Teaching Artists

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All of the Compass Rose Theater faculty are teaching artists with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in theater from an accredited institution. Some have Masters Degrees in theater as well. All of our faculty have teaching experience with a range of student populations and a depth of knowledge of how to challenge and stimulate the creative process within students individually and as an acting ensemble.

Teaching Artists

Stephanie Ichniowski

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Teaching Artist

Stephanie Ichniowski is a recent graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and received her BFA in Drama with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. She is a local actor who loves musicals, Shakespeare, and discovering new works. During her senior year of college, she was a part of Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Outreach Tour production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, where she and her fellow cast mates brought the show to several communities that may not get exposed to Shakespeare, or theatre in general. Through this experience, she found a passion for teaching and helping others discover a love for theatre. She is excited to work as a teaching artist with Compass Rose Theater, and bring theatre to students so that they may not only grow as artists, but as people as well.  

Andy Clemence

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Teaching Artist

Andy Clemence has been a professional stage, film, and voice actor for 35 years, appearing in lead roles at The Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, American Century Theatre, and Folger Shakespeare Theatre. Andy does extensive voice acting for Graphic Audio Productions and performed for 15 years with the political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps, portraying President GW Bush all across the U.S. and Off-Broadway. In Hollywood, Andy starred in a number of films for Syfy-Universal including Black Forest with Academy Award™ winner Ben Cross, Super Cyclone with Ming-Na (Marvel's Agents of SHIELD), and Rise Of The Zombies with LaVar Burton and Danny Trejo. He also appeared as the Secretary of Labor on House Of Cards opposite Academy Award™ winner Kevin Spacey. Andy is a teaching artist and private acting coach to both youth and adult actors, many of whom have signed with top agents from NY and LA as a result. He has taught Masterclasses in “Acting and Auditioning for Film & Television,” “Self-Taping Auditions for Actors,” and “The Business of Acting” at The Actor's Center, The Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Adventure Theatre MTC, The Drama Learning Center, and Carroll County Community College. He provides Video Audition taping services, on-camera coaching, audition preparation, scene study, and career & industry consultations. Andy holds a BFA degree in Acting from The Catholic University Of America. He is represented by Jordan, Gill, and Dornbaum Talent Agency in NYC, and is a life-long member of the Screen Actor's Guild and Actor's Equity Association. 

Marshall Bailey

Role: 
Education Coordinator
Teaching Artist

Marshall Bailey is a BA Theatre Arts graduate of Salisbury University. He couldn’t be more excited to be apart of the Compass Rose teaching team. Marshall discovered the theater and acting in high school and has never looked back. He continued to act in several productions throughout his college career, playing characters such as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harcourt in The Country Wife, and Soranzo in Tis’ Pity She’s a Whore. In 2018, he found himself in the amazing acting company at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Marshall first began teaching during his education internship at the Salisbury Zoological Park where he found great joy in connecting with families and children about the fascinating animals of the world. Marshall is delighted at every chance to help Compass Rose Theater reach out to our community and make new connections and partnerships.

Rebecca Downs

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Teaching Artist

Rebecca Kyler Downs has worked for more than 20 years in LA and NY. She has looped movies, recorded voice-overs and video games, (including multiple characters for the entire World Of Warcraft series) and appeared in TV and on film. Some of her TV credits include  CSI Miami, Robbery Homicide Division, Will And Grace, Another World and One Life To Live.  On film she’s worked with wonderful actors like Robert Hayes, James McCaffrey and Alexandra Wentworth. Commercials you have seen her in include Fed-Ex, Nyquil, Toyota, Applebees, Taco Bell, AT&T and Verizon. A professional jazz singer and published songwriter, Rebecca also collaborated on music for films like The Wedding Crashers, Monster-In-Law,  The Cooler and Down With Love. Since her recent move to  Annapolis she has kept busy working with The Colonial Players in several local productions, including 33 Variations (WATCH award nominee), Nine and Masha Sonja Vanya and Spike.