The Team

Holly Rose (Founder/Managing Artistic Dir./Godspell Director): Holly is thrilled to be able to work with such 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 loves being involved in the vibrant Northwest film community. She has directed numerous workshops and children’s theatre productions throughout Minnesota, Chicago and NYC as well as at the Knutzen Family Theatre with seasonal classes and creating and directing the Summer Youth Musical Theatre Program.  Please visit Holly's website for photos and video updates on her film projects and more.

Education: 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.

John Kelleher (There's a Monster in my Closet! Director): John is delighted to return to Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory after his debut last year as director of Wonderland! Some of John’s recent performing credits include Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Lyric Light Opera), LM in Pump Boys and Dinettes (Renton/Bellevue Civic Theatre), Jacob in Joseph… (Second Story Repertory), The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Redwood Theatre), 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, including the 2014 Summer Production of The Wedding Singer, 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 23 years in this 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.


Brian Soushek (Godspell 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 TEN years providing a much needed artistic outlet for young people in our community.

Jeff Messman (Mary Poppins Rehearsal Accompanist): Jeff is a jazz and classical pianist who loves accompanying vocal soloists and ensembles.  In 2014, he received a BA in piano performance from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.  In the past, Jeff had recorded two studio albums and studied with jazz great Peter Martin.  Jeff also holds positions as a freelance church pianist and piano teacher.  Jeff is grateful to be back with Rosebud for a second consecutive summer.

Education: B.A. in Music, Principia College; studied with recording and touring artist Peter Martin


Eileen Sheats (There's a Monster in my Closet! Music Director):
Eileen is a rising junior at the University of Puget Sound and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Piano. This is her third production with Rosebud Children's Theater Conservatory and has worked with Holly in musical theater since the age of 10 on productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Bye Bye Birdie. As a pianist, Eileen has played the music from Book of Mormon, Into the Woods, and Annie Get Your Gun and as a rehearsal pianist for the Tacoma City Ballet.
Education: Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Piano as a Junior at University of Puget Sound.


Jo Ann Kassebaum (Godspell Choreographer):
  Jo Ann hails from the California Coast.  She recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Religion.  Other than dancing, she enjoys hiking, baking, blueberries, and singing during traffic.                                                                                      

Education: Degree in Religion from the University of Puget Sound

Kendyle Dayley (There's a Monster in my Closet! Choreographer):
 Kendyle is  passionate about dance! She has been dancing since the age of three  and hasn't stopped since. She loves all aspects of art and music, and enjoys sharing that love with others. Kendyle is so excited to be a part of this amazing production!

Education: Junior at Decatur High School


Ruth Roach (Mary Poppins Stage Manager): Ruth is excited to participate in Rosebud CTC for the first time since Winter 2011, when she portrayed Mrs. Dilber in A Christmas Carol. In the past four years, she’s done numerous shows with Holy Names Academy and Black Tie Productions, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Laramie Project, and Emerald City. Her most recent project was Super Iron Cooking Chef (Black Tie Productions). In the Fall, Ruth will be pursuing a major in Theatre at Western Washington University and plans to continue doing theatre far into the future. She wants to thank Rosebud CTC for the role it has played in her journey and how it has helped to further her love of the performing arts.

Education: Pursuing a major in Theatre as a Freshman this fall at Western Washington University. 

Jack Taylor (There's a Monster in My Closet! Stage Manager):

Jack is ecstatic to be working as a stage manager for Rosebud. Jack has participated in three shows with Rosebud with the most recent one being Annie Get your Gun in 2013 but this is his first time working as a stage crew member. He has also participated in multiple school plays including The Music Man as Mayor Shinn and You Can’t Take it With You as Mr. De Pinna. Jack is currently a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Burien and intends to pursue a degree in journalism after high school. He is honored to be given the opportunity to participate in such a fun and accepting environment.

Natalie Monahan (Mary Poppins Assistant Stage Manager):
Natalie is ecstatic to return to Rosebud as an assistant stage manager. Managing shows has taught her both patience and the importance of hard work and she is glad to learn even more lessons this year by assisting with both productions. When she is not helping manage shows,  she enjoys being on stage. She has been in over ten shows, including Rosebud's productions of Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof, and Guys & Dolls, as well as Kennedy Catholic High School's productions of Good News and The Music Man. Since theater is one of her many passions in life, she sees the value in striving to help others grow and develop their own passions. She plans to continue her interest in theater when she attends college this upcoming fall.

Education: Pursuing a degree as a freshman this fall at Seattle University

Michelle Graves (Costumer):
This is Michele's second 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):