Alumni Updates

BFA Performance Program:

Jacob Sabinsky (BFA 2016): Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Company (2016 – 2017). Jonathan Harker in Dracula, multiple roles in A Christmas Carol.

Kihresha Redmond (BFA 2016): Acting Apprentice, Florida Studio Theater (2016 – 2017)

Kayla Vogel (BFA 2015): Company Management Intern, The Cleveland Play House, 2015 – 2016 season; Company Manager, Tantrum Theater, 2017 season.

Chelsea Cannon (BFA 2014): Actor/Teacher, Great Lakes Theater Festival Educational Outreach Company, 2014 – 2015, 2015 – 2016, 2016 – 2017.

Andy Haftkovycz (BFA 2014): Acting Intern, Portland Playhouse: Fred in A Christmas Carol, 2014.

Jessica Savitz (BFA 2014): Teaching acting, improv and musical theatre at The Center for Theatre Arts in Pittsburgh, and acting at Heritage Players. Director: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day”, Stage 62. Multiple Assistant Director positions including, Next to Normal and Light in the Piazza.

Max Monnig (BFA 2013): Glory of the World by Charles Mee, Brooklyn Academy of Music, January – February 2016. Professional Training Program, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, 2014 – 2015: Jonathan Harker in Dracula, September – October 2014.

Andrew Scott (BFA 2013): Television: guest roles on The Vampire Diaries, Scandal, Swamp Murders and Resurrection.

.Clifton Holznagel: (BFA 2013): Cock by Mike Bartlett, defunct Theatre, Portland, October – November 2015. Third Rail Theater Company Mentorship Program (2014– 2015); Ensemble Theatre (Cleveland): Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Exit The King,Zebediah, Beyond the Horizon, 2013 – 2014.

Matthew Van Slyke (BFA in Acting, BFA in Stage Management 2013): ASM, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Summers 2013, 2014, 2015.  ASM, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Nashville Tour, November – December 2013 and 2014; SM, King Lear, Titan Theater Company, Spring 2014.

Glenna Brucken (BFA 2012): Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa, Tantrum Theater, July/August 2016. Acting Apprentice Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2015 – 2016.

Emily Williams (BFA 2012): Alice in Slasherland, Vampire Cowboy’s at The Incubator Arts Project in NYC, October 2013; National Commercial for Nestle Purina Petcare; Jess Archer, Jess Archer Versus, season 1 web series.

Colin Conrad (BFA 2012): Started a production company called “Blue Crab Productions”, that began with YouTube videos, and then expanded to commercials and/or promotional videos for small companies. Colin the Bartender on General Hospital, (2013 – 2014, ongoing).

J.R. Pierce (BFA 2012): Wrote and directed an adaptation of Uncle Vanya, produced by Fury Theater Company, January 2014; SM, Home of the Gentry, On the Spot Theatre Company; SM, Catch the Fish, The Poor Theatre; Wrote an adaptation of Lysistrata, (re) discover Theatre (April 2014).

Wes Allen (BFA 2012): Hair, Blank Canvas Theater, August – September, 2014. Señor Symphonifunk, a one-man pop/rock/ dance band with solo violin, performed at Ingenuity Fest (August 2013) and Larchmere Porch Fest (June 2014).

Ryan Czerwonko (BFA 2011):  Television: co-star on Million Dollar Quartet, an upcoming CMT original series (directed by two time Oscar nominee Roland Joffe), co-star on Patriot, a new Amazon Prime series. Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, First Folio Theatre, July – August, 2015. Recurring role on Chicago Fire, 2015.

Eric Lynch (BFA 2011): 2666, Goodman Theatre, spring 2016 (Jeff nomination, Best Ensemble); stop.reset by Regina Taylor at The Goodman Theatre, April – May 2015. Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson at the Cincinnati Playhouse, March – April 2015, Buzzer at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, February – March, 2014: Chicago Black Theater Award nomination for Best Actor. Orsino in Twelfth Night and Ratcliff in Richard III, Lakeside Shakespeare Theater, Michigan. Native Son (World premiere adaptation by Nambi Kelley), Court Theater, September – November 2014. Television: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med: all recurring; APB and Chicago Justice, guest star.

Jack Gilbert (BFA 2010): Wolf in the River, written and directed by Adam Rapp, The Flea Theater, March – May 2016.

Jacob Moushey (BFA 2010): Donner in The Eight, Alpha NYC; Writer, actor, and executive producer of the upcoming film Jimmy. Jimmy made it’s debut as a play at Ohio University in 2010.

Michael Korte (BFA 2010): Since moving to LA, Korte launched cityoftenants.com a curated digital buffet of music, culture, and everything trending premiering exclusive daily content. City of Tenants is a portal and point of reference for creatives’, emphasizing social engagement and artist development. Take a peek here.

Lisa Summerscales (BFA 2010): Lead role in the feature film Ritual, Lionsgate Films, released December 2013;

Tyler Rollinson (BFA 2009): John in The Whipping Man, co-production, Indiana Repertory Theater (3/5 – 3/24/2013) and Geva Theatre Center (4/2 – 4/28, 2013); Film: Robert Johnson in Devil Deal Blues; guest role, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, episode 10, aired November 2013.

Nathan Ramos (BFA 2009): Winner East West Players “2042: See Change” Playwriting Competition for Base Degrees. Disney’s Mulan, World Premiere (pre-Broadway), Tuacahn Center for the Arts (6/27 – 8/10/2013). Prison Dancer, New York Music Theater Festival (7/22 – 7/28/2012).

Katherine Skelton (BFA 2009): Television: Guest roles on: Community, Major Crimes, House of Lies.

Kat Primeau (BFA 2008): Her musical improv troupe, Robot Teammate and The Accidental Party, set a world record for most consecutive cage match wins, spending 86 weeks as audience-favorite at iO West main stage in Hollywood.

Kelsey Brennan (BFA 2007): Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, March/April 2017. Company member Remy Bumppo Theatre, Chicago: Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Company member, American Players Theatre, Summer 2017: Raymonde in A Flea in Her Ear, Masha in The Three Sisters, Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac; Guest Lead, Chicago P.D., 2015.

Andrew Coil (BFA 2007): Ensemble and violin, A Christmas Carol, The Goodman Theatre, (2013 – 2017); Played violin and mandolin as part of a five-person band in Juno, Chicago Premiere at Timeline Theatre, April – July 2014; Understudied two roles in the Johnny Cash music review, Ring of Fire at Theatre at the Center in Munster, IN. All together, was understudying violin, mandolin, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, harmonica, and upright bass, February – March, 2014.

John Steins (BFA 2007): Booked a national KFC commercial; Voice over work for Walmart and Goose Island Brewery; Comedy and Improvisation companies include: COMEDY SPORTZ, The Dancing Pig, Huggs and Pullups Improv.

Andy Lutz (BFA 2007): Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Shakespeare in the Parks), Antipholus of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors, July – August, 2013; Jim in The Glass Menagerie, Mary-Arrchie Theater Company, summer 2013; Understudy in Buzzer at The Goodman Theatre, February – March 2014; Miss Marx, Strawdog Theatre, spring 2014: Tyrant, SideShow Theatre Company; Season on the Line, The House Theatre, August – September 2014.

Libby Ewing (BFA 2006): Television: Sarah Goldberg on Scorpion (CBS); final episode of season five of House of Cards, directed by Helen Hunt; The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Hyperion Theater, LA.

Fayna Sanchez (BFA 2006): The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Hyperion Theater, LA; Collective Rage, The Theatre at Boston Court.

Nathan Whitmer (BFA 2006): Completed his MFA in Acting at The Old Globe/USD (2016).

Alexis Black (BFA 2005): Virginia Commonwealth University, pursuing an MFA in Movement Pedagogy.

Julie Dahlinger (BFA 2005): Geezers by Tommy Lee Johnston at Redtwist Theatre, Jeff Recommended, July – August, 2014; Katie Holmes in The Tomkat Project, by Brandon Ogborn. A play in two acts about the marriage of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Scientology, Tomkat sold out from January 2013 to December 2013! Also played a short engagement on the mainstage at Second City Chicago as well as at Player’s Theatre in the New York Fringe Festival and at iO West in Hollywood. Upcoming Project: Dance Captain/Mrs. Jackson, Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse, Chicago’s Ultimate Zombie Thrill Dance.

E.B. Smith (BFA 2004): Company member, Stratford Festival (Ontario), seventh season, summer 2017: Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night.

Eric Martig (BFA 2004): Films: Dominick in OJ: The Musical, Bad News Production, released June 2014; Frick in Ritual, Lionsgate Films.

Sara Guarnieri (BFA 2004): A guest co-star role on Disney’s Kickin’ It, with former classmate Ben Begley (BFA 2004); Also for Disney: three voice overs – two live action and one animated; Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs.

Adam Perabo (BFA 2004): Founding member and Core Artist of Sanctuary: Playwrights Theatre. The company produced 912 OZ in the fall of 2014. Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) award for Actor of the Year for Wit and The Baltimore Waltz; Title role in Hamlet, Red House Arts Center (directed by OU alumnus Stephen Svoboda); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Queens Times Ledger – Most Outstanding Production and Best Ensemble). Webseries: Trafico.

Tamara Winters (BFA 2004): Associate Artistic Director of Know Theatre of Cincinnati, duties include: directing two Main Stage shows per season and assorted Underground shows as they occur, helping to promote and support the mission of Know Theatre, and producing the annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Jeff Rosenberg (BFA Playwriting, 2004): Wrote, directed and produced the feature film OJ: The Musical. The film premiered at the Traverse City Film Festival, where founder/ president Michael Moore described it as “The film I wish I woulda made, and one of the best comedies in the festival.” Winner, Best Feature, Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival. Other film festivals include: Woodstock, Santa Barbara, Cleveland, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Athens. OJ: The Musical features many other School of Theater alumni, including lead actor Jordan Kenneth Kamp (BFA Performance, 2004) and also featuring performances from Eric Martig, John Atzberger, Ben Begley, Kat Primeau, Tom Myers, Fayna Sanchez and Kathryn Skelton. Available on iTunes and VOD on 6/17/2014.

Christian Chan (BFA 2003): Television: 2 episodes of Six Degrees of Everything, and an episode of True Nightmares; the lead in The End Times produced at by the Skylight Theater and Playwright’s Arena; Teaching theatre through Strindberg Laboratory Theater at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County located in Lancaster. Adjunct Professor: Los Angeles Community College.

Mike Mihm (BFA 2003): Biloxi Blues, Sgt. Toomey, Ivoryton Playhouse, March/April, 2017. The Tall Girls at Luna Stage, October – November 2015. Premiere of Hot Season with Strange Sun Theatre at Sheen Center for the Arts (summer 2014), John in Fixing King John, No Name Players in Pittsburgh (Summer 2014).

Apprenticeships/Internships:

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Program
    • Over 2,000 actors audition yearly for the 20 positions in the program
    • 13 OU actors have been accepted in this competitive program since 2007
    • Alaina Chester and Tim Peters (BFA 2017) are actors in residence for the 2017 – 2018 season
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
    • 9 OU actors in this competitive program since 2007
    • Anthony Baldasare and Kelsey Rodriguez (BFA 2017) are actors in residence for the 2017 – 2018 season
  • Other Acting Internship placements in the last seven years:
    • Orlando Shakespeare Theater (5 students)
    • Great Lakes Theatre Festival (Outreach Company, 5 students)
    • Peterborough Players (3 students)
    • Florida Studio Theater (3 students)
    • Florida Rep
    • American Players Theatre
    • Soulpepper Theatre Company
    • Centenary Stage Company
    • Third Rail Repertory Theatre
    • Portland Playhouse
    • Wolf Talent Group
  • Current Graduate Training:
    • Dinah Berkeley (BFA 2010): ACT San Francisco, MFA 2020
    • Nathan Whitmer (BFA 2006): University of San Diego at the Old Globe, MFA 2016
    • Alexis Black (BFA 2005): Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA 2017