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COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY

Theatre Department Graduates

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Cameron Bean (BSEd 2007, MBA 2010) served as the Director of Development at the Springer Opera House in Columbus, GA before relocating to Atlanta where he is now the Managing Producer at the Horizon Theatre Company
Kimberly Belflower (BFA-Performance 2009) is currently living in NYC and is a script reader for the Transport Group, an award-winning off-Broadway theatre company. She also studies playwriting at Primary Stages' Einhorn School of the Performing Arts, where she was lucky enough to learn from noted playwrights like Tanya Barfield, Cusi Cram, and Winter Miller. Developmental readings of her plays have been held at Primary Stages and other venues in the theatre district, and she was a 2013 finalist for Barrington Stage's 10x10 short play contest. Kimberly has served as director and dramaturg for several readings of new plays and musicals.
Merrill Boynton-Cheyne (BSEd 1996) has been a valued teacher at Harris County Carver Middle School for 19 years. She has earned many awards including the Golden Apple Award (twice), the CSU Alumni Association Theatre Educator of Excellence Award 2008-2009, Harris County Teacher of the Year, and Georgia Top 10 Teacher of the Year 2010. In addition to her academic career, she is also co-chair of the Georgia Junior Thespian Conference.
 
Lucy Lynn Bryson (BSEd 2008) After finishing her MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences at the University of Central Florida in partnership with the Orlando Repertory Theatre, Lucy was hired as the Arts in Education Coordinator at Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, an arts council. She is now working for the same organization full time as the Education Director, managing 9 different education programs that serve over 9,000 students annually. Additionally, she professionally directs and acts for the organization and other regional theaters as well as assists in programming their Performing Arts Series, film series, Big Read initiative and art gallery shows.
Brian Elston (BFA-Tech 2010) After completing his MFA in lighting design at The Ohio State University, Brian found employment as the production manager and lighting director for the 20th anniversary tour of In The Mood. He is currently touring Australia with the show before heading back to the US for the rest of the tour.
 
Steven F. Graver (BA 1984) After receiving his MFA in Costume Design from University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1987, Steven returned to NYC where he worked as a free-lance costume designer and first hand in several prestigious costume shops catering to Broadway and regional theatre. He worked on costumes for such B'way productions as Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, and The King and I. As a designer, he worked for 10 consecutive years at the Texas Shakespeare Festival in addition designing several productions for Riverside Shakespeare Festival, Jean Cocteau Rep, and the 91st St. Playhouse. He is currently in his 18th year as an Associate Professor in Theatre at his alma mater, Columbus State University.
 
Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand (BFA-Performance 2009) has been cast in over 50 different union and non-union projects in New York City. Her resume includes roles in indie films, national commercials, a recurring role on NBC's new Page Pilot, voiceover work with Cartoon Network, as well as appearances on WE, HBO, FX and FLN.
Kimberly Faith Hickman (BFA-Performance 2004)is a Director and Choreographer in New York City. Off-Broadway she has worked with Atlantic Theatre Company, Women's Project, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Theatre Row and PTP / NYC, as well as terraNOVA Collective, Horse Trade Theatre Group and Attic Theater Company. Regional credits include Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, Next Act Theatre, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Springer Opera House, Off Square Theatre Company, Playhouse on the Square and national touring companies. Select assistant directing credits include The Assembled Parties(Manhattan Theatre Club, Dir. by Lynne Meadow), Clybourne Park(Dir. by Pam MacKinnon), and The Scottsboro Boys (Dir./Chor. by Susan Stroman). Kimberly has received the following scholarships and awards: Mike Ockrent Directing Fellowship on Broadway finalist, Alec Baldwin Directing Fellowship recipient, two time SDC Foundation Observer, two time recipient of Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowships, member of Directors Lab West, Lincoln Center Directors Lab and SDC. She is currently the Assistant Director of Manhattan Theatre Club's The Commons of Pensacola featuring Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as the Director of 10 Days In The Life of a Hebrew Mamita which will play Off Broadway with terraNOVA Collective.
 
Meaghan McGurgan (BFA-Performance 2006) is the editor and head theatre critic for an online magazine in Hong Kong dedicated to promoting and supporting the performing arts. She recently became the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Shakespeare in the Port, the first and largest outdoor theatre festival to ever be produced in Hong Kong. Meaghan wrote a play last year that was twitter and social media interactive called #HKproblems_theplay. It won Best Original Work at a local theatre awards ceremony recently. Her newest play, Bun in the Oven, will be playing the Hong Kong People's Fringe Festival this fall with plans to take it to Taiwan and Prague in the next 6 months.
Charity Brooke Smith (BFA-Performance 2005)  Upon graduating from CSU, Charity accepted a contract with Missoula Children's Theater and toured nationally for a year. She has also worked with Aurora Theater and Walt Disney Entertainment. The highlight of her theater career so far has been the three years she spent in Osaka, Japan playing the role of "Elphaba" in Wicked at Universal Studios. After Wicked closed its doors at Universal, she continued to stay for another year, playing various roles in Sesame Street and musicals of famous Japanese anime including One Piece & Naruto.
 
Michael Stiggers (BSEd 2009) Most recently residing in Atlanta, Michael has been staying busy in the Atlanta community in productions of Pippin (Leading Player) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney) with The Legacy Theatre as well as Petite Rouge with Snychronicity Theatre and most recently, Les Miserables (Marius Pontmercy) with The Aurora Theatre. He has worked as an actor/educator with young artists and audiences at C.L.I.M.B. Theatre in Minnesota as well as The Springer Theatre Academy, The Alliance Theatre, and The Aurora Theatre. He has also performed for HersheyPark and Matt Davenport Productions in Rock The Jukebox and A Rockin' Musicbox Christmas where he was selected and nominated as one of the Top 3 finalists for The Brass Ring Award for Male Performer of the Year with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). He received Suzi Bass Award nominations for his roles of Leading Player in Pippin (2012) and Marius in Les Miserables (2013). Michael will be setting sail with Royal Caribbean Productions aboard the Serenade of the Seas as a production singer!
 
ROBIN BURTON ANKERICH (BFA-Tech 2013) After graduation, Robin worked in the Lexington Children's Theatre costume shop. She has worked as a Stitcher for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and Columbus Repertory Theatre. 
AMANDA FERG (BFA-Tech 2013), while still in college, spent summers working at professional theatres including Santa Fe Opera and The Lost Colony, and was one of only two undergraduates to receive Honorable Mention in the Costume Crafts Design Competition at SETC 2013 with a late 18th century dress she draped and stitched for the CSU production of Amadeus. These successes paved the way to a costume internship at Florida Repertory Theatre, and she has been accepted into the MFA program in Costume Production at Boston University.
 
JACQUELINE KAPPES (BSEd 2012) is currently a teaching artist and actress with the Metro Tour program at the Rose Theater in Omaha. She is also a part of a local improv group called Backline Improv and in a production of Noises Off.
JANINE DeMICHELE (BFA-Perf 2011) graduated from the Apprentice Program at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta, GA in 2013 and has appeared in several of their productions as a performer as well as working in administration and house management. She is also a cast member of the touring children's production Strong4Life with TellTale Theatre Co, which is produced in conjunction with the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta as part of their Healthy Halls program. The show tours several days a week throughout Metro Atlanta. Additionally, Janine has appeared in a commercial for Stride Gum, has been in several indie shorts and industrials, and has done commercial, fashion, and bridal modeling.
RICHARD FRAZIER (BSEd 2011) Immediately upon graduation, Richard was hired to teach Theatre and Dance at Northside High School in Warner Robins, Ga., a school known for its superb Musical Theatre program. Richard has worked with the Georgia Thespians organization for ten years now, as a student and professional. In 2012 Richard was established as a permanent member of the Georgia Thespians Executive Board. Additionally he has had the privilege of Assistant Directing and Assistant Choreographing two Thespian All-State shows. Outside of the educational realm, he has also acted as a professional choreographer for Theatre Macon on several of their productions, and is very active in charity events, raising money through dance events for Alzheimer's research and to aid families of children battling cancer.
SHANE HARRISON (BFA-Tech 2010) has stage managed several shows around the Atlanta area, including a production that moved to Off-Broadway called Carson McCullers Talks about Love with Suzanne Vega. Shane has been working variously as an Associate Producer, Assistant Stage Manager, Backstage Manager, Production Coordinator, and Graphics Manager for over two years for clients such as Chick-fli-a, Walmart, Xerox, The YMCA of the USA, and Vera Bradley.
 
BARRETT SCROGGS (BSEd 2010) moved back to Omaha, NE after graduation, where he spent three years working as a Teaching Artist with the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People teaching creative drama, performing in a National tour of If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and teaching drama classes for students on the Autism Spectrum. He also spent two years as the Director of Children's Programming at Omaha First United Methodist Church. Barrett recently relocated to Manhattan, KS for Graduate School where he is pursuing his Masters degree in Drama Therapy at Kansas State University. He is working in the therapeutic classrooms at a Mental Health Center in Lawrence, KS, writing and directing an adaptation of the book ANH's ANGER which will tour to local elementary schools, and beginning work on his thesis researching the impact of Creative Drama on college students' ability to develop empathy. Barrett plans on pursuing his PhD in either Theatre for Young Audiences or Human Development.
SUMMER McCUSKER (BFA-Perf 2009) After graduation, Summer toured for several years as an actor with The National Theatre for Children and California Theatre Center. She also worked with the Alliance Theatre, Lexington Children's Theatre, and Walt Disney Entertainment. You can now catch her performing with the main stage cast of Sketchworks Comedy in Atlanta where she also teaches sketch comedy classes for youth. When not on stage, she is busy voicing commercials, narrating documentaries, and creating wacky character voices for animated projects. Summer is proud to be represented by Atlanta Models and Talent, Umberger Agency, and RSH Management. www.summermccusker.com
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