Faculty

GreenRoom's core faculty are accomplished artists, representing a range of performance backgrounds from within the Twin Cities and beyond. They've worked together to develop a program curriculum that will instill GreenRoom's fellows with the skills, understanding, and confidence necessary to excel in musical theater. Their work will be supported by guest speakers and teaching artists throughout the program.

GreenRoom Core Curriculum

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Improv & Auditioning

Denzel Belin

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Denzel Belin is a Minneapolis-based writer, director, actor, producer, and improviser. Belin is a longstanding cast member and writer at The Brave New Workshop and a staff writer for AWF magazine. He serves as the Artistic Director for Threshold Theater, whose mission is to "produce fresh LGBTQ works." He currently writes and performs for “Queer Window,” an all-queer sketch show based in New York City.

Denzel has appeared on TPT Almanac and created work for the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus and Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. He presented a longform collection of solo sketches and storytelling, “With Love, From Washington” for the Blackness Is… Festival in Minneapolis. With Threshold Theater, he is currently leading a play reading series that will provide playwrights the opportunity to workshop their play with a director and team of actors that concludes with a staged reading that is open to the public.

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Movement

Rush Benson

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Rush Benson is an actor, dancer, teacher, musician, and choreographer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, Rush toured with the Flying Foot Forum and performed internationally as choreographer and director for The Folded Paper Project in Hong Kong with Kanta Kochhar. Rush has worked as an actor, dancer, and choreographer at theaters including the Guthrie, the Ordway, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Park Square Theater, Artistry Theater, and The Old Log Theater.

In film and commercial work, Rush has worked with Jamal Sims (choreographer from the Step Up film series), and performed on Lady Dynamite (Netflix) and in Split Rock Shuffle with the Flying Foot Forum. In 2015, he co-founded CABARAVE with Rathaus Productions, an immersive art experience that has been featured in Star Tribune’s “Variety Best Of The Week.” With Rathaus Productions, Rush has written and starred in four music videos.

Rush has also performed with Collide Theatrical Dance Company, James Sewell Ballet, and Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company. Rush is a teaching artist with The Cowles Center, the Ordway, and the Guthrie Theater, and has taught at schools around the country. He enjoys a solid jam session, freestyle rap, dance ciphers, animals, nature, and the feeling you get from a deep intellectual discussion.

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Acting

Aimee K. Bryant

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Aimee K. Bryant has built a lengthy resume performing on stages throughout the Twin Cities since she graduated from Howard University. Most recently, she directed Memphis the Musical at Artistry, appeared in What to Send Up When it Goes Down at Pillsbury House, Dining With the Ancestors at the Guthrie, Riddle Puzzle Plot with Park Square, and Promise of America with the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. In addition to being a director and actor, Aimee is a teaching artist, songwriter, and vocalist. Her debut CD Becoming is available online.

Aimee was named City Pages 2015 Actress of the Year, and is a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow for 2015–2016.

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WELL-BEING, ACTING BUSINESS, & PUBLIC SPEAKING

Tiffany Cooper

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Tiffany Cooper is an American Broadway and film actor, singer, dancer, and educator whose career spans more than 30 years in the entertainment industry. She is also a certified Life Coach Practitioner and Executive Speech Coach. Tiffany was in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-nominated musical Bombay Dreams on Broadway. Other performance highlights include Mamma Mia!, In The Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Audition (world premiere), Clybourne Park, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, The Tempest, When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet, Fences, Cinderella, South Pacific, The Buddy Holly Story, and Porgy and Bess. She appears on the cast recordings of Grease Das Musical and Guys and Dolls (50th anniversary). Television credits include appearances on ABC, NBC, and public TV networks. She recently appeared in the upcoming feature film Emma Was Here, and produced a debut solo recording Satin Mood as a tribute to Julie London. Her multi-media solo work Black Thread premiered at the Blackness Is… Festival presented by the Guthrie Theater and MN Black Circle Theatre. She has also adjudicated national and regional talent competitions including the Miss America Scholarship pageant in Alaska, and currently volunteers for Sing For Your Seniors. Her life’s mission as a storyteller is to use the arts to create social change and build community.

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Singing & Vocal Technique

Jared Miller

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Born in San Diego, California, Jared Miller discovered his passion for collaboration while participating in his high school choirs. He graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Music and an Asian Studies concentration studying with Dr. Ananda-Owens, and recently finished a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano and Coaching at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Lovelace. At St. Olaf, he worked extensively with the vocal, choral, lyric opera, and theater departments. During his time at the U of M, he played for the University Singers, opera scenes, and a production of Menotti’s The Consul, under Lara Bolton.

As a freelance pianist in the Twin Cities, Jared has worked with groups and organizations such as Border CrosSing, South Metro Chorale, Schubert Club, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Mill City Opera, AOT, Journey North Opera Company, and OOPS MN. One of Jared’s musical passions is in studying and performing the music of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. 

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Acting

Nora Montañez Patterson

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Nora Montañez is an Afro-descendent Indigenous Peruvian director, actor, singer, educator and playwright. She was raised in Paterson, New Jersey and holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In Minneapolis, Nora has performed at Theatre Latte Da, Children’s Theatre, Jungle Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Theatre Mu, Mixed Blood and many others. She is a staff theater teacher at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA), and a teaching artist with Upstream Arts.

As a director, Nora has directed various productions for Minneapolis Public School’s, SPCPA, Pillsbury House Theatre’s Chicago Avenue Project and Project Opera at Minnesota Opera. She has been commissioned by Exposed Brick Theatre, Penumbra Theatre (Race Workshop) and Theatre 45°, currently developing a Driveway Tour show with Open Eye Figure Theatre and a part of the Creative Team in the creation of Protest: A Revolutionary Rock Opus. Nora was a 2018 Next Step Grant recipient, a 20/21 Many Voices Mentee at the Playwrights Center, a 2022 Creative Support Grant recipient and is currently the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies Artist-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota. Nora is also the Founder of ALMA (Alliance of Latine Minnesota Artists), which facilitates alliances among the spectrum of Minnesotan Latine artists.

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Singing & Vocal Technique

Natalia Romero Arbeláez

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Originally from Colombia, Natalia Romero Arbeláez is an experienced performer, educator, and musician. As an educator, she thrives in the intersection of contemporary music education and culturally relevant teaching. She is passionate about equity and access in her performing practices and strives to bring that into any collaborative space she is involved in.

Natalia's strength lies in her ability to connect and engage learners across all settings, although she is particularly fond of working with and learning from teenagers. Natalia works full time as the Choir Director at Harding Senior High School (located in Saint Paul, Minnesota) but freelances around the Twin Cities as a soprano and music director with youth theaters.

Natalia is an active performer. She can be found singing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, and Border CrosSing, where she also directs a bilingual community choir called Heritage Choir. Natalia holds a Bachelor of Music from Saint Olaf College and is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education at the University of Saint Thomas.