WebCo Performance
Class of 2021
Showcase Film
Premiering May '21

Alegra BataraMusical Theatre

Alegra Batara (she/her) is a first-gen Filipina-American artist originally from Shoreline, Washington. Though her first love is music, she finds immense joy in an ever expanding multi-hyphenate set of artistic intrigues. Graduating with her BFA in Musical Theatre, some of Alegra’s most treasured projects include ​The Little Prince (Dir. Gad Guterman), ​Miss You Like Hell​ (Dir. Gaby Rodriguez), and ​Love’s Labor’s Lost (Dir. Bryan Hunt). In addition, Alegra is a writer, director, and advocate for BIPOC artists. She’s passionate about helping to redefine theatre education to create a new culture of inclusivity, conscious conversation, and empowerment for all participants. As a biracial, queer Asian person, she finds particular interest in the reclamation of her communities’ narratives through the creation of new works, embracing TYA, reimagining classical work, etc. Alegra believes that art is a gift, and artists are fortunate to create it and are called to share it.

Will DavisMusical Theatre

Will Davis is an actor, singer, and music producer out of Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently a senior musical theatre major at Webster University. While at Webster, Will was cast as an ensemble member in The Repertory of St. Louis’ production of Pride and Prejudice. He was then cast as Jimmy Ray in Bright Star, which was ultimately cancelled due to Covid 19 concerns. Will is currently in rehearsals for Webster’s production of Urinetown: The Musical where he is playing Officer Lockstock. Will cannot wait to graduate and begin his journey in the entertainment world. Enjoy the showcase!

Amanda DePintoActing

Amanda DePinto (she/her) is an actor born in Manhattan and raised in central Jersey. She is now based in St. Louis, pursuing a BFA in Acting from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Amanda was most recently seen in Webster’s production of MAC BETH, where she played Macbeth. Amanda loves modern retellings of classical texts for contemporary audiences. She also has a passion for stories that center and empower women by exhibiting their strength and resilience.

Cecily DowdMusical Theatre

Cecily Dowd (she/her/they) was born in The Great White North (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Her plans are to move to LA to start but wanting to travel when the world permits her. Some of her credits include St. Louis Rep., Variety Theatre, Human Race Theatre Company, Grandstreet Theatre, and Ozark Actors Theatre (#2 in The Wolves, Ariel flight double in Little Mermaid, ensemble in Mary Poppins, P.B. Coleman in One Slight Hitch, Katherine in Newsies, ensemble in My Fair Lady). Her last Webster production will feature her as Hope Cladwell in Urinetown: The Musical. Film credits include two with Travis Productions and one with Variety in fall of 2020. After graduation, she’ll be in Variety’s The Music Man and paving a way for appreciation and empathy in storytelling for the rest of her career.

Cameron DuVallMusical Theatre

Cameron DuVall is finishing his Senior Year at Webster University. His current role is Tiny Tom in Webster’s production of Urinetown: The Musical. Last semester he was a stand by for the production of The Living also done at Webster. Cameron was involved with the Shakespeare Festival of St Louis his sophomore year playing Dieter in The Thousand Natural Shocks. This summer he has been cast as Warner in his community theatre production of Legally Blonde. He is looking forward to playing in the summer with his hometown theatre.

Lexie FoleyMusical Theatre

Lexie Foley (she/her/hers) was born & raised in the Happiest Place on Earth™ (Orlando, FL), and is now living in St. Louis, MO. She is passionate about music, theatre, American Sign Language (ASL), and making the arts accessible for people of all ages and abilities. She has been using her ASL experience extensively, signing in many different productions including The Fantastiks, A Christmas Carol, and Dead Girls, No Mothers. She hopes to someday run her own educational theatre company centered around inclusion and/or enter the world of expressive arts therapy, using ASL and musical theatre to create space for people of all abilities to be seen, heard, and understood. She believes that theatre is the best way to access empathy, and empathy the only way to change the world.

Nathan FryerMusical Theatre

Nathan Fryer (he/him) is an actor/singer/musician currently based in St. Louis. Raised in a small midwestern town by a self-taught guitarist and a born singer, Nathan discovered his creative side when he started taking piano lessons at age 8. Graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre, a few of his favorite theatrical roles include: James Watson in Photograph 51 (Dir. Trace Turner), Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Dir. Jason Spelbring) and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dir. Ashleigh Feger). At the moment, Nathan is serving as a swing for Webster’s production of Urinetown: The Musical. Nathan is excited about furthering his performance career into the film and television industry. When not performing, Nathan spends his time pampering his cat, laughing with friends, and practicing mindfulness/meditation with a bit of help from his crystal collection.

Nate GarnerMusical Theatre

Originally from Chicago~ish (Minooka, IL), Nate grew up both independent and ambitious. While at Webster, he solidified his talents in classical singing, acting, dance/acrobatics, and rock and roll. He’s worked both onstage and offstage, developing skills in social-media management, publicity, and graphic design. He’s used his skills to completely self produce his own podcast (Les Be Gay) and continues to create independent performance projects. He also spends his days bartending, taking care of his pet snakes, or digging for new music from queer artists. He’s an advocate for LGBTQ+ Rights, Sex Education Reform, and Drug Abuse Awareness.

Peyton HooksActing

Peyton Hooks is so proud to be a member of the Acting class of 2021 at Webster Conservatory! A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Peyton first became interested in performing at the age of eight, while participating in puppet shows at a local toy store. Credits with the Conservatory include: Geyer in Vanessa Claire Stewart’s Deadly, Ensemble in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, and Father in Satoh Makoto’s Ismene. In addition to performing, Peyton has also developed a passion for directing, having developed a socially distant, devised, animated theatre event entitled The Tongue of the Bee. In his spare time, Peyton enjoys reading and learning to shred on his electric guitar. Thanks for watching!

John KatzMusical Theatre

John Katz is an actor/singer/dancer currently based in St. Louis, MO. As of May 2021, John will have graduated from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. John has performed for theatre companies including Variety Theatre in St. Louis, and Grandstreet Theatre in Montana, among others. When he isn’t performing, John is actively writing, composing, and choreographing original pieces. He also helps develop and maintain social media accounts for various theatre companies in the area.

Cameron O’NeilActing

Cameron O’Neil (he/him/his) is an actor and singer born and raised in Houston, Texas. Currently based in St. Louis, Cameron is pursuing a BFA in Acting from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Within the Conservatory, Cameron has been featured in numerous productions as Howard Bevens in Picnic(Doug Finlayson), Max/Peter in By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Elizabeth Van Dyke), and Ferapont in Three Sisters (Joanna Battles). He is also the winner of 2nd place at the 2019 Annual Awards Competition for Acting at the National Society of Arts and Letters Saint Louis Chapter. As well as pursuing an acting career, Cameron loves to sing and perform on stage or at venues and hopes to follow both passions throughout his life.

James OwensActing

James Owens (He/Him) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up five minutes away in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Currently, he is based in St. Louis, MO while earning a BFA in acting at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. He has worked on several projects at Webster including Love’s Labour’s Lost: The Musical, Fahrenheit 451, and Twelfth Night. After graduating, James will move home and save money and work on student films in the Cincinnati area before moving to Los Angeles in early 2022.

Emme PerkinsActing

Emme Perkins is proud to call the beautiful state of Minnesota her home. While growing up in Winona, MN, she became involved in the Great River Shakespeare Festival where she participated in their youth education programs as well as performed in some of their mainstage productions, including Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. Her experience at GRSF helped cultivate a deep love for Shakespeare as well as inspired her to pursue a BFA in Acting at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. While at Webster she played such roles as MacDuff in Mac Beth, Irma in Picnic,Viola in Twelfth Night, and Tolkien in Fahrenheit 451. She is also extremely passionate about LGBTQ+ representation and sharing queer stories.

JR PruskiMusical Theatre

Born and raised in the lone star state, JR left his Texas roots to receive his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and his 200 HR RYT from MelMarie Yoga. Some of his favorite theatre experiences include choreographing The Living by Anthony Clarvoe (Dir. Jenny Wintzer) at Webster; Ensemble in Pride and Prejudice at the St. Louis Rep (Dir. Hana S. Sharif); Prince Eric u/s in The Little Mermaid at Variety Theatre (Dir. Lara Teeter); Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Cedar Summerstock (Dir. Nancy Lee). He plans to marry theatre and yoga together in order to create new art; and physical, emotional, and mental ease within the industry.

Alex RuddMusical Theatre

Alex Rudd is proud to have played the titular character in both ​Robin Hood​ and ​Sherlock Holmes​ at Timberlake Playhouse (TLP) and Black Hills Playhouse (BHP). Additional regional credits include; ​Mamma Mia! ​(Sky) at BHP, ​Side Show​ (Houdini) at BHP, ​Mary Poppins (Ensemble, Bert u/s) at Variety Theatre St. Louis, ​Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Sherlock) at TLP, ​Fiddler on the Roof ​(Motel) at TLP, ​Born Yesterday ​(Paul Verrall) at TLP, Beauty & the Beast (​ Ensemble) at TLP. He is currently earning his BFA in Musical Theatre at the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis. Alex is looking forward to playing Caldwell B. Cladwell in Webster Conservatory’s production of ​Urinetown: The Musical. ​Many thanks to my supportive family and friends.

Ander ShunnesonActing

Ander Shunneson is a non-binary theatre artist. Currently, they serve as a gender consultant for the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. They have spent the last year researching and developing guiding principles for gender equity and inclusion in WebCo. Ander’s favorite theatrical roles at Webster include Andrew Aguecheek in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Francis Crick in Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51. They are pursuing work in animation and voice over, and are interested in works centering LGBTQ+ characters. In any rehearsal hall, Ander’s goal is to foster an equitable rate of joyful expression for everyone involved in the creation process.

Valentina SilvaMusical Theatre

Valentina Silva (she/her) is a proud Colombian-American actor/singer/dancer currently based in St. Louis, MO, where she will be receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in May of 2021. The past two summers of Silva’s academic career were spent performing at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Bigfork, MT, where she played leading roles and ensemble tracks alike in the tradition of true rotating repertory theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act, Linda in The Wedding Singer, and Olivia in Miss You Like Hell.

Savannah Nicole SmithActing

Savannah Nicole Smith (she/her) grew up racing sled-dogs in the mountains of Montana. There she joined a local theatre and developed a passion for performing at eight years old. Some of her favorite performances include Minnie Ruth in Vanessa Claire Stewart’s Deadly, The Little Prince in The Little Prince, Sophie in Mamma Mia the Musical, Jane Porter in Tarzan, and Miss Spider in James in the Giant Peach. Business and the arts are a passion of hers. In her free time she can be found playing the viola or working on one of the two companies she founded; the first is an Etsy boutique called Sunny Bee Jewelry; the second is the Second Rodeo Learning Collective. The SRLC works to transform learning in an innovative, theatrical way to make education exciting and accessible for public schools in Montana.

Michael TranActing

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Michael is a first-generation Vietnamese American who came from a household where storytelling was his first language. Undoubtedly, this would influence his love of theatre. His interests range from classical text to contemporary works, some of his favorite regional credits include: Pride & Prejudice (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), The Thousand Natural Shocks (St. Louis Shakespeare Festival), and Aida (The Muny). He is excited collaborate with diverse writers and creatives to develop engaging, innovative, and thought-provoking work. He has also served in other artistic capacities including as a teaching artist for the Center of Creative Arts – St. Louis, a choreographer for Hoosier Shakespeare Festival, and a designer for Metro Theatre Company. Michael is a vocal proponent and activist for continued authentic BIPOC representation on-screen and on-stage. This summer, Michael will be returning to St. Louis Shakespeare Festival as Oswald / King of France in their production of King Lear with Tony-Award winner André De Shields as the title role.

Taylor TvetenMusical Theatre

Originally from St. Petersburg, FL, Taylor’s passion for performance led her to pursue conservatory training, acquiring her BFA in Musical Theatre from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Taylor was the 2020 2nd Place National Competition Winner in Musical Theatre (1st Place St. Louis Regional Winner) with the NSAL. Professional credits include: Pride and Prejudice (The Rep of St. Louis); My Fair Lady (Ozark Actors Theatre); The Little Mermaid (Variety Theatre); Light the Lights! (Variety Theatre); SHE (ERA Theatre); and Steel Magnolias (St. Pete City Theatre). Most recently seen in the collegiate premiere Zoom film production of Deadly: The Musical, directed by Caesar Samayoa, Taylor is thrilled to be performing in The Sound of Music at the Muny (2021) and is grateful to be a part of bringing live theatre back to audiences!