TWNN Executive Director & Head Instructor
Howdy guys I'm Elisha! I've lived in Reno most my life and love it! In high school I did Track, Cross Country, and of course Drama! One of the reasons that I love acting is because I can transform myself into a different person every gig! I'm incredibly thankful for the roles I’ve been able to play this year. It started with Tom Robinson in “To Kill A Mockingbird” and most recently I got to play The Mad Hatter in “Alice In Wonderland”. Two totally different roles, but incredibly fun in their own ways. In my free time you will most likely find me daydreaming, working out, or bursting into song for no particular reason.
Kaleb Vaughn was born and raised in Northern Nevada and is thrilled to join the TWNN team! He has performed in a variety of shows throughout his life and, most recently, had the opportunity to play Seymour Krelborn in "Little Shop of Horrors" at TWNN. Kaleb is currently working to pursue degrees in both theater and journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is passionate about building a theater space that thrives off of inclusivity and inclusion regardless of gender, sexuality, race, disability, or identity, in order to make theater as accessible and authentic as possible.
James French is a local thespian that was born in Reno and trained in the surrounding theatre community. In 2018, he graduated from AMDA College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles with a Bachelors Degree in Acting. During this time he had the experience to travel to New York for additional dance and film training and gained a world of experience in those few months.
He is excited to expand his theatrical background and dive into dance, directing, and
set design to enhance his knowledge of the arts with TWNN!
Jessica Sanchez Grimaldo has been passionate for the performing arts since she was a small child. Having gone most of her life without knowing of her now diagnosed Anxiety Disorder, this made performing very challenging for her. With her degree in Musical Theatre she hopes to help anyone and everyone with challenging their own personal obstacles to take on the performing arts so that they too can experience all the wonderful benefits the arts has to offer. Jessica strongly believes that everyone in this life is a performer regardless of their occupation or status quo and would love to help anyone who desires to embrace that.
Abby Rosen is a teaching artist, theater maker, and performer currently based in Reno, NV. She moved here in 2016 to pursue a degree in vocal performance from the University of Nevada, Reno. Through multiple musicals, countless dance classes, tears, laughter and a whole pandemic, she is now the proud holder of both a BA in Musical Theater and a BA in Dance from UNR. She had the privilege of touring with the Missoula Children’s Theater during the summer of 2019 where she discovered her love for teaching and bringing the magic of theater to children everywhere. Rosen hopes to attend graduate school for a degree in Theater for Young Audiences and Communities in the near future. When she isn’t teaching with Theater Works of Northern Nevada, Sierra School of the Performing Arts, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, or in her own private studio you can find her crocheting and watching Kitchen Nightmares late into the night.