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MARTY AIKENS 
Marty teaches drama at North Springs Charter School in Atlanta and is pursuing a Masters in Education. He and alumnus TYLER OWEN founded Jack in the Black Box Theatre company and just finished a second year of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

CHRIS ANDERSON 
Chris is an Editorial Assistant at the American Library Association in Chicago.

JEFF ATKINS 
Jeff won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal in the World Premiere production of Clive Barkers’ In The Flesh at the Organic Theatre in Chicago. Jeff was a founding member of BroadAxe Theatre in Nashville and starred in its award-winning production of Maria Irene Fornes’ play Mud. Jeff recently produced the independent film “Green Corn”, written and directed by UTC Theatre alumnus, BRIAN CAGLE.

PAIGE LA GRONE BABCOCK 
Paige is a freelance writer in Nashville and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education.

WHITNEY BRITT 
Whitney is a Marketing Associate at Disney Theatrical Group in New York. She received her Masters degree in Arts Administration from City University of New York – Brooklyn College.

ASHANTI BROWN 
Ashanti was a member of the Apprentice Company at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. She is currently in the graduate acting program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

BRIAN CAGLE 
Brian received an MFA in Film Studies at Northwestern University and is currently teaching at Northwestern. His films include: Ruthie, No Incident, No Service, and Bikes + Bridges = Chicago, which won top prize in Nokia’s “My Chicago, My Neighborhood” film competition. Brian just wrapped his latest film Green Corn in July 2010.

LAURA COATES 
Laura worked at several theatres in Atlanta as a stage manager and costume assistant and is now pursuing a law degree at Georgia State University.

CARLENE HAYES CONWAY 
Carlene can often be seen on the stage at the Chattanooga Theatre Center and Shakespeare Chattanooga. She is also an instructional coach for the Hamilton County Department of Education.

RHYS DAWSON 
Rhys works as a sound engineer in Knoxville and recently completed a year touring China with 42ND STREET and was recently on tour with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, with Topol and Harvey Fierstein.

JEANNA DISNEY 
Jeanna works as Senior Agent for the International Music Festival in Boston.

KEVIN FARAGHER 
Kevin is finishing his MBA in May 2011. This past summer he was the Assistant to the Production Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C., as well as a house manager, events worker, and writer for DC Theatre Scene website.

GIST FINLEY 
Gist is a singer/songwriter who just released his album “The Alicia Hawkins Memorial” on ITunes.

NATHAN GREEN 
Nathan is currently working as a carpenter for the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. He has also worked for Georgia Shakespeare, the Alliance Theatre, and Actor’s Express. He plays in a band: www.afighttothedeath.com

DOREEN GREGORY 
Doreen runs spotlight at the Miracle Theatre in New York.

BETH GUMNICK 
Beth has directed numerous productions for the Chattanooga Theatre Center since 1993. She also teaches drama at Baylor School and is a painter. Her work can be seen at the Winder Binder Gallery.

ANDREW HARRIS 
Andrew is currently working with Theatre One in Louisville, KY as the Associate Artistic Director of Education.

DENNIS HASKINS 
Dennis is best known for his role as Principal Belding in Saved By the Bell. He recently guest starred on Men of a Certain Age and Neighborhood Watch.

MALCOLM HAYMES 
Malcolm was nominated for Chicago’s 2000 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director for his production of Laughter On the Twenty-Third Floor for Open Eye Productions. The production won the Jeff Award for Best Non-Equity Ensemble.

SHANI HEDDEN 
Shani is a musician and singer with the band The Naturals.

KAREN HENDERSON 
Karen has a MA in Film studies and teaches Film and Theatre Education here at UTC in the Department of Theatre and Speech.

SHANE HENDRIX 
Shane is a Chicago actor who has appeared in plays at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chopin Theatre and Bailiwick Repertory Company. Television credits include several episodes of “Walker Texas Ranger”.

BOB HOBGOOD 
Bob works at Chattanooga State Community College as the Technical Director/Auditorium Manager and is a member of the Chattanooga local IATSE union.

GAYE JEFFERS 
Gaye worked for many years in Chicago for the Goodman Theatre and as a freelance director. She worked as a music video writer and producer in Nashville before returning to graduate school at the University of Alabama. She is currently an Assistant Professor here at UTC in the Department of Theatre and Speech.

KRIS JONES
Kris is now teaching in the Professional Film and Television Training Program at Chattanooga State. He was the Production Designer on the documentary film: “Silver Wings & Civil Rights: the Fight to Fly".

LESLIE JORDAN 
Leslie is an actor and playwright best know for his Emmy Award-winning role as Beverley Leslie in Will And Grace. He also originated the role of “Brother Boy” in the play and film Sordid Lives. Leslie’s autobiographical one-man show My Trip Down the Pink Carpet opened off-Broadway at the Midtown Theatre In April 2010.

KANNON KEENE
Kannon is currently the Head Video engineer at Coke HQ in Atlanta. He has done extensive lighting design and production work and was the Production Manager for the Stone Mountain Highland Games for 2 years.

JESS KENYON 
Jess recently began her fourth season and 18th production at Chicago Shakespeare as a dresser. She also works in the Chicago Theatre scene as a props designer and assistant costume designer. She has been the wardrobe supervisor for the Short Shakespeare! School tour for the last four years.

KAREN KIDD 
While working in the banking industry, Karen has performed for several theatre companies in the Chicago area.

STEVEN KIDD
After six seasons of working at the Goodman Theatre as an electrician and carpenter, Steven has resumed his studies at Loyola University (Chicago).

MARGARET LEDFORD
Margaret is the Resident Director at the Promethean Theatre in Miami, Florida. She was nominated for the Carbonell Award for Best Director of a play for her production of Two Sisters and a Piano. Margaret has also worked at the historic Barter Theatre in Virginia and the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

ERIN LIBBY 
Erin recently starred in the independent film “Green Corn”, directed and written by fellow UTC Alum Brian Cagle and produced by UTC Alum Jeff Atkins.

DOUG MAY 
Doug recently directed South Pacific at the Tennessee Valley Theatre and has performed in numerous productions at the Chattanooga Theatre Center and the Chattanooga State Summer Repertory Company.

PATTI MCCLURE 
Patti is a professional actor, most recently seen in the title role in the National Tour of The Drowsy Chaperone. Other recent credits include: National tour of Little Women (Marmee), 1st National tour of The Wedding Singer (Rosie), 1st National tour of Oklahoma! (Aunt Eller) and 2nd Regional Premier of Midlife! The Crisis Musical (Woman #3).

LISA YEARGAN MCQUEEN 
Lisa has been the musical director and ensemble member at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago for over twenty years. Lisa has also served as musical director at Second City as well as Chicago Shakespeare. She also performs with the Jeanie Tanner Jazz Quartet and the Rolling Clones in Chicago.

BARBARA NELIGAN 
Barbara is a stand-up comedian working in clubs throughout the Southeast and Midwest. She also works as a freelance writer, with her highest profile credit being that epic drama, "Country's Most Shocking: The Story behind Southern Rock and Outlaw Country," which aired on CMT. (www.barbneligan.com)

ELENA NIKOLAEVA 
Elena is currently working as a graphic designer and office manager at EGO Systems Inc. in Chattanooga TN. She also occasionally participates in improv rehearsals with That Would Be Silly.

TYLER OWEN is currently at Oxford on a Fulbright.

MICHAEL PALA 
Michael teaches Theatre Arts at Soddy Daisy High School.

ED PARRY 
Ed works in Atlanta as a news writer for CNN.

DEANNA M. PRATHER 
Deanna is a free-lance costume designer and theatre arts teacher. Her work as been seen in costumes for productions at Georgia Shakespeare Company, True Colors Theatre Company, Theatre Mercado, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center. Deanna teaches acting classes for tweens at Chattanooga Theatre Centre. She is sole proprietor/designer of Design DeeVine, a custom clothing source, and Retro Mercantile, an artisan collective.

JOLIE RUNYON FINKBINER
Jolie is the Program Coordinator and grant writer at the Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center. She is also the director of the Children’s Theatre Project as well as an actor and director in local community theatre productions in Robinson, Illinois.

KIMBERLY SHUMAN 
Kimberly is currently pursuing a Masters in English at Chapman University in Los Angeles

JAYETTA BENEFIELD SLAWSON 
Jayetta received her PhD in Performance Studies from New York University and is currently teaching at Southeastern Louisiana University.

STEVEN SMITH
Having toured with a Nation Tour of Cats as a flyman/carpenter, Steven is continuing his studies in Engineering at UTC.

LYDIA SPOONER 
Lydia is currently pursuing a Masters in Education at UVA Falls Church. Prior to that she worked as a props designer at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington D.C. and for the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.

BROOKE WARD 
Brooke is an occupational therapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

AMBER WILLIAMS 
Amber completed an MFA from Ohio University and is currently working in the costume shop at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

BEN WILLIAMS 
Ben lives in New York City, where he is a member of Elevator Repair Service Theater and often performs with the Wooster Group. He has performed with Elevator Repair Service nationally and internationally since 2004 and is currently performing in GATZ at the Public Theatre in New York. (www.elevator.org and www.thewoostergroup.org)

BRENDA MCCANN WINSTEAD 
Brenda has an MFA in costume design from the University of Connecticut and was the design assistant on staff at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre for two years. She has been freelance designing in Chicago since 2007. Other design credits include work in Boston, New York and Wisconsin.

ANNIE YORK 
Annie is currently an actor in Atlanta, having completed the intern program at Actors’ Express, where she performed in NEW CENTURY, SLASHER, and DISASSEMBLY. Her credits include work with Synchronicity Theatre and Stage Door Players, as well.

ANDREW ZIMMERMAN 
Andrew is currently based in New York and was recently nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for his work with the Babel Theatre Project. Selected acting credits include Romeo and Juliet at Allentown Shakespeare, The Euthanasist at Manhattan Rep and Things Beyond Our Control at the Grid Theatre. He is also a finance associate for Theatre for a New Audience.

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