Our Instructors




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.


Teen Theater instructor
Liam Mayer is a Verge Teen Theater alum and has been working at the theater ever since graduating. He co-directed the teen musicals: The Music Man and Once Upon a Mattress. He directed last winter's Middle School show Middle Class. Liam performs in our Family Stage production and techs many of our main stage productions. 


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.



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


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!


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. 


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.


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.





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!




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.



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! 


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.