Theatre Arts and Dance Alumni, Faculty Garner Roles, Positions and Awards

Graduates and faculty of the University of Northern Colorado's School of Theatre Arts and Dance have advanced their careers and received awards during the past few months of 2011.

  • Jessica Mueller was hired as assistant professor of costume design at Belmont University in Nashville.
  • Kym Kral appeared at the John Lovitz Comedy Club in Universal City.
  • Berto Martin appeared on an episode of Operation Repo, an upcoming episode of Fear Factor and in three episodes of Steve-O's Killer Karaoke. Episodes will air in early 2012.
  • Jodie Grundin will be joining the cast of Cockroach for a six-week run at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood.
  • Maren Uecker appeared in an episode of Disappeared on Discovery.
  • Catherine Pilafas will appear in an episode of the new true crime documentary series Fatal Encounters for NBC Universal. The show will air in early 2012 on Discovery.
  • Laura Ryan-Krausa was named manager of advocacy at Catholic Health Initiatives of Denver.
  • David Bryant Johnson, Matt LaFontaine, Julie Perotta and Joey Revier have been cast in the Arvada Center's production of 1940's Radio Hour. The show runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 23.
  • Jennifer So has been cast in the role of Rose Hsu in Joy Luck Club at the Vintage Theatre! in Denver. The show is scheduled for spring 2012.
  • Ben Klingemann's play Every Few Seconds will be published by JAC Publishing this spring. The play had a staged reading here at UNC and was subsequently performed at University of Colorado Denver.
  • Matthew Hagmeier was hired as a teaching assistant for the Teen Prep BFA Theatre Programs at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City.
  • Derek Hanson was cast in the Broadway production Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster. He will appear in the dancing ensemble and also cover Billy Crocker and Sir Evelyn Oakley, the two male leads.
  • Hayley Wells has been performing stand-up in New York City and has performed regularly at Stand-up New York. On November 15th she had the honor of opening for Jerry Seinfeld at the Gotham Comedy Club.
  • STAD faculty member Gillian McNally was awarded the 2011 Engaged Scholar Award for 2011 at the Embracing Community Luncheon.
  • Lincoln Hayes will appear in an upcoming episode of Pan Am on ABC.
  • Deborah Voss was hired as the equity stage manager/company manager of the national tour of Doubt.