Meet Our Instructors


Courtney Laine Self
has recently joined the Duluth Playhouse staff as the Director of Education and Children’s Programming. She has an MFA in Directing from Southern Illinois University, a BFA in Music Theatre from The Hartt School, and has taught for age groups anywhere from pre-K through adults. For the past decade, she lived in NYC and freelance directed/choreographed around the country.
Phillip Fazio
is the Producing Artistic Director at Duluth Playhouse. He earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and a MFA in Directing from Pennsylvania State University. Phillip lived and worked in NYC for nine years and has been an assistant for Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun. 
Alyson Enderle
has had the pleasure to work on several Playhouse productions (Once, Ragtime, Little Women, The Musical), and has performed at several theaters in the Twin Cities (Artistry, Lyric Arts, Daleko). She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a BFA in Musical Theater in 2018, and is looking forward to collaborating with future young artists.
Naomi Christenson
has always loved dancing and is passionate about bringing quality dance opportunities to adults. She holds a BFA in art, design and dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and she has studied tap online with Demi Remick, Sarah Reich, Kaleena Miller, Andrew Nemr and Lisa LaTouche. 
Rylee Kuberra
grew up in Duluth and earned her BA in Theatre Arts & Psychology from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Her teaching artist experience extends into typically underserved groups including the deaf/blind community and the elderly community. Her hope is to aid in the development of upstanding youth citizens who will have a better sense of who they are through the tools of theatre!
Jonathan Manchester
has been teacher theatre at the Duluth Playhouse for over a decade now. He makes use of that theatre degree most weekends with Renegade Improv. Along with teaching for the Playhouse, Jonathan and Christina Stroup Manchester work with students heading off to college.
Cheryl Skafte
is a local theater educator and performer.  She has taught with the Duluth Playhouse since 2005.  Most recently she played Viola in Wise Fool Theater’s production of Twelfth Night.  When she isn’t at the theater, she spends her time working her day job for the City of Duluth, reading, running and thinking
about summer.
Wes Drummond
is the Executive Director at Duluth Playhouse. He earned an BFA in Musical Theatre from Western
Kentucky University and an MFA in Directing From Pennsylvania State University. Directing in Chicago, NYC and regionally, Wes has been an assistant to Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus and Tony Award nominees Michael Greif and Susan H. Schulman.