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Alumni News

If you graduated from one of the programs in the Department of Theatre and Dance at WCU, we would love to hear what you are doing! Click here to update information.

Continuing Theatre and Dance Education

Topher Cusumano ’08 is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Tia Dorsey ’13 will begin her graduate studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London this fall. Dorsey just completed an internship under Angie Koonin, PT, ATC and dance specialist who provides dance medicine services to dancers in Charlotte, NC as well as the North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Jillian Glace '08 is studying for her MA in Creative Art Therapy with a concentration/specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

Jonathan Haupt ‘09 completed his MFA in Technical Direction at the University of Connecticut. He is working for Pook, Diemont, and Ohl Inc. Theatre Equipment Contracting in Bronx, NY.

Andrew Lowy ’09 is in London to pursue his Masters at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Josh Moser ’09 is pursuing his MFA in Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Tony Mottola ’11 will begin graduate studies in acting for film at the New York Film Academy this fall.

Michael Nguyen '10 is working on his MFA in Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He is also teaching dance at various studios throughout the Philadelphia metro area and currently dancing with the Roger Lee Dance Company.

Mike Thatcher '09 completed his MFA in Acting at the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program.

Jim Vadala '12 completed an acting apprenticeship with the Portland Playhouse in Portland, Oregon.

Joanna Volpe ’13 earned the Hedgerow Theatre Acting Fellowship. Fellows will be full members of the Hedgerow Company and gain experience in the different aspects of theatre life.

Alumni in Production, in the Board Room, and in the Classroom

Doug Atkins ’12 can be seen in Young Frankenstein at The Ritz Theatre in New Jersey. Doug will head next to Colorado Springs, Colorado to work with TheatreWorks playing Chicklet in their upcoming production of Psycho Beach Party. With this contract, he will be joining Actors Equity.

Jessica Barth '01 was seen as Tami-Lynn in the movie "Ted", the first live-action film by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Kirk Bixby '06 is The Conductor in the national tour of Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Love - Buddy's Big Adventure. Kirk writes: The Conductor is a full-size Troodon (rapter-like) dinosaur puppet that sings & dances, knows everything about the Mesozoic Era, and keeps everything going on the Dinosaur Train. And let me tell you, I've never been more excited for a job.  Based on the PBS kids TV show, all the Puppets are being designed and created by the actual Henson Creature shop. The show is being co-designed and directed by John Tartaglia, star of Avenue Q and Shrek on Broadway, and creator of ImaginOcean. The show is being built from scratch using all sorts of amazing puppetry techniques, special effects, and of course a real Dinosaur train.  More show info can be found at their official website.

Caitlin Brown ’11 is a professional dancer for the New Jersey Devils Dance Team (NHL), and a choreographer for a semi-professional theatre company in Asbury Park, NJ.

Heather Carley ’14 will be working with the Disney College Program this coming fall.

Justine Cerruto ’14 will be heading into the Disney College Program this fall. Afterwards, she will be the production assistant at Compass Rose Theatre in Annapolis, MD for their spring and summer productions.

Julia Charles ’07 is a freelance scenic painter for local theater houses such as the Fulton Theatre, the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, and the F&M Players at Franklin & Marshall College.

Bridget Cook '04 is the Company Manager of the Philadelphia Theatre Company.

Peter Collier '11 travelled to Singapore to workshop a movement-based play with a group formed out of La Mama Umbria in Spoleto, Italy. A collaboration between American and Singaporean artists, the production performed at the Esplanade Theaters on the Bay, and will be heading back to NYC for continued workshops later this year.

Audra Dennis ’13 is a vocal instructor at The Rock & Roll After School in Phoenixville PA. Audra works with students ranging in age from 12-18 on vocal basics and performance techniques.

Carlos Diaz ’14 is the stage manager for Bent produced by Philadelphia’s Truth Be Told Productions this fall.

Michael Durkin '08 is the artistic director of The Renegade Company in Philadelphia, PA.

Brendan Flaherty '10 is working in the NBC Studio Electric Shop in Manhattan as an I.A.T.S.E. Local One Apprentice Electrician.

Kimberly Gilbert ’98 received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance work in the Washington, DC area. Gilbert garnered an Outstanding Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F---ing Bird,” a free-spirited rewrite of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Gilbert has been a Woolly Mammoth company member since 2006. Gilbert was previously nominated in 2007 for Outstanding Lead Actress for her work in “Martha, Josie, and The Chinese Elvis,” also produced by Woolly Mammoth. After completing studies at WCU, Gilbert went on to earn an M.F.A. in Classical Acting at George Washington University in 2001. She is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Olivia Goodwin ’13 is currently dancing with the Andrea Mychaels Dance Project, a modern-jazz based professional dance company located in Oaklyn, NJ, and is teaching dance at various studios in Delaware and Chester County, PA.

Kate Iezzoni ’06 is the Director of Institutional Relations for The Metropolitan Opera. She oversees government, foundation, and corporate relationships for the largest cultural institution on the country.

Abbie Jones ’09 is a dance teacher at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville, NJ.

Dan Kontz ‘ 11 is a free-lance designer in Video Production, Photography, Graphic Design, Theatrical Sound & Video Design in Philadelphia. Find his work here.

Andrew Dean Laino ’14 performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream this summer with Downingtown East Theatre. He will be working with the Disney College Program this coming fall.

Vanessa Long ’14 moved to New York City shortly after graduation. She choreographed The Boogeyman, Diaries of a Broken Home performed at the Thespis NY Theatre Festival.

Judi Ludovico ’84 is the Chief Entertainment Officer for the Atlantic City Alliance. She is the Creator and Producer of citywide event and entertainment activation for the $30M DO AC campaign. She managed business development, strategic planning, routing and booking for the first ever Radio City Christmas Spectacular $25M touring arena production as well as four existing theater productions. The tour consistently broke box office records with sales reaching $45M annually, making it one of the top 35 tours in sales worldwide. Creator and Executive Producer of the first ever Rockette branded dance education programs, The Rockette Summer Intensive and The Rockette Experience. The first year round event in the history of the Rockettes to reach $1M in annual revenue, have its own cable television mini-series and develop new talent. She is also the producer of the first ever vocal coaching mobile app specially designed for dancers, Singing For Dancers with Liz Caplan. App on sale now for iPhone, iTouch, iPad, and Droid. Member of AEA and AFTRA.

Robert McCracken ’72 is a freelance actor based in Los Angeles, working mostly in television. This past year, he continued his role as Brendan Roarke on Sons of Anarchy and guest starred on Brooklyn 99 and a pilot for Amazon, Hand of God. He stays active in theatre and spent the 2005 season at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He directs network television, most notable Judging Amy and Any Day Now. His IMDB profile is under the name Bob McCracken.

John McGraw ’98 was named Downingtown East High School’s Teacher of the Year 2014. McGraw, who also completed his MA in Communications at WCU in 2004, teaches English and Theatre Arts.

Ryan McLaughlin ’14 will be the Scene Shop Apprentice this coming year at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

Pat Moran ’14 is a performance intern at the Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore, TX this summer, performing in MacBeth, Cymbeline, My Fair Lady and The Lost Prince. Following this, he will be a year-long performance intern with the New Stage Theatre in Jackson, MS, performing in their main stage and touring productions throughout Mississippi and teaching performance workshops for grades K-12.

Matt Pilsner '04 works as a stage carpenter at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ.

Megan Pisors ’07 can be seen in Young Frankenstein at The Ritz Theatre in New Jersey. All of her past and upcoming projects are on MeganPisors.com.

Ian Potter ’10 is the Resident Scenic Designer for Gamut Classic Theatre/ Harrisburg Shakespeare Company. Under this title, he designs, constructs, and paints for all main stage and subsidiary productions. Ian is also an actor and theatre educator.

Lauren Quattrone ’11 is currently teaching at and managing First Position Dance Arts in Ardmore in addition to teaching at The Dance Center in West Chester. Lauren is a proud member of Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective (IPDC), a non-profit organization that travels to help children that have suffered from socio-economic and/or natural disasters and is currently dancing with the Roger Lee Dance Company in Philadelphia.

Tammy Russell '01 is a coach, choreographer and instructor at the Russell's Dance and Baton Studio, with several locations in PA.

Eric Scotolati ‘09  earned great reviews Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll mounted by Plays & Players Company in Philadelphia as seen here. Scotolati can currently be seen with the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company in Twelfth Night.

Katie Stahl ’14 will be working with the Delaware Theatre Company this summer as a marketing and public relations intern.

Mike Thatcher '09 is spending this summer with the Texas Shakespeare Festival cast in Cymbeline, Noises Off and My Fair Lady. Thatcher spent last summer in Williamsburg, VA as part of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival cast in both Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Andy Truscott '09 is the Marketing and Development Manager at Delaware Theatre Company, Delaware's only LORT Equity House.  He is also the Director of Development at The Renegade Company, a devised theatre company in Philadelphia founded by fellow alumnus Michael Durkin '08.  Prior to DTC, Andy worked as in Development at Pig Iron Theatre Company and in Audience Services at Act II Playhouse.  Since graduation, Andy has graduated with an A.A. in Business Administration and an A.A.S. in Marketing.

Annie Walters ’14 is the lighting designer for Bent produced by Philadelphia’s Truth Be Told Productions this fall.

Jeremy Webb ’94 is the Technical Director at the University of West Georgia. In addition to working on all the Department of Theatre productions, he also teaches the stagecraft courses.

Tiara Whaley '12 is currently playing Lorraine in La Comedia Dinner Theatre's production of All Shook Up in Springboro, OH.  Past professional productions: The Sound of Music at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre;  Singer/Host at Sesame Place for the Halloween Spooktacular and A Very Furry Christmas seasons.

Melanie Whelan ’13 works for Proof Productions, Inc, a custom fabrication shop that creates sets for Broadway and regional productions all over the country. She is the assistant to the owner, handling all major correspondence with their clients.

Scott Wiggins ’04 is a free-lance pyrotechnician licensed and working in Delaware, New Jersey, New York City and Pennsylvania. Prior work includes Giants Stadium, the dedication of the GW Bush Congressional Library in Texas, for productions of Spam-a-lot and The Wizard of Oz, and for artists Alice Cooper, Kanye West and many more.

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This page last updated 07/29/14.