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Felicia Bertch
(MFA, 2009) recently moved from Chicago to Ft. Worth to attend a school for ministry. She reports she is director of a small dance troupe there, and that “theater is very much alive and well in my soul!”

LaToya Codner (MFA, 2012) was the female recipient of the NBC network-sponsored Star Project Award at the 17th Annual American Black Film Festival, held in Miami in June, 2013. LaToya reports that she first had to submit two video monologues, which were voted on by the public when shhe reached the finalist stage, as well as a live audition for NBC programming representatives. As a finalist, she received a free trip to the ABFF, where she was introduced to the audience during its culminating event. She will also get the opportunity to meet with NBC casting directors for a chance at a walk-on role on Days of Our Lives. LaToya has also stayed busy with stage projects, most recently appearing as Tybalt in Realize Theatre Group’s production of Just Another Love Story: The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet at Chicago’s Prop Theatre.

Darin Dahms (MFA, 2003) recently mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a new, original one-man show entitled The Player King, written and performed by Dahms about the American actor Edwin Booth.

Stephen Davis (MFA 2006) is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary College, where he has directed Antigone, Lobby Hero, Ubu Roi, Italian American Reconciliation and a 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. He served as the fight choreographer for Breakfast with Mugabe, Oliver! (also played Mr. Brownlow) and The Wizard of Oz (also Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz and Makeup Designer). He teaches courses in Stage Combat, Theatrical Makeup, Acting, Theatre History, Theatre Appreciation, and Drama as Literature. In the spring of 2013, he directed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. While at Centenary, Professor Davis was honored with the 2010-2011 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award.

Sirena Dib (BA 2013) reports she is "currently working full time at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the Education Division. My work focuses on arts-centered educational programming, arts integration in schools, and community engagement. My work at the Center has also allowed me to work backstage for special events as an artist wrangler for performers such as Megan Hilty, the Puppini Sisters, Jennifer Holiday and Cheyenne Jackson. In addition to my work at the Kennedy Center, I have also most recently joined the cast of Swing Time: The Musical, a professional year-round production in the DC area. When I am not in the office or onstage performing, I have been keeping busy by immersing myself in the culturally rich theatre community of DC (and surrounding areas). I am very thankful that USC provided me with the opportunity to intern in DC (SC Honors Washington Semester Program), as that experience allowed me to fall in love with the theatre community of Washington. I am also thankful to my professors at USC that encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone."

Colleen Dobson (BA, 2012) received the Marion Smith Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference. She is currently enrolled in the MFA Costume Production program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Michael T. Downey (MFA, 2009) has been working on the development of a television comedy pilot as head writer and co-creator (along with producer Nathan Bell). He’s happy to report that the show has gone from the theoretical state to the “being looked at” state. He has been given some positive signs that the show may indeed be moving forward with several producing parties interested. The Beer Chronicles is a half-hour comedy that parodies the world of food programing. It follows the behind the scenes goings on of a weekly craft beer review show. A comic take on alcoholism, failure, and basic cable is at the heart of this show that could be called a cross between Larry Sanders and Man Vs. Food.

Karen Eterovich (MFA, 1989) continues to her work with Love Arm’d Productions, performing her one-woman shows, Cheer from Chawton and Love Arm’d, Aphra Behn & Her Pen, at theatres around the country. She performed Cheer From Chawton, in which she portrays Jane Austen, the National Arts Club in NYC in February, 2013, as well as here at USC’s Drayton Hall in a fundraising performance for the SC Shakespeare Company in September, 2012. In April, 2013, Karen appeared as Aphra Behn at the League of Professional Theatre Women Annual Meeting in NYC, as well as in a video fundraising campaign for Women Stage the World. She recently directed a dramatic reading of CBS’ original 1937 radio script of As You Like It for the New York Society Library. Karen has written a play, All Roses, which was read as part of Winter Shorts on Monday, for the Blue Roses C. Douglas Stephens Series at Abingdon Theatre Spaces in New York City.

In 2012, Zach Hanks (MFA, 2004) narrated A Killer is Loose for, voiced commercials for Fifth Third Bank and Eureka Suction Seal, and voiced characters in the anime Hellsing Ultimate (OAV) and the video games Diablo III, Ninja Gaiden 3, Armored Core V, Syndicate, Mass Effect 3, Dead Island: Ryder White, The Amazing Spiderman, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, Street Fighter X Tekken, Dishonored, Pinball FX : Marvel Pinball – Avengers Chronicles, Combat Wings 2, and Persona 4 Golden, among others. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. In his time there, he has performed on their mainstage in The Madwoman of Chaillot, taught classes in Beginning Acting and Theatre Appreciation, been a guest on The Voice of The Republic podcast, and taught a voice workshop and a Theatre Appreciation class for Georgia Southern University’s Department of Communication Arts. He is currently teaching Theatre Speech, Advanced Theatre Speech, Dialects, Clowning, and Voice-Acting Technique, is directing a radio version of a new one-act play, and serving on SAG-AFTRA’s National Voice-Over Committee.

Kacie Henderson (BA, 2008) just completed her second year of graduate school at the University of Denver, graduate master’s degrees in video production and strategic communications. In the summer of 2012, she interned with High Noon Entertainment on the first season of the Travel Channel show Trip Flip.

Elissa Horrell (MAT, 2013) has accepted a position as drama teacher at Stratord High School in Goose Creek, SC.

Abbie Issac (BA, 2007) finished her MBA program at George Mason University in May, 2013 and is looking for a full-time position at a DC Theatre. She reports she is still directing, and working part-time at Maryland Shakespeare Festival. She worked in the Leadership Office at Arena Stage in the summer of 2012.

Patrick Michael Kelly (BA, 2006) pursued acting in Chicago from 2007 - 2011. In 2014, he completed his MFA at NYU Grad Acting. He currently lives in NYC with his wife, and fellow USC Theatre alum, Martha (Hearn).

Craig Miller (MFA, 2004) was recently honored as one of the top forty business and community leaders under the age of 40 in the San Francisco North Bay area. Craig is currently artistic director of 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA, which has racked up such recent honors as “Theatre of the Year” (, “Best Theatre Troupe” (North Bay Bohemian Newspaper) and twelve 2012 Sonoma County Stage One Theatre Awards for August: Osage County, including “Best Production” and “Best Director” for Craig. In May, 2013, the theatre was nominated for sixteen SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards, alongside such theatre institutions as Berkeley Rep and American Conservatory Theatre.

Jillian Owens (BA, 2006) has recently been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, Good Afternoon America, Grist, NYC’s Guest of a Guest and a host of other media outlets for her blog, ReFashionista, in which she details her adventures in refashioning severely outdated clothing into hip, modern wear. She is also a theatre reviewer for Columbia, SC publications Jasper Magazine and Jillian currently works as a grants manager with the SC Arts Commission.

Gabrielle Peterson (BA, 2010) has been accepted at Cambridge to begin PhD studies in Politics and International relations. Her focus will be power relations in the European debt crisis and the role of Germany in the economic legislation of the EU.

Charlie Pogue (MFA, 2001) is now a Senior Lighting Designer with Walt Disney World.

Matt Purdy (BA, 2004) is the senior producer for "Maryland Morning," an hour-long news magazine on WYPR, the NPR affiliate in Baltimore. The show won a 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for a series on race and inequality in the Baltimore region.

Rich Remedios
(MFA, 2007) is acting and teaching in Minneapolis, MN. His recent professional acting credits include the feature films The Public Domain and To Say Goodbye. Recent stage roles include Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue with Park Square Theatre and the world premier of Purple Cloud with Mu Performing Arts. He owns and operates his own acting studio, Twin Cities Meisner Training, where he has been teaching Meisner Technique to professional and pre-professional actors since 2013. He recently completed his Meisner Technique Teaching Certification with True Acting Institute under Larry Silverberg. Affitionally, Rich has also been a teaching artist with Mu Performing Arts and Pillsbury House Theatre and a guest teacher in Meisner Technique at the Guthrie Theater.

Dewey Scott-Wiley (MFA, 1994) is now the Artistic Director of Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC, and is still an Associate Professor in the theatre program at USC-Aiken.

Yvonne Senat (MFA, 2013) has been busy auditioning for television and film roles in the Los Angeles area, and has already been seen in national television commercials for True Value, Scion, and Anna’s Linens. She recently taught Shakespeare to kids aged 4-12 at the Much Ado Shakspeare Company, and appeared a regional premiere of In the Heights.

Will Shuler (BA, 2010) is living in New York City, freelance music directing, arranging, and orchestrating as well as working at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Museum of Modern Art. The past two years have taken him all over NYC as well as to Georgia, Maine, and Colorado for various theatre jobs. He most recently appeared in a new version of Flight by USC theatre professors Steven Pearson and Robyn Hunt, which was produced at USC’s Longstreet Theatre and at XFest on the Edwardsville campus of Southern Illinois University.

Brian Yandle (BA, 1993) will be directing Diane Samuel’s Kindertransport at Burning Coal Theater in Raleigh, NC in November of 2013. He says, “If any alum costumers or lighting designers live in the Raleigh area, I’d love to have them work with me.”