Theatre alumni making their mark
Nelson Coates ('84) is production designer for "The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock, which is currently No. 1 at the box office. Several other theatre alumni have won prestigious awards recently.
Penfold Theatre founders Ryan Crowder ('04), Nathan Jerkins ('05) and Sean Martin ('03) received seven Austin Critic’s Table nominations for the first two shows they produced. The first, "Art," was directed by Steven Pounders ('86) and designed by Adrienne Harper ('03). Their second production, "The Last Five Years," went on to receive Best Musical Production, and Annika Johansson ('06) was awarded best actor in a lead role. David Utley ('99) was the designer.
What a month for Annika Johansson ('06)! She recently closed "Cinderella." On the evening she received notification of the Austin best actor award, Annika was performing in a concert in Amarillo with Gary Morris (Broadway-Jean Valjean) and David Gaschen (Broadway-Phantom). She opened the event with "The Girl in 14G" and sang the duet from Phantom, "All I Ask Of You" with Mr. Gaschen.
Kim Blann's ('01) direction of "Rivers and Ravines" won Central High School (Keller, Texas) 1st Runner Up in the highly competitive State One-Act Play Contest in Austin.
Paige Reynolds ('99) is in rehearsal as Lady Macbeth for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s summer production of the Scottish play. The theatre had the distinction of being profiled in the May 10 edition of the New York Times.
Juliette Miller ('06) was able to get time off from the national tour of "Phantom" to marry Stephen Trafton on May 24. After their honeymoon, the couple will return to the tour.
Rutgers University just graduated two ACU Theatre alumni - brothers Ben Jeffrey ('06) from the acting program and Nathan Jeffrey ('02), who received his degree in directing. Nathan will join Taproot Theater in Seattle as a director of touring overseeing the Road Company, which produces three shows a year for educational touring and two to four shows every Christmas season, as well as an Improv Comedy group, which tours year round. He will work with authors to develop the scripts, casting and directing for the Road Company, as well as taking care of administrative duties.
Lara Seibert ('06) will play in "Drowsy Chaperone" at Maine State Music Theatre before reprising her role from Broadway and joining the national tour of "Young Frankenstein."
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