Alumni News Summer '13
Carmen I. Abrazado (T’00) is in the process of ending her seven-year stint at The Lion King on Broadway, and starting her own business. Carmenia Events, LLC is an event coordination business which specializes in non-traditional venues and environmentally-friendly options. Included in the several services offered is a solar generator and solar-powered audio system. Carmen is excited to begin this next phase of her life with her husband Mark and daughter Ila by her side.
Brett Aresco (T’09) is currently living in New York City working in theater, improv, and commercials. He is about a year removed from a two-year stint in the Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea Theater in TriBeCa. In the meantime, he has acted in various productions and workshops both in and out of town and is currently studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
Michael Ayers (T’07) is graduating from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in April of 2014, and applying for an internal medicine residency. He was named Joseph Collins scholar for outstanding academics in a student with significant ongoing contributions to the arts and will be Bobby Strong in fall production of Urinetown in NYC. He continues to study voice at Matt Farnsworth Studios in NYC.
Dana Berger (T’05) has been working steadily in NYC. She signed with Phoenix Artists Agency this year and just finished a sold-out run of the 1850s melodrama The Poor of New York, which ran at The Connelly Theater in Manhattan. She is currently in rehearsals for the World Premiere of The Capables by Jay Stull. This spring she starred in an episode of the web series "Dawg House," which went viral on YouTube. You can watch that episode and find out more about her work at <www.danaberger.com>.
Danny Bischoff (T’07) was just accepted to The Second City Directing Program and will begin classes July 30th. Also, Abraham Werewolf [the Chicago-based theater company co-founded by Danny and other Duke alums] is planning its next season of theater. Lastly, he created and directed a long form improvisation game called “The Funeral” that they [Abraham Werewolf] have been performing around Chicago.
Marshall Botvinick (T’06) (see faculty news)
Ritza Calixte (T’13) is getting settled into LA and has found an internship with Footprint Features and a job in West LA. She’s very excited to be working towards her dreams and feels lucky that the transition of moving cross-country has been relatively smooth.
Cheryl Chamblee (T'97) is now the Executive Director of the Chatham County Arts Council. She's also working on commission toward a new script—co-written with Tamara Kissane (T'95).
Yujin Chun (T’11) is a rising second year student at Cornell Law School and working for a judge in Los Angeles this summer. Yujin has acted in parody videos that were made to advertise a fundraising project for the public interest fund at Cornell <youtu.be/xipAQJafC18> (Mean Girls parody) and <http://youtu.be/DTarTThOw_s> (Breakfast Club parody)
Nicholas de Wolff (T’92) was elected this year to chair the City of Burbank (Entertainment Capital of the World!) Sustainability Commission—driving policy on alternative transportation, energy, and water conservation ("plenty of drama, but not necessarily theatrical in nature"). Last summer he finished up a 5-year run as Senior Advisor to the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the world’s largest youth film festival and expo <http://ww.nffty.org>. He continues to serve on their Advisory Board. He just co-produced the Production Showcase Competition for Produced By Conference.<http://www.producedbyconference.com/index.php?page=2013-pga-proshow> He continues to advise and coach creative individuals (actors, musicians, etc), on an ad hoc basis, but is otherwise sadly not as deeply involved in the live arts as he once was. His focus these days is on brand building: advising startups and corporations on marketing and business strategy <http://www.nicholasdewolff.com>.
Delicia Dunham (T'93) recently performed with Stage Left Theatre in LeapFest, its tenth annual festival of new work. The festival ran at the Storefront Theatre in downtown Chicago in June. The production she was in was Blue/Whitney by playwright Steven Haworth. She has also become an advanced acting student at Black Box Acting Studio in Chicago.
Sarah Taylor Ellis (T’08) completed her Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA in March 2013; her dissertation is entitled "Doing the Time Warp: Queer Temporalities and Musical Theater." She is currently working as a composer and freelance music director in NYC. Sarah recently performed a solo concert of music written with lyricist Lane Williamson at The Underground. This summer, she will music direct the table read of Usher for Pallas Theater Collective, as well as summer musical theater programs at Harlem School of the Arts and Abrons Arts Center. She tweets at @staylorellis.
Jim Findlay (T’89) recently directed and designed the world premiere of David Lang's The Whisper Opera at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The piece will premiere in NYC at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival on August 10. In the fall, he'll be designing the musical Fun Home at the Public Theater in NYC. And his newest original work, Dream of the Red Chamber: a performance for a sleeping audience, conceived and written with fellow Duke alum Jeff Jackson (T’93) will premiere in the spring of 2014 presented by PS122 in NYC.
Claire Florian (T’09) is living in New York and working for Lincoln Center Global, the new consulting branch of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Lincoln Center Global draws on Lincoln Center's experience as the world's leading performing arts center to advise arts organizations and leaders worldwide across a broad spectrum of activities, with the goal of guiding and propelling cultural institutions to lasting success. Claire also serves on the Social Board of Opening Act, an organization that provides free after-school theater programs for New York City's most under-served students.
Molly Forlines (T’13) is in NYC this summer studying acting at the Michael Howard Summer Conservatory and then will be back in Durham stage managing for the Manbites Dog show Cock in the fall and three Little Green Pig productions from December to June. She hopes to get an MFA in acting in a few years so she can one day teach acting while still doing regional or professional theater on the side.
John Gromada (T’86) was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Sound Design in a Play for his music and sound score for The Trip to Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson.
Kathryn Hampton (T’10) lives in Denver and enjoys working in advertising at DISH.
Kana Hatakeyama (T’10) is performing regularly with the Bats, the resident acting company at the Flea Theater, of which she has been a member for over two years. She is performing in Tommy Smith's Nectarine EP at the Brick this month, and will be shooting a feature film directed by Deborah Kampmeier in July.
Jamie Kaye-Phillips (T’10) recently associate produced his first smash success on Broadway: Tony Award Winner John Logan's new play I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler. He also worked on and/or associate produced Kathie Lee Gifford's Scandalous starring Carolee Carmello and Theresa Rebeck's Dead Accounts starring Katie Holmes & Norbert Leo Butz. He continues to work for and develop new productions under Jeffrey Finn at Jeffrey Finn Productions.
Madeleine Lambert (T’08) recently played Anne Boleyn in the sold-out and extended week run of the U.S. Premiere of Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn at The Gamm Theatre. In May, Madeleine was in a reading of a new play, Shelter, at the Huntington Theatre Company. In June, Madeleine attended The Magdalena Project in Denmark at the Odin Theatre. She is currently a Teaching Associate at The School at Steppenwolf. In August and September, Madeleine will play Maggie in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater and at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. She will return to Rhode Island next spring to play Una in David Harrower's Blackbird at The Gamm Theatre. Madeleine continues to record audiobooks for AudioGO/BBC and Tantor Media and she completed her first triathalon in June and anticipates running the Chicago Marathon in October.
Aaron Lazar (T’98) is starring as Sam in Mamma Mia on Broadway. He recently spent two weeks working with Sting, Joe Mantello and John Logan on a reading of their new musical The Last Ship. He is currently filming a WB comedy directed by Shawn Levy titled “This Is Where I Leave You,” playing Tina Fey’s husband, Barry. And he will soon star opposite Megan Hilty in a reading of the newly reworked Cole Porter musical Can-Can.
Katie Lee (T’08) left Senator Richard Lugar's Foreign Relations Committee staff in September after four years to work on the policy team for InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based NGOs that do international development and humanitarian work.
Kerry O'Malley (T’91), will play a series regular role Dr. Mia Vogel on the new A&E series “Those Who Kill,” starring Chloë Sevigny and James D'Arcy. Shooting begins in Pittsburgh PA in fall 2013 for a 2014 airing. Kerry will also play Kate in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's one night only concert performance of Kiss Me, Kate at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston in August 2013. She is also a fellow at this summer's Cabaret & Performance Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in CT.
Adam Smith (T’98) finished up another year on faculty at CalArts, teaching Voice technique for actors (alongside former Duke instructor Rafael Lopez-Barrantes). He directed a one-man adaptation of a David Foster Wallace short story at The Actors' Gang Theater in LA, starred in a critically-acclaimed production of Intimate Apparel at the Pasadena Playhouse (with Vanessa Williams and Dawnn Lewis), appeared in NBC's “Scandal" (alongside stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn), starred in a "Hometown Buffet" commercial, took part in a reading of a screenplay with James Franco and Jonah Hill, starred in a short film (with fellow Duke alum Tate Henderson-Evans (T'98)), and recorded a number of VOs (including a recent video game in which he plays the villain, a German WWI scientist). He is also currently serving as an official judge for the renowned PEN USA Literary Awards in the Drama category.
Will Sutherland (T’11) is beginning his third summer in Chicago. He works with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago managing the receiving of property for Leslie Hindman, ensuring the items are properly handled, stored, and processed for sale.
Alpha Tessema (T’13) is living in Chicago, taking improv and comedy writing classes at the Second City with funding from the Duke Benenson Arts Award.
Kimberly Welch (T’13) is doing ethnographic research in Kampala, Uganda on the relationship between performance and the education of women in Kampala this summer. She starts the Ph.D. Program in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA in September.
Charles Randolph Wright (T’78) directed Motown The Musical, which opened on Broadway April 14. His new play Love in Afghanistan premieres at Arena Stage in October.
Gretchen Wright (T’09) is the Management Assistant at Court Theatre in Chicago, and will be starting her MFA in Theater Management at Yale School of Drama in the fall. Additionally, she’s been the Business Manager for Laboratory Dancers for two years and most recently helped produce the company's first cross-country tour, which took place in June.
Kevin Wu (T’11) took a year to travel after graduation, visiting 22 different countries before moving to LA in the fall of 2012. He’s made his living as a freelance filmmaker, and he’s directed a TV pilot presentation, co-directed a short, and been in several interviews to direct web series, commercials, music videos, etc. His stage combat with Jeff. A.R. Jones has come in handy a number of times as well. He played the role of a thug in a music video where he fought Batman, Robin, and Nightwing. He has also stunt coordinated/fight choreographed a number of shorts, a music video, and an independent feature film.
Martin Zimmerman’s (T’07) play Seven Spots on the Sun just received a reading at Marin Theatre Company and will receive its world premiere this September at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His play The Solid Sand Below received a reading at Goodman Theatre as part of New Stages this past December and will receive workshops at Atlantic Theater Company (as part of MixFest) and The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference this summer. His play White Tie Ball will be produced by Teatro Vista this September and he has been named a Playwright in Residence at Teatro Vista. A play he is co-writing with Rebecca Stevens entitled In The Event Of Capture is receiving a reading at Chicago Dramatists this summer. And he was awarded a McKnight Advancement Grant from The Playwrights' Center.
Alumni News from Summer '12
Carmen I. Abrazado (T'00) just finished up her sixth year as an Assistant Stage Manager for The Lion King on Broadway. She and her husband, Mark, are enjoying her break this summer to give birth to their first daughter.
Michael Ayers (T’07) is a third year medical student at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in NYC. He is a recipient of the Joseph Collins Scholarship for students who excel in artistic or cultural pursuits. He performed on an AEA guest contract as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in NYC this fall.
Danny Bischoff (T’07) is working as an assistant director on two shows at The Second City and helping manage the box office for The Second City's Main and ETC stages and Up Comedy Club in Chicago. He is hoping to get into their directing program this summer.
Greg Carter (T’89) is Artistic Director of Strawberry Theatre Workshop in Seattle. The company was nominated for a third consecutive year for Outstanding Production (for Breaking the Code) in the Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Awards--a program that has only been in existence for three years. Strawshop is the only Seattle theatre nominated even twice, and has achieved its three nominations during a period in which the company only produced six plays. Carter directed an eight-person adaptation of Inherit the Wind at Strawshop in September, 2011, and soon will be leading a remount of This Land--a play for puppets and actors derived from the drawing, writing, and music of American folk artist Woody Guthrie. He is an Associate Professor of Performance Production at Cornish College of the Arts.
Delicia Dunham (T’93) was recently in a production of the play Palmer Park by Joanna McClelland Glass at the Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois. She played the role of Linda Hazelton.
Sarah Taylor Ellis (T’08) was just awarded a dissertation year fellowship to complete her PhD in Theater & Performance Studies at UCLA; she will graduate in spring 2013. Sarah is a theater critic and arts blogger for L.A. Weekly and Stage and Cinema. She recently dramaturged Cyclops: A Rock Opera, which had a sold out and extended run at NYMF 2011, and she is currently music directing Fellowship! The Musical Parody of The Fellowship of the Ring with a company of awesome improv actors in Hollywood.
Julie Foh (T’02) finished her first year teaching Voice and Speech in the BFA Acting Program at Rutgers University in May, and next year she will teach in both the BFA and MFA Acting Programs. Recent directing credits include the radio play Miracle on 34th Street at Rutgers, Occupied by J. Holtham (Red Fern Theatre Company's festival Created Equal), and short plays by Gregory S. Moss and Crystal Skillman for Studio 42's first ever Unproducible Smackdown. Recent professional accent coaching credits include Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Studio 42), Nightlands (New Georges), We in Silence Hear a Whisper (Red Fern Theatre Company), and Suddenly Last Summer (White Horse Theater Company). She is also the Literary Manager of Studio 42.
John Gromada (T’86) is having a record season on Broadway, with six productions: music and sound design for Man and Boy (with Frank Langella), Seminar (with Alan Rickman), The Road to Mecca (with Rosemary Harris), The Best Man (with James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury) for which he won a Drama Desk award, and The Columnist (with John Lithgow), and sound design for the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park. He composed a score for last summer's Shakespeare in the Park production of Measure for Measure and released a recording of the score on iTunes and Amazon.
Russell Hainline (T'07) has been teaching and directing theater in the Washington, DC area for the last three years. He also writes freelance movie reviews for several publications in addition to running his own film criticism blog, http://thepasswordisswordfish.com. He is moving to Los Angeles in August in hopes of selling one of his several completed screenplays.
Matt Hooks (T'06) has been continuing his work with Abraham Werewolf, which he co-founded in late 2008 with fellow alums Danny Bischoff, Jack McDonald and Alberto Mendoza. They're entering their fourth season with a primary focus on exploring (and exploding) the promenade style. Their season began with an original devised work by Alberto entitled Art Heist. Next, he'll be directing a wild adaptation of Julius Caesar told through the eyes of an uncontacted tribe in South America. Third, their good friend Gus Menary will be directing Spirits to Enforce by Mickle Maher. They'll be finishing out the season with another original devised work called Full Metal Beckett, which will be comprised entirely of found material by and about Stanley Kubrick & Samuel Beckett. Abraham Werewolf is currently in lease negotiations for a space of its own. If all goes well they'll have a place in the thriving storefront scene in Chicago.
They have also built two web applications that help theatre companies reduce administrative cruft so they can focus on their art. Simple Auditions is a basic a la carte audition listings website where companies can get the word out to thousands of actors in the Chicagoland area in less time than it takes to make a sandwich. Fourth Wall is an event management platform that makes it easier for companies to get the word out about their events. In the coming months they're hoping to turn it into a community-run social network that helps companies better communicate with each other and their audiences.
Amy Jacobs (T’93) In 2011 Amy became a partner at Bespoke Theatricals, a leading Broadway General Management firm and is currently general managing Evita, starring Ricky Martin, and the play, Clybourne Park, which won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for best drama.
Madeleine Lambert (T’08) received her M.F.A. in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep last May. Madeleine has signed with Stewart Talent Agency. In October she played Mary Swanson in Middletown, which kicked off Manbites Dog Theater Company's 25th Season. Madeleine is currently recording audiobooks for AudioGo/BBC.
Aaron Lazar (T’98) just finished a run of Michael John La Chiusa's new musical Giant based on the George Stevens' movie playing the role of Bick Benedict. He appeared at Joe's Pub in April and the Kennedy Center in May, performing his solo cabaret. He is now starring as 'Sam' in Mamma Mia on Broadway.
Janet Menaker (T' 97) lives in New York City and is Executive Director, Marketing for Fairchild Fashion Media, a division of Conde Nast. She is also involved in producing a new Off-Broadway show, Rated P... for Parenthood, a 90-minute sketch comedy musical about the joys and lunacy of raising kids. The show opened Feb. 29 at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan.
Alberto Mendoza (T’06) Since 2008, he has continued to write, perform, and produce theater with Abraham Werewolf (http://abrahamwerewolf.com) which he co-founded with fellow Duke alum Daniel Bischoff, Matthew Hooks, and Jack McDonald. In August 2011, they produced their fifth original production, One Night Only with theater studies faculty member Jay O'Berski serving as director. (See Matt Hooks for more...)
Kerry O'Malley (T’91) performed on Broadway this season as Dr. Sharone Stein opposite Harry Connick, Jr. in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Recent television appearances include guest spots on Harry's Law and Hart Of Dixie, and recurring roles as Kate the Bartender on Showtime's Shameless and an upcoming multi-episode arc on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. She also appears in two upcoming independent films, Steven Soderbergh's The Bitter Pill and Neil Turitz's That Thing With The Cat.
Dylan Parkes (T’08) arrived in Chicago in 2009 with a small sack of coins and a dream, and sought employment in the place where any young artist would: restaurants. He has since worked in some of the top Michelin-starred shops in the city, but his art has still been his focus. In late 2009, he founded a small production company, Sour Mash Productions, with fellow alums Gretchen Wright and Martin Zimmerman. They are committed to multi-genre art production without the limits of a "season." They recently worked at the DCA public theatre downtown on a devised piece helmed by Mr. Zimmerman. He also recently joined another Duke Alum company, Abraham Werewolf. (See Hooks, Bischoff and Mendoza)
Matthew Patrick (T’09) After spending two successful years acting and directing along the East Coast, Matthew has moved to sunny Los Angeles where he is producing a highly successful web series called Game Theory. Hailed by fans as “the best simultaneously entertaining and educational show [they've] ever seen across all forms of media,” Game Theory has grown from an independent project to an official YouTube partnership and syndication across three major web publications. Now, Matthew is looking to transfer his experience with growing an audience into a career helping other young media producers do the same for their work. Check out Game Theory here: http://www.screwattack.com/shows/partners/game-theory
Brian Charles Rooney (T'99) received the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of legendary Andy Warhol "superstar," Candy Darling, in the world premiere of Pop! at Yale Repertory Theatre. He reprised the role at City Theatre in Pittsburgh (Spring 2012), co-starring with Anthony Rapp as Warhol. In March of this year, Brian appeared as a soloist in the annual Broadway Cares fundraiser "Broadway Backwards" at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, with Betty Buckley, Adam Pascal, Len Cariou, Charles Busch, and Bruce Vilanch. In 2011, the benefit raised nearly $300,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS & the NYC LGBT Center. In the fall, Brian will reprise the role for which he won the NY Musical Theater Festival's Outstanding Performance Award in the rock musical, Bedbugs!!! Part horror show, part campy rock romp, the musical will open Off-Broadway, and has music by Scissor Sisters collaborator Paul Leschen. "Like" him on Facebook, or follow on Twitter: BCR_Octaves.
Danya Taymor (T’10) recently finished assistant directing The Broken Heart by John Ford, produced by Theatre for a New Audience and directed by Selina Cartmell. She is a 2011-2012 Resident Director at the Flea Theater in TriBeCa, and will be directing a full length original play about Juarez, Mexico there in October of 2012. Through the Flea, she also received a Van Lier Fellowship in directing. She is an SDC (stage directors and choreographers union) Observer for 2011-2012.
Gretchen Wright (T’09) is now working full-time as the Management Assistant at Court Theatre (at the University of Chicago), where she assists the Artistic and Executive Directors, coordinates the theatre's internship program, and works with the General Manager to contract all actors and designers. Her fledgling company, Sour Mash Productions, just completed a residency at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) where they developed a new play titled A Natural Progression of our Prolonged Stay, co-written and devised by Martin Zimmerman (Duke '07 of course!). Additionally, she is a performer and the Business Manager for Laboratory Dancers, a modern dance company that provides Chicago with accessible and affordable dance performance and education.
Martin Zimmerman (T’07) recently finished up his year as the Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellow and in July will begin his year as a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. This past winter, his play Seven Spots on the Sun had a reading in The Theatre @ Boston Court's PLAY/ground Festival, followed by a reading at Chicago Dramatists this spring. This summer Seven Spots on the Sun will receive workshops at PlayPenn, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, and a reading at ACT in Seattle. This past spring he was commissioned to write a ten-minute play for American Theater Company's 10x10 festival and co-created a new full-length play entitled A Natural Progression of Our Prolonged Stay as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs' Incubator Series. And earlier this summer he had readings of his plays White Tie Ball at Teatro Vista in Chicago and The Solid Sand Below at Goodman Theatre (commissioned as part of Goodman's Playwrights' Unit).
Alumni News from Winter/Spring '11
Ito Aghayere (T'09) is a second year graduate student at Columbia University School of the Arts and continued to pursue her love of acting and politics with her recent summer internship at the White House in 2010. Her recent credits includeUncle Vanya (Sonya) under the direction of Andrei Serban, and her role as Medea in Euripides' Medea under the direction of Kristin Linklater. This spring, she will reprise her role as Medea with encore performances at both Columbia University in New York and Drew University in New Jersey. She is head of advertising and a resident member of Manhattan's only all-female Shakespeare Company - the Manhattan Shakespeare Project, a newly founded company dedicated to cultivating the growth of the female artist.
Greg Anderson (T'04) lives in Chicago. He most recently appeared in Night & Day and The Importance of Being Earnest with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company where he is an Artistic Associate. In the last year he has guest-starred in episodes of Detroit 187 (ABC), The Chicago Code (Fox), and the pilotMatadors for ABC/Sony. Over the summer Greg got engaged to longtime girlfriend Brenna Anderson (no relation - seriously, research was done) while they were in Rome, and they plan to marry this August in Door County, Wisconsin.
Michael Parker Ayers (T’07) received a scholarship to Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He still is finding time to perform, however, starring as Bobby Child in a production of Crazy for You in NYC last fall. He will also be acting in a production of A Winter's Tale this spring.
Ross Buckley (T’08) completed a 2-year Meisner conservatory training program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City. He is now performing in Israel Horovitz's Line at the 13th Street Repertory Theater. It's New York's longest running off-off Broadway show with a brand spanking new-and-improved cast.
Greg Carter (T’89) was nominated as Outstanding Director in the 2010 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Awards for The Laramie Project, which was also nominated as Outstanding Production. Carter's company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, is the only theater company in the Seattle region to have a play nominated as Outstanding Production two years in a row - a remarkable accomplishment considering Strawshop produced only four plays in the years considered. Theatre Puget Sound is a trade and service organization founded in 1997 to promote and strengthen the Seattle theater community, and includes all of the region's producing companies, such as ACT Theatre, Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Seattle Rep.
Sarah Taylor Ellis (T’08) is a third-year PhD student in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA and a theater critic for EDGE Los Angeles. Sarah recently music-directed the UCLA productions of Is There Life After High School, Happy End, and Gone Missing. Her new family musical Thank You, Mr. Falker - with book and lyrics by fellow Duke grad Andrew Bentz - will premiere at Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre in May 2011.
Claire Florian (T’09) recently wrapped up her residency at Playwrights Horizons in New York, having enjoyed a year in the Casting Department there. She is now working at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Kevin Gray (T’80) currently serves on the faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida (Alma Mater of Jeff Storer!), where he teaches contemporary acting (Meisner Technique, modern realism), acting for Musical Theater, and Comparative Literature (Western Dramatic Lit). He is also teaching performance in the Music Department this semester. Last year at Rollins, he directed Cabareton the Annie Russell Theatre main stage and this fall he directed Grease, also on the main stage. This spring he is directing the Humperdinck Opera Hansel and Gretel for the Music Department. He also teaches musical acting at the Bach Festival Summer Music Academy, which is based at Rollins as well. He performed the role of Che in Evita in Fort Worth in February, and continues to appear in the Symphony Concert Tour of The Three Phantoms In Concert. He released "My Time To Shine," a solo CD, and a children's audio musical called "A Frog's Tale," which he co-wrote with his wife, Broadway actress and composer Dodie Pettit (Phantom, CATS).
Davis Hasty (T’08) recently appeared in A Wrinkle in Time at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland.
Daniel Karslake (T’87) is in the final weeks of shooting his next feature documentary film called Every Three Seconds about the blinding potential in each of us to change the world and why some step into that power and make a difference and so many others intend to make change, but never actually get around to it. The film is being executive produced by former Hoof 'n’ Horn president, Jeanne Hansell Robertson (T '87.) Karslake's last film, For the Bible Tells Me So, was named by “Entertainment Weekly” in their October 2010 issue as one of five movies that has changed the world.
Madeleine Lambert (T’08) will perform the role of Shelby in the Trinity Repertory Company production of Steel Magnolias which runs from April 15 to May 15, 2011. Madeleine will receive a MFA in Acting from Brown University in May 2011.
Aaron Lazar (T’98) is in LA for pilot season and will be playing Attorney General David Wilentz in Clint Eastwood’s movie J. Edgar.
Megan McCrea (T'07) After co-authoring Federated States of Micronesia and Palau: Discover the Real Micronesia and Palau [published by Other Places Publishing, available through amazon.com], moved to the San Francisco Bay area. She works as an editorial assistant at Poetry Flash, where she writes articles on poetry, fiction, and literary happenings. Check it out:www.poetryflash.org
Kerry O'Malley (T'91) recently appeared on television in episodes of Criminal Minds (receiving a "Cheer" from TV Guide's "Cheers and Jeers" column), Bones, Law & Order: LA, The Whole Truth, Shameless, and Detroit 1-8-7. She is also part of the development of the upcoming revival of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever directed by Michael Mayer. She played a leading role in the film Case 39 opposite Renee Zellweger, which opened nationally in October.
Matthew Patrick (T’09) is back on the job hunt after recently finishing the film Ask Me, Tell Me, the third installment in a series sponsored by NYU and its department of Public Health Solutions. Prior to that, Matthew assistant directedElectra in a One-Piece, a new off-off-Broadway play earning a "Critic's Pick" distinction from Backstage.com. He also worked on the lighting for the off-Broadway premiere of Neil Labute's Break of Noon and starred in the workshop production of Broadcast from Bethlehem. The WISE Foundation awarded Matthew the title of "Outstanding Emerging Artist" for his work this summer playing Damis in a world premiere translation of Moliere's Tartuffe at the Peterborough Players.
Stacy Moscotti Smith (T'00) gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Olivia Nicole, on March 31, 2010. Motherhood is her best role to date. After two years in advertising sales for the premiere Spanish Language newspaper in Philadelphia, Stacy began a new position in advertising sales for Metro Newspaper in Philadelphia in mid-January. She also directed a production of All Shook Up in Drexel Hill, PA this fall and next she will be seen as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar in Narberth, PA in the spring. Stacy's also joined the social media bandwagon and can be found on twitter at @StacyNSmith.
Martin Zimmerman (T’07) completed his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin this past May, and re-located to Chicago in August, where fellow Duke Alum Gretchen Wright (T’09) directed his newest play On the Possibility of Romancing a Stone in January. Upcoming projects include readings of his Smith Prize-winning play, White Tie Ball, at The Alliance (Atlanta), Primary Stages (NYC), and The Gift (Chicago) ahead of its world premiere production at Borderlands Theater (Tucson, AZ), as well as a workshop of his play The Making of a Modern Folk Hero at Red Tape Theatre (Chicago) this March.
Alumni News from Spring/Summer '10
Greg Anderson (T’04) recently concluded a run of Les Liaisons Dangereuseswith Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. An Artistic Associate with the theatre, he will appear in Tom Stoppard's Night and Day this fall. Greg guest-stars in the pilot episode of "Matadors" for Sony/ABC.
Dana Berger (T’05) recently returned to NYC after a second stint at Syracuse Stage. Prior to that, she performed with Target Margin Theater, The Process Group (NY Fringe Festival), and took her one woman show, Washing Machine,to Manbites Dog Theater (Washing Machine was nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award.)
Maggie Chambers (T’06) had the amazing opportunity to play Charlie in the Chicago premier of High Fidelity the musical, based on the famous book and movie with Route 66 Theatre Company. It was a fabulous run, and she hopes to find more wonderful opportunities in the theater and film industry after a break away to attend graduate school next year! She doesn't know which program yet, but will keep us posted.
Nicholas de Wolff (T’92) attended for this year's Seattle National Film Festival for Talented Youth, now the world's largest youth film festival (http://www.nffty.org). They screened almost double the number of films screened last year, and due to audience and submission growth, had to add a fourth day to the festival schedule. In his capacity as Chair of the Advisory Board, he presented several of the film screenings, and moderated some filmmaker Q&A sessions, and in his capacity as co-founder of the Producers Guild of America's New Media Council, he sat on a panel entitled "ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION: THE NEW MODEL." Meanwhile, he is busy consulting to a variety of commercial and non-profit entities (http://www.nicholasdewolff.com), as he keeps searching for the next place to hang his professional hat!
Alec Duffy (T '98) co-created and performed in Three Pianos, which had a sold-out run at the Ontological Theater in NYC. The show was picked up by New York Theater Workshop for its 2010-11 season. In the fall, he will be directing T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral in a giant Catholic cathedral in Brooklyn (see alum profile).
Sarah T. Ellis (T'08) will begin her third year in UCLA's Theater and Performance Studies PhD program in fall 2010. She is currently co-chairing the second national graduate student conference in performance studies, assistant music directing the UCLA Theater department's spring production of Cabaret, and writing a short new musical to premiere in the West Village Musical Theater Festival this June. A new children's musical, Thank You, Mr. Falker - written with fellow Duke graduates Julia Robertson and Andrew Bentz - will be workshopped at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica this summer and premiere next season. Sarah was recently published in Studies in Musical Theatre and has upcoming paper presentations at IFTR, ATHE, and the Porter Symposium on musical theater.
Claire Florian (T’09) is living in New York and working in casting for Playwrights Horizons. She has had the pleasure of being involved with recent hits Circle Mirror Transformation and Clybourne Park, and is currently working on the upcoming Me Myself and I with Edward Albee and Emily Mann.
Megan McCrea (T’07) After serving with the Peace Corps for two years on the Pacific islands of Micronesia and Palau, Megan McCrea returned to the US in December, by way of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. She's currently hard at work on a travel guidebook, writing the section about one of the islands on which she lived. Published by Other Places Publishing, the book will cover the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau; it will be released early this fall.
Alberto Mendoza (T'06) is currently employed at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as a House Manager. This past January, Alberto along with Daniel Bischoff(T'07) Matthew Hooks (T'06) and Jack McDonald celebrated their first year as the theatre collective, Abraham Werewolf. Abraham Werewolf is premiering their third original production, Paper Thin Walls, this June in Chicago. http://abrahamwerewolf.com
Kevin Poole (T'98) played Constantine in Chuck Mee's Big Love with the Aluminous Collective (an ensemble of Naropa University MFA alumni) in Denver in November. The production and ensemble received a Denver Ovation Award for "Best Comedy" and "Best Debut on a Denver Stage" by Westword Magazine. The production team has created its own theater company called Band of Toughs (www.bandoftoughs.com) and is producing an adaptation of Pierre Marivaux's La Double Inconstancy through the lens of Hollywood movie musicals with a workshop showing in June and a full production in November.
Charles Randolph-Wright (T’78) currently has three shows running that he directed - the 75th anniversary tour of Porgy and Bess, Duke Ellington'sSophisticated Ladies (starring Maurice Hines - an Arena Stage production at the Lincoln Theatre in D.C.), and Through the Night (written by and starring Daniel Beaty in NYC). Through The Night had an early workshop performance last fall at Duke. He was also selected to be a playwright in residence for Arena Stage in DC.
Adam Smith (T’98) Last November, he shot an episode of "Medium" on CBS. Earlier this year, he participated in a staged reading at the Pasadena Playhouse with Beau Bridges and Annette O'Toole. He starred in an Alan Ayckbourn comedy, How the Other Half Loves at the International City Theatre, the professional resident theater of Long Beach, CA. In May, he went to NYC to hear a staged reading of W=S, a play he co-wrote with world-renowned physicist Ivan Schuller about Physics Nobelist William Shockley.
Preston Whiteway (T’04) is executive director of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., and says he is completely thrilled and honored that The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has won this year’s Tony Award for Regional Theater. The O’Neill Center was founded in 1964 by George C. White as a haven in which to develop scripts. Over the years it has helped nurture works by August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein and John Guare and has been a prominent incubator for American theater for the past 46 years.
Martin Zimmerman (T'07) received his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin this May. His play White Tie Ball received The National New Play Network's 2010 Smith Prize, and was a finalist for the Alliance Theatre's 2010 Kendeda Competition. His ten-minute play Foreign Tongue was a finalist for Actor's Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award and was produced this June in the Source Festival in Washington, DC. Martin was also a finalist for the 2010-2011 Jerome Fellowship.
Alumni News from Fall/Winter '09
Iytoha Aghayere (T’08) started grad school at Columbia University, School of the Arts in the Theater Arts MFA Program, acting concentration. She’ll be living in New York City for the next three years, and learning from an amazing group of faculty members including Kristin Linklater, Larry Singer, Andrei Serban, Niky and Ulla Wolcz, Anne Bogart, and others.
Bridget Bailey (T’06) has toured her one woman show Child Of Hungry Times (directed by Jay O'Berski) to Seattle (Editor's Pick, Seattle Weekly), Moscow, and New York City. In June 2009, she performed the show at the New York City fringe festival, Planet Connections, and won an "Outstanding Production of a Solo-Show" award. Most recently, the show was picked up by the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford as part of an annual art series. Bailey recently filmed an independent short, The Fortune Writer, and associate produced the feature documentary, Sky Dancer. Bailey currently lives in New York City and serves as the Associate Director of the New York Theatre Barn, a theater company dedicated to the development and production of evocative new works.
Dana Berger (T’05) has worked, in the past year, at Syracuse Stage, The SoHo Playhouse and Manbites Dog Theater, performing her third consecutive summer run of the one-woman show Washing Machine there in June. (Washing Machine was nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award.) Dana most recently appeared in the NY Fringe Festival production of Population: 8 in August.
Rob Cameron (T’91) moved to Charlotte, NC last year where he joined Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson as “Of Counsel” specializing in trademark, copyright and entertainment and sports law. He and his wife Julie welcomed their first child and son, Preston Wyatt, born on January 21 2008.
Maggie Chambers (T’06) lives in Chicago and is working for Route 66 Theatre Company on the Chicago premier of the musical High Fidelity, playing the role of Charlie. www.hifichicago.com
Nicholas de Wolff (T’92) has spent the past year on sabbatical, devoting his time to three non-profit projects: The American Lung Association, California municipal sustainability initiatives, and youth film-making. He encourages young Duke artists to learn about NFFTY at www.nffty.org.
Alec Duffy (T’98) created a new show with his company, Hoi Polloi, called The less we talk: a meditation on group singing at New York's Ontological-Hysteric Theater in April. The main character of the piece is a 25-person choir. Duke alumnae Amy Laird Webb and Adia Morris were among the cast members. Duffy also presented a work-in-progress version of his new piece, Winter Journey, at P.S. 122 in July.
Sarah T. Ellis (T’08) is in her second year in UCLA's Theater and Performance Studies Ph.D. program. This summer, she presented a paper to the emerging scholars panel for Music Theatre/Dance at ATHE. Her paper, "Establishing (and Reestablishing) a Sense of Place: Musical Orientation in The Sound of Music," will be published this upcoming
winter in the journal Studies in Musical Theatre. Along with fellow Duke graduates Andrew Bentz and Julia Robertson, Sarah is also writing a new children's musical for the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.
Claire Florian (T’09) is living in New York and working in casting at the off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons.
Julie Foh (T’02) spent last spring teaching and studying at the Moscow Art Theatre School. She received her MFA in Voice and Speech from American Repertory Theater's Institute for Advanced Theater Training in June and began training to become a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® in July of 2009. She will complete the training and hopefully pass the test in July 2010. As of September, she's a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at Webster University in St. Louis.
John Gromada (T’86) is working on a new music theater piece, The Botany of Desire, based on the Michael Pollan book. The Orphans Home Cycle, (the nine-hour epic Horton Foote project) for which he did original music and sound design, played at Hartford Stage and moved to the Signature Theatre Company in New York.
Russell Hainline (T'07) directed last year's Duke theater studies distinction project production of Oleanna, and over the summer performed the lead role of Bobby Strong in Urinetown (a show he directed as an undergraduate at Duke) at Players-By-The-Sea Theater in Jacksonville, Florida. He currently lives in DC, teaches drama at Colonial Forge High School during the day, and performs stand-up comedy during the evenings with fellow Duke Players alumni Daniel Lerman.
Steve Kovacs (T’98) lives in Hong Kong where he is the web director for a multinational health company. He is a founding partner of Activate Studio, a multi-disciplinary design and development company based in Brooklyn.
Madeleine Lambert (T’08) is in her second year in the M.F.A. in Acting Program at Brown University/Trinity Rep where she will be playing The Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi. Madeleine is a 2009 graduate of The School at Steppenwolf.
Aaron Lazar (T’98) played Ben Joplin in the world premiere of Impressionism on Broadway with Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, and Marsha Mason. This summer he appeared with the late legendary maestro Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops. This fall Aaron stars as Carl-Magnus in the first-ever Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. He will appear on USA's new series White Collar. Aaron recently started a company merging the arts & education called Integrated Arts. Their first project has been creating an educational film resource for high schools called The Americana Project. Visit www.theamericanaproject.com.
Elissa Lerner’s (T’08) play Abraham's Daughters was selected to be read at a conference at York University in Toronto on women and the veil. The conference will be June 3-5, 2010. Also, one of her 10-minute plays was selected for a new works production at NYU in December (she’s currently an MA student there in journalism and religious studies), where she'll be directing.
Adia Morris (T’01) has been living in New York City for the past two years, and in February, she leaves the States to teach English in Seoul, South Korea with Hello Kid Actor, teaching English through musical theater.
Melanie Moyer Williams (T’00) recently directed the critically acclaimed Miss Evers’ Boys, which received a Best Actress Nomination for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. This summer she directed a new play entitled The Radiant with Angelica Torn at the Actors’ Studio. This fall, Melanie is directing the New York premiere of Shirley Lauro’s new play All Through The Night for her company, the Red Fern Theatre Company (www.redferntheatre.org). Shaun Dozier (T’08) is the assistant director for the production.
Kerry O'Malley (T’91) recently completed a run as Billy's Mum in Billy Elliot on Broadway. Prior to that she played Abigail Adams in 1776 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. She also performed in a series of concerts celebrating the Broadway musicals of 1964 and 1930 called Broadway by the Year at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Her film Case 39 with Renee Zellweger should be released this fall.
Matthew Patrick (T’09) played the summer season at the Mt. Washington Valley Theatre located in the middle of the White Mountain Range in North Conway, NH. There, he performed four shows, including High School Musical (Chad US/Jock) and The Producers (Sabu/Rolf/Bum/Little Old Lady/Others) with director Clay James and Blood Brothers (Edward Lyons) and Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker) with director Andrew Glant-Linden. He performed as Jonathan Harker in a new production of Bram Stoker's Dracula for the month of October in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
Kevin Poole (T’98) played Constantine in the Rocky Mountain regional premiere of Charles Mee's Big Love in Denver with the Aluminous Collective. Aluminous is a local collective of alumni from the Naropa University MFA program in Theater: Contemporary Performance. Kevin is also developing a new hip-hop theater piece and a play based on the life of a Latvian immigrant.
Brian Charles Rooney (T'99) portrayed fabled Warhol superstar Candy Darling in a workshop of the new musical Pop! at the Yale Institute of Music Theatre in June of 2009. He is reprising the role in Yale Repertory's full production of the show in November & December, followed by a projected NYC transfer in the Spring of 2010, under the direction of Mark Brokaw (Broadway's After Miss Julie). In August of '09, he appeared in a workshop of the new musical Crazy Head Space, directed by Gabriel Barre (Manhattan Theatre Club's The Wild Party), and co-starring Lilli Cooper (Broadway's Spring Awakening). He appeared as Jesus in an all-star benefit, concert reading of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi in September of '09 in NYC.
Adam Smith (T’98) received rave reviews in Chalk Rep's critically acclaimed production of Three Sisters, starring Desperate Housewives' Ricardo Chavira, in LA. He also did a few readings and workshops, including When You Wish, a musical about the life of Walt Disney. He played a public defender in the season premiere of Castle on ABC. And in late Sept/early Oct, he substitute taught for two weeks for Rafael Lopez-Barrantes (former Duke Theater instructor) at CalArts. He also starred in a benefit performance of Family Planning, a critically praised new play, in San Diego.
Melanie Wright (T’09) is working on the Fragile Families Study and The Future of Children journal at Princeton University's Center for Research on Child Wellbeing.
Alumni News from Spring '09
Greg Anderson (T’04) appears this spring in the Goodman Theatre’s production of Rock ‘n Roll by Tom Stoppard. Following, he will perform in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and will assistant direct Fugard’s The Island with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company where he is an Artistic Associate. The Lake at Evening, an independent film by Duncan Riddell (son of Richard Riddell, Vice President and University Secretary at Duke) in which Greg appeared, was screened last month. He begins work on another indie with Duncan in April.
Michael Ayers (T’07) will be Bobby Pepper in Chicago’s first production of Kander and Ebb’s Curtains The Musical at the Drury Lane Theatre (March-May).
Dana Berger (T’05) is currently living and acting in NYC. This past summer she completed a 22-performance run of the one-woman show Washing Machine at the Sanford Meisner Theater in Chelsea and was nominated for a NY Innovative Theater Award for her performance. The show will be coming to Manbites Dog Theater in Durham in June 2009! She also played Sophie Scholl in Stars in a Dark Sky in the 2008 NY Fringe Festival, directed by Duke Alum Melanie Moyer Williams (T’00). Dana will be working with Syracuse Stage during March and April of 2009.
Marshall Botvinick (T’06) will receive his M.F.A. in dramaturgy this spring from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Recently, he worked as the production dramaturg on Communist Dracula Pageant, a world premiere play by Anne Washburn and directed by Obie-Award winner Anne Kauffman. This past year he has also functioned as the American Repertory Theater’s liaison to public schools, and this coming summer he will once again be teaching Theater Arts to gifted teenagers in the Duke Talent Identification Program.
Greg Carter (T’89) is Artistic Director of Strawberry Theatre Workshop (Strawshop) in Seattle, which has recently initiated the Fair Share Theatre program in that city. Fair Share is a recognition that a professional company is spending 50% of its budget on fees for actors, directors, designers, and technicians. Since 2004, Strawshop has been dedicated to bringing attention to labor justice issues through its business and its art. The company is in the midst of a series of plays portraying the lives of radical real people: Life of Galileo, Breaking the Code, The Elephant Man, The Great White Hope, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, The Laramie Project, Saint Joan, and This Land: Woody Guthrie.
Cheryl Chamblee (T’97) is currently co-writing a new play with Tamara Kissane (T’95) exploring themes of abundance among Durham community members. She and Tamara are co-artistic directors of both hands theatre company, and their most recent script, up styx creek, was the inspiration for a new theater piece by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. Cheryl is also a playwriting and theater instructor with the Carrboro Arts Center’s ArtsCenter AfterSchool and Youth Performing Arts Conservatory.
Nicholas de Wolff (T’92) has decided, after four years as Chief Marketing Officer of Entertainment and Media Technology Company, Thomson (parent company to Technicolor, MPC, RCA, and others), to take time off to return to supporting the creative side of things. He was recently honored to accept the role of Chairman of the Advisory Board for the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (www.nffty.org), and is working with the organization’s executive team to prepare for this year’s upcoming festival to be held in Seattle from April 24th - 26th. If any Duke folk plan to be in Seattle at that time, he hopes to see you at the festival!
Delicia Dunham (T’93) performed the role of Baybay in Shay Youngblood’s Talking Bones at the eta Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago. The show ran every Thursday through Sunday from January 29, 2009 through March 22, 2009.
Marjorie Strauss Flink (T’83) has a murder mystery theater business – It’s A Mystery. It was featured in the November 2008 issue of Southern Living Magazine (in a special bonus section for Carolina readers). www.itsamysterync.com
Russell Hainline (T’07) directed Oleanna for a Theater Studies senior’s distinction project this winter. He will be finishing his thesis and his M.A. in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism for The Ohio State University in the fall. Finally, he was recently commissioned to write film criticism for an online indy art journal, and continues to maintain his film criticism blog, http://thepasswordisswordfish.wordpress.com, regularly.
Madeleine Lambert (T’08) is completing her first year of the M.F.A. in Acting Program at the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium. In February she played the role of Jackie in The Hot L Baltimore at the Consortium. In March she is performing her own work in the Consortium’s Playwriting Festival. She will be acting in a Consortium production of Saint Joan of the Stockyards in May. She has also been accepted to the summer training residency at The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago.
Aaron Lazar (T’98) is back on Broadway in Impresssionism, a new Broadway play by American playwright Michael Jacobs, directed by Jack O’Brien and starring Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons. It opened March 12 for a limited 18-week run.
Adia Morris (T’01) is living in Brooklyn, New York, and will be performing in The Less We Talk at the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre in April. Alec Duffy (T’98) directs.
Kerry O’Malley (T’91) appeared once again as Mary-Kate in Season 3 of Showtime’s acclaimed drama series Brotherhood. She also played Betty Haynes (the Rosemary Clooney role) in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas on Broadway this last holiday season. She is currently working on a revised version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (book by Dick Scanlan, direction by Kathleen Marshall, arrangements and musical direction by Michael Rafter) at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ New Play Summit. She will play Abigail Adams in 1776 at Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey in the spring.
Rob Painter (T’05) will be clerking for Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Chief Judge Boggs sits in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kevin Poole (T’98) played the role of Samuel in Handler at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado in January. He is currently working on a workshop of Chuck Mee’s Big Love which will be showing in May with the Naropa MFA alumni collective he co-founded.
Charles Randolph-Wright (T’78) wrote from Rio de Janeiro where he is directing the musical They’re Playing Our Song - in Portuguese!
Brian Charles Rooney (T’99) played Piers Gaveston in Edward the King Off-Broadway at TBG Arts Center in 2008, and later won the Outstanding Individual Performance Award for his portrayal of Dionne Salon in the new musical Bedbugs!!! by Drama-Desk nominated composer Paul Leschen & librettist/lyricist Fred Sauter, which was a part of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. (Bedbugs!!! will begin a commercial run Off-Broadway in the Spring.) Brian played one of the two lead roles in the workshop of Allies, a new musical using the songs of the rock-group Heart. He will portray one of the featured leads in a workshop of the new Peter Gabriel musical, So... in the spring. Brian was approached by the NY Mid-Town International Theatre Festival to develop a solo-show for inclusion in their 2009 program. www.briancharlesrooney.com
Adam Smith (T’98) finished a highly successful run of Three Sisters at the historic Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He played Tuzenbach, alongside Desperate Housewives’ Ricardo Antonio Chavira’s Vershinin. This was the inaugural production of Chalk Rep, and it received rave reviews from the LA Times. Last fall, he assistant-directed former Duke Theater professor Rafael Lopez-Barrantes at CalArts in an original “balagan” type of show, and has since substitute-taught some of his classes there.
Stacy Moscotti Smith (T’00) performed at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in 2008 as Medina Faá, Russian Gypsy. She fought with swords, was dunked in a tank, did a 25-foot head-first high fall and performed with the female a capella singing group The Sultry Sirens of Sin. This past October, The Sirens released their newest CD, “Passing Notes” and raised over $1000 for the Make a Wish Foundation. Stacy was voted “Hottest Female on the Shire” by PARenfaire.net. Her husband Todd was first runner-up for “Hottest Male on the Shire.” Stacy recently performed at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as part of its Broadway Series in the world premiere musical Give My Regards to Broadway. She is still owner of her online travel business VenturesandVoyages.com and will be returning to the PA Renaissance Faire as Medina Faá, Spanish Gypsy, this summer, utilizing the Flamenco dancing skills she learned at Duke. As always, check out StacyMoscottiSmith.com for the latest updates.
News from Summer '08
Greg Anderson (T’04) received his Equity card in February. This summer he shoots The Lake at Evening, an independent film by Duncan Riddell (Richard Riddell's son). Following, he'll perform in The Marriage of Figaro for Remy Bumppo Theatre Company in Chicago where he is an Artistic Associate.
Cheryl Chamblee (T'97) recently co-wrote and directed @ liberty, which was performed at Durham's historic Liberty Warehouse in celebration of the tenth anniversary of both hands theatre company. Cheryl co-founded the company with Tamara Kissane (T'95). Cheryl and Tamara are currently writing up styx creek, an adaptation/re-telling of four Greek myths to be produced in association with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. Cheryl is Greenfire Development's artist-in-residence in downtown Durham.
Maura Farver (T’05) will be directing Martin Zimmerman's (T’07) play Three Movements in NYC at Theatre Row October 17th-26th, 2008. More info will be posted on www.heiressproductions.org.
Russell Hainline (T’07) will be directing Oleanna at Duke University in January 2009. He is receiving his M.A. in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism from The Ohio State University in June 2009, and independently shooting his first feature-length film in the summer of 2009.
Daniel Karslake (T’87) will be in London on July 14th for the UK premiere of his film For the Bible Tells Me So at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the London Literature Festival. Sir Ian McKellen will introduce the film and following the screening, McKellen will interview Karslake and Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop from New Hampshire who stars in the film.
Steve Kovacs (T'98) lives in Hong Kong, where he is the director of online content for a small international company. He continues to serve as the lead developer at hillmancurtis.com and the consulting developer for savorycities.com.
Aaron Lazar (T'98) recently performed in concert with Marvin Hamlisch, Rachel York and Christiane Noll at the NJ State Theater annual gala. He played the role of Major Eric Fenton in a reading of Maury Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday with Brian Stokes Mitchell (dir. Doug Hughes) and the role of Terry Connor in a reading of Roundabout Theater Company's musical Sideshow (dir. Bill Condon). He will be originating the role of Charles Darnay in the new Broadway musical A Tale Of Two Cities (opens in September).
Kevin Poole (T'98) toured his 2-man show Hello Penis: a man-ifesto to Durham in October and to Seattle in March, thanks to assistance from the Duke Theater Studies Department and Manbites Dog Theater Company. After presenting papers the previous two years, he will be working behind the scenes at the upcoming 2008 ATHE Conference in Denver where he now lives with his beautiful wife, Agnieszka McCort.
Kat Cross Potter (T’99) is the VP of Finance and Marketing for Broadway China Ventures, the Nederlander family's venture to bring Broadway tours to mainland China. She is based in the NY office. In personal news, she got married last fall and changed her last name to Potter. She and her husband Colin are expecting a baby boy in late September of 2008.
Vanessa Rodriguez (T’06) is currently serving as the Production Coordinator at About Face Theatre and also as the Production Assistant at Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. In July, she will step in full time at Lookingglass Theatre Company as the Assistant Production Director. For the past year, she has served as the Production & Company Manager at About Face Theatre also in Chicago.
Stacy Moscotti Smith (T'00) recently performed at the Media Theatre in The Full Monty as Georgie Bukatinsky. She will be choreographing their production of Grease there this July. She recently taught her first audition workshop this spring and will be continuing her seminar series. She will be filming two films, Crossroads and The Nail in Philadelphia this June and will be performing with her husband at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire from August through October. Her travel business VenturesandVoyages.com is booming and she has launched a second business, CanceltheCommute.com for folks sick of these escalating gas prices and looking to work from home.
Melanie Moyer Williams (T’00) is a Founder and the Executive Director for the Red Fern Theatre Company (www.redferntheatre.org). They just completed their 2007-2008 Season which included productions of The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, Who Will Carry the Word? by Charlotte Delbo, and A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro. Melanie directed all three productions, and Kendall Rileigh (T’02) was a cast member for the last two productions. Melanie is currently working on a new play with Shirley Lauro and Ensemble Studio Theatre and will direct Stars in a Dark Sky by R.E. Vickers with Dana Berger (T’05) in the New York International Fringe Festival this summer.
News from Winter '08
Greg Anderson (T’04) recently performed at Chicago’s Court Theatre (Arcadia), Next Theatre (The Busy World is Hushed), and IO Theatre (in Duke grad Seth Weitberg’s A Moment Alone). In January he completed a run of The Philadelphia Story with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company in Chicago. An Artistic Associate with the company, he returns in the spring for Bronte and On The Verge. He joins Actors’ Equity in February.
Dana Berger (T’05) has been living and acting in NYC since graduating from Duke. She is in rehearsals for a production of Diversey Harbor by Marisa Wegrzyn, which will run at The Kraine Theater as part of the Frigid Festival in February and March. Last summer she performed Fist in the Pocket’s world premiere of the one-woman show Washing Machine.
Greg Carter (T’89) is the Artistic Director of Strawberry Theatre Workshop in Seattle. Strawshop was the recipient of the 2007 Genius Award for an Organization, chosen by the Stranger newspaper. The award follows several individual awards for some of the city’s most recognizable actors who have appeared at Strawshop in the past few years. The company—which is known for activist political work—produced Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with drama students at Seattle University in October 2007. Carter continues to teach at Cornish College of the Arts, where he is also lead negotiator for the faculty labor union.
Jenn Chambers (T’01) will be working for the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, VA as the Public Relations Specialist. In addition to the festival, which runs from April 18-May 26, they host year-round performance events and educational programming.
Cheryl Chamblee (T’97) is writing a new script with Tamara Kissane (T’95) for both hands theatre company’s 10th anniversary show early in 2008. Tamara and Cheryl’s recent original script, the parent project, was just recognized by The Independent Weekly as one of the Triangle’s Best Original Scripts of 2007. Cheryl’s other recent work has included directing both hands’ production of holding pattern at Manbites Dog Theater, leadership of the writing and arranging of a children’s play titled You Just Never Know What the Future Will Bring, and teaching movement and writing workshops in the Triangle area.
Colin Crowe (T’06) moved to Charleston, SC where she is currently pursuing her MD at the Medical University of South Carolina, after a year teaching Biology and Drama at Colegio Bilingue New Horizons in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Nicholas de Wolff (T’92) has been made Chief Marketing Officer for one of the three divisions of his company, Thomson (parent to RCA, Technicolor, mp3, and a host of other brands). He guesses this finally makes him an honest to goodness “suit.”
Maura Farver (T’05) directed a staged reading of a new play, Sympathetic Division, with Sweeter Theater Productions, a group she co-founded last year. This spring she’ll be directing the NYC premiere of Affluenza by Chicago-based playwright James Sherman, that will run at The Lion at Theatre Row in NYC, March 13th-April 6th, 2008, produced by Heiress Productions.
Julie Foh (T’02) is a first-year candidate in ART’s Voice and Speech MFA Program. There, she has coached student productions of Gray City by Keith Huff, Expats by Heather Lynn MacDonald, and Trigger by Kyle Jarrow. This spring, she will coach the world premiere of Cardenio by Charles Mee and Stephen Greenblatt and directed by Les Waters. She continues to dramaturg and perform remotely in TheBest, a NYC-based multimedia rock show conceived by fellow alum, Eamonn Farrell (T’00).
Daniel Karslake (T’87) continues to be involved with his documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So, that was recently screened at Duke, with him on hand. It made the short list of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the DVD was released on February 19th.
Talya Klein (T’02) is busy working as a writer and director, splitting her time between NY and LA. In addition to spending her free time on the WGA picket line, Talya will be directing the West Coast Premiere of Rinne Groff’s Orange Lemon Egg Canary playing at LA’s Theatre Row February through April, 2008. She sends her best wishes to Duke Theater people everywhere and would love to hear from or catch up with any alums in the LA area! (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lisa Kopitsky (T’06) has been hired full-time as the Literary Assistant at The Public Theater after a year of interning. She also continues to study and pursue stage combat and spent this past semester assistant-teaching classes with Combat Inc. in Manhattan and at Adelphi University on Long Island.
Steve Kovacs (T’98) is the lead developer for hillmancurtis.com, a digital design studio located on the Brooklyn waterfront.
Aaron Lazar (T’98) spent the fall in LA and began working with Greenlight Management. He’ll be performing with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on April 4th.
Kate McCormick (T’05) is living in Pittsburgh after completing her Masters in Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon and is working for Elliott Marketing Group, a database marketing company that specializes in the arts.
Kevin Poole (T’98) is taking his show, Hello Penis: A Man-ifesto,to Seattle in March.
Charles Randolph-Wright (T’78) has been in San Francisco directing the Athol Fugard play Blood Knot at the American Conservatory Theatre in collaboration with Tracy Chapman, who is composing music for this production. It opened in early February. His new play The Night is a Child premieres at Milwaukee Rep in March. He then directs Emergency at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles, opening in April.
Kendall Rileigh (T’02) played Charlotte in the national tour of Charlotte’s Web and Miranda in The Tempest in NYC (starring Joan Darling as Prospero). She will appear in Who Will Carry the Word? directed by Melanie Moyer Williams (T’00). Kendall’s one-act Taking Toll will run at Wings Theatre in New York in March.
Vanessa Rodriguez (T’06) moved to Chicago after graduating and began working as a freelance stage manager. In her first year there, she worked with companies including Lookingglass Theatre, About Face Theatre and Victory Gardens Theatre. She has now turned her work with About Face Theatre into a more full-time endeavor as their Production & Artistic Coordinator. About Face Theatre is the driving force behind some incredible new works as well as long-loved treasures, such as I Am My Own Wife, The Little Dog Laughed and the acclaimed Hip-Hop musical Clay.
Brian Charles Rooney (T’99) portrayed Mother’s Younger Brother in a new production of Ragtime, working with creators Ahrens, Flaherty, McNally, and director Sidney J. Burgoyne at the new White Plains Performing Arts Center in February. He originated the role of Tom “Tennessee” Williams in the new biopic-musical, Becoming Tennessee, at the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theatre Center this past summer, and reprised the role in a workshop production in December of 2007 at the Emelin Theatre. This spring, he will portray Piers Gaveston in a production of Edward the King, a new play by David Brendan Hopes. The play will open at The Barrow Group, Off-Broadway, in Manhattan, in May of 2008. www.briancharlesrooney.com
Brian Schroeder (T’05) is taking a year off from Harvard Law School to travel, journeying through southeast Asia, the east coast of Africa and Europe. He has enjoyed theater and opera performances in several languages.
Stacy Moscotti Smith (T’00) performed at the Weathervane Theatre in seven different productions last summer, including the roles of Peter Pan in Peter Pan, Georgie in The Full Monty, and The Mistress in Evita. She has also launched her own online travel business, venturesandvoyages.com, which is doing very well and allows her to pursue her craft more freely and without the constraints of an office-bound or restaurant-bound day job.
Adam Smith (T’98) recently appeared in the world premiere production of Matter of Honor by Michael Chepiga and directed by Scott Schwartz at the historic Pasadena Playhouse. Earlier this past year he appeared in the feature film Zombie Strippers, a campy horror adaptation of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, starring Robert Englund and Jenna Jameson. He played the unfortunate/fortunate victim of Ms. Jameson.
Preston Whiteway (T’04) spent 10 days in Moscow in the fall observing the undergraduate training program the O’Neill Center has with the Moscow Art Theater School, and building upon the partnership the two theaters have. He is also preparing for the upcoming 2008 summer season at the O’Neill.
News from Summer '07
Carmen I. Abrazado (T’00) is an Assistant Stage Manager with the Broadway company of The Lion King, and continues to complete post-baccalaureate coursework at Columbia University in preparation for her second career as a large-animal veterinarian. She recently purchased a house in Phillipsburg, NJ and has joined the ranks of the commuting throng.
Greg Anderson (T’04) most recently performed in Arcadia at Court Theatre. This summer he'll take part in the remount of a folk music rendition of Oklahoma! for Theatre on the Lake followed by an understudy gig at Next Theatre for The Busy World is Hushed. In April Greg was invited to become the eighth Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. Having appeared in their productions of Power and The Best Man, he'll return to play Sandy Lord in their winter production of The Philadelphia Story.
Michael Ayers (T’07) is performing as Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie and as one of the three performers in Complete History of America Abridged with the Mcleod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, Ill. He will be returning to Duke to dance with the Duke Dance Department in November Dances and the Ballet School of Chapel Hill on scholarship until December. Then in December he will begin a 10-month acting contract with The B Street Theatre of Sacramento.
Bridget Bailey (T’06), spent the last 10 months in Moscow studying acting, after touring her thesis show, Child of Hungry Times to Seattle. She just closed the international premiere of Child of Hungry Times, directed by her master teacher Igor Lisov. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, the author upon whose work she based the show, attended the premiere. She will study acting with Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki's SITI Company in their summer workshop in Saratoga, New York.
Dana Berger (T’05) has returned to NYC and has been working as an actor since graduation. She appeared in Roadside, Maryland (2006 NY Fringe Festival), Fallen (NY Theatre Experiment), and The Elephant (Ignite Festival) as well as others. In June she opened in Washing Machine, a one-woman show in which she plays eight characters.
Danny Bischoff (T’07) is acting in A Streetcar Named Desire in Durham with The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. He will then go to Italy to study Commedia dell’Arte.
Marshall Botvinick (T’06) worked as an assistant to Tony Award Winner Gene Saks on his production of The Underpants at Playmakers Repertory Company, directed Martin Zimmerman’s (T’07) play Three Movements at Duke, and performed in both hands theatre company’s acclaimed production of the parent project. This July he will begin studying to receive his M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the A.R.T./M.X.A.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
Greg Carter (T’89) was chief negotiator for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he teaches Scenic Design and Stage Management. He was recently interviewed on the subject in the newsletter of Theatre Puget Sound <http://www.strawshop.org/interview3.htm>. Carter’s professional company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, is producing Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo at the former home of Empty Space Theatre on the campus of Seattle University in October.
Cheryl Chamblee (T’97) is Co-Artistic and Managing Director of both hands theatre company in Durham. She recently directed a new both hands original, the parent project. the parent project was co-created with Tamara Kissane (T’95), and featured work by Marshall Botvinick (T’06), Alberto Mendoza (T’06), Cynthia de Miranda (T’91) and Adam Sampieri (T’03). Cheryl is preparing to direct a new play for both hands this fall.
Colin Crowe (T’06) has been living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic teaching at Colegio Biling üe New Horizons since August 2006. When she wasn’t relaxing on tropical beaches, she taught Biology, Ecology, and Drama to 9th-12th graders. She directed her students in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in a showcase of student-written monologues called Voices From the High School. She is starting the pursuit of her MD at the Medical University of South Carolina in the fall.
Dani Berthiaume Davis (T’88) reports that at half pint productions they are absolutely buried in work. They have been joined by recent Duke alumna, Lauren Rodman (T’07), who is bringing invaluable energy and initiative to the work.
Nicholas de Wolff (T’92) has recently traveled to China, Hawaii (Oahu and Kauai), and France on business. He is still working at Thomson <www.thomson.net> as VP of Marketing and Communications. His daughter, Catherine, turns 2-years-old soon, and he says all is well in Denmark…uhh, Burbank, California.
Alec Duffy (T’98) has started a theater company, Hoi Polloi, based in New York. Members of the company include Amy Laird Webb (T’96) and Adam Smith (T’98). Hoi Polloi combines music and theater to create quirky and whimsical performance pieces. Their inaugural production, Dysphoria, was selected by the Ontological Theater for their Summer Residency and will be produced there in August 2007. Alec has been selected as a finalist for the TCG/NEA Career Development Program for Directors.
Maura Farver (T’05) co-founded Sweeter Theater Productions, a non-profit theater group that supports emerging female talent in the world of live theater. Maura directed their debut production of The House of Yes in June and, prior to that, had her NYC directing debut in April at Theatre Row with the show Lunch Hour. This summer she will be in the directing program at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Julie Foh (T’02) begins the Voice and Speech MFA Program at ART in July. While in Cambridge, she will continue to participate remotely in The Best, an episodic, multi-media rock theater project based in NYC.
Russell Hainline (T’07) is working in Jacksonville, FL at the Jewish Community Alliance Theater Camp while also taking on the roles of Rick and Lorraine in Bat Boy: The Musical at Players-By-The-Sea Theater at Jacksonville Beach. He will begin pursuing his Masters in Theater Studies at The Ohio State University in the fall.
Matt Hooks (T’06) is finishing up a run of The Lottery at the IO theatre in Chicago. <http://iochicago.net/s_lottery.php>. He was chosen randomly to be part of an improv group composed of IO students. He has been performing as part of a group called Atilla that he started with some fellow students.
Daniel Karslake (T’87) has had great success with his feature documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So, which looks at the intersection of religion and homosexuality. In January, the film had its world premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. It was screened in Berlin and then at the 10th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham where it won the Katherine Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights. At the Seattle International Film Festival, it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary and in the Provincetown International Film Festival, it won the HBO Audience Award for Best Documentary. The film is the “centerpiece” documentary in OUTFEST: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. He has signed a distribution deal with First Run Features for an October release. For listings see <www.forthebibletellsmeso.org>.
Lisa Kopitsky (T’06) is continuing her internship at The Public Theater in New York,
She has been supplementing her experience there by assisting the fight directors on shows like In Darfur, for which she also co-coordinated the volunteer advocacy effort against the genocide, and is currently working with Rick Sordelet on the fights for Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare in the Park - including choreographing phrases for the opening brawl. She will be returning to the National Stage Combat Workshop in Las Vegas to continue her training.
Aaron Lazar (T’98) was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actor for his work in Les Miserables. This summer he is playing Billy Bigelow in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel for the Boston Pops, led by Keith Lockhart. He will join Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA for Hollywood to the Great White Way. He will play Joe Cable in the concert version of South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell on August 3, 4 and 5.
Kerry O'Malley (T’91) is busy shooting Season 2 of Brotherhood for Showtime, on which she plays Mary-Kate, sister to the “brothers” of the title. She will be filming M. Night Shymalan’s latest film, The Happening, in August. She completed filming Paramount Pictures’ Case 39 opposite Renee Zellweger in early winter 2006, and it is slated for a February 2008 release. She performed in her second year of Irving Berlin's White Christmas this past winter at St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
Kevin Poole (T’98) recently graduated with an MFA from Naropa University in Theater: Contemporary Performance. He will be performing his thesis project, Hello Penis: A Man-ifesto, with his colleague Joe Baker at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham in conjunction with the Theater Studies Department in October.
Charles Randolph-Wright (T’78) is directing the film Mama, I Want to Sing from his screenplay based on the Off-Broadway musical. It stars Ciara, Lynn Whitfield, Patti LaBelle, and Billy Zane.
Kendall Rileigh (T’02) is appearing in Julius Caesar and Spartacus with Inwood Shakespeare Festival this summer. Her plays Some Fatal, Some Fortunate and Marginalia were produced in April and May at the Lodestar and Beckmann Theaters in NYC.
Brian Charles Rooney (T’99) was awarded the Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence in the 2007 Lotte Lenya Singers Competition administered by the Kurt Weill Foundation. He debuted a highly successful, sold-out concert at The Zipper Factory in April 2007 - performing original pop-rock songs co-written with Paul Leschen (composer and arranger for the Scissor Sisters) and will repeat the concert in July of 2007 - info at <www.briancharlesrooney.com>. In May 2007, he portrayed Piers Gaveston in Edward the King, a new play by Pulitzer & National Book Award nominee David Brendan Hopes, which has just been optioned for an Off-Broadway production. He will portray a young Tennessee Williams in the new musical Becoming Tennessee at the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center in August 2007, with a NYC production to follow in the fall or winter.
Brian Schroeder (T’05) has begun an internship at a law firm in San Francisco, where he had the great fortune of reuniting with former Theater Department administrator Kristen Jacoby. At the end of the summer, he will postpone his final year of Harvard Law School to take an opportunity to backpack around the world.
Adam Smith (T’98) played lead roles in both a workshop of the new play Matter of Honor at the Pasadena Playhouse and a workshop of Brief History of Penguins and Promiscuity at GTC in Burbank. He also recently shot his first horror feature film, Zombie Strippers, as a lapdance victim to a stripper-turned-zombie, played by porn sensation Jenna Jameson (Adam adds, “this is NOT a porn, just a very campy horror movie”). Finally, as a playwright, his first full-length play W=S (co-authored with renowned physicist Ivan Schuller) received a reading at the Magic Theater in San Francisco.
Stacy Moscotti Smith (T’00) recently made her New York choreographic debut with Victor/Victoria at the Gallery Players. Andrea Davey Gislasson (T’00) was featured in the cast. Stacy has been regularly appearing on QVC as a product specialist for Barielle, most recently this past May. She is also currently working on writing and mounting her first one-woman show entitled Dresses I've Only Worn Once to be performed later this year in New York City. She has been cast as Peter in Peter Pan, The Mistress in Evita, and in six other shows at the Weathervane Theatre’s Summer Repertory Season in Whitefield, NH.
John Vickery (T’07) took a trip to Eastern Europe (Albania, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, etc.) after graduating and is starting work for Oliver Wyman (Management Consulting) in Boston.
Melanie Moyer Williams (T’00) lives in New York City and recently founded the Red Fern Theatre Company (www.redferntheatre.org) which will begin its second season this fall. For the company, she produced and directed Patient A by Lee Blessing, The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel (which also included choreography by Andrea Davey-Gislason (T’00), and Found a Peanut by Donald Margulies. She also directed a reading of a new play entitled Stars in a Dark Sky, which featured Dana Berger (T’05) and will have another reading this fall.
News from Winter '07
Charles Aitken (T’01) played Joe Buck in a dramatization of Midnight Cowboy at the Edinburgh Festival on its way to the West End in London. He has received rave reviews for his performance in the London papers.
Greg Anderson (T’04) lives in Chicago. Following Power and a revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man with Remy Bumppo at Victory Gardens, he's now working with the American Theater Company in a folk music production of Oklahoma!. This spring he'll understudy at Steppenwolf in The Diary of Anne Frank.
Cheryl Chamblee (T'97) recently co-created and performed both hands theatre company's exactly what t(w)o do with Tamara Kissane (T'95) and Adam Sampieri (T'03) as part of Manbites Dog Theater's Other Voices Series. She is currently creating both hands' next original work, the parent project, with Tamara and many other both hands theatre company artists and friends. She is proud to be Greenfire Development's downtown Durham artist-in-residence.
Vinny Eng (T'03) continues to work at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco as the Producing Associate, where they just started studio rehearsals for their main stage production of Hedda Gabler, of which John Gromada (year?) is designing sound and composing original music. And across the hall, Charles Randolph-Wright (T'78) is developing a few projects with their MFA students.
Maura Farver (T’05) just finished working as a production assistant on the new Broadway musical Spring Awakening and this spring she will be directing Lunch Hour by Jean Kerr which will be performed at The Lion Theater at Theatre Row in NYC April 26th-May 20th.
Michael Quixote Fellmeth (T’92) was recently named Vice President at Dramatists Play Service, Inc., in New York City, where he has been Director of Publications for the last eight years. He has recently served on panels on play publishing and the use of copyrighted intellectual property in plays at the Dramatists Guild of America and has established a new agency representing theatrical artwork at www.theatrelogos.com. At the Play Service, he is delighted to be in the process of publishing two new plays by former Duke playwriting professor Yussef El Guindi, Back of the Throat and two one-acts, Such a Beautiful Voice is Sayeda’s and Karima’s City.
Julie Foh (T’02) is in her second season working at Playwrights Horizons as Assistant to the Artistic Director. Last summer she traveled to Australia with fellow alums Eamonn Farrell, Andrea Davey, Jim Iseman, Jesse Belsky, and Sunil Soman to perform their episodic, multimedia rock theater show The Best in the Brisbane Festival. You can find clips from their Aussie shows at www.bellyofthebest.com.
Matt Hooks (T’06) has moved into an apartment in Chicago and gotten a day job while he looks for an agent/auditions. In the meantime he’s been taking improv classes at iO (www.iochicago.net) and is planning on creating an improv troupe with a few classmates.
Daniel Karslake’s (T’87) feature documentary about the intersection of religion and homosexuality in America called For the Bible Tells Me So was just accepted into the US Documentary Competition of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Check out www.forthebibletellsmeso.org to find out more about the film.
Lisa Kopitsky (T’06) has been asked to stay on at The Public Theater in New York for a second semester of her internship. She is shifting from the Associate Producer's office to the Literary office, where she will continue to work closely with the artistic staff. She is also continuing her stage combat
education, having officially passed the certification tests to become an Actor
Combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors, and will be working with several instructors in the area, both as a student and an assistant. She also recently stage-managed an Off-Off-Broadway production.
J. Steve Kovacs (T'98) completed an MSc in Design and Digital Media at the University of Edinburgh, where he also received the Aart Bijl Award for Outstanding Leadership. He currently works for New York University.
Jody Kyler (T’06) is currently in her second semester at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, working towards her J.D.
Jacqueline Langheim (T’06) just finished her first New York performance. She was in an Off-Off-Broadway new musical called Beware: Bernadette. She played Val, a Budweiser-drinking civil engineer, and sang and tap danced around in a short curly-haired wig and a tie. This March she will be
understudying Kathy, in an Off-Broadway production of The Last Five Years and following that will be playing Woman 2 in an Off-Broadway production of Songs for a New World. In the meantime, she’s auditioning every day, working on her craft, and helping a friend start a musical theatre company.
Kat Cross (T’99) has just started a job at Nederlander Worldwide, doing financial management and marketing for a new venture to bring Broadway shows to China. She is recently engaged and will be getting married in September 2007 in seacoast New Hampshire.
Aaron Lazar (T’98) is currently originating the role of Enjolras in the Broadway Revival of Les Miserables at the Broadhurst theater. He played the lead role of Prince Henry in the first reading of a new musical Ever After directed by Doug Hughes.
Allan Maule (T’04) since graduating from UNC-CH with an MA in Performance Studies, works as a creative content writer and voice-over director for Icarus Studios, a computer games company in Cary, NC. He continues to write and perform in Triangle area theater productions, and will assistant-direct the premiere stage production of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress this June.
Janet Menaker (T’97) recently accepted a position as Director of Marketing for Plum Benefits, an employee benefits service and direct marketing company. Plum Benefits partners with entertainment events (Broadway, Sports, Family Events, Comedy, Music, Opera, Cultural Attractions, etc.) to create valuable private offers provided exclusively to corporate employees in 25,000 NYC metro area corporations as a work/life benefit. Janet has joined the company to help develop strategic plans for an expansion into new categories of entertainment and additional cities nationwide. Chicago is first on the list for 2007 - if you're located there, please get in touch!
Michael J. Norman (T'’02) has completed graduate coursework in Spanish Literature. He now heads a Spanish program at a private school in Pinehurst, NC and teaches Theatre Arts courses, too. Michael most recently appeared as Drosselmeyer in Terpsichore Dance Studio's Nutcracker and is currently in early rehearsals for the role of Sergeant Trotter in Agatha Christie's Mousetrap. Other recent theater experience includes the role of John P. Worthing (Jack) in The Importance of Being Earnest as well as directing A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet and assistant-directing The Odd Couple (female version). Michael would like to hear from other alums as he will be in the NYC area in the near future.
Kerry O'Malley (T’91) continues her run as Betty Haynes (the Rosemary Clooney role) in Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Last year she played the role at the Wang Center in Boston and this year at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN. She recently completed filming the Paramount Pictures feature film Case 39 opposite Renee Zellweger. It should be released in fall of 2007. She played Nellie Forbush in South Pacific at the Sacramento Music Circus this summer, and played a memorable role as a pregnant rape victim in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this fall. She will continue filming her role as Mary-Kate in the Showtime series Brotherhood when it begins shooting its second season in April.
Kevin Poole (T'98) worked with an ensemble this past summer on an improvisational performance form based in dharma art called The Red Square at The Boulder International Fringe Festival. He is currently working on two new works, one on masculinity and the other on The Coral Castle, as well as a workshop of Tennessee Williams' Camino Real. Kevin will be completing his MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in May.
Andrew Rein (T'92) is appearing Off-Broadway in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Theater by the Blind ( www.tbtb.org).
Kendall Rileigh (T'02) is excited to be in the first national tour of Great Expectations this spring. She moved to NYC and recently appeared in the premiere of Mac Wellman's Before the Before and Before That at The Flea Theatre, where she is a company member. Her short play Marginalia will be produced in April in NYC.
Brian Schroeder (T’05) just finished a production of The Wild Party (the Frank Lippa version) for his law school's drama society, in which he co-produced and played the part of Oscar.
Preston Whiteway, (T’04) who has been serving as general manager at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, has been appointed executive director of the theater complex (at age 25!).
News from Summer '06
Carmen I. Abrazado (T'00) is very excited to be joining the Broadway company of The Lion King as an assistant stage manager.
Bridget Bailey (T'06) is currently working on a Seattle production of Child of Hungry Times with funding from her Benenson Award. She looks forward to working with Jay O'Berski, the director of the original production, who will be directing the new and improved version of the show she created for her Senior Distinction Project in Theater.
Heidi Blickenstaff (T'94) is appearing in one of the most popular new musicals of the season called [title of show] , which has extended its run three times Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre.
Anne Butler (T'04) is currently working as a Barter Player at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. She is acting and singing in two shows on Barter's mainstage and in several children's theater pieces on Stage II.
Maggie Chambers (T'06) is working for an educational consulting firm in Hampton, Va. making films for its math tutorial program and voiceover recordings for computer programs. She'll also be directing for a theater summer camp in Norfolk, Virginia. She moves to Chicago at the end of August to live with Vanessa Rodriguez (T'06) and will study at Act One Studios for the summer intensive program, funded by her Benenson Award.
Cheryl Chamblee (T'97) and partner-in-crime Tamara Kissane (T'95) are directing their original play brooms-a play about saying yes , a both hands theatre company project at Durham's Manbites Dog Theat
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