Department of Music & Theatre

Alumni Updates

Attention All Graduated Theatre Majors!!!

Have you ever wondered what happened to your fellow classmates? Chances are they wonder where you are too. Don't be shy--send us your update. We can't know about you and your credits unless you yourself send us an update.

To send an update just:

  • Prepare an email with your (1) Name (2) Email Address (3) Graduation Year
  • Give us a short description (25-50 words) of what you are doing now
  • Enter a subject line of "Theatre Alumni Update"
  • Send the email to druebhausen@una.edu

We will edit where necessary. And please be patient---it is difficult to update the site more than once a semester while teaching and directing our current students.

Only those responding to the form below will be included---so don't be left out.

Faculty

Gladys Shepard
Gladys Shepard, the founder and beloved matriarch of the UNA Theatre Program passed away on August 24, 2003. She taught at UNA for over thirty years and was honored at the 2002 UNA Homecoming with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Words cannot express the loss we feel as a program and as her friends. She lives on in each and every one of us. Let us continue to honor her by bringing the best possible theatre experience to all audiences willing to receive it.

Jim Davis
Jim Davis, UNA theatre professor from 1968 to 1996, passed away on December 4, 2004. Known so well for his incredibly intricate and creative designs and his engaging directing, Jim was instrumental in the designing of Norton Auditorium and brought several Hollywood stars to act at UNA in special summer productions. Jim left a lasting legacy in each student and community artist he worked with. He instilled a serious commitment to professionalism into the theatre program that continues to drive us forward today.

John O'Connor
Dr. John O'Connor is now working at Fairmont University in Fairmont, West Virginia.

John McCaslin-Doyle
Dr. McCaslin-Doyle is now working at SUNY College at Oneonta.

Angela Green
Ms. Green has departed UNA to focus on her professional acting career.

2007

Brian Barnett - johnnyrebelny@hotmail.com
Brian is currently living in New York City acting and working behind the scenes in student and independent films.

Michael Fisher - michaelblake1@hotmail.com
After his graduation and appearance on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Michael moved to New York City where he has been regularly performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club and Caroline's On Broadway.

Jennifer Salter Redman - jm-redman@hotmail.com
Jennifer worked for Shades Valley High School before starting graduate training for her MFA in Costume Design at Ohio University. Most recently she worked with costuming and dressing for the Ohio Valley Summer Theatre.

Michael Redman - mredmanuna@hotmail.com
Michael worked as a technical director for Shades Valley High School before starting graduate training for his MFA in Technical Direction at Ohio University. Most recently he worked as technical director for the Ohio Valley Summer Theatre.

2006

Kristen Parker - klparkster@gmail.com
Kristen completed an acting internship with the 13th Street Repertory and a management internship with Ciona Taylor Productions in New York City. She is now working on the management team at the O'Neil theatre with Spring Awakening.

2004

J. Scott Long - mcdubin@hotmail.com
Scott recently had his script 5:25 AM accepted for performance at the Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Festival which featured Edward Albee and Tony Kushner as guest playwrights.

2003

Chris Bedwell - chris@bedbugproductions.com
Chris is currently living in Los Angeles pursuing his acting career and battling credit card companies.

Daryl Crittendenirdaryl@excite.com
Daryl is currently living in New York as an actor and model. He has acted in several independent films, Off-Broadway shows and is featured on the cover of two newly released books. He also acted in a national commercial for Comedy Central and has been an extra on As the World Turns.

Laura Holt Dlouhy - LauraDlouhy@gmail.com
Laura is currently living in Memphis with her husband, Stephen. She completed her Masters in Psychology at the University of Memphis and is currently working as a neuropsychologist at LeBonheur Children's Hospital. Laura performs professionally with two improv groups and dabbles in stand-up. She was recently third place winner for Funniest Person in Memphis.

Mandy Hughes - amandolyn@hotmail.com
Mandy is busy with her new little baby girl and working with Target management.

Rachel Scanlon - rachelescanlon@hotmail.com
Rachel is engaged and preparing to move to Anchorage, Alaska where she will be working on her Masters in Wildlife Biology

Daniel Tracy - DLTActor130@aol.com
Daniel received his MFA in Acting Pedagogy Program at the University of Alabama. He is now Assistant Professor of Theatre & Speech at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.

2002

Melissa Braswell - galadriel_trinity_x@yahoo.com
Mel recently worked with Goodspeed Musical Theatre, Birmingham Children's Theatre Company and West Virginia Public Theatre. She is currently between jobs and working at Books-a-Million.

Anna Brooks Gross - annabanana2112@yahoo.com
Anna completed her MA in Theatre at the University of South Carolina and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Castleton State College in Vermont.

Dana Newton - Lily_Birgitte@dragonmount.com
Dana finished work with the Portland Stage Company and is currently in Nashville working as an automotive welder.

Russell Ware - rtw_6579@hotmail.com
Russell is working as a Stage Technician for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

2001

Sam Gross - samgross@sc.edu
Sam completed his MFA in Technical Theatre at the University of Indiana, Bloomington and is now working as an instructor and the Assistant Technical Director at the University of South Carolina.

Steven D. Gross - steven.gross144@yahoo.com
Steven completed an internship in design in Stockholm, Sweden and completed his MFA Scenic Design graduate school program at The University of South Carolina, in Columbia. Steven is currently a theatre faculty member at Castleton State College in Vermont.

Mark S. Hampton - marksh2001@aol.com
Mark is now living in Los Angeles where he has been acting in commercials, independent film and as an extra on NBC's The Office.

2000

Christine Heline - Enchanta22@aol.com
Christine is currently serving as the secretary for the Alabama Psychiatric Services in Decatur, Alabama.

1999

Cid Haley - FIDDLEWORM@aol.com
Cid is putting her theatre and role-playing skills to work as the Adolescent Clinical Coordinator and Adult Counseling Therapist with Bradford Health Services.

Ashley (Miles) Hendricks - ayhendricks@yahoo.com
Ashley is now married, has a little boy and is living in Atlanta. She completed her Masters of Education and is now teaching drama in middle school.

Collin Martin - Cknoxmartin@aol.com
Colin just completed the MFA Acting Program at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and is now living and working in New York City.

Brian Peace - bdpeace@comcast.net
Brian is working as a bartender in Atlanta and is happily married.

Rick Richey - rfrichey@hotmail.com
Rick has been living in New York for several years, modeling and working as a personal trainer. Rick recently began a new business in health and fitness known as Inwellness Systems.

Pamela Wilson - pamelanyc50@aol.com
Pamela graduated with an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth Theatre and served as managing director of the Firehouse Theatre. She also worked with the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center/Manhattan Community College before taking her current job as Theatre Operations Manager for the Blueman Group in New York City.

1998

Steifon Passmore - archer1222@gmail.com
Steifon has been working with the Shoals' country station, WXFL KIX 96.1 FM, for eight years and can be heard 2-6 PM Monday through Friday. He has also been active in local theatre and in television commercials.

1996

Amy L Shipman Lambright - tallulahgirl1999@yahoo.com
Amy is married to Trevor Lambright and has a daughter, Catherine Ann. Amy worked for the State of Maryland until returning to the Shoals. She now works for Listerhill Credit Union and is still active in community theatre.

1994

Debbie Detrick Hicks - vavyvoe@bellsouth.net
Debbie is currently on the Board of Directors of Gingerbread Players, working at a mini-storage business, and still very actively acting and directing in community theatre in the Shoals. Debbie is married with two children.

Steve Knight - steve@emg-ltd.com
Steve resides in NYC where he is a Senior Account Executive at Eliran Murphy Group, a performing arts advertising agency. Steve's clients include Broadway, Off-Broadway and Lincoln Center productions.

Brad Letson - sweetlikejesus@yahoo.com
Brad is currently performing in Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

1990

Melissa Ricketts Tillery - melissakricketts@aol.com Melissa received her MFA in Directing/Theatre for Youth from UNC Greensboro. She is the Audition Director for SETC Professional Auditions and a free-lance director in Pigeon Forge. She recently directed The Miracle, an original musical based on the life of Christ.

1984

Laura Ringnell Connolly - LauraRC@comcast.net
Laura is the Zodiac Theatre Box office Manager in Florence, AL.

1982

Steve Earnest - rsteveearnest@earthlink.net
Steve Earnest is Associate Professor/Chair of Theatre Arts at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, ATHE, and the International Brecht Society, and has performed with Colorado Shakes, Performance Riverside, Burt Reynolds Theatre, Florida Stage Company and Birmingham Summerfest, among others. Publications include a book, The State Acting Academy of East Berlin, and articles in Theatre Journal, Western European Stages, Theatre Symposium, New Theatre Quarterly, Opera Journal, and Backstage West, among others. Formerly an Associate Professor of Theatre at California State University, San Bernardino, Steve served as circuit coordinator/board member for Region 8 of ACTF for four years. Steve is married to Barbie Sherrod Earnest (former UNA Lionette) and they have four children - Abigail, Stephen, Zachary and Mattie.

1972

Ron Homan - sndhl4@aol.com
Ron is teaching high school and operates a children's theatre company. He is also preparing to open a restaurant in the fall.

1959

Dr. Joseph W Douglass, Sr., Ph.D., DAPA - joseph.douglass@eu.dodea.edu
Joseph studied set design at UNA under Gladys Shepard. Joseph is now working in Aviano, Italy at Aviano Air Force Base as a Professional Counselor/Psychotherapist with his wife Victoria Jane (Cochrane) Douglass.

Thanks to all the graduates that have sent in their information. Please send the links to others that have not sent in their information, that we can list them on this page.