Meet Our Wonderful Group!
Debbie Rollins - DRMT Director
As a Music Theater International Freddie G Fellowship Recipient in 2015, Debbie has had the pleasure of studying directly with Broadway Director Jeff Calhoun (Newsies), Composer Steven Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on this Island) and Broadway Choreographer Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, South Pacific). Before starting DRMT with her husband, Dean, in their living room in Valencia, California, in 1994, Debbie originated the role of Princess Luna for the Sanrio Toy Company in Tokyo, Japan. She also appeared in many productions throughout the Los Angeles area including Poppy Norton-Taylor in Noises Off at Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson theater for which she was awarded Best Comedic Actress. Other favorite roles included Nellie in South Pacific, Grace in Annie, and Little Red Riding Hood in Little Red Riding Hood at the Glendale Centre Theatre where she choreographed the world premiere of the children’s show Popsicle Power. Other firsts include the world premiere of Best Laid Plans at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and the west coast premiere of Alone Together at the Harlequin Dinner Playhouse. An alumnus of the Young Americans and the musical theater department of Fullerton College, Debbie has enjoyed sharing her passion for live theater with the youth of Raleigh for the past 19 years and looks forward to many more!
Dana Grossman - Choreographer, Assistant Director
With a mission to keep the room laughing while learning new skills, Dana is a working performer and instructor. Dana graduated with a BFA in musical theatre and is an actor, singer, dancer, and comedic improviser. She started as a student at DRMT back in 2010 and was hooked from there. Being heavily involved in their competition team as a student choreographer/director, Dana received recognition as an All-Star multiple times and was invited to NYC to work on three pilot stage readings (Shrek Jr. – Lord Farquaad, Xanadu Jr.- Calliope, Oklahoma! Jr.- Aunt Eller). She also was invited to be in over 20 choreography instructional videos for Music Theatre International (MTI). After she aged out as a student, Dana still comes back on her breaks from performing professionally to choreograph and direct at DRMT! Dana has taught 3rd graders to college seniors as a choreographer, director, improv comedy captain, stage combat instructor, and private audition/lesson tutor. She finds she also learns by teaching and watching young artists create theatre. It is a two-way street!
Professional website: danagrossman.com
Debbie Willmschen - Assistant Director
Tama Berriman - Set Designer/Scenic Artist
Tanya Young - Assistant Director
Dean Rollins - Piano Instructor
A business major by profession (Brigham Young University), a musician by heart. Dean has been teaching piano since he was 16 years old and has loved every minute of it. With all of his other responsibilities at the Theatre, Dean still manages to teach a few private piano lessons during the week. Emphasis is on the beginning student (all ages) using the traditional “middle C” approach.