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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Margot Glaser, ’16

“Since graduation, I worked as Prop Master for a handful of shows at Oregon Contemporary Theater and as Assistant Production Manager at the Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. I am currently the Resident Properties Designer at The Phoenix Theater Company in Phoenix, Arizona.”

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Mitchell, ’18

Since graduating, I’ve been working hard at pursuing theater. Right now I work with a nonprofit called Rogue Pack where I teach improvisation and storytelling to at-risk youth. I’m in Portland, auditioning all I can and every now and then getting fortunate enough to get a callback, mostly through Shakespeare shows! Right after graduating I did an internship with an improv team in Scotland at the Edinburgh Frings Festival, where I saw some of the most amazing immersive and improvisational theater I’ve ever seen. While I work at Starbucks during the day and audition at night, I still find time to take acting classes and write as much as my brain can produce. If you aren’t currently working, you have to make the work! I hope to get an MFA eventually, and to act full time. Here’s to the current and future students of the UO Theatre Department. You’re all capable of great things!

 

 

 

Katie Dumolt, ’18

Life after graduation has been a roller coaster of changes. In the last three years I have started my own business and become a substitute teacher in a Title I district. I could not have done either of these things without the time I spent in the UO Theatre Arts Department. Being able to take charge of any classroom from kindergarten to high school shop class felt like a surprisingly natural transition from all my experiences in Villard Hall. Additionally, I have released three collections of colorways in the last year and I can directly attribute those skills to studying in the many technical classes that I took. While I have not been creating theatre, I am certain that I will when the time is right. I’m especially proud of my accomplishment of backpacking to the top of a mountain and watching both the sunset and then the sunrise from the summit. I’ve had a great few years.

 

 

 Andrew Mayer, ’95
“Since graduation, I have been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king… wait, that’s Sinatra’s ‘That’s Life’. Anyway, during the whirling dervish and fan dance career I have developed, I had a short stint in movies (WB Studios) and television (20th Century Fox) before getting a real job. I now work for American tax payers from the Pentagon in DC, analyzing the globe theatre of war. I always reflect on how arts reflect society; and specifically, how they can change the direction of society when the People are behind a powerful enough movement. I chose renewable energy as my life long movement. The movement is always breaking ground and becoming a civil rights issue of sorts as of late. I would love to tell some of my theatre colleagues about it while touring DC if they visit. They can count on at least a behind the scene tour of the Pentagon, and I know my way around Congress and City Hall, as well. There’s just got to be drama out of it. GO DUCKS!!!!!!”

 

 

Jamie Lynn Nathan, ’16
After Jamie earned her MFA in Scenic Design in 2016, she became the Technical Director and Production Manager of the Arts Center at Lake Superior State University in Michigan. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Technical Direction at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she has also TD’d with Intiman Theatre. She is currently looking to get back to her design roots. She is also the new Vice Chair of Inclusion and Diversity for the Technical Production Commission of USITT.

 

 

 

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.