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Meet Our Team

Nicholas Bartell

Nicholas Bartell

Director of Secondary Education

A graduate of the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma in 2009, Nicholas immediately pursued his career in theatre education through teaching acting classes for the Sooner Theatre as he worked to obtain his teaching certification. Once certified, Nicholas began his public school teaching career at Jackson Middle School in Oklahoma City, where he established their first theatre class with an excited group of young people. Nicholas then began teaching Speech and Drama at Longfellow Middle School in Norman, OK, the very middle school that inspired his theatre passion. From working with 6th-8th grade students in the classroom, to establishing Longfellow’s Loaded Baked Potato, a fall sketch comedy show written, performed, and crewed by students, to getting students prepared for the strong competitive acting teams and Norman North, Nicholas has made theatre education for youth a part of his every moment. In the summertime, Nicholas also serves as the Camp Director for Oklahoma Shakespeare’s Young Company Theatre Camp during the Summer.

Rozz Grigsby

Rozz Grigsby

Director of Primary Education

Rozz received her Theatre Arts BFA in 2004 at UCO. She then attended the University of Central Florida’s Theatre for Young Audiences MFA program in conjunction with Orlando Repertory Theatre, where she was a charter ArtsBridge program scholar and created the Acorn Actors creative drama program at Great Oaks Village Foster Care Center. At the Orlando Repertory Theatre, she collaborated on the Writes of Spring playwriting program, developed curriculum for theatre education grades PreK through 8, and served as The REP’s Director of Festivals. Rozz returned to the OKC metro in 2007 to serve as the Director of Education at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. At OCT, her projects included developing creative drama outreach programs at metro elementary schools, creating new homeschool theatre productions and creative drama curriculum, directing plays for children and families, and managing OCT’s summer & seasonal theatre camps for over 3000 children and youth each year. She joined the Lyric staff in March this year as the Group Coordinator in the ticket office, and is extremely excited to dive back into the world of theatre education that she loves. Rozz lives in OKC with her husband James, who is a dance teacher at Range of Motion Dance Studio and theatre technician & teacher at Mustang High School, and their two sons—7-year-old Taylor and 2-year-old Elliott.

Ronn Burton

Ronn Burton

Acting Instructor

Ronn Burton, an Oklahoma native who relocated to New York City, now splits his time between NYC and OKC (traveling regularly to teach in Los Angeles as well) working as an actor, singer, director, and teacher.  For voice lessons, he bases his teaching with a strong Classical Foundation, and also specializes in Musical Theatre and Contemporary Styles. Some students love classical music and work on Italian arias…while others love 80s Metal Bands and work on healthy ways to approach Pop/Rock music. For acting lessons, he ensures that students feel equally at home in plays, musicals, and on-camera. He values technique – and students learning technique for themselves in their own bodies – so they’re ultimately able to excel on their own. Ronn’s performance and directing credits include national television, independent film (Soho International Film Festival Official Selection), New York concert stage (Carnegie Hall concerts with Kelli O’Hara and Stephen Sondheim) and Off-Broadway theatre (Second Stage Uptown, York Theater, Union Square Theater.) Oklahoma Theatre credits include acting and directing at Lyric Theatre, CityRep, Reduxion Theatre, Carpenter Square, and Sooner Theatre. BFA in Theatre / Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. Proud member of Actors Equity.

Jessica James-Curtis

Jessica James-Curtis

Acting Instructor

Jenny Rader

Jenny Rader

Vocal Instructor

Jenny is a private voice teacher out of her home in Yukon and also performs locally with community theatres and in competitions throughout the metro area.    Recent roles include Susannah (Susannah), Dragon (Shrek the Musical), and Cathy (The Last Five Years.)  In addition to this, Jenny is also a three time international champion with the Talentquest Singing competition in the pop category which has led to her coaching some contestants, some of which have placed in the top five in the nation.  Jenny puts a strong focus on building a foundation of good habits so that her students can sing any style with ease.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Vocal Instructor / Music Director

Tiffany Tuggle

Tiffany Tuggle

Musical Theatre Instructor

Tiffany Tuggle graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2009 with her degree in Theatre. She went on to be an early childhood teacher for OKCPS, first teaching kindergarten and then Pre-k. When she’s not teaching she’s performing with companies throughout the metro including Pollard Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and Carpenter Square. As a teacher, Tiffany has always sought to bring stories to life through drama in her classroom. Her philosophy is “A love of reading begins with a love of storytelling!”. She is thrilled to be able to bring her two passions together with this class, teaching young minds how fun it is play a part and tell a story with their friends!

Matthew Brown

Instructor

Matthew is an actor/musician based in Oklahoma City. He has worked as an actor at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma since 1993. He is a founding member of the rock n roll collective, The Fellowship Students. His concept album RAINBOW AROUND THE SUN was recorded in 2006 and adapted into a motion picture rock opera in 2008. RAINBOW…played across the nation in numerous film festivals including South By Southwest and the deadCenter Film Festival. In 2009, RAINBOW…was adapted into a live stage show, which had its world premiere at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Other albums recorded by The Fellowship Students include: THE YOUTH WANT DISTORTION and REAL AS RITUAL (under the name, “Portraiture”). In 2011, he formed The Rokademy Experiment at the Lyric Theatre Thelma Gaylord Academy. In 2013, he completed his rock opera for young audiences, THEO AND THE MAGIC ROAD, which was performed twice by The Rokademy Experiment. Since then, The Rokademy Experiment has focused on bringing full albums to life on stage. Past Experiments include: OK COMPUTER by Radiohead, ABBEY ROAD by The Beatles, SPILT MILK by Jellyfish, THE WALL by Pink Floyd and the double bill, REVOLVER and SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND. As a performer, Mr. Bown has appeared in many rock musicals including HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, AMERICAN IDIOT, and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.

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