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- Jason Butler Harner, BFA 1992, will be playing Revered Parris in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on Broadway. The show has a limited run and begins previews March 1. It opens April 7 and closes July 17. To make it even better, another alum, Justin Scribner, BFA class of 2002, is the stage manager.
- VCU Alumni Mahlon Roufi (BFA 2015) and Morgan Meadows (BFA 2014) are in the youtube video “Go to College” with the First Lady Michelle Obama and SNL star Jay Pharaoh. Their video can be viewed by clicking here
- VCU Alumni Max Ehrlich (BFA 2015) is currently in the national tour of Mamma Mia!
- Tia James (BFA) has been named the Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare Academy at Stratford.
- Frank Alfano (BFA) is currently doing stunt work for the Netflix Original Series Daredevil.
- Court Watson (BFA) has two shows currently running in Europe
Theatre VCU Alumni 1994 – 2009
Ron Thacker BFA 1994
After working in the greater Virginia area, Ron returned to Richmond in 1996 as Staff Technical Director for Theatre VCU until 1999. He left to seek his MFA at California Institute of the Arts, graduating in 2002. After a brief period in the professional realm, Ron began working at Arizona State University in 2004, where he has continued as Clinical Assistant Professor in Technical Direction.“ I would not be where I am now without the program and their guidance.”
Mary Beth Elsey Berry MFA 1996
Working as adjunct faculty in the Theatre Department of the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She teaches Introduction to Theatre and Children’s Theatre.
Lucas Indelicato BFA – 1997
As a sound engineer and designer, Lucas Indelicato has lived in the New York City area since graduating from VCU in1997. He has worked in venues around the city and all over the world, and has been a proud member of IATSE Local #1 since 2004. Recent mix credits include fifteen productions at the Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater (Jan 2000 – June 2004), Meredith Monk’s Mercy and Impermanence world tours (2003 – 2005), Chicago the Musical tour (2006 – 2007) and Sweeney Todd tour (2007 – 2008). Lucas is currently employed as the Production Sound Engineer for the revival of West Side Story playing at the Palace Theater on Broadway. As a designer he has worked with choreographer Ralph Lemon on Geography Three: Come Home Charley Patton, poet and performance artist Sekou Sundiata on 51st Dream State, and has provided services for numerous BCEFA concerts and events.
J. J. Johnson – BFA Performance – 1997
J. J. Johnson (’97) was last onstage at the Kennedy Center, in Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe. Other DC area credits, include: Lyle the Crocodile, Zomo the Rabbit, and Junebug and the Reverend (Imagination Stage); Neglect (Journeyman Theatre); The Unmentionables (Woolly Mammoth Theatre); As You Like It, Buffalo Hair, Wedding Dance, and Kingdom (African-Continuum Theatre Co.); Member of the Wedding (Ford’s Theatre); Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night (Maryland Shakespeare Festival); Anna Lucasta (Rep Stage); Stonewall Country and Macbeth (Theatre at Lime Kiln). NYC credits include: Richard III (Take Wing and Soar Productions); All’s Well That Ends Well (Tattooed Potato); The Meeting (Paul Robeson Theatre). Film/TV credits include: Too Saved (now available in stores), Eleven, America’s Most Wanted, Kid Fitness, and Eebee’s Adventures.
Stefan Sittig – MFA 1997
Stefan is a dance choreographer, fight director, actor, singer, and dancer in the Washington, D.C. area. His choreography and/or fight direction has appeared Off-Broadway, internationally in Canada and Uruguay and for several regional theatres in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In the D.C. area, he has choreographed productions for The Kennedy Center, Studio Theatre, Metro Stage, The Washington Savoyards, Adventure Theatre, American Century Theatre and Open Circle Theatre, where the production of Jesus Christ Superstar that he choreographed and staged fights for, received 4 Helen Hayes Award nominations, including Outstanding Resident Musical. As an actor he has performed at Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Theatre Virginia, The Barksdale Theatre, Theatre IV, Heritage Repertory Theatre and Actor’s Theatre of Washington. He has just been promoted to the rank of Professor at University of Maryland University College, where he teaches Acting I and II and Introduction to Theatre. He is a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC). For more information check out www.stefansittig.com
Adam Nixon – MFA ’97
Adam has worked as a television producer and writer since shortly after leaving VCU. He’s worked for NBC Network News, ABC News, The McLaughlin Group, Fox Television, Middle East Broadcasting, Comcast Sportsnet and CNN. He received an Emmy nomination for work with NBC Nightly News on September 11, 2001, and is currently the Senior Producer of an international political talk show called “Inside Washington” – it airs in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, and has been on the air for more than 200 episodes. He earned an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University.
He has stayed active in theatre – his plays have been produced in London, Switzerland, Romania and the US (by the Blue Ridge Theatre Festival), and he is an Adjunct Professor in the Theater Department at Montgomery College. Finally, he’s working on a Ph.D in the Theatre Department at the University of Maryland with an interest in Shakespeare.
Damon W. Arrington – BFA Performance 1999
As a director living in the city of New York, Damon currently works in development with the LAByrinth Theatre Company on his new musical, Stained. Off-Broadway, he runs his own theatre company, Exposed Brick Productions. Damon has helped develop new plays and musicals at The Public Theater, The Vineyard, New York Theater Workshop and Arts Nova.
Lisa Dowd – BFA Theatre Education 2000
Lisa is a theatre instructor at Brooke Point High School, Stafford, Virginia. “I value my VCU education – I got a job right out of college and the School of the Arts prepared me very well for a successful career.”
Jamie Cheatham – MFA 2000
Jamie Cheatham is an associate professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, ideally situated between Milwaukee and Chicago. He is the head of the school’s acting program, teaching core acting courses as well as stage combat. He directs regularly for UW-Parkside productions.
Jamie is also an actor and fight director and continues to pursue professional work around his full-time teaching schedule. He is a member of the performers’ unions AEA and SAG, and an official fight director and certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). He has choreographed and directed combat for such venues as Juilliard, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Brooklyn College, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, the New York City Opera, the Alley Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
Steven L. Barker – BFA Theatre Education 2001
Steven L. Barker recently completed his MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. To complete his Master’s, Steven conducted a research study on assessment-based methodologies for teaching stage lighting in secondary theatre classrooms. The study was based on a curriculum he wrote entitled TECHSTART: Basic Stage Lighting, which he hopes to revise and publish in the near future. Steven is currently an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College, where he teaches Theatre Appreciation, Acting I, Theatre Workshop, and Stage Lighting & Sound. His recent lighting designs include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Six Degrees of Separation (a play in which he performed at Theatre VCU i his senior year). He is piloting a new TYA Touring Theatre program called the NVCC Tour Bus for NVCC. Steven also currently teaches creative dramatics for Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland.
Ali Dizikes – BFA Performance 2002
After graduating in 2002, Ali immediately moved to New York city and began working with The Gage Group, auditioning commercially as well as for soap operas. Within a year, she was flown to Los Angeles for her first screen test for the NBC soap opera Passions. Six months later, she booked her first National Commercial spot and shortly thereafter became a member of the Screen Actors Guild. For the past seven years, she has auditioned for various roles while also pursuing theatre in her free time. She has recently been cast in a Petsmart commercial which will be filmed in Kansas City, MO. Of her time at VCU, she says: “I miss the VCU days, and am so thankful to the amazing faculty that has given me the confidence and training to pursue my dream.”
Court Watson – BFA Scene Design 2002
Court designed the costumes and set for the Stagedoor Canteen Experience’s Let Freedom Swing! show at the National WWII Museum last month in New Orleans. He then traveled to Orlando for the SeaWorld Orlando Sea Lion & Otter Christmas Countdown, where he was again responsible for costume and scene design. He spent three weeks in Salzburg, Germany to attend tech rehearsals for Frau Luna, for which he designed the set at the Salzbuger Landestheater. In the spring of 2009, he worked on Jekyll & Hyde, now in its second sold-out season in Magdeburg, Germany. He has recently traveled back there in order to present his design for West Side Story.
Melissa Chanselle–Hary – BFA Performance 2003
Melissa lived in Washington, D.C. for two years, where she performed as an extra on The West Wing, worked on two short indie films, and taught an acting class for kids ages 4-17 at John Robert Powers Acting and Modeling School. She has also served as the Director of the John Robert Powers School in London.. She changed careers when she moved to Chicago, and now as a pastry chef she hopes to open her own coffee shop and bakery. Again living in Washington D.C., she works at The Ritz-Carlton West End Bistro by Eric Ripert, and pursues in theatre in her spare time. She recently appeared in Winters Lane’s production of Rent, and provides technical assistance to her husband, Performing Arts Chairman at The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, M.D.
Linden Tailor – BFA Performance 2003
Linden’s regional theatre credits include work at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Roundhouse Theatre, the Folger Theatre, Arena Stage, Theatre J, Imagination Stage, the Synetic Theatre, the Adventure Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Linden is a teaching artist with the educational acting troupe Bill’s Buddies (from the Folger Shakespeare Library). He has recently choreographed combat for Mulan, Huck Finn, and Pirates! A Boy at Sea (at the Imagination Stage). He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Guild, and currently resides in Washington D.C.
Phil Timberlake – MFA 2003
Phil is an assistant professor of Voice and Speech at DePaul University’s Theatre School, and an ensemble member of Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre. He is also a board member of the Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association.
Melissa Hurt – MFA 2003
Melissa was a Speech and Drama instructor at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas in 2004. In November of 2009 received her Ph.D. in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon. She is undergoing certification in Lessac’s kinesensic voice and body work, and lives in Alexandria, VA.
Natasha Lee Martin – MFA 2003
Natasha is currently an adjunct professor of theatre and teaches workshops in acting at Rutgers, New Jersey City University and Middlesex Colleges. She currently lives just west of Manhatten in an area called Journal Square. She is currently working on a show with director Scottie Watson (2nd City Chicago /Artistic New Directions NYC) and Cooper Shaw. www.natashaleemartin.com
Michael J Vetere III – MFA 2004
Michael is an assistant professor Creative Drama and Puppetry Illinois State University. Normal, IL
Dione Updike Facka – BFA Performance 2004
After graduation, Dione worked on several independent films (straight to DVD releases), and now acts locally in Richmond. She has appeared in commercials for Wal-Mart, Cavalier Telephone Corporation, Colonial Williamsburg, and in several Public Service Announcements. In addition to being an actor, she is also a freelance writer.
Aaron Holland – BFA Performance 2004
In October 2009, Aaron opened his first musical, Five Mos Named Guy! for an eight-week run at the Playground Theater in Chicago. On Sunday, November 15, 2009, Aaron and a writing partner had their first public Staged Workshop reading of their musical comedy, Waiting For Otto. Aaron’s voice can be heard in Chicago on radio and television plugging Young Frankenstein: the Musical or Cats. In 2010 Aaron will be understudy the part of K. Todd Freeman in Terrell Alvin Macraey’s The Brother/Sister Plays at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, running until May 2010.
Francesca DeLutis – BFA Performance 2004
Francesca has been living in Los Angeles (West Hollywood) area for just over three years and has worked in production on commercials, television & award shows. Some of her more notable credits are: Production Coordinator: X Games the 3D Movie; Producer’s Assistant: Free Radio on VH1 and now airing on Comedy Central; Researcher: Online Nation on the CW; Casting Associate: Identity with Penn Jillette on NBC. She also coordinated the ESPY Gift Bag for the past two years and handled athlete logistics on last years shows.
Francesca has recently stepped away from production in the past month so that she can pursue acting. She auditioned and was accepted to begin classes at the Groundlings which begin in January and will studying at the Brian Reise Acting School as well.
James Ogden – BFA Scene Design 2006
Since moving to Chicago, James has worked for Chicago Scenic Studios (the midwest’s largest scene shop). He built the scenery for Oprah’s “Favorite Things” episode in Macon, Georgia, where he was flown in to set up and run the show during filming. He also worked on the film Public Enemies. More recently he has designed three shows: Lesbians Who Kill at the Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Enemy of The People at the Red Tape Theatre, and Zero at the Oracle Theatre. At the Timeline Theatre Company, he has also served as the Technical Director since fall of 2008 and Production Manager since Spring 2009, as well as becoming an Associate Artist of the company. When the Timeline became an Equity theatre last season, James participated in the Equity Jeff Awards, where the organization received 12 nominations, more than any other theatre in the mid-size category. The Chicago premiere of The History Boys had an unprecedented run of six months at the Timeline Theatre, and won several Jeff Awards including Best Production and Best Scenic Design.
Tiza Garland – MFA 2005
Tiza is in her sixth year of teaching at the University of Florida as the BFA Acting Coordinator for the School of Theatre and Dance. In 2008 she became a certified Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. She has been a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors since 2001, and has completed the course work at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies to become a certified movement analyst. This is also her fifth year serving as chair of the Stage Movement Committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and she will complete her second term on the Executive Committee of SETC.
In the last two years she has performed in such roles as Lady Anne in King Richard III, Mariana in Measure for Measure, Regan in King Lear, and the title role of Henry in King Henry V using the practice and performance method of Unrehearsed Shakespeare under the direction of Bill Kinkaid. Recently, she created a devised theatre piece entitled Legends with MFA, BFA, and BA students at the University of Florida. Legends incorporates folk tales from various cultures, original poetry, and opinions about cultural norms in America.
Robin Armstrong – MFA 200?
Robin was honored with two Critics Forum Awards for Directing this year. She is currently adapting the film Cruel Intentions for the stage. Robin is an assistant professor at Collin County Community College, TX.
Kari Hatfield – MFA 2005
Kari is currently in her second year on the tenure track as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Abilene Christian University in Texas. She teaches MFA Music Theatre students private voice lessons, as well as Theatre History and Movement, directs one show a year, and is the vocal director of departmental musicals. She has also had the opportunity to have an article recently published for the Ecumenica Journal of Theatre and Performance.
Grace Austin – MFA 05
Grace is a tenured instructor at East Central College in Union, MO. She teaches Beginning Acting, Intermediate Acting, Beginning Directing, Intermediate Directing, Public Speaking and Theatre Appreciation. She also directs three shows a year – a staged reading, a play, and a musical. Grace is also on the summer faculty of the Center for Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis and works with local high schools.
Kymberly Lavigne – BFA Performance 2001
In 2007, Kymberly completed her M.A. at New York University in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities. She now serves as the Director of Development at The Way To Work (www.waytoworknyc.org), a non-profit that provides academic and occupational training for disadvantaged youth ages 17-24.
Brad Brubaker – BFA Performance 2006
After graduating from VCU in 2006, Brad promptly recorded his first CD, For My Enemies, With Love, then moved to Seattle for two and a half years where he worked in fundraising for arts organizations, most notably ACT Theatre. He has played Jason in a quirky adaptation of Medea called Medea Knows Best. Brad also volunteered at 826 Seattle (a creative writing and tutoring center) and earned a certificate in Marketing from University of Washington. After leaving Seattle in December 2008, Brad took ten months to volunteer, travel, release his second CD, entitled First Leaf, Falling, and then moved to Chicago. Since relocating Brad, has performed at two concerts, and currently volunteers with 826 CHI (the Chicago chapter of the same organization he worked with in Seattle). He also volunteers with Barrel of Monkeys Theatre, an organization which teaches theatrically-based creative writing workshops to schoolchildren. The group then takes the kids’ stories, adapts them into short plays, and performs them for the school. Reservoir Deer, Brad’s one-act play, was featured at the Dramatis Personae’s holiday-play festival hosted by Tim Bambara’s theatre company,. Brad has been accepted to the Goodman Theatre’s Education and Community Programs internship for the first half of 2010.
Megan Brown Hartless – MFA 2006
Megan is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. She is also an adjunct instructor of speech courses at Blue Ridge Community College.
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta – MFA 2006
Lisa is a PhD Candidate in Theatre History, Criticism and Theory at University of Washington School of Drama. She will hold her defense in 2010. Her dissertation is entitled: “Carmen Get Your Gun! Staging Spain in the United States and the Caribbean, 1931-1939.”
Cara Rawlings – MFA 2006
Cara is in her third year teaching as Assistant Professor of Movement and Acting in the Virginia Tech Department of Theatre and Cinema. This past summer she worked with Paul Denhardtt and his wife as Assistant Fight Director and Choreographer on Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis’ production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. In September, she attended the SAFD Firearms Safety Course taught by Scot Mann at Frostburg State University. She coordinated blood work and gun violence as Resident Fight Director for the production of Othello. In January 2010, the department begins rehearsals for The Skin of Our Teeth, for which Cara will serve as Movement Director.
Amber Lynn Parker – BFA Lighting Design 2006
Amber is a Texas A & M staff member in the TAMU Rudder Theatre Complex. She is Lighting Designer for a 250 seat black box, a 750 seat round proscenium theatre, and a 2500 seat true proscenium auditorium for all the student group performances, lectures, large presentations, and touring shows.
Justin Scribner – 2006
Justin is the Executive Director of the At Hand Theatre Company in New York city.
Chandra Owenby Hopkins – MFA 2007
Chandra is in her third year of the PhD program in Theatre Studies at the University of Kansas. She is a graduate teaching assistant and has taught Acting I and Play Reading for Performance since being at KU, and currently teaches two sections Acting . In addition to doctoral coursework and writing, Chandra has been fortunate to work on two major creative projects at KU: acting as Madame Raymonde Chandebise in the October 2008 production of A Flea in Her Ear, and directing the production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice last February. She was awarded a 2008 and 2009 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award as well as the 2009 Joseph R. Roach Dissertation Research Award.
Catherine A. Vrtis – BFA Lighting 2005 & MFA 2007
Catherine finished her exams at Tufts in December of 2009. She passed the written portion in September, and in December she passed the oral exams with distinction.
Stephanie Dean – MFA 2007
Stephanie is Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Monica Dionysiou – BFA Performance 2007
Upon moving to Chicago Monica quickly snatched up the opportunity to become the artistic intern at TimeLine Theatre Company, where she worked closely with Artistic Director PJ Powers. Monica has served as a casting representative for TimeLine Theatre Company as well as Assistant Director for TimeLine’s hit show Fiorello.
After the conclusion of her internship in June of 2008, Monica traveled to Belgrade, Serbia to attend the Dah Theatre’s International school. Monica continued her studies in movement with the Moving Dock Theatre. and built the character of Mary H. Vann in Unsung Stars. By day, Monica works as an actor for Boom Troupe, a small children’s theatre company that visits Chicago neighborhoods to perform plays about current social issues for elementary and middle school students. Monica’s most recent Chicago credits include; Unsung Stars (Moving Dock Theatre Company,) New Anatomies (20% Theatre Company,) Be and Lower Debts (LiveWire Chicago,) and The Underpants (Ludicrous Theatre Company.) Her next performance will be in LifeLine Theatre Company’s production of Mrs. Caliban, scheduled to open in February 2010.
Katie Higgins – BFA 2007
Currently living in Boston, Katie works at Harvard University. She has been a dialect coach for local fringe theatres Company One (Assassins, Summer 2008) and Pheonix Theatre Artists (Christmas Belles, December 2009). She has acted in productions of Titanic: A New Musical and Hair. She has also taken classes with the American Repertory Theatre, focusing on Shakespeare and his works.
Heather Simpson Hogg – MFA 2007
Heather is the Assistant Director of Costume and Makeup, and serves as shop manager of the University of Richmond’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
Laura Marie Sullivan – BFA Performance 2007
After leaving VCU Laura auditioned for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and was part of their 2008 season appearing in Viva Italia. Simaltaneously she was also in a dinner theatre called Which witch is which? Following that Laura appeared in a community theatre musical called Nunsense 2: the Second Coming. In April she was offered to do another dinner theatre, this one called Ghostbashers! and returned to Busch Gardens as a street performer for Howl-o-scream and as a caroler during the Christmas season. In 2010 she will be moving to the Seattle area, returning to Richmond to start rehearsal for “Patchwork” with Theatre Four. “I also just wanted to say that each of you really helped me become the person and actor that I am. I want to thank you all for teaching me, aiding me and guiding me through the difficulties and amazing joy that theatre can bring”.
Cristy von Rautenkranz – BFA Theatre Education 2008
After moving to Chicago in May 2008, Cristy has been in four sketch revues at Second City. She is in the Second City Conservatory and is performing in Improv troupes around Chicago. One of her early sketch shows has been invited to be a part of the 2010 Chicago Sketchfest, an event that calls for many casting agents and TV producers from around the country. She is also working in two sketch shows which go to production in January. She looks forward to auditioning for the Second City touring company in the upcoming year.
Shelley Miles – BFA Stage Management 2008
Shelley moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduating in 2008. Her Broadway credits include: Production Assistant on The Philanthropist with the Roundabout Theatre Co., and Production Assistant on American Plan with the Manhattan Theatre Club. Off Broadway, her credits include: Production Assistant on Girl Crazy with City Center Encores!, Production Assistant on Make Me with the Atlantic Theatre Co., Assistant Stage Manager on A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage copywrite 1959 with NYFringe and FringeEncores!. Shelley additionally works with and continuously supports The Debate Society and Horse Trade Theatre Group. She is currently stage managing Clay Chapman’s Pumpkin Pie Show: Commencement, Clay Chapman’s Hostage Song, and Radiotheatre’s Frankenstein, all as a part of the APAP conference.
Frank Alfano – BFA Performance 2008
Frank is working full-time at Disney and has received his Equity card. Since January he has been trained in four different Disney shows. During the day, he plays a Green Army Man performing in the streets, and in the afternoon he performs with the Block Party Bash parade at Hollywood Studios. He is also a field producer with the American Idol Experience, a new Disney attraction that gives guests a chance to go through the American Idol experience. Frank was also hired to play the voice of Stitch for an interactive state-of–the-art ‘Living Character’ show. He is also the voice of Stitch for the Christmas show, Totally TomorrowLand Christmas 2009.
Richard Sautter – MFA 2008
Richard recently performed in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged at the Cumberland Theatre in western Maryland. In January 2010 he begins a temporary assignment on the theatre faculty of Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA. He will serve as interim department head and teach four classes, including Acting and Voice & Diction.
Julie Phillips – MFA 2008
Julie is currently on staff as the Education Manager for Richmond Shakespeare, where she arranges training classes and helps facilitate the Shakespeare in the Schools workshops. In December 2009, she is appearing in A Christmas Carol for Two Actors in which she plays nearly every character but Scrooge.
Chanelle Vigue – BFA Performance2005 MFA 2008
Chanelle is in her second year in the Theatre PhD program at Bowling Green State University. She recently played Miss Prism in BGSU’s The Importance of Being Earnest and next semester will be assistant dramaturg for BGSU’s Mother Courage and Her Children. She will also be presenting at MATC and ATHE this year. She is currently continuing her research on the Federal Theatre Project Living Newspapers that she began at VCU. She teaches Performance Studies and Managing BGSU’s theatre for social change outreach program, The Humanities Troupe, serves at the BGSU Graduate Student Senate Representative-at-Large, and acts as secretary for ATHE’s Theatre and Social Change Focus Group.
John Kenneth DeBoer, MFA 2008
John is Assistant Professor at University of Montana and teaches Acting, Acting for Non-Majors, Theatre Appreciation, and Voice & Speech. In Missoula, he has worked alongside UM students and faculty in I Am Montana and Undone: A Doll’s House for Montana Rep Missoula. He is an active member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. He is the winner of VASTA’s 2009 Clyde Vinson Memorial Scholarship; his essay “Getting the Gay Out: Sexual Identity in the Voice Classroom” was recently published in the “Voice and Gender” edition of the Voice and Speech Review. He recently directed a staged reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later for Montana Rep as part of Tectonic Theatre Project’s simultaneous worldwide premiere of the new play. John is currently preparing for his UM directorial debut—Tongue of a Bird will open in March 2010.
Diego Vllada, MFA 2008
Following his graduation, Diego lived in NYC apprenticing under prominent fight directors and working for 3-Legged Dog Media & Theater Group (www.3leggeddog.org). He currently lives in Orlando, FL and is a Senior Admissions Advisor for Kaplan University (www.portal.kaplan.edu).
Gerron Atkinson – BFA Performance 2009
After graduating from VCU, Gerron returned to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. He has performed in two staged readings, one of which was Diana Sands Project by P.J. Gibson. He recently made his debut as an understudy Off-Broadway in a show entitled: The Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, where he worked with Kim Brockington (Guiding Light), Ted Lange (The Love Boat) & Andre De-Shields (The Wiz). The Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe won several Obie awards including “Best Musical of the Year,” “Best Actor in a Musical,” “Best Actress in a Musical,” “Best Musical Direction” & “Best Choreography.”
Adanma Onyedike – MFA 2009
Adanma is currently an assistant professor of theatre at Berea College in Kentucky (the South’s first interracial and coeducational college). She will be directing her first mainstage production for Berea in February 2010. She is also teaching a two-day performance workshop at the Governor’s School for Performing Arts in Norfolk, VA. Adanma is a member of the SETC Diversity Committee.
Lisa Kelly – MFA 2009
Lisa is a PhD student at Northwestern in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama. Speaking of her experience, she says:“Northwestern is amazing, and I am so privileged to be here. I couldn’t have done this without the preparation I got at VCU, however.”
Eric Arnold – BFA Stage Management 2009
Eric is currently the Assistant Stage Manager at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., and will work there for the entire season. He recently completed a production of Much Ado About Nothing, and will soon work on Orestes and Hamlet,
Cate Brewer – MFA 2009
Cate Brewer (MFA 2009) is adjunct faculty at The University of Mary Washington, where she teaches two sections of Introduction to Acting and Acting I. She will also be teaching Acting Styles in the spring of 2010. She recently played Dr. Martha Livingstone in Agnes of God with Washington D.C.’s Rhodora Theatre company.
Cailin Anderson – BFA Costume Design 2009
During the summer of 2009, Cailin worked on the Broadway production of Finian’s Rainbow as a shopper for Costume Designer Toni-Leslie James. She is currently working as a dresser for the production. Cailin is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Erica Ives – BFA Stage Management 2009
Erica is currently Backstage Manager with Carnival Cruise Lines.
Gabrielle Cauchon – BFA Performance 2009
Gabrielle has accepted a one-year internship with Theatre Building Chicago a It encompasses multiple duties including stage managing, box office work, and assisting the staff.
Theatre VCU Alumni Currently In Ph.D programs –
Lindy Bumgarner – Tufts University
Jocelyn Buckner – University of Kansas
Melissa Hurt – University of Oregon
Aimee Zygmonski – University of California, San Diego
In Course Work:
Dan Dennis – Interdisciplinary program in Music and Theatre, Ohio University
Lisa Jackson – University of Washington
Chandra Hopkins – University of Kansas
Boone Hopkins – University of Kansas
Matthew Shiflett – University of Maryland
Chanelle Vigue – Bowling Green State University
Catherine Vrtis – Tufts University
Daniel Devlin, Ph.D. Theatre, University of Kansas
Jamie Lish, MFA, Directing, Ohio University
Joshua Galligan, M.A. Drama Therapy, Kansas State University
Emily Oye, School of Law, University of Richmond
LeRoi Boyd, MATX program, VCU
Lindy Bumgarner – Tufts University
Jocelyn Buckner – University of Kansas
Melissa Hurt – University of Oregon
Aimee Zygmonski – University of California, San Diego