Meet the Teaching Artists

As part of creating a supportive theater education community, we are dedicated to hiring experienced educators, as well as providing opportunities for younger artists to learn the craft of theater education alongside them.

Lynn Mullin

Founder, Teaching Artist

Originally from Minnesota, Lynn is a teaching artist with a background in acting, directing, producing, creative writing, and vocal performance. For over ten years, she has taught with a variety of organizations around the country, as well as abroad in India, and recently completed her MA in Theatre Education and Community at Emerson College in Boston. She enjoys working with students of all ages, and specializes in using theatre instruction to build literacy skills, self confidence, and empathy. 

Claire Golden Drake

Teaching Artist
Creative Theater Workshop

Claire moved to the USA from Wales, UK in 1995 to study Theatre Arts at Philadelphia University Of The Arts. Since graduating, Claire has been performing (for both children and adults), dialect coaching and teaching Children’s Theatre, Science, Music & Creative Movement in and around Philadelphia. During the COVID era, Claire has taken her work off the road, in front of a green screen and behind the computer! She has been teaching music, creative movement and British dialect coaching classes (among others) for an online company called Scattered School, as well as creating interactive adventures with music and movement for her preschools, and doing voiceovers and facilitating the programs and performances for Talewise (formally ScienceTellers). Albeit missing in person classes, Claire is really enjoying exploring the ways to bring the creativity to zoom!

Steven Gross

Stage Manager, Teaching Artist
Dear Edwina

Steven Gross (he/they) is a queer multi-hyphenate theater maker interested in developing and creating new and innovative work that expands our understandings of the form, function, content, style, and norms of this artform. He is drawn to telling stories that expose audiences to underheard perspectives and often engage in musical, nonlinear, metatheatrical, and just-a-bit-magical forms. They are currently studying Directing, Playwriting, and Production at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Recent projects include The Last Five Years (Stage Manager, The University of the Arts), Promenade (Assistant Music Director, The University of the Arts), Don’t Stop Me (Dramaturg, Polyphone Festival).

Rick Horner

Teaching Artist
Improv Incubator

Rick has been doing improv in and around Philly for over 20 years, doing short form, long form and musical improv in multiple groups and with various amazing folks. Rick is available for coaching too! Rick considers himself to be in the hospitality business. When Rick is not doing improv, he is probably spending time with his family or re-watching one of the Planet of the Apes movies (or an episode of the T.V. series). Thanks for your cards and letters.

Reva Kazman

Teaching Artist

Before retiring as a full time theater teacher and director, Reva Kazman was awarded the distinction of having created one of the best high school theater programs in the country. Throughout her career, Reva also repeatedly won Best Play and Best Director at The Bucks County Playhouse Theater Competition, and has directed all ages in community theater. Reva is thrilled to be included as a teaching artist with The Little Theater Workshop.

Violet Mandic

Music Director, Teaching Artist
Dear Edwina

Miss Violet, soprano, has been a part of many choirs, musical theater productions, and plays throughout the years. Violet began studying classical voice with a voice professor at Muhlenberg College, and classical piano at the Tri- County Music Conservatory. Violet then continued her music studies at Bucks County Community College, where she earned her A.A. degree in Music with honors in summa cum laude. While attending Bucks County Community College, Violet became a part of the International Dean’s List Honor Society in 2012. She then transferred to Moravian College and graduated there with a B.M. degree in Voice Performance with an honors in summa cum laude. At Moravian College, she became a part of the Delta Omicron Music Honor’s Fraternity, and she was awarded the Charlotte E. Newcombie scholarship, the Founders Scholarship, and the Louise Moore Pine Music Scholarship, as well as other numerous awards. Violet did a church musician internship at Friedens United Church of Christ. Violet began her teaching career by teaching private voice and piano lessons at Miss Cindy’s School of Dance. Then, Miss Violet became a general preschool music teacher at The Stages Academy. Miss Violet currently teaches voice and piano lessons at The Conservatory and at The Conservatory of Music and Dance. She is also a musical theatre director at The Conservatory of Music and Dance. Miss Violet has taught students who have been accepted into the Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Charter School and who have competed in the Performing Arts Alliance Voice Competition.  

Gabby Simpson

Teaching Artist, Playwright
Deconstructing the Patriarchy: An Original Devised Piece

Meet Gabby, she is an Early Learning Teacher, Teaching Artist, and Playwright. With a degree in Theatre Education, she has taught K through 6th grade in various capacities. She has worked in a school setting and after school setting teaching subjects such as Math, Science, History, and Language Arts. Gabby has taught many after school classes, from teaching acting and the craft of writing to using theatre games to explore topics such as conflict resolution and what it means to be a friend. She enjoys what she does and loves being a mentor to young writers. 

Ireland Tarpey

Teaching Artist
Deconstructing the Patriarchy: An Original Devised Piece

Ireland Tarpey is a recent graduate from Rider University with a BA in Acting.  Ireland grew up in Perkasie and has found lots of wonderful experiences in the local community regarding educational and local theatre.  She has fond memories of being involved in the theatre productions at Pennridge High School such as Les Miserables and Spamalot.  During her training at Rider Ireland was involved in multiple workshop productions of student written/directed productions along with main stage productions such as Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan and These Seven Sicknesses.  Ireland is excited to begin her career as a teaching assistant at Little Theatre and to continue bringing the arts to our community. 

Patty Yost

Director, Teaching Artist
Dear Edwina

Mrs. Patty Yost has been expressing her love for theatre ever since she was a flower in her Kindergarten play. (Everyone has to start somewhere!) She performed throughout grade school, Pennsbury High School (receiving awards in drama and forensic competitions for acting and dramatic interpretation, and had the honor of singing the National Anthem at home football games), Ursinus College, and community theatre productions. A retired high school and middle school English and Drama teacher for thirty-three years, Mrs. Yost directed two main stage plays each year, and four one-act plays for yearly competitions in which she received several awards for best director and best play. Additionally, Mrs. Yost started the first Thespian Troupe of the International Thespian Society in Pennridge at PennCentral Middle School honoring the work and dedication of students involved in school theater. This led to the formation of troupes in the other middle schools and high school. Mrs. Yost’s biggest challenges in life have been with her health, specifically her genetic chronic lung disease and conditions—Cystic Fibrosis, mycobacterium avium and bronchiectasis– which caused her to retire from teaching in 2012 due to losing much of her vocal ability and stamina. Although retired, Mrs. Yost. continues to be a voice for theatre and theatre education as well as a voice for the research and development of cures for rare lung diseases and conditions by attending conferences and presenting in front of the FDA in Washington, D.C. More than anything, Mrs. Yost wants to encourage others to be positive and overcome adversities through involvement in activities, such as theater, which fosters creativity, communication skills, teamwork, self-confidence, and the ability to work through challenges to achieve a goal. 

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