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Alumni Spotlight

You may be wondering, with all the talk of our current students' achievements, just what happens to our performers once they've graduated? Here is where you can  find that information - we are always on the lookout for our graduates' names in the spotlights, and we are so very proud of those who have made successful careers!

We will be updating this page as new information comes in, so please add us to your favorites and check back to read exciting press releases about all of our fabulous alumni! Don't forget to read about our current students' accomplishments as well!


Sai Baig Powers (BA/Theatre 2008) Stage Manager for Cookie Company at Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, AZ; Box Office Associate at Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

Amy Baker Schwiethale (BFA/Musical Theatre 2002) Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre/Choreographer @ Wichita State University. Performance credits include: 1st National Tour of 42nd Street; two years with Radio City Christmas Spectacular; Singing In the Rain at Westchester Broadway Theatre; 5 summers with Music Theatre of Wichita.

Danette Baker (BA/Theatre 1988; MFA Theatre Ohio University 1992) Adjunct Faculty @ Wichita State University; Company member Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; Advanced Actor Combatant & State Representative for the Society of American Fight Directors; website www.fightinfierce.com

Ed Baker (BA/Theatre 1988; MFA Theatre Ohio University 1991) Assistant Professor of Technical Theatre @ Wichita State University; Production Manager for Seven Devils National Playwrights Conference, McCall, ID; Owner Bakerwood Lite Industries and Inventor of ProDowser

Stephen Barker (BFA Musical Theatre 2008) Performer Evolution/Creation at Quest Theatre Ensemble in Chicago.

Brittany Barnes (BA/Theatre 2006) Founding Member and Managing Director of the Pavement Group in Chicago - a theatre company dedicated to fostering the next generation of theatre artists, arts managers and audiences

Richard Baum (BFA/Musical Theatre 2008) Performer in Noah, the Musical in Branson, MO

Jen Bechter (BFA/Musical Theatre 2006) Performer: National Tour (2010) of Beauty and the Beast (Madame Grande Bouche); Prior: International Tour Cinderella (ugly step-sister) with Lea Sologna.

Heather Bloomgren (BFA/Theatre Performance) Performer in Totally Gnarley 80's at Cabaret Oldtowm, Wichita KS

Lisa Bradford (MA in Communication with Theatre emphasis 2003) Adjunct Professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Communication & English Dept.

Carrie Buettner (BFA/Theatre Design and Performance 2006) Resident Design Assistant for Hawaii Opera in Honolulu, HI; Design Assistant for Helen Rodgers/assisting her at Mannes Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Chautauqua Opera in NY; Wardrobe Supervisor for Playwrights Horizons in NY.

Melanie Cadwell (BFA/Musical Theatre 2009) Performer at Walt Disney World, Orlando , FL

Dan E. Campbell (BA/Theatre 1980) Los Angeles-based Actor. Various credits include: (Movies) The Vampire Hunters Club, The Audition; (Television) Unsolved Mysteries, Fox Movie Channel Comedy Marathon, As The World Turns, General Hospital, has appeared as a presenter and performer in the annual Golden Raspberry Awards show (The Razzies); (Theatre) Inspector Clay in Plan 9 From Outer Space - The Musical, Dvornichek in Rough Crossing, Sister Dolores in Angry Young Teen-Age Girl Gang (Off-Broadway), appearance in Comic Relief as part of improvisational comedy group Carry a Big Schtick. www.danecampbell.com

Katie Chihaby (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2006) Dresser for Broadway production of Next Fall

Paul Colella (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2005) McClelland Sound in Wichita, designing sound systems for customers ranging from restraunts to churches, arenas and University settings

Dean Corrin (BA/Theatre 1977) Associate Dean, Chair of Theatre Studies, Co-Head of Playwriting Program at The Theatre School DePaul University; member of the Playwrights Ensemble at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre; playwright.

Hal Davis (BA/Theatre 1972) Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Musical Theatre @ University of North Carolina Pembroke; previous performance credits: Broadway: Titanic, Sound of Music; National Tours: Titanic (1st National), Joseph...Dreamcoat (1st National), Grease, The King and I (with Sandy Duncan); graduate London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. www.professorhal.com

Katie England (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2009) Scenic Artist for Music Theatre of Wichita.

Matt England (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2004) Carpenter for Music Theatre of Wichita; Scenic Designer for Cabaret Oldtown

Tommie Frye (BA/Theatre; MA/Theatre) Theatre Instructor @ Wichita State University; Actor & Director; Playwright - recently published by Samuel French: The Mosley Street Melodramas Vol. I, II, III.

Aaron Glover (BFA/Musical Theatre 2008) MFA from University of Houston's Professional Theatre Training Program, Houston, TX; currently appearing in TEXAS in in Palo Duro Canyon; previous performance credits include Mainstreet Theatre, TX, Light Opera Oklahoma, Great Plains Theatre Festival, KS

Gerald (Jerry) Goehring (BA/Theatre) Producer: Goehring Evans Productions: Current project is A Christmas Story, the musical; Grammy-nominated producer (Best Spoken Word for Children); founder of The Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston; co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Connecticut Children’s Theatre (CCT); served as the Executive Director/CEO of the Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf; general manager and/or producer for eighteen New York productions; Executive Director of the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Brian Gunter (BA/Theatre 1985; MA Theatre Northwestern Univ. 1988) Upcoming project (Feb. 2010) Performer, Grapes of Wrath at Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, VA; previous credits include:National Tour of Woody; numerous regional theatres around the USA and with Vienna's English Theatre in Europe, touring Austria, Italy and The Czech Republic

James Robert Hurst (BA/Theatre 1980) Performer (Crown Uptown, Empire House, Wichita Center for the Arts, Mosley Street Melodrama, Cabaret Oldtown), Director (Mosley Street Melodrama), Playwright (Mosley Street Melodrama, Kansas Health Ethics, Breakthrough Wichita)

Lindsay Iuen (BFA/Theatre 2007) MFA from Case Western Reserve University; appearing in Case Western Senior Showcase in NY.

Brandy Jacobs (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2006) Costume Specialist at Disneyland Resort, LA and doing design gigs on the side.

Matt Johannas (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2007) Technician for East Coast Tour of Sesame Street Live.

Ben Juhnke (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2002) Technical Director for Newman University; Production Office Manager for Music Theatre of Wichita; Stage Manager for Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Business Agent for local Stage Hands Union (IATSI)

Stephen Kopel (BFA/Musical Theatre 2004) Associate Casting Director for Jim Carnahan Casting & Roundabout Theatre Company. Credits include: Broadway productions of Sondheim on Sondheim, After Miss Julie, The Seagull, Hedda Gabler, Sunday in the Park with George, Pygmalion, Spring Awakening, Little Dog Laughed, The Apple Tree, The Pajama Game, 3Penny Opera, Heartbreak House and Prelude to a Kiss. Other credits: The Scottsboro Boys (Off-B'way @ Vineyard Theatre), Tin Pan Alley Rag (Off-b'way), Best of Both Worlds and Red Sox Nation (American Repertory Theatre), Shenandoah, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, and Civil War (Ford’s Theatre), The 3 Muskateers, Passion and Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare), Ace (Old Globe), Hairspray, Les Mis, Bowery Boys, and Shenandoah (Marriott Lincolnshire), Tommy, Turandot, and The Lady In Question (Bay Street Theatre) and At Least It's Pink (Ars Nova). Film/TV: Glee (Fox-pilot), Filthy Gorgeous (Showtime-pilot), Michael Mayer’s Flicka (20th Century Fox).

Cynthia Lair (BA/Theatre 1975) Host of an online cooking show www.cookusinterruptus.com. The performers are all actors who specialize in improvisational theatre; several members also perform once a month with a group called The Edge in WA.

Kenton Lane (BFA/Theatre) just signed with Karen Cole Talent Agency out in Los Angeles.

Kimberly Leibenberg (BFA/Musical Theatre 2008) Performer at Lyric Light Opera, OK

Jordon Love (BFA/Musical Theatre 2009) Performer: playing Levi in the world premiere of musical Joseph for Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster, PA

Susan Lyles (BA/Theatre 1986) Co-founder, President, Executive Director of And Toto too Theatre Company, a company dedicated to female playwrights.

Adrienne Matzen (BFA/Theatre Performance 2007) Performer Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at the Gatehouse in London, Graduate of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Shaun-Michael Morse (BFA/Theatre Performance 1993) Actor & Director; current project Picnic at Wichita Center for the Arts; Co-founder of Holy Cow! A Theatre Company with the mission: to provide opportunities for all individuals, including those with disabilities, to participate in, and enjoy all aspects of Theater; Adjunct Musical Theatre Faculty WSU. www.shaunmichaelmorse.com

Todd Mika (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre & BFA/Theatre Performance 2009) Technician: National Tour of Sesame Street Live; previously:Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Stage Manager, & Lighting Designer for Cabaret Oldtown

Scott Noah (BFA/Theatre Performance) Co-founder/owner Mosley Street Melodrama and performer

Cassandra Nuss (BFA/Theatre Performance with Dance minor 2007) Performer: currently Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Crown Uptown in Wichita, KS; romantic lead in the music video for Wichita band LivyHigh; various previous credits include: Great Plains Theatre Festival, Jingle Bell Rock National Tour; West Coast premier of Rent; Cabaret at Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. Cassandra is represented by Talent Unlimited and The Gregory Agency. www.cassandramarienuss.com

Zack Powell (BFA/Theatre Performance 2009) MFA candidate at Ilinois State University; previous performance credits include Timberlake Playhouse in IL, Shawnee Playhouse in PA, Great Plains Theatre Festival in KS and Crown Uptown and Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, KS

Cassidy Proctor (BFA/Theatre Performance 2007) Cast member of J.B. and Sandy Morning Show, Mix 94.7, Austin TX www.cassidayproctor.com

Cody Proctor (BFA/Theatre Performance and Dance 2006) Performer. Upcoming: role of Franklin in The Moonstone with Lifeline Theatre in Chicago; previous credits: performance intern with Redmoon Theatre, The Crucible with Infamous Commonwealth Theatre, two summers company member with Illinois Shakespere (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, Richard III); Comedy of Errors at St. Louis Shakespeare; The Dresser at Wichita Center for the Arts; performer with Alithea Mime Theatre Company. www.codyproctor.com

Matthew Reed (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre) Design Lab in Chicago and freelance designer and technician

Patty Reeder (BA/Theatre) Co-founder/owner of Mosley Street Melodrama and performer

Jamison Rhoads (BFA/Theatre Performance 1996; MFA in Design from Temple Univ. 2001) Currently TD and Resident Designer for Cowley College, KS. Previous credits: Intern at Julliard; worked Off- and Off-off-Broadway, assisted with Off-Broadway and Broadway production of Beauty Queen of Leenane; designed Disco Pigs for 2001 NYC Fringe Festival; Instructor & TD for Tufts University (2001-'02); Professor of Lighting Design & TD @ University of New Orleans (2002-'04)

Brittany Richardson (BFA/Musical Theatre 2009) Performer All Shook Up at Crown Uptown, KS

Megan Richardson Burch (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2008) Electrician for Music Theatre of Wichita

Katie Riggs (BFA/Musical Theatre 2006) Performer/lead singer on Ms. Ryndam for Holland America Cruise Line

Mike Roark (BA/Theatre 1987) Director (Music Theatre for Young People; Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita Center for the Arts, Prairie Pines Festivals Inc.); Actor (Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita Center for the Arts, Prairie Pines Festivals, Inc.); Playwright; owner Melodrama Mike's Play Service

Casey Ross (BFA/Musical Theatre 2006) Performer: The Full Monty at Springer Opera House in Columbus, GA; previous credits: National tour of Route 66.

Evan Schmidt (BFA/Design & Technical Theatre 2008) MFA candidate in Ohio University Production, Design & Technology Program; Lighting Designer for Monomoy Theatre, Cape Cod 2009 Summer Season

Diane Scott (BA/Theatre 1991 & MBA/Management 1996) Professional Development Program Manager for the UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center; Co-developer of KCArtistLink; curriculum creater and administer of the Artist, INC program--an eight week seminiar to teach artists the business end of their arts careers

Kip Scott (BFA/Theatre Performance 1997) Founder and Owner of Prairie Pines Festivals, Inc.

Ann Marie Siegwarth (BFA/Theatre Performance 2002, MFA Theatre Ohio University) Performer The Antigonie Project at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Othello at Wayside Theatre in Virginia

Nick Smith (BA/Theatre with emphasis in Lighting & Sound Design 2009) Resident Sound Designer for Cabaret Oldtown; Sound & Lighting Designer/Engineer for Prairie Pines 'Haunted Island' attraction; Owner of InThePocket Productions; Sound Designer for Lost in Yonkers at Wichita Center for the Arts http://nicksmithsound.squarespace.com/

Shannon Smith (BFA/Design & Techincal Theatre 2008) MFA candidate in Ohio University Production, Design & Technology Program; stitcher at Glimmerglass Opera NY summer 2009

Kate Snodgrass (BA/Theatre) Artistic Director Boston Playwrights Theatre; Playwright; graduate of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Linda Starkey (MA/Theatre) Director of WSU School of Performing Arts and Director of Musical Theatre program

Sarah Streck (BFA/Musical Theatre) Performer Noah, the Musical in Branson, MO

Laurie Sutton (BFA/Musical Theatre) Performer Oklahoma! at Springer Opera House, Columbus GA

Lindsay Sutton (BFA/Musical Theatre 2004) Performer As The World Turns

Leah Swank-Miller (BFA/Musical Theatre 2006) Performer; Mosely Street Melodrama, previous performance credits include; Angels the Musical, Laurie Beechman Theatre New York & New Orleans Le Petite Theatre; A Little Night Music, St. Jeans Theatre New York; Taffetas, Boothbay Maine Opera House

Cory Lee Taves (BFA/Musical Theatre 2008) Singing Gondolier at the Venetian in Las Vegas; previous performance credits: Night at the Bijou in Hawaii and Broadcast Live in Atlantic City

John Taylor (BA/Theatre 1988, Ph.D. Ohio State University) Professor of Theatre, Adams State College, CO

Mark Toland (BFA in Music Theatre 2009) Magician based out of Los Angeles currently performing his one-man show over a hundred times year round; www.marktoland.com

Julius Thomas, III (BFA/Musical Theatre 2005) Performer: Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys at Lyceum Theatre; Off-Broadway The Scottsboro Boys at the Vineyard Theatre. Previous credits: Off-Broadway: Dial 'N' for Negress, National Tours: Radio City Christmas Spectacular National Tour; 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee & Zanadu; www.juliusthomas3.com

Megan Tyner (BFA/Theatre Performance 2002) Director of Theatre at Bethel College, KS

Ron Wilson (BGS/Theatre emphasis) Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor of Theater and Department Chair @ Case Western Reserve University, OH; member SSDC, AEA, and Dramatist Guild of America; previous credits include Founder and Artistic Director of Actors' Mime Theatre; Founding Board Member and past president of Association of Theatre Movement Educators

Deanna Winkler Hepner (BFA/Theatre Performance 2002) Drama Instructor, West High School Wichita, KS


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