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Artistry Par Excellence

Some of the best artists in the nation, including an aerial specialist, fight choreographer, scenic designer and lighting designer, visited campus this past year to share their expertise directly with UCM theatre students, thanks to the Meridith Harmon Sauer Endowed Guest Artist Series in Theatre. They include:

    Margaret Spare, lighting designer for The Drowsy Chaperone, Oct. 3-7. Margaret earned a BFA in Design and Technology from UCM in 2002 and a MFA in Theatrical Lighting Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has served as lighting designer for Ballet North and Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company, assistant lighting designer for Lyric Opera of Kansas City and light board operator for Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

    Broadway star Tituss Burgess, who presented a musical theatre workshop in February 2013. Burgess originated the role of Sebastian the Crab in the musical The Little Mermaid in 2007 and went on to play Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the revival of Guys and Dolls in 2009. His Broadway and regional theatre credits include The Jersey Boys, Good Vibrations, The Wiz and Abelard and Heloise.

    Melissa Larsen, choreographer for Louder Than Words, March 8-9, 2013. Larson has performed in the national tours of Grease and Hairspray. Her regional credits include Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, Sweeny Todd, The Music Man and Nunsense.

    Jason Bohon, acting coach for Street Scene, April 24-28, 2013. Bohon graduated from the UCM with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a BA in English Literature in 2000. He then received his MFA in Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts Naropa University. Bohon specializes in classical material and has performed many roles in the works of Shakespeare, Moliere, Sophocles and Feydeau. He created his own company, 3 Sticks Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., and currently tours as a performer with Split Knuckle Theatre Company throughout Belgium, the Netherlands, England, France, Greece and Germany.

The Meridith Harmon Sauer Endowed Guest Artist Series in Theatre was started in fall 2010 thanks to an endowment gift to the UCM Foundation. Named for Sauer, a 1996 theatre education alumna, the series is a rare opportunity for a public university to bring regionally and nationally recognized theatre artists and educators to work hand-in-hand with students and faculty.