Rachel Cohen
Owner, Director, Teacher

Rachel Cohen is the owner/director of Drama Kids International for Cabarrus County/North Mecklenburg. She has performed as a singer/actor in many Broadway shows for over two decades throughout 33 countries and 49 states. Some of her personal favorites include The Sound of Music starring Marie Osmond, Evita, Funny Girl, Sister Act, and 42nd Street. Additionally, Rachel performed on cruise ships including Disney Magic and she can be heard on various recordings.

She has studied at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford as well as the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

She is excited to share her singing/acting abilities with her Drama Kids students to enrich their lives with drama. Through our weekly sessions, students become more confident, and their self-esteem blooms! While your child will certainly learn acting skills, our main goal is to help children and young adults develop the skills they need to succeed in life. These skills follow them as they move through school and into the “real world.”

Through our unique copyrighted drama curriculum, Drama Kids’ students will be able to use a well-projected voice to:

• Ask questions or volunteer answers;
• Take on leadership roles without hesitation;
• Make new friends;
• Participate easily in teams or study groups;
• Discuss or share ideas fluently;

We would love to have you and your child join our Drama Kids family!

Miranda McLaughlin
Teacher

Miranda has her degree from UNCC in Mass Media Communications. She has also earned a Minor in Theatre. She has interned at television news stations and radio stations. She is pursuing an acting career. This is her second year as a Drama Kids Teacher. She is excited to continue teaching her Drama Kids, as well as assuming duties as Assistant Director.

Linda Smith
Drama Teacher

Linda Smith was a music therapist for two years and a music educator for pre-K through college teaching drama and music for 30 years. She has been involved in performing since the age of 3 and cannot wait to impart the skills learned and love of these arts to students in the Drama Kids community!

Linda Griffin
Drama Teacher

Linda Griffin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama, with a minor in English. She has also earned a Masters’s degree in Counseling Studies.

Linda has taught children of all ages and is very passionate about seeing all children succeed. She has worked in Radio and is very excited about her new role in teaching Drama. She brings her knowledge of teaching and counseling to the Drama kids family.

Donna Mosley
Drama Teacher

My name is Donna Mosley and I grew up in Concord, North Carolina, and attended Cabarrus County Schools. My background is medical but I started working for Cabarrus County Schools when my youngest was in first grade and stayed with the public school system until last year when I retired. I have my Broker’s license and am now working in real estate. My husband’s name is Todd. We have 5 children and 6 grandchildren all within 30 minutes from us and we love that! I worked with Drama Kids a few years ago and I loved every minute of it. I moved to Banner Elk, NC, and worked with Watauga County Schools for my last 3 years before retirement. Now I am back in Concord to stay! I was so excited when I heard from Drama Kids about the possibility of returning! So here I am! I love the energy of theatre! I love watching the transformation into a character and what each drama student brings to the stage! I can’t wait to meet all of the Drama Kids!!

Molly Eileen Maginnis
Drama Teacher

Molly Eileen Maginnis was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is thrilled to be working with Drama Kids here in NC! She has been working as an actress and teacher for over 15 years, starting with working as a teacher and assistant director with Theater Reaching Young People and Schools (TRYPS) in Missouri while earning her BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College. After college, she went on to work with Playmakers of Baton Rouge touring schools across south Louisiana, their seasonal shows and taught acting classes for K-12th graders. She also worked with Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans to establish their young actor’s program and taught acting classes for K-12th graders. Since moving to NC, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education and has taught 3-5th grades for the last 5 years. She is so blessed to continue to pursue her own dreams of teaching and acting, while helping pave the way for the next generation.

Kayla Ernst
Drama Teacher

My name is Kayla Ernst and I am thrilled to be a part of your student’s learning and growing! As I look forward to learning more about your family and child(ren), here is a little about myself! I am from Buffalo, NY but moved to North Carolina with my family when I was three, so it feels like I am from here! We moved to Mount Pleasant where I went to school, elementary through graduation. I went to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Family Development, with a dual teaching license to teach general and special education for children from birth through kindergarten. I am going into my fourth year teaching this year and I will be starting my second year teaching first grade! I have a 2 year old German Shepherd / Belgian Malinois mix who I adore. I love to be outside, read, and shop! Now that you know more about me, I am looking forward to getting to know each and every single one of you!

Join our team! Drama Kids is seeking dynamic and fun part time teachers to meet our growing class schedule.  Please visit our Contact Us Page and submit your interest.