Michael Riha (MFA '92) will be taking over as the Chair of the Department of Drama at the Unviersity of Arkansas, Fayetteville, after serving on the faculty since 1992.
Chris Payne (BA '01) received his MFA in Makeup and Wig Design from the University of Cincinnati and moved to Los Angeles, where he spent 5 years working in film and television. He has now moved to Chicago and is a freelance makeup artist and works for the Lyric Opera. Chris owns Instant Monsters, a prosthetics and makeup supply company.
Wolf J Sherrill (MFA '00) has been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor at James Madison University. Wolf also recently reprised a role he played at IU as Pantalone in The Servant of Two Masters at the Avignon Off festival this past summer in France. Wolf isalso a contracted voice over talent for Rosetta Stone.
Zach Spicer (BA '06) played Biff in Death of a Salesman at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He also played in Man & Superman at the Irish Rep in NYC earlier this year.
Colin Donnell is playing Tommy Merlyn on the new CW series Arrow, airing Wednesdays at 8 PM.
Ben Livingston (MFA '90) is performing in The Heiress on Broadway.
Debbie Baron (BA '93) writes "After working for over 15 years, in both LA (Theatre and TV) and Chicago (TV, Film, Commercials), I've recently relocated, to the Orlando area. Since moving here, I was elected to a three year term on the board of Actors Equity, in Orlando, which is part of the Eastern Region." Thank you Debbie for your service to our Equity colleagues!
Ned Averill-Snell (BA '83) appeared in his play "Little Tunes" at the 2012 United Solo festival (www.unitedsolo.org) on October 31.
More good student news from the costume area: Colleen Metzger (MFA '12) accepted the tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Costume Design at University of Alaska Anchorage. Jennifer Sheshko (MFA '11) accepted the tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of Northern Iowa.
We may need to send them both mittens – but great moves for Colleen and Jennifer.
Justine Salata (BA '09) was recently in the Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It. More information can be found at http://shakespeareinthepark.org/about/Justine also recently closed a production of Brian Friel's Lovers at the Beckett Theatre in New York.
Rebecca Faulkenberry (BA '06) continues as Mary Jane Watson in Broadway's Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark.