Cody Vaughan, former student, landed a role in Lucifer, a Fox series that has recently been picked up by Netflix.

Kelley Poché Rodriguez, MTC accompanist, music directed and played piano for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and an extended production of Rocky Horror Through the Holidays (through 12/29), both at OhLook Performing Arts.

Melanie Mason, Alumni, is co-owner of The Voices in Our Heads, a company that creates audio books.  She has also received rave reviews as Margaret in Theatre Arlington’s NINE TO FIVE THE MUSICAL.

Dennis Maher, Associate Professor, appeared in Theatre Arlington’s NINE TO FIVE THE MUSICAL and will appear in three different roles in Circle Theatre’s OUR TOWN in January 2019.  He will once again serve as announcer at the Fall 2018 CoLA Commencement.

Michelle Harvey, Assistant Professor of Practices, designed the set for Dallas Children’s Theatre National Tour of DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLYMichelle 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, Alumni, joined the tour of SCHOOL OF ROCK as a props assistant.

Andrew Christopher Gaupp, Professor, 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.

Dr. Anne Healy, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, just returned from serving as a Guest Artist at the University of Northern Iowa where she directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  While in Iowa, she also conducted musical theatre and audition masterclasses.

Shelby Plummer, current student, interned at Four Day Weened 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, Alumni, 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.

Detra Payne, Assistant Professor of Instruction, was the moderator for the Terry Crews Master Class.

Professor Felicia Bertch was a featured actor in the short film Tempestad which is currently making the festival rounds and recently won Best Drama Short in the Highland Park Indie Film Festival in Los Angeles. It was also nominated for Best Short Film at the Lone Star Film Festival and was an official selection for the Austin Film Festival. The film was written and directed by the UTA Film Department’s Professor Daniel Garcia and was a UTA Film Department and Theatre Department collaboration with costume design by Kris O’Brien and the acting talents of Professor Detra Payne and students Francisco Grifaldo-Cairasco, Darcy Doyle, Corina Sosa, Alex Johnson, Karla Zamora, Stephen Wykle, Zakk Shortes, and Coy Rubalcaba.

Felicia Bertch, Assistant Professor of Instruction

  • 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.
  • Played 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.
  • Professor Bertch was also accepted into a Devised Theatre Workshop with Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (in collaboration with Pig Iron Theatre Company) in Philadelphia, taking place in January 2019.
  • Featured actor in the short film Hugo’s Planwhich aired on the PBS show Frame of Mind in October.
  • Felicia Bertch worked as a professional model and actor in print and commercial campaigns with Colossal Creative Group.

Dr. Julienne Greer, Assistant Professor, 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.

Marissa Bateman, current student, recently performed at the Fort Worth Fringe Festival, worked Box Office at Theatre Arlington, and has an administrative internship with Amphibian Stage Productions.

Steven Alan McGaw, alumni, presented a reading of his new play RENFIELD: WHAT COMES NEXT at Arts Fifth Avenue, based on the original Bram Stoker novel, DRACULA, featuring alumni Stephen Eyre, Joshua Eguia, and Justin Rhoads, current student, Kace Owens, and Assistant Professor of Instruction Dr. Natalie Gaupp.

Dr. Natalie Gaupp, Assistant Professor of Instruction, performed the role of Rebecca in ASHES TO ASHES by Nobel Prize-Winning playwright, Harold Pinter, at the Fort Worth Fringe Festival.

Dr. Katherine Noone, Assistant Professor of Instruction, directed Company, her first musical at UTA this semester.  Dr. Noone also served as a guest lecturer for Vocal Pedagogy in November here at UTA.

Meredith Knight Treminio, Assistant Professor of Instruction, is performing The Nutcracker with Dallas Ballet Company on November 30-December 2 at Granville Performing Arts Center in Garland, TX.

Jared Land designed lights for the dance production, Conversations in Rhythm, which opened in October.  Alumni Kat Fahrenthold was the assistant lighting designer.

Liz Stevens, alumni, has been cast as Rhoda in White Christmas at the Firehouse Theatre and is assistant directing Our Town this winter at Circle Theatre

Laurel Whitsett, Senior Lecturer, is the faculty supervisor for a UTA graduate linguistics student’s research projects entitled Bilingual Implicit Associations between English and Spanish and Ambiguous Multiple Constraints in English.

Jorge Lanuza, alumni, is taking the position of fly operator with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in NYC and will go on tour with them.


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