D&P alumni have earned positions in virtually every major performing arts organization in the nation as well as national and international touring productions, Broadway and off-Broadway shows, themed entertainment venues, and television and film production, as well as distinguished careers outside of the arts. Their names are not often familiar to audiences, but their work is a significant presence in the fabric of American arts, entertainment and business.
Additional alumni highlights can be found in our most recent alumni newsletter Callboard http://www.uncsa.edu/alumni/periodicals.htm.
Here's just a sample of what we've been doing:
Paul Tazewell ‘86 is a freelance costume designer with15 Broadway productions, 21 Off-Broadway productions and 4 Tony nominations to his credit.
Angela Friedman ‘09 is a draper for New York City Ballet.
Emme Hall '08/'09 is the costume manager and design assistant at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. On October 9-10, 2009, Emme will be driving a class 5 unlimited baja bug in the 4th Annual Powder Puff Race for the Cure in Barstow, CA, to benefit the Cedar Sinai Women’s Breast Cancer Research Center. The race is sponsored by the Mohave Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts (MORE) and Royal Purple Synthetic Oils. Emme’s goal is to raise at least $5000 and find at least one corporate donor to match that. Visit www.moreracing.net/powderpuff09 for more information, or www.dulcedelechracing.blogspot.com to contribute.
Kjersten Lester-Moratzka '96 was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor and named an Associate Director of the School of Theater at Ohio University.
David Sexton’s '06 recent work includes “Who Do You Love” at Richmond Shepherd Theatre, “Hotline” at Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop, “Cinderella” at Berkeley Ballet Theater, “Ethiopian Tattoo Shop” with Prometheus Theater Group, and the Circle & Square Festival with Mud As Man Productions.
John Bartley '85 and Eric Ludacer '98 are currently working on Cirque du Soleil’s production of “Love” at The Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. “Love” is a celebration of the music of The Beatles, featuring original master tapes creatively remixed by Sir George Martin and Giles Martin, and a cast of 60 international artists.
Mark Grossman '95 is living near Oaxaca, Mexico, working on constructing a cob cottage, implementing rainwater harvesting techniques, solar heating and cooling, permaculture and much more. Visit oaxacacobcottage.blogspot.com to see photos and read more about Mark's building process.
Walt Dowling '93 has joined Altman Lighting as Regional Sales Manager for the Southeastern United States. He is managing the specification and sales efforts of Altman Dealers and Representatives for Performance and Architectural Lighting products.
Giulio Pedota ’91 is a producer for Walt Disney Company.
David Castaneda '90 is the lighting designer for “Irena’s Vow,” a new play by Dan Gordon and directed by Michael Parva at the Walter Kerr Theatre; previews began March 10.
David Gibson '90 is a partner and senior consultant with SIA Acoustics, an acoustical design and consulting firm with a focus on performing arts, live performance and media production facilities. SIA was founded in 1989 and is based in New York City with an additional office in Los Angeles. Beyond design and consulting, they also have a special events group focused on technical design and direction of acoustically challenging special events. The company is also known for developing SIA-SMAART, the industry-leading acoustical measurement software system.
Elizabeth Zompakos Snyder ‘86 and Steve Snyder '86 (Technical Production) celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2009.
Joseph "Jody" Good '74, principal lighting designer with Salt Lake City-based Spectrum Engineers, was honored in May with his third international GE Lighting Award. He received a 2008 GE Edison Award for Excellence in Environmental Design for his lighting design at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Ogden, Utah, which also earned an IES Illumination Award of Merit. The GE Edison Award for Excellence in Environmental Design recognizes designs that demonstrate high quality lighting, conserve energy, successfully integrate daylighting, ensure system durability and maintainability, control light pollution, or include other sustainability measures. Jody's previous GE Lighting Awards were in recognition of his lighting designs for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Draper, Utah, which was recognized with the 2003 GE Edison Award and a 2003 GE Lighting Award for Sustainability.
Performing Arts Management
Jennifer Blank '10 is the general manager of KidZNotes in Durham, NC.
Angela Hays ’07 is the executive director for North Carolina Theatre Conference
Anne Kohn '10 is the producing director of No Rules Theatre Company, co-located in Washington, DC and Winston-Salem, NC..
Yona Wade '04/'07 is the coordinator of the new of the Cherokee Central Schools’ Cultural Arts Center in Cherokee, N.C.
Christopher Scholl '05/'06 began work in January as the assistant director of development for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to that, Chris worked for the Goodman Theatre, as an institutional giving assistant in the development office.
Kevin Cwalina '97 and his company Eight Hands High Inc. (www.8handshigh.com) designed the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame NYC Annex as well as the new Radio City Christmas Spectacular arena tour. In addition to working as a lead associate at Eight Hands High, Kevin has been working to obtain his Yoga Teacher certificate at the Asheville Yoga Center.
Jennifer O’Kelly '93 is the President of the Downtown Arts District Association in Winston-Salem, NC.
Dina Lipton ‘84 is the art director for NBC’s Chuck.
Julian Eubank '72 is the new technical director of the Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center, a state-of- the-art facility with a 771-seat auditorium and a black box theater.
Scene Painting/Scenic Art
Shayna Parker '01/'03 curated an exhibit of painting, drawing and sculpture by Ricky Needham, Ryan Britts and John Bryan, May 23-July 19, 2008 in the Gateway Gallery at The Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem, where Shayna is visual arts specialist. Music for the opening night reception was presented by The Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble, led by music alum Aaron Bachelder '89/'97 (Percussion/Music Composition).
Brent "Mickey" Henry '94 has left the revered halls of academia for the pursuit of profit. He is now the project sales person for the Minneapolis office of Norcostco, Inc.
Michel Marrano '05 has joined Blazing Music+Sound, a division of Trailblazer Studios in Raleigh, as a sound engineer, working primarily on mixing and sound design for the company’s broadcast TV work including "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and "18 Kids and Counting." She will also serve Blazing’s advertising agency, film and video game clients. Michel comes to Blazing Music+Sound from Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, where she was the resident sound designer for three years. While at Playmakers, she also taught sound design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has held positions in sound design and audio supervision at East Carolina University’s Loessin Theatre, Triad Stage in Greensboro, and Vermont’s Weston Playhouse Theatre. Michel holds bachelor’s degrees in theatre and sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. After earning her M.F.A. in sound design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, she did a residency with Aura Sound Design in London, where she also worked at the Royal National Theatre and several West End playhouses. www.blazingmusicsound.com
CeCe Disharoon '04 was the sound engineer for Piedmont Opera’s production of “Light in the Piazza” in October at the Stevens Center. Other alumni who participated in the production were wardrobe mistress Alice Barsony '84/'85/'99 (Visual Arts/Costume Design), properties mistress Jennifer O'Kelly '93 (Scene Design), draper Lisa Weller '83 (Costume Design), and orchestra stage manager John Horsman '79/'80/'08 (Stage Management/Performing Arts Management).
Clay Benning ‘00 is the Resident Sound Designer for Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
Paul Kelm ‘08 is the Director of Automation for Cirque de Soleil’s O in Las Vegas.
Johnny Milani '09 received his equity card just three months after graduating from UNCSA. He is currently working as a production assistant on the Broadway musical "Nice Work If You Can Get It." Prior to that, he worked as the resident production assistant and sub stage manager at the Tony Award winning musical, "HAIR," where he has both called the show and run the deck. Aside from his everyday duties on Broadway, Johnny also enjoys working as the assistant to the company managers on the new Broadway musical, "The Addams Family."
Matt Sherman '07 is assistant stage manager at Orlando Opera Company.
Brandon Kahn '06 and Barclay Stiff '00 were assistant stage manager and production stage manager on “Farragut North” at the Atlantic Theatre Company (off-Broadway) in November. Following that, Brandon was the production stage manager for The Huntington Theatre Company (Boston) production of “The Corn is Green,” directed by Nicholas Martin and starring Kate Burton. Barclay and Brandon then came together again to stage manage the Broadway production of “Mary Stuart” at the Broadhurst Theatre (previews began March 30, opened April 19), which has been nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play.
Tanase Popa '06 has been promoted to Company Manager for the San Francisco sit-down company of "Wicked." He has also worked on the Broadway companies of "Sweeney Todd," "Company," and "Gypsy," and the 1st National Tours of "Sweeney Todd" and "Wicked."
Emilie McGann '01 and Kyle Schoenfeld '01 (Technical Direction) were married on Feb 29, 2008.
Robin (Vose) Jenkins '00 served during the 2007-08 season as a board member and program committee chairperson for the Fluvanna County Arts Council in Virginia, where she worked with a small committee booking musical artists for their facility. She had the pleasure of working with a representative from East Coast Entertainment in Richmond, VA, and together they booked 13 acts, both local and national, for the 2008-09 season. Robin married her husband, Jim Jenkins, on December 14, 2005. Jim is a semi-retired technical director and master carpenter.
Ann Kristin Glenster '95 has worked for the last ten years in film finance and development in Norway, France and the UK. She has been the managing director of an Arctic film fund and been involved in several feature films. She currently owns and runs two successful companies: Boiler Station (www.boilerstation.net) and Green Film Practices Ltd (www.greenfilmpractices.com). This year, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Women in Film and Television UK, and named a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, one of the most prestigious arts institutions in Britain. Ann Kristin holds Master’s degrees in dramaturgy from Columbia University in New York and in film producing from the Media Business School in Ronda, Spain, and is now pursuing an LL.M. in law at London University.
Judith Schoenfeld '91 is the production stage manager on “Next to Normal,” an original musical with music by Tom Kitt and books & lyrics by Brian Yorkey, that features Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer (previews began March 27 at the Booth Theatre; show opened April 15). She was also stage manager for the show when it was at off-Broadway last year at 2nd Stage; Mary-Mitchell Campbell '92 (Piano) was the musical director of the off-Broadway production. Judy was the 1991 Sarah Graham Kenan Scholar at UNCSA. She has worked on and off Broadway since graduation, and was PSM on the Tony Award-winning show “Grey Gardens.” She also has worked at major regional theatres (including Great Lakes Theater Festival, where she worked with Gerald Freedman) and Spoleto Festival USA. She is married to D&P alumnus Steve Shelley '77 (Lighting Design).
Theresa Ganley ‘85 is a stage manager for Metropolitan Opera.
Stephen Sell '82 is the operations manager at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.
Jamie Call Blankinship '81 joined the UNCSA Stage Management faculty in 2005. Click here for Jamie’s D&P faculty bio.
Christopher Keene '01 had his production design for “LEAR ReLoaded” (a deconstruction of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” by Scot Lahaie) featured in “American Theatre” Magazine (January 2009). In the article, “The Case For Live Movies” by Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White, Keene’s design is cited as an example of “an adventurous multimedia Shakespeare adaptation.” The production previously received a nomination for Outstanding Projection Design and an award for Outstanding Lighting Design from the Metrolina Theatre Association. Keene is the designer and technical director at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC.
Michael J. Kelley ‘87 is a producer for Walt Disney Company.
Technical Direction/Scenic Technology
Melissa Vartanian '02 and her fiancé Vache Mikaelian won the “The Morning Blend Throws a Wedding!” contest from WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, WI. The wedding will take place at the Titanic Exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum on May 15th. Viewers can vote on different aspects of the wedding each week by visiting www.themorningblend.com.
Fred Schoening ‘01 is the Technical Director for Dallas Theatre Center.
Kyle Schoenfeld '01 and Emilie McGann '01 (Stage Management) were married on Feb 29, 2008.
Meredith Lidstone '97 has happily returned to Dutchess County, NY, and is thrilled to be back at Blackwalnut, a commercial union shop specializing in scenery for network and cable television. Prior to returning to Blackwalnut, she was a layout carpenter at Global Scenic Studios in Bridgeport, CT where she built very tiny sets for cruise ships. Aside from work, Meredith is involved on a regular basis with the Delancey Street Foundation, a non-profit re-educational organization (www.delanceystreetfoundation.org).
Brad Fields '87 was the lighting designer for the Twyla Tharp World Premiere at American Ballet Theatre, featuring alumni Gillian Murphy '96 and Maria Riccetto '99 (Ballet) and School of Dance dean Ethan Stiefel. The piece was inspired by an ABT-commissioned score by composer Danny Elfman.
Steve Snyder '86 and Elizabeth Zompakos Snyder '86 (Lighting Design) celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2009.
Brendan McNally’s '78 book “Germania” was reviewed by USA Today - read the review here.
Wig and Makeup Design
Ming-Yen Ho ‘09 won first place for Character/Prosthetic Make-up student competition at the International Make-up Artist trade Show in Pasadena in June 2010.
Amy Porter ‘03 is the Makeup Supervisor for Mary Poppins at New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway.
The number of Design & Production alumni employed in their chosen profession is truly remarkable, approaching 100 percent. School alumni – designers, craftsmen, technicians and stage managers – can be found on Broadway and in most major companies throughout the 50 states and abroad. Companies and organizations that currently employ or have employed alumni from the School of Design & Production include:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Paul Taylor Dance Company
State of Missouri Ballet
Actors Theatre of Louisville
Alaska Repertory Theatre
American Repertory Theatre
Ashland Shakespeare Festival
Asolo Theatre Company
Berkshires Theatre Festival
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Cleveland Play House
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Dallas Theatre Center
Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center
Georgia Shakespeare Festival
Great Lakes Theater Festival
Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Long Wharf Theatre
Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
Minneapolis Children's Theatre
North Carolina Shakespeare Festival
Old Globe Theatre
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Pittsburgh Public Theatre
Public Theatre of New York
San Antonio Performing Arts Center
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Shakespeare Theatre (formerly Folger)
Utah Shakespearean Festival
Virginia Stage Company
Walnut Street Theatre
Williamstown Theatre Festival
And numerous Broadway and off- Broadway productions
Florida Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera
Los Angeles Opera
Lyric Opera of Chicago
San Francisco Opera
Santa Fe Opera
Astoria Film Studios
National Public Radio
WTTW Channel 11
And numerous feature films
Barnum and Bailey Clown College
Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Cirque Du Soleil
Harrah's Trump Plaza
MGM Grand Hotel - Reno
Universal Studios Escape/Florida
Walt Disney World
Atlas Scenic Studios
Barbara Matera Costumes
Creative Realities Creature Shop, London
Euro Co. Costumes
Four Star Lighting
Mystic Scenic Studios
Production Resource Group (PRG)
TFA Electric Sound
Alumni from the School of Design and Production are encouraged to send news of their current projects to the School of Design and Production at: firstname.lastname@example.org