Theatre Arts

Sewanee: The University of the South

Alumni

Life After Sewanee

One of the most important questions that students and parents ask about the theatre is: "What are the opportunities for a Sewanee graduate in theatre arts?"

Justyna Kelley

Justyna Kelley

Justyna Kelley was born and raised in Nashville, TN. From a very young age, she knew that wanted to follow in the footsteps of her mother, a singer/songwriter, and her aunt, an actress. In 2007, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Theatre and French and moved to Los Angeles to carve out her career as a pop artist. Following recent tours up the west coast and across the US and Europe, opening for artists like Gary Morris, Reba McEntyre and David Hallyday, Justyna has signed with a new French management company, Crypta Productions. She is currently living in Paris and working on two new projects, one of which will be her second album, due out in January 2013.

Anson Mount

Anson Mount

Anson Mount ('95) currently stars in the critically-acclaimed AMC series "Hell on Wheels". Other film and TV credits include “Tully,” “Cook County,” on which he also served as producer, and Rod Lurie’s “Line of Fire” for ABC. Anson made the finalist list for the American Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Center in 2008 for his full length play, "Atomic City", and won the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Prize for his one act play "Love Liza?" He is also the author of "Colonus" detailing the friendship and collaboration of Charles Laughton and Bertolt Brecht, as well at the screenplays "Pure Fantasy" and co author of "Hysteria," both of which are currently in development. Born in White Bluff, Tennessee, Mount holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Columbia University, where he now serves as an Associate Adjunct Professor.

Jana Mestecky

Jana Mestecky

Jana Mestecky graduated from Sewanee in 1995 with a double major in Theatre and French. Currently, Jana is working with Pulitzer-nominated playwright Richard Vetere, producing and playing a leading role in one of his unpublished plays while also rehearsing a Tennessee Williams’ project with director Stuart Vaughan, Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Park in New York. She has studied at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and Théâtre des Cinquantes in Paris, France, and The Actors Studio in New York City. Jana holds an MFA in Acting and is a member of all three professional unions (AEA, SAG, AFTRA).

Charles Fiore

Charles Fiore

Charles “LC” Fiore (c ’00) is the author of Green Gospel (Livingston Press, 2011). His short fiction has appeared in Folio, MAKE, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Wascana Review, among others. His short story, “No Wake Zone,” was anthologized in Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short Short Stories (Persea Books, 2011), and his short story, “Skin & Ink,” is forthcoming in an anthology from Main Street Rag in the fall of 2012. He is the communications coordinator for the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Megan Jackson Sukys

Megan Jackson Sukys

Megan Jackson Sukys graduated from Sewanee in 1995 with a BA in Theatre Arts. She worked as both a regional theatre stage manager and a children's theatre actor before moving into radio. Megan now hosts and produces in-depth interviews, personal documentary stories and cultural programming as Executive Producer of the public radio program "KUOW Presents" at KUOW in Seattle. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband, her son and her daughter.

John Swasey

John Swasey

John ('87) is currently living in Houston, Texas with his wife, Dena, and three children where he has been the voice of numerous projects including commercials, industrial narrations, audio books, video games, and anime. According to Anime News Network, John is the most prolific male voice in North America. John's TV credits include "Friday Night Lights", "Chase", and "Walker, Texas Ranger". In addition to his acting work, John is also involved in producing videos for corporate and non-profit clients.

Nick Sullivan

Nick Sullivan

Nick Sullivan (c. '90) is appearing on Broadway in the musical NEWSIES. Previously, he was featured on Broadway in FOOTLOOSE, BLACK COMEDY, and MOLIERE COMEDIES and Off-Broadway in LONE STAR LOVE. He has performed roles at the Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, Cleveland Play House, Goodspeed Opera House, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Cumberland County Playhouse, and the New York Shakespeare Festival. His television work includes "30 Rock", "The Good Wife", "Spin City", "All My Children", and all three flavors of "Law and Order". Nick is an award winning narrator of audiobooks having narrated nearly 400 titles.

Kate Roark

Kate Roark

Kate Roark is an Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Houston-Downtown, and previously, she taught at Illinois Wesleyan University. She earned a B.A. in Theatre from the University of the South in 1995, and later earned both an A.M. and Ph.D. in Theatre History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kate’s most recent article, “The Yankee-mad Stage: Stage Yankees and Slavery in the 1820s,” was published in the New England Theatre Journal in November, 2011. Kate has also published “‘People Who Went to Ridicule Remained to Admire:’ Ira Aldridge, Stephen Price, and the 1828 Coburg Theatre Lawsuit.” in the 2007 book Querying Difference in Theatre History.

Raymond McAnally

Raymond McAnally

Raymond McAnally '01 received his MFA in acting from Rutgers University and has appeared in the National Tour of Defending the Caveman; off-Broadway in God's Ear; and in The Foreigner at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Long Wharf. His television credits include Law and Order SVU, 30 Rock, Royal Pains, Boardwalk Empire, and Nurse Jackie. His films work includes roles in I Don't Know How She Does It, God's Behaving Badly, and Ghost Town. Raymond is also an actor and writer for the online comedy video site, Daily Fiber Films.

Jon Morris

Jon Morris

Jon Morris graduated from Sewanee as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and subsequently created and performed with Fuerzabruta, Cirque du Soleil, The Metropolitan Opera, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Robert Wilson, Patrice Chereau, Jay Scheib, Aszure Barton, Tina Landau, Diavolo Dance Theater, Orphean Circus, Spymonkey, Guthrie Theatre, La MaMa, Philippe Gualier, David Michalek, and Fabulous Monsters. Jon has been an artist in residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and LaMaMa ETC. He is currently Founder and Creative Director of The Windmill Factory (TWF) which produces interactive installations including The Wedge, Reflecting the Stars, TINAP, and Balloon Vortex, Boa Video Wall. TWF has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, WIRED, Dwell, Paper, and Inhabitat. www.thewindmillfactory.com | www.jonmorris.biz

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