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The Lakefront Youth Theatre Experience


Project Coordinator, Rose Osborne 

Rose Osborne has been involved with theater and children her whole life - she just never thought to put the two together until now! Rose has studied Theater and Education extensively at both Johnson State College and the University of New Orleans. Originally from Vermont, she moved to New Orleans August 2010, and has since settled in wonderfully. NOLA credits include Stage Managing at UNO, Assistant Stage Managing The Glass Menagerie at the New Orleans Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, Set Decorating, Paint, Props, Set Construction, and, of course, her work at LYTE.

Rose began volunteering with LYTE summer of 2011 and found her calling - Children's Theater. She is now working hard with Shannon Miller, LYTE's Faculty Mentor, to keep the program alive and running well in New Orleans. It is the most rewarding, inspiring work she has ever done in her life, and she looks forwards to many more years with LYTE to come.

Founder/Production Manager, Shannon R. Miller

Shannon earned a BFA in Theatre from Marshall University and his MFA from the University of Southern Mississippi. Shannon has taken every opportunity to offer his skills and knowledge to high school, church, community, and youth theatre programs. Following the devastation of hurricane Katrina, Shannon moved to New Orleans to assist rebuilding arts programs at The Jefferson Performing Arts Society. He continues to offer advice and consultation to JPAS as well as other area theatre groups including the public schools systems talent education programs. Shannon joined the University of New Orleans faculty in August 2008. He began the Lakefront Youth Theatre Experiment as feasibility study to develop youth programs at the University of New Orleans Dept. of Film Theatre and Communications Arts in the spring of 2009. With the assistance of long time collaborator, Claire Van Cott, The Lakefront Youth Theatre Experience summer drama camps were implemented May-August 2009 around production of the Wizard of Oz. That December, LYTE introduced a holiday show, 'T Was The Night Before Christmas adapted and Directed by Claire Van Cott. The foundation had be set.  LYTE operated out of the University of New Orleans Fine Arts Center, Robert E. Nims Thrust Theatre for three successful summers, 2 holiday offerings, and a myriad small workshops. It was always Shannon's intention that the Students of Lakefront Players at UNO FTCA would continue to develop and offer youth programming. During the winter of 2010, UNO students collaborated to produce The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. During the 3rd Session of Peter Pan July 2011, Students once again collaborated to lead the summer theatre camp. Both projects were very successful and expertly operated by the all student staff. In August of 2011, Shannon accepted 9 month teaching appointment at McNeese State University. In June of 2012 he was offered the job of Technical Director at The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida. Continued interest in LYTE in the greater New Orleans area by the parents and children keeps LYTE going! Under the leadership and direction of Rose Osborne, LYTE is well on its way to the next level as an independent arts organization.