Dawn Alex (FMU 2001)
Technical Director, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Lexington, Kentucky
“I have been in this position since July of 2004 and it has been keeping me very busy. Currently we do 8 shows a year plus a Summer Family Musical. Next season we are going to a 9 show season and the Summer Family Musical. I do all of this with a Master Electrician and a paint and props intern during the season (September to May) and over the summer I hire two production interns to help me build part of the next seasons shows. If you would like to see some of the work that I have been doing, please visit our website and the photo gallery.”
Seaside Music Theatre, Daytona Beach, Florida (2 seasons)
Laura (Fitzsimmons) Engleman (FMU 2000)
Artistic Associate: Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Treasurer: The League of Cincinnati Theatres
Findlay Summer Theatre, Syracuse Stage (N.Y.)
Casting Associate – Feature Film: Paramount Pictures, Speak Film Inc., Northlight Films, Inc., Devito Productions, HKM Films, Inc.
Charles Foster (FMU 1998)
MFA (Lighting Design), Boston University
Lighting Designer – Lightswitch, N.Y.
United Scenic Artist – Local 829
Charles Foster’s design credits include: The Front Page, Crimes of the Heart, Double Double, Lucy and the Conquest, Create Fate, The Blue Bird, Servant of Two Masters (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Laughing Wild (Huntington Theatre Co.); ATC 10×20 (Atlantic Theatre Company); She Said / She Says (National Tour); Subway Songs (National Tour); Limitless Joy, The Comfort and Safety of Your Own Home, Orphan on God’s Highway, The Bomb (International Wow!); Mario and the Magician (Center for Contemporary Opera); The Alvin Ailey School (Pope Auditorium at Lincoln Center); The Expense of Spirit (Ohio Ice Factory); Vincent (Wings); I Google Myself, Bald Diva (Theatre Askew); The Trojan Women (Sarah Lawrence College); The Tempest, Fetes de la Nuit (Columbia Univ); La Boheme (Boheme Opera NJ).
Charles is entering into his fifth year as a designer for Lightswitch, a design consortium committed to the continuing pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the lighting and projection design process.
Vanessa Gregg (FMU 1998)
MPA (Costume Design), Oklahoma City University
Actor/narrator with OKC Players children’s theatre, 1999 season.
Writer, director and costume designer for Greenroom, staged in Oklahoma City at the University and also at an outdoor theatre venue in 2000.
Freelance designer working for Bill Whiten Designs, Burbank, CA, 2001. Drafted patterns and designed items for all the Dixie Stampedes. (Whiten was a designer for Vogue in the 1970’s, and also designed for Neil Diamond and Michael Jackson (during the Jackson Five through Thriller period — he was responsible for the one glove phase).
Karen Grooms (FMU 1997)
Extra – Dawson’s Creek
Rob Jones (FMU 2001)
Actor – Patchwork Players, Columbia, S.C.
Ashley Leamon (FMU 2012 summa cum laude – Theatre Arts Award 2008-2009)
Masters of Theatre, Villanova University, Philadelphia. Ashley attended with a Costume Assistantship and focused on costuming, dramaturgy, and playwriting.
Office Manager for the Theatre and Studio Art departments at Villanova University. She is also working as a freelance dramaturg in the Philadelphia area.
Buck Linton (FMU 1997)
MFA (Scenography and Technical Production), Virginia Tech
Assistant Technical Director – McCarter Theatre Co., Princeton, N.J.
Resident Designer – Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J.
Resident Designer – Jeykell Island Musical Theatre Festival, Jeykell Island, GA
TheatreVirginia, Dogwood Dell, Unto These Hills
CJ Miller (FMU 2012)
CJ Miller served as the dramaturg for multiple FMU productions including And Baby Makes Seven and The Fourth Wall. He has also performed numerous times on stage in Back, Back, Back, Five Women in the Same Dress, Our Town, and many others. He has been part of production teams for community theatre shows and was the dramaturg for an equity production of Miss Saigon at the Western Playhouse summer theatre company at Missouri Western State University. A former member of the United States Air Force, CJ performs standup comedy and has produced, written, and directed numerous of his own productions.
Matt Miller (FMU 1993)
MFA (Technical Production), University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Associate Professor of Design/Technology, Department of Theatre, Temple University
Assistant Professor/Production Manager – San Francisco State University
Technical Director – Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre
La Grange College, Playmakers Repertory, Utah Shakespearean Festival, California Theatre Center, The Asian American Theatre Company, New York Fringe Festival, Natchez Festival of Music, Loyola McMannus Theatre
Jessica Willis (FMU 2003)
MFA (Scenic Design Candidate), Virginia Tech
Jess is Curator for the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Adele Kassab Art Gallery and Assistant Technical Director for the Francis Marion University Theatre, assisting the faculty in the Department of Fine Arts. She is also a freelance designer, scenic artist, and puppet builder. As a storyteller, she entertains children and adults throughout the Carolinas. Jess also builds and animates giant parade-style puppets for regional festivals, and works as a teaching artist for middle and elementary schools.
Timothy Young (FMU 1996)
Additional training at the Oxford School of Drama and as a production intern for Sesame Street
Creator of Puppetry Arts Theatre, New York City
Exhibitor and performer in NYC area galleries; production assistant, script coordinator, cameraman, etc. for a variety of entertainment and production companies.