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UMass Theater Alumni

Below is a partial listing of graduate and undergraduate alumni who are working in theater and related fields.

(Names link to personal websites where available.)

  • Paul Jens Adolphson — Literary Manager for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Rep
  • Melanie Armer — Director, production manager, metal sculptor, Co-founder of Nerve Tank devised theater company
  • Ifa Bayeza — Playwright, Till Trilogy,  O’Neill Fellow, Edgar Award Winner
  • Toby Vera Bercovici — Director, Professor of Theatre Practice at Cleveland State University
  • Denis Berfield — Production Manager and Technical Director, Raleigh Little Theater
  • Ethan Berube — First Hand at Tricorne Costume Shop in NYC
  • Jeannie-Marie Brown — Faculty at Keene State College Dept. of Theater, director
  • Nefertiti Burton — Professor and chairperson of Howard’s Department of Theatre Arts
  • James Busker — Sound engineer at South Coast Repertory
  • Robin Carus — Casting agent, Michael Moore Agency
  • Lisa Channer — Co-founder of Sleeveless Theater and Theater Novi Most; Professor, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis
  • Constance Congdon — Playwright (Tales of the Lost FormicansCasanovaLips, Losing Father's Body, The MisanthropeA MotherNo MercyThe Servant of Two MastersTartuffe and Paradise Street) 
  • Rob Corddry — Actor/writer/producer: The Daily Show, Childrens Hospital, Medical Police
  • Jane Cox — Tony-nominated lighing designer (Machinal, The Color Purple) and Director of Princeton University theater program
  • Heather Crocker Aulenback — Associate Professor of Costume and Scenic Design in the Theatre Arts Program at Westfield State University
  • John Dias — Artistic Director, Two River Theater; Broadway producer, Well
  • Jeffrey Donovan — Actor: Burn Notice, Fargo, Sicario
  • Matt Dunphy — Trade Area Vice President, New York / Boston at Bloomingdale's
  • Morgan Fryer-McCulloch — Lead audio QA tester at Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Katy Geraghty — Actor/singer: Groundhog Day (Broadway), Hairspray (OSF)
  • Richard Gere — Film actor, Pretty Woman, Chicago; Golden Globe winner
  • Jessica Greenberg — Lighting designer; Professor, Weber State University (Utah)
  • Michael Haley — Film & TV producer, Angels in America, A League of Their Own
  • Sabrina Hamilton — Lighting Designer, Artistic Director of the Ko Festival 
  • David Hanbury — Guitarist, performance and drag artist, “Mrs. Smith”
  • Michelle Hendrick — Opera and theater director, professional actor, professor at Trinity College
  • Troy Hourie — Installation artist/scenographer Freaks: A Performative Installation, work with Glimmerglass Festival, Classical Theatre of Harlem
  • Jujubee — Nationally-renowned drag performer, Ru Paul’s Drag Race
  • Tanya Kane-Parry — Director; Professor at Cal State Los Angeles
  • Talya Kingston — Associate Artistic Director at WAM Theatre, work with Hartford Stage, New Conservatory Theatre Center
  • David Korins — Set designer for Broadway: Hamilton (Tony nom), Dear Evan Hansen, Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Shawn LaCount — Artistic Director and director, Company One Theater
  • Amy Levinson — Dramaturg; Associate Artistic Director, Geffen Playhouse (LA)
  • Erin MacDevitt — Lighting designer
  • Bethany Marx — Associate Professor of Theatrical Design, SUNY Oneonta
  • John McDermott — Adelphi University faculty member and new York-based scenic designer at Rattlestick Theatre, Colt Coeur
  • Megan McClain — R&D Program Director for the Civilians, staff member at The Lark, Resident Dramaturg for Superhero Clubhouse
  • James McNamara — Associate Professor of Design and Technical Theatre, Lighting and Sound Design in Theatre Arts at Westfield State University; Co-Vice Chair of Design, Technology and Management for Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
  • Alissa Mesibov — Donor Services Associate, ACLU
  • Melissa Mizell — Lighting designer for fashion, corporate, private events
  • Athena Parella — Journey Scenic Artist with Local USA 829 in New York
  • Kyle Pasciutti — Owner of Decimated Designs FX make-up and haunted house company
  • Celine Perron — Chair of Keene State College Dept. of Theater
  • Bill Pullman — Actor/director: Independence Day, Spaceballs, The Sinner
  • Caitlin Rappoport — Lighting designer for REDCAT, Yale Reperoty Theatre, Soho Rep, Ars Nova
  • Matt Richards — Lighting designer for companies including Soho Rep, Hartford Stage Company
  • Lauryn Sasso — Marketing Sales Associate for The Gamm Theater, past dramaturg and literary manager at Asolo Rep
  • Joe Salvatore — Creator and director of Verbatim Performance Lab, clinical associate professor of educational theatre at NYU
  • Dan Smith — Scholar and translator; Professor, Michigan State University
  • Ben Stanton — Lighting designer: Angels in America, Fun Home (Tony nom.), The Rose Tattoo
  • Justin Townsend — Lighting designer for Broadway and Off-Broadway (Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge, The Humans (Tony nom.)) and Brooklyn College theater faculty    
  • Keisha Tucker — Actor and stunt performer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Black Panther, Captain Marvel), Birds of Prey, television
  • Gwendolyn Tunnicliffe - Membership Coordinator at Arena Stage in Washington DC, past development work with WAM Theatre
  • Roberta Uno — Professor/program director, of Arts in a Changing America at CalArts; Former Ford Foundation program director
  • Jenni Werner — Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg for GeVa Theatre Center
  • Lawrence Wilker — Tony Award-winning, Emmy-winning producer-entertainment executive: Urinetown, Kennedy Center, TheatreDreams
  • Dawn Monique Williams — Director Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Associate Artistic Director at Aurora Theatre Company, recipient of the Princess Grace Award
  • Kate Wilson — Dialect coach (The Glass Menagerie, Sweat, VioletA Raisin in the Sun, Machinal, many others) and faculty member at Juilliard School
  • Andrew Wittkamper — Costume designer and faculty at Suffolk County Community College: Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Glass Menagerie, Spring Awakening