On Stage

The following graduates of the School of Theatre Arts and Dance advanced their careers by being cast in productions, hired for technical or teaching positions or earning awards during the between March and October 2013.

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Molly Fahey-Matonti can currently be found playing the role of the "Bikini Girl" in the new Grand Theft Auto V video game. The game, which was released last week and has already achieved a billion dollars in sales.

Molly Fahey appeared in the Off-Broadway production of It’s Just Sex at the Actors Temple Theatre in New York City.

Keir Kirkagaard is in the cast in the international tour of the musical Barbie Live!, playing Danny "Two Step." After opening in Singapore in late-August, the year-long tour will include stops in Australia and other Southeast Asia venues.

Jenny Fellner filmed an episode of the television series Blue Bloods after completing a two-year run in the Broadway production of Wicked and before joining the second national tour of the blockbuster musical

Josh Buscher started previews for the new musical Big Fish at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. It’s his third Broadway show since he graduated in 2008.

Andy Kelso, who has been performing in the ensemble of Kinky Boots on Broadway, made his first appearance covering Charlie Price, one of two leading male roles, from Aug. 27-Sept. 3 and appears on the original cast album of the musical. He also performed as part of the casts of Motown and Kinky Boots on the Tony Awards telecast on CBS and with the cast of the Broadway musical Motown on July 4 as part of the annual PBS television special A Capitol Fourth Concert from Washington, D.C.

Andrea Dora Smith joined Andy Kelso and the cast of Motown on July 4 as part of the annual PBS television special A Capitol Fourth Concert, as well as on the Tony Awards telecast as part of the casts of Motown and Kinky Boots. She also was with the cast of Motown – The Musical that appeared on Good Morning America on April 4. 

Kristin Skye Hoffmann is directing a production of Red Light Winter at the New School of Drama in New York City. The production, which is part of the New Visions Festival, will be performed on Nov. 1.

Nathaniel Shaw, who served as the associate choreographer for the hit Broadway musical Once, has been hired to serve in the same capacity for the national tour.

Devon Buchanan was in a recent episode of series Orange is the New Black.

Tiffany (Van Cott) Eaton filmed an episode of the TV series Parks and Recreation.

Ryan Grassmeyer appears in the new film “May the Best Man Win” and can also be seen in a national commercial for Mercury Insurance.

Alexander Stein can be seen in the soon-to-be-released film comedy The Last American Guido.

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.

Anthony Reimer, Brian Watkins and Ben Newman performed Watkin’s play High Plains at the annual International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.\

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 at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

Chris Jones filmed an episode of the television show Blood Relatives.

Anthony Reimer filmed an episode of Nurse Jackie and will returned for another summer at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival to appear in The 39 Steps.

Harrison Butler filmed an episode of the television series Twisted.

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.

Scott Kruse and Erin (Watkins) Kruse appeared in an original musical titled ModROCK at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif.

The Kruses also are members of New Feelings Time, a sketch comedy group based in Los Angeles that includes Kurt Quinn and Keir Kirkegaard. The group’s video parody of a TV commercial went viral in April, getting nearly a million hits in the first four weeks on their YouTube channel. Abby Ritt and Andi Davis also appeared in the video. Un-credited portions of the video were used by The Today Show and CNN in news stories about the controversial commercial and the inevitable parodies.

Joe Donohoe is appearing in the West Coast premiere of the musical The Burt Part Boys at the Third Street Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lauren Bahlman is starring in the Curious Theatre (Denver) production of After the Revolution - a new play by Amy Herzog.

Royce Wood’s play Romeo and Juliet: Werewolves vs. Vampires is being published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.

Joey Thomas shot a commercial in Los Angeles for the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rachelle Dimaria completed filming in Los Angeles on an indie film project titled Courting Chaos.

Jake Mendes and Autumn Hurlbert Norman were cast in a workshop of a new musical in New York City titled Pumped.

Lincoln Hayes, Kevin Sims, Maddie Chilese and Nastasia Green performed in the Tale Told Production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors at Riverside Park in New York City in September.

Hayes, Sims and Chilese joined Tom Littman, Nastasia Green and Zach Shotwell in Julius Caesar for the Seven Day Shakespeare Company in New York City.

Mike Martinkus recently appeared in OpenStage’s production of Rent in Fort Collins.
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. 
Skylar Ely and Virginia Jimenez both served as interns for the recent American Association of Theatre Education Conference in Florida.

Yumarie Morales starred in an episode of Tattoo Nightmares for Spike TV.
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.

Teya Patt has been cast in a production of Tony Kushner’s play A Bright Room Called Day, which opened in August 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 appeared 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 appeared as King Phillip in The Lion in Winter at the Sierra Madre Playhouse and then understudied the leading role in Cowboy vs Samurai for Artists at Play in Los Angeles.

The UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance was well represented in the September production of Camelot at the Arvada Center, with David Bryant Johnson, Matt LaFontaine, Megan Van De Hey, Parker Redford and Ian McCauley all appearing.

Jessica Light appeared in a comic short by Shonda Rhimes in Los Angeles.

Kimberly Kral appeared in a webisode of The Blue Beetle: Ted Kord Returns!

Michael Grebe booked an international Dodge commercial in Los Angeles.

Kyle Webster is teaching at Mountain View Elementary in Windsor, Colo.

Mike Hammer is working as a scenic technician at the Denver Center Theatre Company.

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 played 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 Musical Theatre Festival in July.

Alexander Stine appeared in a production of Macbeth on July 12 at the Secret Theatre in New York City.

Billy Marshall, Jr. 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 New York City.

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 New York City July 15-29 as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

Virginia Jimenez is working as the theatre education intern for the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City.

Leah Nikula appeared 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 film titled Around the Corner.

Victor Morris appeared in a production of His Girl Friday at the La Jolla (Calif.) Playhouse.

Megan Van De Hey starred in the Arvada Center’s July 9-24 production of the musical Curtains. The show was directed by UNC alumnus Gavin Mayer and also featured UNC alumni Matt La Fontaine and Erica Sweany in the ensemble.

Zachary Twardowski is now events coordinator at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.

Beth Malone appeared in the  musical Fun Home Oct. 1-Nov. 3 at the Public Theatre in New York City.

Michael Schluter performed the role of Clyde in the new Frank Wildhorn musical Bonnie and Clyde at the Rialto in Loveland (Colo.) 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. Appearing in the production as Titania was Jamie Ann Romero.

Greyson Lewis appeared in The Assassination of Leon Trotsky: A Comedy at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.

Derek Hansen performed in a production of Cats at the MUNY in St. Louis.

David Bryant Johnson played Arthur in the Arvada (Colo.) Center’s fall 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 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.

Mehry Eslaminia has been cast in Su Teatro/Creede Repertory’s fall youth outreach tour of the children’s musical El Rio.

Duncan Northern picked up his Actor’s Equity card, served as the stage manager for the Knoxville (Tenn.) Opera’s spring production of Norma and then  transitioned to a position as assistant stage manager on Ocean State Theatre Company’s La Cage aux Folles at Theatre by The Sea in Matunuck, R.I.

Kurt Larson is appearing in a production of Translations at the Coeurage Theatre Company in Los Angeles.

Yumarie Morales appears in a national commercial for Vitamin Water.

Tetriana Silas completed work as background for the new Tyler Perry movie For Better or Worst.

Tyler Ledon and Jamie Mills are in the cast of the new Pokemusical at the Color and Light Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.

Hayden Stanes appeared in The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof and Meet Me in St. Louis at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Missouri during June and July. Aaron Young joined him 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 master of arts in Film and Media Studies program at the New School in New York City.

Lauren Bahlman will be appearing in the opening production this fall of After the Revolution at the Curious Theatre in Denver.

Kat Doyle appeared 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 appeared in a production of King Phycus at the Hollywood (Calif.) Fringe Festival June 15-28.

Sali Melfi Galligan performed this summer in Little Shop of Horrors at the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Wisconsin.

Anne Terze-Schwarz appeared in a production of Godspell at the D.L. Parsons Theatre in Northglenn, Colo., in July.

Tiffany Eaton was cast in an indie film Ryder and Julina, which was shot this summer in Las Vegas.

Corey Thompson 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.

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 at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.

Beth Malone appeared in a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Natalie Sachse appeared in 3D Theatrical’s production of Parade May 10-26 at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, Calif.

Catherine Pilafis appeared 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 Angeles titled Up in Smoke.

Nastasia Green performed on the Theatreworks USA national tour of Martha Speaks.

Andi Davis completed a photo shoot and is now an online model for Ouray Sportswear. In addition to being cast in a production of Almost Maine at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City, Calif., she plays Inga in the Theatre West production of Young Frankenstein, which opened Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif.

Ben Burch joined Andi Davis in the cast for the production of Almost Maine at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City, Calif.

Emma Cohen has accepted a scenic painting internship at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Jodi Lynn Thomas filmed a commercial for the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience.

Eric Eidson was accepted into the MFA Playwriting program at Hollins University.

Jason Watson appeared in the Denver Theatre Center’s production of the musical Sense & Sensibility.

Teya Patt appeared in the new musical Sleepless in Seattle at the Pasadena (Calif.) Playhouse.
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, played Audrey in the production of Little Shop of Horrors at the Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Wisc., and appeared in a production of The Owl and the Pussycat at Lake Dillon Summer Theatre.

Malorie Felt appeared in a short film project titled P.A.

Glen Moore appeared in the play Closer for Bad Habit Productions in Boston.

Arielle Yoder has been accepted into the master’s Acting program at the University of North Carolina at Chappell Hill.

Megan Lloyd Jones and Joelle Montoya have been accepted into the master’s Acting program at Theatre 15 in London, England.

James Rogers has been accepted into the master’s Technical Direction program at Pennsylvania 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 performed in Bleached Blonde Betty at the Workshop Theatre Company in New York City.

Kelsey Hull appeared this summer in Footloose and The Sound of Music at Leavenworth Summer Theatre in Leavenworth, Wash.

Beth Lake took a summer position as the sound supervisor for the New York Stage and Film School in New York City.

Degree Decoder: B.A. - Bachelor of Arts; B.S. - Bachelor of Science; B.M. - Bachelor of Music; B.M.E. - Bachelor of Music Education; L.C. - Limited Certificate; M.A. - Master of Arts; M.S. - Master of Science; M.A.T. - Master of Arts in Teaching; M.M. - Master of Music; M.P.H. - Master of Public Health; Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy; Psy.D. - Doctor of Psychology; Ed.D. - Doctor of Education; D.A. - Doctor of Arts; D.N.P.-Doctor of Nursing Practice; Ed.S. - Educational Specialist




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