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Year End Party 2022
Reed Theatre end of year party, spring 2022.

Class of 2023

  • “Lean in, Engage, and Maybe Die”: A Critical Analysis of the Haunting World of Horror Theatre - Aaron Berlau (directing)
  • Wild Boars Won't Let Me Sleep: A Study of Immersive Theatre - Anna Hendrickson (design)
  • Virtual Reality and Theatre: Defining Lenses Through Which to Understand Virtual Reality Theatre and Audience Relationships - Ian Silverman (design)
  • "O Fortunate Citizens, Bear Witness": Staging Memory and Performing Spectatorship in Antigone Furiosa - Sizheng Song (puppetry, design)
  • Not Another Hideous Progeny: Frankenstein, Adaptation, and the Theatre - William Stevens (directing)

Class of 2022

  • The “Theatre Bug”: An Analysis of Contagious Disease in Theatre - James Caponera (theatre history)
  • Theatrical Alchemy Against Capitalist Realism - Alice Irvin (devising/directing)
  • Designing in Motion: Dreaming Towards an Anticapitalist Scenic Design Practice - Ara Manoogian (design)
  • Theatre in the Metaverse - Zoe Watch (design)
  • The Language of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Spoonful of Jam - Gabe Wilkie-Rogers (theatre criticism)
  • "At this point the audience must no longer know what is happening": Postdramatic Memory and the Embodiment of Ambiguous Loss in Marguerite Duras' Savannah Bay (1982-3) - Thalia Wolff (theatre-lit, directing)

Class of 2021

  • Approaching the Absurd: A Physical Theatre-Based Acting Methodology for Theatre of the Absurd - Kieran Andrews (acting)
  • Rehearsing Reality: An Investigation into Split Discs, Cell Migration, and the Power of Forum Theatre - Eva Licht (theatre/biology)
  • "Could you ask as much from any other man?”: Religious Ritual, Musical Theater, and the Cost of Creation - Maria Wilkerson (performance studies)

Class of 2020

  • Our Beds Are Islands: Creating Queer Intimacy Through Physical Theatre In The Age Of Streaming Media - Saga Darnell (theatre/dance)
  • Physical Theatre As An Approach To Staging Gender - Index Marcus (theatre history and performance studies)
  • The Practice Of Being Together: An Investigation Of Audience Participation In The Theatre - Abby Shrader (directing)
  • Life As It Is, Not As It Should Be: Stanislavski, Brecht, and their Commensurability through Man of La Mancha - Chris Wolfe (theatre history)

Class of 2019

  • The Familiar in a New Way: A Study of Adaptation - Sophie Bolomet (playwriting)
  • "Of what use is it to be beautiful?": Costuming the Artificial Body - Emily Brod (costume design)
  • Home: An Argument for Radical Intimacy through Food, Installation, and Performance - Juliana Cable (theatre/art)
  • The Song Cycle: An Argument for an Interdisciplinary, Evocative, and Postdramatic Theatre - Ryan Gamblin (playwriting/devising)
  • What Binds Us: Forsaken Violence Against the Sacred and the Mundane in the Western Theatrical Canon - Joshua J. Golsan (design)
  • In the Black Box: Labor, Power, and Structure in Theatrical Production - Jack Jackson (playwriting/devising)
  • All These Moments Will Be Lost in Time: A Framework for Understanding Live Cinema - Liam Mitchell (performance studies)
  • Transformed and Reborn into New Color, No Longer Blending In: An Exploration of Open Text Playwriting to Redefine the Creative Process - John Mulholland (playwriting)

Class of 2018

  • Magic Made Manifest: Using Magical Realist Playwriting to Articulate Space and Place - Alison Fortune (theatre/literature)
  • The Secret Life of Puppets: Ritual Aspects of Puppetry - Violet McAfee (design/directing)
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Gayer: The Rock Musical as a Reach towards Queer Utopia - Somerset Thompson (playwriting)
  • Mysterious, Inchoate, and Out of Sight: the Queer Directorial Process - Xiola Watt-Acciacca (directing)
  • Moving Between Nightshade and Sunlight: Transformative and Violent Representations of Disability in Performance and Protest - Autumn Wheeler (performance studies)

Class of 2017

  • The Short Play: A Brief Moment in a Radical Structure - Aziza Azfal (playwriting)
  • Color's Queer Bent: the Aesthetics of Queer Performance - Ry Burke (design)
  • From theater to shining theatre?: Melodrama Audiences, Naturalism, and Napoleon - Michael Wilder Frazel (playwriting)
  • Your Play is Charming, but Nobody Can Understand Any of It: Directing "Evittarran" Theatre to Engage Audiences - Jake Gonnella (directing)
  • This Must Be the Place: Devising As A Device For Fostering and Fracturing Folklore - Ashlin Hatch (theatre/literature)
  • There is Nothing Funnier Than Unhappiness: Balancing Humor with Suffering Using Repetition in Playwriting and the Works of Samuel Beckett - Sean Key-Ketter (playwriting)
  • Sueños Americanos: An American Dream Counterhegemonic Narrative Strategies of Queer Performers of Color - Sidra Morgan-Montoya (dance/theatre)

Class of 2016

  • Call to Me: An Analysis of Voice Acting in Context and Practice - Laurent Drui (voice acting)
  • Gendering Strangers: Why, How, and Why Not - Liz Groombridge (theatre/psychology)
  • The Rupture Begins: Breaking Down Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis - Jordan Jozwik (directing)
  • Things Weren't Just Things After That: An Analysis of Transgressive Touch in the Plays of Naomi Wallace- Zoe Rosenfeld (directing)
  • The Ecological Niche of Theater in Collective Liberation - Kevin Snyder (theatre history)
  • Sound Design: A Systems Approach - Alexander Swann (design)
  • (Em)Body Utopia: Constructing and Deconstructing the Performance of Patriarchy in Regency Romance - Brianna Walker (devising/design)
  • Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: Racial Transcendence and Racial Transgression in the American Musical - Fiona Wiedermann (performance studies)

Class of 2015

  • Listen Well: an examination of the relationship between literary and theatrical narratives through a devised theatrical adaptation of Kevin Brockmeier's "The Year of Silence" - Leah Artenian (directing)
  • Who Killed B.B. Homemaker?: Normative and Critical Whiteness in Beyoncé's Music Videos - Willamae Boling (performance studies)
  • Indescribably Magic: A Comparison of Theatrical and Filmic Treatments of A Midsummer Night's Dream - Isobel Bradbury (dramatic literature/adaptation)
  • Half-Lights and Profound Shadows: Towards A Theatre of Relationships - Meghan Comer (directing)
  • To Passion Sorrow Clings: Adaptations of Kieu, The Vietnamese National Poem - Sophia Dunn - Walker(directing/adaptation)
  • Here, Now: Immersion and Interactivity in Live Performance Events - Marisa Kanai (scenography)
  • A Physical Trust: In Influence of Narrative on Circus Performers' Relationships - Claire Lewis (performance studies)
  • Public Bodies, Private Lives: The Development and Contributions of the Early Modern Commedia dell'Arte Actress - Helena Pennington (theatre history)
  • Philology Leads to Disaster: The Role of Physical Acting in Absurdist Plays - Gracie Rittenberg (directing)
  • Live the Thing: Stanislavski's Psychophysical Technique at Work in the Plays of Eugene Ionesco - Colin Trevor (acting)

Class of 2014

  • Gradations of Self: Autobiographical Solo Performance and the Utopian Performative - Corinne Bachaud (solo performance)
  • A Play is Not Only So But Also: Aesthetic Immediacy and the Structure of the Dramatic Narrative in the Theatre of Gertrude Stein - Alan Cline (directing)
  • Laughter and Liberation in "The Successful Life of 3" by Maria Irene Fornes - Walker Holden (directing)
  • Lend Me Your Ears: Audiological Effects on Audience Experience - Jennifer Lindell (sound design)
  • Bodies and Boundaries: Set Designs for Slaughter City and The Fever Chart - Deirdre Quirk (set design)
  • Salomé/Salome: Representations of Desire in Wilde's Play and Strauss's Opera - Alex Marne Smith (design)
  • "For the Sake of Harmony:" An Original Play and an Examination of Representing Consciousness in Theatre - Rebecca Thurber (playwriting)

Class of 2013

  • The Rocky Horror No Picture Show - Tristan Nieto (directing); Arion Russell (costume design)
  • Shakespeare As We Like It - Lisa Henderson (acting)
  • The Suede Jacket by Stanislav Stratiev - Elizabeth Dinkova (directing)
  • BRB - Autumn Dobbins (design)
  • The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca - Andrew Brown (directing)

Class of 2012

  • Shakuntala: An Indian Fairytale - Indumathi Manohar (directing)
  • On the Ropes: Exploring the Technical Body - Claire Thomforde-Garner (choreography)
  • The Fantastical Genderfuck Circus - Erika Irene Kurth (directing)
  • One Flea Spare - Kenji Yoshikawa (acting) 

Class of 2011

  • James Joyce's "The Dead" - Stephen Bennett (acting)
  • Proustonomy - Dominic Finocchiaro (directing)
  • Horror, or Her Mirror - Rosalie Lowe (directing), Ariana Karp (acting)
  • The Glass Menagerie - Morgan Zimmerman (design)

Class of 2010

  • The Miss Firecracker Contest - Jessamyn Fitzpatrick (acting)
  • I Have Tasted Air Above the Clouds: The Life of a Sibyl - Mic Parker (playwriting/directing)
  • Six Billion Utopias: A Collaborative Theater Project on Gender and Mental Health - Taiga Christie (theatre/anthropology)
  • Measure for Measure - Allison Rangel (acting)

Class of 2009

  • M's Orphanage - Alexandra Dahout
  • Stories From the Time of Trees - Cassie Thurston Bianchi

Class of 2008

  • Human/Nature - Kate Tarker
  • Medea By Seneca - Erin "Pookie" Giblin (directing)
  • Little Red Nose in the Hood, Digital Circus Remix - Peter Schroeder (directing/choreography)

Class of 2007

  • Light at Night - Stacia Torborg (Playwriting)
  • The Tree of Life - Elana McKernan (Playwriting)
  • Frege in Space - Dan Dilliplane (Directing)
  • The Easiest Way - Alex Gagne-Hawes (Directing)
  • The Lover - Lindsay Matteson (Acting)
  • Seeing Double
    Virginia Stephen: Beneath the Show
    - Bronwyn North-Reist (Performance)
    Pierrot and Moon (The Pierrot of the Minute, Pierrot Dandy and the Moon) - Jonathan Owicki (Performance)

Class of 2006

  • The Flower Peddler - Michael Pape (Playwriting/Directing)
  • Dirty Water - Devon Granmo (Playwriting)
  • 'Tis Pity She's a Whore - Kati Sweaney (Dramaturgy)
  • Gallow's Humor - Rowen Haigh (Directing)

Class of 2005

  • Gorey Stories - Miranda King (Directing)
  • The Actor's Nightmare - Julian Emanuel (Directing)
  • The Last Five Years - Josh Roberts (Acting)
  • Macbeth - John Russell (Acting)

Class of 2004

  • Abzt - Silvia Rousseva (Directing)
  • The New Poetry - Sylvia Drake (Directing/Playwriting)
  • Catastrophic Conversations with Mr. X - Brendan Regimbal (Directing)
  • The Holy Ghost - Brigid Pierce (Playwriting/music composition)
  • Gross Generalization - James Ashby (Playwriting)
  • Word Salad - Sarah Tomchesson (Directing/Playwriting)
  • No More o' This Shit - Wright Cronin (Playwriting)
  • Two Birds and a Stone - Mitchell Tribbett (Directing), Kate Piatt-Eckert and Heather Van Zee (Design)

Class of 2003

  • 6 Billion Weapons - Jacob Fenston (Playwriting)
  • Burials at Sea - Andrea Miller (Playwriting)
  • The White Uniform - Stephanie Wood (Acting)
  • Funeral Games - Tamara Carroll (Directing)
  • Hands Around - Sarah Champ (Design) 
  • The Betrothed - Rachel Anderson (Directing), Ayelet Arbuckle (Acting)
  • The Color of August - Kevin Hodges (Directing)
  • Oddville: the Rebirth of Stupidfresh - Elliot Sharron (Playwriting/Acting)
  • Hiding Places - Laura Birek (Playwriting)

Class of 2002

  • Intersections - Richard Kotulski (Playwriting)
  • Sakharov! - Austin Sherris (Playwriting/Directing)
  • Endgame - Morgan Spector (Acting), Tyler Sinclair (Directing)
  • Disastrous Paris - Rhianna Gordon (Acting)
  • Triumph of Love: The Musical - Paul G. Miller (Directing)
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Sarah Gibson (Acting) 
  • Good Night Desdemona Good Morning Juilet - Anne Michelson
  • The Green-eyed Monster - Caleb Jacobs-Smith (Acting)
  • Mother Night - Toby Schine (Playwriting/Directing)

Class of 2001

  • The House of Yes - Robin Thompson (Acting), Alyssa Santos (Directing)
  • Til the Day I Die - Michael Weinberg (Directing)

Class of 2000

  • Three Performances by the Idiot Machine - Gavin Kroeber (Design) & Owen Edson (Directing)
  • Nativity - Jamie Ashby (Playwriting)

Class of 1999

  • Biting My Neighbor - Brooke Rogers (Acting)
  • St. Jons Brother - Jonathan Roche (Playwriting / Directing)
  • The Baltimore Waltz - Alexis Poledouris (Directing)
  • King Strang - Dan Harris (Playwriting / Directing)
  • La Vida Es Sueno - Patricia Pancio (Directing)
  • Feather Towing - Jessica Blount (Playwriting)
  • Travesties - Jesse Baldwin (Directing)
  • They're Playing Our Song - Jamie Rea (Acting)
  • How I Learned to Drive - Nathan Emmons (Directing)
  • Amerika! - Leslie Good (Acting)

Class of 1998

  • Advantage of Surprise - Addie Eastman (Playwriting/Directing)
  • You're so Smooth, the World's so Rough - Robert Quillen Camp (Playwriting / Directing)
  • As An Imperfect Actor - Steven Klems (Acting)
  • Polly Honeycomb - Rachel Wier (Design)
  • Extemities - Britney Burgess (Directing)

Class of 1997

  • Good Woman of Szechwan - Dana Josslin (Directing)
  • Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll - Ed Tilghman (Acting)

Class of 1996

  • The Bacchae - Joshua Webb (Directing)
  • Bein' Green - Anne K. Rasmussen (Playwriting)
  • A Mexican Funeral in Paris - Dave Bennet (Playwriting)
  • Phaedra - Mary Roberts (Directing)
  • Planet Embudo - Terra Nevins-Hassin (Playwriting)
  • Shakespeare's Women - Deva Nicole Macdonald (Acting)
  • Two Rooms - Kristy Marie Kambanis (Directing)
  • Durang Durang - Chris Loza'ch (Design) 
  • The Cherry Orchard - Myrlin Hermes (Acting) 
  • Yarima Atafa and the King - Amy Enell (Choreography/Directing)
  • Warden of the Tomb - Geoff Spady (Directing)

Class of 1995

  • Great Chaos - Alex Rundell (Directing)
  • Long Ago - Eun Jung Yi (Directing)
  • Coyote Ugly - Oona Kersey (Directing)
  • As You Like It - Rebecca Shea (Design)

Class of 1994

  • Albert's Bridge - Jeremy Wiener (Directing)
  • The Maids - Melanie Zeca (Directing)
  • Naropa - Cassy Beekman (Directing)
  • Yellow Wallpaper - Robin Gordon (Choreography/Directing)
  • Motley - Darcy Salchak (Directing)

Class of 1993

  • Chicks - Christine Kolodge (Acting)
  • Control - Elise Modrovich (Playwriting/Directing)
  • Fronteras - Adriana Troxell (Playwriting/Directing)
  • Just Kidding - Daria Eckhardt (Playwriting/Directing)
  • A Man Who Fell Out of Bed - Noah Weinreb (Playwriting/Acting)
  • Tone Clusters - Elizabeth Stevens (Directing)
  • The Wizard of Aids - Kevin Coulson (Directing)
  • La Bete - James Weidman (Acting)
  • Waiting for Change, You Fat Cow You? - Jennifer M. Dillon (Playwriting/Directing)
  • As Women Do - Rachel Carnes (Choreography/Directing)

Class of 1992

  • Aversion Antigone - Sophie Haviland (Directing)
  • A Life In Theatre - Adam S. Moore (Directing)
  • The Chairs - Jule Polk (Directing)
  • Glengarry Glen Ross - Ephraim Rosenbaum (Directing)
  • Little Shop of Horrors - Randy Gifford (Directing)
  • Quartet - Alicia McMillen & Johanna McKeon (Co-Directing & Co-Acting)
  • Seduced - Bill Stout (Directing)
  • Family Voices - Kay Speilman (Choreography/Directing)
  • Bread and Ice Cream - Amy Partridge (Directing)

Class of 1991

  • Bloode: Winter in a Hot Climate - Anne Washburn (Playwriting)
  • Song and Dance - Althea Gregory (Acting)
  • The Water Engine - Tom Jansson (Directing)
  • Baby with the Bathwater - Greg Quinlan (Directing)
  • Twelfth Night - Leslye Eamon (Design) 
  • Be What You Should Seem to Be - Tanya Ignacio (Choreography/Directing)

Class of 1990

  • Cloud Nine - Sara Ross (Directing)
  • Katzelmacher - Jeff Edman (Directing)

Class of 1989

  • A Man's a Man - Erin Merritt (Directing)
  • Fando and Lis - Lucia Jane Joiner (Directing)
  • Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris - Carlton Rounds (Directing)
  • Comings and Goings - Chelsea Zephyr (Directing)

Class of 1988

  • Waiting For Godot - Jeremy Appleton (Directing)
  • The Game - Shannon Dailey (Directing)
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Routines - Chela Cadwell (Directing)

Class of 1987

  • At the Hawks Well & The Only Jealousy of Emer - Claia Bryja (Directing)
  • White High Heels - Brenda "Bryn" Fillers (Playwriting)
  • The Overcoat - Gregory Meyer (Directing)
  • Home - Conrad Burmester (Design)

Class of 1986

  • The Real Inspector Hound - Joel Summerlin (Directing)
  • The Unseen Hand - Emily Harris (Directing)
  • Tales of Spider Women - Holly O'Neil (Directing)
  • Three Policemen - David Ayers (Directing) & Bret Fetzer (Playwriting)

Class of 1985

  • The Maids - Lori Gilman (Directing)
  • Seascape - Brain Caven (Directing)
  • Sticks and Bones - Patrick Hurley (Directing)

Class of 1984

  • The Waterfall and A Piece of Monologue - Eric Wiley (Acting)
  • Antigone - Doug Goodwin (Directing)

Class of 1983

  • The Boor – Max Leventhal (Directing)
  • The Physicists - Jill Reinier (Directing)
  • The Ride Across Lake Constance - Katie Laris (Directing)
  • Letters Home - Mary Dilles (Directing)
  • Old Times - Gordon Dahlquist (Directing)
  •  (Untitled) - Mark Worthington (Directing)
  • Tongues & Savage/Love - Eric Walter (Acting)
  • ?? – Louise Gignoux

Class of 1982

  • Two for the See Saw - Jim Luckett, Jane Titus (Acting)
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead - Richard Olmsted (Directing)

Class of 1981

  • A Slight Ache - Ron Frank
  • The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds - Loren Hoover (Directing)
  • Woyzeck - Brown McDonald (Directing)