Kelley Poché Rodriguez, MTC accompanist, is currently music directing and playing keyboard for the Regional Premiere of Little Miss Sunshine and for an extended late night run of The Rocky Horror Show (both at Oh Look Performing Arts). She recently finished music directing and playing a pilot production of Shakespeare in Love at JJ Pearce High School.

Alumna Melanie Mason (BFA Performance) is co-owner of The Voices in Our Heads, a company which creates audio books.  She has also received rave reviews as Margaret in Theatre Arlington’s Nine to Five the Musical.

Professor Dennis Maher appeared in Theatre Arlington’s Nine to Five the Musical and will appear in Circle Theatre’s Our Town in January 2019.

Assistant Professor of Practice, Michelle Harvey, designed the set for Dallas Children’s Theatre National Tour of Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly.  Ms. Harvey did the scenic design and technical direction for The Spectacular Senior Follies: 10th anniversary production.  This month, she will be set designing for Florida State University’s Shakespeare in Love.

Laura Choate (BA ’12) joined the tour of School of Rock as a props assistant.

Professor Andrew Gaupp has been selected to serve as UT Arlington’s representative on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Drama Field of Study Advisory Committee in Austin. This is a three-year appointment.

Shelby Plummer, current student, interned at Four Day Weekend last semester.

Kaylee Killingsworth, alumni, recently signed on as an instructor at The Acting Studio and will be acting in Imprint Theatreworks’ Blood Brothers running October 26 – November 11.

Matt McGregor, alumni, recently started working as an entertainment technician at Magic Kingdom for Disney World.

Paul Cathey, BFA ’93, is working as General Manager and Executive Producer at AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Elizabeth Stevens, alumni, is currently the Administrative Assistant at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth and is assistant directing Our Town in January 2019.

Assistant Professor of Instructions, Detra Payne and Felicia Bertch, along with Costume Studio Supervisor, Kris O’Brien, and students Coy Rubalcaba, Francico Griffaldo-Cairasco, Stephen Wykle, Alexandra Johnson, Darcy Doyle, Corina Sosa, Zakk Shortes, Karla Zamora, and Desiree Johnson performed in and worked on the short film Tempestad which will premiere at the Austin Film Festival.

Assistant Professor of Instruction Felicia Bertch

  • Directed and produced two original devised shows at the Fort Worth Fringe Festival in September. [T]iny [P]latform [S]hakespeare with a company of 6 UTA Theatre Graduates: Kevin Duran, Alexandria Fazzari, Michel Harper, Stephanie Spencer, Kelly Stewart, and Aidan Wright. And Mask Madnesswith 18 current UTA Theatre Undergraduates: Gage Anderson, Bradley Atuba, Dwayne Bruce, Casey Covington, Brooke Ford, Deanna Gonzales, Franky Grifaldo-Cairasco, Brian Hughes, Cody Jackson, Ricky Jurado, Monica Lockwood, Kace Owens, Millie Paris, Caitlin Reed, Zakk Shortes, Corina Sosa, Stephen Wykle, and Karla Zamora. Both shows received excellent reviews.
  • Featured as a professional Theatre Artist and Master Shakespeare teacher in a California PBS Special showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsing and performing Shakespeare.
  • Playing The Moor-Hen in Theatre Three’s production of The Moors in Dallas opening with previews October 25 and closing November 18.
  • Featured Actor in the Texas short film Hugo’s Plane, directed by UTA Film student Jo-X Cruz, which will air on PBS locally October 25th.

Assistant Professor Dr. Julienne Greer presented a talk over robotics for a group of young professionals affiliated with the UT System, known as the Chancellor’s Centurions, in early October.

Cole Shuffield, current student, performed as Bernstein in Dogfight at Onstage Bedford this summer and performed as Charley in Charley’s Aunt at Roverdramawerks in Plano this September.

Company rehearsals have begun and are off to a great start!

In the week following Labor Day, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Dr. Natalie Gaupp, performed in Harold Pinter’s play Ashes to Ashes, in the role of Rebecca, with the Fort Worth Fringe Festival.

USITT held a Chili Sale on October 2nd to raise money for their trip to the USITT annual conference in March 2019.

On Oct 4, NYC actor, director, and playwright, Brenda Withers visited with students from the UTA Department of Theatre Arts in a Q&A session mediated by Professor Felicia Bertch.

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