Meet Our Teaching Artists


 Carla#2 Carla Barwineck’s teaching career began in college where she worked on a class project to integrate theater into the school curriculum. Her love for teaching began at that moment. In the early 1980’s Ms Barwineck made Minneapolis/St Paul her home and began work as a professional actress and director/choreographer and worked as a teacher at Lakeshore Players in White Bear Lake. She was contracted by MINNESOTA ALLIANCE FOR ARTS IN EDUCATION (MAAE) for a year-long project to travel the state of Minnesota to research and compile Creative Dramatics in the Classroom, A Handbook for Teachers which was distributed to schools. In 1984 she was hired as the Director of Education for Chimera Theatre, the largest community theatre in the Twin Cities. In 1987 she founded SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development in St Paul and worked as the Executive/Artistic Director for 10+ years. Ms Barwineck is responsible for starting the Acting Program at YEAH’s Academy where she continues to offer full year acting classes during the school day.


Joy Carlson, CB Productions Resident Teaching Artist, has over 15 years of experience both
teaching and volunteering with young people, and has been teaching with CB Productions since 2009. Joy graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota. She also has both an Associate of Arts Degree and an Associate of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Theatre. For the past 9 years Joy has taught numerous classes with CB Productions, she is the director of our Summer Performance Boot Camps and all our After School Classes. In her time away from theatre she works as an independent youth worker with several organizations around the Twin Cities.

Rachel Hall CB Productions Teaching Artist is an alumnus of CB Productions and has been working for the company since 2016. Throughout high school, she participated in many CB Productions classes and plays. Featured in major roles in And Then There Were None and Oliver Twist, Rachel has had experience both on the CB Productions main stage as well as in their 2015 Summer Bootcamp performance of Arabian Nights. After graduating high school, Rachel held an internship with CB Productions for the 2016-17 school year. Artistic director Carla Barwineck trained her in skills of directing while she gained hands-on experience helping in acting classes. Since this internship, Rachel has been hired to help teach and direct various acting classes both during the school year and in the summer. Rachel is currently pursuing her Associate of Arts at Anoka Ramsey Community College, where she continues to take theater classes to enhance her understanding of this dynamic art form. Teaching and theater are two of Rachel’s passions that go hand and hand. She loves to watch students explore artistic expression through acting.

Jaida Ruis CB Productions Intern has been homeschooled since fourth grade and will graduate in June of 2019. She will be going to the University of Northwestern, St. Paul this fall, and is planning to major in Theatre and Early Childhood Education.  Jaida has been involved in theatre since second grade. She has taken numerous classes and has been in 11 shows. These shows include performances with CB Productions, Lyric Arts, and the Seasons Dinner Theatre.  Jaida has also had extensive training through classes and workshops with CB Productions, Lyric Arts, Yellow Tree Theatre and Legacy Christian Academy.  She has also assisted with two workshops through Lyric Arts. She is also teaching a theatre class independently at Faith Co-op in St. Paul. Jaida is beyond excited to share her love of theatre with the students at the Academy Jr.