Representative UM Theatre Alumni
Recent/Upcoming Graduates 2015 and 2016 - May 2016
Michael Cleary (BFA Musical Theatre) spent the summer of 2016 performing at the Thunder Bay Theatre in Michigan, including the title role in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and worked professionally in Birmingham with Red Mountain Theatre Company and The Dane Theatre while a student at UM. Michael plans to move to NYC after performing professionally with Birmingham Children’s Theatre this fall.
Shelley McMoy (BFA Musical Theatre) worked professionally with Red Mountain Theatre Company as a performer in LES MISERABLE S while at UM, and as an education assistant during summer 2016. After performing professionally with Birmingham Children’s Theatre in fall 2016, she plans to move to NYC.
James Powers (BFA Musical Theatre) worked professionally at Birmingham Children’s Theatre and at the Mountain Playhouse in PA while a student at UM, where he became an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC). James is currently performing in several productions with the Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham and will tour with Birmingham Children’s Theatre in spring 2017.
Cassie Worrel (BFA Acting) continues to travel internationally extensively and recently moved to Los Angeles in fall 2016 to pursue acting opportunities.
Hannah Stephens (BFA Acting—December 2016) performed extensively in Birmingham while a student at UM and spent the summer of 2016 touring the Midwest as an actor with the Missoula Children’s Theatre.
Nick Stokes (BFA Acting—December 2016) worked professionally at the Mountain Playhouse in PA while a student at UM, where he became an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC). Nick currently plans to move to Washington D.C or Seattle to pursue acting opportunities after graduation.
Natalie Bonifay (BFA Musical Theatre-December 2016) performed extensively in Birmingham while a student at UM including professional work at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Natalie also taught dance in summer camps at BCT and at the Virginia Samford Theatre, and plans to move to NYC after graduation.
Technical/Design; Arts Administration
Shelby Mays (BA Theatre; Arts Administration minor) worked as stage and company management interns at the Serenbee Playhouse in GA and Weston Playhouse, an AEA theatre in VT. She spent the summer of 2016 as the Company Manager at Weston Playhouse and plans to pursue a career in Arts Management.
Ricky Umstead (BA Theatre-Tech) worked professionally as a student at UM for various companies in Birmingham including the Red Mountain Theatre Company. He is spending the 2016-2017 season at Alabama Shakespeare Festival as a lighting intern.
Monica Day (BA Theatre—Tech) worked as the Costume Designer for the Mountain Playhouse in PA during summer 2016, and plans to move to NYC in the near future.
Zoyla Elizabeth (BA Theatre and Spanish; Minor Arts Administration) worked as an actor, director, teacher, stagehand and in front of house areas during her time at UM. A transfer student, Zoyla returned to her native Los Angeles where she is pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.
Katy Bedingfeld (BA Theatre-Tech) worked extensively in the costume and make-up areas at UM, and worked professionally in Birmingham on make-up and run crews including Red Mountain Theatre Company while a student. She is currently designing make-up for a TV show and theatres in Birmingham during the summer of 2016.
Los Angeles/West Coast
Will Hickman (BFA Acting/Directing 2004) toured the U.S. with Theatre IV and has acted and directed professionally in MS, NYC and Nebraska. He worked as an actor and fight combatant at the Navy Pier in Chicago and received his MFA in Acting at UCLA in California Will has acted professionally in Los Angeles and tis currently teaching at Pasadena City College there as well.
Julian Robinson (BFA Acting/Directing 2002) worked in various production capacities at Mabou Mines and The Wooster Group, NYC, and received his M.F.A. program in Film Directing/Producing at Columbia University. Julian taught editing in San Francisco and also worked for Current TV, where he received an Emmy Nomination for his documentary work. Julian currently works full-time as Supervising Producer/Director at Trium Entertainment in Los Angeles. At UM, Julian compiled extensive directing and assistant directing credits and also wrote and directed 3 College Night “Purple Side” musicals.
Jeff Speetjens (BFA, Acting/Directing 2005) directed several projects in NYC and currently resides in Los Angeles, where he has taught improvisation and directed for various theatre companies. Jeff is a professional puppeteer and performs at a cabaret owned by David Arquette, “Bootsy Bellows,” in Beverly Hills. Jeff also works as a production manager on film and has directed several music videos. His short film, THE YEAR THAT I WAS BORN, was screened at the Venice Film Festival, Italy and at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, France. While at UM, Jeff compiled extensive acting, assistant directing and directing credits.
Anna Elise Craig (BA, December 2012) also moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduation to pursue acting work in TV and Film.
Hunter Brown (BFA Musical Theatre 2015) worked as a professional actor at Birmingham Children’s Theatre and as a sound assistant at Red Mountain Theatre Company. He recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, writing and directing opportunities.
Stephanie Schnorbus (BFA Acting/Directing, 2005) worked as professional actor in Chicago for several years after graduation, including film, commercials and theatre Steph is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and relocated to San Francisco where she worked in arts administration and is currently employed by the Google Corporation.
Tim Hoobler (BFA, 2005) lived in NYC for many years where he performed improv sketch comedy and standup work, as well as film projects. He is now a writer and actor in Los Angeles. Tim’s film MOUNT JOY was recently made available on Netflix.
Alexis August (BFA Acting/Directing, 2002) lives in Los Angeles where she has worked in television, film and commercials. While at UM, Alexis also double-majored in Mass Communication.
Louis Schultz (BA Theatre and BM, Music, 2002) is based in Los Angeles and has worked in various aspects of the music and film industry including recording and appearances on The Letterman Show with his band, Army Navy, and composing/editing for film. At UM, Louis was a theatre, guitar and music composition major.
Dino Spezzini (BA Theatre 2007) performed extensive with his improvisation comedy troupe and as a standup comic in Chicago. Dino moved to San Diego to pursue TV and film opportunities and continues to be active as a performer and teacher with improvisational companies there.
Emily Greene (BFA Acting/Directing, 2004) received a full teaching assistantship/scholarship to pursue an M.F.A. Degree in Scene Design at the University of Ohio. While at UM, Emily directed several productions and worked in all aspects of design and technical theatre. She has designed for professional theatres in San Francisco as well as film projects, and has worked for regional theatres such as Cincinnati Playhouse. Emily currently works for LAIKA films including their stop-animation films THE BOXTROLLS and KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.
Elise Keller (Stage Management May 2015) resides in NYC where she has worked as an Assistant Stage Manager or Production Assistant at the Public Theatre, Epic Theatre, on THE WOODSMAN Off-Broadway and as the AEA Production Stage Manager during her 2nd season at the Mountain Playhouse in PA.
Ashley Knowles (Stage Management December 2014) has worked on the Stage Management staff for 2 seasons at the Stagedoor Manor Arts Camp in NY and recently moved to NYC to pursue a Stage Management career.
Korey Wilson (BFA Musical Theatre 2014) is pursuing acting and writing opportunities in NYC. After graduating from NYC, Korey also worked as a professional performer for Birmingham Children’s Theatre.
Bailey Gaskin (BFA Musical Theatre 2015) worked for a year at Disneyworld in FL before moving to NYC to pursue performance opportunities. Bailey also works on staff at the Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival.
Barrington McQueen (BFA Musical Theatre 2015) performed professionally with the Red Mountain Theatre Company in NYC while at UM, and acted with both Birmingham Children’s Theatre and Red Mountain in several shows after graduation including MARY POPPINS and SISTER ACT. Barrington recently moved to NYC where he is pursuing performing opportunities.
Jason Styres (BFA Acting/Directing 2006) was a casting assistant at Telsey + Co and a Casting Director at Jay Binder and Associates for several years, where he cast the 2015 Tony Award winning Broadway musical A GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, receiving a Casting Society of America “Artios” award for his work on the show. He also worked with the Broadway producers of FINIAN’S RAINBOW on the 2009 revival. In spring 2016, Jason started his own casting office working on theatre, film and commercial projects. At UM, Jason choreographed our main stage musicals GODSPELL and SIDE SHOW, and directed SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. He also played in and choreographed several College Night musicals, and served as Purple Leader 2006.
Megan Stein (BFA Acting/Directing 2008) spent 2 seasons as Laurie in OKLAHOMA in Discoveryland! and a year as a performance intern with Theatre on the Square in Memphis, where she received a local “Ostrander award” nomination for her work in THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED. Megan now resides in NYC where she is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has performed on episodic TV in THE BIG C , THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT and GIRLS, among others. Megan is a member of the sketch comedy troupe VERY BAD FRIENDS and also performs stand-up comedy. She is active as an editor and director on her web series and as Co-Executive Producer of Prash Productions, where she frequently collaborates with UM alums. Megan is also featured in the film SHITBIRD, directed by Bo McGuire, and she frequently directs and performs in web videos frequently for UCB Comedy, NYC.
Lindsey Bristol (BFA Musical Theatre, 2012) is a NYC based actor who also works as a Casting Assistant at Mungioli Theatricals Casting. Lindsey performed in several musicals during the summer 2013 season at the Papermill Theatre in New Hampshire as well as two seasons of summer stock in Colorado. She toured for a year in Jim Henson’s DINOSAUR EXPRESS directed by John Tartaglia of AVENUE Q fame and recently performed off-off-Broadway in DARK PLAY. Lindsey also interned at Mungioli Casting in the summer of 2012 after moving to NYC following graduation; and participated in our January Musical Theatre intensive for 4 years.
Aaron Moore (BA Theatre 2013) is currently pursuing stand up and improv performance opportunities in NYC.
Tavi Juarez (BFA Acting 2013) earned membership in Actor’s Equity Association by working with Birmingham’s City Equity Theatre on AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY right after graduation. She resides in NYC where she attended the graduate program in Acting at the Circle in the Square Theatre Conservatory. Tavi has acted in various indie films and commercials and recently produced a “variety show” at the legendary downtown NYC venue Theater for a New City.
Sierra Michalkov (Theatre minor, 2013) moved to NYC in Fall 2013 where she is pursuing acting and directing/choreography opportunities. Sierra also studied massage therapy and Chinese Holistic medicine in NYC and works with singers and clients in these areas. A Vocal Performance Major and Theatre minor at UM, Sierra performed in numerous UM Theatre musicals and also choreographed 3 productions, including Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS as well as College Night musicals. Sierra participated in our January 2011 and 2013 NYC Musical Theatre intensive.
Brett Glass (BFA Acting/Directing 2008) studied at the prestigious Dell’ Arte school for Physical Theatre in Northern CA and has worked at several downtown theatre venues in NYC. Brett is a freelance editor and has collaborated with many downtown theatres and organizations in NYC including La Mama etc. He was a co-producer of the SWEATER CLUB web based TV series with fellow UM alums and has directed, edited and performed in numerous web series and short film projects.
Carl Conway Maguire (BFA Acting/Directing 2008) performed as Father Martin at The Lost Colony Outdoor drama as well as lead roles in musicals such as SOUTH PACIFIC. In NYC, he was a casting intern with Arnold Mungioli Casting and performed a lead role in the new Off-Broadway musical THE NEW HOPEVILLE COMICS. Carl is also a playwright and screenwriter. More recently, Carl has been focusing on film as a writer, editor, director and occasional actor through his company Prash productions, as well as other collaborations with UM alums and Mystic Bridge Productions. Carl participated in our January 2010 NYC musical theatre intensive. Carl also works as a freelance editor in NYC.
Brad Holland performed in the Off-Broadway hit STOMP for over a decade. Brad has toured internationally with the show including a benefit in Rome with Quincy Jones, and performed with the STOMP cast and Paul Simon on the “Jimmy Fallon” show. Brad was cast from an open call while in his third year at UM (2002). He also is active as a sound editor, composer and musician.
Rachel Rehome (BFA Technical Theatre/Design, Costume Emphasis 2005) received her M.F.A. Degree in Costume Design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has worked professionally at the American Players Theatre in Wisconsin and as an ongoing designer for various Off-Broadway productions in NYC, including the acclaimed Classical Theatre of Harlem. She is currently the resident costume designer at the New School in Manhattan. While at UM, Rachel designed several productions, including our main stage production of GODSPELL.
Lynsey Buckelew, (Theatre Minor 2008) participated in our January 2010 and 2011 NYC Musical Theatre Intensive workshops and performed in THE GREAT TRAILER PARK MUSICAL in Myrtle Beach. More recently, Lynsey has been performing extensively in various NYC cabaret venues including “54 Below” and she sings with the vocal group “Marquee Five,” including an upcoming tour in CA in fall 2016. She also frequently performs in various film and web series projects with UM alumni and is featured in the film SHITBIRD, directed by alumni and NYU film student Bo McGuire. Lynsey attended the Manhattan School of Music after graduation from UM with a degree in Vocal Performance.
Logan Reid (BFA Acting 2011) has worked regionally as a professional actor and on tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre. He also co-founded LoKa Theatre Company in Birmingham with fellow UM alum Karow Wilson. Logan was a casting assistant with Jim Carnahan and the Roundabout Theatre in NYC, and also worked at the Gersh Agency for two years before taking his current position at Boston Consulting Group.
Grant Bowen (BFA Musical Theatre 2011) is a NYC based actor and has performed in the 2012 NY International Fringe Festival, and recently participated in a professional acting workshop with the noted Labyrinth Theatre Company. Grant toured with the Vital Theatre Company in ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL. Grant participated in our January 2011 and 2012 Musical Theatre intensives.
Tyree Walker (BFA Acting 2010) has performed regionally with New Stage Theatre Company in MS and NC Shakespeare Festival. He is currently a NYC based actor and recently booked a national commercial and will be performing as “Benny” in IN THE HEIGHTS during fall 2015.
Stephen Elkins (BA Theatre and BM, Vocal Performance 2008) has composed several new short musicals, including SWEET TAY AND JESUS, at the Shortened Attention Span Festival at the Players Club in NYC. He has also presented his musical ACCEPTANCE at various venues in New York. Stephen performed in many musicals at UM and continues to act in NYC on occasion, as well as performances at clubs around the city with his bluegrass band. Stephen composed the score for 3 College Night productions before participating in the prestigious BMI workshop for professional musical theatre composers. Stephen’s musical PEDRO PAN, which he co-wrote with his wife and fellow alum Rebecca Aparicio, was presented at the summer 2015 prestigious international fringe festival in NYC.
Rebecca Aparicio (BFA Musical Theatre and BA, Vocal Performance 2007) has performed in Stephen Elkins’ musicals in NYC as well as other venues in the Tri-State area. Rebecca has also studied with noted actors Joanna Merlin and Randy Graff. Rebecca is also a lyricist and has worked in the Development Office for the off-Broadway company Primary Stages. More recently, Rebecca has been directing in several Off-Off Broadway venues and is currently producing a web series. Rebecca participated in our January 2010 and 2011 NYC musical theater intensive. Her musical PEDRO PAN, which he co-wrote with her husband and fellow alum Stephen Elkins, was presented at the summer 2015 prestigious international fringe festival in NYC.
Jennifer Barnette (BA, 2000) received her M.A. in Arts Administration from Shenandoah University in VA. She is currently living in NYC and worked for many years as the Managing Director for the historic off-Broadway company the American Place Theatre. She is currently the Executive Director of the Garden Club, NYC.
Desmond Doye (BFA Acting/Directing 2003) spent a year as a member of the resident acting apprentice company with the Equity Orlando Shakespeare Festival and currently works in Arts Administration at Lincoln Center, NYC
Scott Cancel (BA 2008) is pursuing film and TV acting opportunities in NYC, where he has also performed in stand-up comedy.
Lindsay Taylor (BFA Acting/Directing 2007) performs in film and TV projects in NYC and also works as a photographer where her work has been featured frequently in NEW YORK magazine.
Cale Hughes (BA 2007) also works on TV and film projects in NYC and also frequently collaborates with UM theatre alums.
Carlton Hall (BFA Acting/Directing 2004) has worked in production at Theatre for a New City in NYC and has toured the US extensively performing with youth Theatre companies. Carlton is a seasoned juggler as well as performer.
Jarrod Zayas (BFA Acting/Directing 2003) acted professionally full-time with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre and has performed in the long running Off-Off Broadway play LINE in NYC, as well as with the Neo-Futurists. Jarrod was a co-producer and actor in the SWEATER CLUB, a web-based TV series created by several UM theatre alumni. He continues to act and direct indie TV and film projects in NYC, including recent acclaimed Off-OFF Broadway productions of DELIVERANCE and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST.
Savannah Swafford (BFA Musical Theatre 2009) performed at Disneyworld in Florida after graduation and continues to perform in musical revues on tour internationally and around the US with Feld Entertainment. She is now pursuing performance opportunities in NYC. While at UM, Savannah choreographed HAIR for UM Theatre and college night musicals among her numerous acting credits.
Amber Chapman (BA Theatre, Arts administration minor May 2015) has been actively pursuing her career in Arts Administration since graduating from UM. She worked as an arts admin and company management intern at UM the past two summer and will spend the 2016-2017 season as a Development intern at the McCarter Theatre in NJ. Amber says: “Everyone is different. Some people choose big name schools, or conservatories, others kick off their careers without going to college. One thing I can say though is that I will be forever grateful for my liberal arts education. My education in the liberal arts setting of Montevallo taught me to focus not only on how to do what I do, but the reasons why I do what I do as well.”
EJ Wilson (BFA Technical Theatre/Stage Management Emphasis 2008) is working as an Assistant Stage Manager and Artistic Director of the Child Performers on the Beatles’ LOVE by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. EJ previously worked for Cirque on MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR across the US and Europe and MYSTERE in Las Vegas, where he resides. He was also a stage management intern at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival in FL. In spring 2009, EJ was the recipient of a national award for excellence in Stage Management from USITT.
Stephen Frausto (BFA Technical Theatre, Scenic and Costume Emphasis, December 2012) interned with NYC designer Emilio Sosa and has worked for several summers at the GA Shakespeare Festival in the Costume area, as well as on staff at the AL Shakespeare Festival and the Weston Playhouse in VT. He is currently the Technical Director NC State University. While at UM, Stephen designed sets and costumes for several productions, including THE HEIDI CHRONICLES.
HJ Farris (BFA Technical Theatre, Stage Management Emphasis 2012) has worked as in technical theatre and stage management at Dollywood, Stage Door Manor and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where she was an Equity Stage Manager for 2 seasons. HJ is now an AEA Stage Manager at Playmakers Rep Theatre in NC.
Leah Craft (BA Theatre, 2013) was selected for a highly competitive internship with Jim Henson productions, NYC, in fall 2012 where she worked on puppets for the acclaimed TV show SESAME STREET. Leah has an extensive background in puppetry and mask work, and is pursuing professional opportunities in this area.
Katie Dale (BFA Musical Theatre 2012) is currently working as an actor with the People Store Agency in Atlanta. Katie participated in our 2010 and 2011 NYC Musical Theatre intensives.
Trent Loggins (BFA Musical Theatre 2012) acted and toured professionally with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre after graduation, and performed in various musicals through 2014 at the Round Barn Theatre in Indiana. Trent participated in our 2011 NYC Musical Theatre intensive. Trent has worked at the Seaside Rep Theatre in FL for several years as an actor and various production areas including casting.
Jade Rice (BA December 2012) spent the summer of 2013 Artistic Administration intern at the Endstation Theatre in VA. While at Endstation, Jade also assistant directed their main stage production of CYMBELINE and acted in several new play readings as part of their National Playwrights Initiative. In summer 2015, she was a personal assistant and production assistant on the film remake of DIRTY DANCING in Asheville, NC. During her time at UM, Jade directed several new plays with the WCC and assistant directed RENT. Jade plans to move to Atlanta shortly to pursuing acting opportunities.
Katie Raulerson (BFA Musical Theatre 2015) performed professionally with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre and other venues in Birminghan, as well as choreographing THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at UM in fall 2015. Katie is currently working as a director and choreographer in FL and auditioning for professional work regionally.
Landi McAdams (BFA Design/Technical Theatre, Costume Emphasis 2010) interned in NYC after graduation. She assisted NYC Costume Designers Cathy Parrott, Emilio Sosa and William Ivey Long on upcoming projects for 2nd Stage, the Public Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC, as well as the national tour of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. She has designed costumes for several productions at Synchronicity Theatre and Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta and also works as a seamstress for Kennesaw State University.
Steven House (BFA Technical Theatre/Scenic Design Emphasis 2008) designed several main stage productions at Illinois State University, where he is received his MFA in Scenic Design. Steven spent 2 summers working for the prestigious Santa Fe Opera company. Steven was the resident Scenic Designer for Midland Theatre in Texas and taught in visiting faculty positions at UM and Northern AZ University. Steven is a resident designer at the Clinton Showboat summer theatre in Iowa and recently joined the faculty at Western IL University teaching scenic design. While at UM, Steven designed several productions including our main stage musical COMPANY.
Erin Parker Overstreet (BA Theatre 2007) worked in Stage and Production Management at the Olney Theatre Center in Baltimore, MD, as well as theatres in Washington, DC. She is currently the Managing Director for the nationally acclaimed experimental company Out of Hand Theatre in Atlanta.
Madison Colquette (BA Theatre 2009) has worked in Arts Management at the Horizon and Synchronicity Space Theatres in Atlanta and enrolled in the MFA Program in Dramaturgy at the University of Iowa in Fall 2013. She recently received her MFA and is now on the FT dramaturgy staff at the prestigious O’ Neill Theatre Center in CT.
Marie Pope (BFA Acting/Directing 2010) performed at LINCOLN outdoor drama in Indiana and spent the 2010-2011 season as an acting intern at Cincinnati Playhouse, where she performed in mainstage productions and also worked as an Assistant Director. Also an accomplished poet and musician, Marie has performed in Cincinatti for several years and recently moved to London.
Leslie Baird (BFA Acting/Directing 2009) acted in theatre and commercials in Chicago before moving to Nashville, where she teaches yoga and is a singer/songwriter. Leslie also majored in French and has studied and worked extensively in France.
Tabby Stott Burt (BFA Musical Theatre 2011) worked in theatre and film in Atlanta for 2 years before relocating to the Memphis area. Tabby taught musical theatre and voice at the Memphis Cultural Arts Center and currently resides with her family in Mississippi. Tabby participated in our January 2010 and 2011 Musical Theatre intensives.
Jennifer Richman (BA Theatre 2006) resides in Austin, Texas, where she has worked extensively in independent film and as a vocalist in a band, while also pursuing work in the cosmetology and make-up field.
Brian Mayberry (BA Theatre 2007) is pursuing an acting career in Atlanta and has performed professionally in a number of productions with Atlanta Shakespeare Festival.
Bonnie Kilpatrick (BA Theatre 2007) worked as a theatre intern in Bath and London, England after graduation and resided in Key West for several years where she appeared in print, commercials and episodic TV such as this “Burn This.” Bonnie recently moved to Miami, FL to pursue additional performance and print/modeling opportunities.
Kay Butts (BA, Theatre 2003) is working in management for a major corporate office in Atlanta. Kay also majored in Communication Studies at UM.
Timon Brown (BFA Technical Theatre 2003) is the Technical Director for the American Stage Festival in Florida.
Tim Batten (BFA Acting/Directing 2003) is an actor in Atlanta where he has performed extensively with various theatre companies there, as well as in independent films.
Carter Robins (BFA Technical Theatre/Scenic Design 2004) resides in Chicago where he is co-owner of Crosstown Scenery, building scenery for many Chicago based organizations. While at UM, Carter compiled extensive TD and design credits.
Matt Reece (BFA Acting/Directing, 2001) has worked regionally at Equity theatres such as the Warehouse Theatre in SC and Orlando Shakespeare Festival. He is currently a paralegal in SC where he continues to perform with Warehouse on a regular basis.
Remi Newhouse (BFA Acting/Directing 2001) graduated from the M.A. program in Theatre at Portland State University. He resides in Portland where he has performed with various local companies, and is also a playwright.
Kristy Miller (BA Theatre 2000) received a M.F.A. degree in Acting/Youth Theatre from the University of Hawaii and has worked in that field for many years.
Chris Sams (BFA Acting/Directing 2006) resided in Los Angeles for six years where he appeared in films, web series and acclaimed theatre productions such as RENT, THE BOYS IN THE BAND and REVOLVER. Chris also performed in the summer 2012 NY International Fringe Festival. His film OCCUPYING ED played at many festivals from Birmingham to London. In fall 2009, Chris played the lead role of Leo Frank as a guest artist in our co-production of PARADE at the Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham and again in fall 2015 as “Frank n’ Furter” in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Chris has worked professionally at many venues since returning to Birmingham 2 years ago, including Birmingham Children’s Theatre, City Equity Theatre and Red Mountain Theatre Company (including NEXT TO NORMAL directed by UM Theatre Chair David Callaghan).
Griffin Hood (BA 2006) is a writer, producer and actor. He has performed in a number of regional and LA indie films and his short film, MR. EXTION, was accepted at numerous festivals across the U.S. Griffin was based in LA for several years and he co-produced and wrote the feature film THE BAYSIDE OUTLAWS starring Eva Longoria, Billy Bob Thornton and Andre Braugher. While at UM, Griffin performed in and co-produced numerous local films in the Birmingham area. He is currently based in the Gulf Shores area and frequently auditions for film work in Atlanta.
Jalen Brown (BFA Musical Theatre 2015) acted professionally for Red Mountain Theatre Company while at UM and continued to work for the company after graduation as an actor and assistant stage manager, as well as an actor for Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Jalen plans to move to NYC shortly to pursues acting opportunities.
Hannah Mansfield ((BFA Musical Theatre 2015) acted professionally for Red Mountain Theatre Company after graduating from UM including a leading role as the novice in SISTER ACT. Hannah plans to move to NYC shortly to pursues acting opportunities.
Eric Browne (BFA Acting/Directing 2007) is a full-time HS Drama Teacher and Director in South AL and is very active as an actor and director in various theatres around Mobile. He was also worked as a guest director at Southern Alabama University. While at UM, Eric directed THE ALCHEMIST for UM Theatre and also original musicals for College Night.
Blair Dyson (BFA Acting/Directing 2003) is the Drama Director at Prattville High School near Montgomery, AL, where he teaches theatre classes and directs plays and musicals.
Leah Luker (BA Theatre 2005) worked on the full-time production staff at Birmingham Children’s Theatre for many years, where she also directed various shows and tours. Leah has performed professionally in Birmingham with Red Mountain Theatre Company, City Equity Theatre and the AL premiere of GREY GARDENS. Leah was the assistant director on UM Theatre’s co-production of PARADE with Magic City Actors Theatre and participated in our January 2009 Musical Theatre Intensive in NYC. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and currently works for Rent Monster in Birmingham.
Hunter Lawley (BA Theatre 2006) was a full-time musician/songwriter performing in AL and the Southeast. Hunter has recorded 2 CDs of his original music to date. He currently is a booking agent for entertainment acts around the US.
Matt Smith (BFA Musical Theatre, 2013) performed professionally with Birmingham Children’s Theatre after graduation and currently resides in Birmingham. Matt participated in our 2012 and 2013 January NYC Musical Theatre Intensive workshop.
Holly Dale (BFA Acting/Directing 2010) worked for 2 summer at UNTO THESE HILLS in NC 2010 and as an acting intern at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, CA. Holly currently works in marketing for various radio stations in Birmingham and is active in community philanthropy.
Zach Clemons (BFA Musical Theatre 2010) has performed at UNTO THESE HILLS where he was an actor, co-dance captain and fight captain. Zach acted professionally for Birmingham Children’s Theatre and Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, and also worked extensively and full-time in film, TV and commercials as an Atlanta based actor for several years.
Austin Carpenter (BA Theatre 2004) was Technical Director for Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, AL and currently freelances as a theatre designer.
Amy Johnson (BA Theatre 2004) has performed professionally in Birmingham with Red Mountain Theatre Company in many leading roles, including “Ursula” in THE LITTLE MERMAID, BIG FISH and SISTER ACT. and Magic City Actors Theatre. Amy appeared as Mrs. Phagan in UM’s co-production of PARADE at the Virginia Samford Theatre in fall 2009.
Nick Crawford (BA Theatre 2004) regularly performs with his improvisation troupe Ugly Baby and various theatre companies around Birmingham., including recent productions with Red Mountain Theatre company such as LES MISERABLES and BIG FISH. He is a production assistant at Vazda Studios and appeared as Rosser in UM Theatre’s co-production of PARADE.
Kelsey Sherrer (BFA Acting/Directing 2008) works for Regions Bank and has acted/directed extensively with various companies in Birmingham and also worked as an acting intern with the NJ Shakespeare Festival.
BJ Underwood (BFA Acting/Directing 2008) performed at the Lost Colony Outdoor Drama, as well as in JC SUPERSTAR and OKLAHOMA! BJ has performed professionally in THE LARAMIE PROJECT in Birmingham as well with Red Mountain Theatre Company, and also with other UM alums on the TV web series “Bug Spoon.”
Libby Prendergast Medicus (BA Theatre 2004) works on staff at UM and is very active with the South City Theatre in Alabaster, AL as well as other local theatre companies.
Haley Evans (BFA Musical Theatre 2008) worked in arts administration and education at the Red Mountain Theatre Company, Corner High School and arts programs in Birmingham, and performs with other alums on the TV web series “Bug Spoon.”
Karow Wilson received his MFA in Directing from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) and has worked in Italy at various residencies on creating devised and object theatre. Karow resides and works in Italy.
Naomi Armand (BA Theatre 2010) moved to Japan where she works on stage and film. Naomi works with the Alpha Core Talent Agency in Japan.
Grace Dawson (BFA, December 2012) Grace Dawson moved to Los Angeles immediately after graduation to work in a professional internship at Disneyworld. She then pursued a part-time internship in a LA casting office while auditioning for acting projects. Grace has spent the past two years teaching English in Japan and Thailand, and has toured Southeast Asia extensively.
Alumni Prior to 2000
Rebecca Luker has performed leading roles in Broadway musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, and Show Boat. She received a Tony Award nomination for her role of “Marion Paroo” in Susan Stroman’s The Music Man, and was last seen in Fun Home, Nine and Mary Poppins on Broadway. A Vocal Performance major at UM, Rebecca was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater and was our May 2010 commencement speaker.
Rod Lemmond (BFA Scene Design 1998) received his M.F.A. in Scenic Design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently working as a NYC based professional Designer after spending several summers at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Actress Polly Holiday, who worked extensively in regional theatre, off-Broadway, and on Broadway. She is best remembered for her role as Flo on the long-running hit TV series, “Alice.”
Actress and director Greta Lambert is a long-standing company member of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where she also taught in their M.F.A. conservatory program and is current Director of Outreach. Greta conducted a workshop on acting Shakespeare for UM theatre majors in spring 2010 and again in fall 2016.
David Harwell received his Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a professional set designer in Boston and NYC before accepting his current position as Theatre Director for the University of North AL. In 2001, he won an “Emmy” award for his scenic design on the PBS children’s show “Between the Lions.”
Renee Copeland is the Producing Director of Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville.
Jim Gibbs received his MFA in Stage Management from American Conservatory Theatre and has worked as a professional stage manager regionally, on Broadway and in London on the West End. In fall 2015 Jim returned to Birmingham to take a position as Production Stage Manager with Red Mountain theatre Company.
Carl Dean is a Birmingham based actor, director, choreographer and theatre educator. He was the Co-Artistic Director of Magic City Actors Theatre for several years and has also choreographed productions of COMPANY, BABY, PARADE, RENT, CABARET and HEATHERS for the UM Theatre Department. Carl is also a High School Drama Director and educator.
Bill Murphy has been a professional actor in theatre in film based in Atlanta for many years.
Cameron Watson has acted and directed at leading theatres around the country and compiled extensive film and television acting credentials. He currently resides in Los Angeles and directed the feature film Our Very Own with his production company GADA films, starring Emmy winner Allison Janney. Cameron conducted acting on camera workshops for UM theatre majors in spring and recently directed an acclaimed production of Grace and Glorie at the Colony Theatre in LA, among others. Cameron also teaches acting in LA.
Max Wilson was Assistant Head of Automation for Siegfried and Roy at the Mirage in Las Vegas and has worked in technical theatre positions around the country. He now works in sales for Tomcat USA, which provides equipment to touring shows, Broadway musicals and rock concerts.
Patrick O’ Rourke, founder and CEO of Big Apple Lights, NY.
Roger White, Production Stage Manager/Auditions Coordinator of Dollywood, TN.
Paul Looney, founder and former Artistic Director of Theatre Tuscaloosa, AL.
Regina Harbour is a professional actress and director who works around the country, including recent seasons with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre and Summerfest in AL. She holds a M.F.A. degree in Directing from UA at Tuscaloosa.