Our Artists

These are the people who bring Drama by George’s programs to life!

Amy Brown | Actor & Teaching Artist

Amy is an award-winning veteran of the professional and amateur stage. She’s played roles as diverse as the tragic Suzanne Carlton in Back Country Crimes (for which she was awarded the All New England Cast Award), Laurie in Oklahoma!, and Karen in The Children’s Hour. Amy has also taught and directed young people in her “Acting with Amy” program at High Mountain Community Theater in New Jersey.

George Halitzka | Artistic Director

George is the Artistic Director of Drama by George. He’s a theatre educator, director, and writer — but first and foremost, he’s a storyteller. George has performed for more than 60,000 students in the Louisville area and beyond. He’s also taught drama workshops to students of all ages. George’s plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., Lillenas Drama, and Contemporary Drama Service. Read more about George here.

Julie Halitzka | Webmaster

Julie is a gifted artist and educator with diverse interests. She holds an M.Div. from Southern Seminary and a B.S.S. from Cornell College, where she majored in Music and minored in Psychology. In addition to her work with Drama by George, Julie teaches gymnastics to children at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, and serves as a worship leader at St. John United Methodist Church.

Janelle-Renee Hunnicutt | Teaching Artist

Originally from Duncan, South Carolina, Janelle-Renee is an actor, singer, and freelance makeup artist. She has a MFA in Acting from the University of Louisville and a BA in Directing from Berea College. She’s been teaching drama workshops and drama clubs to elementary students for the past three years. Janelle is actively involved in Smoked Apple Theater Group, an African-American theatre company.

Stephanie Kersting | Teaching Artist

Stephanie performed in numerous plays and films while earning her theatre degree at Ball State. Since then, she’s worked with kids as an ESL teacher in South Korea, a camp counselor, and a speaker. Now, she’s excited to help students build confidence and develop their imaginations by sharing her love for theatre! When she’s not onstage, Stephanie enjoys yoga, photography, cooking, and the outdoors.

Ed Rosenberg | Actor & Teaching Artist

As a young man, Ed graduated with a degree in Theatre from the University of Minnesota and apprenticed at the Guthrie Theatre. Then he raised six kids while working in Information Technology! Now, he’s thrilled to return to his love for theatre by teaching young actors. In his spare time, Ed enjoys coaching sports, ballroom dancing, and fitness.

Tiffany LaVoie | Teaching Artist

Tiffany is enjoying her sixth year of teaching theatre at Western Middle School, the School for the Arts. Current projects include Playwrights’ Club, Directors’ Club, and an Original Works Festival. She also serves on Actors Theatre of Louisville’s teacher advisory committee. Previous experience includes touring nationally as an actor with the Hampstead Stage Company and directing Kentucky Shakespeare’s Summer Youth Academy.

I can’t say enough about George and his programs. He is always professional; his shows are thoughtfully developed and hilarious. I look forward to planning visits from George every summer, and our children think he’s the best.

— Rebecca Bynum, YMCA CEP Site Director, Bloom Elementary School (Louisville, KY)