Tom Ridgely (BA '01) is the associate director of The Last Ship the new musical opening on Broadway September 29, 2014. at the Neil Simon Theatre. The Last Ship is a new musical with an original score by 16-time Grammy Award® winner Sting. Inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences, this World Premiere production features direction by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal), and choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once).
Steven L. Williams (MFA '95) Beginning his 20th year at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Steven is the Director of Theatre at UNO. He is a freelance scenic, lighting, graphic and jewelry designer who has designed over one hundred productions with such notable theatre companies as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Omaha Community Playhouse, The Rose Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Indiana University, Brown County Playhouse, and Mcleod Summer Playhouse. Since 1998, he has served as production consultant and designed scenery for Thorn Productions, which produces, The Thorn, one of the largest touring church productions in the country. The Thorn has been seen live by nearly 750,000 people and televised to over 20 million households. He was recently recognized by the Omaha Theatre Arts Guild for Outstanding Scenic Design for A Streetcar Named Desire, and Outstanding Lighting Design for Dark Play, Or Stories For Boys. His designs for Dark Play was also recognized by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards committee. He has recently designed a police investigation/training facility for Project Harmony. For more information, please contact Steven at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.slwdesigns.com.
Marie A. (Mimi) Intagliata (BA '84) In August of 2013, Mimi started a new position as Director of Production at Disney Theatrical Group in New York. Among other projects, she is currently working on Aladdin, several productions of The Lion King, the upcoming National Tour of Newsies and the developmental production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Previously Mimi was the Director of Production at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ where, over the course of 7 years, she shepherded roughly 40 productions to the stage including the commercially-enhanced productions of the World Premiere of Newsies and the U.S. Premiere of the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables. Mimi resides in Maplewood, NJ with her partner of 22 years, Alicia Duran, and their children Lucas, 11, and Celeste, 8.
Happy Anderson (MFA '02) is currently filming a reccurring role in Cinemax's 10 part series The Knick directed by Stephen Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen. He played supporting roles in the films Cold in July starring Michael C. Hall & Sam Shepard, and Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale with Carol Kane, Ian Harding, & Chaske Spencer. He appeared in The Carrie Diaries and the series finale of Smash. He was in The 27th Man at the Public Theare, with Ron Rifkin and Chip Zien.
Charnette Batey (BFA '12) Made her New York City debut with The Gallery Players as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls! Worked with fellow IU alumni in I love NY, Right? (Lawrence Evan's show) she recently joined the cast of HAIR'itage. Going on tour in January with Suessical the Musical as Sour Kangaroo.
Aaron Densley (BFA '13) He is currently in the MFA Acting Program at Penn State University.
Carrie VanDoren (BFA '13) is currently a cast member of Disney Cruise Line's Fantasy cast as one of their Mainstage Performers. She sails 7 day cruises to the East and West Caribbean and performs 15 shows a week: Disney's Aladdin, Believe, Wishes, a welcome aboard show, a farewell show, a pirate deck show, and a Royal tea party show.
Kurt Semmler (BFA '13) is currently living in NYC and cast Forever Plaid as Sparky at ATI which opens in January. At the end of the show he will be a proud member of Actor's Equity.
Matt Reynolds (BA '08) is the Theatre Manager and Resident Lighting & Sound Designer at New Mexico State University. His wife, Mollie Reynolds (BM '08), teaches at the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music and plays for the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra. They have two children: Lucy (age 5) and Hugo (2 months).
Hannah Moss (BA '08) and her husband David Nosko (BA '06) live in Pittsburgh with their two children, Henrik (age 4) and Eleanor (age 1). Their theatre company, Theatre of the People, is on hiatus.
Melissa Hammans (BS '03) After 10 years living in New York City, Melissa recently moved to Nashville, TN. While based out of NYC, she performed in the UK, Europe, Off-Broadway, The Access Theatre in Tribeca, premiere NYC concert venues (Joe's Pub, Galapagos Art Space, Le Poisson Rouge, etc.) and at multiple regional theaters around the country. She created and performed her one-woman show, Follow Through, at The Laurie Beechman. Melissa has taken part in developing numerous new works, including her own project, Back To The Garden, which was recently produced at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. Currently, she is making her way in Nashville, acting, singing, teaching master classes at local universities, and serving as an acting/audition coach. In the spring of 2014, Melissa will play the role of Kathy in Stephen Sondheim's Company at Tennessee Repertory Theatre. For more info and upcoming dates, feel free to visit www.melissahammans.com. Please look her up if you are visiting the Music City!
Jaysen Wright (MFA '12) has been working professionally in Washington, DC in productions such as 8: The Play (Jeff Zarillo) with the DC Theatre Collecttive in an effort to spread awareness ahead of Maryland residents voting on Question 6- The Civil Marraige Protective Act. Persistent Voices: An Anthology of PoetsLost to AIDS with Dakshina Dance Company in honor of world AIDS day; appeared in Wallensteing (dir. Michael Kahn), Coriolanus (dir. David Muse) and Measure for Measure (dir. Jonathan Munby) at the 2012 regional Tony Award winning Shakespeare Theatre, and The Rocky Horror Show at Studio Theatre's second stage. He will next appear in The 12 Days of Christmas, a new children's show at Adventure Theatre.
Taylor James (BA '05) is now the Special Events Coordinator for the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville, KY. Even though she left NYC, she will continue to work for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as a Street Operations Manager.
Francesa Arostegui (BFA '12) is currently cast in the National Tour of Mama Mia.
Rachel Goldman (BA '13) has been working for casting director Pat McCorkle, at McCorkle casting Ltd. Sitting in on auditions and learning about the casting of flim, television and theatre.
Brook Wood (BFA '13) is currently a finalist in NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation.
Kerry Ipema (BFA '11) this past year, she became a member of The Bats, the resident acting company at the Flea Theatre in Tribeca and performed in their production of Restoration Comedy as well as many readings and workshops. She was seen this summer as Viola in Twelfth Night at the Bath Shakespeare Festival. She is currently in rehearsal for Second Skin a new play performing in midtown's Sargent Theatre. www.kerryipema.com
CJ Pawlikowski (BFA '12) most recently
had the pleasure of working with composers Kyle Ewalt and Michael Walker on their latest staged-reading of Pumped. This past May he played Jonny Casino/ Teen Angel in Grease under at Gateway. Made his New York Musical Theatre Festival debut as Gilbert Blythe, in the new Anne of Green Gables musical Bend in the Road. He was also in the new musicals Bare and The Ride and is featured on the original soundtrack recording of Small Town Story (comp. Brandon James Gwinn). He has performed in various concerts throughout the city including Jeremy Schonfeld & The Broadway Messiahs alongside Titus Burgess (The Little Mermad) and Morgan James (Motown), and Stars in the Heights under the direction of David Holcenberg (Matilda). He is a proud new member of Actor's Equity Association.
Arian Moayed (BA '02) has been awarded the Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Young Alumni Award. He is thrilled and will be here to accept this honor on April 4, 2014.
Eileen Curley (Ph.D. '06) recently earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is currently on sabbatical, working on a manuscript about nineteenth-century amateur theatricals.
Graham Sheldon (BA '09) recently won a regional Emmy award for his long-form documentary Crossing Borders, which he wrote and produced. The documentary covers the immigration debate in the United States and was shot in Washington DC, Napa, San Francisco, Birmingham and San Diego. Graham was previously nominated for a regional Emmy in 2012 for the documentary Echoes from Chernobyl shot on location in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
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) performed in the Broadway run of The Heiress in 2012.
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.