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School of Theatre and Dance
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Megan Andritz, Class of 1996  meganandritz@hotmail.com - Posted on 9/20/2008: "I have enjoyed many wonderful and educational theatrical endevours since graduating in '96. After college graduation, I have performed in many summerstock, equity and regional theaters across the US. I have performed for Commodore and Norwegian Cruise Lines as a singer and dancer on world cruises, as well as performed for Walt Disney world, Hershey Park and Busch Gardens. I have loved every bit of performing, but I have redirected my love for the musical theater through teaching and administration. I have wrote, directed, choreographed and produced my own Broadway camp and in schools for children 8-17 years old for the past 4 years. I would like to thank the wonderful JMU theater and dance faculty for instilling the love of the performing arts! I will be forever grateful! Can't wait to come visit the new performing arts center!"

Laura Atwood, Class of 2003 latwood23@mac.com - Posted on 3/27/2008 "I graduated from Arizona State University in 06 with a Master of Fine Arts. I am the technical director at Scottsdale Community College as well as teach Dance and Technology. I am the co-director of Flux Dance Project, a modern company that has performed in the Phoenix Valley and San Francisco. I work full time as Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordintor for a large company and hopefully will branch out into my own company soon."

Danielle Augone, Class of 2004 - Posted on 8/11/2006
"I am performing at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando FL, portraying the roles of Belle, Ariel, and the Disney Channel's Kim Possible. I've had the opportunity to participate in a number of parades and shows, including the new Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom, and Fantasmic at the Disney MGM Studios. I was also selected to be a trainer for the Entertainment Department, and will begin training in early 2007."

Ariella Beth Bowden, Class of 2004 - (Submitted on 9/24/2007): After an international tour with The Wooster Group's Hamlet, Ariella is now working as the Wardrobe Supervisor at The Blue Man Group. She was the costume designer for The Shalimar's La Femme that won for best ensemble at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. She continues to act in sketch, and is currently performing with fellow JMUers in The Gossip Factory's latest piece, 4F: The New Class.

Elise Boyd, Class of 2004 - Submitted 12/29/2008: "Hi guys! I just finished a run of Inspecting Carol (playing MJ) at Sycamore Rouge in Petersburg, just south of Richmond after having stage managed two shows for them: A Streetcar Named Desire (where I played Eunice for 2 shows) and Read-y For Right written and directed by artistic director kb saine. This show was dedicated to the city of Petersburg telling the story of sit-in protests at the Peterburg Public Library which led to its desegregation in 1960. I'm still teaching at Bailey Bridge and finding myself busier every day. I hope everyone there is doing well. Much love!"

(submitted 9/29/2007)
"I will play Duchess of  Gloucester, Bushy and Carlisle in Richard II for
Richmond Shakespeare. I'm still teaching theatre at Bailey Bridge Middle School in Chesterfield on the southside of Richmond."

Tara Burgess (McNeeley), Class of 2000 - (Posted Oct 3, 2007):
I am currently living in Okinawa Japan, my husband is stationed here in
the Air Force. I have started two dance programs on two different bases and teach 20 classes a week to over 200 children. I teach on Kadena Air Base and started "OkiDance" on Camp McTureous, it was a challenge to start, but I wanted to give our military children overseas the same opportunities for dance that the children in the states get! I have lived here for a year now and look forward to the two years we have left on island, it is a wonderful experience! I constantly tell my older students stories of my days at JMU as a dance major, you never know they may end up there too in a couple of years!

Amy Neal and brent  Bussey - (submitted on 9/24/2007):
"Amy and Brent Bussey recently moved back to Harrisonburg. Amy is
currently the drama teacher at Stuarts Draft High School. Brent is the Manager of Tour Sales and Operations at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA."    Posted on 2/28/2006: "Last year we celebrated the birth of our third child, Wyatt Matthew. "

Barry Carter, Class of 1976 - Posted on 8/11/2006"I still keep my hand in doing some acting and writing for my church. I've been a Vice President for Dave & Buster's, Inc. since 1994 and am responsible for all Beverage Operations. I also serve as a member of the Editorial Advisory
Board for Cheers Magazine and am a frequent contributor to books and magazine articles regarding the beverage industry."

Barbara (Cecchini) Maclam, Class of 1993 - Posted on 3/20/2008 "This is my 11th year teaching P.E. I have a dance group, the Dancing Eagles, at the school where I teach. It is made up of approx.70,4th & 5th grade boys & girls. They recently performed for VAHPERD. I plan to start a dance group at the local middle school & to choreograph for the high school's spring musical in '09."
 

Lisa Chapman, Class of 1992 (Submitted on 12/2/2007) - "I moved to Las Vegas seven years ago without having a plan for my time here. I've worked in wardrobe for various shows on the strip during that time (Storm, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You) and also spent two years walking stilts at the Paris Hotel. For the past two years I've been Asst. Head of Wardrobe for LOVE which is operated by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage Hotel."

Katie Culligan, Class of 2007 -  Posted on 9/9/2008 - Katie has spent the past six months performing in the musical Viva Italia at Busch Gardens and will sing in a new Country show for the fall season. She will then head back to the Washington D.C. area to perform in Fords Theatre's A Christmas Carol in November/December 2008.

Gina Giambattista Cesari, Class of 1987 - Posted on 12/1/2005:
"After having served as the Director of Contract Services at the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) for 13 years, and then dabbling as a Spanish teacher at a Montessori School in Western New York(where we wrote and produced our own summer plays), I am currently working as the Program Manager for the East Asia Program (China, Japan and Korea) at Cornell University. The job entails many of the management and administrative skills I've developed through my years in Theatre, and puts me in an academic setting where I get another chance to take classes! In addition, I'm working with the Japan Foundation to bring in a Bunraku production to Ithaca in 2007. Mixing old passions with new endeavors is extremely cool at this point in my life, particularly in dealing with a part of the world completely new to me."

Ryan Chrisman, Class of 2003 - (submitted on 9/24/2007): Ryan Chrisman will premiere her MFA Dance Thesis, "Place(d)," an evening length outdoor site-specific work with an original score in conjunction with its video documentary, "Placing," at the University of Maryland in March 2008. - Posted on 8/11/2006: "Currently an MFA candidate/instructor in dance at the University of Maryland, College Park and recent hire of Performance Plus at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC which implements arts education programs and runs the pre-professional ballet program with legendary ballerina, Suzanne Farrell."

Lyndsey Cole, Class of 2006 - Posted on 7/2/2007:
"Lyndsey Cole is a featured cast member in the 2nd Nat'l tour of the
musical Jersey Boys. In October, the show will officially debut in Chicago where it will sit down as the Chicago company. One of three females in the cast, Lyndsey plays multiple featured roles including Francine Valli and Frankie Nolan."

Kristen Comyns (Hummerston), Class of 2000 - (submitted on 10/11/2007): Kristen will be at Seaside Music Theater this Winter to perform in "White Christmas", playing the role of Rita. Other recent credits include Charlotte/Milkmaid in "Oliver!" at the Fulton Opera House, and as a swing in "Peter Pan".

Donna Costello Class of 1996 - Posted on8/11/2006 "Donna is dancing for Mollie O'Brien's Mob productions and is rehearsing for their upcoming season at Dance New Amsterdam in October where the company will premiere 'Mammal.' She also recently began working with Jill Sigman/thinkdance for her project "Rupture" that Dancespace Project will present at St. Mark's Church in February. She continues her work with Shannon Hummel's Cora Dance and has been dabbling in ballroom dance with partner Paul Grecki.  Donna is currently a teaching artist candidate for the Lincoln Center Institute."

John R Crawford, Class of 1981 (submitted 10/5/2007): After serving for ten years as the Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University, I am now Associate Dean in the College of the
Arts at Kent State.

David Dalton, Class of 1998 - Posted on 6/4/2007: "Dave Dalton's adaptation of H.M.S. Pinafore was nominated for a 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. Dave adapteed the play using Gilbert's own "Pinafore Picture Book," and he directed the production for
New York's Vortex Theater Company."

Corinne E. Dame, Class of 2002 - Posted on 8/11/2006
"I am currently rehearsing my 7th show with the Mystery Dinner Playhouse that I have been with for the past 3 years. I also am currently acting at Colonial Williamsburg in their newest program, The Revolutionary City. I currently portray 5 very different characters and will be receiving more."

Garland Days, Class of 1993, (Submitted on 9/26/2007):
"After studying dance & perform in with the Madisonians at JMU, Garland went to perform in many musicals domestically & internationally. Garland is current appearing on Broadway in Disney's The Lion King.
For more in check out www.disneyonbroadway.com "

Meg Dolan, Class of 1992 - Posted on 8/12/2006
"I am working in curriculum for the Department of Defense schools at their
headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. I just finished my Doctorate in Education last year."

Matt Dure, Class of 2007 - Posted on 5/18/2008 Matt Dure is touring with the Broadway Asia tour of Cinderella starring Lea Salonga, understudying the Prince

Geoffrey Ehrlich, Class of 2001 - (submitted on 9/24/2007) - I am currently working as the art dept coordinator on the new series "Gossip Girl." In my free time, I am a founding member of Gk1 with fellow JMU Alumni Kelly Bartnik and Dena Ghieth.

Jessi Elgin, Class of 2008 - Posted on 5/18/2008 Jessi will spend the year performing at the Carousel Dinner Theatre in Fort Collins, CO.

Keith Foster, Class of 2004 - fosterkj@alumni.jmu.edu - I have started working steadily with the theatre group "Fine Feathered Friends," recently finishing my fourth production with the well reviewed company. I received a nomination for Best Featured Actor from the Midtown Theatre Festival for my performance in "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" based on "The Yellow Wallpaper." I am currently working on a new piece which will premiere in the new year. http://www.finefeatheredfriendstheater.org/

Emma Fyffe, Class of 2008 - Posted on 5/18/2008 Emma will spend 2008/ 2009 traveling the country as a Tour Actor/ Director for Missoula Children's Theatre.

Ashley Graves-DeFabio Gearing, Class of 1997 - (Submitted on 9/25/2007): "Opened New Directions In Dance LLC in 2004 teaching creative movement and choreographing for children and adults with disABILITIES in Harrisonburg area.  Earned M.Ed. in special education from JMU in 2003. Teaching high school students with significant disABILITIES in Rockingham County since 2001. Married
Chad Gearing in 2000. Welcomed new son Rourke in 2007"

Amy Eisenhower Humphrey, Class of 1998 - Posted on 12/6/2006 Amy currently is a Physical Therapist working at a private orthopedic
practice outside Washington DC that specializes in Performing Arts Physical Therapy. She is an on-site Physical therapist as well as a Pilates instructor for the Washington Ballet Company.

Diana Fix Girtain, Class of 2002 (submitted on 10/5/2007): Diana was recently hired at the Denver Center as the draper for "White Christmas." Once done in Colorado, she will start a new job at Dixie State College as the Costume Shop Manager & Lecturer. 

Keith Foster, Class of 2004 - Posted on 8/12/2006
"This summer I traveled to LA and shot a new movie for John Suits' and
Bryce Gerlach's Three.Piece.Lock productions. I'm currently in a new play in the NYC Fringe Festival sharing the stage with Ariella Beth Bowden as well as working with the Gossip Factory, a theatre collective formed from JMU Theatre Alumni. Check out our website - www.thegossipfactory.org.

Deb Fuller, Class of 1994 - Posted on 3/8/2008 "I recently passed my member's exam for the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) and am now a certified highland dance teacher. I teach in the Northern VA area and perform with the Thistle Dancers, City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums, and The Washington Scottish Pipe Band."

David Frydrychowski (David Lamb), Class of 1995 - Posted on 9/24/2007: Last season (2006/7), David Frydrychowski played "Garcia" in The Death of Griffin Hunter with leading contemporary verse ensemble Inverse Theatre, in addition to playing "M'Closky" in the 18th Century classic The Octoroon at The Metropolitan Playhouse in NYC's East Village. In the summer, he returned to the Inwood Shakespeare Festival as "Caska" in Julius Caesar, and was rehearsing the title role in Spartacus there when a wayward trident thrust laid him low. He is feeling much better now.

Posted on 8/11/2006 "Founding Director, The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival for whom he directed the Eastern US Premiere of EDWARD III, Repertory companies of Cincinnati Shakespeare, Virginia Shakespeare, Cleveland Shakespeare, Inwood Shakespeare (NYC) for whom he is currently playing "Quasimodo" in Hugo's HUNCHBACK... Experimental/Grotowski Performance work & training with NACL
Theatre (2 yrs & Eastern European tour) Leading/title roles in the outdoor
historical dramas THE LEGEND OF DANIEL BOONE and SHADOWS IN THE FOREST.  Off-Broadway, Off-off Broadway, and regionally, he has performed with Inverse Theatre Company, Youngbloods, and Third Eye Rep, in addition to workshopping new
plays with 29th Street Rep, Myriad Arts, The Cleveland Play House, and the Mark Taper Forum. Directed and designed several shows Off-off Broadway (OOBR Award) and in summerstock. MFA: CWRU/CPH. Lives in NYC. "

Diana (Fix) Girtain, Class of 2002 - Posted on 8/14/2006
In July, Diana Fix married Richard Girtain in Williamsburg, VA. Also,
this summer Diana draped for the Utah Shakespearean Festival's production of  Anthoy & Cleopatra. She will continue work as the Assistant Costume Director at Norther Illinois University this fall.

Stephanie Griffin, Class of 1995 - Posted on 1/7/2006:
"I've kept busy with acting projects including starring in the directorial debut of Nick Moore (editor of films Love Actually, About a Boy, Notting Hill), but I've also started producing. I recently produced and starred in the world premiere play True Story at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. I'm also V.P of Acquisitions at Fast Shoes Productions, a new production company helmed by Ryan Hurst (an actor who starred in Remember the Titan s, Ladykillers and is currently on the TNT show Wanted). We have quite a few projects in active development including films and television pilots. Our website is www.fastshoes.net."

Roy A. Gross, Class of 2000 - Posted on 5/13/2008: Roy Gross "is the Production Manager of the ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER and the Managing Director of the ARTISTS' BLOC, a collective of emerging and established artists united to support and challenge the creative process by encouraging cross disciplinary collaboration in the creation and development of new works." http://www.artistsbloc.org

Posted 8/4/2006 "I am now the Production Manager of the new Atlas Performing Arts Center in NE DC, with four theatres, rehearsal spaces, and scene shop. I am also the AEA Stage Manager for The Gingham Dog for the African Continuum Theatre and
Crave for Signature Theatre."

Kristin Hathaway-Hansen, Class of 1998 - Posted on 12/16/2005:
"I have been the Managing Director of Actor's Express Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia since 2002."

William Hinds, Class of 2002 - Posted on 2/4/2009: "I am currently working as a concierge for Thompson Hotels which allows me to share my love of theatre (and New York City) with people from all over the world."

Meredith Holcomb aka meredith autry, Posted 4/3/2008 "After spending a wonderful season as a Resident Company Member at Barter Theatre, Meredith joined Actor's Equity as Meredith Autry and relocated to Washington, D.C. She has appeared in a reading at Woolly Mammoth Theatre and can be seen in the Theatre of the First Amendment's Production of TWO-BIT TAJ MAJAL, opening in June. This summer she will also be working on a film version of playwright Catherine Bush's THE QUILTMAKER.


Posted on 2/19/2007:"Meredith has joined Barter Theatre's resident company after playing the title role in JANE EYRE (with set design by JMU professor Richard Finkelstein) and Millie Sykes in MURDERER during the previous fall season. She is currently performing in Catherine Bush's (Steinberg Award Finalist for Playwrighting) THE QUILTMAKER and will begin Noel Coward's BLITHE SPIRIT later this month. She will appear in 8 shows with the Barter this season."

Kristen Hummerston (Stagename: Kristen Comyns), Class of 2004 - Posted 3/3/2006: "Last year I performed at the Fulton Opera House in Seussical the Musical, and played Shelley in Batboy the musical. Currently I am on the National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie playing the featured role of Ruth as well as performing in the ensemble."

LaTasha Hutcherson aka RICH, Class of 1997 - (Submitted on 9/26/2007) "In July of 07, I performed in the mainstage production of Yvette Heyliger's "What Would Jesus Do" at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, NC. Last summer, I made my Off-Broadway Debut at the Workshop Theatre in NY in Layon Gray's " Girls of Summer". I have been the principal performer in numerous national commercials. My most notable television accomplishment, was booking a role on NYPD Blue"

Marisa Impalli, Class of 2000 - Posted on 2/26/2006:
Marisa received her MA in Dance Education K-12 from NYU Steinhardt School of Education in 2004.

Amanda Jenkins, Class of 2002 - Posted on 12/4/2005:
"This year I recieved a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from the University of Tennessee. At the Clarence Brown Theatre I designed Pump Boys and Dinettes, Proof, To Kill a Mockingbird and my thesis project Into the Woods where I was blessed with a $12,000 costume budget! I was also able to study abroad in Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna. It was hard and exhausting work, and I often referred to my time at JMU as "back when
theatre was fun!" I'm currently back in Richmond and hoping to work in theatre and film in the Washington D.C. area."

Sarah Jennings, Class of 2005 - Posted 4/26/2006:
"I am currently the Dance Program Coordinator for Gymkix the local Dance Studio that I work for. I teach all technique classes as well as organizing how our program is conducted. I choreographed approximately 8 different pieces this year for our dance company. Our company gained the title of National Champions this season. I teach children ages 18 months to 18 years old. I will be receiving a DEA teaching certification this summer in Las Vegas at UNLV."

Candace Johnson (Decker), Class of 1991 - Posted on 8/14/2006
Candace appeared in the cabaret, LOVE CANDY as part of the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield, Performing Arts Series. She taught a theatre camp this summer and will begin teaching acting classes this fall as part of the UW's Continuing Education program. Over the last two years Candace has been designing costumes professionally and recently wrapped up as head designer on the new play VROOOMM!! by Janet Allard. She is married to Steven Decker, Assistant Professor
of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield and has a dog named Smokey. She and her husband will be heading to Ireland in March 2007 for a trip to see the country and theatre.

Kendra Johnson, Class of 1991 - Posted on 2/19/2007: "I am an assistant professor and costume designer at Clemson University in SC. I have designed costumes for over 20 productions within the last fifteen
years. I also presented and exhibited my research on 19th century
African-American clothing. I have a 10 year old daughter and one dog and two cats!"

Millie (Juraschek) Shipe, Class of 2006 - Submitted on 1/6/2009 - "I spent part of 2007 acting for George Washington University Hospital as a standardized patient to train Medical Students, as well as one feature length independent film. Since then I have relocated to Orlando, FL where I have been hired by Walt Disney World to be a sub for Belle in the equity show "Story Time with Belle." I just played the lead in a feature length independent film and will travel to Kentucky in Oct. to play one of the leads in another feature length film. I've also worked on a variety of shorts, extra work for commercial/film, community theatre, professional children's theatre, print work (http://shaycochrane.wordpress.com/), and as a lead in two TV pilots. Thanks JMU!"

Nicholas Kohn, Class of 1998 - Posted on 8/11/2006
"I just finished performing in the Tony Award Winning Broadway show Avenue Q in Las Vegas at the Wynn Hotel. I am currently in rehearsals for a new musical that was selected to be in the prestigious New York Music Theatre Festival in September. The show is called Journey to the West, based on the ancient Chinese book. I will be playing the role of Tu-Bao. Website for the show is: www.journeytothewestthemusical.com.  My own website: www.nicholaskohn.com

Damon Krometis, Class of 2004 - Posted on 8/14/2006
"I have launched my own theatre company - Examined Man Theatre - which will produce plays that question and redefine societal views of masculinity. My first production will be in the winter of 2007. I am currently assistant directing a production of Trojan Women v 2.0 by Charles Mee. I've started designing again, too, having just designed lights for the dance company Contra Tiempo in the NY International Fringe Festival."

Drew Lanzarotta, Class of 1994 Drewjoleen@aol.com - Posted on 3/1/2009: "Recently made my Broadway debut on the crew for Shrek in the first transition pushing a door unit on stage. I do actually have to wear a costume though. Which is close enough for me."

Tracey Lee, Class of 1993 - Posted 1/6/2006:
"This Spring Tracey will reprise the role of Mayme in Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MA). She played the role at Theatreworks (CA) in summer '05. 2005 also included playing The Acid Queen in THE WHO'S TOMMY at Pittsburgh CLO and Ida B. Wells in CONSTANT STAR, a labor of love she has toured the country with since 2003."

DAna Lokitis, Class of 2006 - Posted on 4/9/2008 "Dana is currently a member of CrossCurrents Dance Company and Jane Franklin Dance performing at venues along the east coast including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Summer of 2008 Dana will begin the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine."
 

Tammy Lynn Londeree, (submitted on 9/30/2007): "I had fun being an extra for Evan Almighty and my scene of running into the Ark survived the final cut. Look for me (in red top) hurrying with police following me. No this was not a crime scene."

Heather Lundy - improvdiva@gmail.com , Class of 1994 - Posted on 9/9/2008 - "Heather is producing, choreographing, and performing in the US and abroad. Her work incorporates sound, movement, and narrative. Currently she is working on two simultaneous 2-woman shows. She is also creating a 501-c with JMU alumna Kelly Bartnik." www.improvdiva.com

Brooke Marshall, Class of 2002 - Posted on 8/12/2006
"I am now the assistant production manager at Signature Theatre in
Arlington, VA. We're opening up our new facility in 2007, with a gala opening of Into the Woods.

Marilyn McAvoy, Class of 1975 - Posted 7/29/2006:
"In my recent move to San Diego, California (June 2006), I have been appointed 'Senior Director of Development for University Initiatives in Arts & Culture' at San Diego State University. This is a newly created position for the University's upcoming capital campaign with responsibility for raising major gifts ($100,000 and above) for programs in Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Film, Television and Media Production and City-wide Arts Collaboratives."

Kate McDermott, Class of 1998 - Posted on 2/21/2006:
"Kate is an artistic associate with Uma Productions and has acted with Reverie Theatre, Chicago Jewish Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She lives in Chicago.

Ryan Hugh McWilliams, Class of 2003 - Posted on 8/7/2007
I'm working as the Editorial and Production Assistant at Samuel French.
Thats right, I publish your plays you thespians. Also the Gossip Factory is doing another original production in September and
October... 4f: The New Class, at the Laurie Beechman Theater @ West Bank Cafe 407 West 42nd Street (just west of 9th Avenue) - Thursdays, Sept. 13th, 20th, 27th & Oct. 11th, 18th, 25th, 2007.  yall should come check it out!" www.thegossipfactory.org

Michael Minarik , Class of 2000 - Posted 2/24/2008 "recently was seen in the Broadway Revival of Les Miserables as Grantaire. Produced an critcally acclaimed off-broadway show called The Scene, starring Tv's Tony Shalhoub and Patricisa Heaton at Second Stage. About to start performing the role of Jaques in The Happy Time, part of the Kander and Ebb celebration at the Signature Theater."

Posted on 12/18/2005: "I am on my second Broadway national tour, Little Women, (playing the role of John Brooke), Urinetown (Bobby Strong/ Officer Lockstock u/s) and 4th national tour overall. I have done numberous regional theater productions, and concerts." www.michaelminarik.com

Emily Mlot, Class of 2003 - Dance Major - Posted 7/6/2007:
"I recently finished my MFA degree in dance from Florida State University. I am currently dancing in an emerging modern dance company in Atlanta, Staibdance, directed by George Staib. I have been hired as a part time professor for Georgia College and State University to teach Modern I, Improvisation and choreograph for the Spring concert. I will also be teaching Modern part-time at Georgia Perimeter College and Intermediate and Advanced Jazz at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center."

Carrie Monger, Class of 1992 - Posted on 8/14/2006
"Carrie is currently performing with BosmaDance in Washington D.C."

Shari (Silberglitt) Moxley, Class of 1990 - Posted on 12/26/2005:
"Shari will be Stage Managing MAME at The Kennedy Center in DC this coming Spring/Summer. She is currently enjoying being a full-time Mom to her new little girl."

Crystal M. Munson, Class of 2005 - Posted on 2/19/2007: 
"Between July 2005-July 2006 I was the Guest Services Manager at American Shakespeare Center in Stauton, Virginia with John-Michael Schott. Then my husband and I moved to Valencia, California where I very quickly began stage managing for multiple theatres in the Los Angeles City area including my current show the world premiere of Bad Hurt on Cedar Street by Mark Kemble Directed by Salome Jens. My next project in March 2007 has me traveling to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts (San Diego area) standing in for the Executive Producer of a production of Driving Miss Daisy."

Douglas R Mumaw, Class of 1985, (Submitted 9/25/2007): "I continue to perform Dirk and Guido: The Swordsmen! around the country.  This year includes 8 weeks in Chicagoland, 7 weeks in the Dayton area, 2 New
Years'Eve shows in Charlottesville, VA at the Paramount Theatre as part of First Night Virginia (Get your tickets now!!) and I'll open 2008 with two shows at the Pheasant Run Resort's lovely 300 seat Equity house in St. Charles, Il.; to date over 6000 shows performed! Then onto Arizona for year 14 of my theatre/percussion hybrid show: Wyldmen!"

Kevin Murphy, class of 2005 - (submitted on 10/17/2007): I recently finished my masters in musical theatre at NYU. After that I worked with Stephen Schwartz on his new musical, "Snapshots," at Seaside Music Theater, and was in "With Glee," a the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Jake Odmark, Class of 2008 - Posted on 5/18/2008 Jake was Kenickie in Phoenix entertainment's production of Grease in Macau, China in October of '07. Currently he is playing Riff in the Toby's Dinner Theatre production of West Side Story. This fall he will begin the National Tour of The Pajama Game performing in the ensemble and understudying Sid.

Siobhan O'Malley, Class of 1999 - Posted on 12/5/2005:
"I just signed with a record label, Blue Cocoon and I am recording my second album....as yet untitled!" www.siobhanomalley.com  

Douglas R Mumaw, Class of 1985 - Posted on 8/13/2006
"I have been working for 20 years as an Independant Variety Artist and an A.E.A. member playing characters and performing specialized movement skills (swordfighting,slapstick and melodrama). I perform at Festivals, Universities and Corporate Events.Having performed live for more than two million people, in 46 states I am blessed to have seen much of the United States in my trusty pickup truck and Airstream trailer."

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Asher Nicholson, Class of 2008 - ashernicholson@gmail.com - Asher Nicholson recently finished work at Lost Nation Theater, in Montpelier, Vermont. He was the featured performer in Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin. Asher will be returning to Lost Nation in September to begin work on Judevine, a play by poet David Budbill.

-O-

Janice O'Rourke and Darren Setlow, Class of 1991 (Submitted 9/24/2007): "Janice O'Rourke '91 appeared in Portland Stage Company's 2007 production of Iron Kisses by James Still. Janice was 6 months pregnant during production, and now she and Darren Setlow '89 welcomed their second son, Conor Francis Setlow to the world on May 28, 2007. Janice also helped develop and perform a one woman show based on the life of Clara Schumann, called Virtuosa written by Diane Seymour. The show is part of the this year's NYMF festival."

-P-

Sarah Pantke, Class of 2004 - Posted on 8/13/2006:
"After a few years of working various venues in various technical
positions, I'm glad to say I'm starting into my second sedentary year at the
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, where I alternate between assistant stage
manager and company manager."

jo philbin, Class of 2006 - Posted on 12/20/2008: "Jo was Iris in the National tour of "Children's Letters to God" and finished a Theatreworks USA tour in 2007. She is currently on the National tour of  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as a swing for Marcy Park and Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre."

Cephe "Fahnestock" Place, Class of 1973 - (submitted on 10/10/2007): I completing my Eighth Season as the "Sales and Outreach Coordinator" for the Wayside Theatre, in Middletown, VA. As well as, directed the play "84 Charing Crossroad" for the Wayside Theatre's Traveling Theatre Tour and performed in "Women".

Keven Quillon, Class of 2003 - Posted on 8/28/2007 
Currently appearing in the Broadway revival of GREASE. Past credits include 1st national tours of SWEET CHARITY (u/s Herman), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (u/s Tony). Last April he came to JMU and taught dance and Musical Theatre workshops to current JMU students.

Cynthia Campbell Reardon, Class of 1986 - (Posted on 9/24/2007): "I moved to Washington State five years ago and now do computer graphics and web design, drive a school bus, and paint - murals, portraits and whatever else I can find."

Tom Reed, Class of 1998 -  Submitted on 9/8/2008 - Tom is the primary acting teacher at Alverno College in Milwaukee, and the artistic director of Quasi productions, a small equity theatre in Milwaukee. He continues to act and direct professionally. This year he will appear in WITNESS at First Stage Children's Theatre and ROAD at Bucketworks. Tom will will also be directing the fall production of NECESSARY TARGETS at Alverno College and in the spring he will direct UNWRAP YOUR CANDY for Quasi.

Kirstin Riegler, Class of 2007 - Posted on 5/18/2008 Kirstin played the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Broward Stage Door Theatre in FL in Feb./ March of '08. This summer she will perform in the Jerry Springer Opera at The Studio Theatre in Washington DC.

Nick Rose, Class of 1993 - Posted on 8/11/2006
"Nick has recently been filming Independent Short films for the 48 Film
Challenge and other short film festivals. He has recently been The Stage
Manager in Our Town for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (formerly Festival), Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for The Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and has signed on to play Leontes in the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's production of The Winter's Tale next winter."

Kimberly Russell, Class of 1989 - Posted on 8/13/2006
"As most vampire musicals have, my last project, LESTAT, met an early
demise. I am now awaiting my next gig as a stage manager on the musical version of LEGALLY BLONDE directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. I'll once again be spending my winter in San Francisco with the pre-Broadway tryout before heading back to the Palace theatre in NYC next spring."

Michelle (Schmitt) Triolo, Class of 1998 (Submitted on 12/3/2007) - "Michelle currently lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband Matt Triolo and their two rescued dogs. She works full time as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and teaches/choreographs dance part-time with S Be Dance Complex in Crofton, MD."

Thomas Schultheis, Class of 1992 - Posted on 8/28/2008 - Thomas Schultheis has performed as a swing in the Broadway and National Touring production of Grease! and as Michael in the International Tour of Smokey Joe's Cafe. He can be heard on the Original Cast Recording of the Off-Broadway Show Bed, Boys and Beyond. Thomas has also been a choreographer off-broadway, regionally and for show choirs across the country. Currently, Thomas is the Festival Events Coordinator for Disney Performing Arts at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.

Mike Setti, Class of 2002 - Submitted: 8/19/2006, Mike has recently performed in the Premier of Lady Killer for the first annual Capitol Fringe Festival in DC and can be seen as a lead role in the black bear episode of Hunter & Hunter on The National Geographic Channel. He has also started a comedy troupe in Fredericksburg and appeared in several webisodes forthe JMU-originated “Big Honkin.” WEBSITE

Aebony Shepard-Mitchell, Class of 2002 - Posted on 8/11/2006
"Married and the mother of four children: Selah, Lawren, Rhema and Aslan. Received a certificate in Arts Management from Univ.of Mass, Amherst. Work from home for several arts organizations in the Central PA area including Theatre Harrisburg. Building theatre curriculum for ed programs and teaching oocasionally. Hope to enter in to grad school for Entertainment Management/Law in the next year."

Matthew R. Staley, Class of 2000 - http://www.matthewrstaley.com/ - Posted on 1/13/2009: "Matthew R. Staley had the distinct pleasure of playing the Assassin that Christian Slater hires to kill himself in the final episode of NBC's "My Own Worst Enemy". To see Matthew's shoot-out with Christian, please visit www.matthewrstaley.com"

(submitted 9/24/2007) "Matthew R. Staley was offered roles in the avant-garde theatrical production of "Die Hard: The Puppet Musical" as well as The Shakespeare TheatreÂ’s production of "Taming of the Shrew" but had to pass due to conflicts with several other projects.
Recently, Matthew wrapped on the b&w 16mm short, "Train Track Turnaround", in which he performed the lead role of the villain, Stanley-No-Good, as well as provided narration for the film. Matthew also filmed a scene for the 35mm indie film "Winter Wheat" in which his character gets hit by a car. Recently, Matthew auditioned for the off-Broadway production of "Fuerzabruta" (the latest show from the creators of "De La Guarda" a national "Circuit City" commercial, a print job for "ASICS", and had an extremely well received audition for The Flea Theater and their resident acting company, The Bats, with his infamous physical comedy monologue (which he began working on while at JMU). In other news, the commercial in which Matthew acted and performed his own stunts is airing now and can be seen on YouTube by typing in "Avaya Cowboys" ".      Posted on 8/13/2006:
"Most recently, I starred as Edgar Allan Poe in the Bristol Valley
Theater's world premiere production of "Nevermore". I have appeared in the off-Broadway "Slava's Snowshow", on an episode of "The Sopranos" and am currently studying with Wynn Handman at Carnegie Hall."

Adam Suritz, Class of 2003 - Posted 3/13/2008 "On Tuesday, I started rehearsal for the world premier of Curt Columbus, Amy Warren, and Andre Pluess' musical "Paris By Night," at Trinity Rep. It opens April 25th and runs through June 8th, 2008."

Sara Tomko, Class of 2005 - saratomko@gmail.com - Posted on 2/6/2009: "Sara Tomko had her first TV debut on SciFi in February 2009 for her movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth." She also auditioned for the speaking role of Emily in the upcoming Twilight Sequel "New Moon." In December 2008, she filmed a movie "The Terminators," with fellow actor Jeremy London, most commonly known as TS in "Mallrats." She currently resides in Sherman Oaks, CA where she is busy filming at least one project a month. You can find Sara's public movies at www.imdb.com.
www.saratomko.com

(Submitted on 12/10/2007) "After spending her first two years out of college involved in a fantastic sketch comedy and rock and roll club called Shadowbox, Sara decided it was time to move to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming a movie star. She has been there only 7 months and already been in three movies, with one movie entitled "2012 Doomsday" coming out at Blockbuster and Hollywood Video in February 2008. She is excited to semi-return to her "Skriker" ways once more in her next film "The Evil Within," being produced and shot in December and January 2008."

Michelle (Schmitt) Triolo, Class of 1998 - Posted on 2/21/2006:
Married and currently lives in Annapolis, MD. Is a full time Realtor with Keller Williams Realty.

Suzanne Wogisch Trow, Class of 2000 - Posted on 5/21/2008 "Favorite Performances include: ABC's All My Children, Starlight Express (U.S. Tour), Radio City's Pokemon Live! (U.S./European Tour/Vegas show), Director/Choreographer Euro "Pokemon Live!", "Mississippi Love", "It's A Wonderful Life" (World Premiere). Equity Member. Also currently Head Coach for JMU's Dukettes Dance Team.

Mia Wilson, Class of 2006 - Posted 3/10/2008 "After returning from about 2 years volunteering in Namibia I was recently accepted into the Performance Studies M.A. program at New York University through the Tisch School of the Arts."

Nicholas Wuehrmann, Class of 1983 - (submitted on 9/24/2007): I'm currently an Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida, teaching voice, acting and directing in the MFA Musical Theatre program, in partnership with Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach. I'm directing "Romance/Romance" this fall at UCF and will be traveling to Prague soon to direct a European tour of "The Magic Flute" with the Czech Chamber Opera. I'll be performing the role of General Waverly in "White Christmas" with Seaside Music Theater this year, and am proud to share the stage with two JMU students I taught during my year teaching there - Kristen Hummerston and Matt Dure!

Laura Yanez, Class of 2007 - Posted on 5/18/2008 Laura was on the National Tour of a Year With Frog and Toad from August through December of '07. Currently she is Lead Female Singer on the National Tour of Riverdance.