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U-M Theatre graduates find careers in a large number of performance, production, educational and administrative areas throughout the U.S. and the world. The solid academic education and professional training received at the University of Michigan equips our graduates to compete and succeed in a wide range of artistic, visible and rewarding careers. For more alumni news, see our news page.

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Congratulations to the following Alumni for their 2013 Tony Award Nominations!

Tobin Ost- 2013 Tony Nominee for Best Costume Design (Jekyll and Hyde)

 

2011

Michael Bou-Maroun- Currently finishing Production a Management internship at Lookingglass Theatre Co. Upcoming: assistant to Chicago set designer Brian Bembridge
Corey Davis- Associate at Neiman Marcus Bridal, Seattle
Pomme Koch-Currently understudying The Taming of the Shrew at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in DC, will be in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Studio Theatre in July and the Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo at The Round House Theatre in September (all in DC)
Corey Lubowich- Resident set designer for Team StarKid
Adam McCarthy- Started a new job in Chicago at Kehoe Designs, an event décor company, as their in house lighting designer and technician
Shawn McCulloch- Is assisting Tony-Award-winning costume designer and U-M alumnus, Martin Pakledinaz.
Yonit Olshan- Costume Apprentice at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Sarah Petty- Resident lighting designer for Team Starkid
Becca Rothman- Has been traveling around the country working for different opera companies on their stage management teams including: The Brevard Music Center, The Boston Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, The West Bay Opera, and Chautaqua Opera.
Marguerite Woodward- Completed a costume internship at New York Theatre Workshop, worked on the B’way transfer of Once and is currently assisting David Wollard on Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

 

2010

Mitch Hodges- Asst. Stage Mgr. for Les Miserables National Tour.
Andres Holder- Assistant Company Manager at Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
Rachel Jahn- 2nd year as costume design Intern at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
Craig Kidwell- On the international tour of Einstein On the Beach as the Special Effects Coordinator/Deck Electrician through next March. ME for the Opera Aspen Festival during the summer break in the tour.
Betsy Lynch- Technical Support specialist for ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls)
Tedra Millan- Resident member, The Flea Theatre, New York: The Bats, She Kills Monsters.
McKean Rand (Scheu)- Television: Awakening.
Yuriy Sardarov- Principal role in the new Ben Affleck movie, Argo (2012)
Liam White- Often directs/produces videos for “Funny or Die” and is currently filming the Starkid tour.

 

2009

Darren Criss- Broadway: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Film/TV: Imogene, with Annette Benning and Kristin Wiig, series regular on Glee.
Corey Dorris- Will start his 3rd year at The Juilliard School towards a Diploma in Drama.
Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe- Played Rose in Enchanted Aprilat the Harlequin Theatre (2012), Seattle, WA.
Cassandra Flowers- Asst. Stage Mgr. for Minnesota Opera.
Angela Kiessel- Stage Mgr. for Starkid Productions in Chicago.
Seth Moore- The Flea Theatre, New York: performed in Future Anxiety; wrote for, performed in The Connectors.
Caitlin O’Rourke- Stage Mgr. Intern for Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY.
Meg Shelly- Playwrights Horizons in New York City as the Auction Administrator planning the 2012 Online and Silent honoring the 5 Pulitzer Prize winning plays that were produced at Playwrights. Sells merchandise at Book of Mormon, Wicked, Ghost, Once, and Jesus Christ Superstar with The Araca Group and intern for Brilliant Event Planning in her spare time!

 

2008

Jenn Gazdecki- Entertainment technician at Walt Disney World Resorts.
Kyle Serilla- Chicago-based casting director. Recently started casting his fourth season for Chicago Children's Theatre. Most recently cast "Complicated", a new rock musical for the inaugural season of the Three Oaks Theater Festival.

 

2007

Patrick Chu- Creative executive for Montecito Pictures in Los Angeles.
Shayna Markowitz- Casting assistant at Debra Zane Casting in Los Angeles
Alex Reed- Clash of the Titans 2, (2012).
Lena Sands- NY & Chicago based costume designer, credits including Changes of Heart, Remy Bumpo, & Bad Dates, Shakeseare & Co. Ass’t Costume Designer to Beth Clancy incl. Measure for Measure at The Public Theatre Shakespeare in the Park and the national tour of A Christmas Story. In the fall will begin pursuing MFA at CalArts.
Stephen Siercks- Production Mgr. and Stage Mgr. for Universal Studios.
Rachel Soglin- Television:The United States of Tara, National commercials for Kelloggs, Verizon.
Stephen Sposito- Assoc. Director for current Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Asst. Director: Promises, Promises and Shrek The Musical, also on Broadway.
Joey Walls- Resident Lighting Designer for Helen Hayes Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company: Factory 449. Add’l credits with Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington DC, Ballet Spartanburg in South Carolina, American University, and NYMF. Also the TD for Woodrow Wilson High School, a very large DC public school and teach tech classes for them; ME for the Washington Ballet which performs throughout DC & the Kennedy Center.
James Wolk- Currently starring in Mad Men as "Bob Benson," starred in For a Good Time, Call. . .(2012). Also starred in CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Front of the Class, Solving Charlie, Lonestar, You Again. He was also seen in A&E’s Shameless in 2012.

 

2006

Mikala Bierma- New York based comedian. Her work has been featured on Jezebel, Dan Savage’s Slog, Buzzfeed, The Awl, Perez Hilton, Queerty, Logotv.com and The Huffington Post.
Katie McKee- Current Asst. Stage Mgr. for Hair National Tour.
Taran Muller- Just completed her MFA in costume design from Penn State and after traveling to Italy this summer; will move to NYC and start her job as a dyer at DyeNamix.
Matthew Smith- Wrote End of the world Love song which was produced at the Flea Theatre.

Benj Pasek- 2013 Tony Nominee for A Christmas Story: Best Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.

Justin Paul- 2013 Tony Nominee for A Christmas Story: Best Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre.

 

2005

Beth Hoyt- Film/TV: The Bachelorette (2012);The Reggie Watts Show, Comedy Central. Off-Broadway: two projects with Christopher Durang at 59E59 and The Flea Theatre; benefit performance with Sigourney Weaver and Bill Murray.
Chris Shand- Film: Escapee, Growth. Television: Entourage, 10 Things I Hate About You, True Blood.
Erin Whipkey- Production Mgr. and Production Stage Mgr. for Opera Memphis.

 

2004

Zachary Booth (Dorff)- Starring in feature films, The Blue Eyes and Keep the Lights On (2012). Originated role in Edward Albee’s Me Myself and I, Playwrights Horizons. Series regular on Damagesand What Goes On
Mandy Heuermann- Asst. Stage Mgr. for Joffrey Ballet.
Holly Maples- On the faculty at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

 

2003

Jessie Cantrell- Film: A Thousand Cuts (2012), Animation voiceover: Robotomy.
Caleb Levengood- Set designer for Twyla Tharp’s The Princess & the Goblin
Betsy (Tholen) Hammerberg- After completing her MA in Elementary Education at UM, moved to Syria to teach second grade at an international school, got deported from Syria, then moved to Vietnam to teach first grade at another international school. Now living in Vienna and doing learning support at the international school. Next year she’ll be teaching second grade again. Has an Etsy shop with jewelry inspired by her travels.
Jonathan Rosen- Sports Broadcaster for Fox Sports West.

 

2002

Alix Claps- Production Stage Mgr. and Production Mgr., NYU Steinhardt School.
Benjamin Endsley- Klein Assoc. Director, West End: Love Never Dies; Assoc. Dir. for The Coast of Utopiaparts 1-3; Asst. Dir. for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Rachel Laritz- Joseph Jefferson Award for The Voysey Inheritanceat Remy Bumppo Theatre. Nominated for Joseph Jefferson Award for The Philadelphia Story. SMTD Emerging Artist Award, 2011.
Joel Silver- Associate Lighting Designer, National Tour: American Idiot.

 

2001

Heather Chockley- Stage Mgr. for Les Miserables National Tour.
Marc Kamler- Vice President, Alternative and International Television, APA Talent and Literary Agency, Los Angeles.

 

2000

Sandra Abrevaya- Press Secretary at Department of Education, Washington D.C.
Elijah Alexander (Steve Memram)- Film: Amazing Love (2012).
Michael Rubenstone- Film: Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean.
Jennifer Slimko- Film: Trim, The Flyboys, Yesterday Was a Lie, Television: The Game, Judging Amy.

 

1999

Chris Jamros- Digital Design for The Today Show. Former Production Stage Mgr., Stage Mgr., Asst. Stage Mgr. of Wicked.
Angela Lewis- Recently starred with Tonya Pinkins in Milk With Sugarat Playwrights Horizons. She also appeared at The Public Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre, The McCarter Theater, The O’Neill Festival, and received a Best Leading Actress nomination for the Audelco Award.
Dominique Morisseau- Author of two NAACP Image Award-winning plays; participated with six other writers at the 2010 O’Neill Center’s Nat’l Playwrights Conference.
Matt Oberg- Feature Film: Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship (2012). Television: 30 Rock, Delocated, series regular The Onion News Network, Ugly Americans. Nat’l commercials: ESPN, Coke, McDonald’s.
Robin Quick- Professor of Theater at Towson University; Elliott Hayes Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy by the Literary Mgrs and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

 

1998

Sophina Brown- Recently appeared on The Good Wife, NCIS: Los Angeles. Many other television roles including series regular on Numb3rs, Shark, Chappelle’s Show. Broadway: The Lion King, National Tour: Fame.
Bernardo De Paula- Shakespeare Theatre: King Lear, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Country Wife; National Shakespeare NYC: Othello. Television: The Castle, Without a Trace, CSI Miami, Detroit 1-8-7, Medium, The Unit. Animation Voiceover: Rio, Marmaduke.

 

1997

Mark Alhadeff- Broadway debut: covering several performances for Hugh Dancy, Venus in Fur, March, 2012.

 

1996

Heather Dilly- Off Broadway: Walk Two Moons, Lucille Lortel Theatre; Bag Fulla Money,The Clurman Theatre. Regional: Natural Selection,Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival.

 

1995

Evelyn Collins- Currently completing an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership, recently wrote the book and lyrics, produced and directed "Born To Sing" in Ann Arbor, premiering a new documentary, "Dreaming In Color" in Fall 2013,

Alex Farino- Production Stage Mgr. for Minnesota Opera.

 

1994

Mandy Siegfried-Film: That’s What She Said (2012); Television: Hung, Bones, Eli Stone, Grey’s Anatomy.

 

1993

Miriam Shor- Starring in feature film, That’s What She Said (2012), series regular in Good Christian Belles (2012).

 

1992

Matt Letscher- Starring in Teacher of the Year (2012). Also many other film and television roles including The Good Wife, Amish Grace, Entourage, Eli Stone, Straightjacket, Gods and Generals, The Mask of Zorro. Broadway:The Rivals, Proposals. Upcoming: CW pilot Carrie Diaries. A finalist along with Nipper Knapp and Andrew Newberg for Comedy Central’s Short Pilot Competition for Safe at Home.

 

1991

Dana White- Full Professor at Otterbein Univ.; USA Designer; and Resident Artist at the Purple Rose Theatre

 

1988

David Turner- General Manager of Stuart Thompson Productions and Manager of numerous Broadway productions and tours such as The Book of Mormon, Jerusalem and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. From 1994-2007 he founded and ran the Adirondack Theatre Festival where e produced over 60 plays and musicals.

Margo Martindale- 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in the FX drama, Justified.
Michael Roth- Composer, musical director and arranger whose recent credits include, Ah Wilderness at Arena Stage & The Prince of Atlantis at South Coast Rep; upcoming: Henry V at Stratford, A Word or Two with Christopher Plummer; the documentary Jews & Baseball on PBS
Esther Chae- performer, writer and artist whose credits include So the Arrow Flies, Alameda, and Ddan Da Ddan

 

 

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