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Congrats to the following Alums for their 2012 Tony Award Nominations!
David Alan Grier ’78 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role, Musical, for his performance as Sporting Life in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”
James Earl Jones ’55 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Play, for his performance as former president Arthur Hockstader in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
Tobin Ost '97 & Sven Ortel, Scenic Design, Musical, Newsies
Martin Pakledinaz ’75 - Best Costume Design, Musical for Nice Work If You Can Get It
Michael Bou-Maroun-currently finishing Production a Management internship at Lookingglass Theatre Co. along with a freelancing. Upcoming: assistant to Chicago set designer Brian Bembridge
Corey Davis-assocoiate 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.
Mitch Hodges-Asst. Stage Mgr. for Les MiserablesNational Tour.
Andres Holder-Assistant Companyy 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.
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!
Jenn Gazdecki-Entertainment technician at Walt Disney World Resorts.
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 incl 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 nat’l 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, Nat’l commercials for Kelloggs, Verizon.
Stephen Sposito-Assoc. Director for current Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Asst. Director: Promises, Promisesand 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-Starring 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 will be seen in A&E’s Shamelessin 2012.
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 HairNational 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 songwhich was produced at the Flea Theatre.
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.
Zachary Booth (Dorff)-Starring in feature films, The Blue Eyesand 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
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 here. 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.
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 SilverAssociate Lighting Designer, National Tour: American Idiot.
Heather Chockley-Stage Mgr. for Les Miserables National Tour.
Marc Kamler-Vice President, Alternative and International Television, APA Talent and Literary Agency, Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Alhadeff-Broadway debut: covering several performances for Hugh Dancy, Venus in Fur, March, 2012.
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.
Alex Farino-Production Stage Mgr. for Minnesota Opera.
Mandy Siegfried-Film: That’s What She Said(2012); Television: Hung, Bones, Eli Stone, Grey’s Anatomy.
Miriam Shor-Starring in feature film, That’s What She Said(2012), series regular in Good Christian Belles(2012).
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.
Dana White-Full Professor at Otterbein Univ.; USA Designer; and Resident Artist at the Purple Rose Theatre
David Turner-General Manager of Stuart Thompson Productions and Manager of numerous Broadway productions and tours such as The Book of Mormon, Jerusalemand 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 Winderness at Arena Stage & The Prince of Atlantis at South Coast Rep; upcoming: Henry V at Stratford, A Word orTwo 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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