Graduates, current students and faculty of the University of Northern Colorado's School of Theatre Arts and Dance have advanced their careers during the second half of 2013.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Nov. 27, 2013.
Mike Ruckles is the associate musical director of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, that opened in November to rave reviews on Broadway. He plays keyboards at some performances
Autumn (Hurlbert) Norman plays a nun in the Dec. 5 TV production of The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood.
Theatre Professor Shelly Gaza just filmed a national television commercial for Cabela's.
Beth Malone stars in the Public Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Fun Home, which had its run extended for a third time. The world-premiere musical based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, will now continue through Dec. 15 off-Broadway. .
Billy Marshall appeared in the Judson Theatre (NC) production of Bell Book and Candle.
Erin Schaut is currently appearing in the Chicago production of Cuff Me: The Unauthorized Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody.
The southern California professional theatre group 3-D Theatricals, led by T.J. Dawson and Daniel Dawson, were nominated this year for 15 Ovation Awards and came home with five; four for their production of Parade and one for their production of Shrek. This group regularly hires UNC alumni to appear in their productions.
Current theatre major Caylie Kalmbach is appearing in a television commercial for Bel-Rea Institute.
Josh Buscher appeared as the guest bartender on the Nov. 12 edition of the television show Watch What Happens Live on Bravo!
Tim Jarrell was hired as the new sound designer for Wonderbound/Ballet Nouveau Colorado.
Joey Revier and Bryan Cronin were cast in the Boulder Dinner Theatre's upcoming production of Spamalot.
Katie Owsley shot a music video for the Wills/Jozef Pisch-penned Christmas classic "Santa Can Rock," starring country music star Johnny Travis Jr.
Jessica Carter Ramsey shot a video for funnyordie.com
Aléna Watters is currently touring with the USO Show Troupe, which just appeared on a fun segment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and completed a recording/video shoot for an event with Blake Shelton and JC Penny Co.
Aisha Jackson performed in the Broadway fundraising concert Rockers on Broadway, which over two decades has raised $300,000, with proceeds from 2013's event benefitting The ASCAP Foundation's Children Will Listen Program, The Broadway Dreams Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Oct. 31, 2013.
Neyla Pekarek and the Lumineers have recorded a new song called the "Gale Son" that will be featured on the new Hunger Games - Catching Fire soundtrack due out on Nov. 19.
Derek Hanson is performing again on the national tour of Anything Goes.
Malloree Delayne Hill, Tom Littman, Tetriana Silas and Misha Fristensky have been cast in the Utah Shakespeare Company's regional tour of The Taming of the Shrew. The production is being staged by Utah Shakespeare festival alumnae and STAD Acting Professor Shelly Gaza.
Megan Van De Hey, Julia Perrotta and Parker Redford have been cast in the Arvada Center's Nov. 26-Dec. 22 production of Christmas Carol - The Musical, which will be directed by Gavin Mayer.
Aisha Jackson is in the cast of new Diane Paulus project Witness Uganda at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. The musical premieres in February before an anticipated Broadway production.
The film The 28th Day: The Wrath of Steph starring Jodie Grundin is now available on DVD and VOD at Amazon.com.
Bobbi Goldner and A. J. Focht are co-directing an upcoming production in The Awake and Alive Project at the Bovine Metropolis Theatre in Denver.
Felicia Tassone has been cast in the Up in Lights production of Fiddler on the Roof in Loveland.
Daniel Dawson is traveling to Macau to reprise his role in the Rigby/McCoy production of Miss Saigon for the Macau International Musical Theatre Festival.
Amanda Earls, Heather Doris and Brian Cronan have been cast in the Boulder Dinner Theatre's upcoming production of Shrek!
Matthew Armentrout has been selected as the speaker for one of UNC's fall commencement ceremonies.
Anthony McMurray is appearing in the Swine Palace Theatre (Baton Rouge, LA) production of Dove and also is in the cast of the world premiere of Spill, about the BP oil spill onboard the Deep Water Horizon.
Joseph Serrano served as a guest artist (Kevin Rosario) in Kansas City Community College's production of In The Heights.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Oct. 14, 2013.
Hollywood film and television actor Greg Germann has completed a number of projects over the past six months. He wrapped work on four feature films - Someone Marry Barry, Quitters, The Gates and Get a Job and also made television appearances on Aim High, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Raising Hope and NCIS.
Ryan Dinning has been cast in his first Broadway production, the Roundabout Theatre Company's treatment of Sophie Treadwell's drama Machinal, which begins previews Dec. 20 at the America Airlines Theatre. He's also working on the development of a new musical titled The Blue Angel and is appearing as a reoccurring character on the television series The Carrie Diaries.
School Director David Grapes will stage his 11th edition of Christmas in the Smokies for Dollywood this fall. Since he started the production in 2003, Dolly Parton's annual Christmas musical has been seen by over one million people.
UNC Acting Professor Ken Womble made a 45-minute presentation titled "Leadership On Stage and Off." for the UNC Alumni College on October 18.
Talia Liccardello's new original one-act comedy Ice Cream Social Issues will be presented at Denver's Vintage Theatre Nov. 15-17.
Don Gilmore is serving as the technical director for the North American tour of Sleeping Beauty.
Duncan Northern has been hired as the production manager for the off-Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1912 in New York City. The producers hope to move the show to a Broadway theatre next year.
Aaron Young has been performing aboard cruise ships in a Frankie Valli tribute act called The Unexpected Boys.
Macliesh Day is cast as the Swing in the Chromolume Theatre Company's production of Musical of Musicals the Musical, which will play at the Attic Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. He also completed filming a web episode of Wasteland.
Billy Marshall appeared in an episode called "Heartland Horror" on the Biography TV series I Killed My BFF.
Ashley Betton is performing her cabaret act "By the Fireside: Soulful Sounds of the Season" at the Cutting Room in New York City on Nov. 20.
Lauren Bahman has been cast in the Town Hall Theatre's (Denver) upcoming production of Boeing, Boeing.
Tracy Hedding has formed a professional vocal trio call the "Dinettes" that is currently playing dates throughout Colorado.
Robert Mills has a new gig as the stage manager for the Off Off Broadway production of David's Red Haired Death by Sherry Kramer at the Cantina Royal in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Andrea Romano is hosting a new New York City-based web series called Comedians Teach You Things, featuring members from The Upright Citizen's brigade, The People's Improv Theatre and other regional comedians.
Brian Watkins latest play, Just Right Just Now, was produced in New York City last week by Lesser America and runs through Oct. 27.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Sept. 13, 2013.
Josh Buscher started previews for the new musical Big Fish at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. This is his third Broadway show since he graduated in 2008.
Mike Martinkus recently appeared in OpenStage's production of Rent in Fort Collins.
Andi Davis has been cast as Inga in the Theatre West production of Young Frankenstein. The production opens Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif.
Sam Provenzano has been cast in a production for Mirror Image Arts of Denver. The production will travel to Denver area middle schools and facilitate discussions on the issue of bullying in school.
Andy Kelso, who has been performing in the ensemble of Kinky Boots on Broadway, made his first appearance covering Charlie Price, one the two leading male roles, from Aug. 27-Sept. 3.
Skylar Ely and Virginia Jimenez both served as interns for the recent American Association of Theatre Education Conference in Florida.
Bergin Michaels participated in the staged reading of a new musical called The Bonus Army in New York City.
Natalie Wisener has been cast in the Theaterworks and Two Beans Company's national TYA tour of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
David Grapes, director of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, had his new musical Simply Simone - The Music of Nina Simone performed at the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival Sept. 2 by members of the Essential Theatre Company of Washington, D.C. The company is planning to stage a full production in June 2014.
Theatre Education Professor Mary Schuttler was named co-chair of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards in Theatre and Drama. The group plans to release the new voluntary standards in 2014.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Aug. 2, 2013.
Teya Patt has been cast in a production of Tony Kushner's play A Bright Room Called Day, opening Aug. 17 at the Coeurage Theatre Company in Los Angeles.
McKayla Marso completed a run of the new musical Princess Diana - The Musical at the Actor's Theatre of Minnesota in St. Paul.
Jason Thomas is appearing in a production of Tom Sawyer at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Lauren Bahlman filmed a Colorado Lottery commercial.
Beth Lake is designing the sound for the Alley Theatre's (Houston, Texas) January/February production of Freud's Last Session.
Macleish Day will appear as King Phillip in The Lion in Winter at the Sierra Madre Playhouse and then understudy the leading role in Cowboy vs Samurai for Artists at Play in Los Angeles.
The UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance will be well represented in the upcoming production of Camelot at the Arvada Center. Appearing in the production will be UNC Alumni David Bryant Johnson, Matt LaFontaine, Megan Van De Hey, Parker Redford and Ian McCauley.
Jessica Light appeared in a comic short by Shonda Rhymes in Los Angeles.
Kimberly Kral just appeared in a webisode of "The Blue Beetle: Ted Kord Returns!"
Michael Covert will be joining the Choozi Entertainment musical theatre production company aboard the Silver Shadow Cruise Line for eight months. His ship will navigate the Pacific Ocean making port calls from Vancouver to New Zealand.
Ryan Grassmeyer and Michael Grebe both booked an international Dodge commercial in Los Angeles.
Kyle Webster will be teaching at Mountain View Elementary in Windsor, Colo. next year.
Anthony Reimer, Brian Watkins and Ben Newman performed Watkin's play High Plains at the annual International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mike Hammer is working as a scenic technician at the Denver Center Theatre Company.
Duncan Northern just picked up his Actor's Equity card and is working as the assistant stage manager on Ocean State Theatre Company's La Cage aux Folles at Theatre by The Sea in Matunuck, R.I.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on July 22, 2013.
Tommy Phillips has published a book titled The Grand Adventures of Inspector Toadius McGee, the first in a series of detective novels for all ages.
Drew Smart will be playing Saturninus in Titus Andronicus at the Transcendent Ensemble Theatre of New York City in September.
Nathan Jones appeared as an extra in The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp.
Victoria Matlock appeared in the new musical Life Could Be A Dream at the New York City Musical Theatre Festival in July.
Andrea Dora Smith performed in Washington, D.C. with the cast of the Broadway musical Motown on July 4 as part of the annual PBS television special A Capitol Fourth Concert.Alexander Stine is appearing in a production of Macbeth on July 12 at the Secret Theatre in NYC.
Billy Marshall, Jr. just booked an online commercial for Sony.
Tamara Hayden was in The Music Box: An Evening of Lady Composers on July 21 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in NYC.
Mark Lively, Chundra Nelms, Joey Revier and Chance Jacob just finished a run of Guys and Dolls at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in northern Colorado.
Alena Watters was cast in a workshop production of a new musical titled Hotel Rasdell, which played at the June Havoc Theatre in NYC July 15-29 as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Virginia Jimenez will be working next year as the theatre education intern for the New York Theatre Workshop in NYC.
Yumarie Morales just starred in an episode of Tattoo Nightmares for Spike TV.
Leah Nikula is appearing in the summer melodrama Dirty Deeds in Durango, Colo.
Danielle Lombardo has been hired as the new assistant program director for On Your Feet at the Edge Theatre in Denver. She will also be directing and providing dramaturgical services for the theatre.
Katie Olson has been hired to teach English at Ben Franklin Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Jessica Carter Ramsey was just cast in a leading role in a webisode of "Closet Space" and a short titled "Around the Corner."
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on July 1, 2013.
Keir Kirkagaard has been cast in the international tour of the musical Barbie Live! playing Danny "Two Step." The tour will be out for one year playing stops in Australia and Southeast Asia. It opens in Singapore in late August.
Jenny Fellner will join the national tour of Wicked on July 1 in Milwaukee, Wisc., playing Nessarose, a role that she played for two years in the Broadway production.
Victor Morris is currently appearing in a production of His Girl Friday at the La Jolla (Calif.) Playhouse in.
Megan Van De Hey is starring in the Arvada Center's July 9-24 production of the musical Curtains this summer. The show is being directed by UNC alumnus Gavin Mayer and also features UNC alumni Matt La Fontaine, Erica Sweany and current UNC student Jake Corcoran in the ensemble.
Zachary Twardowski is now events coordinator at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.
Beth Malone will be back to originate her role in a remount of the musical Fun Home Oct. 1- Nov. 3 at the Public Theatre in New York City.
Michael Schluter will perform the role of Clyde in the new Frank Wildhorn musical Bonnie and Clyde at the Rialto in Loveland July 12-21.
Alison Vasquez has accepted a full-time adjunct teaching position at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.
Asédo Wilson has been hired to teach theater at East High School in Lincoln, Nebr.
Alexander Stine appeared in an episode of the web series Single Servings.
Goeff Moore directed a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival this summer. Fellow UNC alumna Jamie Ann Romero appeariedin the production as Titania.
Greyson Lewis is appearing in The Assassination of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Derek Hansen is currently performing in a production of Cats at the MUNY in St. Louis, MO.
David Bryant Johnson will play Arthur in the Arvada (Colo.) Center's upcoming production of Camelot.
Jalyn Courtenay Webb will play Madame Thenardier and serve as vocal director for a production of Les Miserables at the Midtown Arts Center in Fort Collins, Colo. this fall.
Benjamin Scott Abernathy has been hired as the assistant lighting designer for It's Grasses of a Thousand Colors, part of the Wallace Shawn/André Gregory Project at the Public Theatre in New York City.
Jodi Lynn Thomas booked a commercial print job for Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino and a TV commercial for The Habitat for Humanity.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on June 7, 2013
Andrea Dora Smith and Andy Kelso performed on the Tony Awards telecast on CBS as part of the casts of Motown and Kinky Boots.
Ryan Grassmeyer has a supporting role in the new film May the Best Man Win and can also be seen in a national commercial for Mercury Insurance.
Mehry Eslaminia has been cast in Su Teatro/Creede Repertory's fall youth outreach tour of the children's musical El Rio.
Duncan Northern has been hired as the stage manager for the Knoxville (Tenn.) Opera's spring production of Norma.
Kurt Larson is appearing in a production of Translations at the Coeurage Theatre Company in LA.
Yumarie Morales can currently be seen in a national commercial for Vitamin Water.
Tetriana Silas just completed work as background for the new Tyler Perry movie For Better or Worst.
Tyler Ledon will join Jamie Mills in the Los Angeles cast of the new Pokemusical at the Color and Light Theatre Ensemble in LA.
Molly Fahey has been cast in the Off-Broadway production of It's Just Sex at the Temple Theatre in NYC. The show began an open-ended run on June 2.
Hayden Stanes is appearing in The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof and Meet Me in St. Louis at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Missouri. Fellow UNC alum Aaron Young also is in the cast of Meet Me in St. Louis.
Scott Wright has taken a new position at the drama teacher at Erie (Colo.) High School.
Andrea Romano has been accepted into the MA in Film and Media Studies program at the New School in NYC.
Lauren Bahlman will be appearing in the opening production this fall of After the Revolution at the Curious Theatre in Denver.
Alumna Kat Doyle and current sophomore Nicholas Steven King are both appearing in a summer stock production of How to Succeed at the Spring Mountain Ranch Theatre just outside of Las Vegas from July 10 to July 27.
Jason Thomas will appear in a production of King Phycus at the Hollywood (Calif.) Fringe Festival June 15-28.
Alexander Stein can be seen in the soon-to-be-released film comedy The Last American Guido.
Sali Melfi Galligan is currently performing in Little Shop of Horrors at the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Wisconsin.
Anne Terze-Schwarz has been cast in a production on Godspell at the DL Parsons Theatre in Northglenn, Colo. The show runs the last two weeks of July.
Tiffany Eaton has been cast in an Indie film Ryder and Julina, which is being shot this summer in Las Vegas.
Corey Thompson just travelled to Dublin, Ireland, and the International Gay Theatre Festival where he appeared in a Judy - A Tribute.
Brooke Berry-Wolf has been accepted into the Master of Music Education Program at Hunter College.
UNC's School of Theatre Arts and Dance Theatre for Young Audiences April tour of Frog & Toad played to more than 3,100 area school children.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on May 17, 2013.
Mike Ruckles has been hired for his first Broadway gig, serving as associate musical director of the new musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. The show will begin previews in October at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.
Don Gilmore will be the technical supervisor for the 2013 Broadway remount of Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays. The show begins a limited run in November.
Cynthia Pohlson performed April 27-28 as a guest artist in a production of Tom Stoppard's play, The Real Thing, at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Jake Elvig has been awarded a literary internship for next year at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.
Beth Malone is appearing in a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
Natalie Sachse has been cast in 3D Theatrical's production of Parade May 10-26 at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, Calif.
Catherine Pilafis has been cast in Duke City Repertory's production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Malorie Felt shot a TV pilot in Los Angles titled Up in Smoke.
Andi Davis and Ben Burch have been cast in a production of Almost Maine at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City.
Scott Kruse and Erin (Watkins) Kruse have been cast in an original musical titled ModROCK at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on April 25, 2013
Nastasia Green is performing on the Theatreworks USA national tour of Martha Speaks.
Andi Davis completed a photo shoot and is now an online model for Ourays's Sportsware.
Emma Cohen has accepted a scenic painting internship for next year at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Harrison Butler filmed an episode of the television series Twisted.
Jodi Lynn Thomas filmed a commercial for the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience.
Associate Theatre Professor Anne Toewe completed her doctoral work and was awarded a Ph.D. in Theatre from CU Boulder in May.
New Feelings Time, a sketch comedy group based in Los Angeles featuring UNC theatre alumni Scott Kruse, Kurt Quinn, Keir Kirkegaard, and Erin Watkins, just produced and performed in a video parody that went viral, getting nearly 3 million hits in the first four weeks on their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/newfeelingstime. Also appearing in the video were alumni Abby Ritt and Andi Davis. Un-credited portions of the video have been used by The Today Show and CNN in news stories about the controversial commercial and the inevitable parodies.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on April 16, 2013.
Eric Eidson was accepted into the MFA Playwriting program at Hollins University.
Jason Watson appeared in the Denver Theatre Center's production of the new musical Sense & Sensibility.
Teya Patt was cast in the new musical Sleepless in Seattle at the Pasadena (Calif.) Playhouse.
Jenny Fellner filmed an episode of the television series Blue Bloods after completing a multi-year run in the Broadway production of Wicked and before joining the second national tour of the blockbuster musical.
Rebecca Noland directed a production of The Sailor's Song for the Patio Playhouse Theater in Escondido, Calif.
Selah Grace created and performed in an original cabaret titled #actorproblems in Chicago. She also played Audrey in the production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Wisc.
Chris Jones filmed an episode of the television show Blood Relatives.
Tom Littman, Lincoln Hayes, Kevin Sims, Zach Shotwell and Maddy Chilese performed Julius Caesar on March 31 for the Seven Day Shakespeare Company in New York City.
Current student Matthew Fischer was accepted into the New York Powerhouse Theater Sound Internship Program.
Malorie Felt appeared in a short film project titled P.A.Glen Moore appeared in the play Closer for Bad Habit Productions in Boston.
The School of Teacher Education faculty chose Theatre Education major Virginia Jimenez as a College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Scholar.
Mark Kolokoff was selected to receive the UNC Graduate School's Century of Scholars Educator Award.
Andrea Dora Smith and the cast of Motown - The Musical appeared on Good Morning America on April 4.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on March 26, 2013.
Andy Kelso was in the studio this week in New York City to record the original cast album of the new Broadway hit Kinky Boots.
Tiffany (Van Cott) Eaton filmed an episode of the TV series Parks and Recreation.
Stephanie Cowan, who works as a creative producer at b. sweibel presents and Playing Pretend Productions in New York City, is producing a new film for HBO starring James Gandolfini
Arielle Yoder has been accepted into the MFA Acting program at the University of North Carolina at Chappell Hill.
Megan Lloyd Jones and Joelle Montoya have been accepted into the MFA Acting program at Theatre 15 in London, England.
James Rogers has been accepted into the MFA in Technical Direction program at Penn State University.
Jason Veasey participated in the staged reading of a new theater piece called Gumbo - The Musical, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Steve Wasson, the artistic director of Theatre de l'Ange Fou in London, has created a new International School of corporeal mime that will be known as the White Church Project. The new school is located near Spring Green, Wisc.
Kristin Lazzarini is performing in Bleached Blonde Betty at the Workshop Theatre Company this month in New York City.
Kelsey Hull will be appearing this summer in Footloose and The Sound of Music at Leavenworth Summer Theatre in Leavenworth, Wash.
Beth Lake has taken a summer position as the sound supervisor for the New York Stage and Film School in New York City.
Anthony Reimer filmed an episode of Nurse Jackie and will return for another summer at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival to appear in The 39 Steps.