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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)

 

2014

Jenn Jacobs- Asst. Stage Manager for Williamstown Theatre Festival

Aaron Tacy- Asst. master electrician, Spoleto Festival and Williamston Festival
Jacqueline Toboni- TV: Grimm, (series regular)

 

2013

Michael Barbour-Asst. Stage Manager, Grand Concourse, Playwrights Horizons

Emily Berman- Sondheim on Sondheim, Porchlight Music Theatre (2015) Sense and Sensibility, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (2015),; Chicago Tribune’s “Hot New Actors 2014”

Allison Brown- Actor and co-author: The Party’s Over, Manhattan Rep Theatre’s New Work Festival

Laura Beth Cohen- Production Assistant, Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Cenerentola (2015), Washington National Opera, Washington D.C.

Kerry Concannon- Asst Stage Manager, Spoleto Festival, Chatauqua Opera

Shannon Eagen- TV: Low Winter Sun; Film: Whip ItPrayers for Bobby
Neal Kelley- Director, Becket, Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC
Katie Lantz- Production management intern at the Public Theatre

Geehoon Lim- Production Management Multicultural Fellow, Steppenwolf Theatre Co.

Emily Lyon- Director, Panic, 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, Theatro LATEA at the Clemente
Brittany Uomoleale- The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, Falcoln Theatre, LA. TV: Jennifer Falls, TV Land

 

2012

Rachael Albert- Stage Manager Ether Dome, La Jolla Playhouse, CA

Reed Campbell- The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare in the Park, Delacorte Theatre, NYC.

Amanda Cohen- TheatreWorks: Red, NYC rehearsal Asst. Stage Manager.

Aislinn Frantz- Literary Assistant, Brett Adams, LTD

Lisa Griebel- Properties carpenter at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

Lily Marks- TV: Sunny Side Up! (’15) Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia); Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles.

Jesse Peri- The Beaux’ Stratagem (Bagshot), A Noise Within Theatre, Los Angeles
Carolyn Reich- production assistant, Trinity Repertory, Providence, RI.

Emily Stromberg- Asst. Production Manager, The Araca Project.

 

2011

Michael Bou-Maroun-Asst. Set Designer, King Hedley II, Arena Stage, Washington D.C.
Corey Davis- Associate at Neiman Marcus Bridal, Seattle.

Michelle Elias- Resident Stage Manager at Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.
Pomme Koch- Becket, Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, San Francisco Playhouse.
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.
Joey Richter- TV: Muzzled (2015)Craig the Genie, 2014.
Becca Rothman- Stage Manager, Asolo Repertory Theatre, FL.

Kacie Smith- Director: The Boxer, Athenaeum Theatre; DirectorsLabChicago participant.
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

Bridget Coyne Gabbe- Film: Big Stone Gap (2014) TV: Blue Bloods. Theatre: Sex and Education, Penguin Rep, NY.

Mitch Hodges- Asst. Stage Manager for Les Misérables National Tour.

Andres Holder- Company Manager, 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.
Laura Lapidus- The Golden Boy, Griffin Theatre, Chicago (2014); Artistic Associate, The Pavement Group.
Betsy Lynch- Technical Support specialist for ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls).
Shawn McCulloch- Asst. Costume Designer to Tony Award winning designer, Catherine Zuber on upcoming Broadway and Kennedy Center projects.
Tedra Millan- Resident member, The Flea Theatre, New York: The Bats, She Kills Monsters.
McKean Rand (Scheu)- Television: Awakening.
Yuri Sardarov- Film: Argo; TV: Chicago PD; Chicago Fire; (series regular).  Theatre: Becket, Gene Frankel Theatre, NYC.
Liam White- Often directs/produces videos for “Funny or Die” and is currently filming the Starkid tour.

Torrey Wigfield- Film: Lost River (2014).

 

2009

Darren Criss- Film: Transformers: Robots in Disguise ’15; Television: Glee (series regular) Broadway: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Finch).

A.J. Dobbs- Production Stage Manager and Technical Director, Hagen Berghof Playwright’s Foundation Theater.
Corey Dorris- Will start his 3rd year at The Juilliard School towards a Diploma in Drama.

Maggie (Ferguson-Wagstaffe) Lofquist- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Harlequin Theatre, 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.

Joe Moses- The Joe Moses Showses: Off-Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago, and The Shakespeare Theatre.
Caitlin O’Rourke- Stage Mgr. Intern for Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY.

Dylan Saunders ’09 The Last Steward of Christiandom (Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles , TV: Chicago Fire.

Stephanie Shechter-Production electrician, The Tonight Show.

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.

John Jarboe- Hamlet, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre; A Christmas Carol, Walnut Street Theatre, PA.

Gina Rattan- Broadway: Matilda the Musical, Resident Director; Soul Doctor, Associate Director, Dramaturg; Cinderella, Resident Director

Lena Sands- Costume Designer, Film: Chasing Taste.
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.

Sas Goldberg- Film: Co-Producer, Co-Author, Actor, You Must Be Joking (2014)

Christina Hagan- 1st Asst. Stage Manager for National Tour of Hello Dolly!
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- Broadway: Resident Director, Wicked; Assoc. Director, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Asst. Director, Promises, Promises and Shrek The Musical.
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- Film: This is Happening (2015), You Must Be Joking  (2014) TV: Mad Men; The Crazy Ones; Political Animals

 

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- Asst. Stage Mgr. for HairWhere Do I Go National Tour.

Edward Morris- Set Designer for “The Rite of Spring”, The Martha Graham Dance Company at City Center and the Joyce Theatre in NYC. Designing seven plays at Theatre for the New City.
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

Erin (Whipkey) Craig- Director of Production with Opera Memphis
De’Lon Grant- National Tour of Jersey Boys.

Beth Hoyt- Film/TV: Maybe There’s a Tree (2014), Inside Amy Schumer (2014, ’13)

Anika Solveig Pensiero- Resident Artist, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

Maureen Sebastian- Film,TV: Revolution (series regular), Ironside; Off-Broadway: Lonely I’m Not, Second Stage.

Chris Shand- Film: Escapee, Growth. Television: Entourage, 10 Things I Hate About You, True Blood.

 

2004

Zachary Booth (Dorff)- TV: South of Hell (2015) Film: Ava’s Possessions (2015); Broadway: The Winslow Boy, American Airlines Theatre.

Mandy Heuermann- Asst. Stage Manager for Joffrey Ballet.
Holly Maples- On the faculty at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

Katie Thomas- Webseries: Teachers, TV Land

 

2003

Jessie Cantrell- Film: A Thousand Cuts (2012), Animation voiceover: Robotomy.

De’Lon Grant- National Tour of Jersey Boys.

Caleb Levengood- Co-set designer for Travesties, Bay Street Theatre, NYC.
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.

Christina Reynolds- Television Producer, Shark Tank.

Jon Rosen- Sports Broadcaster for Fox Sports West.

 

2002

Alix Claps- Production Stage Mgr. and Production Mgr., NYU Steinhardt School.

Benjamin Endsley Klein- Broadway director: Ann, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Lincoln Center; War Horse: Resident Director (replacement).

David Garcia’02-  Casting Producer, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Rachel Laritz-
Costume designs at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Joel Silver- Associate Lighting Designer, National Tour: American Idiot.

 

2001

Heather Chockley- Stage manager for The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Tour

Marc Kamler- VP 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- Film: Amazing Love (2012).

Angela Lewis- TV: The Big C; The Good Wife.  Theatre: Don’t Go Gentle, Lucille Lortel Theatre; Milk Like Sugar, Playwrights Horizons, New York.

Dominique Morisseau- Playwright, winner of Kennedy Prize for Drama for Detroit ’67
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.
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.

Jason Lindner- Playwright and actor for The Flying Machine’s adaptation of Frankenstein, nominated for four Drama Desk Awards.
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- Film: The Nest (2015); TV: Welcome to Sweden, Hart of Dixie (series regular)
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

Jeff Bender- A Time To Kill, John Golden Theatre, Broadway

Sophina Brown- Film: Synapse TV: Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.

Bernardo De Paula- Film: Doc McStuffins, TV: Major Crimes, Shameless; Theatre: Richard II, Classic Stage Company, NYC

Erika Furey- Peace Corps Volunteer in Macedonia.

 

1997

Mark Alhadeff- All in the Timing, Dorset Theatre Festival, Beyond Therapy, Samuel Becket Theatre, NYC.

Jonathan Berry- Associate Artistic Director of the Griffin Theatre, Chicago.

Adam Greenfield- Director of New Play Development, Playwrights Horizons, New York.

Ryan Palmer- Asst. art director, for TV and Film: The Normal Heart, The Americans, The Nest.

 

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.

Stephen Di Benedetto- Published An Introduction to Theatre Design; Routledge

Alex Farino- Production Stage Mgr. for Minnesota Opera.

 

1994

Joe Gold- Filmmaker, actor: Desperate Acts of Magic; Senior Lovin’ (Winner, “Best Web Series on Instagram Video.)

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

 

1993

Miriam Shor- Film: The Mysteries of Laura, Life Itself (2014); TV: The Good Wife, series regular.


1992

Nipper Knapp- TV/Film: Grace of a Stranger (short); numerous national commercials.

Matt Letscher- Film/TV: Day out of Days (2015), Teacher of the Year, Her (Spike Jonze, director), Scandal, Boardwalk Empire.


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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