Brooke Wallace is our Director of Wonder + Founder
Hello! I’m Brooke and I’m the founder of The Rabbit Hole Children’s Theater! I’ve been performing my whole life and received my training studying Musical Theater at The American Musical Dramatic Academy, in New York City. I’ve always been someone who lived inside my imagination and I was extremely lucky to find an outlet where using this part of yourself is celebrated. I have been working with children my whole life and I worry that many kids are being pushed out of their artistic freedom. My mission is to provide a safe place for little ones to explore their curiosity and be nurtured in their unique voice. My classes are centered around theatrical play and the joy of make believe. At The Rabbit Hole we worry less about perfection and spend time falling in love with the creative process. Theater is a wonderful outlet for imaginative play, self expression and the magic of wonder! It’s been a dream come true watching your little ones fall in love with The Rabbit Hole.
Strider Patton is our Teaching Artist for Behind the Scenes!
Strider Patton has lived his life in the cross roads of public art and altruism. Combining artistic practice from his dad, and social awareness and compassion from his mom, he has been devoting his work toward how art can change the world. After earning a masters degree in applied anthropology and social change, Strider has been involved with many place making public art projects that invite observers to participate in collective, visceral experiences. He has explored many mediums of art over his life, but stencil spray painting, street art and muralism have been his main focus for the last decade. We are very excited to have Mr. Strider spread his magic and creativity at The Rabbit Hole!
Meryl Theo Press is our Teaching Artist for Little Imaginations and Bunny Ballet!
Meryl is right at home in the rich imaginary worlds of children and still inhabits a multiverse of ever shifting possibilities. She is known to speak in funny accents and sing lines of ordinary conversation without realizing it. In her own time, you will find Meryl on stage singing all kinds of music, from vintage soul to Black Sabbath, or working on a coloring book inspired by the drawings she makes for her four and half year old daughter. It will be her pleasure to honor each child’s unique point of view and expression as they play and create here at The Rabbit Hole.
Mary Mailhot is our Teaching Artist for Little Imaginations
Mary Mailhot is a Singer, Musician, Dancer, and Performer. Five years ago, Mary moved from Brooklyn to Oakland to pursue music, dance and art. Since she was a child Mary has been performing in plays, musicals and ballets/dance performances. She holds a double major B.A in Literature and Dance from The New School University. After graduating, she helped start an experimental theatre group, Everywhere Theater Group in NYC, performing and choreographing for the group. She also pursued dance and theater. Over the past seven years, she has been writing music passionately. Last year, she started a band called, Honey and The Emperor. In the fall of last year, she released her debut Album, La Mer. Mary is also an advanced yoga teacher, and Reiki one certified. She teaches yoga at The Working Body Oakland.
She is thrilled to be a part of The Rabbit Hole team. ‘It is an absolute joy to share the gifts of art, music, dance and theater to kids. The creative arts have always been my heart, passion and breathe. These practices have helped heal and carry me into this magical life. I believe with these creative modalities are a beautiful way to develop unique expression, uplift the individual and community. Thank you Brooke for starting this special place for children to grow their creativity and imagination.’
Colleen Breen is our Teaching Artist for Little Imaginations
Colleen is excited to be apart of The Rabbit Hole family. Colleen hails from Chicago where she performed and taught Improv and Theater to students of all ages for the past 11 years. She also has years of experience working in Montessori schools as an educator and director. She looks forward to creating magic and joy with our students and talented staff.
Rachel Swanson is our Teaching Artist for Little Imaginations
Rachel discovered her love of dance at the age of 14 when she began taking ballet with John Gardener at Portland Festival Ballet. She continued taking ballet, jazz and modern classes throughout Portland. She graduated in May of 2014 from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Jazz Dance. While attending the University of the Arts Rachel performed with Beyond Dance Company. After graduating, Rachel returned to Portland where she danced with Art in Progress Dance Collective and Bremone. She currently works as a dance and yoga teacher throughout the Bay Area and is a dancer with Bollynach Dance Company. Rachel has been working with children for over 10 years.
Sarah Wilcok is our Teaching Artist for Little Imaginations
Sarah is a writer at heart, and is passionate about helping children express their creativity in authentic, unique ways. The arts were always a part of her life, from creative writing to theatre, and playing piano for 9 years. Sarah was in the classroom helping with children from a very young age, assisting in preschool and elementary classrooms and working summer camps almost every year. Now, Sarah fills her life with work that helps children and adults find their authentic voice, share their message, and express their creativity in the world. She’s so excited to be involved in this magical space where children can grow through imagination and self-expression!
Yasmin Hussein is our Teaching Artist for Little Imaginations
Yasmin is an artist, teacher, and professional face painter located in San Francisco. Before settling into the city she received degrees in Fine Art and the History of Art & Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has worked in local art spaces such as the de Young Museum, Southern Exposure, and the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, where she has supported artists (young and experienced) in fulfilling their creative goals. Yasmin has been working with children for over 6 years and continues to be inspired by their blissful and energetic imaginations. She loves teaching at the Rabbit Hole because it is a space where self-expression and empowerment blossom out of practices of playfulness and creativity.