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School of Dance, Film, and Theater


Performance area notable alumni accomplishments in 2012 – 2013:


Emily Williams (BFA '12) Geek, Vampire Cowboys (3/21 – 4/13/2013), Alice in Slasherland, Vampire Cowboys, both Off-Broadway

Eric Lynch (BFA '11) world premiere of Buzzer by Tracey Scott Wilson (upcoming) at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, 2/8 – 3/9, 2014, Black Top Sky, Steppenwolf's Garage Rep, 2/15 – 4/25, 2013

Ryan Czerwonko (BFA '11) Cadmus in Cymbeline, First Folio Theatre, Chicago, Broken Fences, 16th Street Theatre, Chicago (upcoming)

Lisa Summerscales (BFA '10) Lead role in the feature film Ritual, sold to Lionsgate Films in April of 2013 for national release. Release date TBA.

Rachel Johanson (BFA '10) Featured role in Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese (Paramount Pictures), release 2014.

Tyler Rollinson (BFA '09) John in The Whipping Man, co-production, Indiana Repertory Theater (3/5 – 3/24/2013) and Geva Theatre Center (4/2 – 4/28, 2013), Film: Robert Johnson in Devil Deal Blues, Principal role on an episode of HBO's Boardwalk Empire (episode 10, airing early November 2013)

Nathan Ramos (BFA 2009) Disney's Mulan, World Premiere (pre-Broadway), Tuacahn Center for the Arts (6/27 – 8/10/2013), Prison Dancer, New York Music Theater Festival (7/22 – 7/28/2012), The Awesome 80's Prom (ongoing, Off-Broadway)

Katherine Skelton (BFA 2009) Wolves, The Celebration Theatre, LA ("…the radiant Skelton, a real find…" review in the LA Times), guest role on Major Crimes (TNT television network), upcoming

Kat Primeau (BFA 2008), SAG/AFTRA, ASCAP, Kat's musical improv troupe Robot Team and the Accidental Party recently celebrated 52 weeks straight of winning audience favorite at iO West Improv club, and she can be heard singing on Harvard Pilgrim Health Insurance Ads.

Kelsey Brennan (BFA 2007) Della in Gift of the Magi (December 2012), American Players Theatre, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Indiana Repertory Theatre (4/10 – 5/12/2013), Company Member American Players Theatre: Anne Deever in All My Sons, Lucetta in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, May – September, 2013 (1000+ seat outdoor amphitheater)

Andy Lutz (BFA 2007) Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Shakespeare in the Parks), Antipholus of Ephesus in Comedy of Errors, 7/26 – 8/25/2013, Jim in The Glass Menagerie, Mary-Arrchie Theater Company, Chicago

E.B. Smith (BFA '04) Company member, Stratford Festival, third season, roles this season include: Abhorson in Measure for Measure, and Bellievre in Mary Stuart



Eb Madson (MFA 2012) winner 2012 James Whitmore Award at Peterborough Players.

Jonathan Silver (MFA 2012) Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Repercussion Theatre, Quebec, Being Human, The Scifi Channel (cable television), Recurring character voice work on the animated cable series Bounty Hunters (CMT cable network)

Joel Stigliano (MFA 2012), A (Tooth) Fairy Tale, Vital Theater, NYC, Cortland Repertory Theater (The Unexpected Guest, The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, The 1940's Radio Hour)

Heather Petersen (MFA 2012), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (2012 – 2013 season outreach and intern company member), The Three Musketeers, A Christmas Carol, two outreach tours

Jesse Graham (MFA 2010) The Odyssey Experience, McCarter Theater Center (outreach) 6/2013.

Scot West (MFA 2010) Feste in Twelfth Night, Oak Park Theater Festival, The Exit Interview, Riverside Theater (National New Play Network rolling world premiere), role in the film Divergent starring Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley (anticipated release, 3/2014)

Tom Morin (MFA 2010), Cripple Billy in Cripple of Inishmaan, Centenary Stage Company, The Porter in Macbeth, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Antigonus in The Winter's Tale and Dr. Bartholo in Marriage of Figaro, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (outreach tour), That Lady From Maxim's, Robert Moss Theatre, NYC (nominated for seven Innovative Theater Awards). Head Acting Instructor at The Studio: A School for the Performing Arts, New Canaan, CT

Christopher Jon Martin (MFA 2010) Films: King's Faith (AMC theaters, summer 2013), Best Friends Forever (Sundance Film Festival, 2013)

Brent Vimtrup (MFA 2008) Company member Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Richard in Richard II

Robert Christopher Riley (MFA 2007) Television series VH1: Hit The Floor (ongoing), Film: The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Allison McLemore (MFA 2007)  Rutherford and Son, The Mint Theater, NYC, The Chekhov Festival (including Masha in The Three Sisters) at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Tracey Lord in The Philadelphia Story, Pioneer Theater Company.Allison's narration of the book My Life As A White Trash Zombie won an Earphone Award from AudioFile magazine, and was nominated for a national Audie Award (for audio books).

There are countless examples of theater graduates who have also gone on to other things.

Bitsy Merriman founder of Corporate Health, serves on the alumni advisory council for the College of Fine Arts at OU. She is a frequent participant in OU School of theater activities and the generous donor of the Bitsy Merriman Scholarship Award.

Zakes Mda is a playwright and award-winning novelist and current faculty in the Ohio University English department.

Joel Redmount ('80) recently wrote us: "Even though my career flourished outside the Theater, I do indeed use the skills I learned and honed at OU almost every day, in ways both obvious (like presentations) and not so obvious (discovering Insights in consumer behavior out of facts and figures).To bring my life full circle back into the Theater, I recently rekindled my love of the stage through community theater in New Jersey.  I am currently on the Board of Governors of the CDC Theater in lovely Cranford, NJ."