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Abbey Moore (Dance Minor 2011), is working in Milwaukee, WI as a graphic designer for Marcus Promotions, Inc. Marcus Promotions is publisher of In-Theatre Performing Arts Programs and Footlights, the professionally produced publication that is distributed to audiences who attend performing arts events such as musicals, plays, and concerts. She was responsible for the MSU Arts blog http://msuarts.blogspot.com/ in 2010-11.
Andrew Anglin (MA 2006), teaches theatre and directs productions at Byron Center High School and directs the theatre department at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Shelley (Barish) Bernacki (MFA in Design 2006), is a freelance designer in New York. She was formerly the Scenic Charge Artist for the Geva Theatre and The Berkshire Theatre Festival. She most recently served in the Faculty of SUNY New Paltz.
Chris "C.J." Brock (MA 2000), Cypress, TX, is teaching theatre arts at Goodson Middle School in Cypress, TX.
Jay Burns (MFA in Acting 2003), Los Angles, CA, I've taken the leap and started my own film and television production company, Jaywalk Films.
Rachel (Roberts) Cain (MFA in Acting 2004) has participated in staged readings of original works for the Boarshead Theatre of Lansing, MI as well as the First Annual Michigan Theatre Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. She performed with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and toured the country with The American Family Theatre, based in Philadelphia, PA. She has called Kansas City, MO her home for a few years now and has been lucky enough to work for The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Accessible Arts, The Coterie Theatre, as well as numerous independent production companies (one of which premieredCarvings; a compilation of works written by Raymond Carver and adapted for the stage). She is currently teaching for The Coterie and Baker University in Baldwin City, KS where she has also made her directorial debut.
R. Scott Cantrell (MFA in Acting 2003), Dallas, TX, is currently working at the Dallas Theater Center and continues to act at the Dallas Children's Theater and other professional theaters around the Dallas area.
Carolina Di Cesare (BA 2001), finished her MA at Oakland University, where she taught a course for teachers. During her teaching years, she also performed professionally in movies and modeled quite a bit. She has passed her straining and stressful exams to become a fully licensed Financial Advisor.
Kathryn Cleveland (MA 2004), New York City, was a member of the Michael Chekov Theatre Company and have done a few plays and films. She also started the Alacrity Players Theatre Company with fellow MSU alumni.
Jessica Cole (BA 2006), received a BA in Theatre and a BA in General Business Management. I am currently waiting for my next season to start at the Houston Grand Opera. This season I will be in multiple roles. For 2/3 of the season I will be a 1st Assistant Stage Manager while doubling up and performing the role of the Stage Management Intern for the show that runs in repertory with the show I will be a 1st on. For the other show I will be a 2nd Assistant Stage Manger. So, I will be bouncing around in a few positions and doubling up on 2 of the 3 shows I will work on.
Ray Conrad Jr (BA 2000), earned his MFA from Florida Atlantic University in 2001 and began working as a professional actor, director and teacher in the West Palm Beach area. In 2005, He co-founded a theatre company that specializes in new work, as well as the integration of high school students into the professional company. In 2007 he moved back to his home state of Ohio, where he now teaches theatre at an Arts and College Preparatory High School.
Jeanine Cull (MA 2005) is the Theater Manager at the Fowlerville Performing Arts Center.
Danielle (Baisden) Curtis (MFA in Design 2004), is an Assistant Professor at Lees-McRae College where she is also the Publicity Coordinator, Webmaster for Performing Arts and Stage Manager Mentor. She was the Lighting Designer for Un-Requited Love, directed by Leslie Jones at Center Stage Theatre and for The Lynch Play, directed by Jamie Carrillo at The Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City (Off-off Broadway).
John David DeFour (BA 2009), Los Angeles, CA, is currently getting his Master of Arts in Secondary Education with a preliminary credential in English through PLACE Corps at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He lives in Compton and teaches English and Drama at Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles.
Angie DeWolf (Dance Specialization 2004), Boston, MA, received a BS in Kinesiology in 2004. She was a part of the dance program for all four years and was in both Repretory Dance concerts in 2002 and 2004 and the production of Oklahoma in 2003. She is currently a professional ballet dancer with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston, MA. She joined the company in the fall of 2004 and have danced many incredible roles, including the Sugar Plum fairy in The Nutcracker.
Chelsea Dunlop (Dance Specialization 2004), Royal Oak, MI, received an MA in American Dance studies in December 2006.
Amber Louise (Zmick) Filipski (BA 2005), Sterling Heights, MI, is a speech-language pathologist for Waterford School District in Oakland County.
John Gilmour (BA and Dance Specialization 2006), Chicago, IL, currently works at Allied Live (formerly TMG-The Marketing Group) as a press and marketing representative for the national tours of Avenue Q and Mamma Mia!. Previous clients include: Russian on the Side, Altar Boyz,Twelve Angry Men and Forever Tango. He is also a semi-professional dancer in Chicago and regionally.
Dave Goss (MA 2001), is an actor, musician and the managing director of WNEP Theater. He has worked with a number of theater companies in and outside of Chicago, played bit parts in several films and appeared in a handful of commercials. In February of 2006, he and his wife Lori welcomed their daughter Madeline Marie into the world.
Erin Haggerty (MA 2004), Cincinnati, OH, is a Freelance Stage Manager/Theatre Producer. She is currently a Scripting and Producing for University Hospital, C.A.R.R.E. Committee Project (filming educational video to inform current staff members on behaviors in the operating room and creating healthy environments for patients).
James E. Halter (MA 2000), served as Stage Operations crew chief at Alliance Theatre from 2000-2004; Freelance work with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2000-2004; Stage Supervisor for Clarence Brown Theatre at University of Tennessee 2004-2006; Currently serving as Technical Services Coordinator for Sevier Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville TN.
Amy Handelman (BA 2005), Los Angeles, CA, has been trying to become a working actor since graduation.
Patrick Hickey and Annie (Stulberg) Hickey (BA 2005), both graduates of MSU married October 27th, 2007. Annie worked for Interlochen Center for the Arts before moving to Las Vegas where they currently live. Annie teaches dance for the Nevada Ballet Theatre and has recently started Star Arts LLC, a business that offers creative arts camps, classes, and workshops for the youth of Las Vegas. Pat is using his second degree in Hospitality Business (also received from MSU) and works at Caesars Palace as a restaurant manager.
Lauren A. Hill (BA 2006), Washington, DC, is currently the Lansburgh Theatre Head Electrician for the Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Harman Center for the Arts.
Matt Karr (BA 2006; MA 2008), is a freelance stage manager in New York City.
Kirsten Keyt (BA 2004), Washington DC, is working for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She works with a grant from the U.S. Department of State to bring young, pre-professional performing artists from around the world to the U.S. for training in their art form.
Eric Kildow (BA 2004), completed an M.A. in theatre at Texas A&M University and his M.F.A. in Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He founded and directed AASU's theatre study abroad program in the Czech Republic with the University of South Bohemia. His work surrounding this process is featured in the January 2011 issue of "Southern Theatre" Magazine. He is currently teaching at Armstrong Atlantic State University and begun Savannah's first New Play Festival, drawing playwright submissions from around the country and introducing students to a host of new works. He has also been named head of the Drama program at Coastal Carolina College in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Caroline A. Kressler (BA 2003), is working for a children's television program currently airing on PBS, and Community Outreach Director and Co-producer.
Rick Kunzi (BA 2004), is a writer of the Off Broadway show Brunch The Musical. He currently resides in New York City.
Meghan Laughlin (BA 2002), worked for the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, and Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, is now at the University of Southern California, School of Theatre, as Assistant to the Dean.
Kelly M. Leight (MFA in Design 2006), is the Technical Director/ Upper School Teacher/ Freelance Designer for Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square PA. She was formerly the Properties Mistress North Shore Music Theatre at Dunham Woods.
Charles Samuel McHugh (BA English/Theatre 2005), Charleston, SC, is currently teaching theatre full-time alongside Melissa Dertian at Stratford High School.
Steve Neumann (BA 2001), is the founder and artistic director of the Sunset Theatre Company in Manhattan Beach CA. It is a children's theatre training facility that includes vocal, dance, acting, and improv. He has also done many films, commercials, and plays since moving to Los Angeles.
Jen (Taylor) Pollard (MA 2001), moved to London with her husband, who is a native. She’s done some work in T.V. acting in London and continues to network.
Samantha Mitchell (Dance Specialization, B.A. in Elementary Education 2008), is currently a first grade teacher in Charleston, South Carolina. Her dance specialization, ArtsBridge, and NDEO conference/presentation experience helps her incorporate kinesthetic movement into her classroom curriculum on a regular basis. She and her students love when they get to learn through movement.
Jeanna Ross (BA 2000), is a Staff writer (including theatre critic) for the Clayton Pioneer andThe Concordian. She is also an English teacher at Clayton Valley High School.
Amber M. (Mohr) Schrier (BA 2006), Grand Rapids, MI, is technical director and theatre tech instructor for the Van Singel Fine Arts Center and Byron Center Public Schools.
Shannon Schweitzer (MFA in Design 2005), is an Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Buffalo State College and Lighting Designer/Supervisor at The Ohio Light Opera.
Alex Sedrowski (BA 2006), Los Angeles, CA made her LA theatre debut recently in Measure4Measure, a re-vamped look at Shakespeare's work addressing the Prop 8 controversy. Continuing work on being a professional actor in LA.
Brian Sherwood (BA 2007), Grandville, MI, is currently employed at Grandville High School in Michigan as their Auditorium Supervisor and Technical Director.
Miranda Sinke (BA 2003), Fenton, MI, is the Hartland High School drama teacher.
Lindsey Stakoe (BA 2002), Burbank, CA, is teaching dance and musical theatre at Penny Lane Dance Academy in Studio City, CA and is performing in Junk a rock opera at the Lyric Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Daryl Thompson (MFA in Acting 2008), is an Adjunct Instructor at Olivet College and performing regularly at Boarshead Professional Theatre.
Tracy M. Ward, (BA 2000), received an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Florida in 2003, and is currently the Costume Director and Resident Designer at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, California. Previously, she’s worked for The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, The Washington National Opera in DC, Anheuser-Busch Entertainment Division, and Le Reve, The Show at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.
Laura June Weissinger (BA 2005), is attending the Graduate Acting Program and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Billy Wilburn (MFA in Design 2007), is an Assistant Professor Theatre of Design / Costume Shop Manager for South Dakota State University.
Roger Wingfield (BA 2005), is currently pursuing a career in theatre in New York City.
Meisha Bosma (BA and Dance Specialization 1996) is a professional dancer and choreographer in the Metro DC area. She founded and now directs BOSMADANCE, a contemporary dance company in DC. For two years, she danced for Kombina Dance Company in Jerusalem, Israel, and now enjoys directing her own company. www.bosmadance.com
April Browning (BA 1994) is the Managing Director of Theatre Operations at Loyola University Chicago where I coordinate all of our production activities, as well as teach Theatre Management.
Robin (Aronson) Carr (BA 1995), Hattiesburg, MS, is an Associate Professor for Voice and Acting at The University of Southern Mississippi and is a Lessac Certified Trainer. She presented at the First International Arts in Society Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland and was the dialect coach for the production of Our Country’s Good for the University of New Orleans. Since she has been at Southern Miss, Robin has directed Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, And the World Goes Round and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Ms. Carr also directed Coyote on a Fence for the American College Theatre Festival. A member of Actor’s Equity, Robin has performed such roles as Fefu inFefu and Her Friends, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and the Fool in King Lear. She is also the co-director of Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience, a musical theatre youth camp. Receiving her M.F.A. in acting from the University of Connecticut and a Shakespeare Acting Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the summer 2003. .
Alora Dana Cheek (MA 1996), San Jose, Ca.
Erin (Cogswell) Wolf (Dance Specialization 1999), Kennesaw, Georgia, has been a Reporter in Flint, MI and Orlando, FL. as well as a Disney Entertainment performer. Currently she is a Dance Instructor in Kennesaw, Georgia and working as a Public Relations professional.
Chris D'Arienzo (BA 1994), Los Angeles, CA, is screenwriter and wrote the musical Rock Of Ages(which opened on Broadway in 2008, a national tour in 2010, and received 5 Tony nominations including Best Musical). He also also wrote and directed a feature film called "Barry Munday" starring Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer, Chloe Sevigny, Malcolm McDowell, Cybill Sheperd, Jean Smart, and Billy Dee Williams.
J.M. (Hoopingarner) Ethridge (BA in THR Ed. 1995), is currently teaching at L’Anse Creuse High School in Harrison Township, Michigan. She teaches Acting, Theatre History, and Speech, as well as various English literature courses. She’s done some community theatre around Detroit and minor commercial work, but mainly enjoy teaching and raising my two beautiful children, Beatrice and Malcolm, and spending time with my wonderful husband, Todd. She’s working on my Master’s Degree in Secondary Education through Saginaw Valley State University and loves her life.
Sheila Marie (Westfall) Everett (BA 1999), New York, NY, is a publicist at Scholastic in New York.
Kristin (Wilcox) Godak (BA 1990’s), Paradise, CA, taught 8th grade English, drama, and music from 1996 to 1999. She is currently a stay at home mom to 3 darling children who love to sing, dance, and ham it up.
Tracey Copeland Halter (MA 2000), served as Stage Operations crew chief at Alliance Theatre from 2000-2004; Freelance work with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2000-2004; Stage Supervisor for Clarence Brown Theatre at University of Tennessee 2004-2006; Currently serving as Technical Services Coordinator for Sevier Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville TN.
Erik Hart (BA 1997), is teaching theatre, directing and designing lights at The Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts, in Sterling Heights, MI
Deborah (Kerr) Hendricks (MA 1994), Grand Rapids, MI, has been teaching drama at Kuyper College since 2004. She taught and directed theatre at Cornerstone University from 1991-1998. Debbie and her husband Matt have 4 children - 19, 15, and 4-yr. old twins. She acted in productions with her husband and her oldest son, and hopes someday to act with her daughter and her twin boys.
Scott Herriman (BA 1993), owns Alpha Omega Event Productions in Kalamazoo, Michigan (southwest Michigan's largest private event producer) which was recognized in 2000 as one of the top interactive DJ entertainers in the country by Mobile Beat magazine. He has been entertaining for private events for almost 20 years. Scott is also a scenic carpenter for the Civic Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI.
Mark Johnson (BA 1997), West Bloomfield, MI, since graduation has been the technical director at the West Bloomfield HS Auditorium and director of their MIFA One Act Play.
Bethan Jones (MA 1998).
Elaina Kielbaso (Dance Minor 1994), Plymouth, MI, is a Kindergarten teacher – always singing, dancing and acting with her students.
Jim Kielbaso (Dance Minor 1994), Plymouth, MI, runs a training facility for athletes to improve their speed and agility.
Trent Klairter (BA 1993), Muskegon, MI, is teaching theatre at Reeths-Puffer High School.
Malia L. Koger (MA 1998), is currently teaching and directing at Olivet High School in Olivet, Michigan. She and her high School are two-time Class C/D State Theatre Champions, having won their second title in 2005 for a "Creative" approach to Neil Simon's Fools.
Tara L. Leisie (BA 1995)
Marijean Levering (MA 1997), Utica, NY, is associate professor of theatre at Utica College and the author of Detroit on Stage: The Players Club 1910-2005.
Kristie Mazzoni (BA 1994), Newington, CT, is the assistant Director of the Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium in West Hartford CT.
Rachel Miskowiec (BA 1992), has worked extensively in television, both in LA and NYC. She is currently an executive producer for the "Tyra Banks Show" in New York and recently won my first Emmy for "Best Daytime Talk Show/Informative."
Christine (Carlon) Pankuch (BA 1998), is working full-time for Sprint Nextel. Dancing at Glenns School of Dance and playing in the Livingston County Concert Band.
Amy S. RohrBerg (MFA in Design 1990), is an Associate Professor of Design and Production Costume Studio Technical Director at Univ. of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA
Marnie Michelle (Galbraith) Rossow (BA in Speech Therapy and Dance Specialization 1999), is a speech therapist in a rural school district. She dances for the fun of it now at my old studio.
Amy Seaman (BA 1996), Clarkston, MI, is a Theatre Manager / Technical Director for Clarkston Schools.
Jovon E. Shuck (BA 1998), Manhattan, New York, is a professional stage manager in New York. His credits include work on two Broadway shows (Noises Off with Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher and The Graduate with Kathleen Turner), four seasons of The Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, various Radio City concerts and events (including The Tony Awards), The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park (The Seagull with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline directed by Mike Nichols), two tours for ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, and work in regional theatres across the country (including Gateway Playhouse, The Main Street Theatre, The Lycian Centre and Cherry County Playhouse). He most recently toured with the National Tour of Monty Python'sSpamalot (with fellow MSU theatre alum Christopher Sutton in the cast as Prince Herbert).
Joel Shull (BA 1994), Schererville, IN, received a BS in construction Management in 2007.
Jeffrey Sutton (BA 1995), has been living in NYC since his graduation at MSU. He has performed Off-Bway: Henry V, Once Upon a Mattress, Roadside and around the country for such companies as the Texas Shakespeare Festival, The Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, and Round Barn Repertory Theatre. Currently he has been working within Film and TV and even producing short films. Most recent commercials include: “Optimum HD” and “New Jersey Lottery”. He is greatly appreciative of the education he received within the MSU Department of Theatre.www.JeffreySutton.com
Rusty Tennant (BA 1995), Portland, lived for six years in NYC performing, directing and designing for numerous productions from the self-written Off-Off B'way hit Dude Ranch to performing Antipholus of Syracuse in Judith Shakespeare's Off-B'way production of The Comedy of Errors. While in NYC, he also worked with The American Globe, Drama Book Shop, Dramatists Play Service, Ariel Tepper Productions, and served as company manager for Merce Cunningham. He received my MFA in Performance and Directing from the University of New Orleans. While in New Orleans he was honored with the 2003 Stoorer Boone Award for his production of The Laramie Project. From New Orleans, he evacuated to Dallas, TX where he taught Intro to Theatre at Collin College in Plano and choreographed/asst. directed The Rocky Horror (Puppet) Show which won the Dallas Column Award for Best Non-Equity Production. He later took a job at UNLV as the Scene Shop Supervisor to study the unique forms of theatre rising in the desert. He directed Twelfth Night in Seattle in January 2007.
Katja (Luczki) Thomakos (BA 1998), works as Director of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation in Natchitoches, LA. She was previously Managing Director of Water Works Theatre Company, a professional outdoor Shakespeare theatre in Michigan, as well as Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She received her M.A. in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University.
Beth (Watson) Torrey (BA 1996), Indianapolis, IN, worked for Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Co., earned SAG card, and worked as theatre director in Milan, MI.
Kelsey Tyler (MA 1998), is currently the Company Manager for Portland Center Stage, a LORT B regional theater in Portland, Oregon. www.pcs.org . He is also working as an actor for the smaller companies in town.
Katherine "Katie" Von till (BA 1997), Los Angeles, CA, has been working professionally as an actress in theatre (including a National Broadway Tour, prestigious regional theatres, and several world premieres), film (festival award winning shorts), television (co-stars on Primetime dramas and a principal performer in a national commercial), and voice over (radio & tv commercials, animation, toys, videogames, etc.).
Joshua Webb (MFA in Design 1997), teaches a variety of theatre courses at Worcester Academy.
Kenn Wheeler (MFA 1990), La Grande, OR, is Professor of Theatre at Eastern Oregon University
Rebecca Zellar (1999), Chicago IL, and her husband founded a theatre company called The GreyZelda Theatre Group, which has been producing theatre since 2004 to critical acclaim.
Gary J. Albert (BA 1985), Petoskey, Michigan, after spending 18 years in Chicago as a non-Equity and Equity Candidate actor, is currently acting and directing with the local theatre company and looking forward to pursuing a Master's Degree.
Anita-Joyce Barnes (MFA 1984), Detroit, MI, is the Assistant Director for Annual Funds at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Lori Ann (Joseph) Boylan (BA 1982), Davis, CA, is working as Deputy Legislative Counsel in Health & Human Services, Sacramento, CA.
Bruce F. Brown (BA 1982), is the Artistic Director for Dillard Center for the Arts (Magnet High School for the Performing and Visual Arts). Bruce is also the Resident Designer for Dance Now Ensemble and Momentum Dance Theatre, both in Miami, Florida.
Gary Carkin (PhD 1984), Manchester, NH, is professor of theatre at Southern New Hampshire University and director of the Manchester Youth Theatre.
Lonnie Cooper (BA 1989), New York, is general manager of the Collaborative Arts Project, 21, New York, NY.
Susan Dear (BA 1982), Los Angeles, CA, is a script supervisor and continuity coordinator in the film industry.
Geoffrey Dick (MA 1988), Muskegon, MI, is a Teacher at Reeths-Puffer High School.
Bill Ellison (BA 1984), Chicago, IL, is the resident beatnik performer at the Underground Wonderbar by nights and a cigar consultant by day.
Edgar H. Quiles Ferrer (PhD 1981), Caguas, P.R., is a professor at the University of the Sacred Heart and the director of the Athenaeum Theatre Company in Puerto Rico.
Anthony Haigh (PhD 1986), Danville, KY, is a Professor of Theatre at Centre College. Anthony was formerly Chair of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Centre College. He recently took a sabbatical leave from Centre College and during that leave he worked as a freelance professional actor and director. He acted in several seasons at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, and Actor's Guild of Lexington as well as playing the Christmas season at Dollywood in Tennessee. He directed two plays in London and two Shakespeare plays Love's Labours Lost and Merry Wives of Windsor at the summer Shakespeare venue in Kentucky where he is artistic director. Then, due to the sudden illness of his leading actor, he had to take over the role of Falstaff with one week's notice! He also visited Edinburgh for the Festival and had a wonderful vacation with my wife in Italy.
William Hutson (PhD 1983), Omaha, NE, is a professor in Theatre Arts at Creighton University.
Jeanne Klein (MA 1981), is associate professor and director of Theatre for Young People at the University of Kansas.
Philip Johnson (MFA in Design 1986), is a Professor of Theatre Design and Technical Director of University Theatre - Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Julie Levy (-Weston) (MFA in Design 1988), spent two seasons touring with children's theater as SM/Comp. Mngr. She guest designed lights for All My Sons. She was later hired as a special events planner at the Michigan State University Museum in 1997 and has been there ever since.
Bob Malos (BS 1982), Minneapolis, MN, is a computer programmer and does some semi-professional Theatre in Minneapolis/St.Paul.
Bruce Marr (BA 1980), Brooklyn, NY, is an English Teacher at International Arts Business School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Deborah Mikula (BA 1981), Howell, MI, is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Artserve.
Carl Pasbjerg (1988), has gone on to do a few things (see my web site at www.oneviking.com). He was recently the Associate Producer for Young Frankenstein and Guys and Dolls on Broadway and Off-Broadway’s Jump, amongst other projects. He served as Senior Vice President of Theatrical Production at Clear Channel Entertainment/Live Nation, and was the Executive Producer for the $35 Million production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. Broadway producing and management credits include: 700 Sundays starring Billy Crystal, Lennon,Hollywood Arms, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan with Patrick Stewart, The Herbal Bed, Taking Sides with Ed Harris, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, Jekyll & Hyde, Steel Pier, and Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews; Off-Broadway: Addicted…a comedy of substance; Tours: Cabaret starring Teri Hatcher, South Pacific starring Robert Goulet, Cover Girls, Dora The Explorer Live, Blue’s Clues Live, Scooby Doo Live, Rocket Power Live, Master Class, My Fair Lady, and Delerium with Cirque du Soleil; Regional & Developmental productions: Little Women, All Shook Up, Only A Kingdom, Amour and Quartett at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is board member of the Storm Theatre.
Vince Paul (BA 1985), Detroit, MI, after 20 years on tour, came home to Detroit as President and Artistic Director of Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.
Cynthia Mortland Phinney (BA 1986), is working with crazy health care lobbyist in DC.
Brian Sickels (MFA 1980), is currently Technical Director of the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts in Center City Philadelphia. An MFA design graduate from Michigan State University, he has designed and technical directed in Buffalo, NY, for Studio Arena, Kavinoky and TOY Theatres; in Rochester, NY for the Eastman Opera Company and the Eastman School of Music, GeVa Theatre and the University of Rochester; in New York City for the Greenhouse Dance Ensemble; and in Boston for the Mirage Mime Co and JTW Entertainment. Most recently his designs were part of Opera North’s new production of “Transitions” in Philadelphia. As an educator, he has taught design, technical direction and rigging at universities and conservatories throughout the east coast. He is winner of the Southern Illinois University Scene Design Competition, member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He won an Artie Award nomination in Buffalo, NY for best scenic and lighting design produced at the Kavinoky Theatre. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger and Technician.
Laura Stec (BA 1986), Portola Valley, CA, is writing The Global Warming Diet: Cool Recipes for a Hot Planet, to be published in 2008.
Brian Stomestreet (BFA 1985), Burbank, CA, is working as a production designer for television and has won two Emmy Awards.
JuJuan Carolyn Taylor (PhD 1988), Detroit, MI, is a Professor, and Department Chair of the Communication Arts Department, Schoolcraft College/Livonia Michigan I am an author of textbookProfessional and Effective Speech Communications for Future Leaders in the 21st Century(Kendall/Hunt Publications 05').
Katherine M Webb (BA 1982), graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2009 with an MFA in Studio Art. She presently teaches design, drawing and visual arts at Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL. She was also a visiting professor in the fiber department at NIU this past year. Kathie exhibits her art work across the country and internationally. Her work was recently a part of the 2010 Fiber Arts International Tour where she was awarded the Joanne Purrington Folley Memorial Award For Excellence In Needlework. Kathie's work is included in the upcoming 8th International Fiber Biennial in Philadelphia with Snyderman-Works Gallery. Visit her website at www.KathieWebb.com
Michael P. Webb (MFA 1981), is currently Managing Director of Theatre at Rock Valley College, Rockford IL.
Bernard White (BA 1982), Hollywood, CA, acted in (films) “Quarantine”, “The World Unseen”, “American Dreamz”, “Matrix Reloaded”, “Matrix Revolutions”, Raising Helen” (TV) “Numb3rs”, “Bones”, “NCIS”, “90210”, “The Eleventh Hour, “The Unit”, “Jag”, West Wing”, “ER” and “CSI; Miami”. Bernard performed in two seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; playing Charles Condomine in Coward's Blythe Spirit and a new play called Lucy and the Conquest by Cusi Cram. He also did an Off Broadway revival of Guare's Landscape of the Body. He performed in a stage adaptation of Wings of Desire for the American Repertory Theatre which played both in Cambridge (Boston) and in Amsterdam. He also did the New York premiere of a play that he did while a sophomore at MSU in the Arena Theatre, under the direction of Farley Richmond Sakharam Binder. Finally he performed in Tonight at 8:30 by Noel Coward in Los Angeles.
Greg Kean (Williams) (BA 1983), Point Roberts, WA, spent 20 years as a professional actor. He recently completed two seasons on Showtime series Dead Like Me playing Clancy Lass. He can also be seen in a movie for VH1 called Totally Awesome. Check full list of Film and TV credits online at IMDB.
Cindy Barber (BA 1971), has her own very successful talent agency specializing in free entertainment for fairs, festivals, and conventions.
Charley Beal (BA 1978), received a BA degree with high honors in Theatre. He has worked at the Grand Ole Opry and other regional theatres before moving to New York City. He quickly found himself working for Tony Walton, award winning designer on many Broadway productions and with Tony's help, started a transition to becoming a feature film art director. In 2004 he had the opportunity to teach set design for the fall semester at Colorado College. Recent film projects include the recenlty completed EAT PRAY LOVE, shooting in NYC, Rome, Naples, India and Bali with director Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck) Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. Before that, MILK and 2 Ridley Scott pictures, AMERICAN GANGSTER and BODY OF LIES. He studied for 2 years in New York at The Lester Poliakov Studio and Art Students League. Awards include an Art Director's Guild nominations for AMERICAN GANGSTER and MILK and Emmy certificates for DEATH OF A SALESMAN and MTV's "Fight For Your Rights" HIV Prevention Campaign.
Mary A. Chmelko (BA 1978), Waterford, MI, spent 22 years as Properties Director at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, MI. She is currently working as a freelance artist for The Parade Company in Detroit, MI.
Don Dalrymple (BA 1974), Mullens, WV, is writing a screenplay entitles “The Legend of the Dalrymple Clan.”
Betty DeWulf (BA 1974), Rochester Hills, MI, is a theatre arts teacher and thespian sponsor at Eisenhower High School.
Candice Dunn (BA 1974), New York, NY, is a staff lighting director for ABC TV, Lighting Designer for “The View”.
Tom Edwards (BA 1974), is currently living in Atlanta, GA after 17 years in Los Angeles. He is a playwright with shows produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club and throughout the United States. He wrote for television for many years and recently sold a novel entitled Blue Jesus.
Ernest Harden Jr. (BA 1974), Altadena, CA, has starred in numerous television shows and movies, including “Hollywood Homicide” and “The Transporter 2”.
Harold Hite (PhD 1973), retired (1999) after 30 years at Virginia Wesleyan College where I started the Theater-Comm. Dept in 1969. I am now translating Spanish plays into English acting scripts. I have published 5 plays and had 4 produced in the U.S. I also do some acting (theater, TV, film).
Russell N. Howes (BA 1971; MFA 1973) is the Vice President for Legal Affairs, Planned Giving and Regional Fundraising at the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
Jan Jacobs (BA 1979)
Ruth E. Kramer (BA 1977), is the Regional Theatre Stage Manager and currently serving on the National Council of Actors Equity Association.
Nicholas Kryah (MA 1978), St. Louis, MO, is resident artist, technical director, and actor with the Metro Theater Company.
Susan (Chekaway) Mancuso (BA 1979), Bloomfield Hills, MI, does voice overs and radio/TV commercials in Detroit and Chicago.
Holly Monsos (BA 1979), is chair of the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Toledo.
Betsy (Baker) Newell (BA in THR Ed 1977), Los Angeles, CA, sang professionally in Miami Beach, FL. and then moved to Detroit. Worked in commercials, films, industrials, and voice-overs, and portrayed Linda in Sam Raimi's cult-classic Evil Dead, which still garners fans world-wide at conventions and public appearances. Cast opposite John Malcovich and Karl Malden in Word of Honor. Worked in early 80's in films, commercials, and stage. In 2006, returned to commercials and film and stage and tv.
David Oswald (MA 1974), Milwaukee, WI, is chair of the Department of Theatre at Cardinal Stritch University has taught there since 1978. He also directs locally in Milwaukee, most recently Edward Albee's The Play about the Baby at the Boulevard Ensemble.
Cristie L. (Butcher) Rahn (Theatre 1978), Caro, MI, is Director for a community theatre group.
Bruce Snyder (MA 1973), Manassas, VA, is the Gifted Ed Resource Teacher for Gar-Field Senior High School in Prince William County, Virginia, where he has taught English, Drama, Public Speaking, Theory of Knowledge, and Gifted Enrichment Seminars for 30 years. Before that he was a professional actor in classic repertory, children's theater, improvisational comedy, and regional repertory, and a member of Actor's Equity. He still directs plays and musicals for schools and churches in the Manassas, Virginia area.
Rick Thomas (BA, 1976), Rick Thomas is a composer, sound designer, author, playmaker, and educator. He is a Fellow of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, where he was honored with the Founder’s Award in 2008, and an elected member of the National Theatre Conference. As a certified sound designer in IATSE Local 1 (New York NY), Rick has composed scores and designed sound for over 100 productions including the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and ESPN television among many others, and exhibited his work in Israel, Cuba, Korea, the Philippines, Finland, Poland and across the US and Canada. Rick has written about the art and practice of theatre sound extensively for Theatre Design and Technology Journal, has published a book, The Designs of Abe Jacob, and contributed to Ross Brown’s book, Theatre and Sound. Rick has lectured extensively, including the Broadway Sound Master Classes, the film institute at Babelsburg, Germany, the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria, the Prague Quadrennial, World Stage Design in Korea, Synergetic Audio Concepts, the Audio Engineering Society, the Acoustical Society of America, ATHE, USITT and many universities in the US and abroad. As a playmaker, Rick has sought to push the boundaries of theatre with original works including Awakening, The Creature, The Life of Umbrellas, The Art of the Fugue, Labcoats on Clouds, and The Ministry of Funny Noises. As an educator, his efforts to facilitate learning in theatre sound have been recognized with the Murphy Award and inclusion in the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University. He is the founder of the OISTAT Sound Working Group and former USITT Sound Commissioner, where he has pioneered many efforts to improve recognition of the field of theatre sound.
Deborah W. Tomlinson (MA 1975), East Lansing, MI, has acted in New York, Washington, DC, Virginia, and Michigan.
Mark Voland (MFA in Acting 1979), Ventura, CA, spent 20 years in television and film and is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Lisa A. Wenger-Menerick (BA 1973), Spring Lake, MI, is doing professional theatre and dinner theatre.
Jurate Burns (BA 1969), Destin, FL, has been director of the Destin library for the past eight years.
Robert Klassen (PhD 1969), Milwaukee, WI, is retired after an academic career. He has directed over 100 productions, including 22 years in summer stock.
Briant Hamor Lee (PhD 1969), Bowling Green, OH, is professor emeritus of theatre at Bowling Green State University.
David Stevens (BA 1969; Justin Morrill College with theatre concentration)(PhD 1973, Bowling Green University with Allen White and Bryan Lee on the graduate faculty); spent 20 years university teaching (theatre history; dramatic theory and criticism; acting and directing). Published 5 books, 25 articles, more than 50 reviews. Retired 1993 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Attorney since 1993; retired 2009. Directed over 40 productions; department chair; produced summer stock. Acted over 75 roles; still active in community and university theatre.
Barbara Wepman (BA 1966), Grand Rapids, MI, retired after 31 years of teaching but is still active in community theatre.
Thomasia Manikas (BA 1959)
Michael Welch (BA 1959) After spending four years touring with the Children's Theater under Jed Davis and Mary Jane Watkins, went on to attend the Yale Drama School and earned an MFA in design from Tulane University (class of 1962). While at MSU, introduced, with Chuck Raison (BA 1959), arena theater to the community utilizing a make shift performance area under the main theater. This led to an adult tour of The Tender Trap--which had an extended tour of Germany and France in 1958. The summer of 1962 (after graduation from Tulane) was spent as a temporary instructor working with his lighting design mentor--Jed Davis--at the University of Kansas. The final five years of his theater career were spent at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania with Chuck Raison as a two man theater department. To achieve summer employment, they started a summer theater which produced 6 shows each season while teaching two advance classes for their advanced students. While at Lycoming he had the chance to direct three shows. By the time he retired in 1967 he had been the Designer, Technical Director and Director of over 100 productions. Unfortunately, Chuck Raison died in 1996 while the director of the Sonoma Community Theater. His very active theater career was followed by 32 years of computer software development--primarily for the US Navy. For the past twelve years he has been busy touring the world as a continuation of his liberal arts education. He currently lives in Carlsbad, CA.
Barbara Mains (Maldogen) Armento (BA 1949), Dearborn Heights, MI, is retired from teaching Elementary Education
The Department of Theatre in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters held an alumni reception in New York City on June 3, 2009. The reception was part of the CAL Study Away in New York program. The reception was hosted in the Hilton Theatre VIP Room and was hosted by Theatre Alum, Carl Pasbjerg. Current students, alum and Dean Karin Wurst were treated to a tour of the upcoming theatre renovations for the new Broadway musical Spiderman. Other CAL Alum attending included Maureen O'Boyle, Karon Hampton, Marissa Hayes and Lonnie Cooper. The Study Away program also connected current students with numerous MSU alum with events like professional roundtables, internships and job shadowing.
The Department of Theatre and the College of Arts and Letters held a reception for alumni residing in and around Chicago on November 6, 2008: Creative Connections: A Chicago Alumni Networking Reception”“. Recent graduates joined with fellow alumni to learn about exciting new initiatives in the MSU Department of Theatre. The goal was to continue to develop professional networking opportunities for MSU students who aspire to work in Chicago.
The Department of Theatre and the College of Arts and Letters held a reception for alumni residing in and around New York City on July 24, 2008. Recent graduates mingled with alum with established careers in the theatre including Peter Marinos (actor in the original Chicago, Secret Garden, Evita and The Producers), Lonnie Cooper (from NYU's CAP 21), Sandra Joseph (actress from Phantom of theOpera),and Carl G. Pasbjerg (producer of Young Frankenstein.)
The Department will host a month long study program in New York City in June '09 and will need alumni help in mentoring, hosting events or offering tours during the visit. Please contact Rob Roznowski
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