The Creative Team

Holly Rose (Founder/Managing Artistic Dir./Once Upon A Mattress 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). You may have seen her locally as Aunt Rose in Wild Mushrooms (Renton Civic Theatre) or as Gabriella in Boeing Boeing (Tacoma Little Theatre). Some local directing credits outside of Rosebud 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 projects, Kanashimi and Waiting for Exit, are film festival nominees. Holly has directed numerous workshops and children’s theatre productions throughout Minnesota, Chicago, and NYC.  Holly is also the Drama teacher at Federal Way High School.  A special thank you to all the participants and their families for helping to keep this dream of live theatre alive for everyone!

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University; Performance Certificate, American Musical & Dramatic Academy NYC; Masters in Business Administration with emphasis in Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management.

John Kelleher (Princess Whatshername 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: Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Elmhurst College, and Masters of Education in Technology in Education from Lesley University.

Jackson Bores (Once Upon A Mattress Music Director):  Jackson is a bassist, conductor, and teacher from the East Bay area, CA. He currently plays with the Washington Wind Symphony and teaches band and orchestra and Renton High School. Often a pit musician, Jackson has played bass for shows such as Young Frankenstein, Annie, Footloose, and Into the Woods. The Addams Family with Rosebud CTC marks his debut as music director for a musical theatre production.  

Jackie Caldwell (Once Upon A Mattress Choreographer): Jackie has danced ballet for almost ten years and enjoyed performing roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Swanhilda in Coppelia. She attended the Houston Ballet summer program. Starting in 2020, she began teaching virtual musical theatre classes to young dancers and has loves spending her summers choreographing for Rosebud. She currently trains though the Space.TV program out of Brea, CA. She is also an assistant teacher for the “Kids Artistic Revue” national dance convention.

Alex Terry (Princess Whatsername choreographer): Alex Terry (they/them), 15, will be a Sophomore at Auburn High School this fall. This is their first time choreographing a show, but has been in musical theater since the age of 6. They were even an Orphan in Annie at the Auburn Ave Theater, with director John Kelleher as Rooster. They are very excited for this opportunity to work with Rosebud CTC,  John, and Holly.

Ellie Rutt (Once Upon A Mattress Stage Manager): Ellie is excited to return to Rosebud as a part of the creative team! Most recently she stage managed Little Women and Legally Blonde for Rosebud CTC. 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). Education: Ellie is a recent graduate of Decatur High School and will be attending Cornish College in the fall. 

Lindsey Miller (Princess Whatshername Stage Manager): Lindsey is 20 years old and a rising junior at Bennington College studying history and photography, and they are so excited to be returning for their second year working with Rosebud! Last year they assisted with Sleepy Hollow and Into the Woods, and this year Lindsey was also the Stage Manager for Murder at Crimson House. Outside Rosebud, they have worked on Bennington drama and dance productions designing posters and programs, as well as photographing performances.

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."

Alice Klein (Yoga Instructor): Alice is a 200hr CYT. She lives in north Seattle with her husband, dog and cat. She believes that yoga is for every body. Her classes are challenge by choice, meaning you can make yoga sessions as laid back or rigorous as you’d like. She is excited to be partnering with Rosebud for this online program and hopes classes will leave you full of creative energy.

Aiden Kelley (Lead Technician): Aiden is 17 years old and is a senior at Federal Way High School. He has been in theatre for almost 2 full years now, mostly building sets for plays and musicals. Aiden wants to thank all of the people that helped him create these amazing set pieces. Enjoy the show!