Meet Our Team
Danielle Helton joined Dramakinetics in 2014 to bring her dance and movement expertise to the team and gradually moved up to Operations Coordinator then Executive Director. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in Kinesiology and Health, focusing on children and youth development. Danielle has trained in tap, ballet, and jazz since the age of three and is passionate about sharing her love of dance with children and adults alike. She has competed at the national level and has been teaching dance for over 14 years. Besides dancing Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, leading group fitness classes, and volunteering in the community.
Gabbie Phelps is a student at the University of Cincinnati studying Middle Childhood Education. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Gabbie has been dancing and performing on and off since she was 3 years old. When she is not studying or dancing, she enjoys painting, hiking, and spending time with her dogs and her friends. She hopes to be a 6th grade Language Arts or Social Studies teacher. Joining the Dramakinetic's team has allowed her to combine her love for dance, theatre, and education into one.
Colin Thornton is the head acting instructor at Children’s Theatre of Mason. He has directed many shows for children at Town Hall Theatre in Centerville, OH. He is an actor and board member for Center Stage Players in North College Hill. Colin is a graduate of the Western Kentucky University theatre department, where he founded HappyGAS, an improv troupe that is still thriving 16 years later. He studied, performed and directed at Chicago’s best schools of improv comedy.
Reggie Willis has been with Dramakinetics since 2011. He has performed in numerous productions in the Cincinnati area since 1979. In the 35 years he has been performing on Cincinnati stages, he has performed at Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theater, Know Theater, Cincy Shakes, Walton Creek, Arts Consortium, Xavier University, Clifton Performance Theatre and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. His most recent performances were with the Clifton Players in “Disgruntled Employees”, “Superior Donuts”, “A Behanding In Spokane”, “The Whale”, “The Riverside” and Driving Miss at The Carnegie.
Andrea Schroer has worked with children for the past twenty years. With a degree in Psychology and Education, and a passion for the Performing Arts, she takes her love of learning and combines it with Drama, Music, and Dance to make every experience an enjoyable one for her students. Andrea started acting at age 8 when she was cast as Gretl in the Sound of Music in a high school production. At age 12, she was cast as Tessie in a West End, London, England production of Annie. She is an avid American Latin and Ballroom Dancer holding Bronze Level Certification. She currently works as a Kindergarten Instructional Assistant in a Special Education Classroom during the day. Her afternoons and evenings are spent working for Dramakinetics where she is able to use her passion for dance and music to have a blast with the kids or dancing her heart away in dance class.
Jon Ulrich moved to Cincinnati in the autumn of 2016 and began as a Teacher with a Dramakinetics shortly thereafter. Jon’s passion is improv comedy, and since 2010 he’s performed in 200+ improvised shows, plays, and musicals with the Baltimore Improv Group. He completed iO Chicago's five-week Summer Intensive in 2011, and has performed in improv festivals all over the United States. Jon is a Co-founder of Coincidence Improv, a member of OTR improv, and is widely accepted to be over eight feet tall.
Cait Riley is the co-director of Dramakinetics' Random Actors and Possibility Players and has been part of the DK family since 2013. Cait spends her days as a project manager in an office downtown, and her nights/weekends as a passionate purveyor of the arts. A graduate of the University of Central Florida's theater program, she has wore many hats including experiences in box office management, directing, stage management, acting, and all facets of technical needs from design to installation. Cait continues to look for new and exciting ways to bring theater to life for everyone she encounters. Being able to positively influence the lives of DK students she encounters has been one of her most precious achievements to date.
Ellen C. Godbey is a graduate of Xavier University where she double majored in Music Education and Theater. She has been working with Dramakinetics for almost 4 years and in that time has taught many different music, theater, and dance classes. Even outside of Dramakinetics, Ellen is always working with children and introducing them to the wonderful world of the arts! Her experience teaching music and theater dates back to her freshman year of high school when she was named musical director of the annual summer theater camp.
Rachael Petranek is an upcoming sophomore at Xavier University studying both Theatre and Middle Childhood education. When not studying or performing, Rachael loves to spend time with her friends and family, go for a run outside, or get her nails done. Being apart of Dramakinetics has helped her grow in her education of children and theatrics.
Maddy Fessler is active in many community theatre companies around the Greater Cincinnati area as an actress, choreographer, and director. In 2014, she graduated from Xavier University with a BLA and a minor in Theatre. She continued her education at the University of Cincinnati to become a licensed Intervention Specialist. When not performing, Maddy enjoys playing soccer, bike riding, traveling, and exploring new places.
Mary Beringer has been acting on Cincinnati stages since 2008. She loves sharing the arts with anyone willing to learn. Writing since her college days, including an award-winning screenplay, Mary enjoys creating original stories for all audiences. She spends her off-time working with the Ohio Renaissance Festival and the Mason Community Players.
Sarah Daigneault is a local singer, crafter and optician. She graduated from Xavier with a Bachelor's of Psychology in 2007. Since then, she has worked on community inclusion with LADD, helped manage a production lab with LensCrafters, taught an email course at the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati, and coordinated a season of Roller Derby events with the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls. In addition to Dramakinetics, Sarah works as a Studio Coordinator with Visionaries & Voices and as a Licensed Optician with LensCrafters.