UNCG's Children's Theater performs Pinocchio at General Greene Elementary on April 2, 2015 (photo by Artisan Image)
Rachel Briley Rachel Briley
Artistic Director
Rachel Briley is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG).  She is head of the M.F.A. program in Theatre for Youth and Artistic Director of the North Carolina Theatre for Young People (NCTYP). Full bio.
Hayley Greenstreet

Hayley Greenstreet is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her BA in Theatre with Honors from Wake Forest University in 2015. After graduating, she worked as a year-long Education Resident Professional Intern at Lexington Children’s Theater in Kentucky. Since August 2016, Hayley has worked in Omaha, Nebraska at The Rose Theater as a full time Teaching Artist! In this role, Hayley wears many hats; she serves the children and families of Omaha as a teacher, performer, director, and mentor.

Most recently, Hayley had the pleasure of directing The Rose’s First Stage Production of “A Bucket of Blessings” where she was able to collaborate with OPS preschool classrooms and local traditional Indian choreographer Mallika Jayanti to create a colorful, engaging, and culturally diverse piece of theater for very young audiences.

When she is not at The Rose, she works as an artist in other spaces!  In summer and fall of 2018, she had the thrilling opportunity to work as the Assistant Director to Kerfuffle’s Nested – a devised theater experience for the very young at The Union for Contemporary Art.  For this production, she and director Ashley Laverty hosted a series of role drama workshops exploring The Union’s community garden with young people, eventually evolving these experiences into the final production. Throughout all of her endeavors, Hayley strives to work with young people as collaborators, using their voices and ideas to fuel the work that will ultimately be shared with other young minds.  Beyond theatre, Hayley loves playing board games, hacky sacking, and hanging with Ernie (her hedgehog).

Derya Agaoglu

Derya Agaoglu was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1996. As a child, Derya loved playing volleyball and taking theatre classes. She graduated from high school in 2014, where she also earned her International Baccalaureate diploma. For Derya’s undergraduate studies, she was enrolled in TED University’s Education Faculty (as a Guidance and Psychological Counseling major), where she also completed her minor program in English Language Education. While attending various night-time performing schools, Derya had the opportunity to learn acting. Meanwhile, she began teaching drama to both Turkish and Syrian (refugee) young learners. In her senior year, Derya began publishing research studies that focused on the interdisciplinary connection between theatre, psychology and education. In 2018, she enrolled in the Fine Arts Education masters program at Ankara University.

Currently, Derya is writing her thesis on the storytelling practices with Syrian refugee adults. She is extremely excited to continue her academic career in UNCG’s Theatre for Youth MFA program. Derya’s current interests include: social and emotional development through drama education, storytelling with marginalized learners, teaching culture through drama and applied theatre practices. In her spare time she loves doing yoga and reading traditional stories of different cultures.

John Perine

John Perine is your average red-headed middle child
from Franklin, Tennessee. In 2019, John graduated
with his BFA in Theatre for Youth from Samford
University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he trained
as a director, performer, and educator. In his
culminating directing project, John explored ensemble
devising and physical theatre techniques to stage a
production of Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice
in Samford’s main stage season, which ignited his
passion for prioritizing collaboration in the rehearsal
hall and the classroom. After graduating, John worked
as an Education Resident Professional Intern at
Lexington Children’s Theatre for the 2019-2020
season, where he taught creative drama and
skills-development workshops, directed youth
productions, and had the opportunity to assistant
direct productions of Holes and The Hundred Dresses.
In the rare moments when John is not engaging in
some theatre-related projects, he can usually be found
searching for the world’s best ice cream parlor, crying
over a coming of age film, or listening to a podcast on
Survivor. www.johnperine.weebly.com