What Our Graduate Students Are Saying About the Program
"Never before have I been so busy or worked so hard or learned so much in such a relatively short amount of time. This department provided the space and time necessary for me to continue my research and develop my work.
My committee, Bob Leonard, Ann Kilkelly, Patty Raun and Randy Ward provided thoughtful, diverse articulated feedback as well as creative stimulation and inspiration every step of the way.
Bob Leonard challenged me to take full responsibility for my education and my creative growth while encouraging me to expand my definition of theatre to include the community outside of the buildings in which we work.
Thanks to the attention of my committee I am leaving this grad department a more articulate, impactful, and socially engaged theatre artist than when I came in a few short years ago."
-Vince DeGeorge, 2014 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue
"I have gained an incredible amount of artistry, skill, and confidence through this program. The faculty, in particular Bob L. and Patty, challenged me to meet high expectations - - this is a great place to learn, fail, and learn some more." - Amy Luce, 2014 M.F.A. in Stage Management
Our Graduates in the Field
Dor Atkinson, 2011 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Lecturer in Drama, UC Santa Cruz
Jessica Carson, 2010 M.F.A. in Lighting Design - Freelance Lighting Designer based in Chicago
Jon Catherwood-Ginn, 2013 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Associate Director, Programming, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech
Leslie Cook, 2010 M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology - Assistant Professor, Costume Design at Longwood College
Vince DeGeorge, 2014 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Assistant Professor, Joseph Weinberger Chair
of Acting for the Lyric Stage (Musical Theatre & Opera), University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
Kevin Frazier, 2012 M.F.A. in Lighting Design - Freelance Lighting Designer based out of Greenville, South Carolina (working on projects up and down the east coast from Peterborough, New Hampshire to Atlanta, Georgia). Kevin recently received four 2013-2014 Suzi Award nominations for lighting design. Read more about the nominations at the 2013-2014 Suzi Bass Awards.
Allie Gillaspie, 2014 M.F.A. in Properties Design and Management - Props Master at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA
Travis Gilmore, 2012 M.F.A. in Technical Direction - Assistant Technical Director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Theresa Hartman, 2011 M.F.A. in Costume Design - Costume Shop Manager at Stephens College
Erin Keller, 2013 M.F.A. in Properties Design and Management - Props Department at Hartford Stage
Jamie Lindemann, 2012 M.F.A. in Technical Direction - Cirque du Soliel, Las Vegas
Amy Luce, 2014 M.F.A. in Stage Management - Production Manager and Actress, Freelance
Alanna Malone, 2010 M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue - Program Assistant, Seattle Children's Theatre
Kathleen Moriarty, 2014 M.F.A. in Scenography - Associate at David Korins Design in New York City
Ryan Parow, 2012 M.F. A in Stage Management - Freelance Stage Manager in New York City and Company Management, Chautauqua Institution
Terry Price, 1986 M.F.A. in Lighting Design - Director, Integrated Marketing and Emerging Media at Texas Lutheran University (TLU). Terry is responsible for coordinating communication about TLU to key stakeholders including internal and external audiences using YouTube, iTunes U, live-streaming, radio, online and print media.
Michael Rohd, 2000 M.F.A in Theatre - Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of the award-winning national ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre and a 2005 recipient of Americans for the Arts' Animating Democracy Exemplar Award. He devises and directs new work around the nation and is on faculty at Northwestern University where he helps lead the MFA Directing Program. He wrote the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He is the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago, IL. Michael is a recipient of the 2015 Otto Award for his current project "How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes." Michael is also the recipient of the Robert E. Gard Foundation's 2015 Award of Excellence.