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UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial
UCM Department of Theatre and Dance Testimonial

Harmon Guest Artist Series

Meridith Harmon Sauer Guest Artist Series

Warrensburg residents Lynn and Jackie Harmon have made a gift to the University of Central Missouri Foundation. The gift establishes an endowed professorship and guest artist series in the Department of Theatre in honor of their daughter, Meridith Harmon Sauer. The professorship will provide funds to assist faculty in future academic and professional training which, in turn, will provide dividends to our students. The guest artist series will allow us to bring in nationally and regionally recognized theatre artists and educators to work hand-in-hand with our students and faculty.


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Department of Theatre & Dance
2013-14 Season

Meridith Harmon Sauer
Guest Artist Series

Nikki Harmon

Nikki Harmon Author of A Thai Tale

Nikki Harmon's plays have been produced around the world. Among her awards, she has been a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and has twice won the University of Central Missouri's National Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Competition. She studied at the Sorbonne and the Institut Britannique, and is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon, and Pasadena Playhouse of Theatre Arts, and is also a Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Casting Director, and pen & ink/watercolor artist. A member of both Actor's Equity and the Dramatists Guild, she's published by Dramatic Publishing Co., Eldridge Publishing Co., Brooklyn Publishers, Lazy Bee Scripts, Art/Age Publications and Big Dog Plays, and has volunteered on Earthwatch projects in Kenya, Peru, Italy, Namibia, Thailand and the U.S.

Paul Meier

Paul Meier

UCM Department of Theatre and Dance welcome Meridith Harmon Sauer Guest Artist vocal coach PAUL MEIER to work with students on our production of KINDERTRANSPORT. Paul will engage student actors to develop character understandings and EIGHT different regional dialects of Germany and England over the course of four weeks in January and February. Paul is a dialect coach for theatre and film; a voice-over artist with many commercials and audio books to his credit; and a theatre professor specializing in voice, speech, accents and dialects, and heightened text. Paul also works with clients on accent reduction. This has been his calling for over 35 years, in his native London, in the United States where he is now based, and all over the world. Paul Meier Dialect Services has been a leading Internet presence since 1998, attracting thousands of clients with its dialect books and CDs, and show-specific dialect designs.He has coached many feature films, including Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’sRide With the Devil, starring Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich and Jewel, and close to two-hundred plays and musicals for the theatre in more than a dozen countries. He has taught at some of the most famous theatre schools such asThe Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Webber Douglas, North Carolina School of the Arts,and currently at theUniversity of Kansas, where he is Full Professor and Head of Voice in the Theatre Department.

Thomas Bergstig

Thomas Bergstig is one of the founding members of the tap dance group/rock band/rhythm show JEERK that has been performing all over the world since their start 11 years ago.
Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Thomas now lives in the U.S. At the age of 10, having watched an old video clip of Jerry Lee Lewis performing, Thomas thought: 'Huh... I want to do that." He began playing the piano and has since become a skilled multi-instrumentalist. From 1998-2001 he attended the musical theater program at The Ballet Academy(Balettakademien) in Goteborg, Sweden, where he learned to tap dance. This is also where he met his fellow JEERK colleagues. When JEERK was formed in 2002, all the members agreed to not put any restrictions on their creativity. The result was a highly original act that's still touring the world. Thomas is currently working as a song writer and arranger together with Nicklas Karsson of JEERK and Alexis Grace from American Idol'sseason 8. He is also thrilled to launch his new project "Swedish Gun Factory" which will be an artsy mess of music and craziness. Keep an eye open this winter...
Having experience as choreographer/tap teacher/pianist/musical director in many college settings in Sweden, Thomas is excited to work with American students for the first time.

Set of

The set of "Five Guys" technical directed by Valerie Narehood

Valerie Narehood is a technical theatre coordinator for the School of Theatre at Penn State University. As a carpenter and technical director, Val has spent 15 years kicking out scenery, including work for Penn State Centre Stage, Bristol Riverside Theatre, the Berkshire Theatre Group, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, and formerly D.C.-based Unlimited Scenery Studios, among others. She did her undergraduate work in theatre at DeSales University and holds an MFA in theatre technology from Penn State.

2012-2013 Guest Artist Series

2012 - How I Learned to Drive

Paula Vogel -
Guest Artist

Paula Vogel


2011 - Almost, Maine

William Christie - Guest Director

Bill Christie

2011 - The Three Musketeers

Ryan Q. McIntire - Fight Choreographer

Ryan Q. McIntire


2011 - Rise to the Rhythm

Stephanie Kobes - Choreographer

Stephanie Kobes


2010 - The Birds


Matthew Bennett - Scenic Designer

Matthew Bennett is currently the Head Rigger and Technical Director for Quixotic in Kansas City, MO. Matthew holds a BFA in Design and Technology for the University of Central Missouri Theatre Department. In addition to working for the New Theatre Restaurant as a Swing Technician and the Heart of America Studios as co-owner and operator, Matthew has served as a freelance designer for the Kansas City Ballet and the Hybrid Movement Collective

Angelina Sansone
Photo by Kenny Johnson for
Eleve Dancewear

Angelina Sansone - Ariel Specialist

Angelina Sansone Having lived in numerous locations, Ms. Sansone most recently hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. She left home at age 14 to attend the Harid Conservatory with a full tuition scholarship. After completing her education at Harid, she spent two seasons with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago where she appeared in Robert Altman's 2003 film The Company. Following her stay with Joffrey, Ms. Sansone worked toward her B.S. in ballet at Indiana University before she joined KCB in 2005. In her two seasons with KCB, she has been featured in End of Time, Apollo The Concert , Great Galloping Gottschalk, Dark Elegies, Splendid Isolations III, Mozartiana and as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. She had the opportunity to perform Ben Stevenson's End of Time at the International Dance Festival of Colombia. This is Ms. Sansone's sixth season with Kansas City Ballet. Since moving to Kansas City Angelina has also been a member of the performance fusion group Quixotic. The company is a platform for many forms of art to join together on one stage. Angelina has enjoyed being a part of the group’s growth and evolution through the years, as it has afforded opportunities to explore aerial arts, choreography, improvisation, and exposure to other forms of expression.