Alumni Achievements

Michelle Beck (Drama, 2001) performed in a highly-acclaimed production of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost at the New York Shakespeare Festival and in The Aeneid at the Red Bull Theatre (NYC).

Mikal Evans (Drama, 2001) played Sarah Palin's personal assistant in the HBO film, Game Change, with Juliann Moore, Ed Harris, and Woody Harrelson.

Susan Heyward (Drama, 2001) played the pivotal role of Susan in David Mamet's new play Race at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Wrenn Schmidt (Drama, 2001) appeared in Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon at the Irish Repertory Theatre (NYC), Temporal Powers at the Mint Theatre (NYC) and on the CBS television series Blue Bloods.

Patina Miller (Drama, 2002) left the musical Sister Act after four years of playing the lead role in London's West End and on Broadway where she received Laurence Olivier and Tony Award nominations.  Her next performance will be in First You Dream:  The Music of Kander and Ebb at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. 

Nicole Beharie (Drama, 2003) was featured in the film Shame alongside Michael Fassbender, as well as films My Last Day Without You, and The Last Fall. This season's television credits include Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Good Wife. Nicole is slated to begin filming 42 with Harrison Ford, which details Jackie Robinson's barrier-breaking entry into major league baseball. Nicole will play Rachel Isum, Mr. Robinson's wife.

Emily Bennett (Drama, 2003) appeared in Shakespeare in Hollywood at the historic New London Barn Playhouse.

Travis Ballenger (Drama, 2004) assistant-produced the Broadway play Mountaintop, starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson.

Lauren Culpepper (Drama, 2004) was seen in Really, Really at Virginia's Signature Theatre, Seven Homeless Mammoths at the Two River Theatre (NJ) and in Hamlet at the Aspen Music Festival.

Trey Gerrald (Drama, 2004) acted in the NBC pilot Next Caller with Dane Cook and Jeffrey Tambor and was assistant stage manager for the national tour of Billy Elliot.  Trey served as assistant to Cameron MackIntosh's directing team for the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables.  He also managed national tours of Beauty and the Beast and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Lindsey Kyler (Drama, 2004) appeared in the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production Tigers Be Still.

Teyonah Parris (Drama, 2005) played a recurring role on the Emmy-winning television series Mad Men and can be seen as the perfect girlfriend-one who splits a 20-piece box of McNuggets and presents her beau with tickets to a sporting event on the first date  --in a national McDonald's commercial.

Prentiss Standridge (Drama, 2006) played the role of Ismene in Seamus Heaney's The Burial at Thebes at the famed Guthrie Theatre.

Liza Bennett (Drama, 2006) was seen in the CBS television series Common Law.

Danielle Brooks (Drama, 2007) will soon appear in The Servant of Two Masters at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Ashley Montondo (Drama, 2007) played in Charlie's Aunt at the Guthrie Theatre.

Jacob Perkins (Drama, 2007) performed in the Shakespeare comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre.

Susanne Parker (Drama, 2008) was a selected through the American College Theatre Festival to attend the Eugene O'Neill Conference for the second straight year.  Last season, Susanne was recognized as our nation's top collegiate dramaturg.