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

Meet our new Education Directors!

Samantha Beach Kiley

Samantha is an Austin-based writer and performer. Her plays include The Snare (Jackalope Theatre), Thing 100 (O’Neill Festival Finalist), Welcome to the Laborhood (Northlight Theatre Education) and she is the bookwriter for a new musical, Mill Girls. She and her sister have toured the country with their original toy theatre show, We the W(h)ee. As an actor, Sam has worked in theatre, voice-over and TV in Chicago and New York.  Her teaching experience comes from the NHSI “Cherubs” Program, where she taught playwriting, voice and movement for 7 years. She also works as a storyteller in partnership with churches ( and the non-profit, Supply Hope. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Actors Theatre of Louisville apprenticeship program. 

William Kiley

Will specializes in directing professional theatre by and for young people. He’s currently one of five directors developing new plays for The Kennedy Center’s New Visions / New Voices Festival. He was awarded the 2019 Don and Elizabeth Doyle Special Recognition Award for his work in youth theatre by The American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Will met Samantha during his five years teaching acting, voice, and movement at The National High School Institute “Cherubs” Program at Northwestern University. As an actor, Will toured a play written by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to military bases, performed for the United Nations in Kenya, acted in the Edinborough Fringe Festival in Scotland, and appeared as an overzealous EMT on NBC’s Chicago Fire. Will also helped build Chicago’s Jackalope Theatre Company, one of the city’s most well-reviewed producers of new plays. In May, he’ll complete his MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities at the University of Texas at Austin. He’ll also be certified to teach Secondary English Langauge Arts and K-12 Theatre Arts. 

Additional Faculty/Staff:

Christopher Lengerich (Music Director)

Christopher is a Littleton, CO native that calls New York City home. Having appeared on stages across the world, selected credits include The Will Rogers Follies and I Love a Piano national tours and Tokyo DisneySea. An accomplished tap dancer, starring credits include Crazy for You, 42nd Street and an original world premiere duet for the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  For the past six years as a Vocal Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, he has taught and installed 25 casts onboard 13 different ships across the globe. He is the Artistic Director for Songful Artists, and devotes much of his time to nurturing students at PAA Colorado, HSTAT in Brooklyn, and last summer with TTA at RMRT. Christopher graduated summa cum laude from the Catholic University of America with a Bachelor’s of Music in Musical Theatre and is an alumnus of Broadway Theatre Project, Goodspeed’s Music Direction Intensive and a member of Actor’s Equity.

Steven Russell

Steve is a performer and musician based out of New York City. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance from SUNY Fredonia, and is a certified Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is also a freelance accompanist, fight choreographer, and multi-instrumentalist. Favorite credits include: Les Miserables (Marius), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Stop the World, I Want to Get Off (Littlechap), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear). Steve is thrilled to return to Grand Lake for his seventh(!) year with the education program.