Iowa MFA Designers, Present
MFA ’20 (Lighting & Media Design)
BA ’15 (Music)
Will Borich is finishing up his MFA at the University of Iowa in the Spring with a focus in Lighting and Media design. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morehead State University in Kentucky in 2015, specializing in low brass performance and Theatre. Before moving to Iowa, Will worked for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a lighting and pyro technician at Disney's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks. At the U of I, Will has designed Orlando, Undermining Fine (MFA choreographer's thesis production), The Wolves, A Kingdom Jack'd, The Dybbuk Of Dachau, and others. Will was also on staff at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas in the Summer of 2018.
MFA ’21 (Lighting, Scenic & Media Design)
BA ’11 Flordia Southern College (Theatre & Mathematics)
Nick is a second year MFA Design candidate. Over the past few years Nick has been a freelance designer and electrician in Chicago, IL. Recent design credits include lighting design on Sweat at the University of Iowa, lighting design on the world premiere of Roast with The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center, and the co media designer on Junie B. Jones at the Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire. Prior to moving to Chicago, Nick was a math teacher in Atlanta, GA. He received his B.A. in Theater with a minor in Mathematics from Florida Southern College.
KIMBERLY D. FAIN
MFA ’21 (Lighting & Media Design)
BA ’12 Southern Oregon University (Theatre)
Kim is a second-year MFA Design candidate. Completed an internship in Lighting with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BFA in Theatre in 2012. Kim worked as a Lighting Apprentice with Celebrity Cruises, then as Assistant Manager Production – Lighting with P&O Cruises, Carnival UK. Kim also freelanced in the SF Bay area as a Lighting Designer, Assistant LD, and Electrician. In 2019 completed a corporate design Fellowship with Rock The House in Cleveland. Recent productions include the Media Design for Sweat by Lynn Nottage and Lighting Design for the premiere play of Merrily by Dakota Parobek @UIOWA.
Kimberly is working on the Lighting Design for The Three Sisters.
MFA ’20 (Lighting, Scenic & Media Design)
BA '07 Centenary College of Louisiana (Theatre)
Courtney is in her third year as an MFA design student focusing on lighting, scenic, and media design at the University of Iowa. Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, she has worked as a freelance lighting designer for over a decade, as well as owned and operated a theatrical production company serving the Northwest Louisiana area.
Previous design credits include Media Clown at the Prague Quadrennial, bad things happen here... at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, repertory lighting design for the She LA Summer Arts Festival, University of Iowa mainstage productions Sweat, Sunday in the Park, and Northanger Abbey, and Shoe and Polaris both featured in the Iowa New Play Festival. She has also designed for The Shreveport Opera's Fiddler on the Roof and Cosi fan Tutte, River City Repertory Theatre's Grey Gardens: The Musical, Venus in Fur, and Bus Stop, and many other productions in the Northwest Louisiana area.
Her upcoming works can be seen at the University of Iowa’s Hit the Wall, Marat’s Dead and the 2020 Iowa New Play Festival.
MFA '22 (Scenic Design, Media Design, Scenic Art)
BA '19 Texas Wesleyan University (Theatre)
Tobin's recent design credits include Merrily at the University of Iowa, and Beauty and the Beast at the North Texas Performing Arts Repertory. Before attending the University of Iowa, Tobin was the Scenic Designer and Charge Artist for Newsies, and Cats at the Artisan Center Theater. Tobin has also worked as a design and carpentry intern for the event production company Stage Works in Fort Worth, TX, and was the carpentry and rigging intern for the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown, NY.
MFA '22 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BFA '17 University of Buffalo (Theatre Design and Technology)
Bethany is a costume designer, scenic designer, and scenic painting. Most notably she has worked on multiple productions in the Buffalo area where she was nominated for multiple locals awards for outstanding design work. At Iowa, Bethany has designed the set and costumes for Bonnets (How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder) and is in the process of designing scenery for The Three Sisters.
CHELSEA JUNE REGAN
MFA '20 (Costume & Makeup Design)
BA '17 Stockton University (Theatre Design & Production)
BFA '17 Stockton University (Sculpture)
Chelsea is a third year MFA design candidate at the University of Iowa from Bayville, NJ. She earned her BA in Theatre Design & Production and BFA in Sculpture from Stockton University in 2017. She has previously worked with Chrysalis Staging as a Stage Manager and Costume Designer, and the Cumberland County Playhouse as a Scenic Artist. She was the costume assistant on the University of Iowa’s production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, scenic and costume design The Dybbuk of Dachau, and a NPF '18 design.
MFA ’20 (Costume & Makeup Design)
BFA’ 06 University of Trinidad and Tobago (Performing Arts)
Zamora Simmons is a third-year MFA design candidate from Trinidad and Tobago. Summer 2018, she was the Costume Designer for Nolte Academy Productions for the musical Side Show. At Iowa, Zamora was the Costume Designer for main stage productions of Sarah DeLappes’ The Wolves, and Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Wolfe’s Orlando. She was also the Makeup Designer for Lynn Nottage’s Sweat.
Zamora was the assistant costume designer for Sunday in the Park with George, Fun Home and Seven Homeless Mammoths. She costume designed for a few new play productions including Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta and Love Bird by KT Peterson.
She will designing for a NPF ’20 production in the spring.
Iowa BA Designers, Present & Recent
TED CHARLES BROWN
Ted is a Lighting and Projections Designer from Iowa City Iowa, currently living in New York City. During his time at the University of Iowa, Ted designed lights for several gallery productions as well as the Mainstage A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ted also worked with projections both as a programmer and designer for nine other galleries, as well as many galas, and installations.
Credits outside the University include designing for City Circle, and Nolte Dance Academy. Most notably City Circle's Next To Normal, winning the 2017 United States Vectorworks Entertainment Design Scholarship for his design and use of the Vectorworks suite.
After graduation, Ted worked as an Electrics Intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2018. There, he worked as the Programmer on the Premiere of The Closet with Matthew Broderick - Lighting by Japhy Weideman.
Next, Ted will be working in the City as a freelance Lighting and Projection Designer / Programmer.
ELLEN E. KANE
At Iowa, Ellen was the lighting designer the Ten Minute Play Festival; assistant stage manager for TRICH (NPF '15); light board operator for Crescendo, Falls for Jodie, and American Idiot; and sound board and video operator forStriking 12. Ellen was also the assistant lighting designer for Iphigenia Crash Land Falls in the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable). Prior to entering the University, Ellen served in a variety of roles for numerous productions at Hanson Auditorium in Manchester, Iowa.
HIRAM ALEXANDER OROZCO
Hiram graduated from the University of Iowa with interest in costume design, playwriting and directing. Hiram designed costumes for Falls for Jodie and Sea of Trees for the University of Iowa and was also the costume designer for Jezelle the Gazelle with the American Theatre Company. He was the assistant costume designer on Slaughter City and Striking 12 and is currently the costume designer on Silo Tree (NPF ‘15). He will design costumes for Damn Yankees with Iowa City Community Theatre this upcoming fall. As a playwright, his full-length Role Models received a workshop production in November 2014, and his ten-minute play Tiras, After Death was featured as a reading during the 2015 Ten-Minute Play Festival. As a director, Hiram has directed two ten-minute plays for the 2014 and 2015 Ten-Minute Play Festivals and also directed The Stoddard Stud House in March 2015.
Jacob graduated from the Univeristy of Iowa studying Theatre Arts and Computer Science. Jacob started his design work at Iowa with sound design for Great Emergencies (NPF '16). He was the sound designer for Mr Burns: a post-electric play and will be sound designer for The Crucible and The Dybbuk of Dachau during the 2017-18 season. Additionaly, Jacob is working in areas of lighting, scenic and projection/media design. Jacob is also an undergraduate stage manager and has worked as an ASM in the 2017 New Play Festival and was the ASM for By The Way, Meet Vera Stark in the 2017-18 season.
HOEJEONG JOANNE YOO
Hoejeong graduated with interests in lighting design/directing/playwriting. She will designed lighting for two galleries, which includes Love Me Tender, Che Guevara and Feminnal. She loves every aspect of theatre. Her other work besides design includes acting in one gallery show and Farmer Jane’s Haunted Romance Farm in the 2015 Ten-minute Play Festival. She also directed Incommunicado for the 2015 Ten-Minute Play Festival Reading Series.
Iowa MFA Designers, Past
LINDSEY LARISSA KUHN
MFA ’19 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BA ’14 Concordia College (Theatre Arts)
BA ’14 Concordia College (Psychology, Women’s Studies)
Lindsey is from Avon, Minnesota. She is a 2014 graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she obtained a degree in psychology and theatre art, with an emphasis in directing and special focus in women’s studies. After graduation, Lindsey shifted her focus to design and worked as a freelance designer in the Fargo, North Dakota area.
At the University of Iowa, Lindsey designed costumes for Sunday in the Park, Fun Home, The Maids, Blackberry (NPF '19), Aurora Fra Bergen, or IBSANITY (NPF ‘17), and Ghost Limb (Premiere). Assistant costume design credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, and Rome Sweet Rome (Premiere). Recent scenic design credits include Shoe (NPF ‘18), and Found (Premiere).
In the summer of 2017, Lindsey was the recipient of the Erik Ulfers/Margaret Hall Scholarship and the Stanley Graduate Award for International Research. With this funding, she traveled to Japan to work with the Yokohama Theatre Group as a production designer and collaborator on a new work, The Outliers. In the summer of 2018, Lindsey worked as the costume intern for William Ivey Long studios as a part of the team for Tootsie, a new Broadway musical.
Lindsey has moved to New York City, where she is designing and assisting on a variety of events including Broadway production of Diana the Musical as a Costume Production Assistant, and assisting Martha Bromelmeier at the Manhattan School of Music on Sweeney Todd. Lindsey has also done a few different PA positions with several TV/Film projects in NYC.
MFA '18 (Costume Design, Makeup Design)
BA '15 Luther College (Theatre, English)
Originally from Chanhassen, Minnesota, Hayley Ryan recently moved to NYC to pursue a career in costume design.
Hayley graduated from The University of Iowa with a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design. At the University of Iowa Hayley designed costumes for By the Way Meet Vera Stark, The Crucible, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Pirate Queen (NPF ‘17), and Great Emergencies (NPF ’16). She was an assistant costume designer for American Idiot and Iphigenia Crash Land Falls.
Hayley has also worked at Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota for three seasons. She designed costumes for Venus in Fur and An Iliad. Hayley was also an assistant costume designer for Shakespeare in Love, Richard III, Julius Caesar, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment.
Since moving to New York, Hayley has worked as a costume production assistant for Tootsie, new Broadway musical with costumes designed by William Ivey Long. Hayley was a costume design assistant for Gregory Gale on Daniel’s Husband, a new Off-Broadway play.
MFA ’17 (Scenic & Lighting Design)
BA '14 Cornell College (Theatre)
Alex Casillas is a scenic and lighting designer now based in Chicago, IL. After receiving her degree, Alex spent a year at PCPA: Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria, CA as Assistant Scenic Designer working on shows such as Fences, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence and Mamma Mia. This past summer she designed six shows as the Lighting Designer/Master Electrician at Festival 56 in Princeton, IL. Among her favorite credits there are The Addams Family, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She is currently designing scenery for both An Oak Tree at Theatre Red Chicago as well as The Revolutionists at Strawdog Theatre. Her Iowa credits include scenic design for squeeze: A Motel Play, Sonia and Vanya and Masha and Spike, and Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) as well as lighting design for Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, Aurora Fra Bergen (or Ibsanity) and Hattie Mae's Juke Joint. She was Scenic Consultant on the 2018-2019 Graduate Directing Projects and returning to Iowa to design the lighting and scenery for Martin Zimmerman's Seven Spots on the Sun.
MFA ’17 (Scenic Design, Lighting Design)
BS ’12 Western Oregon University (Theater)
Nic came to Iowa from Dallas, Oregon. Assistant design credits include Striking 12, Lysistrata, The Liar, Beckett Shorts, Romeo and Juliet, as well as Almost, Maine. His previous design work at Iowa include Trich and Falls for Jodie. At Western Oregon University, designs include; Deathtrap, The Crucible, The Zero Hour and Proof as well as Betrayal and Two Men Performing CPR for Chehalem Players Rep. In his second year, Nic is the props master on American Idiot, Food and Fadwa and The Lady from the Sea as well as designing scenery for Arcadia and Baltimore. In his final year at Iowa, Nic designed scenery for Mr. Burns... and The Pirate Queen (NPF '17).
Following graduation, Nic designed The Importance of Being Earnest for Iowa Summer Rep. In 2018, he was the Props Master for Theatre Arts at Iowa, as well as designing scenery for Fun Home and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Nic taught Scenic Design and Graphic Design for the University of Iowa and designed Northanger Abbey and Sunday in the Park with George. Starting Fall 2019, Nic is teaching and designing at Western Oregon University.
MFA ’16 (Scenic Design, Lighting/Projection Design)
BFA ’13 University of Utah (Performing Arts Design Program: Scenic Design)
Kevin is currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Emory & Henry College. At EHC he designed lighting for the world premier of Tim Miller’s Rooted & Home Body. He is also designing scenery and lighting for Rocky Horror Show.
While in Iowa Kevin designed sets for Riverside Theatre’s Red, Cyrano and Shipwrecked! (Iowa City). Concurrently with his training at Iowa, Kevin was an adjunct instructor at the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA) where he also designed scenery and lighting for Memphis.
At University of Iowa, Kevin designed scenery for Food and Fadwa, Lady from the Sea, Crescendo (University of Iowa - Partnership in the Arts); Good Kids, Absurd Person Singular (mainstage productions); Silo Tree (New Play Festival '15); Swordplay (New Play Festival ‘14); Pvt. Wars; and Desire Caught by the Tail; and lighting design for Baltimore, Fur, The Playwright and Cut & Run (New Play Festival '16) .
Kevin has designed for several companies in the Salt Lake market. He also co-founded Kensington Theatre Company (South Jordan, Utah), where he served as the resident designer and technical director for 5 seasons and over 20 productions. Kevin’s designs include: Spring Awakening, Vernon God Little (University of Utah); Chicago, Jekyll and Hyde (Egyptian Theatre, Park City, Utah); Once Upon a Mattress, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Last Five Years (Salt Lake Shakespeare); Sideshow; What the Bellhop Saw and August of Osage County (Utah Repertory Theatre).
MFA ’16 (Costume Design, Lighting Design)
BFA ’11 Florida International University (Theatre)
After graduation Angelina Esposito returned to south Florida to continue her career as a teacher and freelance designer. Her most recent costume design was the world premiere of Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts by Christopher Demos-Brown produced by Zoetic Stage. Since graduating she has designed Zoetic Stage’s productions of: After, Topdog/Underdog, and Sunday in the Park With George, the last of which has received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Costume Design. Angelina also works closely with Main Street Playhouse and has designed several productions over the years, most recently: Real Women Have Curves, The Underpants and La Pasion de Antigonia Perez, which recieved the Premios Teatro Award for Best Costume Design.
Angelina adjuncts and designs at New World School of the Arts, University of Miami and Florida International University.
During her studies at Iowa, Angie designed costumes for Arcadia, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), Striking 12, The Liar, Waterbound, The Playwright, Pocketful of Sand and Swordplay; as well as Assistant Costume Designed for mainstage productions of The Imaginary Invalid and Makeover: A New Musical.
Angelina also designed lighting for Trich (New Play Festival ‘15), Great Emergencies (New Play Festival ‘16) and Of Seeing and Of Being (Dance Thesis ‘16).
LUCAS P. INGRAM
MFA ‘16 (Lighting/Projection Design, Scenic Design)
BA ‘13 Lehigh University (Theatre)
Lucas is a freelance Art Director and Designer, based in New York City. He has worked on the Super Bowl Halftime Show; CMA Country Christmas; The Tony Awards, the 2016 Democratic National Convention; and The MTV VMAs. He has also worked as an event designer for Pandora’s Artist Series, and an Art Director for Good Morning America. He worked as a spotlight operator for the 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park, including Twelfth Night and Othello. His next upcoming project is the MTV Election Afterparty. He has designed for two new theater projects since graduating the University of Iowa, my parents are here tonight and Rational Creatures.
At the University of Iowa, he worked on many projects including: The Lady from the Sea; Iphigenia Crash Land Falls in the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable); SOFA Connect 2015; Swordplay; Good Kids; The Remedy: a MOVEment movement; The Gertrude Bell Project and many more.
MFA '15 (Scenic Design, Puppet Design)
BFA '07 Emporia State University
Josh is currently working as a Carpenter for Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. Originally from Leavenworth, KS he has earned a BFA in Theatre Arts from Emporia State University in Kansas and his MFA in Scenic Design at the University of Iowa. While at Iowa Josh designed scenery for The Liar, Striking 12, The Imaginary Invalid, and Pocketful of Sand among other new works, and costumes for Below the Pacific (NPF '15). Josh has also worked with Riverside Theatre's Theatre in The Park, Revival Theatre Company in Cedar Rapids, and The Breadloaf School of English in Middlebury, VT. Currently Josh also works as a frellance Scenic Artist for the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre and is designing Stupid F*@#ing Bird at Wilbury Group THeatre in Providence, Rhode Island.
MELISSA L. GILBERT
MFA '15 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BFA '10 Randolph-Macon Woman's College (Theatre Costume Design)
Originally from Bullhead City, AZ, Melissa has had a life-long passion for theatre and performance. She discovered her love of costuming during her undergraduate years at Randolph-Macon Women's College, where she received her BFA in Costume Design in 2010. Since that time, she has worked in theatres in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Indiana.
While at Iowa, she began her research of Carnival Arts which culminated trip to build costumes for Notting Hill Carnival in London, UK (summer 2014, fully funded by Iowa grants).
She is currently the Costume/Scene Shop Supervisor and Facilities Manager at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as an adjunct instructor for ULL and South Louisiana Community College. Previous costume design credits include An Evening of Dance (ULL); The Wizard of Oz, The Cat in the Hat, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Shawnee Summer Theatre); The Luck of the Irish, Makeover: A New Musical, Quiet Witches, Four Stories, She Stoops to Conquer (Iowa); Spring Awakening and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Randolph College). Scenic design credits include Q: A Tragedy (ULL); Below the Pacific and Order Now (Iowa).
MFA ’15 (Lighting Design)
BFA ’12 Western Oregon University (Lighting Design)
Cassie is currently working full time as a Pandora’s Box and Lighting Technician with Ovation, a production company based in Nashville. She is excited to utilize the skills gained at the University of Iowa in her professional career.
At the University of Iowa, Cassie focused on Lighting Design, designing 3 main stage shows which include Striking 12, The Liar and The Imaginary Invalid, 5 gallery shows, 4 New Play Festival shows, a New Play Festival scenic design, and collaborated with the dance department on multiple pieces. Other credits include Deathtrap and Proof at Western Oregon University (Monmouth, OR) and Dogfight at Revival Theatre Company (Cedar Rapids, IA).
MFA ’14 (Costume Design)
BS ‘11 Illinois State University (Costume Design)
Emily Bushá is currently serving as Director of the Costume Shop at Ball State University. Emily holds a B.S. in Costume Design from Illinois State University and an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Iowa. Emily's designs for University of Iowa include Lady M, The Imaginary Invalid, and Absurd Person Singular. During her time at University of Iowa Emily enjoyed working with Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre's where she designed costumes for their production of The Bad Seed, The Who's Tommy, and Respect: A Musical Journey of Women. Emily is originally from the Quad Cities and enjoys working with Quad City Theatre Workshop. Costume Designs include Red, Private Eyes and How I Learned to Drive. Emily recently designed costumes for Fourth Wall Films' production of Sons and Daughters of Thunder which will premier Fall 2015 at The Putnam Museum's Giant Screen Theatre. Most recently Emily designed costumes for Ball State University's production of A Raisin in the Sun.
MFA ’14 (Lighting Design, Scenic Design)
MFA ’01 University of Iowa in Choreography
BFA ’91 Florida State University in Dance
Peggy is an active lighting designer, technical theatre instructor, choreographer, dance instructor and arts administrator. She holds MFA degrees in Theatre Arts and Choreography from the University of Iowa. Peggy is currently an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI where she designs lighting for many of the main stage productions, serves as department Production Manager, and is a mentor to student designers and technicians. She is also a faculty mentor for the SVSU Studio XP student directed and designed black box performance series. She has designed lights for theatre and dance including The Washington Ballet @THEARC Summer Intensive, the Hollins MFA Summer Dance Series, Coe College, University of Iowa Youth Ballet, and the Flint Institute of Music Faculty Music Concert Series. She has served as the Assistant Lighting Design to Designer Ted Sullivan for the Juilliard Spring Dance Concerts for the last several years. She most recently designed lights for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Theatre Alliance Production of Mama Mia! which performed at both the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, MI and Pit and Balcony Theatre in Saginaw, MI. Peggy also teaches dance classes at SVUS including the Musical Theatre Dance classes. She is a certified teacher Primary - Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and teaches dance classes at the Flint School of Performing Arts in Flint, MI. She has most recently choreographed for the SVSU production of Roustabout by Jay Torrence.
MFA '13 (Lighting & Costume Design)
BFA '09 University at Buffalo (Costume Design)
Jess is a Chicago-based freelance lighting and costume designer. In Chicago, she has designed lights for Promethean Theatre Ensemble (The Lion in Winter, Eurydice), The Actors Gym, City Lit (J.B.), and Profiles (Our New Girl). Chicago costume design credits include the side project (Lysistrata), and Northbrook Theatre (Junie B Jones the Musical, Cinderella, Shrek, Stellaluna). Other post graduate credits include Riverside Theatre (A Christmas Carol, Housebroken), City Circle (Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast), Davenport Junior Theatre (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Quad Cities Theatre Workshop (How I Learned to Drive, True West), Penobscot Theatre Company (Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale, The Honky Tonk Angels), Theatreworks (Colorado Springs; Little Shop of Horrors), Birmingham Children's Theatre (The Three Musketeers), University of Northern Iowa (HAIR), and Hollins University (Fall and Spring Dance Concerts 2016-2019). Jess also designed lighting for three seasons of Iowa Summer Rep (2012-13, 2017). She returned to campus for the 2017/18 season to design lighting for The Crucible and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, and scenery for Seven Homeless Mammoths and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. While she was a student, Jess's lighting designs included The Cherry Orchard, Big Love, Landless, The Aurora Project, Faculty/Graduate Dance 2011, Lady M, Lifescapes Dance Concert; she also designed costumes for the Partnership in the Arts production, Out of the Pan Into the Fire.
MFA '13 (Scenic Design, Scenic Art)
BFA '05 University of Evansville
Kevin left Iowa, MFA in hand, to the great state of Texas to be an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. While at Iowa, Kevin designed scenery for Spring Awakening, Stick Fly, Sidewinders, Collective Amnesia: A Study of Episodic Memory, Rogue’s Dance, Sunshine, A Dream Play, and others. Kevin has spent the summers working for companies such as The Santa Fe Opera and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Kevin continues to work free lance when possible. He recently designed the scenery for Reefer Madness at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which will be directed by Iowa alum Nathan Halvorson.
MFA '13 (Scenic & Lighting Design)
AS '06 Full Sail Real World Education (Show Production and Touring)
BA '04 Lewis University (Theatre)
Andrew is working as Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Here he serves also as Production Designer and Technical Director for the University’s Philip Lynch Theatre. Recent projects include Urinetown The Musical, Big Fish, The Day They Shot John Lennon and Inspecting Carol. During the Philip Lynch Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Season, Andrew collaborated with staff, students and alumni to raise funds for technology upgrades to the theatre program including a new Sound Console and Intelligent Lighting Fixtures.
BRITTANY DEE BODLEY
MFA '12 (Costume Design)
BS '08 Troy University (Communication Arts)
While attending Iowa, Brittany designed costumes for In the Night, Big Love, Achillies, The Boy in Black, Humbaba, and Ondine. She has worked for Iowa Summer Repertory as a Scenic Artist, as well as designed costumes for Lost in Yonkers and Sherlock’s Last Case. After graduation Brittany moved to Chicago. She currently works as the costume designer/shop manager for Northbrook Theatre and is a proud Strawdog Theatre Company member. In the last two years, she has designed 32 shows and her most recent design credits include Hair (American Theatre Company), Great Expectations, Charles Ives Take Me Home, Big Love, and The Arsonists (Strawdog Theatre), Tintypes (Open Door Rep), HMS Pinafore (G&S Society), and Dreams of Antigone (College of Dupage). In Brittany's copious amounts of free time, you can find her doing crafts artisan and scenic art work as well.
MFA '12 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BFA '09 Hope College (Communications, Theatre minor)
While at Iowa, Lisa designed costumes for productions of In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Antigone 2.0, as well as the scenery for Ondine. Lisa is currently in her fifth year as a lecturer and the resident scenic designer at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she designs 4 productions a year and teaches a variety of theatrical design courses with a specialty in scenic art. She has been the staff props painter at the Santa Fe Opera, the Scenic Charge Artist at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN, and a scenic artist at the Cleveland Play House. She designs professionally at the Flint Youth Theatre. Upcoming work for UM-Flint includes a scenic design for Charles Mee's Big Love and costume design for The Importance of Being Earnest.
MFA '12 (Scenic & Lighting Design)
BA '07 University of Iowa
During Maylan's time at Iowa, he was able to design 15 gallery projects/new works and collaborate on several Mainstage projects to include the scenic design for Antigone 2.0, Big Love, and devised projects of Dry and Ondine. Before starting at the Iowa, Maylan served as the resident scenic designer and technical director to the United States Army Soldier Show, a bus and truck tour company that took him around the United States, Korea, Europe and Japan.
Since completing his degree, Maylan has been working as a technical designer for Tait Towers (Pennsylvania). While there he has worked on the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour, Maroon Five 2013 tour, Madonna’s 2012 World Tour, Lionel Richie, the upcoming AC/DC 3D movie, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill at the Venetian and lastly the upcoming Dream Girls world tour. He recently accepted the Director of Production Design position for Majic Productions (Milwaukee). Majic Productions specializes in events both special and corporate AV. With Maylan's background is able to cover down on all forms of design, from scenic to technical design.
MFA '11 (Lighting & Scenic Design)
MS Grand Valley State University in Communications
BFA University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in Theater
Paul has been recently named Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant after five years on the faculty at College of Charleston. As resident scenic and lighting designer for the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts, Paul designs four productions each academic year. Paul is also active in professional and academic theatres outside of the University. Recent professional designs include The Realistic Joneses at Pure Theatre in Charleston Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville SC and Enchanted April at Charleston Southern University. 2016-17 designs at CMU include A Chorus Line, Doubt and Pericles.
MFA '11 (Costume & Scenic Design)
BA '08 Abilene Christian University (Theatre Design/Technology)
Amanda is a costume and scenic designer based in San Diego, CA. She is the costume shop manager at MiraCosta Community College and freelance designer. was a guest artist and adjunct faculty at Hollins University (Roanoke, VA) where she has designed costumes for their productions of Almost, Maine, The Pilgrim Project (a new work devised by Andy Belser and based on Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), Decision Height, 9 to 5, Mitzi's Abortion, Bellocq's Ophelia (another new work dramatizing the poetry of Natasha Trethewey), and Goodnight Moon!. She is teaching costume and scenic design, stage make-up, as well as overseeing independent studies in design. Her other work on the valley includes To Kill a Mockingbird at the Mill Mountain Theatre and F'ing A at Randolph College in Lynchburg. She designed costumes for the Roanoke Children's Theatre productions of Junie B Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Stuart Little, How I Became A Pirate, Little House on the Prairie: Christmas, Teen Brain (sets and costumes), and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. She also stitches for the a locally owned company, Obimama, creating customized baby carriers.
She has returned to Iowa to design costumes and scenery for What the Butler Saw with Iowa Summer Rep as well as costumes of A Dream Play. During her time at Iowa she designed costumes for Eye Piece, Misalliance, and sunshine; scenery for Urinetown, The Book of Liz, Decline of the Front Porch; and costumes, scenery, projections for Las Hermanas Padilla.
SASHA OLCHEFSKE WELTON
MFA ’10 (Scenic & Lighting Design, Scenic Art)
BS ’04 Minnesota State University, Mankato (Theatre Technology)
Since graduating in 2010, Sasha has been working as a freelance designer and scenic artist. She has returned to the University of Iowa as a guest scenic artist. Sasha was the scenic designer for Sunday in the Park with George at Grinnell College (Iowa). She also designed lights and set Doubt at Southwest Minnesota State (Minnesota), where she taught for the semester. Shortly after graduating, she designed Family of Mann for Iowa Summer Rep. While at the University of Iowa she designed the scenery for The Madwoman of Chaillot and Kid Simple: a Radio Play in the Flesh for the main stage, Gilgamesh’s Game, Akarui, and Dust Town for New Play Festival and the rep shows of Waiting for Lefty and A Man’s a Man for the MFA director’s festival. Sasha also designed the lights and set for the gallery production of Yellow City.
MFA '09 (Costume Design)
Costume Design Faculty and Costume Shop Supervisor at Fordham University. Becky teaches Makeup and Wigs as well as Fashion Techniques and Design Production. New York Design Credits include: The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! (La Mama/Theatre Ma-yi/Children's Theatre Minneapolis), Chairs and a Long Table and Livin' La Vida Imelda (Theatre Mayi), This Lingering Life (HERE), The Strangest (HERE Culturemart), Alondra Was Here (The Wild Project), Olives and Blood (HERE). Becky is the resident costume designer at Trevor Day School, and designs frequently at Fordham including Centaur Battle of San Jacinto, Anon(ymous) and Bulrusher. Regionally she frequently designs at the New London Barn Playhouse and is the Resident Costume Designer for Vermont Shakespeare Company. Becky is also a wig and makeup designer, as well as occasional craftsperson. She is also the winner of Best Design for the 2014 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition, representing Once the Musical.
MFA '09 (Costume Design)
Since graduating, Ellen has relocated to Southern Oregon. She is a Costume and Wardrobe Technician for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and designs at the Camelot Theater, where she is also the costume supervisor. Recent designs include Gypsy, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road, The Sunshine Boys (Camelot Theater), End Days (Ashland Contemporary Theater), Anything Goes, Evita, and My Fair Lady (New London Barn Playhouse). In addition to her costume work, Ellen is one of Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Teaching Artists. While at Iowa, Ellen costume designed Kid Simple, The Three Sisters, and The Piano Lesson, as well as numerous dance productions.
MFA '09 (Lighting & Projections Design)
Adam has spent the last 3 years touring with Feld Entertainment as a Head Electrician. He has toured with 4 different productions of Disney on Ice and Disney Live visiting over 120 cities, and bringing smiles to over a million faces all over the world. Most recently he completed a tour of Brazil with Disney Live: Mickey's Magic Show, France/Ireland with Disney Live: Mickey's Rockin' Road Show, and Ecuador with Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove. He is currently touring the United States with Treasure Trove as the Head Electrician and Assistant Production Stage Manager.
MFA '09 (Lighting Design)
BFA University of Southern Mississippi (Theatre Design & Technology)
Since her graduation in 2009, Courtney has been working as a freelance lighting designer, based out of the Minneapolis, MN area. Professionally, she has designed with the following Twin Cities companies: Yellow Tree Theatre (including the Ivey award winning production of The 39 Steps), 20% Theatre Company, Open Window Theatre, Bucket Brigade Theatre, Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Loudmouth Collective, Workhaus Collective, Artistry, DelakoArts, Gadfly Theatre, Theatre in the Round, nimbus theatre, and Savage Umbrella. In addition to designing, Courtney works across Minneapolis/St. Paul as an electrician for multiple theatre companies. She has been a technician for the Minnesota Fringe Festival since 2013 (earning an inaugural “Feral Tony” award in 2016), and she is active on the local IATSE call list. Courtney is also an adjunct instructor at Inver Hills Community College where she teaches an intro level design course.
MFA '10 (Scenic Design & Masks/Puppetry Design)
BA '07 St. Louis University (Theatre: Design/Technical)
Training Certificate '10 Dell Arte International (Balinese Mask Carving Program)
After graduating from Iowa, Scott moved to Chicago where he worked as the Resident Scenic Designer for Chicago Fusion Theatre, as well as worked with Redmoon Theatre, Cornservatory Productions, and the Right Brain Theatre Project. He also continued studying his passion of mask creation with Jeff Semmerling.
In 2011, Scott moved to St. Louis where he has become the Resident Scenic Designer for Newline Theatre and Dramatic License Productions. He has worked on the regional premiere of Cry Baby and the St. Louis premiere of The Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He also was a Lighting Designer for the first St. Louis Fringe festival. He has recently become the full time Design Assistant for Jason Coale – designing shows in Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Columbia, and Okoboji. Scott is currently working on Next to Normal for Newline Theatre, Good People for the Unicorn Theatre, and Venus in Fur for St. Louis Reparatory Theatre. He has also begun teaching set design and stage craft at a high school.
Apart from his theatrical work, Scott has started his own mask making company: SLSMasks. He has participated in several art festivals featuring leather carnival masks. He has also taught mask making workshops to St. Louis area high schools and summer camps.
RENEE M. BELL
MFA '04 (Costume Design)
BA Western Michigan
Reneé M. Bell just joined the faculty at the University at Albany-SUNY. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at Marietta College, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, and the Craft Supervisor at the University of Texas, Austin. She just finished designing The Music Man, Baskerville, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee here at Weathervane Playhouse. She recently designed costumes for The Rocky Horror Show, The Glass Menagerie, and Real Girls Can’t Win! as well as several other productions for Marietta College. She continues to design shows for regional and summer stock theatres including Weathervane Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, Riverside Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, and Shakespeare by the River. She designed costumes for the independent feature film, Splatter: Love, Honor, Paintball. She recently worked on the short lived Broadway production, Scandalous. She has worked as a Milliner on such Broadway shows as Mary Poppins, The Color Purple, The Lion King and The Pajama Game. She is a freelance costumer with Celebrity Cruise Lines.
Iowa BA Designers, Past
Bri is a recent graduate who focused on training in sound design. Her past design work at the Iowa includes sound design for the mainstage productions of Water by the Spoonful, Makeover, Slaughter City and gallery productions of Rink of Red, The Stellification, Champagne Gods, Medusa Undone (lighting), and Fields Below (sound and lighting). Bri also mixed the audio for Spring Awakening and Striking 12. She designed MainStage sound for Good Kids and The Liar. Bri has also designed sound for Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells and The Wizard of Oz performed by Young Footliters Theatre Company. Bri is earned her BA in theatre and a writing certificate.
Emily Brink double-majored in both creative writing and theatre with focuses in both costume design and playwriting. She is originally from Bloomington, Minnesota. Since beginning work on her theatre major her junior year, Emily has designed costume for High School Hero, The Zine of Grrr, The Rink of Red, red// a thing about the heart, Champagne Gods, the Ten Minute Play Festival, Spot's Community, and Dust and Ash.
Tyler was the scenic designer for The Aurora Project (NPF '13), scenic and props designer for The Rink of Red, Red // a thing about the heart and as props master for Ondine (NPF '12). Other theater credits include ASM for Christopher Marlowe: Chloroform Dreams and Wagon Technician for Sherlock’s Last Case during 2012 Iowa Summer Rep. In addition to his studies and design projects, Tyler worked as a scenic carpenter for 2 years.
Noah finished his double major in Theatre Arts and Art in May '13. Noah designed costumes half-sick of shadows (NPF '13), the Gallery Production Red // a thing about the heart, Fields Below, Trouble: A Foot, and Christopher Marlowe’s Chloroform Dreams, and The Man in the Sukkah (NPF '12). He has also worked as Assistant Costume Designer on the Mainstage production of The Cherry Orchard and A Dream Play.
KRISTIN BROWNING CAMPBELL
MFA '15 California State University – Fullerton (Scenic Design & Projections)
BA '11 (double major in Theatre Arts and Studio Arts)
During Kristin’s time at Iowa, she launched her career while working on 16 new play productions including three scenic designs: Eggshell, Freezer Dreams and Proficient. After a brief position at the Olney Theatre Center (Maryland) as a properties artisan, Kristin moved to California and received her Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic and Projections Design at California State University-Fullerton. Currently, she teaches and designs as an adjunct faculty member at Cypress College and California State University-Fullerton. Her recent credits include Anna in the Tropics at CSU-Fullerton, The Importance of Being Earnest at Cypress College and The Sparrow for Couerage Theatre Company in Burbank, CA.
MFA '01 California Institute of the Arts
BA '98 University of Iowa (Scenic Design; Lighting Design)
Peter Ksander is a designer, sculptor, and theater artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2005 Peter was a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program, through which he spent 2 years investigating how experimental theater ideas are explored at all levels of production in the United States. In 2008 he won an Obie award for the scenic design of Untitled Mars (this title may change), created and directed by Jay Scheib and presented at PS122 and the National Theater of Hungry.
Peter’s design credits include scenic and/or lighting designs for: The Brothers Size (The Public Theater, The Studio Theater, Dublin), Othello (Theater for a New Audience, Intiman Theater), On the Levee (Lincoln Center Theater 3), The Scarlet Letter, Arms and the Man (Intiman theater), A House In Bali (Bang on a Can/ Cal Performances), The Misanthrope (Portland Stage Company), Making of Americans (Walker Art Center), Laude in Urbis (Compania di Colombari, Orvieto Italy), This Place is a Desert (w/ Jay Scheib, Institute of Contemporary Art, Under the Radar Festival, MIT), Drum of the Waves of Horikawa (The Theater of a Two-Headed Calf), Stanley 2006 (HERE Art Center w/ Lisa D’Amour), Saint Joan of the Stockyards (Stillpoint/PS122). His design work has appeared in the Buanos Aries in Translation Festival, The Ontological Hysteric Incubator, PICA’s Time Based Art Festival, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
B.S. '11 Psychology (University of Iowa)
B.A. '15 Theatre Arts
Rich's focus at Iowa was in acting and design. His first scenic design brought to life is Love Me Tender, Che Guevara. His more notable roles onstage include: Amos Chicago, Mercutio Romeo and Juliet, and Bernardo West Side Story. Rich has also appeared in the Ten Minute Play Festival in 2013 and 2014.
Ray is a lighting, scenic, and sound designer and a recent graduate of the University of Iowa Theatre program. Ray’s design credits while at Iowa include the sound design of Luck of the Irish (Mainstage), and I will hold you/when you are broken (NPF ’14), and Water Bound, lighting designs for Faculty Portrait (NPF ’15) and the 2014 Ten Minute Play Festival, and lighting and scenic designs for The Designer: A Brechtian Techno Drama. Ray is currently working at the Bucknell University Theatre and Dance Department as a designer, assistant designer, and entertainment technology assistant for their 2015 – 2016 season.
Søren Olsen (BA 2011) received an Ivey Award for his work as Technical Director on an immersive production of Crime and Punishment set in an abandoned factory basement. Additionally, he received an “Excellence in Lighting Design” from KCACTF for his work with Metro State University. In late 2015 he celebrated the one year anniversary as Co-Founder of Third Space LLC: a multidisciplinary artist collective housed in the historic Margaret Barry House in Northeast Minneapolis. In early 2015, as Project Manager and Technical Director he led the construction of the wildly successful spaceship bridge puzzle room experience: The Riddle Room. He is the Technical Director of North Hennepin Community College’s Theatre Department.
In Søren's three years at Iowa, he participated in 25+ productions as a Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Director, Writer, Actor and Aroma Designer.
CATHY PARROTT, USA 829
MFA '04 University of Georgia
BA '01 University of Iowa
Cathy is currently assisting Emilio Sosa on Broadway's Porgy and Bess. She designed A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum for Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has returned to Iowa City, designing costumes for The Madwoman of Chaillot (2010) and Lady from the Sea (2016) and giving master classes many times over the past 6 years. Cathy is also now in her eighth year as an Associate Designer for William Ivey Long.
While at Iowa, Marisa Ramos emphasized directing & design. Her design work done at Iowa includes scenic design of two gallery productions, Medusa Undone and Fields Below. She has also designed props for the gallery productions Fields Below and Champagne Gods, as well as The Man in the Sukkah (New Play Festival '12). Other work she has done outside of design includes acting in two gallery productions, Christopher Marlow’s Chloroform Dreams and Quiet, Witches. She has participated in the Ten Minute Play festival as an actor and director. She was also an assistant stage manager for the gallery production Sidewinders. She directed as well as scenic and prop designed a workshop production of Role Models.
Alex Ruhlin is thrilled to be a graduate of the University of Iowa Theatre Program. Over the past 6 years he has reaped the benefits of having studied in such a dynamic new play environment that Iowa has to offer. The fast paced, collaborative world of the Iowa Theatre Department has given Alex the tools to excel in a very challenging career market. Alex had the opportunity to study Theatre abroad in London, work as Production Staff for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, execute multimedia design for Curious Theatre Company, Denver, teach design and production at multiple universities in Colorado Springs, as well as collaborate on large scale corporate meetings. Alex has transitioned on from his time in Colorado, and now resides in Chicago, IL. Alex is pursuing a career as a Producer in Chicago, working with large corporations to create training and sales meetings all over the world.
ANDREW J. STEWART
Andrew is a Sound Designer & Engineer, and Lighting Designer. He is currently a freelance designer in the Iowa City area. He has recently worked with the City Circle Acting Troupe of Coralville and as a guest artist at the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, including Lady M and Antigone 2.0.
R. Eric Stone
Head of Design
Department of Theatre Arts
The University of Iowa
107 Theatre Building
Iowa City, IA 52242-1705