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School of Dance, Film, and Theater Alumni: Class Notes (Summer 2018)


Carol Patterson (Theater M.A. 1972) is excited and honored to be stepping into the role of Executive and Artistic Director for the Ohio Valley Summer Theater (OVST). We continue to be committed to bringing quality summer theater productions to Athens, OH!

Carol J Blanchard (Theater M.F.A. 1975) is a semi-retired costume designer/professor living in Florida.

Anthony Thomas (Theater M.F.A. 1976), is Associate Professor/Dept. Chair at the American Academy of Art, a small, private, non-for-profit art college offering a B.F.A. in one of seven disciplines. Still working at 75!

Elizabeth Poindexter (Theater M.F.A. 1977) studied Production Design at OHIO, and is a costume designer & makeup artist, designing in the Bay Area with Opera San Jose and as principal makeup artist with San Francisco Opera. She is also a Professor Emerita, at San Jose State University. When time and money permit travel as much as possible, Europe being my favorite destination.

Greg Vinkler (Theater M.F.A. 1978) is currently putting together the company for the 83rd season of Peninsula Players Theatre (Chicago, IL.), where he is Artistic Director.

John McLaughlin (Dance B.F.A. 1979) lives in Perth, Australia. His project the World Arts Exchange Festival, in Perth, www.peakatthearts.com, features artists from Costa Rica, China, India, Turkey and Vietnam. He credits his student experience and great teaching at OHIO for his fun and colorful career! McLaughlin is currently planning a major floating stage festival for the Swan River in Perth. McLaughlin was one of the first, in 1984, to receive the Bessie Award honor for outstanding performances in Modern Dance alongside Twyla Tharp and Pina Bausch!


Jon Meyer (Theater B.F.A. 1980) is currently Executive Director, The Capitol Theatre (Chambersburg, PA) since late 2016. After leaving the Prescott Center for the Arts in Prescott, AZ, he directed the world premiere of Premature Burial and Newman University, in Witchita, KS, before joining The Capital Theater.

Nick Carlisle (Dance B.F.A. 1984) is currently Visiting Assistant Professor for the dance program at the University of Akron. His extensive performance career includes membership in the Tom Evert Dance Company, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels and Morrison Dance, as well as appearances with the Cleveland Opera, the Repertory Project and the Lakeland Civic Dance Company.

Diana (Widener) Gordon (Theater B.F.A. 1984) has been named a 2018 Women in Business honoree by the Wichita Business Journal. Honorees are selected for their career achievements, involvement in the community and efforts to help other women be successful. Gordon’s Ohio University theatre education led her to a very successful career in non-profit arts management. She currently serves as President at the Orpheum Performing Arts Centre in Wichita, Kansas.

Kim Brown (Theater M.F.A. ’85; B.S. ’83) is Founder and President of Spotlight Costumes LLC, a Pittsburgh, PA based theatrical rental and retail firm servicing professional and amateur live performances designs and coordinates costumes for over 100 productions a year. This past November she designed the US premiere of All Quiet On The Western Front for Prime Stage Theatre and is currently mounting I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Holmes and Watson. This summer she is designing the US premieres of Frozen Jr and Frozen Kids, both MTI properties with the Disney endorsement.

Kenny Suit (Film M.F.A. 1990) I recently published a book entitled James Friedrich and Cathedral Films: The Independent Religious Cinema of the Evangelist of Hollywood, 1939-1966, published by Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield). Suit is an Associate Professor of Cinema at Milligan College in Tennessee.

Tobe Gillogly (Dance B.F.A. 1993) is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Ohio University in the Division of Physical Therapy; and Program Coordinator for the new B.S. in interdisciplinary health services degree. GilIogly uses his dance and theater background in his work with pediatrics as a Physical Therapist Assistant; to educate the families on movement and entertain the kiddos, so they enjoy their physical therapy sessions. Dance and theater will always be a part of my life and I am grateful that I can still find opportunities to perform, choreograph, and teach.

Dale Shields received a 2017 Vivian Robinson Special Achievement Award, seen here with Chuck Cooper and Jeffery V. Thompson. Images used with permission of Dale Shields.

Dale Shields (Theater B.F.A. 1975, M.F.A. 1995) is a 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award® and 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Read more of his story here.

He recently directed Ohio Valley Summer Theatre's productions of Ragtime and Man of La Mancha on the Ohio Universities Theatre Department stages. Professor Shields also was honored with the "Special Achievement" award from 45th Annual Vivian Robinson Audelco (NYC) recognition awards “The VIV” for Excellence in Black Theatre for his artistic life career work and historical archive of Black Theatre History.

Alli Jones (B.S.S. 1996) studied Therapeutic Arts with a Concentration in Dance and Choreography, which translated to a multifaceted career as a choreographer, and massage and craniosacral therapist in the Colorado area. She will be performing with her dance company, Nosilla Dance Project, at The Access Theatre at 380 Broadway in NYC on September 29th and 30th.

Tom Frattare’s (Theater M.F.A. 1999) new play, MAMA / MOON, premiered by Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland, OH, in March, directed by OHIO alumnus Ian Wolfgang Hinz. The play is set during the last hours in the lives of two rock and roll legends, "Mama" Cass Elliot and Keith Moon.


Jennifer McClelland-Smith(B.F.A. 2000) studied the theater arts at OHIO, and is living and working as a marketing associate in Brooklyn, New York.Keven Kaddi(M.F.A. 2004) is living in Chicago, working on several scripts in development, and supporting his creative passions with a corporate day job in learning & development.Chelsea Stardust Peters(Film HTC 2007) directed 2 short films last year, directed a horror musical for the stage at the Hollywood Fringe Fest titledSlashed! The Musical, which included OHIO theatre alumna Fayna Sanchez (Theater B.F.A. 2006). Peters also directed a holiday horror radio play for Earbud Theatre titledChristmas Eve. This year she wrapped direction on her very first feature film titledAll That We Destroy, which included several OHIO alums, including Mark Evans (cinematographer). Check out the soundtrack forSLASHED! THE MUSICAL.Megan Payne (B.F.A. 2009) is a Charlotte (NC) based movement maker, instructor, and curator, who received her M.F.A. in dance from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival in 2012. Megan currently choreographs and performs with charlotte based contemporary company, Baran Dance, is a faculty member at Central Piedmont Community College, and travels teaching and setting work as a freelance artist. Her creative work can be explored on her artist sitepaynedance.com.Tim Jackson (Film M.F.A. 2013) is a Sr. Video Producer at Whitetail Properties Real Estate, a firm specializing in hunting and farm properties with agents in 26 states across the Midwest.

Trezon Dancy performed a solo piece at the Battery Dance Festival in lower Manhattan in 2017. Photo on left by Jason Chuang. Image on right courtesy of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Trezon Carnell Dancy (Dance B.F.A. 2017) is from Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. degree in dance and performance at Ohio University. Dancy, performed his senior capstone solo, Cry Out, at the Battery Dance Festival in lower Manhattan in 2017. He is dancing with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Dancy performed in Kyle Abraham’s Quiet Dance and choreographed Commencement for the 2015 Ohio Dance Festival at Ohio University.

Joey Sauthoff (M.F.A. 2017) is a Senior Technical Designer with the Solomon Group, a commercial theatre company that designs and builds scenery for museums, festivals, sporting events. Recent projects include College Football Playoffs, NHL All-star Game, Victoria's Secret and the VooDoo Festival.

Read more stories from the Summer 2018 Dance, Film, and Theater Alumni Newsletter.