Directors & Staff

We can’t do it alone

The RMRT Youth Theatre Program is directed each year by an all-star team of teaching artists and working professionals from around the country. Each member is dedicated to making every young artist shine!

“In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.” – Arthur Schopenhauer


About the Directors:

RMRT Education Director  – Joel Ewing

Joel is a co-artistic director of The Yard and the lead theatre teacher at Senn Arts Magnet High School. With The Yard Joel has directed and produced The 4th Graders Present with The Hypocrites, Milk Like Sugar with Raven Theatre, I & You with Jackalope and the remount for the 2016 Theatre on the Lake program, and Snack Break and Snack Break II: Juicebox Boogaloo, a short play festival with Victory Gardens Theatre. He also co-directed Blood at the Root with Jackalope Theatre and the remount for the 2018 Theatre on the Lake Program and performed alongside the kids in The Yard in Columbinus with Steppenwolf Theatre and the LookOut Series. At Senn Arts, Joel was a recipient of the Teacher Incentive Grant from the Oppenheimer Family Foundation that underwrites the outstanding efforts of CPS teachers who enhance and enrich the educational lives of their students through project-based learning. As an actor, Joel has appeared as The Baker in Into the Woods and as Andrey in Three Sisters, both with The Hypocrites as wells as The Snare and the upcoming Life on Paper, both with Jackalope.

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Laura Bess Ewing – Youth Theatre Production Director

Laura Bess is thrilled to be back with her family in her beloved Rocky Mountain home for yet another beautiful summer! Laura Bess received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Missouri State University and her masters in elementary education from DePaul University in Chicago. She teaches second graders in a Chicago public school, where she also directs musicals with 4th-6th graders, and has worked as an actor in the city with such companies as The Hypocrites and LiveWire Chicago Theatre. LB has served as director of multiple programs at RMRT over the years, adapting children’s stories into original productions and bringing junior versions of hit Broadway musicals to the RMRT stage. When not working with these fantastic kids, she can be seen around Grand Lake wrangling her enthusiastic six-year-old, Gus!