peter, the couple created an “a cappella-inspired” original production show for Azamara Cruise Lines called “Voices”, which is now featured on both of Azamara’s ships. Evynne also performs locally, directs for Rose Children’s Theatre and has a private voice studio. In 2001 she co-founded Divisi – the University of Oregon’s award-winning female a cappella group, featured in the best-selling book & inspiration for the hit feature film “Pitch Perfect”. You can check out Evynne’s ever-changing, family-inspired & very musical YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/EvynneHollensMusic.
Rebekah Hope Becky is thrilled to be directing her first show with RCT and has thoroughly enjoyed working with such an awesome group of kids and volunteers.
Becky grew up in the theatre. Her first time on stage was with her mom at the age of three. Since then Becky has been able to share the stage with every member of her family at one time or another. Seen on stage at almost every theatre in the Eugene area, past favorite performances have included Mrs. Brill/The Bird Woman in Mary Poppins at The Shedd, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof at Cottage Theatre. As a director, Becky has had the privilege of directing youth productions and workshops for Pleasant Hill Community Theatre and Storybook Theatre of Cottage Grove.
By day, Becky is a stay at home mom of three wonderful hooligans ages 11,9 and 6.
Scott Frazier-Maskiell is recent arrival to Eugene with his family. Originally from New York he has over 40 years of experience in theater including a stint on Broadway and 3 national tours with Theatreworks USA. Musicals are his love, and he has performed in, choreographed, directed and even written a few over the years. Working with kids, teaching and directing, is his most favorite thing to do and he is very happy to be a part of the RCT family.
David Fitch has been a music educator in the Eugene area for over 20 years. In 1995 he co-founded the Oregon Boy Choir that is part of the Oregon Children’s Choirs. His choirs have won numerous awards and have performed in China and Europe. David also directs community music theatre, various summer music camps, and has a thriving private music studio. In the spring of 2015 he co-directed “Beauty and the Beast” for Rose Children’s Theatre. He is also in demand as a clinician and adjudicator.
Mr. Fitch has a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance and has a Master’s Degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon. In 2009 he was a finalist for the Disney Teacher of the Year. David enjoys being with his family – Kim, Hope, Sadie, and Lacey, all Duck Sports (Hope is the President of the UO Ultimate Frisbee Team which won the Nat’l Championship this year), and has been known to play a round or two of golf.
Richard Leebrick is a writer, director, performing artist and teacher. As an actor Richard has appeared in dozens of productions in the Eugene area including roles in Willamette Repertory Theater, Oregon Repertory Theater, Bach Festival, The Shedd and Lord Leebrick Theater. He has also appeared in several independent movies including Nightscape (Imperiad Productions), Ruby By the River and Broken Paradise (Greenstate Productions). In addition, Richard will appear in an episode of Grimm during Season Five of the popular NBC series.
As a musician Richard has recorded multiple CDs of original as a vocalist and woodwind specialist with bands Mo Densky and Neptune Rodeo.
As a writer Richard recently published a work entitled Live on Wings of Love: A Journey to PeggySioux— a book and audioscape (see www.peggysioux.com) — a kid’s story for adults.
Richard graduated with honors from the University of Oregon with degrees in theater and history. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. Richard received his Masters in Teaching from Pacific University.
In 2013 Richard was awarded Open Lens “Best In Show” award for the adaption of his screenplay Ruby By The River entitled Broken Lens. As a teacher Richard was nominated for consideration as 4J Teacher of the Year in 2014-15.
Joshua Lenhardt began singing his sophomore year of high school, starting in the jazz choir “Topnotchers” at Willamette High School. From there, he went on to perform in “Annie Get Your Gun” through the Shedd Institude at the Hult Center, sing in the University of Oregon’s Concert Choir and Gospel Singers, and became a part of the award winning all-male a cappella group, On The Rocks.
Now a director of two a cappella groups through Oregon Children’s Choir, Some Cool Guys and Sforzando, Josh loves working with kids to support music, and bring out the best in everyone both musically and in their performance. He strongly supports the arts in our community, and truly believes that it creates education and experience that cannot be taught in any other way. His goal for every production is to help create a fun experience, and encourage kids to continue exploring all the wonderful opportunities that music has to offer.
Megan Lenhardt was born & raised in Eugene, Oregon and has been involved in the arts from a very young age. She and her husband, Josh Lenhardt, continue to live, work, & raise their 2 year old son, Brendan, in the amazing place where they both grew up. Megan grew up performing & singing in her church & school choirs and also performed in many Rose Children’s Theatre productions, which included one of her favorite roles as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Megan went on to attend the University of Oregon and while there was a part of the University of Oregon’s Premier Women’s A Cappella Group, Divisi from 2006-2010. She was able to perform, record, travel & compete with Divisi and was the group’s Choreographer for all 4 years that she was in the group. She received the Award for Best Choreography each time the group competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. From there, Megan went on to reconnect with Rose Children’s Theatre, but this time, on the other side of things as a teacher, choreographer & director for RCT for the past 5 years. She most recently co-directed the 2014 Benefit Christmas Concert, Christmas at the Movies with Evynne Hollens & also choreographed the 2015 Spring Musical, Beauty and the Beast. For the past 3 years, she has been choreographer for & last year co-directed the Oregon Children’s Choir’s all-female high school a cappella group, Synergy. She is now the director of that group and also co-directs, with her husband, Josh, the co-ed high school group, Sforzando. Megan has always had a passion for music & performing and loves working with kids in the community to help inspire them to follow their passions & pursue their dreams.
Marcee Shriver Long received her BA in Music Education from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Music Education from Western Oregon University. A mid/high school Music and Drama teacher for 15 years, she “retired” to stay home with her three children. She now teaches privately from her Performance in the Parlor Studio (The Pipsters!). A studio that gives students of all ages, a lifelong love of the performing arts while helping them with individual growth and a healthy outlook, not star mentality. To resolutely support belief in themselves and to learn from the surrounding ages/stages in every performance opportunity.
Marcee has enjoyed performing, directing and being a choreographer in and around the community – Through the years she has been involved in the following groups:
Eugene Concert Choir, Albany Civic Theater, Ed Raggazino Productions, Actors Cabaret, Shedd and OFAM, Eugene Opera, Cottage Theater, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Very Little Theater, Oregon Contemporary Theater, Fools Haven – Shakespeare Showcase, The Jazz Station, Rose Children’s Theater, Nobel Peace Park, as well as the Eugene school district.
Some favorite roles Marcee has played: Josie in George M, Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, Vesta in Orpheus in the Underworld, Mary Eunice in Radio TBS, Blue Fairy in My Son Pinocchio, Nimue in Camelot and Lily St. Regis in Annie.
Also in the middle of a Children’s Charity Tour – Marcee, in a one-woman show, that began last May for CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates, will be continuing the tour in 2016 for similar charities
Tama Rowan is a native Eugenean who has been sharing her love of music with children, teens and adults for over 35 years. She holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from the University of Oregon.
She taught music at Eugene Montessori School for over twenty years and still returns to direct their Winter and Spring programs. Following her work at EMS she moved to the Eugene 4j School District and was Music Specialist at Gilham Elementary for five years. Currently, she is in her eleventh year as Music Specialist at Mt. Vernon Elementary School in Springfield, Oregon.
Tama has also been a proud director with the Oregon Children’s Choir, directing the Junior Academy Singers Boychoir for the past fourteen years. Additionally, she co-directed, the OCC Spring Singer Choir for eight years.
In 2002 she began her career with Rose Children’s Theatre. She has served as both Music Director and Lead Director for a variety of their musical productions. She was instrumental in creating RCT’s Junior Musical program for elementary and middle school actors and the Adventures in Acting workshop for RCT’s youngest actors, Kindergarten through 2nd grades.
In addition to teaching and directing, Tama is an accomplished pianist who began playing piano at the early age of four. She has continued to play and teach piano as well as the ukulele and accordion.
Past Mainstage Productions: The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, The King and I, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Honk!, Pinocchio, Guys and Dolls, Children of Eden, Beauty and the Beast
Past Junior Productions: Schoolhouse Rock!, Jr., Willy Wonka, Jr., Captain Louie, Jr., Music Man, Jr., Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jr., Fiddler on the Roof, Jr., The Little Mermaid, Jr., Peter Pan, Jr., Shrek Jr.
Adventures in Acting: Beauties & Beasties, Seuss & Goose, Under the Sea, Annie Meets Oliver!, Varmints & Villains, Lions and Tigers and Bears!, Superheroes Rock!
Teaching Awards: Alpha Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award (2014-2015)A Champion in Education (ACE) Nominee (2009, 2011, 2013)
Caitlyn Tendick is thrilled to join the Rose Children’s Theatre. She is involved in the theater community in and around Eugene through many different avenues. Running her own hair business, Styles by Caitlyn, has offered opportunities styling hair for the Eugene Opera, Pleasant Hill Community Theater, and New Hope’s Hairspray. When she is not backstage working hair and makeup she is on stage, most recently performing in Hairspray with New Hope Eugene, and A Christmas Carol with Pleasant Hill Community Theater. As a Pleasant Hill, Oregon native, she has enjoyed performing with Pleasant Hill Community Theater, as well as assistant directing multiple children’s and young adult shows, most recently their spring performance of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She has studied improvisation at The Second City Training Center in Chicago where she performed in numerous improv showcases. This is her first production with Rose Children’s Theatre.
Judy Wenger retired in 2010 after 37 years of teaching middle school language arts and drama. She spent 27 of those years at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene, Oregon, her hometown. Prior to that, she taught in South Australia and Monroe Middle School in Eugene. She has directed over 30 Broadway musicals, many Shakespeare plays, as well as 25 modern plays.
Wenger received her B.A. in English and Speech and her M.Ed at the University of Oregon. Judy is the cartoon character Ms Wingit in the cartoon strip, Stone Soup by Jan Eliot. She was the 2004 recipient of the U. S. Presidential award for Inspirational Teacher as well as the 2007 Eugene Arts and Letters Bishop Award. Since retiring, she has directed children in a condensed version of the opera La Boheme for Eugene Opera, directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a mostly autistic cast for Bridgeway House, created costumes for Once Upon a Mattress and The Wizard of Oz for Roosevelt Middle School, directed four shows for Rose Children’s Theatre and helped with a school show in Harlem, NYC.
Wenger is currently directing and assisting Bob Welch in his upcoming tribute to Oregon which will be presented at the Hult Center in November. She is a member of the Very Little Theatre, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Beachside Writers, Daisy Ducks, and Home Science. She lives in Eugene in the home she grew up in with her husband Kim. They have been married for 43 years and have two married daughters and five granddaughters.