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Catherine C. AdamsLighting Design

Catherine Adams (she/her) is a St. Louis native who will graduate from Webster University with a BFA in Lighting Design. Throughout her time at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Catherine has had the pleasure of working with various professionals through her local connections with The Repertory Theatre St. Louis and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. After May of this year, Catherine looks forward to traveling around the country and making theatre everywhere she goes.

In her spare time, Catherine can be found reading a good book, listening to true crime podcasts, or hiking. During the pandemic, she began to dabble in sewing by making her own masks as well as making masks for others. Coffee-themed masks are by far her favorite ones to make and wear.

Gunnar BoucherStage Management

Gunnar Boucher (he/him) was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. During his college career, Gunnar has had the privilege to work with a multitude of professional performance companies on a collection of diverse and creative tales. From running backstage in a 125 seat theater at The Repertory Theater St. Louis’s studio space to interning under Tracy Utzmyers at The Muny in St. Louis, one of the largest outdoor theater venues in the nation, Gunnar has guided his stage management experience to aid in his own curiosity about art along with his passion for allowing art to form and grow through the process.

Aaliyah BurtonWig and Makeup Design

Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, I began my theatre journey early in my life in a local community theatre. There I quickly realized that my place was backstage helping performers find their characters in the fine details of their hair and makeup. I then followed my passion to the The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where I would obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Wig & Makeup design. In my time there, I participated and designed in university productions as well as internships where I gained experience in film, opera, indoor and outdoor theatre. In my free time I enjoy creating various forms of art such as painting, photography and ceramics as well as watching movies.

Stephanie ChapmanCostume Construction

Stephanie Chapman was raised in the Chicagoland area. She then moved to St. Louis to follow her dream of creating costumes. She will graduate in May with a BFA in Costume Construction, with an emphasis on Dancewear Design. Her love for sewing came when she first made costumes for herself while she competed in figure skating. At that point, she found out that she loved creating a story with her costumes and wanted to help others achieve the same thing. She loves patterning, draping, sewing, and rhinestoning. She is a hard worker who loves her art, and is always willing to learn something new. She looks forward to meeting and talking with you.

Victoria ChauvinDirecting

Victoria Chauvin (she/her) is majoring in Directing in The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she moved to Saint Louis to pursue an education in directing. She is especially interested in doing theatre that uplifts LGBTQ+ voices and women’s experiences. She’s also always excited to dive into some Shakespeare. She is currently directing her capstone project at Webster, which is a production of Erica Schmidt’s adaptation of Macbeth, titled MAC BETH.

Maggie Jean ClarkWig and Makeup Design

I’m Maggie Jean (she/her), a wig and makeup artisan. Originally from Bentonville, AR, I moved to Saint Louis, MO to pursue my BFA in Wig and Makeup Design after receiving my degree in Cosmetology. As someone who has loved theater from a young age, and has had a hand in the arts all my life – I found myself in a pursuit of passion. Melding together my love of theater, arts, and hair & makeup, I have worked hard to get where I am today and will continue to do so!

Luke DawsonTechnical Direction

Luke Dawson is a Saint Louis native graduating from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University with a BFA in Technical Direction. Through his experience in theatre Luke has found a passion for woodworking and furniture construction. He is fascinated by the technical aspects in the collaboration between art, design, and craftsmanship.

Isabelle DenstaedtTechnical Direction

Isabelle Denstaedt is a technical director originally from a small town in northern Michigan. She will be graduating from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Direction, and upon graduation is interested in traveling around the country to find work. In addition to her work as a technical director, she enjoys working in the shop as a carpenter and in Autocad as a draftsman. When she’s not in the theatre, she enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with her niece and family.

Savannah Jade GipsonSound Design

Howdy! Savannah Jade Gipson is a senior sound designer at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. She began her career mixing and designing at Parkview High School in 2014. In the past seven years, Savannah has worked as a sound designer, engineer, mixer, and A2 with companies like Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Repertory Theatre St. Louis, Metro Theatre Company, and Variety Theatre St. Louis.

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Maddy HerwigSound Design

Originally from Bloomington, IL, I found my love for theatre in high school where my interest in a variety of musical genres piqued my curiosity on how music can affect the storytelling and emotions of a theatrical production. I’m currently attending The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where I’ll graduate with a BFA in Sound Design this spring. During my education, I have been in many different roles within the sound department but each time I have been drawn to be behind the console balancing the elements on stage. After graduation, I am hoping to further my abilities behind the console while also working with a variety of systems. Outside of school, I’ve worked for The Repertory Theatre St. Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Cedar Point Amusement Park.

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Ansley JuanWig and Makeup Design

Ansley Juan (she/her) was born in Secaucus, New Jersey and moved to North Carolina when she was 8. Since then she has always been involved in theater in some way, shape, or form. Starting in acting, she attended Central Academy of Technology and Arts in high school as part of their Theatre Academy. It was there that a special effects makeup artist visited her class which sparked her passion for wig and makeup design. Combining her love for makeup and theatre Ansley has gone on to work in several theatres as a costume, makeup, and wig member. Ansley often finds herself collaborating with Webster film students throughout the years and has worked on the makeup crew for six different short films. While at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, she has had the opportunity to work in the Repertory Theatre Saint Louis’s prop shop as a work study student for the past 4 years. She is looking forward to ending the year working on The Conservatory’s production of Urinetown: The Musical as the assistant props head.

Jerran KowalskiLighting Design

Jerran is a BFA Lighting Design candidate at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. In conjunction with lighting, Jerran works with projection and media in live performance. She strives to push the boundary of live entertainment and encourages the ideas that evolve from experimentation. Jerran’s recent credits include Water By The Spoonful and Canfield Drive. Additional credits include design work at the Repertory Theatre St. Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and at various high schools around the city.

Jordan LongScene Design

Jordan Long is a scenic designer, scenic painter and props artisan from New Orleans, Louisiana. She fell in love with theatre at a very young age and that love has adapted with her. She enjoys creating worlds and telling stories in ways that captivate the actors and audience. As she finishes her studies she is not yet sure of where life will take her but she is ready for the challenge.

Alycia MartinStage Management

Alycia Martin (she/her) hails from Kansas City, Kansas. Throughout her college career, Alycia has been fortunate to be able to work with a variety of professional performance companies and a diverse collection of performance media. From semi-immersive productions like The Realistic Joneses with St. Louis local company Rebel and Misfits Productions, to grandiose operas like Il Barbiere di Siviglia, presented at the spacious, 7,000 seat Filene Center in Wolf Trap National Park, Alycia has curated her stage management experience to cultivate her seemingly insatiable curiosity and passion for live storytelling.

Nina Rose MeadStage Management

Nina Rose Mead is a senior at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University getting her BFA in Stage Management this coming May. Nina is looking forward to enhancing and exploring the field of production management. With previous production management experiences at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Kennedy Center, and Capitol Concerts in Washington, DC, Nina is also dedicated to promotion of theater for young audiences and the importance of arts in education. While at the Kennedy Center Nina had the great opportunity to work alongside the production and artistic teams for the New Vision New Voices Festival for New plays & Musicals for Young Audiences. These experiences have pushed her to strive for excellence and pursue work that has an impact.  Along with production management Nina has high interests in props and strives to keep working on her properties skills. When not working, Nina enjoys restoring antique furniture, salsa dancing, and trying out new recipes to cook.

Jacob NoceTechnical Direction

Jacob Noce is a Saint Louis native, currently completing his BFA in Technical Direction at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. While producing shows at Webster, and professionally at companies such as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, The Repertory Theatre St. Louis and Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Jacob has developed specific interests in management, drafting, structural design, rigging and automation. Jacob hopes to expand on these skills while collaborating with others to create meaningful works of art. He is excited to journey towards new paths, in and outside of theatre, that encourages his craft to flourish. Everywhere Jacob goes, he aims to create a positive, light-hearted environment and put a smile on the faces around him.

Alexis PearsonScene Painting

Alexis Pearson will graduate in May with a BFA in Scene Painting. She has painted and charged a variety of shows at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University such as Photograph 51, Picnic, The Living, Water by the Spoonful, and coming soon, Urinetown: The Musical. During the summers she works as an industrial at The Muny, assisting union painters. She has also done professional work at Chaminade High School and The College School. Outside of theatre, Alexis enjoys doing studio artwork and emphasizes watercolor and acrylic art.

E. PopeTechnical Direction

E. Pope (they/them/theirs) is a queer, BIPOC theatre maker. They specifically emphasize within Scenic Production and Management. Pope has recently turned their attention to more activism and inclusivity work within theatre. They will graduate with a BFA in Technical Direction and a second emphasis in Scene Design.

Outside of theatre, Pope is a proud parent to a wryly dog named Chewy, Snirt the Snail, and numerous house plants and succulents.

Emma PrangeStage Management

Emma Prange (she/her) is a dynamic and grounded stage manager with a passion for new works and community projects. Emma has enjoyed working with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (National Playwrights Conference and Cabaret Conference 2019), St. Louis Shakespeare Festival (The Thousand Natural Shocks and Romeo and Juliet), and The Repertory Theatre St. Louis (Evita). Educational credits include Water by the Spoonful, Canfield Drive, The Living, Miss You Like Hell, and The Little Prince.

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Ash PuskarichTechnical Direction

Ash Puskarich (she/her) is from Dallas, TX and will be graduating with a BFA in Technical Direction. Ash enjoys the craftsmanship, research, and teamwork involved in technical production and story telling, as well as the thrill of completing a changeover in record time. With skills in scenic carpentry and AutoCAD, Ash hopes to become an assistant technical director and continue refining her skills and knowledge in MIG welding, 3D AutoCAD, and structural design.

Madeleine ReidLighting Design

Madeleine Reid is a freelance lighting designer and assistant lighting designer currently based in the St. Louis, MO and the Houston, TX area. She will receive her BFA in Lighting Design and a minor in Business from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri) in May 2021.

During her college career, Madeleine has had the pleasure to work with local St. Louis companies including The Repertory Theatre St. Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and local Houston companies including Wildfish Theatre, St. John the Divine.

Because of her business minor, Madeleine is interested in pursuing arts administration in addition to being a freelance lighting designer and assistant lighting designer.

Kendall Anna SwendsenCostume Construction

Kendall Anna (she/her) was raised in Houston, Texas and first started sewing at the age of seven. The summer of 2020 was to be her first time working for The Santa Fe Opera’s costume shop but, due to last season being canceled she hopes to safely join them this year. She did a semester long internship at Halsey Onstage, a predominately dance-based costume production company, where she worked for the brilliant Travis Halsey. She hopes to honor his memory by opening up her own costume production company in the future. Kendall will be moving to Pittsburgh in the Fall where she will begin her MFA in Costume Production at Carnegie Mellon University. 

In her spare time, Kendall binges true crime podcasts while playing animal crossing. She currently works at a bridal shop doing alterations. 

Meredith SchieltzWig and Makeup Design

Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, I began participating in theatre at a young age. In high school I found my passion for working behind the scenes on wigs and makeup, designing and leading crews in both school productions and at local theaters. I followed that passion to The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St Louis, where I am finishing my fourth year pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Wig and Makeup Design. While at Webster, I also pursued my interests in costume design and sewing. Recently, I have interned at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre in Logan, Utah, where I ventilated and styled wigs and worked four shows in rep. In my personal work I have been exploring bold, operatic styles, while also learning the detail and finesse of period work.

Eddie TesharaScene Design

Eddie Teshara is a scene designer finishing his fourth year at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, and will graduate in May of 2021 with a BFA in Scene Design and an emphasis in Technical Direction. Eddie’s professional experience includes being both a scene designer and the technical director for Crane River Theatre Company’s 2019 season, designing and technical directing for high schools in Saint Louis such as Villa Duchesne, Oak Hill School, and Nerinx High School. Eddie has also worked closely with The Repertory Theatre St. Louis and Oprea Theatre of Saint Louis during his years at Webster. Eddie looks forward to collaborating with fellow artists to tell new stories with interesting perspectives and learning as many new things as he can along the way.

Rebecca XhajankaScene Painting

Rebecca Xhajanka (“Jay-on-ka”), BFA candidate in Scenic Painting at The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, is a scene painter and props artisan. Being a part of 15 collegiate productions developed Rebecca’s skills in a broad array including foam carving, texturing, trompe l’oeil, and upholstery. Material and project management were also key components of Rebecca’s education. Professionally, Rebecca worked at The Repertory Theatre St. Louis prop shop and costume shop for two years. She also gained experience with props at Opera Theatre of St. Louis during the 2019 season. After graduation, Rebecca is looking forward to working in props fabrication and scene painting in theater or film production. In her spare time, Rebecca fabricates art from found materials.