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M.F.A. in Design and/or Technology
Andrew Carson is an M.F.A. candidate in Lighting Design. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Production Design – Lighting Design from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Notable professional designs include The Full Monty, The Spitfire Grill, Steel Magnolias, The Unexpected Guest, and The Moon Over Buffalo (in the Northeast) as well as Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Ordinary Days, Pippin, and A Chorus Line (in Atlanta). Professional Awards include the 2011 BroadwayWorld Award for Best Lighting Design in a Regional Theatre, and the 2012 The Suzi Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. carsonlighting.com
Yi-Tai Chung, originally from Taiwan, received his B.F.A. degree from Taipei National University of the Arts and is currently enrolled in the lighting design program at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been working as a freelance lighting designer, technician, and stage manager in theatre productions in Taiwan for the past five years. He specializes in mixing different lighting sources such as LED, moving, and fluorescent lighting to create a suitable atmosphere for a particular scene. As demonstrated in his portfolio, he has established his own unique way of lighting design utilizing varied sources as a creative approach. He is also currently exploring opportunities to strengthen his current design style.
Camryn DeWet (Scene Design) attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her designs for Vive Les Arts Theatre include And Then there Were None and Legally Blonde. She worked as a film set dresser for Last Girl Standing and Bioshock Infinite both with Blue Goggles Productions. She worked as an assistant technical director for Vive Les arts and Glow Lyric Theatre before deciding to return to graduate school.
Elliot Gardner (Scene Design) hails from Penn State University where he designed Spring Awakening. Gardner is interested in design for haunted houses and received the Oliver Smith award for his design for Dead State Haunted House. He also designed for The Rage of Stage Players, Throughline Theatre and Keystone Oak High School.
Caitlyn Graham (Costume Design) graduated from Elon College in North Carolina where she designed 12 productions and currently lives in New York City. She is best known as a spokesperson for The Chicken of the Sea National Campaign and Tour. She assisted Tony Walton on The Great American Mousical directed by Julie Andrews and performed at Goodspeed Opera House. She designed a clothing line for people living with Type 1 Diabetes and has worked at The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.
Jon Haas (Integrated Media for Live Performance) holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts, Minor in Anthropology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Haas is a multi-disciplinary artist whose interests and passions have led him through the realm of theater, film, dance, studio art, anthropology and social justice. He was awards for the designs for Best of Enemies and Nocturne and for the multi-media production of Secrets I Never Told My Mother. His Art piece Moment exhibited in Praxis and James Franco’s MONA: The Museum of Non-Visible Art show (2011). He was a Contributing Videographer for the award-nominated documentary Life in a Day (2011) produced by Ridley Scott.
Alex Hanna (Lighting Design) previously went to the University of Northern Colorado and has worked at The Little Theatre of the Rockies designed extensively at University of North Colorado but also brings along skills in stage management and carpentry. He has seven years of flute performance and is fluent in music theory.
Bruno-Pierre Houle is a first year M.F.A. Candidate in Scenic Design. Originally from Montreal, Canada, he earned a B.F.A. in Film Production from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema where he fell in love with production design. This lead him to complete a B.F.A. in Theatre Design at Concordia University. His work in film and theatre design has brought him to experiment with the differences and similarities that can exist between these two worlds. Recent works include art direction for the feature film Sarah Prefers to Run and scenic design for the play The Islands of Love (D.B. Clarke Theatre). He is excited to continue exploring design with UT's great theatre community!
Ananda Keator (Costume Technology) went to Florida State University but has spent more than a decade working in the Theatrical Costuming industry. Her professional credits are vast and include stints at Wolf Trap Opera, Folger Theatre and Parson-Meares Ltd in NYC. At Parsons-Meares she laid hands on some of the great designs and productions happening in NYC and around the world.
Michael Krauss is a Scenic Design M.F.A. candidate, hailing from North Carolina. He received his B.A. in Theatre Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Through his teaching Technical Theatre, he discovered his love for scenic design, and was lucky enough to be given opportunities to design shows for local theatres and learn more about his craft. During his interview with The University of Texas at Austin at his URTAs in New York, it became clear that this was the place for him to continue his learning, and he is very excited to be working alongside such brilliant colleagues and learning from some distinguished professionals.
Jacqueline Landsman is an M.F.A. candidate in the Costume Technology program. Jacqueline got her start in costuming at California State University Northridge. After graduation she joined the opening team for Universal Studios Singapore, in which she supervised the costume technology department for two years. From there she opened the world tour of DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular as part of the wardrobe and dragon skin team. Upon returning to the US she has worked as a stitcher and first hand for PCPA Theatrefest in California and has been running her own business designing and fabricating handmade wool felt toys.
Chain-ann Lu is an M.F.A. candidate in Lighting Design. He received his B.A. from National Taiwan University. He has been working in theatre as a freelancer, including lighting design, moving light programming, and as a master electrician for 7 years. Previous projects include work with productions such as Cats, Jekyll and Hyde, and Fuerzabruta, as well as work with performance artsits such as William Forsythe. He has extensive experience in theatrical lighting and an interest in photography.
Robert Mallin (Integrated Media for Live Performance) holds a B.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal Canada. He also has a CEGEP degree in Creative Arts with a focus on Film and Television. He was the designer for the startup company Lifelong Productions. He won a Frankie Award for Best Production Design for his work with Lifelong. He also works as an Emergency Medical Technician in a hospital in Montreal.
Mercedes McCleary (Lighting Design) graduated from Sam Houston State where she won awards for her designs of Our Town and Can't Help Loving. She has worked at Texas Repertory Theatre, Midland Community Theatre and Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. She is fluent in Spanish and MIG welding.
Lirit Pendell (Costume Design) went to Earlham College in Pennsylvania where she graduated with college and departmental honors. Pendell was the Theatre Club president and a Teaching Assistant in the costume shop. She designed for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Studio10 Richmond Civic and the Wilkinson Theatre. She has a wide range of skills including custom jewelry (enameling, plate metal and wire, stone setting).
Alison Reid graduated from New College of Florida in 2009 with a concentration in Literature and Theatre. She is a costumer with professional experience creating costumes for the Sarasota Opera and Florida Studio Theatre. Alison also has experience in the softgoods department at Feld Entertainment’s Hagenbeck-Wallace Prop and Scenic Shop. While at Feld, Alison worked on Disney on Ice and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. After moving to Austin in 2012, Alison worked at the ZACH Theatre as the Assistant to the Director of Production. Alison is thrilled to be an M.F.A. candidate in Costume Technology at UT!
Emily Robertson received her B.A. degree in theatre, with an emphasis in costume technology and design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May of 2010. After graduation, Emily spent the 2010/11 season as the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s costume intern. Emily has also had the privilege of working with Triad Stage, American Players Theatre, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Emily is thrilled to be a part of the UT community, and excited to see what the next three years will bring.
When not covered in thread and toting snips, Emily’s hobbies include everything Agatha Christie, thinking up recipes for her vegan cooking blog, as much yoga as possible, tea, and voracious reading.
Kelly Ruiz started her costuming career through cosplay in 2001. She has
been making and designing costumes ever since and moved into live
performance through her love of musical theater. She found her passion
for costume design there and graduated from the University of California,
Irvine, in 2012, with her Bachelor's in Drama and an honors in Costume
Design and Technology. She has designed and worked on many shows in the
Orange County and Los Angeles area including No Square Theater's
Lagunatics, Robert Cohen's, Waiting for Godot, Stella Adler's School
for Acting's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream, the Rogue Theater
Artist's D is for Dog, Dance at UC Irvine, and many more. Wigs and
makeup have also found there way into her eclectic life through
internships at South Coast Repertory with Jehann Gilman and produciton on
shows. She is ecstatic to join the amazing team that is UT.
Kelsey Vidic is an M.F.A. candidate in the Design and Technology program with a focus in costume design. Her undergraduate degree was a B.A. in Theatre with the Florida State University. She recently arrived from Santa Fe, NM where she was working in the costume shop for the Santa Fe Opera in her second season with the company. Other notable internships included fashion design with Patricia Gomez-Gracia in London, the costume shop with the Janiec Opera Company in North Carolina, and also an internship with STAGES St. Louis. She is so excited to be attending the University of Texas at Austin and can't wait to get started collaborating with the incredible students and faculty.
Kristen Weller comes to the University of Texas at Austin from Minnesota, where she attended Gustavus Adolphus College and received an Honors B.A. in Theatre, emphasis Costume Design & Technology, and a minor in Music. She has had the privilege of working in the costume shops of The Guthrie, The Minnesota Opera, VEE Corporation, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, and The Santa Fe Opera. She is currently working on her thesis project, in which she is designing and constructing multi-functional, proximity-sensing, micro-computer-controlled dancewear.
Marika Wynne (Costume Technology) graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dance performance. She worked as a first hand, stitcher or craftsperson for many venues including Glimmerglass, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Theatre Three, Prism Co. and Cara Mia Theatre co. She was a stitcher and craftsperson for the Tyler Rose Festival and the Wardrobe Supervisor for Shakespeare Dallas.