Alumni at Work

Brittany Balfour, BA 2011
Pursuing MFA in Tech Direction at SUNY Purchase; TD at Timberlake Playhouse Summer 2012.

Samuel R.S. Coffey, BA 2011
Pursuing law degree at the University of Dayton.

Dylan Digel, BA 2011
Internship, New Jersey Shakespeare; work in NY film, including Boardwalk Empire.

Zack Guiler, BA 2011
Scene design with Open Fist Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, production work in LA area.

Grant Johnson, BA 2011
Acting in Chicago, studying with Second City.

Stefanie Wagner, BA 2011
Stage Management with York Theatre Company in New York, NY including 2012 off-broadway revival of Closer Than Ever.

Jim Watson, BA 2011
Assistant TD at Xavier University, spotted as Applegate in Mason Community Theatre's production of Damn Yankees, summer 2012.

Heather Weaver, BA 2011
Video and production internship, Los Angeles, CA.

John Crowley, BA 2010
Management Intern, Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.

Karli Brae Eirich, BA 2010
Working wardrobe for Traces off-Broadway.

Jonathan Maag, BA 2010
Lighting and Sound Supervisor/TD Ft. Wayne Civic Theatre. Master Electrician at Cortland Rep, Cortland NY 2011 and Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, PA in 2010.

Maggie Taylor, BA 2010
Margot, Understudy for Elle Woods, Legally Blonde National Tour.

Val (Stone) Barr, BA 2009
Rigger for Sapsis Rigging, Philadelphia PA. Carpenter, Stage Crew, La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Springboro, OH.

Jake Carr, BA 2009
Performer, Redmoon Theatre, Chicago, IL.

Josh Clabaugh, BA 2009
Assistant Tech Director for Long Beach Opera, TD at Kingsmen Shakespeare Company in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Katie Collins, BA 2009
House Manager, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland, OH.

Gwyneth ConawayBennison, BA 2009
Pursuing MFA in Costume Design, University of California at Irvine.

Taylor Fenderbosch, BA 2009
Stage managing in Chicago including Lies & Liars with Theatre Seven and Little Women with Circle Theatre.

Laura Ferdinand, BA 2009
Box Office, Town Hall Theatre, Centerville, OH.

Ashley Goos, BA 2009
Pursing MFA in dance at Florida State University. Choreographer, Town Hall Theatre, Centerville, OH.

Lizz Keo, BA 2009
Ensemble, costume intern for Romeo and Juliet, Touring Artist, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Louisville, KY.

James Lees, BA 2009
Electrician, national tour of In the Heights; Stage Management internship, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Jeffrey Leshansky, BA 2009
Pursuing MFA in acting from New School in New York City.

Monica Morse, BA 2009
2010-11 intern with Fabrefaction Theatre in Atlanta, GA doing educational theatre and directing; summer 2010 intern with Woodruff Center for the Arts in Atlanta working with young audiences; participated in Teach for America program.

Laura Schleder, BA 2009
Internship with Limelight Productions, Lee, MA.

Kat Taylor, BA 2009
Head Seamstress, Hollywood Casino and Hotel. 

Mikey Warden, BA 2009
Electrics, Pennsylvania Shakepseare Festival, Summer 2010; Electrics internship, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Orlando, FL.

Justin Baldwin, BA 2008
Performed in numerous venues in Cincinnati, earning a CTL Award for his role in Reasons to Be Pretty at New Edgeliff Theatre in 2012. Teaching artist/performer for Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, played Ross/Donalbain in Macbeth, and Paris in Romeo and Juliet and directed 7-10 year olds in their small production. Wrote and performed in the new play Villainy at the 2009 Cincinnati Fringe Festival with his theatre company This Ain't Real Theatre.

Shiree (Campbell) Houf, BA 2008
Pursing MFA in costume design at Ohio State University, assisatnt designer Weathervane Playhouse.

Brian Farkas, BA 2008
Pursuing MFA in Stage Technology at Florida State University, Summer appointment at Santa Fe Opera.

Meg Haven, BA 2008
Drama Director, Hamilton High School, Hamilton, OH; Assistant Theatre Technician at the Fairfield Community Arts Center in Fairfield, OH.

Bryan Schmidt, BA 2008
Literary Management intern at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, pursuing graduate degree in theatre studies at Florida State University.

Jessica Basista, BA 2007
Received an MFA in Costume Design program at University of Arizona.

Amber Lane Leeds, BA 2007
Activities Director for Brighton Gardens, a Sunrise Senior Living Community in Edgewood, Kentucky.

Tim Simeone, BA 2007
Understudy at Lookingglass Theatre, Internship with Lookingglass Theatre, Member of Barrel of Monkeys theatre company, and clown on Chicago's Navy Pier.

Beth Stelling, BA 2007
After performing stand-up, writing and making bagels in Chicago, moved to LA. Appeared on Conan, July 2012.

Emily Williams, BA 2007
Recieved MFA in Stage Management at CalArts. Accounting manager on HBO series True Blood.

Lindsey Barlag, BA 2006
Teaching Artist with Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Fringe Benefits Theatre, Chicago. Performed in devised peice MixedTape as part of the Rhino Fest October 2007.

Sarah Butke, BA 2006
Equity stage manager in NY. Production assistanton the Sweet Charity tour with Molly Ringwald; ASM for York Theatre's production Asylum and in 2008 Production Stage Manager for York Theatre's Enter Laughing, Lady in Penthouse B, and In Transit.

Vonzell Carter, BA 2006
Earned MFA in Acting from CalArts. Performing in LA, including Banquo in Macbeth at Long Beach Playhouse summer 2012.

Ashley Cole, BA 2006
Earned MFA in Scene Design and Scene Painting from CalArts, painting murals for The Cheesecake Factory franchise.

Amanda Dunne, BA 2006
Teaching Artist with Fringe Benefits Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Redmoon and Northlight Theatre (all in Chicago). Company member of Genesis Ensemble in Chicago. Company Stage Manager, Aspen Theatre Festival (summer 2006). Apprenticeship with Steppenwolf Theatre in Development and Fundraising (2006-2007).

Chris Ledermeier, Minor 2006
Working for Araca Group (producers of Wicked and Putnam County Spelling Bee), cast in a commercial and seen in a runway show during Fashion Week.

Cecilia Miller, BA 2006
Actor/Animal trainer at the Cleveland Zoo, Asst. Director and political activist at the Fund for Public Interest, Columbus, OH.

Alicia Monica, BA 2006
Wardrobe crew on national tours of Rent and Hairspray. Casting associate with Tesley + Co New York.

Cara Parrish, BA 2006
Assistant stage manager, Palm Beach Follies; internship in stage management, Hippodrome Theatre, Gainseville, FL.

Annie Perry, BA 2006
Earned graduate degree from Columbia College in Chicago, IL, working for Blue Man Group.

Isaac Ramsey, BA 2006
Designer and teacher at Galloway School in Atlanta, GA. Earned MFA in Scene Design from University of Connecticut. Scenic Artist for MGM Film The Zookeeper Starring Kevin James, Scenic Design of Psych by Evan Smith (off-off Broadway); assistant designer, Weathervane Playhouse (Summer 2006).

Nick Stimler, BA 2006
Literary and Casting Director, Ford's Theatre in Washington DC. Previously held Artistic Internship with the Roundabout Theatre Company, New York, Summer 2006. Hired as assistant to director/choreographer Jeff Calhoun, working on Broadway productions of Bonnie and Clyde and Newsies.

Peter Zorn, BA 2006
Stage Management internship with PCPA TheatreFest, Santa Maria, CA.

Andrew Beal, BA 2005
Literary intern at Trinity Repertory Theatre, as of summer 2007 working in dramaturgy and literary management at University of the Arts in Philidelphia and for the Cardboard Box Collaborative.

Jay Berger, BA 2005
Props master and production associate for the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium. Cast in National Theatre for Arts and Education touring children's show, touring fall 2007.

Renee Gorka, BA 2005
Received an internship in Literary Management and Dramaturgy at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL.

Emily Rose Goss, BA 2005
Wardrobe crew for national tour of Rent. Wardrobe Manager for national tour of Hairspray, assistant Costume Coordinator for national tour of Annie.

Kathleen Petroziello, BA 2005
Freelance Equity stage manager in Chicago. Credits include: Stage management Intern, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago (2005-2006). Assistant stage manager Weston Playhouse (summer 2006). Assistant Stage Manager for Lookingglass Theatre's production of the new Mary Zimmerman work Argonautika (2006-2007). Stage manager for First Look's Perfect Mendacity at Steppenwolf in 2008.

Emily Pucell, BA 2005
Acting internship with the Old Creamery Theatre in Iowa, Actor with Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Drama, summer 2005. Box office manager, Sondheim Center for the Arts, Fairfield IA.

Lauren Shively, BA 2005
Acting intern, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati 2008-09 Season. Seen as Corie in Barefoot in the Park with Cincinnati Shakepeare Company, Alexandria in Lilian Helman's The Little Foxes with the Ovation Theatre Company and in Jesus Christ Superstar at La Commedia Dinner Theatre.

Carolyn Willoughby, BA 2005
Graduated AMDA in New York City in 2007, box office/front of house at Ars Nova.

Amy Diller, BA 2004
Stage Manager for American Girl doll company corporate headquarters, Chicago.

Nicole Dieker, minor 2004
Earned an MFA in Directing at Illinois State University.

Jennifer Lee, BA 2004
Assistant Web Developer for an independent alternative radio station in Columbus, OH.

Will Morgan, BA 2004
Shop Manager at Chicago Spotlight. Served as PSM for WIZARD OF OZ at the Quest Theatre Ensemble in Chicago.

Jonathan Baca BFA, 2003
Active in many venues with his show of swordplay THE BLADE BROTHERS.

Jason Ball, BFA 2003
In the MFA program at CalArts. Role in Eric Ehn’s musical BOOK OF TINK playing Michael Darling early in 2006.

Katie Becker, BA 2003
Currently tours with Missoula Children’s Theatre.

Aaron Einhorn, BFA 2003
Provides entertainment at Renaissance Fairs and other venues. Directed Ted Brengle's (MA 2007) one-act Alone Together in the Columbus Fringe Festival, May 2006.

Elizabeth Kohart, BFA 2003
Cast as Antibiotica (a superhero) in Rogue 8 with the Rogue Theatre company in Chicago (2006). Served as Musical Director for Wizard of Oz, produced by the Quest Theatre Ensemble. Working actor in Chicago.

Patrick Muncie, BFA 2003
Works for Mayor Blomberg’s campaign in NYC.

Cheryl Ruschau, BA 2003
Company Stage Manager at the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) in Columbus, OH. Served as assistant stage manager, ASM'ed at Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, worked at Goodspeed Opera House in CT.

Aaron Rossini, BFA 2003
Several roles with Boar's Head Theatre in East Lansing, Michigan. Accepted to MFA Acting program Brown University spring 2006.

Megan Szloboda, BFA 2003
First Hand at Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Worked on 2008 world premiere of Tommy Tune musical Turn of the Century with Jeff Bridges and Rachel York. Assistant Wardobe/Hair on national tour of Annie, Wardrobe Manager at Marriot Lincolnshire Dinner Theatre in suburban Chicago, first hand at Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

Stephanie Utz, BFA 2003
Completed her Second City training and is now pursuing a master’s degree.

Acacia Duncan, BFA 2002
Performed at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, summer 2008 (with Available Light Theatre in Columbus). Seen as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Actor's Theatre in Columbus (summer 2006), Performed with Blue Forms Theatre group, Women at Play and is working with Available light [theatre]. Seen in the film Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing.

Josh Green, Minor 2002
Accepted into the MFA Acting program at UCLA Spring 2006.

Elizabeth Pitman, BFA 2002
Roles with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival Repertory. Played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet with Castle Repertory Theatre, appeared off-off Broadway in 2006. Working iwth an arts program for kids in the Bronx, attending law school as of fall 2006.

Glenda Sabo, BFA 2002
Earned an MA and MFA from FAU and is currently working on Ed.D at Nova Southeastern University with a focus on Performing Art and Non-Profit. Professor of Theatre Appreciation, Broward Community College, Florida.

Olivia Bryan, BFA 2001
Ordained minister working with youth in Kentucky.

Andrew Burkhart, BFA 2001

Internship at the Ensemble Theatre in downtown Cincinnati, played Buck Holden in Nightclub Confidential at ETC. In Chicago, became involved with the American Theatre Company (ATC) and began working on an original comedy entitled, "Patriot Act III: Rise of the Machines".

Lindsey Cloud, BFA 2001
Has performed in Home Productions’ SIMPATICO at the Independent Theatre in NYC. Currently singing and playing keyboards with Jeff Harris and the Super Casuals.

Michelle Ehrlman, BFA 2001
The Cricketfeet Actor's Showcase, July 2008. Billed as the original cast for Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid" playing Angelique, translation by Timothy Moony (Cleveland). TV & Film Paid acting work includes: test pilot for UNVTV online, & Criminal Intent, as well as various short films, commercials, online hosting events and v/o work throughout Los Angeles. Free-lance work in costumes/wardrobe include work on: Quarterlife, Deep In The Valley. Shop Assistant freelance for a tailor working on several major TV shows and films including Desperate Housewives and He's Just Not That Into You.

Amanda Gregg, BFA 2001
By day, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for Refco, LLC in downtown Chicago. By night, performing with a Second City Improv troupe.

Leanna Hieber, BFA 2001
Equity Actor, living in NYC.Writing featured in Dramatics Magazine

Michael Ingersoll, BFA 2001
Produces and performs in Under the Streetlight, a doo-wop group featured on PBS in Spring 2012. National tour of Jersey Boys, featured in Jersey Boys tribute to the Sopranos on 2007 Emmy Awards, playing Nick Massi in Chicago production of Jersey Boys. Appeared in the film Walk the Line.

Dan Boggess, BFA Production/Design 2000
Earned an MA from Edgewood College. Is currently the Field Service Manager at Electronic Theatre Controls in Madison, WI.

Cassy J. Maxton, BA 2000
Coordinator of Media and Public Relations for USA Hockey, Inc., the National Governing Body for the sport of Hockey. Played Charity Barnum in Barnum, Irene in Footloose, Andrea/Asaka in Once on This Island with Attitudes Repertory Theatre in summer 2002, and she played Sophie Seward in Dracula: The Musical? with North Springs Music Theatre in October 2002.

Emily Weddle (Blocher), BFA 2000
Chad Weddle, BA 2001

Are now officially Mr. and Mrs. Chad and Emily Weddle. Both have been very active in the Cincinnati Theatre scene especially with Ovation Theatre Co. Emily has made 4 commercials and had several modeling jobs. Chad is teaching theatre at Anderson High School in Cincinnati.

Lindsay Hollister, 1999
Played Susan Adamson on Days of Our Lives and has been seen on TV as a guest star on The Shield, Desperate Housewives, ER, The Drew Carey Show, Popular, Necessary Roughness (opposite Adam Rodriguez) and had a recurring role as Christine Banks on Boston Public. Featured opposite Steve Carrell in 2008's Get Smart.

Ann Marie Rodgers, 1998
Seen as Constanze in Amadeus at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Francesca Panagopoulos, Minor 1997
Recieved an MFA in costuming from Kent State University, Inow living in New York and working in Company Management. After completing an internship with Hairspray at Richard Frankel Productions, was the Assistant Company Manager for the new off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, directed by author Tom Jones. Currently working at Disney Theatrical Productions as the Assistant Company Manager for Tarzan.

Laura (Farkas) Roth, BA 1997
Works at CAPA, a national arts presenter based in Columbus, OH organizing national tours for shows from the UK, most recently the Theatre Royal Bath production of Sir Peter Hall's As You Like It. Also the development director for a regional theatre in Columbus.

Brian Shield, BFA 1997
Working at the Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles) as master electrician.

Aly Wirth, 1997
Seen in the Midtown international Theatre Festival (New York, NY) in Grove Street Wannabes, the drama Providence at the View Theatre (New York, 2008).

Adam Belcuore, 1996
Casting Director at The Goodman Theatre and an original founding member of Serendipity Theatre Company. Currently serves as Director of Artistic Development. In 2003 he was honored by receiving the first SDCF Mike Ockrent Fellowship, through which he assisted Harold Prince on Steven Sondheim and John Weidman's new musical Bounce.

Liz Brohm, 1996
Associate Production Manager/ Production Coordinator for the Geffen Playhouse. Worked as the Production Stage Manager on the National Tour of Wit, as well as many productions at the Geffen, including working with Uta Hagen. Liz earned an MFA from the University of California at San Diego.

Jimmy Kieffer, BFA 1996
Guest spot on Criminal Minds (2007). Seen in Los Angeles in the People Vs. Friar Lawrence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet and iin The Threepenny Opera with the Open Fist Theatre Company. He also serves as Open Fist's marketing manager. Jim earned an acting internship at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and an apprenticeship at the La Jolla Playhouse. Website

Lauren Pesca, 1996
Received an MFA from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. Appeared in The Vampires and Oleanna at the Borealis Theatre Company, The Whipping Boy at The Griffin Theater, The Bailiwick Directors' Festival, The Abbie Hoffman Festival, and Collaboraction Sketchbook '01 in Chicago.

Eric Lange, BFA 1995
Plays Mr. Sikowitz on Nickelodeon series Victorious; seen on episodes of Weeds, Lost, in the Joss Whedon series Firefly and Angel, also on episodes of CSI, Cold Case, NCIS, the acclaimed Burn Notice, Lost, HBO's Entourage, Boston Legal and Criminal Minds. Nominated for an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for his portrayal of "Boolie" in Driving Miss Daisy at the Rubicon Theatre Company

Laura Patterson, BA 1995
Attended the Yale School of Drama and earned her MFA in Technical Design and Production Management in 2003.

Michael Abrams, 1995
Designing lights for dinner theatres, summer stock, tours and designing for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Web site:

Justin Walsh, BFA 1994
Earned an MFA in Design and Technology from West Virginia University. Justin has worked for Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Barter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage Company and Glimmerglass Opera. Served as Visiting Assistant Professor/Technical Director at the University of Idaho; as of fall 2010, Technical Director at Murray State University in Murray, KY.

Steven Box, BA 1994
After working for Actors Theatre of Louisville and Arena Stage, Steven joined the world of corporate theatre.

Watson Kawecki, 1994
Appearing regularly as an actor and clown in New York City. Recent Credits Include: Madness and Joy!, MotionFest.

Todd Ivins, BFA 1993
Associate scene design for Jersey Boys, Assistant Scenic Design for All Shook Up, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dracula the Musical, Play On! all on Broadway, Assistant Set Design Assasins (2004 Roundabout production). Regular scene design work for the Storm Theatre in New York, including Sor Juana's House of Desires in 2006.

Mark Povinelli, 1993
In 2012, Mark was featured in the Julia Roberts film Mirror, Mirror and had a regular role on the NBC series Are You There Chelsea? with Laura Prepon. He has guest starred on The Hughleys, Dharma and Greg, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. He has also appeared in the feature films: Water for Elephants, Stone end Ed and The Polar Express. Member of the touring company of The Wizard of Oz with Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt, and was seen on stage in Volpone at the Shakespeare Theatre and as Feste in Twelfth Night at the Theatre Botanicum in the LA area. 

Alice Shikina, 1993
Taught English in Czech for a few years and directed plays in English at Palacky University in Olomouc. She moved to Honolulu, HI to study Asian theatre and directing. She directed Death and the Maiden and performed in Bluebird Rhapsody and in Ohta Shogo's Barefoot Fugue. She was seen in the Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco and danced in the Fringe Festival of Idependence dance artists May 2001.

Richard M. Parison, Jr., BA 1992
Richard is the Producing Director at Barrington Stage Company; served as Assistant to the Producing Director for the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and as Associate Artistic Director of the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia. and a director in the Philadelphia area. Recent productions include a critically acclaimed Dreamgirls, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Collected Stories, Children, Suite in Two Keys, and a world premier of The Lake by Robert Caisley. He is a recent Barrymore Award nominee for his production of The Big Bang.

Dan Franco, BFA 1991
Dan founded Artisan Technical Services in 2000, and is running it more or less successfully with clients on both coasts. Mostly he does technical stuff like lighting or show management. He invites everyone to his website

Chip Walton, BA 1991
Chip holds an MA and a PhD from Colorado University at oulder and is Producing Artistic Director of the Curious Theatre Company in Denver. He was a panelist at the Western States Arts Federation Cultural policy Symposium in 2001, is a member if the National New Play Network, and a TCG National Observership.

Erin Cameron, BFA 1990
General Manager of Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, OH which produces 2 musical theater productions a season as well as a 12 week music and dance series. There is also a visual arts gallery onsite that is home to two installations a summer. After graduation, spent several years as a stage manager in Cleveland, Ohio working for most of the companies there. Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cleveland Opera, The Cleveland Play House, Playhouse Square, Cain Park, Dobama Theater, Cleveland Signstage Theater. In 1992 along with 6 others, started Guerrilla Theater Company. In 1998, toured nationally andiInternationally with World Renouned Magician, David Copperfield as his Production Stage Manager. Left The Magic of David Copperfield and moved to New York City, worked consistently as a freelance PSM, Company Manager and Production Manager until offered current job.

Michelle Kay, BA 1990
As a freelance stage manager and ASM, has toured the country. Served as ASM for the Tony-winning Gary Sinese production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in New York. Teaching stage management at the University of Cincinnati - College-Conservatory of Music; Director of Production for the Opera, Theater, Music Festival of Lucca, Italy (an offshoot of CCM) during the summer.

Jonathan Kronenberger, BFA 1990
Received an MFA in Directing from Ohio University and writes and directs in New York. Has been a member of the New Directions Theatre Company, an offshoot of Interborough Repertory Theatre. Worked at Circle in the Square Theatre School where he directed the 25th anniversary production of The Hot L Baltimore. Also played Dr. Polidori in Brenton's Bloody Poetry at the Aegean Theatre Company. His one-act, Family Night was selected a winner in the 2004 Everyday Uncomfortable Play Festival. Other plays include Call Me Mom, Gentlmen Prefer Rope, Happily Ever After and an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday. For the past three years, he has been resident adapter/playwright for the Shakespeare Summer Arts Institute, creating adaptations for young actors of The Tempest, Love’s Labours Lost and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Daniel Travis, BFA 1990
Seen in episodes of CSI: Miami, Cold Case, and Sex in the City. Played Daniel in the 2003 thriller Open Water, and was seen in 2005's much acclaimed Thank You for Smoking.

Stephen Wilson, Minor in Theatre 1990
Went to Penn State's MFA Acting program. Seen in Pittsburgh Public Theatre's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's By Jeeves (transferred to Broadway in fall 2001) The Philadelphia Story at the Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia), the NY premiere of Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs (starring and adapted by Nathan Lane), and the Elton John musical Lestat. Toured in 2008-09 as Caratacus Potts in the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Pat Flick, BA 1983, MA 1989
Won a 1998 Northern California Emmy as talent in a speciality category for the voice and body of the virtual characters that are thehosts of the network ZDTV! Currently resident director, casting director and director of new play development at the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival.

Kim Smith Cohen, BA 1988
Seen in "Days of our Lives."

Stephanie Levin DiPaolo, BFA 1987
Went on to earn a Masters Degree in Human Services and Counselling from DePaul University in 1992. She currently works at her temple's religious school, where she runs an interfaith outreach program.

Rich L. Jacobs, BFA 1987
Earned a Masters of Arts degree in Performing Arts Management in 1994 from Columbia College in Chicago. He is currently Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Elgin in Elgin, IL. and serves as Director of Individual Development for the Goodman Theatre, served on the Board of Directors for the Famous Door Theatre Company, and served as pro bono consultant for the Talsiman Theatre Company.

Lisa Tipshus-Okesson BA 1986
Has found a "marvelous livelihood" as a makeup artist. Appeared in a Discover card commercial as singer Trisha Yearwood's makeup artist.

Jim Helsinger, 1985
Earned his MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival / University of Alabama - Professional Actor Training Program and is currently Artistic Director at the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, a professional Equity company in Orlando). He has performed or directed at numerous regional theatres. Check out the website at

Elizabeth Michael Lau, BFA 1985
Responsible for lighting and costume design for the Six Flags Parks. Done some freelance projects that include a show called "Mad Science" for Legoland in the Netherlands and England.

Joe Sackenheim, BFA 1985
National commercial appearances included “Michelob Light” Beer and a “Don’t Drink and Drive” spot for “Major League Baseball” . Received several awards for directing and acting in the theatre circuit, including . “Best Actor” for the role of “Gremio” in Taming of the Shrew at the Huntington Beach Playhouse. From the fall of ’94 to the fall of ’95,employed by Fred Levinson Productions as Prop Master. Since October of 95 until present, has been Leading Guest Entertainer in Princess Cruises' production shows.

Patrick Cogan, BA 1984
Performed as Father Mark in Tony and Tina's Wedding both in NYC and on tour, played Benny Van Buren in Damn Yankees in Bridgeport,CT and was cast as Daddy Warbucks for a 9 month national tour of Annie directed by the musical's creator Martin Charnin. Also seen in national tours of A Christmas Carol and The Full Monty.

Wayne Baxter Denbow, 1983
Artistic Director of New Jazz Age Productions in Los Angeles, rehearsing or performing in live theatre around L.A. Working on the score of a musical called The Nickel Empire.

Leanne Hensley Hadley, BA 1983
Earned a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton in 1986, and is president and founder of First Steps Spirituality Center. She provides one-on-one spiritual support to hurting children and teens and trains people across the country about their spirituality.

Keith Hoffman, 1983
Writen a number of episodes for television, inculding episodes of Doug, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Sister, Sister. Worked on a project from CBS called Green Wilma and one from Jim Henson Productions called Rip Fisher of Good Eats. Wrote and co-produced a play called Titantrum with the Celebration Theatre

Dawn Kimsey Purpura, BS 1983
Played Bella in Lost in Yonkers with Acacia Theatre. Touring Show Coordinator for Acacia booking all the touring shows for the company.

Sherry A. Carter-Strothers, BA 1981
Television personality on BET for years and has hosted several shows for the BET network, most notably their former flagship show Video Soul with co-host Donnie Simpson for 5 years. Currently hosting Jazz Scene on sister network BET on Jazz. Have interviewed many interesting people including Mariah Carey, Vanessa Williams, Matt Damon, Robin Quivers, Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Hall & Oates, and Lena Horne.

Tony Freeman, 1981
Played Zazu in The Lion King on Broadway for two years, won the 1998 Barrymore Award [the Philadelphia area's achievement awards] for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along! Teaches at the Roundabout Theatre Co. in New York .

Paul Kassel , BA 1981
Earned MFA in Performance from Florida State/Asolo Conservatory. Currently Associate Professor of Theatre at SUNY New Paltz and serves as head of performance. Published Acting: An Introduction to the Art and Craft of Playing (Allyn & Bacon, 2006). Managing editor of The Players' Journal (

Dottie Klopp Nemec, BA 1981
Print broker and distributor with Mehco Custom Printing. Played the matriarch in "Quilters" with The Galaxy Players.

Shelley M. Russell, BA 1981
Earned a PhD from Florida State University and is now working as a Professor of Theatre Arts at Northern Michigan University where she teaches acting, stage combat and voice. She is also Artistic Director of Lake Superior Theatre. Dr. Russell has also written a number of plays, including Haywire (a 1995 ACTF National Festival Award of Excellence), Jule (which won 5th place in the Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition), Beacon on the Rock (NEA National Director’s Challenge Award, 2000 and an Award of Merit from the State of Michigan Historical Society).

Anne Pramaggiore, BA 1980
Earned a JD in 1989 from DePaul university College of Law. She is currently VP of Regulatory Strategies and Services and Lead Counsel at Commonwealth Edison in Chicago. In addition, she has a board position at a Chicago-based theatre company.

Claire Brunner Gordon, BA 1978, MA 1979
P rofessor of speech at Lincoln Land Community College.

Debra Baltes (Darner), BA 1978
Currently the School Program Coordinator supervising Preschool-K12 programs at Shelter From the Storm, a shelter for the women and children who are victims of domestic violence in California.

Linda Thompson, BA 1978
Earned an MA in Education from Antioch University, Seattle, year 2000. Teaches English, History, Art, Drama, and Creative Writing and directs the high school plays.Also a writer, work has been seen nationally in Arthritis Today magazine and The Stage of the Art.Board member of Theatre Puget Sound, an umbrela service organization serving the greater Seattle area.

Richard Kuhlman, BA 1977
Has been directing in Salinas, California, did East of Eden at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville world premiere.

Marilyn Lieberman Klaben, BA 1976
Received an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU in 1982. Since 1991, she has been the Education Director at the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, OH.

Karen Zabinski, BA 1976
I am in the basement of the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in NYC listening to Simon Russell Beale expound on the existence of God in the play Jumpers. Currently I am employed as "deck sound" on that production. I generally make my living mixing Big Dumb Broadway Musicals in New York City. From 1981-1996 I toured the US doing sound for national Broadway tours. So far this year I have been involved in 3 major flops and this may be the fourth. But, it's a living. Love to all at MUT and past friends. Where is Alfred Stroud?

Bill Brzeski, BA 1975
Working in the movie business as a Production Designer. He was the Production designer for Catwoman, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Matilda, As Good as it Gets, Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, and Art Director for The Show and Bless This House on the WB Network. Bill received his MFA from New York University in 1979.

Graduate Alums

Luis Midence, MA 2007
Visual effects coordinator, Prince Caspian

Ara Beal, MA 2005
Pursuing Ph.D. at the University of Maryland

Jade Maia (Lambert) Smith, MA 2005
Dramaturg, literary management at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

Orada Lelanuja, MA 2005
Accepted into the PhD. program at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Kevin McFillen, MA 2005
Accepted into the PhD. program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Irad Vanterpool , MA 2005
Accepted into Texas Tech University in their MFA Playwriting Program. Article “Kiss My Black Bottom: From August Wilson to His Critics” won an award and second place in the Young Scholar’s Competition at the Black Theatre Network Conference.

Melissa Porterfield, MA 2005
Working towards a Ph. D. in theatre at University of Pittsburgh.

Insoo Lee, MA 2004
Ph.D. studies at University of Pittsburgh. Recently had a paper accepted for a conference – The Fourth Annual Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Her paper was titled “Wuturi in Korea: A Resistance in the Postmodern World”

Gouri Nilakantan Mehta, MA, 2004
Is an independent theatre actor/director and researcher in India.Presented at the international conference, Women as Global Leaders, in Dubai 2005.

Spike Wilson, MA 2004
Working towards a Ph. D. in theatre at University of Pittsburgh .

Jia Yun Zhuang, MA 2004
Received a Global Scholars Fellowship from the International Institute of UCLA. Organized a conference with Ph.D. students in English called Gendered Transnationalisms.

Amanda Fousek, MA 2003
Secondary teacher, North Carolina public school system.

Zhi-Zhong Wang, MA 2003
Instructor at Taiwan National University of the Arts.

Anazina Theodoraki, MA 2002
Completed second MA in Media Studies at Miami University.

Sanghyeon Park, MA 2002
Full-time faculty at Korean National Institute of the Arts. Winner of two major playwriting awards: 2004 Kin Sang-yeol Award (Korea) for his play Terrorist. 2004 Daeson Literary Award (Korea), $25,000, for his play The Lady Who Lives in #405 Is So Nice.

Cindy Farnham, MA 2001
Marketing Director for the historic Croswell Opera House in Adrian, MI. Continues to perform, stage manage, and direct at the Croswell.

Radhica Ganapathy, MA 2001
Teaching at Penn State Berks. Received a Ph.D at Texas Tech University in 2004. Directed THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES at Texas Tech and an original play…LITTLE GIRLS DON’T DO THAT, which received a committee nomination at ACTF. Radhica was selected to represent the region for the Nationals at the Kennedy Center as the student director.

Paulette Hicks, MA 2001
Working for the Victoria Theatre Association in Dayton, OH as the Subscriptions Manager. Worked with W. Shakespeare and Co. as an instructor, actor, performance mentor, education coordinator, and (briefly) artistic director.

I-Fan Ho, MA 2001
Pursuing Ph.D. at Abberswyth, Wales

Sandra Lee, MA 2001
Received MFA from Harvard. Taught at KNUA

Mary Lenning, MA 2001
Theatre teacher at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH. Finalist for 2009 Cincinnati Theatre Educator Award.

Mark Seamon, MA 2001
Received his Ph.D from Ohio State University. Assistant Professor at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN.

Tyler Smith, MA 2001
Ph.D. Student at University of Illinois

Yu Ning Sun, MA 2001
Pursuing MFA at Carnegie-Mellon

Laura Gouin, MA 2000
Artistic Director of New World Arts ( in Goshen, IN with a 10 show season and improv troupe. Directing has included: a new play out of New York, Monetizing Emma by Felipe Ossa and The
by Martin McDonagh.  Also owns an Acting Academy, Center Stage Academy ( and teach theatre to youth and adults in the greater Michiana region. 

Shane Grant, MA 2000
Ph.D. Candidate at Florida State University. Book Review in Theatre Topics – Volume 14, Number 1, March 2004 “Playwrights in Rehearsal: The Seduction of Company (review)”

Michael Ross Shirley, MA 1997
Teaching atf Centennial High School , leading choir and directing plays.

Mark S. Snyder, MA 1997
Professor of Theatre and Master Acting Teacher & Director at The New World for the Arts where he was recently awarded Professor of the Year. Guest lecturer and has served as the Workshop Director and Master Acting Teacher for the national Iowa Theatre Workshop co-sponsored by Tom Arnold, Arnold Swarzenegger, and Maria Shriver. Taught at the Moscow Art Theatre during the summer of 2001. Has also worked professionally in theatre, film, and television as a director, choreographer, actor, dramaturg and consultant.

Andrea (Garrett) Grapko, MA 1999
IA recent Ph. D. having finished doctorate at the University of Colorado, Boulder (on a Czech Theatre Director Evald Schorm). In Colorado spent three years as the Assistant to the Casting Director/General Manager at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Toni Rae Brotons, MA 1996
Involved with DC area theatre. I'm currently serving as an Assistant Director for the Fountainhead Theatre's "A Delicate Balance." I haven't directed much since I left Ohio, so I'm starting to get my feet wet again.

Chuck Leonard , MA 1995
Director of Education and an Artistic Associate (Actor) with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in the Baltimore area. (

Sandra (Sandy) Walker Snyder, MA 1991
Sandy works for the Collin County Community College District as a Costume and Makeup Designer for their productions and also teaches theatre classes.

Laura Gouin, MA 1990
Owner and head instructor of Center Stage Academy and prior Executive Director of New World Arts and Theatre Manager of The Bluegate Theatre (Indiana). Has worked in directing, acting and theatre management with several Chicago theatres including: Northlight Theater, Center Theatre and Training Center, Festival Theatre, Victory Gardens, Bailiwick Theatre, and Serendipity Theatre.

Susan Fleming Perkins, MA 1990
Working at Studio One of Circleville, a teaching studio, irecting at local theatre. She portrayed Regina in The Little Foxes opposite her husband. Currently she is writing two pieces: Shakespeare’s Shorts and A Nose Part II.

Jeffrey J. Hargis, MA 1987
Served as a staff director for the Carousel Theatre Company in Georgetown, Massachusetts where hedesigned and directed Deathtrap, The Fantastiks, and an original Andrew Lloyd Webber review titled Webber's Express. Appeared as "The Baker" in "Into the Woods", and Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off! I appeared on the game show Shop Till You Drop.

Sarah McGraw (Krushinski), MA 1985
Directed Carousel and Brigadoon at the Ohio Light Opera. Performed in a benefit performance of an Equity production, Side By Side By Sondheim for the Special Wish Foundation in Columbus, Ohio at the Capitol Theatre.

Joy H. Karcher, MA 1980
Instructor at Sandhills Community College in North Carolina where she teaches communications coursesShe hopes to direct plays at the college.

Becky Wachholtz Jewison, MA 1980
Managing Director of Stage One Youth Theatre in Richmond, IN.

Terry Poling, BS 1977 MA 1979
President of MetaDynamics, Inc. of Troy, MI. Terry attends productions locally, regionally and nationally every chance possible.

Noel Rennerfeldt, MA 1979
Chair of performing arts at Rockform College.

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