In answer to the question, “What do your graduates
do?” . . . . All the following individuals were JMU theatre and
dance majors, minors, or took significant theatre and dance courses
in their careers at JMU.
THEATRE, FILM, VIDEO
KEVEN QUILLON '03 -
in the Broadway revival of GREASE. Past credits include 1st national
tours of SWEET CHARITY (u/s Herman), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (u/s
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
SHANNON HUMMEL ’96 and her company
Cora Dance performed a new concert in February 2005, the review -
“Elsewhere” at the Joyce SoHo (NYC!) "Choreography as vivid and true
as a Eudora Welty story...Ms. Hummel is quite a storyteller. You can
feel the quiet tearing of a heart that might be your own."
--Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times Also performing in CORA are
alumni Donna Costello (’96) and Anna Smith
KELLY BARTNICK ’00 is producing and
creating choreography for a concert SpeciMEN. It is an all-male trio
featuring Geoffrey Ehrlich, Henry Hill and Brandt Wagner (JMU grads
all). The show was at Dixon Place (NYC) in March, 2005. Kelly also
performs at BRIC Studio (Brooklyn), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and with
CORA and Thread Dance Theater.
NIKI LUNDGREN. For two
seasons Niki has been touring with the famed Second
improvisation group of Chicago.
YOUNG ‘91. As a stand up comic, Tim has appeared at over 400
college campuses and on the television show “Last Comic
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
DANIEL BRYANT ‘91. Dan is a Chicago actor
and voice over specialist.
DAVID FRYDRYCHOWSKI ’95.
David played in Inwood Theatre Company’s production of THE THREE
MUSKETEERS in 2005.
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
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.
KOHN ’98. Nick recently completed a national tour playing “The
Big Bopper” in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY.
KARIN MCKIE ’86.
Karin has worked steadily at a variety of theatre in
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
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.
GARLAND DAYS, '93 Garland is currentLY (fALL
2007) appearing on Broadway in Disney's THE LION KING
MICHAEL MINARIK, '00 - Performed on Broadway as
Grantaire in the Revival of Les Miserables. Performed in the
National Tours of Little Women and Urinetown.
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
WENDY MCNENY ‘84. 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.
KIM RUSSELL ‘89. Equity stage manager
for numerous productions in New York.
‘02. Since her graduation Brooke has been working as a stage manager
with The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
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.
WILLIAM COINER ’83. William has
stage managed at numerous theatres, such as the Houston Opera and
The Broadway Theatre in New York.
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
JIM WARREN ‘88. Artistic Director, The
American Shakespeare Center (formerly Shenandoah Shakespeare),
MICHAEL ROSENBERG ‘90. Managing
Director of Drama Dept. in New York, producer of major productions
such as JUNE MOON and AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN.
CROCKER ‘78. Artistic Director, Wayside Theatre, Middletown,
NICK ROSE ‘93. A co-founder and producing
artistic director of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Nick also
played numerous roles for the company.
MINADAKIS ’92. Jasson is the artistic director of Actor’s
Express in Atlanta after nine years as the producing artistic
director at Cincinnati Shakespeare, which he
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.
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.”
MISSY ARMENTROUT ’89.
Missy is founder and managing director of The Old Brick Playhouse in
Elkins, West Virginia.
LEE KENNEDY ‘88. Lee was a 2005 Drama Desk
nominee for his lighting for the off-Broadway musical “The
Audience.” He is an associate professor of theatre at the University
of Virginia, where he specializes in lighting.
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.
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.
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.
‘94. Teresa is a motion picture production designer whose recent
credits include SEVENTY-FIVE and FLIP THE SCRIPT.
GEOFFREY EHRLICH 2001 - Art Dept Coordinator on
the Television series GOSSIP GIRL and THE BLACK DONNELLYS
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.
MARK LEGAN ‘82. Mark has
written movie screenplays and for numerous sitcoms including DAVE’S
WORLD and GRACE UNDER FIRE. He also reviews movies for National
JEROME HAIRSTON ‘98. Jerome 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 throughout the country.
SCOTT ORGON. 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
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.”
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
KENDRA JOHNSON ‘91. Kendra is an assistant
professor of theatre at Clemson University. Her area is costume and
APRIL GRUBER ’04 is Dance Alloy’s Education
Director, coordinating outreach activities (which range everything
from Pittsburgh Action Against Rape to area elementary and high
school) to planning for the Dance Alloy School's spring term, summer
intensive, and Matinee performances with schools and local senior
homes that coincide with their home season
JENNIFER JUUL ‘93. Jennifer is
assistant professor of theatre at Radford University, where she
teaches acting and directing.
DEROME SCOTT SMITH ‘92
teaches drama at George Wythe High
School in Richmond, and
manages his own theatre company in downtown
RUSSELL STAGGS ’99 teaches drama at
Great Bridge High
School in Great Bridge, Virginia. He also
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
STEVE CARDAMONE ’93. Is a lecturer at
the University of Minnesota where he specializes in Shakespearan
acting and directing.
KERI WORMALD ‘80. Keri is the
drama teacher at the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School in Stuarts
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
STEVE CLARK ’80. Steve teaches high school drama
MEGAN DOLAN ’92. Assistant Director for the
Area Center for Educational Enhancement at Florida Atlantic
CHRISSY GECOMA ’96. Teaches English at a
private school in Denton, Texas.
MATTHEW COMER ’89.
Founder of Pilates South Beach, 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.
’01. Leah is the drama teacher at Spotswood High
KEVIN METTINGER ’92. Kevin teaches drama at
Fauquier High School and at Lord Fairfax Community
CATHY BRYD BUSHBY ’79. Cathy teaches drama
and literature and directs plays at a middle school in Chestertown,
JOHN R. CRAWFORD, '81 Associate Dean, College
of the Arts at Kent State University.
DR. LAURIE L. BELL '78 Director of Dance a at
Ohio Northern University
DONNA COSTELLO '96 Founded a New
York-based dance company
|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
SHANNON L. HUMMELL '96 - Dancer/Choreographer
in New York
MOLLY LEHMAN ‘03 teaches yoga and Kinetic
Therapy using the gyrotonic expansion system. Molly has worked with
Kelly Bartnik, and will be dancing for Monica Bill Barnes in a site
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.
‘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
ASHLY COVINGTON ‘98. In addition to her
acting, Ashly specializes as a hand model, with national print and
television ads for companies such as Nextel, Jello, Circuit City,
Gillette, Rembrandt toothpaste, and Reynolds Wrap. Her hands grace a
cover of Popular Photography.
AMY GOSS ‘03 is
attending graduate school at the University of Iowa for genetic
nursing (much like genetic counseling).
MIDWOOD ‘83. Ramsey is bluegrass/folk singer whose most recent
DC from Vanguard Records is titled “Shoot Out at the OK Chinese
STEVE SMITH. Steve is the host of a rock
music television show in New York city.
‘75. has 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." Previously, McAvoy was the Director of
Development and Communications for New Roads School in
LINDA CHITTICK BECK ’98. Linda is the
Layout Supervisor at Little Airplane Productions, where she is
working on a cartoon called “Wonder Pets” set to premiere in 2006.
She is also one of the animators for the opening film for the Ottawa
International Animation Festival.
DOWLING ‘ 03 is working on her doctorate degree in clinical
psychology at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island.
James Madison University theatre and dance graduates
have attended the following graduate schools:
|The American Academy of Dramatic
Arizona State University
Florida State University
Illinois State University
Johns Hopkins University
San Diego State University
|San Francisco State University|
University of Delaware
University of Illinois
University of Maryland
University of Tennessee
Virginia Commonwealth University
Student choreographer Casey Blake's group piece "At Third
Glance" from the Spring, 2002 Contemporary Dance Ensemble Concert
was not only selected for the Gala Concert at our American College
Dance Festival Mid-Atlantic Festival at College Park MD in March,
but it also was chosen for the American College Dance Festival
Association National Festival which is held at the Kennedy Center in
May. The piece is a playful, inventive work that includes a little
Etta James, some red mini-dresses, a few cigarettes, lots of water,
and several tomatoes that unfortunately don't survive the piece.
Tyna Andrews (1986) Director & Casting
Director at Disneyland, LA Choreographer
Kathleen Hannon (1998) - Working in the film
industry in Production Development
Elizabeth Hatrick (1991) - Writer on the
Lifetime Network's Any Day Now
Steve James (1977) - Director of Hollywood
films such as Hoop
Drew Lanzarotta (1994) Went on to an MFA at
Yale and a career as an automation engineer on Broadway
Jenny Maguire - Actress at venues such as The
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Karen McCullah Lutz (1988) - Screenwriter of
films such as Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About
Jasson A. Minadakis (1992) - Founder of the
Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival
Tommy Neblett 1983) - Artistic Director,
Eric Quander (1993) - Founder of The African
American Theatrical Ensemble in California
Don Rhymer (1982) - Writer on film/TV projects
such as Caroline in the City and The Honeymooners
Mark Rowan (1995) - House Manager for the Mitzi
Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City
Matthew R. Staley (2000) Film/TV actor in works
such as Gods and Generals