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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

Where are they now?

Theatre & Dance Alumni

Where are they now?

Charles Adamson

Charles Adamson, BFA Performance 1992; MA Theatre 1993
C.D. (Chuck) Adamson holds his PhD in Fine Arts (Theatre) from Texas Tech University. His dissertation topic was, "Defining the Jukebox Musical: From The Beggar's Opera to American Idiot." Chuck is currently teaching theatre at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Over the years, CD has worked for New Theatre Restaurant as their company manager, did a stint with the show production department at Science City and has remained an active actor and director. Some of his recent productions include portraying "Nicky" in The Seafarer and directing The Woman in Black for The Garza Theatre in Post, TX. Most recently, he directed Moon Over Buffalo for Lubbock Community Theatre. He has also directed "The True Story of Red Riding Hood" and The Music Man for Central Missouri Repertory.

Chase Ashurst

Chase Ashurst, BFA Performance 2005
Following graduation, Chase signed with Exposure Model and Talent Agency in Kansas City and has been a featured actor on numerous commercials including Belfonte Ice Cream, Big Twelve Basketball, Iowa Lottery, Sprint and Thoroughbred Ford. A member of SAG and AFTRA, Chase’s film work includes the movie Play On. Chase has also starred in the American Heartland Theatre’s production of Maybe Baby It’s You..When not on stage, Chase works with his wife/photographer Amy at RYE Studio in KC. In Spring 2014, Chase and Amy established the RYE Studio Scholarship for theatre students at UCM.

Jessica Barker

Jessica Barker, BFA Design and Technology 2007
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama Stage Management Program in 2010, Jessica works as an AEA and AGMA professional stage manager.  Currently Jessica lives in San Francisco and stage manages for the San Francisco Ballet. Jessica’s New York stage management credits include working for Lincoln Center Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre and Atlantic Theatre Company


Rebecca K. Barringhaus

Rebecca K. Barringhaus, BFA Technical Theatre 2010. After graduating from UCM in 2010 I moved to Orlando to pursue my MA degree in Theatre at the University of Central Florida. In 2013 I graduated after writing my thesis on August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean. This past July I got a job as the Artistic Director/Arts and Humanities Director at the Chesterfield Community Theatre at the West County YMCA. We have a 370 seat space that is one only about 7 theatre spaces in YMCA's in the country!
Justin Barron
Justin Barron, BFA Musical Theatre 2014
Justin has been living in Kansas City since his graduation in May 2014. Putting his BFA in Musical Theatre to good use, he has been working with many different theatre companies in the area including Musical Theatre Heritage (South Pacific, Guys and Dolls), Coterie Theatre (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), and Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre (The King and I). Justin has also signed with I & I Talent Agency and has worked on a few small commercial projects. Justin plans to stay in KC until he feels ready to branch out and move to LA to pursue his goals in a bigger city!
Trevor Belt
Trevor Belt, BFA Performance 2010
Since graduation, Trevor has been very active as a director in the Kansas City area. He is co-founder and artistic director of Relevance Productions and has directed Waiting for Godot and The Dead Guy for the company. He has also directed Pillowman for She and Her Productions.
Matthew Bennett, BFA Technical Theatre 2004
Matthew is currently the Head Rigger and Technical Director for Quixotic in Kansas City, MO. 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
Jason Bohon
Jason Bohon, BFA Performance 2000 Following graduation from Central, Jason received his MFA in Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts-Naropa University. This training inspired Jason to create his own company 3 Sticks Theatre in Minneapolis MN As an actor, Jason specializes in classical material and has performed many roles in the works of Shakespeare, Moliere, Sophocles and Feydeau. Jason also enjoys directing and has served as an assistant director at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Jason is currently teaching theatre at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and tours as a performer with Split Knuckle Theatre throughout Brussels, the Netherlands, England and Germany.
Amanda Boyle

Amanda Boyle -- BSE in Theatre and Speech, 2004
Amanda is currently a PhD Candidate (ABD) and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas. She will graduate in May 2016. Amanda is also the Resident Dramaturg at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, MO. She has been working as a dramaturg, director, and stage manager at the University and in theatres in Kansas City including the Unicorn Theatre, the Coterie Theatre, Camellot Academy, and Project Voice. You can check out her website at 

Pancha Brown

Pancha Brown, BFA Performance 2013
Upon graduating from UCM, Pancha returned to her home town of Kansas City where she performed the role of Gloria Thorpe in the summer 2013 Theatre in the Park’s production of Damn Yankees. In the fall of 2013, she moved to New York City, where she currently lives with several other UCM theatre alumi. In New York she combines her job of catering with auditions, meeting other actors and enjoying the experiences of the theatre world. Pancha is currently in rehearsal for The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre’s Production ofThe King and I, as well as for a script in hand production. She currently divides her time between Kansas City and her home base of New York City.

Rich Brown

Rich Brown, MA Theatre 2000
As a student in Central’s Master of Arts in Theatre program, Rich received the University’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Following his graduate work at UCM, Rich earned his PhD in Theatre with an emphasis in acting, directing and devising from the University of Oregon. After a year of training with master teachers Stephen Wangh and Mary Overlie at New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing, Rich taught acting, directing, and dramatic literature at Hartwick College before landing at Western Washington University where he currently teaches devising and acting movement. He has published in Theatre Topics and Theatre Journal; presented at Association of Theatre in Higher Education conferences in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, and Denver; performed with Mary Overlie in the Shady Corners Performance Art Festival, and co-founded Theatre 88, which produced The Zoo Story and What I Heard About Iraq, which performed at LaMama E.T.C. in New York City and Montreal. Rich studied at Anne Bogart’s SITI Company’s summer intensive training in Saratoga Springs, New York and at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. Rich teaches Grotowski inspired psychophysical acting, Suzuki, Viewpoints, and classes in devising.

Eric Clark

Eric Clark, BFA Performance 1997
Eric’s professional theatre credits include a lengthy tenure with the Creede Repertory Theatre and the Ozark Actors Theatre. In Creede, Colorado, Eric served as an actor and outreach director from 1998-2003. From 2004-2008, Eric has served as Artistic Director, Director, Casting Director and Creative Consultant for the Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO. For the last three years, Eric has spanned the globe working training customer service representatives for NCO Financial Systems.

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis,  Theatre Minor
Jennifer is currently pursuing theatre and modeling in the Kansas City area.  She has performed in Steel Magnolias, The Dixie Swim Club and The Woman in Black with the Corbin Theatre and performed in Rumors and A Flea in Her Ear with Bobette’s Dinner Theatre.

Amanda Duffy
Amanda Duffy, BFA Design and Technology 1999
Working in New York City for the past ten years, Amanda has been active both on and off the stage. Amanda completed a professional internship program in the wig shop at The Julliard School and received her MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House. In New York she has studied at the Actor’s Studio and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera under the direction of Peter Sellers and has performed in productions of Pygmalion, Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Story, The Seagull, The Little Foxes and numerous roles in the plays of Shakespeare. Amanda has done professional wig work on Broadway with productions of Sweet Charity, Mary Poppins, The Color Purple and The New 42nd Street.
Indiana Wesleyan

Greg Fiebig, Master of Arts 1978
Greg Fiebig is Professor of Communication and Theatre at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia, the M.Div in Religious Education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an MA in Theatre from the University of Central Missouri. Greg teaches a variety of courses in theatre and communication, focusing primarily on design, technical production, and management for the theatre, organizational and interpersonal communication, and communication theory.

Jeremy Frazier

Jeremy Frazier, BFA Performance 2009
Jeremy is currently enrolled in the MFA Dramatic Writing program at Carnegie Mellon. An active playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Jeremy has had several productions of his plays in the Kansas City area. Jeremy was a John Cauble National Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre One Act Play Festival and a John Cauble Regional Finalist for the KCACTF Region V Festival.

Nicole Hall

Nicole Hall, BFA Performance 2007
A talented actor, dancer and choreographer, Nicole has been active in the Kansas City theatre scene since her graduation in 2007. Nicole’s performance experience includes roles with Martin City Melodrama, Relevance Productions, She&Her Productions, KC Fringe Festival and the Gorilla Theatre Company.  She has served as a guest choreographer for UCM Theatre and for Ruskin High School and has served as assistant stage manager for Musical Theatre Heritage.

Robin Harman

Robin Harman, BFA Tech 2011
Robin Harman is the Presentation Associate at Theater League, presenting national tours of Broadway musicals in performing arts centers around the country. She is a native of Salisbury, Missouri and a 2011 graduate of the University of Central Missouri. She also works as a freelance stage manager in the Kansas City area. Credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Musical Theater Heritage), Frida... A Self Portrait (The Living Room), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Spinning Tree Theatre), and Shrek and Footloose (Crane River Theatre). She also stage managed Bond,the 2015 Best of KC Fringe winner and its remount at The Fishtank.

David Hawkinson

David Hawkinson, BFA Design and Technology 2005
Having completed his MFA in Scenic Design at UMKC, David now resides in New York where he is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829 and is serving as scenic artist on both HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and CBS' new series "Unforgettable." David has worked as Properties Artisan, Carpenter, and Technical Coordinator for New York University, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Crossroads Theatre Company. While in Kansas City, David was the Scenic Artist for the Unicorn Theatre, the Coterie Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Kristen Janke Henning

Kristen (Janke) Henning, BFA Performance 2010

Kristen holds her M.A. in Theatre History/Dramatic Literature from University of Missouri-Kansas City and an M.A. in Speech Communication from University of Central Missouri. She is currently a Speech and Theatre Instructor for State Fair Community College and for UCM. She has directed Honk!, Boeing Boeing, and Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut at SFCC and will open the children’s show Tilly the Trickster this November. She is also an active member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In the little free time she has, Kristen volunteers with StoneLion Puppets in Kansas City and writes theatre reviews for, Kansas City’s Online Journal of the Arts. 

Adam Henry

Adam Henry,
Adam is the associate artistic director of Relevance Productions. Performance credits; The Tempest, ART, Buck Hoss (KC Fringe), Reckless, Waiting for Godot. Other KC credits: Night of the Iguana & H2$ (MET), Sunday in the Park..., Sweeney Todd (MTH), Spring Awakening (Coterie).

Beth Herron

Elizabeth Herron BFA Performance 1992
Elizabeth Herron currently resides in Harlem, NY where she was a Van Lier Directing Fellow in residence at Second Stage Theatre and a member of Lincoln Center Theatre’s Directors Lab. She received her MFA in directing from the New School and has directed disfigurationof a diva by hattie gossett for HERE Art Center andHear the Beat/Dance the Story by at Dance Theatre Workshop. Ms. Herron has directed several original playsincluding Project 9 and Under Covers by Tyler Jason Fereira, black and blue by Matthew Kelty along with a national tour of Hair Storiesby Urban Bush Women. She directed A Raisin in the Sun at Essex College in Newark, NJ and Home at the H.A.D.L.E.Y Players in Harlem (Audelco Award). Beth directed Susan Lori Parks’ AS IDI AMIN LIES IN A COMA IN SAUDI ARABIA for The Berkshire Fringe as part of the 365 Days/365 Plays commission.  She directed ’for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf’ and Blues for an Alabama Sky at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.  While at UK she taught and conducted a workshop series that explored Hip Hop Theater.  Beth has also worked with Jazz Composer, Craig Harris on a contemporary adaptation of God’s Trombones which premiered at the World Famous Apollo Theater in and was presented at Teatro Manzoni in Milan, Italy.

Jaclyn Jensen

Jaclyn Jensen, BFA Performance 2006
Upon graduation, Jaclyn moved to Chicago, IL where she has been very active as an actress in the Chicago theatre scene. In addition to doing film, television and voice over work, she has performed on stage with the Strangeloop Theatre, St. Sebastian Theatre Company, Shapeshifters Theatre Company, Wrecking Crew Productions, Gorilla Tango Theatre and the Chicago Parks District.

Cory Johnston

Corey Johnston, BFA Design Technology 1994
Corey received his MFA in Costume Design in 1997 from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Corey currently teaches at the University of San Diego where he is the faculty Costume Designer. He teaches costume design, construction and theatre history. Corey’s professional credits include working with the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Tacoma Actors Guild. He also works with the Old Globe's MFA Acting Program.

Beth Leonard

Beth Leonard, Master of Arts Theatre
Beth is currently the Chair of the Department of Theatre at Western Washington University.  Prior to this appointment she was Dean of the School of Performing Arts and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Stephens College.  While at Stephens Beth has loved spending her time as the artistic director of the Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Beth has an MFA in Performance from UMKC and has directed and acted professionally throughout the Midwest including, the Unicorn Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre and Central Missouri Repertory. Beth is also a produced playwright.

Kayla Lopez

Kayla Lopez, BFA Theatre Technology 2013
Upon graduation, Kayla moved to central Florida in pursuit ofan M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology at the University of Florida. At UF, she has designedAngels in America Part Two: PerestroikaandThe Cripple of Inishmaan.Kayla has also worked for Ocean State TheatreCompany (RI) andThe Maltz Jupiter Theatre (FL). Kayla plans to move back to the Midwestupon the completion of her degreeto pursue design and teaching opportunities in Colorado. An avid student, she has aspirations of becoming a cosmetologist as well. She lives with fellow UCM alumnus Brandon Case (2011) and proudly calls herself a Mule/Gator hybrid!

Deanna Mazdra
Deanna Mazdra, BFA Performance 2011
Upon graduating from UCM, Deanna moved to the KC area and signed with Exposure Model and Talent Agency where she auditions for a variety of film, commercial and voice over work. In KC, Deanna has recently been on stage with fellow UCM alumni in Relevance Production's Reckless and in She and Her Productions Next to Normal.
Ryan Q. McIntire

Ryan McIntire, BFA Performance 2006
Upon graduation from Central, Ryan received an MFA in Acting and Directing from Regents University. At Regents, Ryan developed his love for stage combat. He has been a member of the Society of American Fight Directors since 2001 and has taught classes and workshops in unarmed, single handed, broad-sword, two handed broad-sword, knife, and filmed combat. Ryan founded E.T.V., Education Through Violence, in order to offer professional and safe combat choreography to theatre companies, film makers, and schools in need of energetic, dynamic scenes of violence for their projects. His experiences fighting on stage and for film include all of the above, as well as improvised weaponry, rapier and dagger, rapier and cloak, saber and small sword. He is a professional actor who has appeared on stage and screen. From classical Shakespeare to contemporary street performance, Ryan has studied with accomplished combat professionals such as Dale Girard, Michael Kirkland, Richard Ryan, Michael Johnson, and David Boushey.

Lisa Mettlen

Lisa Mettlen  BFA Performance 2004
Lisa has been working with Walt Disney Company in California since 2008 as a Parade Performer and Lead/Trainer. She has worked on A Christmas Fantasy, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, High School Musical 3, and Pixar Play Parade. Prior to moving to California to pursue her dance career, she was promotions director for WDAF in Kansas City and performed as an interactor for the Kansas City Zoo.

Michelle Moll

Michelle Moll, BSE 2009
Since graduating in December 2009, Michelle has been teaching and performing in her hometown of St. Louis. Michelle is currently a Theatre teacher and director at Francis Howell Central High School in St. Peters, Mo. She recently signed with a St. Louis based talent agency, West Model and Talent Management, and has been auditioning for a variety of commercial, film, and theatre work. Michelle plans on actively pursuing Theatre performance during the summer months.

ArtWorks Academy

Cheryl Morris, Master of Arts Theatre 2007
Upon completion of her MA in Theatre at Central, Cheryl and her husband Jonathan moved to Norman, Oklahoma where they started ArtWorks Academy. The Academy offers classes in dance, music, and theatre for students from 18 months through adult. Their musical productions include students age 5-18. Cheryl also directs the competition dance team. Over the last four years they have produced 4 dance recitals, 2 voice recitals, and 16 musicals. Musical productions include: Seussical: The Musical, Grease, Dear Edwina Jr, Annie Jr, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, Sleeping Beauty Kids, and Jane Eyre.

Joel Moses
Joel Moses, BFA Performance 2006
Joel received his MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University in 2013. Roles at NIU included Hamlet, Rev. Packard in Mrs. Packard, Malcolm in Macbeth, Theophilus in Theophilus North, and Moritz in Spring's Awakening. He currently lives in Chicago, IL where he has worked with the Organic Theater Company and Theatre Y. Prior to Graduate School, Joel spent several years in Kansas City, where he worked with the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Journeyman Theatre Company, Bacon Shake Sketch Comedy and others. Additionally, Joel has spent a summer abroad studying at the Moscow Art Theatre and a month in residency in the States with artists from KOBEZ-Centre Memoire du Corps (KOBEZ-Body Memory Center - Toulouse, France).Currently, Joel is an Instructor of Theatre at Northern Illinois University.
Florida Grand Opera

Kevin Mynatt, BFA Design and Technology 1990
Kevin is currently Director of Production for Florida Grand Opera in Miami, FL. Following his graduation from Central, Kevin received his MFA in Lighting and Theatre Design from Brandeis University and has largely been in the world of opera theatre.  He has served as Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer for Chautauqua Opera, Production Manager and Technical Director for Opera Omaha, Director of Production for Portland Opera Association and Managing Director for Central City Opera House Association.

Blue Man Group

Chris Notestine, BFA Design and Technology 2009
After stage managing aboard the Carnival Triumph cruise ship, Chris has given up life at sea to stage manage for several companies in Chicago, IL.  Most recently, he was the assistant stage manager for Sideshow Theatre Company's Steppenwolf Garage Rep production of Heddatron featuring a cast of 10 human and 5 fully-functioning robots.  Currently he works as deck crew and front of house staff for Blue Man Group and as a ticket office assistant at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Callie Ott

Callie Ott, BFA Theatre Performance
Callie Ott is an LA based actress with a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Central Missouri. She recently completed the improv program at IO West and currently studies scene study and cold reading at the Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop. You may have seen her in commercials such as eHarmony, Jeep, or America's Best Eyeglasses. She is currently working on two new feature films and a pilot. Callie loves performing on her Two-Woman improv team, "Betty" with Alexandria McCale and is looking forward to using improv in her next feature film. Living in LA is the most exciting and inspirational move she has ever made and can't imagine living without the sunshine and the mountains! For more information on Callie Ott

Testimonial: "Since living in LA, I have utilized many skills from the UCM Theatre Program. The professionalism that the faculty at UCM instilled in me as a student has put me ahead of other actors in the TV and Film industry."

Todd Proffitt

Todd Proffitt,  BFA Design and Technology 1994
Todd is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at State University of New York at Fredonia.  In addition to Fredonia he has served in a variety of technical and design positions with Theatre of Youth in Buffalo NY, Chautauqua Theater Company, Loyola University New Orleans, The Producer’s Circle, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Central Missouri Repertory, Opera Iowa and Des Moines Metro Opera.  He is an active member of The United State Institute for Theatre Technology and is currently serving as the Commissioner of Lighting Commission. In August 2012 he began writing the TD Talk Column in Stage Directions magazine. Todd received his MFA in Design from Texas Tech University and was recipient of the 1999 USITT’s Barbizon Award for Lighting Design. More information can be found on his website at


Joseph Reece

Joseph Reece, BFA Performance, 2013
Joseph currently lives in New York City, pursuing acting opportunities. Since graduating from Central, he has primarily specialized in classical works, recently performing in The Tempest (Relevance Productions), Henry V (Bad Quarto Productions), and a scene from King Lear in The Shakespeare Brawl Crawl (Occupy Verona). Joseph has also been attending classes at The Barrow Group.

Trent Reese
Trent Reese, BFA Performance 2012
Since graduating from UCM in 2012 Trent has been elected to the board of directors at The Lantern Theatre where he continues to direct, stage manage, design, and perform in many productions such as Dog Sees God by Bert V Royal, Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abair, Next Fall by Geoffery Nauffts, and more. He also technical directed a production of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage that was selected to perform at the Association of American Community Theatre's national festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also serves as Production Stage Manager at Blackbird Academy. Trent is extremely thankful for his time at UCM, and the exceptional training the Department of Theatre and Dance provided him.
Cason and Jennifer Renfrow

Cason Renfrow and Jennifer Gaines Renfrow, BFA Performance 1999
Upon graduation from Central, Casey and Jennifer established Center Stage Academy of the Performing Arts in Warrensburg, Missouri. Since those first early days in their small studio, they have grown into the area’s largest performing arts studio with two locations, Warrensburg and Sedalia, serving 450 students. The Academy offers classes to students from age 2 through adult in dance, music and theatre. Each year the studio produces two in house children’s theatre productions and an annual spring dance recital. Additionally they have teamed up with Central Missouri Repertory to produce an annual summer community children’s theatre musical. In 2011, they produced a full staged production of The Wizard of Oz.  Center Stage Academy currently employs 12 instructors teaching over 100 classes each week.

Norwegian Cruise Line "Epic"

Betsy Ripp, BFA Technical Theatre, 2013
I am currently working for Norwegian Cruise lines aboard the Epic. I am the Prop Master for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, as well as backstage tech/props for Burn the Floor. I started working here at the beginning of October and I was hired within a week of applying; and in that time I had to apply for a passport and go through medicals in order to board the ship. This is my first time out of the country and I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can, but some days I don't even see sunlight or even go outside. Take a chance, live your life, adventure is out there!

Timothy Schaffer

Timothy Schaffer,  Master of Arts in Theatre 2005
After graduating with his MA in Theatre, Timothy spent one year teaching at Neosho County Community College before returning to graduate school in the fall of 2006. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University in December 2010, writing his dissertation on the work of theatre critic and Brecht collaborator Eric Bentley. His research interests include mid-twentieth century political theatre and his performance and book reviews appear in Theatre Journal. He presented original research at Mid-America Theatre Conference, National Communications Association, and Association for Theatre in Higher Education conferences. Dr. Schaffer is currently an instructor at Atlantic Cape Community College in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he teaches Acting and Introduction to Theatre.

Becky Scott

Becky Scott, BFA Technical Theatre 1987
Becky has been the staff costume designer at State Fair Community College for six years.  In addition to designing productions at SFCC, she also teaches the Costume Construction class and manages the costume shop.  Her directing credits at SFCC include “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress”, “Afterlife: A Ghost Story”, and “This Is Not A Pipe Dream” for which she received a KCACTF commendation for direction.  Also at KCACTF, Becky has received commendations for costume design and had designs featured in the costume parade for the past two years.  Becky’s past credits include running away with the circus, where she was a wardrobe supervisor for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and designer for their Clown College.  Becky has an MFA in Costume Design from Western Illinois University.


Jeff Simmons, BFA Technical Theatre 1998
Jeff’s talents and creativity have kept him busy both on and offstage. Following graduation, Jeff moved to Portland, OR where he served as tour manager, sound engineer and performer for Imago Theatre.  In Portland he also served as sound engineer for Portland Center State and station manager and programming director at Portland Radio Authority.  In 2007, Jeff moved to the other coast, making his home in NYC where he has served as sound engineer at numerous professional theatre and radio stations.

Jill Szoo
Jill Szoo, BSE Secondary Education 2001.
After graduating from UCM, Jill attended Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA where she earned her MFA in Acting and Directing for Theatre. Since graduating from Regent in 2006, Jill returned to the Kansas City area where she has performed on several professional stages, namely the American Heartland Theatre, the New Theatre Restaurant, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre and The Living Room Theatre. She has also directed several college productions in the area, including Twelfth Night at Johnson County Community College, as well as Leading Ladies for UCM’s own Central Missouri Repertory. Jill has enjoyed a prolific camera-acting career through work she has garnered through the Kansas City talent agency, Talent Unlimited. Having been featured in over 20 commercials, Jill is most recognizably known as “The Price Chopper Girl,” as she maintains her on-going role as the official spokesperson for the Kansas City owned grocery store chain, Price Chopper. Jill’s newest venture is the beginning of her business Lights Up!, through which she offers private actor coaching to Kansas City actors from ages 5-100!

Janet Ulrich Brooks
Janet Ulrich Brooks, BFA Performance 1979
A member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild, Janet has been a professional actress and teaching artist in Chicago for a number of seasons. Originally a member of Child's Play Touring Theatre, Janet is currently a company member with TimeLine Theatre Company, where she has performed  All My Sons, Not Enough Air, Weekend, Paradise Lost and A Man for All Seasons. Janet is also a recipient of a Jefferson Award for her portrayal of Golda Meier in Golda’s Balcony with Pegasus Players. Janet has also performed with the Steppenwolf Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, Writer’s Theatre and the Goodman Theatre.
Mark Varns

Mark Varns, BFA Design and Technology
Mark is Chair of Theater and Resident Lighting Designer at Southern Illinois University. A graduate of the MFA Design and Technology program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Mark has worked with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Theater Co., Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Black Rep of St. Louis, New Harmony Theatre, Millikin University, McLeod Summer Playhouse, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Central Missouri Repertory Theater. Recent professional design credits include; The Drawer Boy at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Death and the King’s Horseman at The Black Rep in St. Louis, MO and Treasure Island at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Danielle Vermette

Danielle Vermette, BFA 1997
After completing her BFA at the University of Central Missouri, Danielle Vermette ventured to Portland, Oregon, where she has (so far) remained. She began working with the renowned Lecoq-based company, Imago Theatre, in 1999 and has appeared as the lead in numerous productions there, while touring nationally and internationally with the shows Frogz and Biglittlethings. May 2012 will mark her foray into film. She is a manuscript away from earning an MFA in fiction at Portland State University where she teaches writing to undergraduates.

Gerald Wearing
Gerald Robert Wearing, BFA Performance, 2013
After graduating last December, Bob has begun pursuing performance opportunities in the Kansas City area. He most recently appeared in Musical Theatre Heritage's original musical, Bernstein's Broadway. Currently, he is performing in Spinning Tree Theatre's production of A Little Night Music. Upcoming credits include The King & I at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, A Life in the Theatre with Tyrees Allen at Salina Community Theatre, and a return to Musical Theatre Heritage in South Pacific.
Aaron Westlake

Aaron Westlake, Master of Arts Theatre
Aaron has completed the PhD program in Theatre at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where he was a graduate teaching assistant and director for the Studio Theatre. Since graduating from UCM he has directed Bash by Neil Labute for the Robidoux Resident Theatre in St. Joseph, MO and Ravenswood by Terrence McNally, Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen for WSU’s PhD Studio Director’s Series. While at WSU Aaron had the pleasure of studying at the Moscow Art Theatre and presented research at conferences including ATHE and the Center for the Study of Citizenship.

Zach Woods
Zach Woods, BFA Performance 2003
A commercial film, industrial film, and theatre performer, Zach has been extremely active in the Kansas City market.  Upon graduation, Zach signed with Exposure Inc. Talent Agency and has been a featured actor on numerous commercials including Mr. Goodcents, Missouri Lottery, Nebraska Smoke Free, Pinnacle Career Institute and Metro Sports Productions. His voiceover work includes Hallmark, Virginia Historical Society, Remington and KDOT. On the theatre scene, Zach has performed at the American Heartland Theatre, Martin City Melodrama, Kansas City Fringe Festival and Actor’s Equity.
Eric Yazell

Eric Yazell, Master of Arts in Theatre 1992
Eric is currently a Speech & Theatre Instructor at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO. Eric has over 20 years of experience in the theatre – acting, directing, assisting with costumes and designing and building sets.  He has directed over 50 plays and has served in many support roles for Camp Blue Sky, a summer arts camp program for elementary and middle school students.  Eric was instrumental in re-launching the children’s theatre program at SFCC in 2001, now serving over 5,000 area children, parents and teachers. His recognitions include awards from KCACTF for Outstanding Sound Design for Domestic Tranquility and Outstanding Comic Direction for Over the River and Through the Woods.  Eric has also served on the Board of Governors and as President of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri. He was also awarded the STAM Loren Reid Service Award. 

Kristin Yadamec

KristinYadamec, BSE 2002
In 2006 Kristin moved to Los Angeles and began working for Disney Animation Studios. At Disney Kristin works as the production supervisor for technical animation and crowds for films, and is responsible for the scheduling, morale and working with other supervisors to ensure the creative integrity.  Kristin has worked on such films asBolt, Tangled, Wreck It Ralphand many more. In 2014 Frozen won the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

Katy Zoeller

Katy Zoeller, BFA Performance 2006
Following graduation, Katy returned to her hometown of St Louis, where she pursued her M.Ed. in Secondary Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She completed her student teaching with fellow Central graduate Michelle Moll at Marquette High School and this fall (2011) will begin teaching high school theatre in the Bayless School District.