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Looking Back at Summer 2022

August 30, 2022

What were Theatre & Dance students up to this summer? Check it out!

Alice Bryant performed as Mr. Pinky in Hairspray at Moonlight Musicals, taught theatre camps at Lubbock Community Theatre and at Moonlight Musicals, and both performed in and helped costume TTU's Centennial performance of Eyes on the Horizon.

Melanie Frasca performed as Tracy Turnbald in Hairspray at Moonlight Musicals and presented at the VASTA conference.

Joryhebel Ginorio performed as Katherine Plumber in Newsies at Moonlight Musicals.

Maddie Hiatt traveled to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. as a recipient of the Irene Ryan Partner National Scholarship.

Natalie Iden interned for Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Bootcamp worked with Faith Prince, Kevin Chamberlin, and Mary-Mitchell Campbell. 

Justin Krall earned certification in Advanced Actor/Combatant and is an apprentice with Fight Directors Canada after attending the Fight Directors Canada National Workshop. 

Mary Lantz traveled to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. representing Region Six.

Sarah Mayhew performed in The Hunchback of Notre Dame with the Wallace Theatre, instructed a theatre camp for adults with aphasia through the Stroke and Aphasia Recovery Program, and accepted the SETC Leighton M. Ballew Directing Scholarship. 

Uvakeious McGhee performed as Gilbert in Hairspray at Moonlight Musicals and Mike in Freaky Friday at Lubbock Community Theatre. 

Katy Mitchell as the Wig Apprentice at The Santa Fe Opera.

Aldayr "Peanut" Molina was on the orchestra crew at Opera Theater of Saint Louis and attended the Broadway Stage Management Symposium as the Charlie Blackwell Broadway Symposium Scholarship Recipient.

JD Myers was a teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta; performed in West Side Story at City Springs Theatre Company; presented at ATHE on the Religion and Theatre subgroup panel; and produced a new work with his performance group Atlanta's Believing Artists.

Sethe Nguyen performed in Runaways at On The Verge Theatre in Houston and worked for the Brave Little Company, also in Houston, as a teaching artist and on a project called Paper Offerings.

Laura Ogea designed the set for Mary Poppins at St. Mary's Musical Theatre Camp in San Antonio.

Bailey Patterson received the Irene Ryan National Acting Scholarship and the College of Fellows Jane Alexander Award for Acting, both awarded through the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; presented at VASTA conference; and held a dramaturgy position for Relative Theatrics Playwrights Voiced Festival. 

Jonathan Peck accepted a position at Southern Arkansas University.

Rachel Phillips accepted a position as the Communications and Marketing Manager at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.

David Postlewate performed in Utah Festival Opera's summer stock season in She Loves Me, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Carmen, and Sentimental Journey: A Night with Frank Sinatra.

Troy Scarborough was awarded SETC's Robert Porterfield Scholarship.

Samara Shavrick interned in the box office with Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield, MA).

Ben Stanford worked full-time as a teacher for the Institute of Reading Development and was accepted as a Fellow into the TTU Graduate School's TEACH Program.

Grace Taylor started a podcast called “The Trauma Dump Podcast” aimed at the stigma surrounding mental health and mental health disorders. 

Jet Terry performed as Victor and Max in Cabaret at Phoenix Theatre; performed in Hello, Dolly! at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre; and taught musical theatre and dance courses for Cornerstone Center for the Arts. 

Kaylee Underwood was a Paranormal Tour Guide for USGhostAdventures in Las Vegas, NV.

Collin Vorbeck accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Theatre position at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL.

Meagan A. Woodard was the Assistant Costume Designer for The Magic Flute and The Tender Land at Utah Festival Opera Musical Theatre.

Becca Worthington performed at the Mountainside Theatre in Unto These Hills in North Carolina.