Meet Our Teaching Artists

Meet Your Teacher

Our Teaching Artists can be found teaching in Trike Theatre Academy Classes, Youth Theatre Productions, and Theatre in Education programs in public school and after school programs. Get to know your teacher, by learning about some of their most memorable theatre experiences!

Teaching Artists

Julie Gabel –Julie Gabel has a B.Ed. in Elementary Education as well as an MA in Drama from the University of Arkansas, where she studied elementary education, voice, dance, acting and stage lighting. While living in Los Angeles and San Diego, she performed professionally on stage, earning membership into ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION, as well as performing in film, and singing back-up in the recording studio. Julie toured the United States with Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s first National Tour of, Always, Patsy Cline. She is Co-Founder, Director, and Managing Director of Ceramic Cow Productions, and Co-Founder and Co-Director of ‘Phunbags Comedy Improv’. She has been featured in such independent films as, Gordon Family Tree, Parker’s Anchor, Roadside Attorney, Grimace and Southern Pride.  Julie has directed numerous stage plays with adults as well as with young actors. She directed Fayetteville’s first 24 hour play produced by, Not-A-Penny Productions. She also directed the 2005 and 2007 winning 24 Hour Plays, for the Fayetteville Arts Festival. Julie directed and co-produced an independent short film, “Dupont, Mississippi: F5,” which was featured at the International Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles. She enjoys working with the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for Ozark StageWorks, Dance Coalition, and Fayetteville Downtown Partners. Julie also enjoyed serving on the Fayetteville Arts Council for 2 terms, serving as the chair of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce’s, Arts, Entertainment and Creative Economy committee, as well as serving on committees for Fayetteville Forward’s Creative Economy Action Group since it was established in 2009.  As an educator, Julie teaches classes and workshops in acting, improvisation, auditioning, musical theatre, voice, directing, stage management, stage lighting and the “24 Hour Play” process.

Bill Hesse Bill Hesse has worked as music director/voice teacher with Trike since 2011.  Prior to moving to NW Arkansas, he taught K-8 music in Dubuque, Iowa for 35 years.  During his time in Dubuque, Bill co-founded the Dubuque Youth Chorale, a community children’s choir he conducted for 14 years.  He also performed in a number of community theatre productions, as well as discovering ballet. He performed roles for 17 years in the Dubuque City Youth Ballet and the Heartland Ballet. In addition to his time with Trike, Bill also spent five years as conductor of the Bella Vista Men’s Chorus.  He directs the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Rogers. He still performs in local theatre productions when the opportunity arises and has played Drösselmeyer in the Nutcracker for the NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet since 2013.  Bill lives in Bella Vista in a house he shares with his wife, Pat, their dog, Bella, and their three cats, Maizey, Axl and Earl Grey.

Kassie Misiewicz –Kassie Misiewicz is a professional Theatre for Youth director and educator. She has developed innovative curriculum and taught teachers and students all over the United States. Kassie is the artistic director and founder of Trike Theatre, Northwest Arkansas professional theatre for youth. Before moving to Arkansas, Kassie was the director of Education Outreach at Seattle Children’s Theatre and Associate Artistic Director at First Stage Children’s Theatre. Kassie received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Theatre for Young Audiences from Arizona State University and her BA in Theatre from the University of Notre Dame. She has taught and/or directed at University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Arizona State University, TheatreSquared, Walton Arts Center, Growing Stage Theatre for Young Audiences and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. She is a national arts integration consultant with Focus5 ( and a national Teaching Artist with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Rebecca Sayadian (Summer) –Rebecca teases that she has been dancing and acting since before she was born- her mother was a professional dancer and actor, and danced the roles of Cinderella and Fairy Godmother while pregnant with Rebecca. Rebecca is a graduate of the Judith McCarty School of Dancing/Hansen Conservatory for the Arts in Texas. She continued her studies in dance under Christina Munro of San Marcos Ballet, Kirt Hathaway of Ballet Arkansas, Gelsey Kirkland of New York City Ballet, Stan Rogers of Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, Jacob Sparso of Oklahoma City Ballet, Chet Walker of Steps On Broadway and Jim Cooney of Broadway Dance Center, and other Summer Intensives in New York City. Rebecca is an active member of Texas Association of Teachers of Dancing (TATD), an Artist in Residence with the Arkansas Arts Council- “Arts in Education” division, and a Teaching Artist with Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC) in Texas, and a Teaching Artist, actor, and choreographer for Tricycle Children’s Theatre in Bentonville.

Chris Tennison –Chris has spent the last 25 years as an Actor, Director, Designer, and Arts Educator.  He recently earned his MFA from the University of Arkansas, and has worked at Trike as a teaching artist for the last 3 years, recently joining the team full time as Trike’s new Head of Academy.  In his hometown of Houston (Go Stros!), Chris has taught at Alvin Community College, The University of St. Thomas, Main Street Youth Theater, and The Page Parkes School of Acting.  In Houston, Chris was the Founding Artistic Director of Town Center Theatre, where he was also the head of their “Tomorrow’s Acting Professionals” program.  As an actor and director, Chris has worked with several theaters and educational institutions across the country. Chris’ areas of focus include: Voice and Speech, IPA and Dialects, Acting Theory, Directing Theory, Theater History, and Viewpoints. He is excited to be working full time with the Academy, and is looking forward to all the exciting programming to come.