JMU Theatre and Dance Alumni and Student Success
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ROSS NEAL '13 – is playing Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS at the Central Piedmont Theatre.
JACOB DICKEY '13 – in his first season at Charleston Stage is playing the leading role in SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE.
GEORGE DIPPOLD '13 – is a member of the resident acting company at Charleston Stage, where he acts and teaches.
LOGAN TROYER '13 – recently played Muriel in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at NCCA Papermill Theatre.
OWEN WINGO '13 – is playing Ernst in SPRING AWAKENING for the Virginia Repertory Theatre.
CARLY AMBURN '12 is in the Resident Acting Company at Cumberland County Playhouse.
BJ GRUBER '12 is playing Matthew in ALTAR BOYZ at 1st Stage Theatre.
ARIELLE KOOK '12 - is in the resident Acting Company of the Charleston Stage.
COLLEEN HAYES '12 – is doing the ensemble/Brenda in the US National Tour CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.
ANDREW TREGO '12 – is playing Peter Pan for Disney Cruise Lines.
BRANDON DUNCAN '11 is in the Resident Acting Company at Hampstead Players.
TONI KIMBRIEL '11 – is a dancer on Carnival Cruise Lines (Australia & New Zealand).
DAVID LITTLE '11 recently played Harpo in THE COLOR PURPLE at Toby's Dinner Theatre (2013 Helen Hayes nominee as Outstanding Supporting Actor). He was also in the Sundance
Film Festival entrant TOE TO TOE. He has also played in HAIRSPRAY, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ, DREAMGIRLS, and GREASE at Toby's.
SADE NAMEI '11. Sade recently finished a New York run of Eve Ensler's new play EMOTIONAL CREATURE at Signature Theatre. In 2012, Sade was in the world premiere of the play at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California.
GLEN NORTH '11 is in the ensemble in OKLAHOMA! at Arizona Broadway Theatre.
NATHAN TAYLOR '11 is an actor with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and a past performer with the Hampstead Stage Company.
ALI HOXIE '10 is a mainstage performer (Belle in Beauty and the Beast) for Disney Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean Sea and Caribbean. She performed Wendla in Spring Awakening at the Keegan Theatre and has played roles at the Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Olney Theatre Center.
COREY HUMMERSTON '10 – is in the ensemble of the Chicago company of BOOK OF MORMAN.
LAURA MACINSKI '10 is a performer in ROCK OF AGES on Norwegian Cruise Lines.
LASH DOOLEY '09 earned his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and has played roles Off-Broadway at the Actors Temple and Off-off-Broadway.
JAKE ODMARK '09. Jake is in the cast of SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK in the role of Flash. He has also understudied and performed the lead role.
JULIE SCHROLL '09 is a performer in ACCOMPLICE at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center & Assistant Director of COLUMBINUS at the American Theatre Company.
RACHEL SCHUR '09 – is playing Francine in the National Tour of JERSEY BOYS.
KIRSTEN RIEGLER '07 played Mayzie in SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL at Imagination Stage, was in the Ensemble for HAIRSPRAY at the Signature Theatre, and is pursuing her MFA in Theatre Performance Pedagogy at Virginia Commonwealth University.
LYNDSEY COLE '06 played Francine and other roles in the national tour and Chicago company of JERSEY BOYS. She was in the 2007 Emmy Awards tribute to THE SOPRANOS. She understudied the role of Sophie Sheridan in the North American tour of MAMMA MIA!
MEGAN TUSING '07. Megan has co-starred in television on BLUE BLOODS, BORED TO DEATH, and LAW AND ORDER: SVU, guest-starred on MERCY and LAW AND ORDER: CI, and is the series lead on the webisodes. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre of NYC and has been featured in seven films.
KEVEN QUILLON '03. Kevin is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of ANNIE, which opened in November 2012. Prior to that he appeared in SHREK THE MUSICAL for almost two years and in a Broadway revival of GREASE for over a year as a featured dancer. Past credits include 1st national tours of SWEET CHARITY (u/s Herman), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (u/s Tony).
CAROLE JONES '02 played in the national tour of MAMMA MIA!
MARK JUDE SULLIVAN '01. A Washington-area actor, Mark played the lead in BIG DEATH, LITTLE DEATH, which opened the new Wooly Mammoth Theatre. Other credits include productions at the Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre, where he appeared in a 2012 production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.
KATHERINE WILLIAMS, a writer and comedienne, wrote and performed SHIKSAPPEAL: GETTING THE CHOSEN TO CHOOSE ME at the 2012 FringeNYC.
MICHAEL MINARIK ('00) has been playing in ROCK OF AGES on Broadway since it opened in 2009. Before that he appeared in LES MISERABLES for over a year and in the National Tours of LITTLE WOMEN and URINETOWN.
JAMES MOYE '00. James appeared in the Broadway productions of URINETOWN and THE FULL MONTY as well as the national tour of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Regional productions include 1776, FLOYD COLLINS, 110 IN THE SHADE, and DRACULA in addition to his television work on "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light."
MATTHEW R. STALEY '00 has worked as an actor in TV and film in such works as GODS AND GENERALS, TUCK EVERYLASTING, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE SOPRANOS, CSI, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE FIRM, AND WINTER'S TALE. He is a sought-after stunt double and stunt coordinator in such screen titles as LAW & ORDER: SVU, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, MEN IN BLACK 3, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, CSI: NY, UGLY BETTY, and many others. IMBd notes that he is "the first person in the world to ever be photographed in a handstand whilst on fire."
JEREMY BECK '98. Jeremy appeared in the 2004 London premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S R & J and starred in the two-person show QUINNOPOLIS VS. HAMLET in New York. Co-founder of New York's Performance Lab 115, he wrote and staged THE RING CYCLE: PARTS 1-4 at the Incubator Arts Project of St. Mark's Church, NYC.
ASHLY COVINGTON '98. In addition to acting in film, television (DAWSON'S CREEK, NEW DETECTIVES, LINE OF DUTY), Ashly specializes as a hand model, with national print and television ads for companies such as Miller Light, Pizza Hut, Nextel, Jello, Circuit City,
Gillette, Rembrandt toothpaste, and Reynolds Wrap. Her hands grace a cover of Popular Photography.
DAVID DALTON '98. David, a co-founder of New York's Performance Lab 115, wrote and staged THE RING CYCLE: PARTS 1-4 at the Incubator Arts Project of St. Mark's Church, NYC.
NICHOLAS KOHN '98. Nick recently completed a national tour playing "The Big Bopper" in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY.
NATE SHELKEY '96 has appeared on several TV series in the last couple of years, including ANGER MANAGEMENT, HAPPY ENDINGS, THE NEW GIRL, CHUCK, UP ALL NIGHT, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, CHUCK, and CONCIERAGE. He has been part of the House Sketch Team and House Improv Team at Upright Citizens Brigade, where he trained in improvisation with Amy Poehler and others.
SARAH BAKER '95 played the candidate's wife, Mitzi Huggins, in the feature film THE CANDIDATE and is currently starring as Sonia in the comedy series GO ON.
DAVID FRYDRYCHOWSKI '95. David played in Inwood Theatre Company's production of THE THREE MUSKETEERS in 2005.
STEPHANIE DENISE GRIFFIN '95. As a Los Angeles actress, Stephanie has made numerous television appearances and played in movies including "Jeepers Creepers 2" and "Swirl." She has recently moved into producing with Fast Shoes Productions.
DWAYNE NITZ '95. Dwayne won the 2001 Helen Hayes Award for the best lead actor in a musical in the Washington area for his work in SING DOWN THE MOON. He has also played leads in PERSEUS BAYOU and MISSISSIPPI PINOCCHIO. He has appeared in OTHELLO at the Folger and LION IN WINTER at The Round House, and he supplied live music for the Arena Theatre production of A MAN'S A MAN.
JENNY MAGUIRE '94 has performed on screen in films such as FAIR GAME, THE GIRL IN THE PARK, THE BAXTER, AND REVEILLE, and in television series such as THAT '70s SHOW, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, STELLA, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, WAINY DAYS, AND FAIR GAME. She has played roles in such theatres as Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Rattlestick Theatre, Alley Theatre, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, and Portland Stage. She is also a producer.
STEVEN SMITH '94 is a video jockey and television personality who works for MTV. He began his career as host for various shows on VH1, such as TOP 20 COUNTDOWN and ROCK ACROSS AMERICA. He began hosting programs for FUSE TV in 2003, including the topical comedy series FUSE ACTION NEWS, DAILY DOWNLOAD, STEVEN'S UNTITLED ROCK SHOW, and DISTORTION. He also covers music events for Chevrolet.
GARLAND DAYS '93 performed in and was Talent Coordinator for Disney's THE LION KING on Broadway, a Research Analyst at WNET in NYC, and Production Assistant for K2 Pictures.
LISA CHAPMAN '92. After many years as a Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey clown, Lisa now puts her stilt-walking skills to work as a street entertainer in Las Vegas, where she is also a wardrobe mistress for Vegas shows.
TREY ELLET '92. The highlight for Trey was appearing in the lead role of Mark in the Broadway production of RENT for three years. He also played that role in the national tour.
MARNI PENNING '92. Marni is a co-founder of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, for whom she performed more than 35 roles over 10 seasons. In addition to her lead roles at The Shakespeare Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Folger Shakespeare, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare, she has appeared on Saturday Night Live and in a number of major movies, including MONA LISA SMILE.
NICK ROSE '93, one of the founders of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, continues to play major roles for that group, including, recently, the title roles in MACBETH and TITUS ANDRONICUS.
DANIEL BRYANT '91. Dan is a Chicago actor and voice over specialist.
TIM YOUNG '91. As a stand up comic, Tim has appeared at over 400 college campuses and on the television show "Last Comic Standing."
RHONDA KEYSER '89. Rhonda has acted in New York and directed a short film that was accepted in film festival in Williamsburgh, N.Y., Memphis, and Johns Hopkins.
CHRISTOPHER BOYER '88. Christopher has been visible a lot lately, sitting astride a horse as General Robert E. Lee in Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN and as a dad in a frequently aired Samsung commercial.
KATIE MAHAFFEY ROBERTS '87. Katie teaches and performs improvisation. She has appeared on Comedy Central, in Michael Moore's THE AWFUL TRUTH, and on LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN.
KARIN MCKIE '86. Karin has worked steadily at a variety of theatre in Chicago.
DOUGLAS R. MUMAW '85. Expert swordsman and combat master, in addition to his acting (e.g., Captain Hook), Doug specializes in performing with David Wooley, his dueling partner, as "The Swordsmen" at renaissance fairs.
DERRICK LEONIDOFF '84. Derrick starred in the 2012 Super Bowl Doritos "Man's Best Friend" television commercial.
RAMSAY MIDWOOD '83. Ramsey is bluegrass/folk singer whose recordings include "Shoot Out at the OK Chinese Restaurant" from Vanguard Records, "Larry Buys a Lighter," "Popular Delusions & the Madness of Cows." He's known for "psychedelic country blues" and plays concerts throughout the South and West and has become a mainstay of the Austin music scene.
ALANA O'BRIEN. Alana starred in a 2012 Super Bowl Century 21 commercial.
CAITLIN MILLER. After an apprenticeship at Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Caitlin has worked steadily in New York, including the role of Tammy in the hit Broadway musical satire DEBBIE DOES DALLAS, and performances in NOBODY'S LUNCH in New York and HAY FEVER with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She acted in and co-wrote the Flea Theatre (NYC) production of YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS' DIVORCE.
NIKI LUNDGREN. For two seasons Niki has been touring with the famed Second City improvisation group of Chicago.
MATT STALEY. After appearing in the Civil War movie GODS AND GENERALS, Matt was in a production of THREE MUSKETEERS with the Inwood Theatre Company.
MICHAEL SWEENEY played Adam Landrey in 11 episodes of the TV series ALPHA PLANET in 2010-11.
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DESIGNERS, TECHNICIANS, & STAGE MANAGERS
ANNEMARIE SCERRA '14 won the regional sound design award at the 2013 Region II KCACTF festival for FOR SALE.
CHET CRAFT '12 is the production Stage Manager for Charleston Stage Company.
MARY KEEGAN '13 won the Barbizon Lighting Award at the 2013 Region II KCACTF festival for her design of ANNA IN THE TROPICS.
SARAH RYLAND '13 designed the School of Theatre and Dance Mainstage production of ROMEO AND JULIET (spring 2013).
DEVIN WEIN '13 has been invited to participate in the Stage Management Round table at the USITT conference.
WILLIAM KLEMT '12 (THEA minor) is a contracted scene shop employee at Arena Stage.
JOSEPH LASS '12 is the Scene Shop Supervisor at University of Missouri, Columbia, having previously worked at Glimmerglass Opera and Royal Welsh College (UK).
ANNA-LEE CRAIG '11 is the second assistant RF/Deck Audio Engineer for the first national Broadway tour of PORGY AND BESS. She has worked as a sound technician, mixer, and designer at theatres such as Playwrights Horizon, St. Ann's Warehouse, New Ohio Theatre, Location One (Soho), and El Portal (North Hollywood). She served as the Assistant Sound Supervisor at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and sound designer and engineer at the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School. She has been an A/V apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera.
STEPHANIE FREED '11 is Head Electrician on the tour of AMERICAN IDIOT, having completed its American tour. She was formerly Journeyman Lighting Coordinator at the Spoleto Festival and Associate Producer at the Forum Theatre (Washington, DC). She has designed lights at Theatre Alliance, Fringe NYC, Spoleto Festival, Forum theatre, Keegan Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, First Stage, and other venues.
CHLOE WENDT is working as electrician at Clemson University.
BEKAH WACHENFELD '10 is the AEA Production Stage Manager at Round House Theatre. She has stage managed at the Weston Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Adventure Theatre MTC, Forum Theatre, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts, and ASM for multiple shows at the Walnut Street Theatre. While at JMU, Bekah won the USITT/Qualcomm Student Stage Manager of the Year award and the KCACTF National Student Stage Management Fellowship.
LIZ COCO received her MFA in lighting design from NYU (spring 2013).
JESSICAN WEGNER SHAY designed costumes for THE PERFORMERS on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in 2012.
LAUREN RAMSEY '09 is an MFA Costume Design Candidate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
JIMMY LAWLOR '06 has served as Assistant Lighting Designer on several shows at Signature Theatre and at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. He has designed lights at La MaMa ETC, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, River Valley Repertory, Edmonton Fringe Festival, PS 21 (NY), Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Incubator, Columbia University, and many other venues. He earned his MFA from NYU in 2011.
BROOKE MARSHALL '02. After her graduation Brooke worked as a stage manager and production assistant with The Shakespeare Theatre, Theatre Alliance, and Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. She now works for the USO.
GEOFFREY EHRLICH '01 - Art Dept Coordinator on the Television series GOSSIP GIRL and THE BLACK DONNELLYS
PAUL FRYDRYCHOWSKI '01. Paul has worked in a variety of technical positions on the east coast including as assistant master electrician on MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL in New York.
ROY GROSS JR. '00. Roy has worked as the production stage manager for the African Continuum Theatre Company and as assistant stage manager for the Folger Theatre.
TERESA DOWELL-VEST '94. Teresa is a motion picture production designer whose recent credits include SEVENTY-FIVE and FLIP THE SCRIPT.
DREW LANZAROTTA '94 got his MFA at Yale in Technical Design and Production, built automated effects with Hudson Scenic Studio for Broadway shows, and worked as a carpenter on THE BOOK OF MORMON and at the Julliard School.
SHARI SILBERGLITT MOXLEY '90. Equity stage manager for the Kennedy Center and in Las Vegas in addition to numerous other venues. Currently production manager for Olney Theater in Maryland
KIM RUSSELL '89. Equity stage manager for numerous productions in New York.
LEE KENNEDY '88. Lee was a 2005 Drama Desk nominee for his lighting for the off-Broadway musical THE AUDIENCE. He has designed other shows at various venues Off-Broadway, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, among others. He is an associate professor of theatre at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in lighting.
JOHN BURGESS '87. John has worked with Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, the Folger Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre. His television work includes designing tribal council sets for SURVIVOR.
WENDY MCNENY '84 was Equity stage manager for numerous productions and theaters, including the national tour of Lily Tomlin's SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE. She returned to school for teacher certification and now teaches in the Los Angeles area.
WILLIAM COINER '81. William has stage managed numerous shows, such as the first national tours of RENT, SUNSET BOULEVARD, and ANGELS IN AMERICA. He has been the Production Stage Manager for Disney Creative Entertainment, Center Theatre Group, and the Houston Grand Opera, and stage manager at many theatres, such as Deaf West, LA Opera, Opera Pacific.
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DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, & MANAGERS
ROCHELLE POUZAR '10 is a promotions assistant with Radio Disney. She has also been an interactive marketing manager, educator for the Henley Street Theatre Company and Final Act Drama, and Drama Program Director.
KEVIN HASSER '07 is General Manager of the National Players at the Olney Theatre Center. He has worked as a theatre carpenter and electrician at The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, and others.
DAMON KROMETIS '04 was founder and Artistic Director of The Examined Man Theatre in NYC. He is currently an MFA candidate in directing at Northwestern University. He has directed at the Old Vic (London), and in NYC at Center Stage, Cherry Lane Studio, and Manhattan Rep. he has been AD to Mary Zimmerman (Goodman Theatre), Robert O'Hara at Steppenwolf, Yael Farber, and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He was Literary Assistant for the Tectonic Theatre Company.
EVAN MORITZ '04 founded the Annex Theatre (Baltimore), where he has directed THE THREEPENNY OPERA, MATSU KAZE, DR. FAUSTUS, BEOWULF, won the Baltimore Area Best Director award (City Paper, 2010), and is a playwright as well. He founded the Twilight Zone Play Festival and has forged links between Baltimore's hipsters, DIYers, and theatre.
CASEY KALEBA '00. Casey's work as a fight choreographer was featured in a lengthy article in The Washington Post in January, 2013. The piece discussed Casey's work with HENRY V at the Folger Theatre, ZORRO at the Constellation Theatre, and YOUNG ROBIN HOOD at the Round House Theatre.
LINDA CHITTICK BECK '98 is a Producer, Illustrator, Animator, and Voice-Over Artist with experience working in both large animation houses and boutiques on projects for Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, The History Channel, A&E, and PBS. She is President of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. She has served as President of the Association Internationale du Film d' Animation, East.
KRISTIN HATHAWAY-HANSEN '98 has been Director of Development for the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta) since 2006, raising more than $5 million annually. Prior to that, she was Managing Director of the Actor's Express Theatre and also played main stage roles at JMU.
MARK ROWAN '95 has been House Manager for the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City and Tour Manager for Broadway Theatre Productions.
ERIC QUANDER ‘93 - Founder of the African-American Theatrical Ensemble in California, a non-profit, interdisciplinary, multimedia arts organization (recently renamed "Formations"). Eric also hosted the Disney radio show THE PRINCE ERIC SHOW, and wrote the play WHISPERS IN THE WHIRLWIND, produced at the American Shakespeare Center, where he has also acted.
NICK ROSE '93. A co-founder and producing artistic director of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Nick continues to play major roles for that group, including, recently, the title roles in MACBETH and TITUS ANDRONICUS. He has also acted in many of Cincinnati's major theatres, such as Playhouse in the Park.
JASSON A. MINADAKIS '92 is Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company (SF). He was also the Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and Artistic Director of Actor's Express Theatre Company in Atlanta.
PATRICK DOOLEY '90. Patrick is the artistic director and founder of Shotgun Players, which has enlivened the theatre scene in Berkeley, California, since 1992.
MICHAEL ROSENBERG '90. Michael is the managing director at La Jolla Playhouse in California, where he has continued the high standards of that theatre and managed to send several plays on their way to Broadway. He was formerly Managing Director of Drama Dept. in New York, producer of major productions such as JUNE MOON and AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN.
MISSY ARMENTROUT '89. Missy is founder and managing director of The Old Brick Playhouse in Elkins, West Virginia.
JIM ANZIDE '89. Jim is an actor, director, and founding member of Circle X Theatre in Los Angeles, whose hits include "Beowulf," "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," and the original musical "Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog."
JIM WARREN '88. Artistic Director, The American Shakespeare Center (formerly Shenandoah Shakespeare), Staunton, Virginia.
SCOTT MCCLELLAND '84. For over 15 years, since he founded it in 1988, Scott has been the artistic director of The Roadhouse Theatre company in Erie, Pennsylvania.
MARK JORDAN LEGAN '82 is currently with Disney as consulting producer for their hit TV show A.N.T. FARM, about precocious adolescents.
WARNER CROCKER '78. Artistic Director, Wayside Theatre, Middletown, Virginia.
STEVE JAMES '77 - Director of such documentary fills as HOOP DREAMS, LIFE ITSELF, THE MUSIC MAN, television movies such as PASSING GLORY AND JOE AND MAX, and producer or editor of numerous documentaries.
DENISE COOPER '75. Denise has managed numerous major New York productions including THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, as well as the Boston premieres of shows such as LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! She also teaches contracts and law at NYU's Tisch School.
MARILYN MCAVOY '75 served as Major Gifts Director of the Old Globe (San Diego) and Senior Director of Development for University Initiatives in Arts & Culture at San Diego State University, a position with the 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." Previously, McAvoy was the Director of Development and Communications for New Roads School in California, the Director of Development for the Center Theatre Group, and the Capital Campaign Director of the California Institute for the Arts.
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DRAMATIC WRITING & SCHOLARSHIP
NATHAN AULDRIDGE received his MFA in screenwriting from Hollins University (spring 2013).
KARLA SAKAS '09 wrote eight episodes for the TV series "Animals Say the Wildest Things" in 2011, and she continues to pursue writing opportunities in Los Angeles.
MAYA CANTU '07 is a PhD candidate at Yale University, has written academic papers, and was a writer for BroadwayWorld.com, and holds her MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.
MIA WILSON '06 received two MA degrees from NYU, in Performance Studies and Gender Politics. Was an International Development Volunteer in Namibia for WorldTeach and is the Career-Prep Program Manager and Systems Analyst for Grace Outreach (NYC).
JEROME HAIRSTON '98. Jerome is the executive story editor for the new TV series DECEPTION, which premiered in January 2013. In 2012 he was executive story editor for the TV show SMASH. He has been a writer and story editor for LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT. He has won numerous playwriting awards including the KCACTF National Student Playwriting Award and the Actor's Theatre of Louisville 10-minute Playwriting Award, and his plays, including A.M. SUNDAY, have been performed at such theatres as Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights
Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, and has had commissions from the Guthrie Theatre, Public Theatre, Kennedy Center, and others.
GINJER NORRIS-CLARKE '94 applied the imagination she developed in the theatre program to the authorship of children's books. Her many titles have sold a combined total, notes Amazon.com, "of almost 3 million copies worldwide. Her books FREAK OUT! and GROSS OUT! were on PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY's 2006 and 2007 lists of top 100 best-selling children's books. Her book PLATYPUS! (Random House Step into Reading) was awarded the Maryland Library Association's 2005 Blue Crab Young Reader Award."
ELIZABETH HATTRICK '91 was a writer on the Lifetime Network's ANY DAY NOW, Showtime's LINC'S, and CBS'S THE EARLY EDITION.
KAREN MCCULLAH LUTZ '88 is the screenwriter of films such as LEGALLY BLONDE, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, ELLA ENCHANTED, SHE'S THE MAN, THE UGLY TRUTH, AND ONE FOR THE MONEY.
SCOTT ORGAN. A New York playwright, Scott recently had two of his plays published in THE BACK STAGE BOOK OF NEW AMERICAN PLAYS 2005 edited by Craig Lucas. His short film, PLAYDATE was selected for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. PHEONIX, is premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival, is available through Samuel French. His plays have been published in NEW AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS and BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 2002-2003 and NEW PLAYWRIGHTS: THE BEST PLAYS OF 2010.
KATHLEEN HANNON CHURCHYARD '85 – Worked at the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre in London. She also worked as a development executive and edited screenplays in the film industry for almost 20 years. She has recently published her first novel, BYE FOR NOW: A WISHER'S STORY.
MARK JORDAN LEGAN '82. Mark is currently with Disney as consulting producer for their hit TV show A.N.T. FARM, about precocious adolescents. He has written movie screenplays and for numerous sitcoms including DAVE'S WORLD and GRACE UNDER FIRE. He also reviews movies for National Public Radio.
DON RHYMER '82 was a writer of movies such as THE SANTA CLAUSE 2, RIO, RIO 2, BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE, THE HONEYMOONERS, and DECK THE HALLS. He wrote for such television sitcoms as CAROLINE IN THE CITY, EVENING SHADE, BAGDAD CAFÉ, THE HOGAN FAMILY, and FISH POLICE.
PHOEF SUTTON '81. Phoef won a pair of Emmy awards as executive producer for CHEERS. He also wrote for NEWHART and other television sitcoms as well as the screenplays for MRS. WINTERBOURNE and THE FAN. More recently, Phoef was the executive producer for the TV series THE SOUL MAN and the consulting producer for another show, ROB.
DWAYNE YANCEY '81. Dwayne has had numerous of his plays performed, and in 2005 five of his short plays were published under the overall title "Animal Instinct."
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NATASHA SOLOMON '12 teaches theatre at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va. She has been an actor and assistant stage manager at the American Shakespeare Center. She was an actor with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, director for Clever by Half Productions, and Director of Marketing and Communications for the Empty Chair Theatre Company (Alexandria, VA).
SARAH ROQUEMORE '08 is the Arts Integration Manager at Virginia Repertory Theatre, where she creates educational programming and connects VRT children's productions with school curricula. She has been a teaching artists at CenterStage Foundation and an education intern at Seattle Repertory Theatre, where she also served as Lobby Manager.
LEAH KIRKPATRICK '01. Leah was the drama teacher at Spotswood High School and is currently the Theatre Education Track Advisor for JMU's School of Theatre and Dance.
RUSSELL STAGGS '99 teaches drama at Great Bridge High School in Great Bridge, Virginia. He also writes plays.
CHRISSY GECOMA '96. Teaches English at a private school in Denton, Texas.
STEVE CARDAMONE '93. Is a lecturer at the University of Minnesota where he specializes in Shakespearan acting and directing.
JENNIFER JUUL '93. Jennifer is assistant professor of theatre at Radford University, where she teaches acting and directing.
MEGAN DOLAN '92. Assistant Director for the Area Center for Educational Enhancement at Florida Atlantic University.
KEVIN METTINGER '92. Kevin teaches drama at Fauquier High School and at Lord Fairfax Community College.
DEROME SCOTT SMITH '92 teaches drama at George Wythe High School in Richmond, and manages his own theatre company in downtown Richmond.
KENDRA JOHNSON '91. Kendra is an assistant professor of theatre at Clemson University. Her area is costume and makeup.
STEVE CLARK '80. Steve teaches high school drama in Oregon.
KERI WORMALD '80. Keri is the drama teacher at the Shenandoah Valley Governor's School in Stuarts Draft, Virginia.
CATHY BRYD BUSHBY '79. Cathy teaches drama and literature and directs plays at a middle school in Chestertown, Maryland.
JOHN WELLS '77. John is the drama teacher at Loudoun County High School. He is also the author of the widely produced one-act "Competition Piece," as well as other plays.
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BRIA JARHLING '11 received her AFAA Group Fitness Instructor and Zumba instructor certifications after leaving JMU. She teaches fitness classes at Valley Fitness of Middletown, MD in addition to tap at Project C Studios of Westminster, MD and at the Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center. Bria has performed with DC-based company DanceAntonini and with DanceWorx.
KATE FOLSOM '11 has been performing with UpRooted Dance and working as an independent choreographer in D.C. She is currently the Programs Associate at Dance/USA, a non-profit national service organization for professional dance, in Washington DC. She previously served as the Programming/Annual Conference Intern and interim Executive
Administrator at Dance/USA. Kate has recently been House Managing at Dance Place, Washington DC, as well as serving as their Technical Theatre Intern within the past year.
SARAH BURKE '10 moved to New York City and began work as an administrative assistant and teacher for Cora Dance, founded and directed by JMU alumnus Shannon Hummel. She has performed in the company's full evening work Prey and with Isabel Gotzkownsky's Share 3 Project and is working as an independent artist and teaching full time in NYC.
NICOLE FIORELLA '10 dances with Dogwood Dance Project and has started an apprentice ensemble of high school students within the company. Nicole lives in Chesapeake, Virginia where she works as a social media intern at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center. Nicole is a certified Zumba instructor, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer working for One Life Fitness, and a dance teacher and choreographer at the Academy of Classical and Contemporary Dance where she works with their competition team, Fusion.
KATIE HOUFF '10 is a freelance stage manager in NYC. She is the Executive Assistant of D-Squared Dance Theatre (NYC) and served as the Assistant Production Stage Manager of the American Dance Festival ('12).
ZILDA DECKER '09 currently works as lead dance instructor at Energy Dance Studio located at Kinetic Kids Gym in Harrisonburg, VA. There she teaches several dance techniques to children ages 2 and up
ASHELY TUCKER KISAMORE '09 earned a MA in teaching degree from James Madison University in 2010 and is currently teaching fourth grade in Ruckersville, VA. She is a founding member of Virginia's Dogwood Dance Project, and is teaching ballet, modern, and jazz classes at Brushwood's School of Dance in Gordonsville.
JESS BURGESS '07 is co-artistic director & founder of rva dance collective in Richmond, VA. Jess currently teaches advanced and intermediate modern technique classes, improvisation and choreography at The Dance Company (Mechanicsville, VA) and works at Virginia Commonwealth University for University Relations as a web account manager. She is also the Production Coordinator for Dogtown Dance Theatre
SARA CART '06 taught at Ferrum College as an adjunct dance professor and danced with Danah Bella Danceworks in Radford. She was a member of the Charleston Dance Project, and is now the co-director of the CDP, where she teaches during the week and directs company class and rehearsals.
KIM GOWER '06 attended NYU and received her MA in Dance Education. She is in her second year teaching dance at Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC and this past summer she traveled to Lebanon to live and teach in Palestinian refugee camps. She was a teaching artist through City Dance Ensemble in DC public schools and through NYU, she traveled to Uganda where she worked with ex-child soldiers.
DANA LOKITIS '06 earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 and started working at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital as an inpatient physical therapist. Along with working at the hospital, Dana is working with Next Reflex Dance Collective. She was a member of CrossCurrents Dance Company and Jane Franklin Dance Company and has taught at many
studios including Joy of Motion, Joe's Movement Emporium, Kinetics Dance Theatre and City Dance's studio and D.A.R.E and D.R.E.A.M. outreach programs in the D.C. area.
KARA PRIDDY '06 is a dance teacher, choreographer and performer working in the Richmond area. Kara teaches dance for grades K-12 at Collegiate School and choreographs for their mainstage productions. She has been dancing with RADAR for 3 years, 2 of which the company was known as Z Mullins Dance Company. She was the artistic director of the weDance Ensemble at West End Assembly of God during their 09-10 season and choreographed for their annual production of Glorious Christmas Nights.
CYNTHIA MARAFINO '05 teaches dance for Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation where she is now the Artistic Director and Coordinator of the Dance Program. While at Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation, Cynthia co-founded Blue Crew Dance, the recreation center's youth dance company and also teaches pre-school children at Spotswood Elementary School in Harrisonburg.
JULIA VESSEY ‘05 obtained her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and has worked with the Japanese Butoh company Diarakudakan. Presently Julia is on the faculty of the Dance Programs at James Madison University and Piedmont Community College, and returned to Japan to continue her studies in Butoh. She is currently working as a independent choreographer and performer with Heather Lundy.
APRIL GRUBER '04 received her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Maryland in 2010 and is the Director of Programs at Dance /USA, the largest lobbying organization for dance in the country. Previously she served as the Individual Giving Manager at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. April has served as the Education Director for Dance Alloy Theater and as an arts administrator for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland & Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
WHITNEY HEPTINSTALL '04 has been the professor of dance at Ferrum College for 5 years and continues to add dance classes to her repertory there. Recently, Whitney opened Art In Motion Dance Center in Roanoke, which has the largest modern dance program in Roanoke.
JESSICA FANNING '03 received a master's degree to be a registered Dance/movement therapist. Jess interned at a Children's Psychiatric Center as a movement therapist.
KEIRA HART-MENDOZA '03 has an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and been a guest artist at James Madison University, University of Virginia, and Coppin State University in Baltimore. She is the artistic director for the DC based dance company UpRooted Dance and has presented their work at Dance Place, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Sylvia Greenberg Theater, and the Sydney Harman Center for the Arts. Keira's choreography and video work has been shown nationally and internationally in Arizona, Washington, North Carolina, Virginia, and in Mexico.
CASEY BLAKE '02 is completing her master's degree studies at Arizona State in Tempe, and is working with Rayn Dance Theatre as lighting and sound supervisor.
BETH BRADFORD '02 and ANNA SMITH '00 performed choreography created by Monica Bill Barnes (a guest artist and choreographer for JMU) in the Bowling Green Park fountain, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Beth is Director of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and member of the Human Company.
KELLY BARTNICK '00 was an original cast member of SLEEP NO MORE. She is Company Director of BAXC0, Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She has produced and created choreography for a concert, SpeciMEN, an all-male trio featuring Geoffrey Ehrlich, Henry Hill and Brandt Wagner (JMU grads all) at Dixon Place (NYC). Kelly also performs at BRIC Studio (Brooklyn), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and with CORA and Thread Dance Theater.
STACY DUDLEY '99 created the dance program at the Collegiate School in Richmond in 2001. The Collegiate Dance Program consists of a K-12 dance curriculum, with ten dance companies, and over one hundred and eighty-five dancers. Stacy is very involved with the dance educators in the Richmond area and has danced with Starr Foster Dance Project, Z Mullins Dance Company, and with RADAR. TOBY BILLOWITZ '96 has been living and dancing in NYC since 1996. He has worked with Artichoke Dance, Jill Sigman/thinkdance, Ben Munisteri, Alexandra Beller and Sean Curran. He has taught at the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival and at University of Washington, Texas Woman's University and James Madison University. Recently Toby was in cast of WAR HORSE on Broadway.
STACY PFEIFER '99 is finishing her fourth year at The Collegiate School in Richmond, VA, where she started the K-12 Dance Program. Stacy's fourth annual Collegiate Dance Concert this year hosted eighty dancers, grades K-12.
DONNA COSTELLO '96 is a New York City based dance artist and educator. As an independent dancer, Ms Costello has built rich relationships dancing for Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, jill sigman / thinkdance, Mollie O'Brien and Jimena Paz. She has also danced for Stephan Koplowitz, Juliette Mapp, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Kelly Bartnik, and Barbara Mahler. Her own work has been presented in New York by Movement Research at Judson Church, The flea theater, Green Space, Wow Café, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and at Performatica in Mexico.
SHANNON HUMMEL '96 is a choreographer, arts educator and the Artistic Director of Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance and Cora School for Dance in New York. She has been commissioned across the nation by such institutions as Dance Theater Workshop/NY State Dance Force (NY), Dixon Place/Mondo University of Maryland/College Park (MD), Marlboro College/Vermont Performance Lab (VT),and Rhode Island College (RI), Hummel's choreography has been presented by over 30 NYC venues including the 92nd Street Y, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, La Mama, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
TARA MULLINS '96 is the Assistant Director of the NC State Dance Program and Artistic Director of Panoramic Dance Project. She has a MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and received the Faculty Women's Association Distinguished Masters Degree Candidate Award for her work developing arts programs for homeless youth. Tara has taught at Henrico Center for the Arts, Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, St. Catherine's School, and the University of Virginia.
HEATHER LUNDY '94 is a yogi, therapist, teacher and choreographer. She graduated with a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hahnemann University and worked extensively with Ruth Zaporah in her Action Theater technique. She is a licensed massage therapist and adjunct faculty at JMU. She owns a spa, a yoga studio and a massage school in Harrisonburg and performs and choreographs for two dance companies: Working Title Productions in New York City and Shojorakudava in VA.
JON ZIMMERMAN '94. Jon has performed with Aviva Geismar, Randy James, and Guido Tuveri. Recently he performed with The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends, fiona marcotty/beat upon beat and Sasha Soreff Dance Theater. He participated in The Yard's Bessie Schonberg Choreographers and Dancers Residency on Martha's Vineyard in 1999 where he worked with B.J. Sullivan and Chung-Fu Chang. Jon's choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop's 'Fresh Tracks', Dance Now Downtown, New Dance Group Arts Center, The Evolving Arts Theatre, Dixon Place, Saint Michael's Church, and most recently at the Williamsburg Arts neXus.
ALICE HOWES '92 is part of the faculty at Lamar University in Texas, where she teaches modern dance composition. She started a student-based modern dance ensemble there, and one of its dance pieces went to the regional competition of the American College Dance Festival.
Howes is the artistic director of the dance troupe Sister's Trousers. The troupe, based in Washington, D.C., performs all over the metro area, including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center
MATTHEW COMER '89. Founder of Pilates South Beach and Matthew Comer Pilates, Matthew is a fully certified Stott Pilates Level II and Injury and Special Populations Instructor Trainer and has been designing post-rehabilitation exercise programs for seven years. Matthew holds certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is on the ACE Faculty for providing continuing education. After JMU, Matthew completed a Masters of Science degree in Dance Therapy from Hunter College, CUNY.
TYNA ANDREWS '86 has been a Director & Casting Director at Disneyland and an LA Choreographer.
TOMMY NEBLETT '83, Assistant Director of the Dance Division of Boston conservatory, was co-Artistic Director of Prometheus Dance and The Elders Ensemble. His dances have been performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow, and throughout New England, Europe, and South America. He is an NEA grant recipient.
JOHN R. CRAWFORD, '81 Associate Dean, College of the Arts at Kent State University.
TOBY BILLOWITZ. Toby was one of the puppeteers for WAR HORSE at the Lincoln Center in 2012.
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GRADUATE DEGREE SUCCESSES
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