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Theatre and Dance

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Theatre and Dance

Current Student and Alumni News

Here's what some of our current students have been doing:

Lustra Miller
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2014
Lustra was accepted to the Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer training program in San Francisco for 2013. 

J. T. Rider
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 2014
During the summer of 2010 he worked as extras in the film, Mean Girls 2.

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Leah Smith
Majoring in Design/Technical Theatre
Class of 2014
Lean worked as a sound technician at the Palace Theatre at Cedar Point Amusement park in Sandusky, OH, during the summer of 2012.

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Michelle McMurray
Class of 2013
Dancer at Caroline Calouche and Co.

Ethan Goodman
Class of 2013
Dancer at Caroline Calouche and Co.


Mary Shockley
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2013
Mary has become a Teaching Artist at Children's Theatre of Charlotte

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Haley Phillips
Majoring in Theatre
Class of 2013
These students all appeared as extras in an MTV episode of Teen Wolf.Phil Calabro
Majoring in Theatre
Class of 2013
During the summer of 2011 Phil performed in a production of The Taming of the Shrew with the Upstate Shakespeare Festival. 

Kayla Piscatelli
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2012
Kayla worked as a dancer and ensemble member for the outdoor theatre, Texas! in Canyon, TX, during the summer of 2010.  In the spring of 2011 she taught musical theatre classes for the Rock Hill Community Theatre. In the summer of 2012 she worked for the Central Piedmont Community College summer theatre program.  

Matt Taylor
Majoring in Theatre--Design/Tech
Class of 2007
Matt graduated with an MFA in lighting design from the University of Florida in 2010. For the summer of 2008 and 2010, Matt worked as an intern/assistant lighting designer at the Williamstown summer theatre festival. He designed his first New York production in the summer of 2010--Eugene O'Neill's Fog at HERE Arts Center. View Matt's electronic portfolio of his lighting designs.

Krysten Funderburk
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2013
Krysten presented "The Exclusive Movement of Ghost Dance: An Under Researched Art Form" at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium at Winthrop University, April 13-14, 2012 Annie Vereen
Majoring in Dance Education
Annie dances with Viscera Dance Theatre in Charlotte, NC. The company was nominated for a Metrolina Award in 2009. They performed at the Theatre Charlotte "Just Do It" Festival in October 2009.

Jocelin Lehner
Majoring in Theatre--Design/Technical
Class of 2012
Jocelin began work as production stage manager for Coker College in the fall of 2012.   

Cailtyn Baldwin
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2011
Cailtyn worked as a Technical Coordinator for the New London Barn Playhouse (NH) in the summer of 2011.  Since the fall of 2011 Caitlyn has been working as a drama instructor for the Charleston School District. 

Jamie Drye
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2009
Jamie performed as an apprentice with Caroline Calouche and Co. in Charlotte, NC from fall 2009 through the summer of 2010. He started an apprenticeship with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company in the fall of 2010.


Caitlyn Colyer
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2010
Caitlyn was hired as the theatre arts teacher at Ft. Mill, SC, Middle School for the 2010-11 academic year.

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Anna Dunn
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2005
Anna is on the dance faculty at the DeKalk School of the Arts in suburban Atlanta.

Cassi Tualla
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 2010
Cassi started in January 2011 as the General Management/Artistic Intern at Northern Stage in Vermont.

Megan Friend
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2012
Megan appeared as a dancer in the music video Thinking ‘Bout Something (that featured Weird Al Yankovic). Megan presented her research, "The Heavy Weight of Obesity in Children: The Role of Dance Education to Lighten the Load" at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium at Winthrop University
April 13-14, 2012 and at the SAEOPP McNair/SSS Scholars Research Conference in Atlanta, GA, June 21-26, 2012.  Megan earned a McNair scholarship to attend Oklahoma State University, begining in the fall of 2012.  She has elected to pursue a Master of Science degree in Teaching, Learning and Leadership. 

Regina Pratt
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2008
Regina teaches at dance and freshman HSAP classes Lugoff Elgin High School in Kershaw County SC. 

Andrew Zerfass
Minoring in Theatre
Class of 2010
Andrew's "Exit, Stage Right," that he wrote in THRT 315: Playwriting was accepted for performance at the Ten Minute Madness III festival at the North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe in San Diego, CA, March 2010.

Traysie Amick
Majoring in Theatre
For the past several years, Traysie has served as Education Coordinator/Instructor for South Carolina Children's Theatre in Greenville, SC.  Traysie has also been a professional cast member of the Cafe & Then Some in Greenville, SC, and founding member of the Professional Theatre Company, The Distracted Globe, in Greenville,SC.

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Stephanie Cantrell
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2009
Stephanie earned the Tillman Award upon graduation in the spring of 2009. The Tillman Award goes to a student who earned a 4.0 GPA through her or his entire education at Winthrop. Since August 2009 she has been teaching at Ballet Spartanburg, Dance Dynamics in Tryon, NC, Pisgah Dance Academy in Brevard, NC, and performing with Millennium Charlotte Dance Company.  Stephanie completed a master's degree in arts administration at Queen's University in December 2012.

Mary Love Ward
Minoring in Dance
Class of 2004
Mary earned an MFA in Dance from Florida State University in 2011.  She directs the Mary Love Dance Projects, a contemporary dance company, at the Center for Contemporary Dance in central Florida. 

Tyra Moody
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2013
During the summer of 2010 Kyra worked with the South Carolina Children's Theatre in Greenville, SC. She was on the staff of the summer camp program, working with 5-10 year-olds.

Cecily Bigham
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 2013
Cecily worked as an actress at the Peach State Summer Theatre in Valdosta, GA, during the summer of 2012.

Karla Compton
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2013
Karla presented "Making Connections: The British East India Company and Bharatanatyam" at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium at Winthrop University, April 13-14, 2012

Amy Evans
Majoring in Theatre Design/Tech
Class of 2010
Amy worked costume/wardrobe for the Georgia Shakespeare Summer program in 2011.  In December 2012 she began work as a full-time wardrobe and costume studio technician for the North Carolina Dance Theatre in Charlotte, NC.

Katie Manley Halstensgard
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2011
Katie began work as the Drama Director at Berea High School (in the Greenville, SC area) in August 2011. 

Karen Kyle
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2007
Karen began a full-time teaching position in one of high schools in the Los Angeles school system in 2007.

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Mary Reading
Majoring in Theatre--Design Tech
Class of 2009
Mary presented her research project, "Theatre and Transition: The Post-Apartheid Efforts of the Dramatic Community in South Africa," at the fourth annual College of Visual and Performing Arts Emerging Scholars Symposium in February 2009. Mary was admitted to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Performing Arts Management MFA Program. She began her program in Fall 2009. Having completed her graduate degree, Mary began working as the Administrative & Communications Manager at Youth Opportunities in Greensboro, NC. 

Kerri Sprow
Majoring in Dance Education
Kerri has been teaching dance at the secondary level in the Washington, DC area.

Jeff Revels
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 1993
Jeff received the "Distinguished Career in Theatre for Youth" at the Florida Theatre Conference held in Lakeland, Florida in 2006.  

Mary Margaret Gilliam
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2007
In August 2007 Mary Margaret began a full-time position on the technical theatre staff at Duke University.   In 2009 Mary Margaret began work as an Assistant Language Teacher in Yoronjima, Japan.  During her time there, she has studied eisa dance forms as well as the taiko and sanshin musical forms.  She has also taken on leadership roles in a language-studies professional organization inJapan. 

John Zawislak
Majoring in Theatre--Design/Tech
Class of 2009
For the 2009 summer season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, John worked as the Stage Supervisor--coordinating logistics with Scenic Studio Staff, the Technical Director, Production Manager, and Performers to ensure safety and efficiency of show changes and performances. Starting in the fall of 2009, John went to work for Moonglow Productions as swing-tech (carpentry, audio and lighting) for their touring production of Camelot.

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Bryan Ingram
Minoring in Dance
Class of 2007
Bryan is working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as a dancer. 

Dhana Harrelson
Majoring in Dance
Class of 1997
Currently, Ms. Harrelson is pursing a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Ashley Evans
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2007
Ms. Evans began a position as a full-time dance teacher at Latta High School in Latta, SC, in 2007.

Caitlyn Baldwin
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2011
Ms. Baldwin began work as the Theatre Arts Teacher at Rollings Middle School of the Arts (Summerville, SC) in August 2011. 

Mary Love
Minoring in Dance
Class of 2004
Mary completed an MFA in Dance at Florida State University.  She teaches dance in an arts magnet elementary school and has started her own dance company in Winter Park, FL.  She also serves as an adjunct professor of dance at Valencia College in Orlando, FL.  Her dance company website is:  www.marylovedanceprojects.com. 

Casey Goff
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2006
Upon graduation, Ms. Goff began teaching at the Heather Riley Shealy studio in Saluda, SC.

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Majoring in Theatre--Design/Tech
Class of 2007
She recently graduated from Southern Illinois University with an MFA degree in lighting design. During the summer of 2009, she worked as stage manager for the Broadway production of Victoria & Frederick for President that premiered at Create Carolina in 2008 on the Winthrop campus.

 

Brian Winn
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2009
Starting in the fall of 2009 Brian is teaching dance at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Kershaw, SC.

Kelly Richardson
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2009
Kelly has been teaching dance at Oak Ridge Middle School in Clover, SC since the fall of 2009.

Kate Davison
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 2010
Kate worked in the marketing department at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago during the summer of 2010. She has worked as an actress at the Shawnee Summer Theatre in Bloomfield, IN, in 2011 and 2012. 

Cara Croslin Bradshaw
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2004
Cara serves as the Administrative Officer for Momentum Dance Lab in Knoxville, TN. She also teaches ballet at the University of Tennessee. Touring Ensemble 2013

Shannon Plowden
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2010
In the summer of 2010 Shannon was hired by the Davidson Community Players as a Production Mananger. In the 201011 year, Shannon worked for the Charlotte Children's Theatre box office. 

Nancy VanderBrink
Majoring in Design/Tech
Class of 2010
Nancy began an internship in production at Town Theatre in Columbia, SC for their summer productions in 2010.  In the fall of 2011 Nancy begins a nine-month internship at the monastary of the Society of St. John the Evangalist in Cambridge, MA. 

Karina Roberts
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2008
Karina appeared in the full-length film In/Significant Others in 2009 and was nominated by Creative Loafing for artist of the year in 2010.  In 2010 she directed The Day They Shot John Lennon at Charlotte Actors Studio Theatre. 

Shannon Vaughan Shull
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 1998
Catch Shannon in the Lancer, Rick and Shannon Show, a live variety review.

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Elise Archie
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2003
Elise has been teaching dance at Rawlinson Road Middle School in Rock Hill for several years. She recently served on the curriculum writing team for the SC Center for Dance Education. She serves as a mentor teacher for Winthrop dance education students.

Amy Turner
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2007
Amy began an MFA in costume design at the University of South Carolina in 2009..

Maggie Cann
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2007
Maggie has been teaching dance at the Culver Academy in Culver Indiana since 2007.

David Hensley
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2008
David's drama, Death Is a Bitch, was performed at the Utah Play Festival, January 2006. David's play was one of nine selected for that festival.

Laura Williams
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2009
Laura presented her research project, "The Partnership of Dance and Health: Movement Explorations of Nutrition, Dance Kinesiology, and Injury Prevention," at the fourth annual College of Visual and Performing Arts Emerging Scholars Symposium in February 2009. In the fall of 2009 she joined The Wanda Project company-in-residence at Johnson C. Smith University.

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Sarah Pittman
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2006
Immediately upon graduation Sarah accepted a position with the Rock Hill School District, teaching dance at the newly organized Northside Elementary School for the Arts. 

Will Tyson
Majoring in Theatre--Design/Tech
Class of 2000
Will has been working as a free-lance technician in Atlanta, GA, with the Atlanta Symphony and at various venues that host corporate conferences and major rock concerts.

Caroline Altoph
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2006
Caroline is teaching dance full-time at Alston Middle School in Summerville, SC.

Amber Baragona
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2008
Amber completed the Master of Science in Management at Minot State University in the spring of 2009.

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Teacher Cadets in theatre, dance, music, and design try out early dance during their College Day visit.

Fulton Burns
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 1999
Fulton is now Director of Acting and Performance in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

Jodie Peele
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2007
Jodie is teaching dance full-time at Williams High School in Durham, NC.

Ashlee McNamee
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2010
Ashlee began work as a drama teacher in the Lancaster (SC) School District in the fall of 2012. 

Adam Lamberts
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 2012
Adam took employment with Comporium Communications in the summer of 2012.   

Whitney Vaughan
Majoring in Theatre--Design/Tech
Class of 2008
Whitney has been working on wardrobe crew for the Palace Theatre/Spirit Productions in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Karen Garvin
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2007
Karen is working for the Disney Cruise Line.

Carrie Anne Hunt
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2005
Carrie Anne appeared in the full-length film In/Significant Others in 2009.

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Dean's Meritorious Scholarship students honored at a reception. 

Amy Page
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2003
Amy is completing an MFA in Costume Production at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. At the 2009 SETC convention, she received the Marian A. Smith award for outstanding work in the area of costuming.

Everett Johnson
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2012
Everett was awarded a McNair scholarship to attend the Tisch School of the Arts, where he has elected to pursue an MFA in dance. 

Mara Perugi Spencer
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2001
Mara is teaching at a private studio on Waukesha, WI. She will open her own studio, the Inspire Dance Center, in June 2010.

Ray Singleton
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 2011
Ray released a CD in spring 2013.  The CD title is juSTcAllmeRay.  Visit his website at http://raysingleton.bandcamp.com/

Brittany Steele
Majoring in Theatre--Design/Technical
Class of 2012
Brittany was admitted to the graduate program in wigs/makeup at the North Carolina School of the Arts in the fall of 2012.   

Julie Hammond
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2009
Julie's ten-minute drama, Three Strong Women, was selected for performance at the 2008 South Carolina Playwright's Festival.

Casey Chapman
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2004
Casey has been working as an actor in Chicago, appearing in more than a dozen production around the Windy City, including Three Sisters, The Real Inspector Hound, Earl the Vampire, and No Darkness Round My Stone. Casey has appeared in several independent films.

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Jeremy DeCarlos Davis
Majoring in Theatre-Performance
Class of 2008
Jeremy appeared in the full-length film In/Significant Others in 2009.

Lindsey Christensen
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2008
In fall 2008, Lindsey began teaching at the Concepts in Motivation Dance Studio in Olney, MD.

Katy Morton
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2009
Katy began teaching dance at Chester Park School for the Arts (Chester, SC) in the fall of 2012

Barbie McCann
Majoring in Design/Technical Theatre
Class of 2012
Barbie worked on wardrobe crew at the Texas! outdoor summer theatre in Canyon, TX, during the summer of 2012.  She was admitted to the graduate program in wigs/makeup at the North Carolina School of the Arts in the fall of 2012. 

Kelly Hall
Majoring in Theatre Education
Kelly began work as drama teacher at Beaufort (SC) Middle School in the fall of 2013. 

Clare Provost
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class 2011
Clare has been working since May 2012 as a publishing consultant for CreateSpace, an on-demand publishing house in Charleston. 

Jesse Powers
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 2012
Jesse performed at The Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, IN, during the summer of 2012.

Juliana Hane
Majoring in Dance
Class of 2004
After teaching one semester as a lecturer in the Winthrop dance program, Ms. Hane entered the graduate program in dance at the University of Utah in 2007. She graduated with an MFA in 2010.

Abby Pitchford
Minoring in Dance
Class of 2009
Abby is a member of the company with Kim Robards Dance (KRD) in Denver, CO. She is also teaching dance and performing administrative duties for the KRD School.

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Bailey Robinson
Majoring in Theatre Education
Class of 2012
In the fall of 2012 Bailey (pictured above in the 2011 production of The Country Wife) began work as a drama teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. 

Kaitlyn Edens
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2012
Kaitlyn began work as a dance teacher at Fairfield (South Carolina) Middle School in the fall of 2012.

Amanda Roberts
Majoring in Theatre Education
Amanda began work as drama teacher at Myers Park High School (Charlotte, NC) in the fall of 2013.

Roderice Gilliam-Wheeler
Majoring in Theatre Performance
Class of 2010
Roderice worked as an actor on a touring production for Climb Theatre in Minneapolis during the 2010-11 year.

Allison West
Majoring in Dance Education
Class of 2011
Allison has been teaching dance in the Orangeburg (S C) School District since 2011.

Quentin "Q" Talley
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2002
"Q" has performed throughout the country at the Nyroucian Poets Society, The Bowery Poetry Club, Hawaii Slam, and Toronto Slam, to name a few. He placed 12th in 2006 at the Individual World Poetry Slam, 2nd in the nation with team Slam Charlotte at the National Poetry Slam in 2005, and is a two-time Southern Fried Regional Champion, in 2005 & 2007. He has also appeared in the open door Borders Poetry series and the Turner South Network and has shared the stage with Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nikki Giovanni, Cee-Lo, MC Lyte, Ted Turner, and Tavis Smiley. Q recently finished his 2nd album and one man show entitled Take Cover. Q founded the theater company, On Q Productions, with a mission to produce classic, contemporary and original performance works that reflect the minority experience, especially that of the African American. In its third year, the company has produced works ranging from For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough, Dutchman, Day of Absence, and In the Blood to critical acclaim. Based in Charlotte, NC, this emerging theater company recently made its mark locally, nationally and internationally with the original production, Miles & Coltrane: Blue(.) by Concrete Generation. In Summer 2009 the production premiered in New York and Edinburgh, Scotland at the East to Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival to sold out audiences and is currently gearing up for its fall 2010 tour. On Q Productions is now in its second season at the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. In 2009, Q was also recognized by Metrolina Theatre Association's with their Emerging Artist of the Year Award and was a Roundtable artist for Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at the Sundance Institute.

Courtney Blake
Majoring in Theatre--Design/Tech
Class of 2008
Courtney won the Metrolina Theatre Association Award in 2009 in the category of Outstanding Set Design (Drama) for her design of Foxfire at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST).

Jay Kistler
Majoring in Theatre--Performance
Class of 2010
Jay began work as an actor for Climb Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) in the fall of 2011. 

Jacci Deininger
Majoring in Theatre--Education
Class of 2011
Jacci was hired by the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company (Allenton, PA) as a carpenter for the summer 2012 season. 

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Associate Professor Mary Beth Young leads a master class at Fairfield High School, Spring 2012

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