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A Look at Former JSU Art Students Now

By Liz Gunnels
News Bureau

JACKSONVILLE -- November 19, 2001 -- Jacksonville State University's Drama Department recently put out a "call" to many former students to find out how well they're doing in their careers. Here are a few responses.

"If they could see me now..."

  • Fabio Pires (summa cum laude & Honors, '01) has been accepted to Florida Repertory Theatre's 2001-2002 Intern Team. It is an honor to be selected to this program--only six grads were accepted to this program this year.

  • Jan Penland McArthur (magna cum laude in English and Drama, '99) finished her Master's in the English Department at JSU in December 2000. She has been teaching as an adjunct at Delgado Community College in the "Big Easy."

  • Jose Alba (Drama, '99) is living in West Hollywood and graduated from film school last year. He just got back from Asia where he directed a film KAPALARAN. He has produced two films, SABANNGA and TOP MODEL, and also MOURNING EVE. He is currently producing a film called NINA.

  • Jason Shaffer (Drama, '01) is married to the former Lori Hollingsworth ('00) of Jacksonville. They are now living in Montgomery where he is working for Electronic Engineers.

  • Lesley Gray (cum laude in both Drama and English, '98) has begun her third and final year in the graduate program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She now has an agent and recently did a commercial and print for Bioguard swimming pools. The ads are to appear in May of 2002.

  • Chrissy Millwood ('01) is working in Gadsden. She will be appearing in TOG's production, THE BELLE OF AMHEARST.

  • Tim Prestridge (cum laude, '01) is working in New Hampshire with the Hampstead Players, a touring children's theatre. He will be doing A CHRISTMAS CAROL and OLIVER.

  • Stephanie Crossman (cum laude, '00) has stage-managed several shows in the Seattle/Tacoma, Washington area. She managed THE MUSIC MAN at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

  • Todd and Mishia Edwards (both '96) are in Omaha, Nebraska where Todd is Assistant Professor of Design at the University of Nebraska.

  • Jason St. John ('97) is now the Assistant Technical Director/Scene Shop Supervisor at Birmingham Southern College.

  • Angi Millwood ('91) is still in Florida at Disney where she is "talking to the animals." Her latest charges are two baby white rhinos and cheetahs at Disney's Animal Kingdom. She is planning a trip to Africa and is considering a move to San Diego in the next few years.

  • Joyce Tate (summa cum laude, '90) is living with her family in Knoxville where she directs a day care center. She says she uses her drama degree a lot when she has to deal with parents and has to "ACT" sweet. She does use her drama degree in storytelling and scenery, prop, and costume construction.

  • Johnny Self, (Drama, '93) began a career in radio shortly after gradution and performed in some productions in Birmingham. He attended graduate school at UCLA. He has opened a small advertising agency and has performed in over 40 TV commercials (3 national) and done over 100 radio commercials for clients throughout the nation. His message was to "tell your students that voice is important."

  • Kim Kinsey ('98) is now located in Costa Mesa, California where she is Front House Manager for the South Coast Repertory Theatre. This follows several years of similar duties at McArter Theatre in New Jersey and a year in Switzerland as an au pair.

  • Rene Humphrey (cum laude in both Drama and English, '96) began law school at SMU in August.

  • Phil Pyle ('93) is still working for Sony/Columbia in their public relations department. He recently got married and through our e-mail correspondence discovered another JSU grad living only a few miles from him.

  • Don Elliott ('93) is the grad living near Phil. He and his new wife Noelle, a recent drama graduate from Loyola Marymount University, are currently residing in Los Angeles.

  • Virginia Cusimano, ('94) is now married and living in Birmingham and working at the McWane Center. She says that daughter Grayson "seems to be Broadway Bound already."

  • Kathryn Polka Clark ('93) is another JSU grad living in Knoxville. She and her husband are busy being parents to their two year-old daughter, Emma. Kathryn still sees playwriting in her future and writes when time permits.

    Tina Seals Boitnott ('91) received her MS in Counselor Education at JSU in 1996. She is currently the Assistant Director of Career Services Center at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

  • Eric Traynor ('86) is still in Greensboro, North Carolina where he runs the Storybook Theatre Company. He is constantly writing new plays for children and has been to Jacksonville to appear in several of his shows for Taste of the Town Summer Children's Theatre.

  • Shannon DeWitt ('96) was a drama minor who was very active both on-stage and in the background. He and his wife live in Atlanta where he works for Electronic Data Systems. He works on contracts from his company to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He says he misses theatre and one day "will make a grand return."

  • Eric Key attended JSU between 1983 and 1991. He and his wife live in Los Angeles. Key says "I am now considered a screen writer because I will be getting paid to do it!"

  • Whitt Brantley, who attended JSU between 1983 and 1987, is now living near Agnes Scott College in Atlanta.

  • Jeanne Carden attended JSU between 1987 and 1992 and graduated in 1999 from Florida State, where she remained on the Dean's list every semester. She is currently the Buisness manager for Breakers Restaurant in Panama City, Florida.

  • Whit Davies, who attended JSU between 1974 and 1978, is living in Dalton, Georgia. He is teaching classes for a teen theatre group there.

  • Meredith Morris (Music, '99) is now located in Essex Juction, Vermont, and loving it. She is finishing her master's degree in music and is also involved in musicals.


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