General Manager and Artistic Producer. A flutist by training, Rebecca Nussbaum is also an administrator, artistic producer,
and educator. In 2004, Rebecca was able to bring her love of performance and
education together through researching, designing and developing the Open Dream Ensemble (ODE). In her capacity as ODE General Manager, Rebecca has guided six
original musical theater works from inception to performance, overseen the
production of the first web series for children, developed and led teaching artist
training, and managed the scheduling, planning, and implementation of over 25
artist residencies throughout North Carolina. Rebecca is also a Fellow for the A+
Schools Program, a role she has filled since 2008. In addition to her work with ODE
and A+, Rebecca is a teaching artist, an award-winning member of
Toastmaster’s, a chamber music coach and flute teacher. She has been a member of
the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Opera Festival of New Jersey and the
Amarillo Symphony. Rebecca has performed solo and chamber music recitals in a
variety of venues including the Japanese Embassy, the Arts Club of D.C. and the Banff
Centre for the Arts. In 2002, the ensemble Origins, which she co-founded, won the
National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition. She performs on the 2010
Bridge Records release of Lawrence Dillon’s Appendage and Other Stories.
Director, attended UNCSA in the Schools of Music and Drama from 1976 through 1980. After receiving her BFA in Drama, she was an intern in Performance and Stage Management at the Minneapolis Children's Theatre. She received her MA from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art & King's College London in 1993. She wrote, produced and directed "Goldilocks and The Three Bears" and "The Emperor's Nightengale" for Young Age Theatre, which toured public schools in North Carolina and Virginia from 1983 to 1986.
Beth has been an adjunct faculty member of the UNCSA School of Drama and Salem College and has taught acting and creative dramatics to students of all ages.
is a playwright and performer from Winston-Salem, NC. She graduated cum laude from Williams College with a degree in French and English literature, and has studied acting at the O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute, the UNC School of the Arts, NC Governor’s School, and Cours Cochet in Paris, France. She has played lead roles from Viola in Twelfth Night to Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and was the soloist for the world premiere of Dan Kohane and Collin Killick's Me and the Devil: A Blues Oratorio. In 2010, she created and performed her own solo piece, Every Right and Wrong Way Home, for the DialogueOne Solo Festival, and acted as director’s assistant for Alison Chase Performance’s Q2: Quarryography. A two-time honorable mention for the Bullock Prize of the American Academy of Poets, Michaela also wrote several children's books before Big Shoes, her first children's play. Currently, she is the editorial assistant for The Mercurian, a theatrical translation review, and is finishing her own translation of Alfred de Musset’s On ne badine pas avec l’amour (You Don’t Play Around With Love). You can find her swing dancing on Saturday nights and baking sweet potatoes at 6AM.
Kendra Peine Weeks
is a Costume Design MFA candidate at UNCSA. She has been designing and constructing costumes for film and theatre for the last 8 years. In the past few years Kendra has designed shows for Peppercorn Children's Theatre in Winston Salem and the Birmingham Children's Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. This is Kendra's first show with the Open Dream Ensemble and one of the most exciting projects to date.
set and props designer, is originally from “The Big Easy”, New Orleans. He established his love for theatre when he was cast as Gregory Gardner in a middle school production of A Chorus Line. Stephen began developing interest in scene design in 8th grade upon learning about the Florida State Junior Thespian Society. Stephen has won Regional and State Critic’s Choice Awards as well as District Rep. titles several times at Florida State Senior Thespians. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Scenic Design at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. (UNCSA) His professional design credits include, Anything Goes, Cinderella, Starmites, Cabaret, The Jungle Book, and A Wild Party at Next Stop Broadway! in South Florida. His design credits at UNCSA include Brilliant Traces, Defiance, and A Lie of the Mind. Stephen is excited to be apart of the premiere of Big Shoes and is enthusiastic about spreading knowledge and inspiration to children through Open Dream Ensemble.
is a recent graduate of UNCSA's school of Design and Production. She quickly turned from athletics to theatre in high school the first time she set foot on stage in A Christmas Carol and has not turned back since. Some of her stage management credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Hotel Cassablanca, Fall Dance Concert (UNCSA), Les Miserables, Spamalot, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, S'Wonderful, I Love a Piano (Gateway Playhouse), and The Crucible (Piedmont Opera). She is thrilled for the opportunity to stage manage for Open Dream!
is a composer, guitarist, and current student of composition at UNCSA. Before deciding to continue his education, Kenneth spent several years as a touring and recording artist for several indie rock bands, most notably North Carolina's own Annuals. He has been signed to numerous record labels including Sony/BMG/Columbia and has performed around the United States and the World in countries as diverse as Iceland, the UK, and Spain. In 2007 and in 2008, he appeared with Annuals on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 2010, having decided to focus his attention on composition, Florence enrolled at UNCSA to study under Dr. Lawrence Dillon. Kenneth lives in Winston-Salem and teaches private guitar lessons in the triad and triangle areas. In his spare time, he also enjoys studying mathematics, physics, and philosophy."
is an active composer, performer, and educator. He has composed a large volume of works in various styles, instrumentation, and difficulty. He actively receives commissions, including Christmas Night by the Raleigh Boychoir in 2008. His work Unconquered for orchestra won the “2012 Mary Starling Composition Competition” and received four subsequent performances by the Winston-Salem Symphony. Alfred Publishing, BRS Music, and Brass Chamber Music Press currently publish Tippette’s compositions.
Tippette is currently studying to earn his Master’s degree in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of composer Lawrence Dillon. He earned his Bachelor’s of Music in both Music Composition/Theory and Music Education from Appalachian State University in 2007, graduating Magna Cum Laude. As an educator, he gives weekly piano and voice lessons to a growing studio. He is the pianist for Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC.
Bruce Tippette was born in Garner, North Carolina and currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife, Elizabeth.
Ted Oliver is a composer from Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from UNCSA in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in music composition, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Kansas. His music has been performed by such ensembles as the Southeast Chamber Brass, the Winston-Salem symphony, and the Triangle Youth Brass Band, and it has been received by audiences ranging from the fifth graders of Winston-Salem, NC, to the attendees of the 2012 International Trumpet Guild conference. He has also written music for corporate videos, educational videos, and short films. When Ted isn’t busy composing, you can find him in his room writing songs and creating electronic music.
Actor/Opera Singer Ted Federle is an exciting and dynamic up-and-comer. He developed a deep love of music in early childhood and in high school, he discovered opera when he became a Supernumerary in La Traviata with the Cincinnati Opera during their summer Festival Series. Ted graduated from the AJ Fletcher Opera Institute at University of North Carolina School of the Arts this May with his Performing Artist Certificate in Opera. While at School of the Arts he performed Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Raul Perez in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca, Mr. Ford in the Merry Wives of Windsor and Thomas Putnam in the operatic version of The Crucible in conjunction with Piedmont Opera. He has also performed with Opera Saratoga, Greensboro Opera, Opera Colorado, Capital Opera, Janiec Opera Company, and the Seagle Music Colony. In January of 2013 Ted will be making his debut with Nashville Opera in the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program and is very excited to make his debut with the Open Dream Ensemble for their Fall 2012 season. When he is not working Ted enjoys the outdoors including: swimming, rock climbing, skiing, white water kayaking as well as watching TV and movies with his wife.
was born and raised in Garland, Texas. At the age of four she began her training in tap dance and continued to study the dance form intensively until high school. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas where she was introduced to modern dance. Julianne continued her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in contemporary dance in 2005. Upon graduation she joined the premiere season of the Open Dream Ensemble. Julianne also co-directed Clap If You're Confused, a multimedia experience performed in sitespecific venues across North Carolina & California.
Ms. Harper has performed throughout the nation, including Lincoln Center, the Supperclub, and various parts of Los Angeles as a street performer. She has had the honor of dancing with Gregory Hines and tapping for the premiere of his film Bojangles, as well as being selected for the casting bank of STOMP and Cirque du Soleil. Julianne also added drumming to her list of skills and has co-founded Big Happy Boot Camp with her fiance; BHBC is a rock-n-roll camp for children that teaches them how to write and record songs as a band. Ms. Harper currently teaches and performs with The Children's Theatre of Winston Salem and Dancing Classrooms, a program that uses a curriculum-based teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem through ballroom dance. She also choreographs for the Durham based theatre company Haymaker, which is in pre-production for their 2013 premiere of Elektra. Julianne looks forward to her fourth season in The Open Dream Ensemble as a teacher, performer, and for the first time the production's choreographer.
is a trombonist, composer, and bandleader who has called Winston-Salem, NC home since 2009. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Cameron lived in the NYC metro area, where he gigged and recorded in genres as diverse as hip hop, gospel, jazz, and salsa. He can be heard on recordings by indie songwriter Nellie McKay and jazz legends Clark Terry and Louis Bellson, among others.
Cameron attended UNCSA as a Post-Graduate Performance Certificate candidate and graduated in 2011 after studying trombone with both James Miller of the LA Philharmonic and James Ilika of the North Carolina Symphony. Since graduation,
Cameron has founded the Piedmont Jazz Composers? Collective, a small jazz ensemble dedicated to the exploration of new compositions, and is the co-music director of the newly formed Camel City Jazz Orchestra, a large jazz ensemble dedicated to introducing a diverse spectrum of new and old big band music to audiences young and old alike around the triad. Cameron also serves as a soldier-musician in the Army National Guard 440th Band. A few mornings a week, he can also be found volunteering in Winston-Salem?s science and nature educational facility ?SciWorks?, where he cares for the donkeys, cows, goats, and miniature horse to keep in touch with his rural Tennessee roots. You can learn more about Cameron?s many faceted musical life at cameronmacmanus.com.
is a brand new graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She was born in France and raised bi-lingual in Seattle, WA. Her favorite artistic pursuits are musical theatre, Shakespeare and dancing in the kitchen like no one is watching. She is very excited to work with Open Dream Ensemble this fall.
Scott C. Garey
The field of entertainment technology has been a passion for the majority of Scott C. Garey’s life. Starting his carrier at the young age of 11 with the Santa Barbara City College Theatre Group, he solidified his carrier path with a Bachelor of Arts in Production Technology and Management from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Since then Mr. Garey has served in a wealth of roles including being Stage Lighting as Special Effects Technician for Walt Disney Cruse Lines and Head Electrician for the newly renovated Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts Granada Theatre. Currently Mr. Garey is working to further expand his knowledge and experience in his field by pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Technical Direction from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer William vonReichbauer performs throughout the Southeastern United States, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist. He is a permanent member of acclaimed regional performing and recording acts The Bo-Stevens and The Darnell Woodies and can be heard on The Darnell Woodies’ new release, Dancing On Your Grave. His performances include works ranging from the Renaissance to world-premiers of new music, from classical to honky tonk, from old time to heavy metal. His compositions have been heard in concert halls in both the United States and in Europe. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied guitar under Gerald Klickstein and music composition with composers Kenneth Frazelle and Michael Rothkopf.
A seasoned administrator, William has helped produce major cultural events ranging from international performing arts festivals to symphony orchestra concert series to residential orchestral training programs including Music Academy of the American South, Magnolia Baroque Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Albany Symphony (NY), Eastern Music Festival, ArtsIgnite Festival, and the Winston-Salem Symphony. Also a longtime educator, he has held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Gardner-Webb University, and Salem College Community Music School. William is returning for his second season as a member of The Open Dream Ensemble.
is tickled pink to be a veteran cast member of this year’s Open Dream Ensemble. With 6 seasons under her belt Haydee has had the rare opportunity to perform for thousands of children (her favorite audience) and also hone her skills as a Teaching Artist in the classroom. This year Haydee has taught Drama at the Children’s Theatre in Winston-Salem, proving her aptitude for teaching to a wide range of ages (4-17) She is proud to share her love and knowledge of the craft that inspired her during her time at UNCSA and through the generous and precise work of O.D.E. Haydee is also an accomplished singer and recording artist. When she is not acting or teaching she is most likely writing songs. Her most recent cut can be heard on the Krankies Coffee Compilation CD.
is a multi-faceted performer who has distinguished herself as a clarinetist, a dancer, and a conductor. Marissa was born in the small town of Dublin, Georgia and raised in Winston Salem, NC. As the oldest girl in a family of nine children, Marissa developed her unique skills for entertaining large groups right in her own living room. She was a guest soloist with the Winston Salem Symphony and has been a guest artist with the Aviva Players, the Manchester Music, Pittsburgh Jewish Music, and the Ibero American Music Festivals. Marissa was invited to perform for the Austrian Consulate in New York City after producing and conducting the mono-opera by Grigori Frid, The Diary of Anne Frank. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Marissa studied dance in New York City, and spent part of her career as a bellydancer, firedancer, and Bollywood dancer in India.
Marissa went to high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She studied there with Robert Listokin. After graduating she continued her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with Richard Stoltzman. Marissa earned her Master's at Mannes College of Music.
She is currently building her businesses and her life in her home town in North Carolina, where she continues to develop and produce intercultural projects with dancers and musicians all over the world, and to return regularly for performances in the northeast United States and Canada. Marissa is most excited about having been chosen to collaborate and perform with the Open Dream Ensemble this season.