MEET THE ENSEMBLE 

Teachers and Performers

Ants in the Pants teachers, actors, and musicians adopt student-written stories into sketches and songs, which are performed for the schools and later for the public. 

REBECCA KERNES

Founder and President

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Rebecca, a Chicago native, she has studied theater and dance with companies in Chicago such as Gus Giordano's Dance Center and Talent Forum, Second City, Steppen Wolf, and Remy Bumpo Theater.  Recent Credits include Mikey in The Odd Couple Female version (LVLT), Desdemona in Othello (Shakespeare Institute), Rosalind in As You Like It (Shakespeare Institute), Juju in Juju Goes to Pahrump (LVLT), Phoebe in Eastern Standard (LVLT), Germaine in Picasso at Lapin Agile (Onyx Theatre), and Elaine in The Graduate (Onyx). She also performs With Alibi: The Show That’s Not a Show in downtown Las Vegas, and she was a company member of the Rainbow Kids touring show. Aside from theatre you can see Rebecca in films and television, and you have probably heard her voice as she provides voices for several radio and television ads across the country.

MIKE DESILVA

Director of Music

Originally from New Orleans, has lived, worked, and performed in Las Vegas since he was 8 years old. While attending Bishop Gorman High School, he studied voice, piano, guitar, bass, and other various instruments.  After high school he attended USC, where he continued playing music in various student bands while getting his B.A. in Philosophy.  After college he returned back to Las Vegas, we he performed his original music at the The Beat, the Bunkhouse, and Money Plays. He currently plays and writes his own music, writes and teaches music for Ants in the Pants presents: Something Awesome This Way Comes, and is also a licensed real estate agent.

Napsugar Hegedus

Director of Entertainment

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 Received her BFA from the University of Utah in 2016. Credits include Alex (The Willing Take the Bait; International Spice, Nanjing PRC), Chorus (Electra Garrigó, The Right Brain Project), Laertes (Hamlet; Flying Bobcat Labratory).  She has directed and produced The Vagina Monologues in 2015/2016 in Salt Lake City and in Nanjing PRC in 2018. She just returned from China after spending a year teaching theatre.
 

BIG BerryWhite

Director of Diversity and Inclusion 

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Big BerryWhite was born James R. White in Rialto, CA. He received his BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in acting from CSU, San Bernardino. He has worked with Second City, The Groundlings and IO Comedy Sports.

In 2004, while working for CSUSB at The Coyote Conservatory for the Arts, Big taught several classes including creative writing and acting. He teamed up with Dr. Susan Danials for a poetry program in the San Bernardino County Probation Department, Juvenile Detention, and Assessment Center. He also directed for the Shakespeare Institute of Nevada. with “Shakespeare in the Classroom“ Program.  This program introduced Shakespeare to the Las Vegas student population.  In 2016, he was made the Artistic Director of the school program.

He has performed in a variety of shows and musicals including Keep Hedz Ringin (A Hip Hop Opera),  The Rocky Horror Show, Othello, and Hamlet: The Artist Formerly Known as Prince of Denmark. Big is currently cast in the award winning Alibi The Show, Las Vegas and performs and directs for the Shakespeare Institute of Nevada. He volunteers as an Improv coach at Mojave High School and works with Drama Kids International. 

Cassandra Krupp

Prop Master

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Born and bred on the East Coast, Cassandra spent the majority of her early years immersed in the community theater world. Although she preferred to be onstage, her talents seemed to flourish more behind the scenes. While growing up with the grassroots youth company 'Kids Coop Theater' in New Hampshire, she got her first taste of directing and choreographing when she was 16, working with children between the ages of 8 and 13 in a production of 'Annie Jr.' The production bug never left her after that. While completing her undergrad at the University of Loyola Chicago, Krupp took a break from the limelight and focused her efforts on an advertising and public relations degree, while (accidentally) double minoring in theater and French. Before moving to Las Vegas in 2015, Krupp made use of her Ad/PR degree working on political campaigns, in a Chicago-based advertising agency and even doing social media for an animal shelter. However, her heart was still with the performing arts and, after moving to Sin City, she spent her first year working on the original musical production of 'Dublin Rising,' which is now being work shopped in NYC.

Angie Pohlman is an educator, entertainer, and arts & crafts enthusiast. She has taught ELA 8 at JD Smith Middle School since 2012. She loves to make costumes, do crazy makeup, and get dressed up for different events around town. She also enjoys making and performing with puppets, and rocking the mic at karaoke nights.

 

Angie is from the small town of Versailles, Ohio, and earned her Bachelor's in Integrated Language Arts from Bowling Green State University. She moved to Las Vegas in search of entertainment and diversity, and has found both here in Las Vegas. Angie is thrilled to share her passion for teaching and creative writing with the kids of Ants in the Pants.

Angie Pohlman

Director of Education

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Gilda Graham

 

Director of Marketing and PR

Gilda Graham is an Emmy nominated producer, screenwriter and storyteller. She was born and raised in Hollywood, California, to a family that immersed her in classic films from a young age. This exposure established Gilda's passion for film, which led her to embark on the study of and, ultimately, career in the film industry. She specializes in storytelling through film, and her passion for what she does has only grown since she first began her career. 

Gilda’s passion for the community has been an undercurrent throughout her career. One of her favorite things to do in her spare time is teaching free acting and screenwriting classes at her local library, a place she loved spending time as a child and where her love of stories and reading first came to life. Giving back to local youth and members of the community has provided Gilda with a truly meaningful way to spread her passion and knowledge of filmmaking. 

Renisha O'Donnell

 

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Renisha O’Donnell, originally from New Jersey, has dedicated the last decade to education-focused non-profit organizations within the Las Vegas community. She earned her BA in Sociology from Rowan University, and then her Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling from Wilmington University. 

She has been involved with music her whole life and continues to share her passion for singing as well as community theatre with the Las Vegas Valley. She previously sang with Lady Luck Showtime Chorus, a Las Vegas chapter of Sweet Adelines International and enjoys helping make children’s creative stories come to life as a cast member of Ants in the Pants Productions.  She is dedicated to equity in education and giving a voice to children and families through both her advocacy with nonprofit organizations and the Arts.

Jessicca Shinelle

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Jessicca Shinelle originally hails from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands but was raised in the Winter Park area of Orlando, Florida. Her journey as an entertainer began at the tender age of five when she started dancing competitively; taking lessons with the Dance Conservatory of Orlando and as a member of the International Thespian Honor Society, she has worked both on and offstage in “A Midsummers Nights Dream”, “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Miracle Worker”. Jessicca has also earned an award from the Student Television Network (STN) for her work in broadcasting in front of the camera. Never one to rest on her laurels, Jessicca also is accredited with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida where she studied communication and film production. Ecstatic, is one of the several words she would use to describe joining the Ants In The Pants ensemble and definitely looks forward to helping children get in touch with their creative sides and bringing their stories to life!

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