Meet Our Teaching Artists
Julie Baumann holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from DePauw University, with an eclectic background in formal classroom teaching, theatre performance, direction, and production. She came to Civic Theatre in 2015 as the Director of Education and Outreach, designing and implementing year-round educational programming for ages 3-adult as well as fostering multiple community outreach programs. She currently teaches music for Dayton and Hershey Elementary. She has been directing youth theatre for over 20 years in multiple capacities. Julie has two hilarious daughters, two grown stepsons, one very patient husband, and a cat named Hobbes.
Jacob Brown holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph's College. He is currently working at Purdue University in the College of Education as a Community and Mentoring Engagement Coordinator. Prior to his career at Purdue, Jacob taught for 7 years in public education as a PreK teacher and a kindergarten teacher. He has recently joined the Civic Theatre as a youth program instructor. He is excited to share his love of learning with the youth of Civic Theatre and utilize his teaching experience to offer a range of learning opportunities for all. When Jacob is not working at Purdue, he enjoys spending time with his partner Cordell, his dog Scooby, and cat Luca. He also enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen and working in his yard.
Micah Davis has loved volunteering for CYT the last five years! Starting out as a camp counselor for 2018's production of Guys and Dolls Jr., she's taken on a number of other titles within the youth theater, with perhaps her proudest being directing She Kills Monsters in 2022. Originally Micah got her start in the theater onstage ten years ago and has gone so far as to complete a major in Acting at Purdue University, but she has found she has quite the passion for helping students express their artistic talents. As she feels youth theater should be all about creating a fun atmosphere to grow in, she is delighted to be reinvigorating Civic's Teen Troupe.
Cordell Ford holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University and has been working for the Lafayette School Corporation since 2021. He recently joined the Civic Theatre family this past season in All Shook Up, but has had a passion for theatre since he was a student. Cordell has been a part of many shows both onstage and behind the scenes. He is excited to use his experience as an educator and love of the theatre to help inspire young performers! When he is not at the theatre or busy teaching, he enjoys spending time with his partner, Jacob, their dog, Scooby, and cat, Luca.
Kennedy Houser is currently in nursing school at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. She has been involved in theater on and off stage ever since she was little. She started at CYT last year as a counselor for Moana Jr., and has since assisted with 2023’s Spring Break Camp and this past summer’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” She directed for the 2022-23 season at Clinton County Youth Theater. She did 6 years in dance and went to Chicago National Dance Association convention during those years. When she’s not in the theater, she coaches girls’ basketball. Both on the court and on stage, she works to help youth grow their passion while also teaching lifelong skills.
Liam Kelley has been part of the Civic family for almost 9 years and has performed at Standup for Civic for the past two years. He likes to think of himself as a moderately funny guy depending on who is in the audience... He has 27 shows worth of experience and is excited to share knowledge about live comedy he has acquired with those participating in the class!
T.J. Rosa is a life-long volunteer at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. She has been a teaching artist at Civic for the past 8 years, and is entering her 4th year as a 4th grade teacher at West Lafayette Intermediate School. She loves everything about theatre, but has a special spot in her heart for the technical side of the art, having stage managed and directed over a dozen main stage and youth productions in the past 10 years. TJ's favorite color is yellow and her favorite thing to do is sing and dance with her friends.
Rachel Wallace (she/her) has been involved with theater throughout her life both on and off stage. She has been performing at Civic since 2016 and volunteering with Civic Youth Theater since 2018. Her efforts at Civic Youth include helping with educational classes, directing youth shows (Flora and Ulysses, Walk Two Moons, and A.D. on Frozen Jr. as well as Still Life With Iris) and volunteering during shows. Outside of Civic, Rachel is a Registered Behavioral Technician at Cornerstone Autism Center. In addition to providing ABA therapy to kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 4 years, she has also worked as a preschool teacher, a nanny, and worked in varying roles in multiple classrooms for the past 10+ years. Rachel is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and ABA at Purdue University Global, with the intention of pursuing a Master’s Degree in a related ABA or educational field afterwards. She is a strong advocate for inclusivity both in and out of educational settings, and believes deeply that theater should be a safe place for all folks. Rachel lives in West Lafayette and shares her life with her teenager, her dog, her person, and her circle of supportive family and friends.