Some of our alumni have reported to us:
J Patrick Adair – BA 2004, Drama & Media Studies
jpatrickadair AT gmail DOT com
Currently working towards my MFA at CMU.
Jessie Andary - BA 2000, English
jessieandary AT hotmail DOT com
I’m now acting in Atlanta–drop me a line!
Gail Anderson – BA 1980, Drama & English
Gail is Associate Artistic Director/Production Manager and Intern-Apprentice Director of Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ entering it’s 60th season of professional theatre from April through December. Surflight produces large musicals from April through September, smaller musicals in September and plays throughout the fall. 2009 Season includes Gershwin’s Lady Be Good, Ragtime, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Buddy, 1940’s Radio Hour, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Wait Until Dark as well as the Odd Couple and Ebenezer. Since 2004 Gail served as Production Supervisor of some of the casino productions at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City in their Broadway series and since has become Production Supervisor for Jersey Show Entertainment, producing this season at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ and the El Dorado Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. She is married with a 10 year old daughter and lives between NYC and Long Beach Island, NJ.
A. J. Diamond - BA 1997, Drama & Psychology
diamondaj AT aol DOT com
Recently moved to LA, would love to hear from UVA folks!
Donna Andrews - BA 1975, Drama & English (concentrating in writing in both departments)
I’m currently writing full time, with ten mystery novels published and an eleventh coming out later in 2006. From St. Martin’s Press: Murder with Peacocks (1999), Murder with Puffins (2000), Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos (2001), Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon (2003). We’ll Always Have Parrots (2004), Owl’s Well That Ends Well (2005), and No Nest for the Wicket (August 2006). From Berkley Prime Crime: You’ve Got Murder (2002), Click Here for Murder (2003), Access Denied (2004), and Delete All Suspects (2005). Several of my books have won national awards, including the Agatha and Anthony awards and the Lefty award (for the funniest mystery of the year.) Living in the Washington, D.C. area, where I’m active in the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Though I’m not currently involved in any real-life theatre, I am using my years in the UVa Drama Department as background – I have given the heroine of my series from St. Martin’s a drama professor as a significant other, and look forward to killing someone on- or backstage in a future book.
Dagmar Bardo - MFA 1981, Drama
dbardo AT gasou DOT edu
Ms. Bardo is the Director of the new 825 seat Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro,GA. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Davie County Arts Council in North Carolina where she had the dual role of managing the Arts Council and the Brock Performing Arts Center.
Jeff Bass - BA 2000, Drama
jeffbass32 AT aol DOT com
Elizabeth Bernard – BA 2004, Drama & Lighting Design
lizupclose AT yahoo DOT com
After graduation, I spent a short period of time in Chicago continuing to work for the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and various other Chicago playhouses before deciding to follow (and marry!) my beau Scott Sommers to Washington for training as a US Diplomat. We are currently living in Ouagadougou (wah-gah-doo-goo), Burkina Faso in West Africa on Uncle Sam’s dime, and we’ll be working at the Embassy here until June of 2007. After that, it’ll be a new country every two or three years. My career as a fine art photographer (to oversimplify: it’s just static lighting design, right?) has been going full tilt boogie since our arrival here with expat event photography, field photography for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and art shows. No theatre for me at this post, but maybe next time… Cheers to all the sparkies!
Randy Benjamin – BA 1983, Drama
rbenjamin AT benjaminlee DOT com
After graduating, Randy relocated to New York City to design and assist on numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional Theatre, Opera, and Ballet projects. Then, in 1992 Randy founded an Exhibit and PR Events Production Company that has been thriving ever since, with projects all over the USA, Europe and Asia.
On a personal note: I was thrilled to find your Alumni News page, and very much enjoyed reading about the many people with whom I had such a great experience at UVa. I now reside in Pound Ridge, NY… a wonderfully small, historic, New England town just north of NYC. My best to all the great faculty!… and to Shan and John Jenson, Mark Scharf, John Roberts, et al!
Jenna Berk - BA 2006, Drama & English
jennaberk AT gmail DOT com
I’m finishing up my second year at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), with one more year to go. My student visa only lasts one year after I graduate, so depending on how things pan out I may be living in Washington, D.C., NYC, or London after I graduate in July 2009. If you’re passing through the U.K., drop me a line!
Julian Brook – BA 1964, Drama
jbrook AT bham DOT rr DOT com
I am class of ’64 and spent many MANY hours in Minor Hall. We did “Once Upon A Mattress” in ’63 (I think 63) with a follow spot through the transom above the stage left door at the back of the audience. David challenged us to make it work so we did. To this day I don’t know if he thought we would/could or not. For any other “old timers” I would also mention the memory of Roger Boyle (and his camera and his darkroom in the basement). Those were truly great and unforgettable times.I always make time to visit the department on my all too few occasions to be in Charlottesville and have enjoyed watching it grow over the years.
Melissa Dawn Bryant – BA 1998, Drama
mdbuva AT aol DOT com
Kristin Chebra – BA 1997, Drama & Government
kristin.chebra AT disney DOT com
I am an Entertainment Manager at Walt Disney World. It’s the greatest job in the world,I get to work where people play. Drop me a line if you’re headed down to Orlando!
Ewan (Eugene) Chung – BA 1996, French
ewan_chung AT hotmail DOT com
He’s been in Los Angeles keeping busy with the sketch comedy troupe OPM as producer and performer. On the actor side, he has coached James Hong in French for L’Idole, translated the DVD commentary for House of Flying Daggers, and voiced characters in Cowboy Bebop and the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series. Film credits include Showtime and Undiscovered. He most recently appeared in the new NBC series Chuck. Other TV credits include Sucker Free City, Invasion, ER, Las Vegas, Bones, Stephen King’s Desperation, The Unit, How I Met Your Mother, and The Nine.
Ryan Clardy – BA 2000, Drama
rhyanocerous AT yahoo DOT com
Great update to the website! I’m experiencing such a mix of emotions and nostalgia right now. I’m finishing up my year as an apprentice at ATL. If anyone has any questions about Actors Theatre or the apprentice program, send me an email! I’d love to hear from people.
Diane Cooper-Gould – BA 1996, Drama
dianeecooper AT yahoo DOT com
Diane has been working in Washington, D.C. as an actress, choreographer and director since her graduation in December of 1996. She just got married last October (hence the Gould). Her most recent shows were “She Stoops to Conquer” at the Folger Theatre and In the Boom Boom Room with Project Y Theatre at the Source. Next up: buying a house-YIKES! And Working with D.C. youth at The Young Playwright’s Theatre and performing in a one-woman show teaching girls and young women about eating disorders.
Mike Culp – BA 1982, Drama
mculp AT albemarle DOT org
I live in Charlottesville and work for Albemarle County. I am married and have two sons. During 2006 and into 2007, I managed a Destination Imagination (playwriting, set design and construction, performance) team for the fourth year running and awarded Arrow of Light Awards (costumed as Akela, the Indian Chief) for the fifth year running. Keeping busy here in old Virginny.
Jaime Davidson – BA 1997, Drama
jdavidson1313 AT gmail DOT com
Jaime is a 1997 graduate of UVa and received his MFA from Florida State University in Theatre Management in 2008. He’s currently the Assistant Director of the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center in Birmingham, AL. He’s happy to provide contacts and assistance to any past and current UVa alums.
Jack Donahue – MFA 1993, Drama
jack AT jackdonahue DOT com
I graduated with an MFA from UVA in ’93. I did a lot in theatre in New York (The Roundabout) as well as regionally at diverse organizations such as Steppenwolf, The Old Globe, The Goodman, The Prince Music Theatre, The George Street Playhouse and a couple of shows for UVA’s own Transport Group in New York. Years passed and I began to study in New York with two or three vocal jazz teachers and I haven’t stopped since. A song I wrote has just been picked up by two time Grammy Award winners New York Voices for their new CD. I tour steadily with my own jazz ensemble and am almost finished my third solo CD- it is called a small blue thing. Oh yeah, I taught at UVA for a year in 2001. ‘Really loved the experience and an honor. I live in Manhattan.
Liza Douglass – BA 2000, Drama
I’m working in TV production (mostly documentaries) in Los Angeles.
Debra Dumas – BA 1977, Drama
After graduating I took a very roundabout path with different jobs in different states, but I did finally wind up in New York in late 1982. I became a lighting designer, and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 in 1985. I designed for dance, theatre, and opera. I was the Associate LD for The Phantom of the Opera in New York, and designed a number of international tours, primarily for dance companies. When my son was born in 1995 I had to stop touring and due to our particular family circumstances, was not able to return to designing on a full time basis for many years. I did keep my hand in, lighting benefits and special events such the NY Knicks’ season opener. Now I design when I can and also teach lighting design as an adjunct professor at Pace University and Adelphi University, as well as at the Long Island High School for the Arts. I run the Lighting Design entrance examination for United Scenic Artists, and I hope to see some U.Va alumni come through!
Mary Ann Ehlshlager – BA 1996, Drama
Mary Ann has been working at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis since 99 upon completion of her MFA in Theater Management from the California Institute of the Arts (subsequent to various stints at Arena Stage and in Central America). Her current role as Associate Manager of the Guthrie entails architectural, operational and financial planning for the Guthrie’s $125mm three-theater complex scheduled to open in May 05. Mary Ann would love to hear from fellow alumni.
Katie (Walters) Farrell – BA 1993, Drama & Physics /MT 2000, Science Education
After getting my Masters in Teaching, I taught physics in the public schools for three years. When I realized that I’m not a very gifted zoo-keeper, I decided to get out of teaching and become an analyst. I moved back to Charlottesville in the fall of 2004, so that my husband Mark could open a recording studio (www.sandalwoodstudios.com). While no kids yet, we adopted Merry Monster the Border-Collie-Couch-Potato from death row, and we are having a great time spoiling her. Most of my costuming and sewing has been for my friends kids. Drop me a line when you come to town.
Allen Fitzpatrick – BA 1975, Drama
For those of you interested in such things, here are my upcoming engagements:
- Scrooge, A CHRISTMAS CAROL ~ ACT Theatre, Seattle, through Dec. 26.
- Mr. Simmons, MEMPHIS: THE BIRTH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ~ 5th Avenue Theatre, Jan-Feb.
- Jules, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE ~ 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, April-May 2009 (This is the Broadway production: same award-winning set, and to be directed by England’s renowned Sam Buntrock from the Donmar Warehouse).
- Herr Schultz, CABARET ~ Theatre Under the Stars, Houston, Texas, June 2009.
- Producing Artistic Director, 3rd season of the ICICLE CREEK THEATRE FESTIVAL ~ New play developmental workshop & Educational Program, Leavenworth, Wash., August 2009.
Erica Forsch – BA 1999, Drama & Philosophy
I have completed the MFA program at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Lighting Design. The next big thing for me is a job at The Dallas Opera as the Assistant Resident Lighting Supervisor. I’d love to hear from any of you who pass through Texas!
Frances C. Furlong – MA 1998, Drama
I worked with John Frick during my time at UVA. I specialized in the rehearsal process in youth theatre and wrote my thesis on what I observed when kids learn drama and perform in plays. (My sense then was that theatre teachers can’t apply the same directorial theory with kids that they do with adults). I then co-founded The Old Michie Theatre, a puppet and youth theatre in downtown Charlottesville in l989 with my husband Steve Riesenman (UVA Law 1987).
After all of these years, I am excited to be continuing my work as a Drama educator, updating my thesis and pursuing life as an arts educator in the 21st century. After taking part-time education courses the last two years at Curry School at UVA, I am now enrolled full-time at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education’s “Arts In Education” Ed. M degree program. While many of the other students here are young enough to be my own children, there are lots of us “mid-career professionals” who are keeping the torch alive. While I am sabbatical, I am pleased to announce that another recent UVA Drama Dept. graduate, Rachel Witt (MFA 2008), is helping out at The Old Michie Theatre while I am in Cambridge. If there is anyone interested in learning more about arts in education with children and youth.
Will Gatlin – BA 2007, Drama
I landed a lead role in an industrial for Boeing to promote their GPS technology that we filmed at the Vasquez Rocks, north of Los Angeles. I play an Air Force pilot who has had to eject and is evading enemies while trying to contact his base for rescue. I currently reside in Los Angeles.
Gil Gonzalez – MFA 2005, Drama & Acting
Currently, I am teaching acting and directing as an Assistant Professor at Whittier College in Los Angeles. I also direct one or two shows a year for the Theatre & Communication Arts Department. My wife, Katie Liddicoat (MFA in Acting 2005), also teaches at Whittier College. We are fortunate to have become parents in April 2007 to a little girl named Isabella. We both continue to audition in LA when we can, although between Isabella, teaching, directing, and lack of sleep, we have our hands quite full of things to do.
Tim Granlund – BA 2005, Drama & Psychology
Currently living in Los Angeles and working for De Line Pictures. Earlier this year we produced “I Love You Man” and “Observe and Report.” Getting ready to shoot “Yogi Bear”, “Burlesque”, and “Green Lantern” over the next few months. I have also been spending my summers competing around the country in the US Air Guitar Championships as the “Six String General.” I’d love to hear from anyone and everyone, and if you are LA-bound, feel free to contact me!
Bill Gregg – MFA 1979, Drama
Bill is currently Associate Professor at Mars Hill College in the Theatre Arts Department, Mars Hill, NC (20 minutes north of Asheville). I also serve as Artistic Director for the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre.I am married to actress, singer and voice-over talent Liz Aiello. (www.voiceoverunlimitedinc.com) We have three children: Cameron, who starts his senior year at North Carolina School of the Arts this Fall; Lucas, who begins high school continuing with the violin and Emelia is a rising third grader. Since returning to my home area in WNC I have participated in all aspects of theatre throughout the state including committees with SETC. This summer Charlie Otte, 1978 BA Drama directed ‘art’ for us at the theatre. This is his third show here in as many years. Previously he directed the Fantastiks, and Woody Guthrie’s America Song. (He and Paul Ackerman 1978, BA Drama trekked 5 days on the Appalachian Trail, a repeat of a trip they had done twenty-five years earlier. So… after stints all over the country including the Guthrie Theatre, PSM; Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Associate Director and Production Manager; TheatreVirginia, Artistic Director; New American Theatre, Producing Artistic Director it was time to settle down here. Come see us. The mountains are beautiful. The theatre is unique. Check out our website at www.sartheatre.com
Cesar A. Guadamuz – BA 2000, Foreign Affairs & Drama Minor
Cesar continues to work in professional theatre in Washington D.C. since graduation from UVA. Most recently, he and his fellow castmates/director/designers were recognized with a 2005 Helen Hayes Award for Best Play for Studio Theatre’s Take Me Out. Cesar has appeared in D.C. stages at Signature Theatre, the Kennedy Center, GALA Teatro Hispano, Studio Theatre Secondstage, Source, Folger Shakespeare Library and the Washington Shakespeare Company. He plans to remain in the area for a couple of years, continuing to take advantage of the quickly-growing and easily accessible professional theatre scene in the region.
Erin [Williams] Hapgood – BA 1998, Drama
It was great to read all the updates on the alumni. I am so happy to see what everyone is doing. I am currently an attorney in Westmoreland County, Virginia (very rural). After graduating, I intended to pursue an MFA in Directing but ended up in law school at University of Hawaii instead. I was married in October of 2005. If anyone needs Virginia legal advice, drop me a line! I would love to hear from all my former classmates, and I am so proud of what everyone has accomplished!
Mark Hattan - BA 1974, Drama & Echols Scholar
Professional actor, Producer and Director in regional theater, Off-broadway, Off-Off Broadway, TV and movies. Over 200 equity productions, several Dramalogue Awards and Critic’s Circle Award in LA. Over 300 commercials, voice overs and industrials. Currently appearing in David Cromer’s award winning production Off-Broadway of Our Town.
Amber Husbands – BA 1995, Drama
After four years of working in the film industry in Los Angeles, Amber went back to law school at U.Va. She is now practicing media and First Amendment law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Washington, D.C., where her clients include film, television, and publishing companies.
Robyn Hussa - MFA 1996, Acting
Robyn Hussa proudly co-founded the New York City theatre, Transport Group, with Jack Cummings III along with other UVA alumni: Monica Russell, James Weber, Kathryn Rohe, John Story and R. Lee Kennedy.
For the six years she ran Transport Group, Robyn produced: Our Town, Requiem For William, First Lady Suite (Drama Desk Nomination – Outstanding Revival of a Musical), The Audience (Drama Desk Nomination – Outstanding Musical), NOR•MAL and Cul-de-sac. Her favorite work to date was on Transport Group’s production of NOR•MAL during which therapists, doctors, survivors and experts attended each production and lead talkbacks with the audience. Several young audience members were encouraged to seek treatment as a direct result of these seminars. As a result, Robyn was inspired to create a national nonprofit (NORMAL In Schools) to bring educational versions of the production to schools around the country. She now lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her pug Lucy.
Robyn is a professional actress, singer, dancer and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with over 15 years experience teaching yoga, stress management, movement, dance and acting techniques to students of all ages. She currently teaches yoga with people in recovery for eating disorders at several treatment centers in Milwaukee, WI.
Robyn holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama with an emphasis in a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English from San Diego State University. She is a member of the Drama League, a recognized actor-combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, a proud card-carrying member of Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Necole (Jadick) Fabris - BA 1996, Drama
I was married in 2004 to a musician and sound curator, and I have been teaching fourth grade in Watchung, NJ for four years. Currently, I am pursuing my second masters in Administration and Supervision so that I one day may be considered “The Man”, or at least so that I can pretend that I am considered “The Man”.
Jeff Jenkins - BA 1999
Hey, still living in LA. Just finished a movie, Even Money, this summer which I wrote and starred in. Also just shot an episode of a new sitcom “Love, Inc” which should air in Late Nov/ early Nov. Feel free to drop me a line!
Shan Jensen - MFA 1984
What fun reading about other alum! I am the resident costume designer for New Harmony Theatre, where I have had the pleasure of working with a few other alumni, including Van Zeiler. I am also an associate professor of theatre at the University of Southern Indiana and continue to design films as my schedule allows. I live in Evansville IN with my husband, John Jensen MFA 1984, and our son John – when he is home from college.
Jim Johnson - BA 1996, Environmental Sciences (but ended up preferring to spend my time in Culbreth)
I’m currently the Production Services Manager at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia which puts me in charge of event coordination at our 700 seat Performing Arts Center, and production system rentals in the Convention Center and Arena.
Robert Kent - BA 1978, Economics
Played Stanley in Streetcar, Theater Atlanta, fall ’78, studied with Skip Foster, NYC in six Off-Broadway shows, studied Gene Frankel Studio, LA worked as script doctor, screenwriter, published series childrens books, Boston voice over artist, polishing first novel. Have small scene in new Rock movie.
Davis Kirby - BA 1993, Drama
After Graduation, Davis pursued his MFA in Acting at Ohio University, but left quickly to work in Las Vegas, singing and dancing on the fabled “Strip.” From there, he worked on two Cruise Ships which took him to NYC in 1995. In NYC, Davis performed in numerous workshops, off-Broadway, and 5 Broadway shows, including the doomed Original Broadway Cast of THOU SHALT NOT directed by Susan Stroman with music by Harry Connick, Jr. He also performed in all 50 states in five National Tours, including the leading role of Tommy in THE WHO’S TOMMY as well as two years in CATS. On June 20th, 2004, when THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE closed, having accomplished what we wanted to do in theater, he packed his bags and moved to Atlanta. He is now Vice President of a Bank and 30 pounds heavier.
Jason Kobielus – BA 2009, Drama
A tour actor with Theatre IV in Richmond, VA. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Oct-Nov 2009. “The Shoemaker and the Christmas Elves,” Dec 2009. “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad,” Feb-Apr 2010. Children’s theatre at your local venue or elementary school. In 2009, finished up my second summer at “Unto These Hills…A Retelling” in Cherokee, NC, playing the male narrator Kanati. Writing when I can–directed a staged reading of my second full-length play, “The Road to Knoxville,” in August 2009. Would love to hear from you.
Ken Lambert – BA 1973, Drama
After being a struggling actor in New York for way too many years, my wife, Carol, and I had a kid (boy) and moved back to our favorite city Charlottesville, in 2001. It really feels like home here. Our son is in Third Grade. I still exist on the fringes of theatre here in town. I’ve had chances to direct for UVa, Heritage Rep, Randolph College in Lynchburg, Off Stage Theatre, and several shows with high schools. I might direct more but I’ve got this thing about wanting to be paid for theatre work. I know I’m nuts. Things are pretty idyllic otherwise.
Nic Lawton – MFA 2005, Drama & Lighting Design
Nic and his wife Elizabeth live in West Palm Beach, FL. Nic works for Palm Beach Staging and Production at the Breakers Hotel, and Elizabeth is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. They recently welcomed their first child, Ella Grace Lawton, who was born May 13, 2010, at 5:59pm, cute as a button. Nic is also a member of the UVA Club of the Palm Beaches.
Jason Linkins – BA 1993, English Language & Literature/Drama
Washington, DC-based professional actor and writer Jason Linkins has recently appeared in Master and Margarita, The Scarlet Letter, and Behold! at Rorschach Theatre, where he is a resident company member. He has also worked with the Actor’s Theatre of Washington, the Studio Theatre, Cherry Red Productions, eXposed Brick Productions, and Classika Theatre where he performed in four shows directed by acclaimed Russian director and Wesleyan College faculty member Yuriy Kordonskiy. As a writer, Jason writes The DCeiver, is a frequent contributor to DCist.com, and recently had the privilege of serving as a guest editor of the widely read blog Wonkette. Jason lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Caroline and their cat, Tallulah. Jason received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Next up: a workshop performance of his comic one-act The Taking of the Orange Line 1-2-3.
Allen Liu – BA 1998, Drama & English
Hello all, I’ll be in LA till the end of June ’02 and then it’s off to NYC to do “Flower Drum Song” on Broadway…feel free to drop me a line…I’d love to catch up with you guys!
Brin Lukens – BA 2007, Drama & Politics Minor
Currently living in Los Angeles working as the Director of Development at Katalyst Films.
Paul Lyday – 1944
Saw your Web Site and enjoyed reading all about you. I was in the Virginia Players many years ago. In 1937 when I was 14 and attending Lane High School in Charlottesville, I played Homer in “Fly Away Home” at the theatre in Minor Hall. It was directed by Bobby Gresham and produced by Roger Boyle. I hung around Minor Hall until I entered the University in 1940. Studied under Roger Boyle until my reserve was called up in 43. After the war I went to Broadway and was in 5 big musicals. In 46, I was a dancer/singer in over 500 performances of the original production of OKLAHOMA! at the St. James theatre.
That was the beginning of a wonderful career in the theatre. A grandfather at 82, I now live in Los Angeles and am on full pension from Actors Equity and still entertain, i. e. the enclosed letter. I sing,(not bad for 82) and tell stories. My next gig is a senior Christmas show and on Jan. 18 at The LA Breakfast Club.
In 2004, I came back to the University for my 60th reunion and stopped by the theatre but you were dark.
I did a number for a benefit for needy seniors who were in show business at the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences on Oct 7th, 2006. You may see it if you go to You-Tube. I use Google. In the list click on YouTube Broadcast Yourself. When there look up Paul Lyday in search. If you like anything I do, I learned it under Roger Boyle many years ago.
Jan Mason – MFA 2005, Directing
Dan and I are living in New Haven, CT where he will finish his program at Yale in May 2008. We had a baby girl in August of 2007, her name is Djuna and she is the sweetest girl on the planet. Who knew parenthood could be this fun? Since we moved to CT I’ve been teaching as an adjunct professor and directing at a number of local colleges. With baby’s arrival I’ve landed some online courses and I’m scheduled to direct a production next spring.
Jane Mayer – BA 2005, Drama & English
I’m working for Serino Coyne, Inc. in New York City, the nation’s largest Broadway and live entertainment advertising firm.
Heather Mayes – MFA 2005, Acting
Heather spent time pounding the pavement in New York ~ developing contacts and enjoying many “close calls” for awesome roles. She has recently relocated to the D.C. area to try out the 2nd most booming theatre city in the country. Her ultimate goal is to be involved in artistically fulfilling projects in straight and musical theatre, and ultimately teach acting at a university in her later years. Since graduating, she has performed at Tokyo Disneyland in a Broadway review show, and played Agnes in the musical “I Do, I Do” at the Bay Theatre in Annapolis, MD. She has taught theatre for Fairfax County Public Schools as well as The Bay Theatre. Proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Katie McDaniel – BA 2007, Drama and English
Los Angeles, CA
New to LA and would love to hear from UVA folks!
Amanda McRaven – BA 1999, Drama
Amanda is in New Zealand on a Fulbright Award, where she is working on an MPHil in Directing at Massey University. Her Fulbright project is working with a multicultural ensemble to create theatre from their own stories centered around ideas about culture in New Zealand. She is not only directing at the university but also with professional theaters in Palmerston North and Wellington. After graduating from UVa, she worked for Shenandoah Shakespeare (now called the American Shakespeare Center) for 4 years as both an actor and as Education Director; directing, teaching, and managing the Young Company Theatre Camp. She then earned her MFA in ’07 in Directing at University of California, Irvine. In between these commitments, she has directed shows in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She has assistant-directed at both Utah Shakespearean Festival and Oregon Shakespeare, and also worked on Hamlet at South Coast Repertory with Tony-award winning director Daniel Sullivan and The Clean House at Lincoln Center with Oregon Shakespeare Artistic Director Bill Rauch. Before leaving for New Zealand she returned to Charlottesville to direct The CLEAN HOUSE for Live Arts. Check out photos and more at www.amandamcraven.com
Jay Miles – BA 1992, Drama
Currently enjoying the release of his first book, Conquering YouTube (Michael Wiese Pubs). Jay also teaches video, audio and media classes at East Haven High School (CT) and continues to work in TV, film and video production.
Carolyn Minor – BA 2001, Drama
Rich Minor – MFA 1986
Greetings from Dallas! Or a big howdy as folks say down here. I have been working lately for Dallas Stage Scenery. We just built and installed Dallas Opera’s Otello in the brand new Winspear Opera house in Dallas. I love the Alumni page! John Roberts is right we need to have a party or something!
D. Allan “Chip” Mitchell – BA 1998
Hello from the Mississippi Delta! If anyone wants to Revisit Highway 61 and the cradle of the Blues, I’d be happy to give you a tour.
Division of Languages and Literature
257 Kethley Hall
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733
Joe Monaghan – BA 1997, History & Drama Minor (lighting)
I’m in my fourth season as Production Manager and third as Resident Designer with Actor’s Express in Atlanta, GA, where I also try to freelance in my copious spare time. I’m in the process of looking for teaching work both here and elsewhere, because as much as I love this company and this town, the lure of tenure is strong.
Adriana Munera – BA 2005, Drama
After graduating from UVA, I moved to NYC to pursue my MFA in acting at the New School for Drama (formerly known as the Actors Studio Drama School). Since receiving my MFA, I have worked in a few off-off broadway productions (References to Salvador Dali make me Hot with the Abroad Stage company, among others), got married and worked on the production of a Feature Film called “The Fields” starring Cloris Leachman and Tara Reid. My role is small in the film, but I also worked as the assistant costume designer, dresser to Mrs Leachman and moral support to my husband Faust Checho who is one of the producers and stars. We are almost done with post-production and getting ready for festival season. Who knew it would take over two years to make a movie from start to finish!! I am still living in Manhattan and I am a proud member of The Screen Actors Guild.
Brant Murray – BA 1993, Arch & Drama Minor
BRANT THOMAS MURRAY ANNOUNCES MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENTS AND CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
– Management Level Promotion at Lincoln Center –
– Designed or Collaborated on Over 400 Productions –
– Full Circle Journey with Joe Saint from Instructor to Mentor –
– Residential Design of Lake Front Residence –
Melissa Mustard – BA 1997, English & Drama
After grad school in the Hoosier state, I returned to VA for a teaching job in Fairfax County. Although I started as a journalism adviser, I am now teaching speech and theatre! I photocopied a Washington Post play review for a class a few weeks ago and noticed that the cast included FYP legend Jason Linkins…the kids loved hearing about my first college audition for him (or, at least, they ACTED like they did…good enough)! More on the small world front… I’m mentoring a new speech coach who finished her English and Drama undergrad in ‘05, and one of my former students is now a second year drama major!
Any and all drama friends, drop a line if you’re in the area. So fun to read about what everyone is doing.
Aaron Neptune – BA 1995, Drama & English
Aaron will enter law school in Colorado this Fall (2009). He has no idea what he will specialize in. Do not contact him about your cousin’s DUI until 2012.
Jean Livesay Oliver – M.D. BA 1987, Drama
I was a Drama Major who graduated in January 1987 and studied scene design under David Weiss. I was fortunate to design two black box shoes while an undergrad. I also was a Biology Minor and spent about 3-4 years after college trying to sort out my right brain/left brain focus (which means I waited tables and did secretarial work). I finally got my act together, finished my pre med courses, completed medical school in 1995 at EVMS in Norfolk, and did my pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. I have now been in practice in Norfolk for a little over 10 years and love it. I have been blessed with a husband (Clint) who has helped me through all this and two children (Kyle 16yrs. and Jacob 12yrs.). Of course, my creative left brain raises it’s hand every now and then – I have a million half-finished projects/crafts going on. I recently took on painting several large murals in my newly expanded office – I realize how much I need to keep the artistic side alive.
Jennifer Orth – BA 1983, Drama & English
Shortly after graduation, I became the Company Manager, and then Production and General Manager, of Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the state’s largest professional theatre company. I also designed costumes for about a dozen productions at The Rep and for Tennessee Opera Theatre, so all of my hours in the basement of the Culbreth were not in vain! I was with The Rep from 1985-1999, when I left and started a performing arts program for children called StageWorks (check out our website at www.stageworkscamp.com), which just had its 7th summer of programs. And then about 4 years ago, I started working in video and am now a producer with Earnhardt Pirkle, Inc. www.ep-video.com, which seems to be a wonderful synthesis of everything else I’ve ever done.
Hope all is well in Charlottesville – the oak tree notwithstanding!
Al Paradis – BA 2001, Drama
After graduation – Toured with Chamber Theatre Productions for 6 months.
Currently – Technical Director/Production Manager with the Penobscot Theatre Company, Bangor, ME. During the summer, TD/PM for the Maine Shakespeare festival.
Bannon Puckett – BA 1993, Drama & English
Upon graduating from UVA, Bannon lived in Los Angeles for a year working at the headquarters for Samuel Goldwyn’s national arthouse chain Landmark Theatres. In 1996, he completed his M.Ed. in English Education at the University of Georgia. After a stint as a Managing Editor for a small electronic publishing company, he moved to Seattle to be a Marketing Communications Manager at Microsoft, where he helped launch the web site for the Xbox. Since 2002, Bannon has been bringing together his theater, marketing, writing, and education experience as the Senior Advertising Copywriter for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. In early 2006, he bought his first condo in Alexandria, Virginia, and continues to hang out with his trusty beagle Salinger.
Jason Pruzin – BA 2001, Drama
I’m living in Little Rock, AR in residence with the Arkansas Rep. Drop a line sometime!
Mark Rabinowitz – BA 1995, Drama
I’m living in Los Angeles. As of this posting, I am an Assistant Director on the television show “24″.
David Rieth – BA 1982, Drama
I’m working on Broadway…at the corporate offices of TV Land where I’m a Creative Director. I live in New Joisey with my lovely bride and two adorable kids.
Jacky Reres – BA 1998, Drama
Hey Everyone! I’m still living in D.C.and having a blast. I’ve done a few independent films and shows in the area. My boyfriend and I have decided to move next year to either NY or LA LA land. If anyone has any advice…please let me know! I’m having a hard time deciding between the two.
And by-the-way- CONGRATS ALLEN LIU
John Roberts – MFA 1985, Design
Now working as a Production Manager and Stage Manager for Walt Disney Entertainment in Orlando. Oldest child is David, 19 a Business Major in University of Florida Honors program, youngest son Nick is 13, will be playing Varsity baseball for Windermere Prep in the fall of 09. Wife Janice teaches American History for Orange County Schools. Shout outs to all grads 1983-85. especially Randy Benjamin, Scharf, Rich Minor, Annie Archibold, Ann Alford, Mary Pat, The Jensens, Stoff, Esther B., Mary Ann Hubbard, et al.
Still have fond memories of Shan and Johns wedding in Wisconsin, 3 TD’s in 3 years, The U replacing the roof of the shop during Heritage rep construction in 83. Hoh’s “back to nature” design for Midsummer Nights Dream, Hoh’s fx class when he nearly blew up the shop, DW “real men pee in the paint sink”, Annie’s lights for Inspector General, Benjamin’s set of shutters, The cheese wheel at Lord Hardwicks, and Stoff keeping me sane through all of it.
Its about time we had a party isn’t it?
David Robson – BA 1993, Drama
After a long, long gig on the curatorial team of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, David Robson was ejected back into the working world, where he kills time between theatre projects. As one does. September 2007 sees the premiere of ZOLA-X, a romantic gangster fantasy David wrote and directed. He continues to work on a mess of projects with Aaron S. Luk, his ZOLA-X lead, and looks forward to supporting Luk’s directing debut next year.
Tim Roscoe – BA 2001, Foreign Affairs
Great to come across this site in the course of my studies. Now finishing and working on marketing a novel while pursuing an MA at the Centre for International Communications in Sydney, Australia… but may smarten up and find my way back towards the stage yet. Take good care, and would love to hear from you (despite my spotty attendance at Threepenny Opera rehearsals, I do have an extremely fond memory of UVA drama:). Keep in touch.
Mark Scharf – MFA 1984, Playwriting
Mark Scharf’s play KEEPING FAITH was produced by the Twin Beach Players, Chesapeake Beach, MD in Nov/Dec 2010 (play is published by Original Works Publishing). Mark’s play EMPIRES FALL received a staged reading in December produced by the Run of the Mill Theatre, Baltimore, MD, and his play FORTUNE’S CHILD will appear in a staged reading at the Single Carrot Theatre, produced by Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Baltimore, MD in January, 2011. Mark’s play for young audiences, THE MACHINE is being published in May, 2011 by Pioneer Drama Services, Inc. Englewood, Colorado.
Anne Baker Scheer – BA 1996, Drama & English
As of this posting I live in Omaha, NE with my husband and two golden retrievers. I do a little bit of everything lighting: designing for local shows, assisting for Opera Omaha, and a lot of shoving around road cases with my brothers in IATSE Local 42. Drop a line anytime!
Kara Sheridan – BA 1983, Drama
I stopped working in theatre quite a while ago, but I’ve had a great time reading the alumni news and catching up everyone’s wonderful projects. I moved on to my other passion, children’s books, and opened a children’s bookstore in Nyack, NY. Now I’ve returned to graduate school (almost done) to become a reading teacher. I still get to hang around a lot of theatre as my husband, Elliott Forrest, is the artistic director of Riverspace Arts in Nyack and both of our children have the theatre bug. Our daughter is 16 and just starting to look at colleges. We’re hoping to visit U.Va and would love to see all the new things happening at the theatre and visit with anyone who’s around. Best wishes to all.
Stefan Sittig – BA 1994, Drama & English
Stefan is a dance choreographer, fight director, actor, singer and dancer in the Washington, D.C. area. He has created dances and/or fights for over 40 full length professional productions including work Off-Broadway, internationally in Canada and Uruguay, and for several regional theatres in Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Most recently, he choreographed the dances and staged the violence for Man of La Mancha for The Washington Savoyards, D.C.’s light opera company. In 2005, the production of Jesus Christ Superstar that he choreographed and created fights for at Open Circle Theatre, received 4 Helen Hayes Award Nominations (D.C.’s equivalent of the Tony Award), including one for Outstanding Resident Musical.
As an actor, he has performed for several regional theatres including: Signature Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, The Kennedy Center, Theatre Virginia, Theatre IV, The Barksdale Theatre, Heritage Repertory Theatre and Actor’s Theatre of Washington.
Stefan holds an MFA in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and was recently promoted to the rank of Professor at the University of Maryland University College where he teaches Acting I, Acting II and Introduction to Theatre. He also teaches Movement for the Actor at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Georgetown.
J. Colby Smith – BA 1994, German & Drama
My partner and I are living in Lambertville, New Jersey now. I just graduated from UConn Law (May 2006) and am working in a small firm nearby. At the moment we’re anxiously awaiting a referral for the adoption of our first child.
Annie Short Squicciarini – BA 1993, Drama
I was married in Charlottesville this past October. Nick and I live in Brooklyn, NY.
Emily Swallow – BA 2001, Middle Eastern Studies
Chris Tickle – BA 1984, Drama
I’m currently teaching fourth grade at The Steward School, a small independent school in suburban Richmond, Va. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2004. My wife (Lynne, CLAS’84) and I have been married for 23 years, and we have two boys, one of whom is in the midst of the college application process. (UVA class of ’14?—fingers crossed!)
Between graduation and now, I’ve had roles including stay-at-home dad for two sons, Summer Camp director, educational consultant and trainer, and classroom teacher for both middle and lower school ages. In each place, I’ve tended to become the de facto drama guy, writing plays, directing them, costuming them, etc. I’ve also worked to incorporate dramatics into my classroom by developing various characters who come to my class as “guest instructors.” These include Dame Millicent Grammar (aka “Gramma Grammar”), Augustus Porcularius, an ancient Roman pig farmer who teaches Roman numerals, and Sir Cumference, a loyal knight of the round table who teaches geometry. (As the old saying goes, “Good teaching is ¼ preparation and ¾ theatre!”)
Additionally, I’ve been a stage dad for my two sons, who have each had stints in regional theatres here in Richmond, managed several Destination ImagiNation teams (creative problem solving program with a drama component) taking a couple of them to the Global Finals, and been the neighborhood “costume closet” for friends who “need something for my child, who has to be a Civil War general” or something similar. Clearly, all those hours in the basement of the Culbreth fueled my compulsion to save every scrap of clothing that “might be useful” someday. As a result, my kids have always had AWESOME Halloween and school costumes! So, although I’m not in “the business,” drama still is a big part of my life.
Andrea Urice – MFA 1991, Drama
In October 2008, Andrea Urice directed Ted Deasy (MFA ’90) in the premiere production of Carter W. Lewis’ play Evie’s Waltz at the Repertory Theatre in St. Louis.
Kate Van Dyck – BA 1999, Drama
After graduating from UVA, I went on to earn my M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I worked professionally in both Connecticut and Washington, DC for several years before moving to Florida where I earned an M.F.A. in Theatre Management from Florida State University’s School of Theatre. I have returned to the greater Charlottesville area, and perhaps I will see you on-campus. I am looking to move into development and fundraising, preferably for the non-profit sector.
Andrea (Haggard) Wakely – BA 1993, Biology & Drama (Costuming) Studio Art Minor
I started a costuming company in 2000 called Twin Roses Designs and offer in-stock and custom ordered costumes to individuals and groups. Our website is http://www.twinrosesdesigns.com if you’d like to check it out!
Vicki Lemp Weavil (name while at UVA: Vicki Lemp) – BA 1978, Drama
After a few years of doing a variety of jobs, including some free-lance costuming, I decided to go back to school. In 1988, 10 years after graduating from UVA, I graduated from Indiana University with a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. Ever since then I have worked as a librarian in performing and visual arts libraries, including the Lincoln Center Branch of the New York Public Library, the Museum of TV and Radio in NYC, and my current position as Director of Library Services for the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. When I started grad school I thought I was changing careers, but I actually have found my studies in theatre, art history, and music invaluable in my library career, especially in my current position. I have been the Director of the Library at the NC School of the Arts for 15 years – this fall we begin the exciting process of planning a new, state-of-the-art library facility that we hope will be a model for small academic performing arts libraries. To see more information about the NC School of the Arts and our library.
Sandra Wohlleber – MFA 1989, Drama & Lighting Design
Sandra (Sandy) spent 16 years working as the Technical Director and unofficial Production Manager for Colgate University’s University Theater program. While there she taught courses in Stagecraft and Lighting Design as well as independent studies in the areas of Script Analysis, Stage Management, and Technical Direction. She also advised student theater clubs and volunteered on her sorority’s (Gamma Phi Beta) House Corporation Board. In Fall 2005 Sandy started a “new” career at SUNY Cortland where she is the Assistant Director of Campus Activities and Greek Affairs. Essentially she is the campu’ Greek Advisor and oversees the school’s College Artist and Lecture Series (CALS) along with a variety of other responsibilities. CALS is responsible for providing lecture grant opportunities as well as for bringing a diverse group of artists/speakers/performers/playwrights/etc. to campus annually. Student bus trips are taken to NYC twice a year to see Broadway shows. How lucky she has been to find two positions in higher education that have suited her so well!
Liesel Allen Yeager – BA 2005, Drama
lallenyeager AT gmail DOT com
Liesel Allen Yeager (05) is an actor living in New York. After UVa she graduated from Juilliard Drama School and is now on Broadway playing Nina in Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. She has also been onstage off Broadway and on television in The Good Wife and How To Make It In America.
Andy Kihoon Yoon – BA 1996, Drama Major & Studio Art Minor
After graduating Carnegie Mellon University with MFA in directing, I worked in film industry in Hollywood for 2 years. Now, I am working in Korea as a professor of Theatre and Film at Sangmyung University while developing my next film project.
Adam Zahler – MFA 1997, Directing
I’m now a freelance director in the Boston area and adjunct professor at UMass Lowell. Productions for 2005/06 are THE GLASS MENAGERIE, FROZEN, BROOKLYN BOY, and TALLEY’S FOLLY. As always, if you’re heading up my way, give a holler.
Van Zeiler – BA 1995, English & Drama
Living and working in NYC, just finished a summer of work at the New Harmony Theatre. Very fun. Moving to the ‘burbs (NJ) soon to enjoy a mailbox, driveway and lawn mower.