April 2015 Edition
If you are a graduate or a current student or a former professor or employee or just a survivor of the Wright State University
Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures, WELCOME!

This web-site is intended to link up the generations of Dance, Motion Picture, Design/Technology, Theatre Studies, Acting and
Acting/Musical Theatre students (and their former faculty members), and share information.  Information needn't be about professional
successes, though bits of personal experience within the Biz are helpful to current students.  Feel free to note in our Guestbook about
whatever you're doing, how you're feeling, if you need some good vibes sent your way, etc.  It's a lonely world, at times, so let us all offer
some kind words of sympathy, consolation, understanding, and --- a must --- humor!!!

As the site improves and expands, keep checking-in; e-mail your feedback and suggestions.  Please sign the Guest Book and leave your
e-mail address for the page; get in touch with the 300-plus folks already listed.  Browse through the  list of graduates and
passers-through.  And check out (and suggest more) links to professional organizations, unions, theatres, dance companies, film schools,
Best wishes now and always,
Bruce Cromer
In Memoriam ---
Byron Bellamy ('79, D/T)
Michael Bertin (Acting)
Royce Berman
Cletus Biersack ('75, Theatre Education)
Steve Bolte (Acting)
Evelyn Breckenridge (Motion Pictures)
Kelly Clark (Acting)
John Coutrado ('85 Acting)
Blaine Evans (Dance)
Charlie Finneran (Acting)
Matthew Gunnels ('96, Acting)
Pam Heil (Acting)
Doug Heiselman (Motion Pictures)
Mary Kessler ('75, Theatre Studies)
Melissa Schlosser King ('86, Acting)
Lisa Klingbiel (Acting)
Rebecca Lamb (Acting)
Pete Ludlow (Theatre Studies)
Kristin Mausling Plummer ('98, Design/Tech)
Wendell Meier ('79, D/T)
Bill Morse ('78, Acting)
Bill Partlow (Acting)
Doug Rabaja (Dance)
Kip Rookstool
Eric Spahr ('76, Acting)
Carol Trevino ('06, Motion Pictures)
Greg Trimble (Motion Pictures)
Ben Wackerman (Theatre Studies)
Kathy White (Motion Pictures)
Ed Wilkerson (Acting)
Brad Winters (Acting)
Ryan Wright ('07, Design/Tech)
The unofficial Web Page for all Wright State University  
Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures  grads,
current students, faculty and staff, former faculty and staff, and
the multitudes who have passed through the halls without
receiving a diploma...
Click Here for the Results of the
Professional Actor Training
Program Alumni Survey
In 2007, Bruce Cromer ('81 BFA Acting) contacted
PATP Alumni from 1987-2007, via e-mail and this
site, to ask what they've done and how their training
helped or hindered them...  Click on the link above to
see what they wrote.  And thanks to all who
responded with such honesty and care!!!

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John Adkins ('86, Motion Pictures):
Anna Allen (2001, Acting):
Jeffrey Allen (Acting):
Carolyn Amick ('03, Motion Pictures):
Kelly Anneken ('05, Acting):
Christian Appleby ('97 Mo-Pix);
Joe Baker (2002, Acting):
Jason Beagle ('98, TH ST):
Abe Bassett (former Department Chair):
Gabriel Beck ('02, Musical Theatre):
Vanessa Becker (Hobbs) ('93, Acting):
Amanda Beede ('03, Acting):
Matt Beisner(2002, Acting):
Alissa Bellman ('97, Acting):
Adam Bergeron (2004, Design/Tech):
Jared Berry (2000, Theatre Studies):
Lydia Bianchi (2011, Acting):
Natalie Bird (2005, Musical Theatre):
Stephanie Bishop ('01, Theatre Studies):
Ebony Blake ('02, Musical Theatre):
Donna Blanchard ('87, Acting):
Nancy Bleisch-Heater  ('92-95, Acting):
Steven Bognar (Mo-Pix):
Paul James Bowen ('90, Acting): pauljamesbowen@gmailcom
Jenny Boyd ('02, Acting):
Jack Bradford ('85, Theatre Studies):
Matthew Brennan ('03, Musical Theatre):
Tim Brown ('89, Acting):
Tim Browning (90s, Acting):
Eric Byrd ('09, Musical Theatre):
Alesia Campbell Hollinger ('87, Dance):
Sharon Campbell ('85, Acting):
Chris Carpenter ('95, Acting):
Evelyn Case '80, Acting):
Dustin Charles (Rettenmund) ('03, Acting):
Paul Christman ('88, Th. Studies and Music):
Charlie Clark ('94, Acting):
Heather Clark (Wahl) ('99, Dance):
Kristin Clippard ('01, Acting):
Scot (Tannreuther) Colford:
Bruce Collier ('77, Acting):
Cedric Collier ('88, Design/Tech):
Penny Collins ('87 Acting) ):
Gretchen Coleman (Clark) ('94, Acting):
Jeri Combs ('87, Dance):
Denise Conrad (would have been '92, D/T):
Jamie Conte (Sanders) ('98. Design/Tech):
Jonathan Conver ('01, Musical Theatre):
Pat Coughlin ('95, Design/Tech):
Todd Courson ('95, Acting):
Jodi Crawford ('97, Acting):
Sandi Crews (current Acting Prof.):
Bruce Cromer ('81, Acting)
Kevan Curren '('81, Acting):
Lenny Daniel ('89, Dance):
Michael Dauer ('07, Dance):
Adrian Davidson ('92, Design/Tech):
Joe Deer (current MT Prof.):
Joshua Denning ('01, Musical Theatre):
Charles Derry (former Motion Pictures faculty):
Daniel Devlin ('83-87):
Brigitte Ditmars ('98, Acting):
Alana (Dodds) Sharp ('95, Acting):
Jerome Doerger ('09, Musical Theatre):
Marilyn Dryden ('85, Acting):
Jim Dubensky ('89, Acting):
Gayle Duplinski-Garrison ('87, Directing/Stage Management):
Mandy Eaglen ('97, Acting):
Julie Marie Eberhart ('02, Musical Theatre):
Courtney Ell ('98-'99 Musical Theatre):
Peter Ellis ('96, Theatre Studies):
Emily Elsener-Duguay ('01, Musical Theatre):
Eric Engdahl (former  Acting faculty):
Andrew Estevez ('97, Motion Pictures)
Chris Ensweiler ('93, Acting):
Diane Fairchild ('95, D/T):
Martin Fahrer ('89, D/T):
Behn Fannin ('01, Motion Pictures): behnfannin@hotmailcom
Marco Fargnoli ('92, Motion Pictures):
Mary (Hemmert) Farmer ('86, D/T):
Nikki Ferry (2001, Acting):
Pete Ficht ('86, Directing):
Lauren Finnan ('03, Musical Theatre):
Adrea Fletcher ('99, Acting):
Billy Flood ('02, Musical Theatre):
Ned Folkerth ('88, Acting):
William Fulmer ('90, Acting):
Dayve Gabbard ('91, Acting):
Tina Gasparra ('94, Acting):
Stacy Gear ('92, Dance):
Brian Givens ('99, Acting):
Georgiana Gomez (around '96, Motion Pictures):
Mallory Good ('06, Musical Theatre):
Shawn Graham (1 yr. - '89):
Jessica Graves Ripley (Acting):
Veronica Green ('98, Dance):
Lauren Gribble ('05, Musical Theatre):
Samantha PJ Gruber ('93, Acting):
Jennie Gustafson:
Brian Hall (2000ish, Theatre Studies):
Lance Hammond ('91, Acting)
Amy Handra (Acting):
Stephen Hanthorn (2010, Acting):
Greg Hardin (one short year in the early 90s):
Matt Harding ('98, Acting):
Michael Hargis ('85, Directing):
Bevan Michael Haynes ('07, Mus. Th.):
Erin Haynes ('03, Musical Theatre):
Byron Hays ('78, Acting):
David Heath (faculty and student, in the 70s):
Jen Henson (Dance): fyrdancer3@hotmailcom
Mark Hess ('07, Acting):
Bob Hetherington (former faculty):
Terry Hibdon (early 90s, Acting):
Jessica M. Higgins ('04, Dance):
Kim Holland-Shupert:
Jessica Holmes (2004, Acting):
Brent Holten ('86, Acting)
Kristi Horvath ('08, D/T, Stage Management):
Cameron Holsinger ('04, DT/SM):
Brent E. Huffman ('03, Motion Pictures):
Kate (Huser) Santucci (Design/Tech):
Joe Janes ('85-ish):
Jennifer Joplin ('94, Acting):
Beau Karch ('90-96, Promotions Manager):
Karla Kash ('97, Acting):
Jonah Keel ('00, Acting):
John Kestner (Motion Pictures):
Scott Kimmins ('92, Design/Tech):
Jovan King ('07, Acting):
Ann Klosterman-Spanier  ('93, Acting): aklosterman@hotmailcom
Kevin Kramer ('00 Motion Picture):
Krista Kurtzberg ('02, Musical Theatre):
Janine Kyanko ('00, Acting):
John-Michael Lander (2001, MT):
Kristin Larsen ('05, Acting):
Chris Lauricellla ('93, D/T):
Heather Michele Lawler (would've been '05, MT):
Todd Lawson ('95, Acting):
Peter Leinweber (Acting)
Amanda Lindsay ('00):
Jake Lockwood ('91, Acting):
Staci N. Loer ('02, Dance):
Trina Mariano (would have been '92, Acting):
Laine Marr ('03, Design/Tech):
Kristin Mausling ('98, D/T):
Connor McBride ('96-98, Design/Tech):
Ingrid (Laura) McCartney ('78-81, Acting):
Josh McEwen (2000):
Bill McKinley ('84, Acting):
Anthony McKinney ('91, Acting):
Kyra McKinney:
Brian McKnight ('98, Acting):
Jeff McLane ('90-92, Acting):
Troy McLaughlin ('99, Design/Tech):
Greg McMahan ('84, D/T):
Mike Miller ('81, Design/Tech):
Kate Mitchell ('95, Design/Tech
Carrie Monnin ('93, Dance):
Nicolette Montana (Musical Theatre):
Melissa Montgomery ('05, Musical Theatre):
Meghan Moore (Acting):
Lisa Morabito ('02, Acting):
Alix Morelle ('93, Motion Pictures):
Geoff Moss ('99 Design/Tech):
Mark Mozingo ('05, Acting):
Mark Nash ('94, Dance):
Christie Nash Hubbard ('93-96, Acting):
Evan Nesbit ('89, Motion Pictures):
Jeff Newman ('09, Acting):
Tim Nevits ('98, Theatre Studies):
Sara Nichols (2007, Design/Tech):
Eric Nielsen (former Dance Area Coordinator, 70s):
Melinda Nipp Moniz (1 yr. in early 90s, Acting):
Shannon Lynn Norton ('98, Dance)
Erica Noschang ('02, Acting):
Ashley Nugent (2001, Acting):
Shannon Wagner (O'Brien) ('92, Acting):
Jamie O'Brien (Acting):
Kris Micheal OHoro ('85, Theatre Studies):
Katrina Oost ('89 Acting):
Sharise Parviz ('99, Acting):
Thomas Paxitzis ('80, Acting):
Michelle Peck ('02, Acting):
Yashira Perez ('02, Musical Theatre):
Brandon Perkins ('02, Musical Theatre):
Doug Perucca ('84, Dance):
Annie Pesch ('04, Acting):
John Pieza ('95, Acting)
Beth Popelka ('98, Actin
Marianne Porter ('01, Actin
Jackie Prete ('76, Theatre):
Jude Gerard Prest ('85, Acting):
Amanda R. Presz ('06, Musical Theatre):
Michael Raderstorf ('01, Musical Theatre):
Natasha Randall ('01, Actin
Cathy Raymond (Stage Managemen
Courtney Reed ('07, Th. Studies):
Laura (Longest) Reed (Acting):
Marcia Reinhard ('85, Acting):
Dustin  Charles Rettenmund ('03, Acting):
Ian Rhodes ('02, Musical Theat
Paul Rhyand ('01, Acting):
Stephanie  Cason (Richards) ('01, Musical Theatre):
James Riemer ('91, Acting):
Adam Rihacek ('05, Acting):
Chad Robison ('02, Acting):
Victor M. Rodriguez ('84-86, Acting):
Sarah Rossi-Durham (2000, Theatre Studies):
Lisa Roth ('94, Acting):
Melissa Russell ('03, Musical Theatre):
Kevin Salem ('94, Design/Tech):
Patrick ('90 D/SM) and Kate Santucci:
Susan Schaner ('82, Directing):
Stephanie Schrock (02, DT/SM):
Shayna Schwartz (2000, Dance):
Jane Serova ('00, Dance):
Samantha Servais ('04, Musical Theatre):
Irene Imboden (Sheldon) ('93, Th. Ed.):
Amelia Sheperd (Lefevre)  ('04, Musical Theatre):
Brian Shoemaker ('02, D/T):
Jeffrey L. Shivar ('87, Theatre Studies):
Nichol Simmons ('98, Motion Pictures):
Mary Alice Skalko ('03, Acti
Sarah Stair ('05, Musical Theatre):
Amy Stoner ('88-90, Dance):
Charla Smith-Steward ('02, Acting):
Telcie Jo Smith ('03, Dan
Joshua Jon Smith:
Jen Smul Hall ('92, Acting):
Jessica S. Smith ('95, Design/Tech):
Philip Smyth (Acting):
Amber Sowers ('02, TH ST):
Ben Spadafore (2001, Acting):
Sarah Stair ('05, Musical Theatre):
Dustin Sterling ('02, Acting):
Amy Stoner ('88-90, Dance):
Jimmy Straley ('02, Acting):
Terry Stump ('77, Design/Tech):
David Sullivan ('90, Design/Tech):
Aaron Swisher:
Sean Szaller (Musical Theatre):
Scot (Tannreuther) Colford:
Kara Teolis ('97, D/T S.M.):
Colette Thomas ('07, Musical Theatre):
Michael Thomas ('85, Acting)
Zach Thomas ('95, Acti
Stephanie Thompson ('05, Acting):
Stephen Joshua Thompson ('05 Musical Theatre):
Sarah Thornton ('06, Acting):
Carrie Thurston (Stage Management):
J.J. Tiemeyer (2009, Musical Theatre):
Karen Tirpak ('85, Acting)
Stef Tovar (Acting):
Shaun Tubbs ('02, Acting
Linda Tucker ('79, Acting):
Sallyann Turnbull ('07, DT/SM):
Jamie Tuss ('06, DT/SM): jamie.tuss@gmailcom
April Uzarski ('03, Acting):
Lisa Varchol ('98, Acting):
Aaron Vega ('04, Musical Theatre):
Nicholas Verina ('05, Musical Theatre):
Jim Volz ('75, Theatre Studies):
Mark Ward ('85, Acting):
Tony Weaver ('05, Acting):
Matthew Weber ('81-83, Acting):
Liz Wheeler ('04, Musical Theatre):
Thomas Whelan ('80, Directing):
Andrew Whitmer ('00, Theatre Studies):
Jennifer Wilcox ('97, Design/Tech):
Lora Wilson ('94, Acting):
Dionysia Williams ('06, Musical Theatre):
Monica Williams ('98,Acting):
Terry Woody-Desch (Acting):
Gary Woodruff ('92, Design/Tech):
Michael L. Yowell (Theatre Studies):
Logen Zimmerman ('01, Motion Pictures):
Michelle Zimmerman ('94 Acting):
Erica Zintek ('06, Acting):
Linda Yerina Zuby ('80, Acting):

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“Dancing with the Stars” champ
Nicole Scherzinger is former Wright
State acting student

Wright State alumna Nicole Scherzinger won
the “Dancing with the Stars” mirror ball
trophy May 25 on the popular ABC television
reality show.

Scherzinger defeated Olympic ice skating gold
medalist Evan Lyscacek and ESPN sports
reporter Erin Andrews in the 10th season
finale. Her professional dance partner in the
competition was Derek Hough.

During the reality show, she was consistently
among the top vote getters and was the first to
earn a perfect score of 30 during the
competition. One of the judges said on more
than one occasion that she was the best dancer
they have ever had on the program.

Scherzinger, 32, was an acting major during
her years at Wright State in the late 1990s.
She starred in Wright State plays and musicals
before leaving her college career to pursue her
singing career.

“Nicole was one of those exceptional students
in our acting program--a natural triple threat
with excellence in singing, dancing and acting,”
said Stuart McDowell, Ph.D., chair and artistic
director for Wright State’s Department of
Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. “What
you see in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is the
precision of Nicole’s dance expertise, her style,
her presence, her technique, her discipline.

"What you don’t see is her range as an actress.
I’m certain she could make it in films, or on
the Broadway stage,” McDowell said. “I’m not
surprised that she won. Nicole is a special
talent and one of the hardest working
performers I have ever known.”

Wright State’s Spring Dance Concert to feature premiere of four works

The Wright State Dance Ensemble will premiere four pieces and feature guest performances by two
prominent Dayton dance companies during its annual Spring Dance Concert.

Performances take place in the Festival Playhouse in the Creative Arts Center on Thursday, April 23,
at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m.

Tickets range from $5 to $12 and can be ordered online or by calling the Theatre Box Office at (937) 775-

Works span abstract to classical, athletic to emotional.

The concert includes premieres of three works by Wright State dance faculty: “Sitting on the Razor’s Edge,”
choreographed by Teressa Wylie McWilliams, dance program coordinator and professor; “Dans I’instant” by
associate professor Gina Walter; and “the fall before the stolen winter” by assistant professor Justin Gibbs.

It also features the premiere of “Zeppelin Moves” by guest choreographer Greg Graham, who created the
work during his January residency. Graham is associate choreographer on Broadway’s “On the Town.” He
has also choreographed Broadway shows of “Billy Elliot” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and performed in
“Chicago” and “Fosse.”

The concert will also feature guest works by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, Dayton Ballet II
and senior dance major Mally Reber.