The Team

Holly R
ose (Founder/Managing Artistic Dir./Legally Blonde Director): Holly is thrilled to be able to work with the amazingly talented theatre artists and volunteers here at Rosebud!  Some of Holly's credits include performing in A Narrow Bed (Wings Theatre, NYC), dancing alongside Smashmouth (Radio City Music Hall, NYC) and playing “Benten” in the World Premiere of The Kyogen Rope (O’Malley Theatre, Chicago). Some directing credits include I Hate Hamlet (Knutzen Family Theatre), If Spiders Made Honey (Burien Little Theatre), and A Very Lovely Dress (Stone Soup Theatre). Holly also enjoys being involved in the vibrant Northwest film community.  Some recent film credits include playing The Maid in Rock-A-Bye Dead Man, Gina Ricessi-Kincaid in Kanashimi, and Ambrosia Prufrock in Waiting for Exit to name a few. Find out more on IMDB. Holly has directed numerous workshops and children’s theatre productions throughout Minnesota, Chicago, and NYC and currently teaches with Rosebud CTC at the Federal Way Community Center.  Please visit for photos, videos, film projects updates, and which Pacific Northwest stages to find her on...

 B.F.A. Musical Theatre, 
Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University; Performance Certificate, American Musical & Dramatic Academy NYC; MBA with an emphasis in Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management.


Brian Soushek (Legally Blonde Music Director): Brian is a local musician from Kent, WA. He is involved in a variety of programs and projects in the Federal Way area. Brian teaches private piano and saxophone lessons, is worship leader at Federal Way United Methodist Church, works with Laird Thornton at Thomas Jefferson High School in their musical theatre program, and is the Associate Director of Federal Way Chorale. Brian also composes original music in his spare time. Brian feels blessed to have worked with Holly Rose for the past eleven years providing a much needed artistic outlet for young people in our community.

Ian Howe (Legally Blonde choreographer):
was inspired to start dancing at age 5 when he watched Savion Glover perform on Sesame Street.  He started his training at Backstage Dance Studio, while competing regionally and nationally winning many awards.  In 2004, Ian took the incredible opportunity to travel and perform all over the world as a dancer and singer on Holland America Line, remaining for almost eight years. Returning in 2011, Ian continued to teach all around the PNW.  He also performs with 2 different contemporary groups based out of Seattle; 3rd Shift Dance under the direction of Xaviera Vandermay, where he has performed at many venues in Washington, Oregon and California and Relay Dance Collective under the direction of Austin Sexton where Ian will have the privilege of working with Laura Edson and other nationally renowned choreographers.  Ian hopes to "Motivate & Inspire through Dance" wherever he goes.

Ellie Rutt (Legally Blonde Stage Manager): Ellie is excited to return to Rosebud as a part of the creative team! She was last seen on the Rosebud stage as Charlie Davenport in Annie Get Your Gun. Ellie has worked in just about every facet of the theatre from performance to stage management, and has even tried her hand at writing.  Some of Ellie's favorite performance roles include Judith Bliss in Hay Fever (Decatur Theatre), The Wicked Witch of the West in Oz (Rosebud CTC), Syme in 1984 (Decatur Theatre), and Sara Jane Moore in Assassins (Decatur Theatre).

Ellie is a recent graduate of Decatur High School and will be attending Tacoma Community College in the fall.  

John Kelleher (Alice@WonderlandtheMusical! Director): John is delighted to return to Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory for this, his sixth summer as director of the pre-teen show.  Some of John’s recent performing credits include Fester in The Addams Family, A New Musical (Burien Actor’s Theatre), Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Lyric Light Opera), LM in Pump Boys and Dinettes (Renton Civic/Bellevue Civic), Jacob in Joseph…(Second Story Repertory), The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Redwood Theatre), Judge Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Mr. Mayor in Seussical (ManeStage Theatre),  Baron Bomburst in Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Thenardier in Les Miserables, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Old Deuteronomy in CATS (Tacoma Musical Playhouse).  John is no stranger to the production side of theatre having been music director for several Renton Summer Teen Musical theatre productions, and recently was music director for Peter Pan (Lyric Light Opera).  He was the founding director of Renton’s Youth Theatre Program that served students ages 7 – 12.  John’s day job is that of Music Specialist in the Lake Washington School District, and during his 25 years in that position, he has directed/music directed over 18 productions.  John co-founded the “Little Theatre Project” at his school to provide theatre performance experience for students Kindergarten – 2nd Grade.

Education: B.M. in Music Education, Elmhurst College, and M.Ed. in Technology in Education from Lesley University.

Heidi Vanderford (Alice @ Wonderland the Musical Music Director):

Erika Jacobsen (Alice @ Wonderland the Musical Choreographer):
Erika is a Seattle based dancer and choreographer. Since graduating college, she has participated in many shows and has choreographed Stadium high school’s Hairspray (2016) and Guys and Dolls (2017). She teaches jazz dance and other styles at the Seattle studio All That Dance as well as teaches with musical theatre bound high school students. The most recent musical Erika was in was Gypsy at Tacoma Little Theatre. Erika also performs regularly with 3rd Shift Dance Company in the Seattle area. She is very excited to be working with Rosebud for the first time on Alice @ Wonderland the Musical.

Education: BFA in Commercial Dance from Pace University New York

Darlee Hart (Alice @ Wonderland the Musical Stage Manager):
Darlee is so grateful for the opportunity to work with the Rosebud team! She was first introduced to the world of theatre as a child when she attended summer theatre camps at her church. She's been in love ever since! Some of her favorite acting credits include Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables and the White Witch in Narnia.  She has worked in summer camps for four years (Cascade Christian School District) as well as in acting workshops with elementary students (Emerson Elementary). Her favorite directing and crew positions have been as a stage hand in Deception Pass (WWU), a director for a segment of The Importance of Being Earnest (WWU), and, most recently, an assistant-director for Almost, Maine and The Wizard of Oz (Sumner High School). In her free time, Darlee enjoys watching "behind the scenes" videos/documentaries of films and reading books.

Education: BA in English Literature -emphasis in Secondary Education with Teaching License, and a minor in Theatre at  Western Washington University.

Michele Graves (Costumer):
This is Michele's third year providing costume design for Rosebud CTC.  She is currently the Resident Costume Designer at Tacoma Little Theatre and has worked with the
theater for almost 30 years.  "The quality of the shows, casts, and crews make it a pleasure to be a part of RCTC.  Whether doing a period production, a contemporary piece,or a whimsical play, I enjoy
costuming the many actors and getting to know the characters they portray."

 Marissa Thompson (Property Mistress):