News and Updates

The summer of 2016 marked the first season of The Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio. This new professional theater provides a bridge to the business for students in all areas of practice. With over 40 students engaged for the summer – working side by side with seasoned professionals – Tantrum Theater has already made a mark on the Central Ohio theater scene. http://tantrumtheater.org

The fall of 2016 marks the beginning of our relationship with The Acting CompanyOhio University is proud to be an anchor institution in their new consortium model.Upcoming The Acting Company guest artists include The Pig Iron Theatre Company, and playwright Meg Miroshnik and director Devin Brain.

Take a look at all the exciting things that are happening with alumni of the Professional Director Training Program!  

2016 

Kerry Glamsch (MFA ’15) Director, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Relative, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Grease, American Heritage School, Delray Beach, FL

Aurora Held (MFA ’15) Box Office/Publicity, Peoples Bank Theatre, Marietta, OH; Choreographer, Oklahoma!, Hipp Stage Productions, Marietta, OH

Ryan Holihan (MFA ’15) Company Manager, Tantrum Theater, Dublin, OH

Emily Penick (MFA ’13) Director/Producer, Worse Than Tigers, ACT – A Contemporary Theater & RED STAGE, Seattle, WA; Director, Romeo and Juliet, Seattle Immersive Theatre, Seattle, WA; Named Literary & Artistic Manager, ACT – A Contemporary Theater, Seattle, WA; Director/Choreographer, 9 to 5, Centrestage, Federal Way, WA; Choreographer, A Christmas Carol, ACT – A Contemporary Theater, Seattle, WA; Assistant Director, The Royale ACT – A Contemporary Theater, Seattle, WA; Assistant Director, Call of the Wild (A Devising Workshop with UMO Ensemble & ACT – A Contemporary Theater), Seattle, WA; Director, Nadeshiko (Staged Reading), Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle, WA; Adjudicated SUI New Play Festival

Jamie Lish (MFA ’12) Director, Folktales for Fun, Herod Elementary, Houston, TX; Director, The End, University Interscholastic League, Houston, TX

Vanessa Mercado-Taylor (MFA ’10) Director/Playwright, Where Earth Meets the Sky, Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis, MN and Cara Mia Theater Company, Dallas, TX; Director, The ID Project, Dallas, TX; Program Coordinator of Drama & Humanities, El Centro College, Dallas, TX

Elenna Mosoff (MFA ’10) Director, Uncovered: Simon & Garfunkel, Acting Up Stage, Toronto, Canada; Creative Director/Embedded Teach Coach, The Mission Business, Toronto, Canada

Andy Felt (MFA ’09) Director, Blithe Spirit, Marietta College, Marietta, OH; Director, The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare on the River, Marietta, OH; Actor, television commercial, Paskawych Entertainment, Marietta, OH

Bryce Britton (MFA ’09) Director, Macbeth, Hazelton Federal Correctional Institution, Bruceton Mills, WV; Director, The Bennett House, WVU School of Theater, Morgantown, WV

Melissa Grande (MFA ’07) Director, The Giver, Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA; Instructor (Intro to Theater & Oral Interpretation), Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; Director, Telephone, No Name Players’ SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now); Director, Better Late, South Park Theatre, South Park Township, PA; Marketing, Kinetic Theatre’s Productions of COCK and The Hound of the Baskervilles

Ed Cisneros (MFA ’07) Inducted into the Golden Apple Academy as a Teacher of Distinction; Director, Novio Boy, Multicultural Academy of Scholarship, Chicago, IL; Co-Facilitator for the Summer Theater Workshop, The House Theater of Chicago;

 2015 

Kerry Glamsch (MFA ’15) Faculty, American Heritage School, Delray Beach, FL (Director, Much Ado About Nothing, Cabaret, and 3 other productions)

Aurora Held (MFA ’15) Director, Mary Poppins, Ohio Valley Summer Theater, Athens, OH; Area Supervisor of Haunt Talent, Kings Dominion, Doswell, Va (Scriptwriter for Overlord’s Scaremony, create Scaraoke songlist for Club Blood, you get the picture)

Emily Penick (MFA ’13) Named Artistic Associate, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, WA; Fight Choreographer/Associate Director, Othello, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle, WA; Associate Director, An Iliad and Othello, American Players Theater, Spring Green, WI; Associate Director, Seven Ways to Get There, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, WA; Choreographer, A Christmas Carol, ACT – A Contemporary Theater, Seattle, WA; Assistant Director, Mr. Burns – A Post-Electric Play, ACT – A Contemporary Theater, Seattle, WA; Director, Young Playwrights Festival, ACT – A Contemporary Theater, Seattle, WA; Fellowship Director, Kenan Directing Fellowship, ACT; Founding Artistic Director, RED STAGE, Seattle, WA; Director, Snowglobed, Playing in Progress at West of Lenin, Seattle, WA; Choreographer, Slaughterhouse-Five, Book-It Repertory Theater, Seattle, WA; Choreographer, Don Nordo Del Midwest, Café Nordo Theatre, Seattle, WA; Production Manager, The Three Sisters, The Seagull Project, Seattle, WA

Lee Kinney (MFA ’13) Director, A.D.A.M. 2.0, Less Than Rent/United Solo Festival, New York; Music Direction, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ; Sound Designer, Peer Gynt, NYU Tisch, NYC; Sound Designer, Student Body, Flea Theater, NYC; Sound Designer, When We Went Electric, Flea Theater, NYC; Sound Designer, In the Car with Blossom and Len, Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown, NJ; Ass’t Sound Designer, The Weir, Irish Rep, NYC; Sound Supervisor, Little Children of God, Roundabout Theater, NYC

Jamie Lish (MFA ’12) Teacher, Herod Elementary (Pre K-5), Houston, TX (Mind Masters Program + After School Drama Program)

Elenna Mosoff (MFA ’10) Producer, Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Outside the March Theatre Co./Aztec Cinema, Toronto, Canada; Producer, Darren Aronofsky Intv’w, Red Bull Music Academy

 Andy Felt (MFA ’09) Appointed Director of Theater for Marietta College, Marietta, OH; Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare on the River, Marietta, OH; Director, The Rocky Horror Show, Marietta College, Marietta, OH; Actor, Arcadia, an independent feature by Andy Hall; Judge, National Society of Arts & Letters: Ohio River Valley Chapter Drama Competition

Bryce Britton (MFA ’09) Director, Tu a Teraz: Here and Now, Dramatic Adventure Theatre, New York Fringe Festival, NYC; Director, Real Girls Can’t Win, WVU, Morgantown; Director, Kiss Me, Kate, WVU, Morgantown, WV

Melissa Grande (MFA ’07) Director, Rockaby/Beckett and Beyond, CorningWorks Dance Company, Pittsburgh, PA; Director, Making God Laugh, South Park Theater, South Park, PA; Director, Animal Farm, Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA; Director, Northanger Abbey, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA

 Ed Cisneros (MFA ’07) Director, The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water, Multicultural Academy of Scholarship, Chicago, IL; Co-Planner of Annual CPS Theater Summit/Ingenuity, Chicago, IL; Adjunct Instructor, Truman College, City College of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 2014 

Emily Penick (MFA ’13) Director, The Other Woman, InterAct, Milwaukee, WI; Director, 3 short plays, Rep Lab (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Milwaukee, WI; Ass’t Director, Bethany and A Christmas Carol, ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, WA; Ass’t Director, Othello and The Compleat Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Riverside Theatre, Iowa City, IA; Ass’t Director, The Seagull, American Players Theater, Spring Green, WI; Ass’t Director, Mary’s Wedding, New Century Theater Company, Seattle, WA; Production Manager, The Seagull Project, Seattle, WA; Director, Worse Than Tigers (Reading), New Century Theatre Company, Seattle, WA

Lee Kinney (MFA ’13) Director, Worse Than Tigers (reading), Stella Adler First Breath Festival, New York, NY; Sound Designer, Smoke, The Flea Theater, NYC; Sound Designer, Cover and Long Division, Midtown International Theater Festival, NYC; Sound Designer, Encounters: The La Ronde Project, IRT Theater/Kid Brooklyn Productions, NYC; Sound Designer, Our Town, Green-Wood Cemetery, NYC; Ass’t Sound Designer, The Mysteries, The Flea Theater, NYC; Associate Sound Designer for Daniel Kluer (Lost Girls, MCC Theater; Marjorie Prime, Playwrights Horizons; Seven Guitars, Juilliard; Significant Other, Roundabout; The Belle of Belfast, Irish Rep; Iowa, Playwrights Horizons; Describe the Night, NYU Tisch; You Got Older, Page 73 Productions); Ass’t Sound Designer, PHIL 176/OBIT, Bushwick Starr, NYC; Ass’t Sound Designer, Ode to Joy, Rattlestick Theater, NYC; Contributer/Reviewer, Theater Is Easy, NYC

Vanessa Mercado-Taylor (MFA ’10) Director, ThisAbility, El Centro College, Dallas, TX; Full-Time Faculty, Drama and Humanities, and Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, El Centro College, Dallas, TX; Producer, Collaboration with No Passport Press, (8 readings by Latino Playwrights), Caria Mia Theatre, Dallas, TX; Director, Tiene Duende (by alum Cecilia Copeland), Caria Mia Theatre; Director, For Colored Girls…, El Centro College, Dallas; Actor, Miss Quince and Profit, Caria Mia Theatre; Co-Editor, Made in Tejas: An Anthology of Teatro Made in Texas (to be published by TCG); Teaching Art History Component, Dallas Clemente Course in the Humanities, Dallas, TX

Elenna Mosoff (MFA ’10) Director, Uncovered: Billy Joel & Elton John, Acting Up Stage, Toronto, Canada; Dramaturg, Human Furniture, Storefront Theatre, Toronto

Bryce Britton (MFA ’09) Assistant Professor/New Head of the BFA in Musical Theater, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; Director, Street Scene, WVU, Morgantown, WV

Andy Felt (MFA ’09) Tenured as Associate Professor, Marietta College, Marietta, OH; Director, Rockabye, Marietta College, Marietta, OH

Michael Gerber (MFA ’08) Associate Director, Barter Youth Academy, The Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA

Ed Cisneros (MFA ’07) Director, Romeo and Juliet, Multicultural Academy of Scholarship, Chicago, IL; Ensemble Member, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s CPS Shakespeare! production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Melissa Grande (MFA ’07) Director, A Love Affair, South Park Theatre, South Park, PA; Director, Pan: A Neverland Tale, Gilbert Theater, Fayetteville, NC; Director, The Walls, Westminster College, PA; Director, By the Bog of Cats, Centenary College, Shreveport, LA; Director, Come and Go, Marietta College, Marietta, OH; Actor, Rockabye, Marietta College, Marietta, OH; Adjunct Professor, Westminster College, PA; Marketing, Romance, Kinetic Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA

 

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