Stephens College Performing Arts has a strong national reputation (over many decades) because of the impact our alumni have on stage and screen, behind the camera, curtain, and as contributing members of the arts and entertainment industry.

Following is a partial list of performing arts alumni and their accomplishments. 

 

Becca Ayers

Actress (Broadway's 1776, My Fair Lady, The Addams Family, South Pacific, Les Miserables, Avenue Q)

 

Heather Ayers

Actress (Broadway's Groundhog Day, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, A Little Night Music, Young Frankenstein)

 

Stephanie Beatriz '02

Actress (In the Heights, Encanto, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Short Term 12)

Stephanie Beatriz headshot (used with permission)The network of Stephens is strong. 

Don’t be afraid to reach out in your city! When I lived in New York, there were some amazing Stephens alumnae who took me under their wings, fed me when I was struggling and celebrated with me when I began booking jobs. ... My greatest and most rewarding friendships and collaborations have been with Stephens alumnae.”
Stephanie Beatriz '02

Savannah Bell

Lighting designer, Ballet Hispanico

 

Christopher Bowe '12

Assistant Technical Director at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

 

Carlos Carrasco

Broadway, television, film and video game actor

 

Scott Cavin '89, MFA Illinois State College

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Chadron State College; Scenic and Lighting Designer, Technical Director and Production Manager

 

Alex Clayton '13

Dancer, Paul Taylor Dance Co.

 

Judith Chapman

Actress (As the World Turns, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives)

 

Chris Cooper

Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor

 

Joan Crawford

Broadway, film and television actress

 

Brandon PT Davis '10, MFA University of California, Irvine

Scenic designer for more than 90 productions across the U.S.; Stephens College Guest Artist (2021-2022)

 

Roger Desmond '03

Staging Supervisor and Technical Director (Broadway's Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, and NBC's live productions of The Sound of the Music and The Wiz)

 

Missy Doty

Actress (True Blood, Shameless, Sideways, American Horror Story)

 

Brianna Firestone

Director of Marketing, Insights & Strategy at Denver Center for the Performing Arts

 

Susan Flannery

Actress (The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives)

 

Alexander Freer '11, MFA California Institute of the Arts

Lighting Designer

 

Craig Gabrian

Executive Director, Young Dancers in Repertory, Brooklyn, NY

 

Francisco Graciano

Dancer, Choreographer, Educator, Photographer, Paul Taylor Dance Co.

 

Colleen Grate '08
Actor (National Tour debut: My Fair Lady. New York: Camelot (Lincoln Center), Louisiana Purchase (Musicals Tonight!), Dangerous to Dance With (Dream Up Festival). Regional: Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, KC Starlight Theatre, New Theatre Restaurant, American Heartland Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse, Chestnut Fine Arts, Okoboji Summer Theater)

 

Jennie Greenberry

Actor (Oregon Shakespeare, Guthrie Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Resident Artist at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA

 

Tammy Grimes

Tony Award-winning actress and singer (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Private Lives)

 

Ashley Harrison '05

Costume designer for film, dance and theatre; cutter/draper at Columbia Performing Arts Centre

 

Brandy Lee Hatcher

Health and Safety Supervisor, The Walt Disney Company

 

Cami Huebert '12

Instructor of Costume Technology, University of Alabama; First Hand, Utah Shakespeare Festival

 

John Lampe

New York-based actor and director

 

Mariah Lee '13 
Actor (Broadway: To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: I’m Sorry (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Kenny’s Tavern, Interior (59e59), HORSE GIRLS (the cell). Regional: Robin Hood (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Crimes of the Heart, The Liar (Okoboji Summer Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Southwest Shakespeare Company). Film: The Real American. TV: "City on a Hill", “Law & Order: SVU”, “Untitled Jenny Lumet Pilot.”

 

Buffie Main

Director, Alley Repertory Theatre

 

Katie McKellar

Production director, Theatre22 (Seattle, WA); has worked with Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, Sound Theatre Company,  Annex Theatre, Book-It Repertory and The Satori Group

 

Susie McMonagle

Actress (national Broadway tours and many shows in the Chicago market)

 

Karyn Meek '95

Production Stage Manager (National Tours for Disney's The Lion King, Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, The Drowsy Chaperone, and 9 to 5; Broadway's Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812); Stage Manager (Broadway's Rent, Fiddler on the Room, Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf, and Elf)

Karyn Meek headshotWhen I first started, women in the technical fields were a rarity. However, at Stephens, there was never a question of what I could accomplish because of my gender. That fundamental premise allowed me to develop a strong sense of empowerment. The other thing that makes Stephens an incredible place is the personal attention that the faculty are able to give each student.

Karyn Meek '95

Elizabeth Mitchell

Television, film and theatre actress (Lost, V, Revolution, Dead of Summer, Once Upon A Time, The Expanse, The Purge: Election Year, Answers to Nothing, Santa Clause)

 

Herbert Moore '08

Scenery technician at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX

 

Carrie Nye

Television and film actress

 

Annie Potts 

Actress (Young Sheldon, Toy Story, Designing Women, Pretty in Pink, Ghostbusters)

 

Jacob Sampson '13

Prop Shop Foreman and Carpenter/Fabricator, The Old Globe in San Diego, CA

 

Daniel Schultz, MFA FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Acting Training

Writer, actor, director and arts administrator; former artistic director of the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville

 

G. Benjamin Swope '03, MFA NYU Tisch Design for Stage and Film

 

Manny Tamayo '98

Playwright, director and production manager; former artistic director, Factory Theatre, Chicago, IL

 

Judy Doyen Taylor '73

Senior vice president of casting and talent relations at the Disney Channel

 

Mark Taylor '73, MFA United States International University

Actor (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; Innerspace; Arachnophobia; Homeward Bound)

 

Jennifer Tilly

Film and television actress (Bride of Chucky and more in the Child's Play franchise, Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Family Guy)

 

Dawn Wells

Television, film and theatre actress (Gilligan's Island, second national tour of Neil Simon's Chapter Two, second national tour of They're Playing Our Song)

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