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Theatre Arts Alumni: Where are they now?

Brittany Dorris, ’13

“2013 alumni here! I am still happily living in Eugene, and fulfilling my life goal of both teaching elementary school and continuing my theatre life outside of school! I went on to receive a Master’s degree in Education and have been teaching 5th grade in Eugene since completing UOTeach in 2014. I continue to perform in locally and have gotten to wear the costume Sandy Bonds made for me in 2009 for Big River four more times in other Eugene period plays!”

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Steven Varga, ’14

“Since 2014 I moved to Southern California after being accepted as one of UC Irvine’s 8 annual Master of Fine Arts acting students. Since completing my MFA, I have worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival performing and teaching as part of their School Visit Program, performed as a company member of Orange County’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival for the past 3 seasons, and joined the acting faculty at both Cypress College and the Actor’s Studio of Orange County / Seven Pillars Acting Studio. I currently live in Los Angeles and have begun transitioning into the film industry. So far I have appeared as a guest star on several television shows, many independent short films, as well as a feature film. I also teach and coach private students in the LA area.”

 

 

 

 

Chris Fuglestad, ’14

“I graduated UO in December 2014 with degrees in International Studies & French. I was involved in productions of The Crucible, Landscape of the Body, and Pride & Prejudice while I was at UO. I’m in San Antonio working in international education, but I’ve done a lot of regional theatre work including productions of Hunchback of Notre Dame, Avenue Q, and Ragtime, and I’ve also been in a French film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Hope everyone is well back on campus.”

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Rose Thomas, ’13

Tiffany was always technically minded, but when she got to the UO, she felt she needed to find an outlet for her creative side, too. She found a perfect meld of both in scenic design: the artistic possibilities of the design process mixed with the precision of building a set was just right. And as she honed her eye for design in the physical world, she was preparing herself for a career she might not have been able to predict. Post-graduation, she landed a job at Disney—initially reviewing artwork, then working her way up to designing online games, including helping to produce a Star Wars augmented reality headset and experience. Now, she works in Sweden designing mobile games for industry giant King, the makers of Candy Crush. Tiffany may have traded in her hammer and paintbrush for software and code, but she kept that perfect blend of technical know-how and creative freedom.

 

 

Natalya Kolosowsky, ’16
“I graduated with an MFA in Costume Design. Since graduation, I have worked for a number of organizations including: the Salzburg State Theatre, Michael Curry Design, Degenerate Art Ensemble, and a large-scale top-secret parade that opened in Tokyo, Japan in spring of 2017. I am also the founder and artistic director of Shadow Tender – a bicoastal performance project & teaching methodology that premiered in Taipei, Taiwan in summer of 2017. Shadow Tender combines visual art, theater, neuroscience and technology to create dialogue around issues of power and identity. Parallel to my artistic endeavors, I also teach workshops, produce events, and work as a creative consultant and communication strategist. I am based out of Portland, OR and travel frequently for projects & collaborations. “

 

 

Ben M. Jones, ’17

Ben M. Jones graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (with Honors) and Journalism. He is a playwright and director in residence with the New Short Play Festival in New York City, and his plays have had staged readings from the National Queer Theatre and Village Playwrights. He is also the author of the travel book, #BenAndHannahGoToEurope.
He is also currently employed as part of the front of house staff at Signature Theatre, and an avid viewer and reader of plays.

 

 

 

Call to TA Alumni: We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to post-graduation and would be happy to post your accomplishments here! If you’d like to be included on this page, please email: uotheatrearts@gmail.com with short bio and a recent picture.