Our Instructors

 

 

JESSIE SHERMAN

Programs Director and instructor

Jessie is Verge's Programs Director. Growing up in Bozeman, she participated in Teen Theater at the Verge (then Equinox Theater), where she discovered her passion not only for performing but for the collaborative process. Jessie received her BA in Theatre Arts and English from the University of Minnesota, Morris and her MA in Applied Theatre: Drama in Communities and Drama Education from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London. Although her experience shines, it is the playful time she shares with the kids that is most impressive. Jessie has performed in Verge productions such as Talking With and is part of our Silly Moose Comedy Improv troupe.

JUSTIN BARTELS

Improv instructor for all ages
Justin is a graduate of Verge's 5 tiered curriculum and joined the cast of our Comedy Revue last year, where his ideas and characters caused many sides to split! He is easy going and creates a comfortable environment so you can let go and play.

 

PAIGE JOHNSON

Adult Improv Instructor
Paige is part of our Improv troupe, has taught workshops, and has graced the Main Stage and Family Stage. She has appeared in our annual Comedy Revue, Three Glorious Weeks, and Bob's Holiday Office Party among others! She never fails to bring the funny.

 

Bennett Drozic

BEEZY NOONAN

Adult Improv Instructor
Beezy is a regular to teaching the adult curriculum and is often on stage or behind the scenes. She is always a big hit in our annual Comedy Revue, part of our Imporv Troupe, and plays the forlorn and wisecracking Jackie in Jimmy's First Christmas on Parole. Her laugh is infectious and is a great source of encouragement in the classroom!

MOLLY HANNAN

Adult Improv Instructor
Molly has been teaching improv for the last 3 years and has been performing with the Bozeman Improverts for the last 4 years. She has taken classes with Dave Razowsky and UCB founder Matt Walsh.  Molly has also been seen in some of our Main and Family Stage shows as well as a regular writer and performer for the Annual Comedy Revue. 

GREG OWENS

Teen Playwrights mentor
Greg is the Executive Director of the local non-profit Bozeman Youth Initiative, which helps young people develop skills and leadership qualities through hands on projects. He has a long history of teaching writing, english and theater. Greg is a published playwright, and his play The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild was named the Best Off-Loop Play of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. These workshops are a perfect combination of his expertise! Look at these links for more info on Greg: http://www.thunderheadwriterscollective.com/niche-seminars, https://www.broadwayplaypub.com/play-authors/greg-owens.

JAYNE MAGINOT

Adult Acting Instructor
Jayne recently moved to Bozeman from New York City. She has a long list of theater, television and film credits from New York, Boulder and Denver. She recently appeared in a sketch on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She has a B.F.A. in Film Studies as well as a multitude of other training experience including: film, improvisation, acting master classes and the Meisner and Uta Hagen methods. Her classes will surely enrich anyone's creative process.

 

 

 

MILES DUFFEY

Kids and Teens Acting Instructor

Miles Duffey has been acting around Minnesota and all around Montana for the last 8 years.  He attended professional acting school at the University of Minnesota.  He recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and then did an extensive year-long apprenticeship with Children's Theater Company (winner of the 2003 Tony award for best regional theater).  Miles was introduced to teaching in the great state of Montana and is now a veteran of 7 educational tours with Montana Shakespeare in the Schools.  His passion for teaching lies in the creation and maintenance of a safe space for people to be creative.  He is always inspired by what students come up with when they are allowed to be themselves and intrepret exercises in their own ways!

 

 

JESSE LAGOS

Adult Acting Instructor

Jesse Lagos is excited to be sharing his knowledge and experience with acting.  Jesse's passion for theatre started in Middle School and grew exponentially after being accepted to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (think FAME).  He continued studying Theatre and Music throughout college and implemented all he has learned in Music tours and theatrical contracts.  When not performing Jesse enjoys serving his clients with buying, selling, or investing in real estate.  Jesse believes the tools provided in his Level 1 Acting class will help enrich each individuals professional and personal goals.

 

JAELYN SILVEY

Teen Theater Instructor

Theater has always played a huge role in Jaelyn’s life. She began taking Saturday musical and improv classes as a young girl and then performed through the Teen Theater program and the Verge Family stage. She is grateful for the opportunity to teach others and spread her love for the theater. Jaelyn is excited to begin her directing journey with the teens! 

 

DENISE CARR

Youth Musical Theater instructor

Denise Carr attended Florida State University on a vocal performance scholarship shortly after winning the International Voice Competition hosted by Stetson University.  She became involved in the arts as a child and has either been on stage, working behind the scenes, or as an instructor ever since.  She has worked in a variety of genres including contemporary and classical musical theater, acting, early renaissance, leading worship, as well as being an aerial artist in the Flying High Circus.  As an instructor Denise has worked for Next Generation Kids, Central Florida Performing Arts, Athens Theater, as well as owning her own musical theater and acting studio in Orlando, FL called Voices of Joy. One of Denise's greatest pleasures is watching students blossom and grow through theater, voice, speech and debate.  It is her belief that the arts allows students to embrace the truth that each person is a special and unique voice and it is their job to develop, refine, and then share their gifts with their community. 

HANNAH MEEKS

Youth Musical Theater Instructor

Hannah Meeks is a passionate teacher and performer of theatre. Some of her favorites roles she has played in the last few years are  Nancy in Oliver (Montana Theatreworks), The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods (The Shane Lalani Center for the Performing Arts), Gretchen in Boeing, Boeing (Montana Theatreworks), and Ma Ingalls in Littlehouse Christmas (The Verge). She is also an active part of the Intermountain Opera's productions holding roles in She Loves Me, The Tender Land, Tosca, Suor Angelica, and MSIP/Intermountain Opera's collaboration of My Fair Lady.  She has her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and is currently the Speech and Drama and World Cultures teacher at Headwaters Academy as well as the Musical Theatre teacher for the Verge. She loves sharing the joy of the performing arts with children of all ages!
 

STEVEN HARRIS-WEIEL

Improv Instructor

A Bozeman native, Steven owes a lot to Verge Theater, where he started acting in 2010 and was introduced to improv. He has been acting all around Bozeman ever since. After graduating from Verge's adult improv program, Steven found himself excited to teach and share with others the improv foundations of acceptance, communication, and trust. The foundations he has learned through acting and improv have helped him tremendously in his endeavors producing his own interview podcast (You Are Admirable), serving on the board of Bozeman Actors Theatre and as president of a Toastmasters club, working as a licensed real-estate agent, and volunteering in the community.