Our Instructors


About our Instructors

Rebecca Kotraba-

Rebecca is a life-long lover all things arts and children. She has spent over 20 years working with children and adults of all ages (18 month- 80 years) in areas of acting, dance, musical theater, vocal instruction, playwriting, and summer camp programing. Ms. Kotraba has appeared in numerous productions including Annie (Miss Hannigan, Colonial Players), Morgan Le Fey (Camelot, 2nd Star Productions), Brenda/Brooke for which she was nominated for a WATCH Award (An Act of the Imagination, BCT), Aunt Eller (Oklahoma, 2nd Star Productions) for which she won the MD Theatre Guide Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for the year and many moore. Rebecca is a playwright , having had 5 plays produced in the last 4 years. She has directed children’s theatre, art, and musical theater programs for WACA, Laurel Mill Playhouse, Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks, Columbia Association, and the YMCA.

Nikki Lust-
Nikki graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, College Park with three B.A. degrees in theatre, dance, and psychology, plus a University Honor’s Citation.  She has performed professionally as an actor and dancer for years, and also has experience working backstage as a run crew operator, production office assistant, and scenic painter.  While at the University of Maryland, Nikki appeared in numerous productions including The Lost WorldTartuffeProphets of Doom, and most recently, The Importance of Being Earnest.  Nikki is also a playwright, and has written several plays which were selected for professionally-sponsored workshops.  She has a deep passion for arts education as well as arts therapy, and in addition to teaching, she is interested in applying her knowledge in drama and dance therapeutically in the future.        


Bruce Press-

Instructor: Bruce Press is a lifelong photographer who decided to get serious about a decade ago. A retired software engineer, he now runs his own studio, Bruce F Press Photography. His interests as a photographer are wide-ranging, but his business focus is on portraiture and the arts. He has passed the rigorous Certified Professional Photographer testing of Professional Photographers of America and has had numerous images earn merits at print competition.


Nyla Thompson

Nyla is  a Senior at Annapolis High School and has been in a Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program since  middle school. She is a theatre major loves working with kids. While maintaining a 3.5 GPA ahe is also a varsity cheerleader and a track runner. She interned  with WACA in the summer of 2017 with the theater and musical theater camp programs