Graduates, current students and faculty of the University of Northern Colorado's School of Theatre Arts and Dance have advanced their careers during the first few months of 2014.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Aug. 1, 2014.
Andi Davis has been cast in Gary Marshall's new musical theater project in Los Angeles, Pretty Woman.
Aisha Jackson, who recently appeared in Lempicka, a musical theatre workshop that was produced by Yale Rep in New York City, has been cast in the Arvada Center's upcoming production of the musical, Memphis.
Francis Corby just filmed an episode of You're the Worst for the FX Network.
Brandon Joseph has accepted the position of music and theatre director at the Wyatt Academy in Denver.
Ryan Grassmeyer has been cast in the part of Hurley in We Have To Go Back: A LOST Musical Parody! at the Lillian Theater Sept. 25-Oct. 26 In LA. Also in the cast is alumnus Ben Burch.
Samantha Disney-Saxton is the new ceramics and sculpture teacher at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs.
Patty Goble will be appearing beside fellow alumna Beth Melone in the Denver Center Theatre's upcoming production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Joey Revier just filmed an episode of Blue Bloods on CBS.
Anne Terze Schwarz will be playing Ellen in the Midtown Arts Center's production of Miss Saigon from September through November in Fort Collins.
Billy Marshall, Jr. just filmed a PSA for the Teen Choice Awards.
William Wilson has been cast in three productions for the Southwest Shakespeare Company's 2014-15 season. He'll appear as Touchstone in As You Like It, Edgar in King Lear and Lewis in King John.
Greyson Lewis is currently performing the role of Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Freefall Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Kevin Riggall has accepted a new position as the stage carpenter for the NETworks Presentations first national tour of the musical, We Will Rock You.
Michael Covert and Teya Patt have been cast in a stage reading of Breaking Through at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse. Covert has also been cast in a production of The Three Little Pigs at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Catherine Pilafas just filmed a web series pilot titled "The End Begins."
Tom Littman just directed The Tempest for A Tale Told Productions in NYC. The cast also included UNC alumni Glen Moore and Lynnsey (Ooten) Garegnani.
Jenna Moll Rayes will be performing the role of Mimi in a production of Rent for Ignite Theatre in Denver Aug. 8 -31. Also in the production is Tanner Kaler.
Emily Rae Batterson has been cast as Elaine in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace at the Hale Center Theatre in Arizona.
Spencer Townsend Hughes has rejoined the national tour of Walking With Dinosaurs.
STAD faculty member Gillian McNally served as the National Conference co-chair for the 2014 AATE Conference ( American Association of Theatre Educators) in Denver. Faculty members Shelly Gaza and Tom McNally presented at the conference.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on July 11, 2014.
McKayla Marso has been hired to play Judy Turner in the upcoming production of A Chorus Line at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.
Audrey Sullivan has been cast in the upcoming production of Footloose at the Hale Center in Gilbert, Arizona.
Ryan Dinning just filmed an episode of the USA TV series Royal Pains.
Justin Michael Terry is appearing in 12th Night and Antony and Cleopatra for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles.
Kyle Mangels will be teaching tech theater at Valley High School in Las Vegas when school starts this fall.
Christie Brenner Winn has accepted a position as a first grade teacher at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy in Denver.
Rachelle Dimaria has a screenplay titled Welcome to Kain in preproduction in Los Angeles.
Khelsy Raymond just appeared in an indie film called Broken Gardenias.
Dorian Mapp just accepted a casting position with Lythgoe Family Productions, producers of So You Think You Can Dance, Rising Star and American Idol.
Brianna Shewbert Rouse is currently appearing in a production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the Broadway Rose Theatre in Portland, Oregon.
Keir Kirkegaard has been cast in the upcoming workshop production of Scary Musical at the NoHo Arts Center in LA.
Bergin Michaels just completed filming a role in the Indie feature film Out of My Hand and also just appeared in an episode of Dead of Night on The Investigation Discovery Channel
Lincoln Hays has been cast in the pilot for a new web series titled Adapting and will start shooting later in the month.
Stephanie Cutrell has been awarded a graduate assistantship in the MA English program at Eastern New Mexico University.
Before Beth Malone comes to the Denver Theatre Center to perform in the new production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, she will be appear this month in the Sacramento Music Circus' production of South Pacific.
Heather Doris, Lillian Brown, Jean Luc Cavnar, Jake Elvig, Matt La Fontaine, Parker Redford, and Andrew Russell all appear in the Arvada Center's production of Tarzan. The show was directed by UNC alumnus Gavin Mayer and runs through Aug. 3.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on June 26, 2014.
Mike Ruckles is associate music director for the current Broadway production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which won four Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Brandon Garegnani has been cast in the fall production of Loves Labours Lost at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky).
Lynnsey Garegnani has taken a position at the Freeman School in New York City.
Nick Olson is currently appearing in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Lakewood Cultural Center in Lakewood, Colorado.
Dan Movick was hired this summer to serve as the technical director of the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre in Trinidad.
Eric Heine, Michelle Sergeeff and Jessi Jacobsen are appearing in Peter Pan at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse through August 24.
Keir Kirkegaard just filmed an alcohol and sex education video for teens in Denver.
Autumn (Hurlbert) Norman is currently appearing in Private Lives at the Shakespeare Company in Washington, DC.
Olyvia Beyette appeared in a video from Shady Theatrics that was played at the 2014 Tony Awards.
Amanda Short has been hired as part of the stage management team at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California.
Desiree Mee Jung Gagnon is currently appearing in The Curse of Oedipus at the Antaeus Theatre Company in Los Angeles.
Kim Caldwell and Kevin Riggall just finished working as technicians on the national tour of Flashdance: the Musical.
Erika Vetter has been cast in Classics on the Rocks' production of As You Like It in NYC.
Erin Schaut has been cast in the national tour of the musical Girl's Night. She also is appearing in the upcoming indie film One Night Stand.
Noelle Peterson is currently appearing in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Stapleton Master Community Theatre in Denver.
Ryan Heidenreich is appearing in the production of Tarzan at the Rose Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska.
Danielle Click is appearing in the NYC production of Life in the Projects as part of the NYC Short Play Festival.
Lincoln Hayes in playing Al Gore in a new play about the creation of the internet in NYC.
Jamie Mills has been cast in the national tour of Anything Goes.
Aaron DeYoung has taken the drama director position at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Ryan Grassmeyer is working as the locations manager for a big-budget comedy feature titled Baby, Baby, Baby.
Brandon Joseph has been cast as Donkey in the Inspire Theatre's production of Shrek at the PACE Center in Parker, Colorado.
Felicia Nicole is appearing in Grease at the Look up Theatre Co.
Ashley (Porterfield) Beckel has filmed eight episodes of the TV series Salem and will be returning next season as the character Belle.
A.J. LeFocht has accepted the position as Colorado managing editor with Culture Magazine.
Erin Nicole Huffman has been accepted into the Alternative Certification Degree Teaching Program at the University of Central Missouri.
Megan Van De Hey, McKayla Marso and John Jankow are all appearing in the 2014 season of Little Theatre of the Rockies at the University of Northern Colorado.
Sierra Reynolds is currently performing in the production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Performance Now Theatre Company, Lakewood, Colorado.
Attorney Jake Holt be joining Dorsey & Whitney's trademark group as an associate this fall.
Chelsea Ringer is currently appearing in Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Gavin Mayer is directing Tarzan this summer at the Arvada Center in Denver. The cast also includes UNC alumni Tyler Recktenwald, Matt LaFontaine and Lawrence Curry.
DeShawn Mitchell has been cast in an upcoming episode of the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black.
Amanda Clark is playing Juliet in the Swine Palace Theatre's summer production of Romeo and Juliet in Louisiana.
Chandler Darby is currently appearing in the musical The Graduate at the Edge Theatre in Denver.
Aaron Young is currently appearing in a production of Damn Yankees at the Merry-go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York.
The following UNC students attended the ASSITEJ (International Association for Theatre for Children and Young people) conference in Warsaw, Poland in June: Samantha Harroun, Jackie Honold, Bailey Sorrel, Olivia Newman, Skylar Ely and Kristine Smiley. They were escorted by STAD faculty members Mary Schuttler and Gillian McNally.
In June, School Director David Grapes led a group of 14 UNC students on a "Shakespeare's London" study tour. Those participating included Leo Batlle, Jordon Roberts, Maggie Rodriguez, Hannah Erickson, Natalie Grapes, Anna Bucci, Anna Landy, Faith Ford, Brian Nieves, Harley Glenn, Heather Kimlecik, Caylie Kalmbach, Daniel Spero and Spencer Althoff.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on May 15, 2014.
Beth Malone is appearing in the title role in Annie Get Your Gun at the San Diego (Calif.) Musical Theatre. She's also been announced as the title character in the pre-Broadway tryout of a new version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Denver Theatre Center this fall.
Josh Buscher was hired as the assistant choreographer for the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City.
Jamie Mills was cast in the national tour of Anything Goes.
Rosa Storey was hired as the scenic charge artist for the 2014 summer season at Bigfork (Mont.) Playhouse.
Jason Watson was cast in the Las Vegas sit-down production of Mama Mia at the Tropicana Hotel.
Kelsey Hull completed filming a number of Xbox One instruction videos.
Aisha Jackson will be performing at 54 Below in New York City May 29 in a show called "Big Otis Blues Revue!!"
Catherine Pilafas will appear in the May 27 episode of Night Shift on NBC.
Jean Luc Cavnar-Lewandowski has been cast in the summer production of Tarzan at the Arvada Center.
Tyler Ledon has been cast in the Production of Les Miserables at the La Mirada Theatre in LA.
Benjamin Abernathy has been hired as the light and sound operator at the Vineyard Theatre.
Royce Wood will be appearing in a production at Twelth Night for five weeks this summer at the Off Square Theatre in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Lincoln Hayes has been cast in Access Theatre's Taming of the Shrew this summer.
The Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth featuring Chrissy Basham has been extended another six months at the Players Club in NYC.
Scott Foster just recorded the original cast album for Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging. He continues to perform in the Broadway production.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on April 24, 2014.
Aléna Watters performed a musical number with the USO Show Troupe on the April 2 broadcast of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Julia Tobey filmed a television pilot called St. Francis, starring Michael Imperioli.
Josh Dasher was hired as an audio specialist in the technical production department with the Walt Disney Company in Florida.
Heather Washburn accepted a new position as a casting associate at Innovative Artists Agency in New York City.
David Bryant Johnson is appearing in Tommy at the Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio.
Scott Foster shot a national television commercial for Captain D's Restaurants. He's appearing in a national television commercial for Breyer's Ice Cream.
Anthony Reimer's television series Brooklyn Taxi was picked up for another season.
Heather Doris has been cast in the Town Hall Arts (Denver) production of Spring Awakening, running April 11 to May 4.
Desiree Gagnon has been cast in the Antaeus Company's (LA) upcoming production of Curse of Oedipus with Tony Amendola.
William Martinez signed a seven-month contract to perform aboard the Silversea Whisper cruise ship.
Robert Mills has been hired as the production stage manager for the summer season at Interlakes Summer Theatre in Meredith, New Hampshire.
Joe Donohoe is on the cover of the April issue of Premier Traveler magazine.
Goeff Moore has taken a new position as the multi-media coordinator at Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland.
Teya Patt is appearing in a production of Everything You Touch at the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena, California through May 10.
Playwright Steven Dietz served as a guest artist for UNC's School of Theatre Arts and Dance in April, giving a lecture as part of the Schulz Speaker Series and attending the opening production of his new play, Jackie and Me.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on March 29, 2014.
Twenty graduating seniors appeared in the annual New York City Musical Theatre Showcase at the Jerry Orbach Theatre May 18. Performances were given at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. for industry professionals, alumni and friends/family.
Bergin Michaels completed work on Subways, an Indie film, and an episode of Dead of the Night on the Investigation Discovery Channel.
Nikki Tomlinson will appear an episode of the CBS television show Criminal Minds.
Nathan and Christy Harper have both been hired by the Sangrok English World Resort to teach English in Cheonan, South Korea.
Drew Martin has been cast in a new independent film titled Acirema: City of The Damned.
Kari Munson is now the project manager for the Beet Street and Arts Incubator of the Rockies in Fort Collins.
Daniel Dawson was cast in the musical Cats at the La Mirada Theatre in Los Angeles.
Misha Fristensky was cast as an ensemble member at the Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer, appearing in Comedy of Errors and Henry IV Part I.
Sophomore acting major Samual Cheeseman has been accepted into the 2014 summer apprentice program at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.
Erica Sweeney appeared in an episode of the CBS TV show Blacklist.
Sky Seals was cast in the Chicago production of Hair running April 26-June 29 at the American Theatre Company.
Alexander Stine was cast in a TV pilot titled "Mysteries of Laura" starring Deborah Messing.
Associate Professor of Theatre Ken Womble conducted a book signing of his next publication Inside Act - How 10 Actors Made it and How You Can Too at the Drama Book Shop in New York City on March 19.
David Grapes, director of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, served as a session moderator at the annual National Association of Schools of Theatre conference in Chicago March 20-23. Also, he was elected to the board of directors as the chair of the board of directors of the National Ethics Committee.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on March 7, 2014.
Molly Fahey will appear in a new indie film from Main Street Productions titled Red Reunion.
Lincoln Hayes has been cast in the 10-minute play festival at HB Studios in New York City in April. He also has joined the Actor's Equity Association..
Tommy Phillips has taken a new position as director of operations at American Movie Company.
Benjamin Abernathy has taken a new position as a follow spot operator at Lx Console Swing at La Soiree in New York City.
Chrissy Bakken has taken a new position as house manager for the Lucid Body House acting studio in New York City.
Alexander Stine has been cast as Brakenbury in the Queens Players production of Richard III at the Secret Theatre in NYC.
Current Musical Theatre major Jesse Jacobsen and alumna Michelle Sergeeff have both been cast in the summer production of Peter Pan at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
Ashley Patin has been hired as a principal troupe member in the 2014 Kids from Wisconsin.
Whitney Hayes is now casting reality TV for HGTV at Orion Entertainment. She continues to work for Manhattan Creative Group, Cirque Innosta and Ghost Orchard Films.
Aaron Todd Spratte's play The Music of Change is being performed from May 9-June 1at the Aurora Fox Theatre in Denver.
Faculty members Mary Schuttler and Gillian McNally have been selected to present a research paper at the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People conference in Warsaw, Poland in May. They will be accompanied by a number of UNC Theatre Education majors. McNally was honored March 2 by UNC's First-Year Scholars as an influential professor for 2013-14.
Joey Thomas has been cast in the play The Yellow Boat by David Saar for the Coeurage Theatre company of Los Angeles. The production runs from April 19-May 31.
Joey Revier is playing piano and Chandra Nelms is appearing in the cast of Sisters of Swing at the Boulder Dinner Theatre from March 7-May 11.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Feb. 24, 2014.
Scott Foster is back on Broadway in a new edition of Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking.
Chris Ciccarelli filmed a national television commercial for Budweiser in Los Angeles.
Jacob Holt is now a law clerk at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Denver.
Michael Hammer is in Ashland, Ore., for five weeks participating in the Artisan Exchange Program with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Zach Shotwell is an acting apprentice at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota.
Steffanie Freedoff has been accepted into the MFA program at EAST 15 in London for fall 2014.
Nicole Busson has been accepted into the MFA Scene Painting program at the California Institute of the Arts for fall 2014.
Chris Jones' band Bones Muhroni filmed an episode of the TV show Blood Relatives at the House of Blues in Los Angles. Chris was a guest star on this same series last year. Also in the band is UNC alumnus Crew Renstra.
Aisha Jackson opened Witness Uganda at Harvard's American Repertory Theatre on Feb. 12. Photographs of the production can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvHqm6RwIwE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Michael Chapin has taken a new position as the CEO of One.Thing.Wonder and remains the chief marketing officer for GGamer in Denver.
Felicia Nicole is performing in a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Jesters Dinner Theatre in Denver.
Anne Terze-Schwarz is performing in a concert version of South Pacific at the Lonetree (Colo.) Arts Center.
Matt Hagmeier has taken a new position as the events and education coordinator at the Drama League of New York.
Current UNC musical theatre major Josh Taliafero has been cast in three productions for the 2014 Colorado Shakespeare Festival season in Boulder.
Zach Tkachyk has been cast in the Denver-area production of Big River at the Lone Tree Arts Center. The production runs April 24-May 4.
Venessa Whitney performed with Henson Alternative's Puppet Up! Uncensored at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Jan. 30, 2014.
Francis Corby appeared in a Super Bowl 48 commercial for Squarespace.
Ryan Grassmeyer and Michael Grebe are both appearing in a national commercial for Dodge Durango. Grassmeyer also has a role in the upcoming film Rocket Club - The Movie.
Current student Alec Reimer Parson has been hired as an assistant carpenter for a summer position at the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre in Logan, Utah.
Adam Fontana appeared on an episode of The Carrie Diaries on the CW Network.
Whitney Hayes has a new gig with Cirque Innosta.
Billy Marshall Jr. just filmed an episode of The Following, which will air this season.
David Bryant Johnson has been cast in the Amas Musical Theatre's workshop production of the new musical The Countess of Storyville Feb. 12-14 at The Peter J. Sharp Theatre in New York City.
Ben Burch, Jamie Mills and Tyler Ledon appeared in the southern California premiere of Things to Ruin at the Color and Light Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles. Burch also recently worked an industrial convention job for Kia Motors.
Morgan Jaquez was accepted into medical school at West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Anne Toewe, STAD's head of design and technology, has her dissertation on the history of Cirque du Soleil titled "Flowers in the Desert: Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas 1993-2012" accepted for publication by Lap Lambert Publishing. She also has an upcoming journal article on the history of pockets in fashion for the Berg Fashion Library.
William Martinez will be performing in the ABBA Tribute Show at the Theatre in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in August.
Jack Wefso is performing in a production of Orphans at the Edge Theatre in Denver Jan. 17 through Feb. 9.
Mehry Eslaminia has been cast as part of the Denver Center for Performing Art's Colorado New Play Summit this spring.
Molly Evensen performed in an independent feature called Big Trouble in Outer Space and has a small role in the next Hunger Games movie.
Bobbi Goldner has been cast in a video segment featured in "Government Issued Long Johns" for The Athena Project in Denver.
Jessica Lightfoot and Hannah Marie Hines can currently be seen in a short YouTube film titled "Bad Dentist."
Sarah Dutcher, Chelsea Ringer and Alex Campbell have been cast in the upcoming production of Hairspray for the Performance Now Theatre Company at Lakewood Cultural Center March 28 to April 13.
Laura Rahimi Barnes, who writes under the name Laurelin Paige, just signed a new book deal with St. Martin's Press for Inquire Within, due out later this year. On Feb. 2, the final book in her popular "Fixed" trilogy, Forever with You, was No.14 on the New York Times' Bestseller List for fiction e-books and No. 20 on the combined print and e-book fiction list of bestsellers.
Dorian Mapp recorded a radio commercial for Access Media.
Aisha Jackson, who is currently in rehearsals for the new musical, Witness Uganda at the American Repertory Theatre, has been cast at Ti Moune in Once on this Island April 9-May 4 at the Olney Theatre in Olney, Md.
Royce Wood will be joining the cast of Buried Child at The Edge Theatre in Denver in October.
Stephanie Cutrell has been cast in the Roswell Theatre's (NM) production of A Curious Savage.
Madison White has been cast in a production of Almost Maine at the Meta Theatre in LA.
Jodie Grundin appeared in a recent episode of Tabloids on the Discovery ID channel.
UNC Theatre's Technical Director Ryan Andrus had a photo published in the latest edition of American Theatre Magazine.
The following information courtesy of STAD Director David Grapes on Jan. 10, 2014.
Andy Kelso, who currently plays Harry in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots, will switch to the co-starring role of Charlie Price beginning Jan. 28.
Colin Hardesty has taken a position as the A2 audio engineer on the national tour of Man of La Mancha.
Laurence Curry has been cast in a production of The Whipping Man at the Curious Theatre Company in Denver.
Jamie Ann Romero is appearing in a production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Jan.10-Feb. 23.
Lynnsey Ooten Garegnani filmed a promotional in-store video for NuTub Bathroom Floor Repair Kit.
Don Gilmore is working as the advance manager for the current Phantom of the Opera national tour.
Adam Fontana is shooting an indie film titled Sal and the Goon.
Jake Mendes and Davey Rosenberg have been cast in a New York City workshop production of a new musical called Hitting the Ground featuring the music of the Violent Femmes.
Jamie Ann Romero is appearing in a production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Jan.10-Feb. 23.
Shelby Lynn has taken a position as a lighting operator/technician with the Boulder Dinner Theatre.
Rachel Graham and Matt LaFontaine have been cast in the Starkey Entertainment production of Peter Pan at the PACE Center in Parker.
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