Faculty

  • Erica Miller
    Teaching Artist

    Erica Miller is thrilled to be a part of the Compass Rose teaching team. She is a native of Lancaster, PA where she studied acting, singing, and dance from an early age and participated in dance recitals, school plays, and chorus concerts. It was only natural that she further her studies of the Dramatic Arts in college. Erica graduated from Point Park University with a BA in Theatre Arts in 2009. She lived in Pennsylvania until she moved to Annapolis with her husband in 2014. Erica could not be happier with the theater opportunities in this area and has already performed in many productions with multiple companies. Although Erica is just beginning her career as a teacher, she has gained a wealth of knowledge from her studies and performance experience that she is ready to share with her students. She looks forward to every new opportunity.

  • Ashley Taylor
    Teaching Artist

    Ashley is a Baltimore/Annapolis based actor and teaching artist and has been involved with Compass Rose Theater since 2014. She graduated from Towson University in 2011 with a B.S. in Theater/concentration in acting. Ashley discovered her passion for theater integration in the classroom while she was studying at Towson; she was involved in various Outreach programs with High Schools in the surrounding area, as well as a Reading Enhancement program with Elementary School students. Since graduating, she has lead numerous projects involving theater integration with younger students (K-6th grade). Ashley loves the passion at Compass Rose Theater, and is drawn to the feeling of creative accomplishment gained from bringing theater into a classroom setting.

  • Drew Kopas
    Teaching Artist

    Drew Kopas, a Cleveland Ohio native, is an actor, director, and teaching artist in the DC Metro area. As an actor, he has performed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Keegan Theatre, National Players, and the Capital Fringe Festival. He has taught theatre and performance for the Traveling Players Ensemble, Encore Stage Company of Virginia and the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center. Drew studied improvisational comedy with Second City and Improv Olympic members in Cleveland and Chicago. He has directed for the Shawnee Theatre in Indiana and assistant-directed for the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MFA in acting from Western Illinois University.

  • Eric Rasmussen
    Teaching Artist

    Eric Rasmussen is a recent graduate from Cedarville University with a degree in Theater Performance and Design. He originally is from the Philadelphia area, but has moved down to the Annapolis area to pursue his career in theater. His main focuses in the area of the arts are in Directing, Choreography, and Teaching. For the past two summers he has been involved with Lamplight Artists working as an intern for their traveling theater camps called All About Kids Productions (AAKP). Some notable productions he was a part of include Alice: a Walk Through Wonderland (director), Facades (choreographer), The 39 Steps (Clown 1), Over the River and Through the Woods (Frank), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat (Gad), and And Then There Were None (Wargrave).

  • Liza Skinner
    Teaching Artist

    Lisa Skinner is an actor and teaching artist in Annapolis, MD. Originally from Massachusetts, and a proclaimed New Yorker, she has taught theatre to a variety of ages from 3 yr. olds to adults. She was a teaching artist for the Actors Shakespeare Company at NJCU for several years and helped develop and implement their outreach program for WINS! (which brought Shakespeare to local NJ middle/high schools) and their 4th grade theatre program. She has also taught theatre at an Oasis Children Services NYC camp and after school program, with the Girl Scouts Patriot's Trail Inc., Notre Dame Academy Summer Institute and introduction to acting, undergraduate level, at West Virginia University. In addition to her work in the class room, she produces, directs and does private coaching for Shakespeare. As a actor, she has worked with Actors Shakespeare Company, Greenbrier Theatre, MLH Productions (a company she co-founded), Women's Shakespeare Company, and WVU's School of Theatre and Dance. She has a BFA in acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in acting from West Virginia University.

  • Ann Turiano
    Teaching Artist

    Ann Turiano is a teaching artist, actor, and dramaturg from Pittsburgh, PA. As a teaching artist: Center Stage, Everyman Theatre, City Theatre, Drama Learning Center, and Creative Kids. As a performer: Center Stage, Single Carrot Theatre, the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, the Charm City Fringe Festival, and Glass Mind Theatre (Company Member). Specialities include: Shakespeare for Teens, Devising, Playwriting (including disability-specific curriculum), and teacher trainings on Drama Integration for K-12 classrooms. Ann holds a BA in Acting from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice: Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama. By day, Ann teaches middle school drama at the St. Paul's School for Girls.

  • Amanda Campbell
    Teaching Artist

    Amanda Campbell is an Annapolis-based playwright, singer songwriter, and teaching artist. She worked as an educational intern with the Youtheatre program at Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina where she also studied commedia dell'arte, mask work, and clowning. She is a recent graduate of Bennington College in Vermont where she received her BA in theatre and literature. While at Bennington College Amanda enjoyed performing in a wide variety of plays ranging from the work of Shakespeare to Sarah Ruhl. Amanda is a current member and student at the Playwright’s Center.

  • Juliana DeCesaris
    Teaching Artist

    Juliana is a 2012 graduate from Towson University. She graduated with a B.S. in Theatre with a focus in Acting. During her college years she interned for Company of Fools theatre company in Hailey, ID, worked her backstage, and directing muscles, learned the basics of costumes, and was able to act with some very talented people while at Towson. She is thrilled to be part of the Compass Rose team. Being a teaching artist has been a very rewarding experience thus far, and she looks forward to this work.

  • Ashley R. Taylor
    Teaching Artist

    Ashley was born and raised right outside of Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Towson University in 2011 with a B.S. in Theater and a concentration in Acting. Ashley discovered her passion for theater integration in the classroom while she was studying at Towson. She was involved in various Outreach programs as well as a Reading Enhancement program with Elementary School students. Since then, Ashley has lead numerous workshops for kids at Pacific Coast Church (CA), Jones Middle School (MD), Enoch Pratt Free Library (MD), and Abundant Life Church (MD).

  • Thomas Beheler
    Teaching Artist

    Thomas Beheler has been acting professionally for the past four years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was also a recipient of the Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship. He is also a graduate from the Comedy Writing and Improvisation program at the Second City, Chicago, where he also created and showcased his one-man show “Between a Rock and a Fourth Wall” in 2013. The show has since been revived at several Fringe festivals. He has most recently been working with Synetic Theater as an understudy in their production of “As You Like It” and as Tweedledum in this season’s production of “Alice in Wonderland”. He was also First Priest in Compass Rose Theater’s production of “Murder in the Cathedral”. He has worked with various networks including Netflix, HBO, and Discovery ID. Thomas Beheler has been a Teaching Artist for over a year now and has found it very rewarding. As a result, he is currently working with the Maryland State Department of Education on becoming a certified Theater teacher and is a current employee of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

  • Casey Garner
    Teaching Artist

    Casey is a Meisner-trained actress, singer, writer and teaching artist in the Annapolis area. She received her bachelor's degree in theatre (acting emphasis) and a minor in dance from Greensboro College in North Carolina. Since graduating, she has been working professionally in the DC/Baltimore area. Ranging anywhere from Sketch Comedy at Single Carrot Theatre, to children's musicals at Pumpkin Theatre and even a little improv with Laugh Index Theatre. Among other projects, she is currently the Production Assistant/Zombie swing, at Charm City Room Escapes, team building show, Trapped in a Room with a Zombie. Planting seeds of art in young performers has a huge place in her heart and she is thrilled to be on the teaching staff at Compass Rose Theatre.