Craig A. Humphrey
Interim Department Chair and Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
office Williams Theatre
hours Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm
We are proud of the many exciting accomplishments of the more than 100 alumni of the Department of Theatre who live in dozens of states across the country and are practicing, performing and creating in the area of theatre. Many of our graduates have remained in northeast Indiana, where their exciting creativity continues to reflect on VPA as the Center for Arts Education in Northeast Indiana.
We highlight theatre alumni each semester in VPA Visions, the school newsletter, which is published during the fall and spring semester for patrons, faculty, students, and alumni.
Theatre alumni are encouraged to provide information on their recent accomplishments and to update their contact information. Please e-mail your information Susan Domer, VPA Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at email@example.com or call her 260-481-6025.
Jane Frazier (’00, theatre) has accepted the position of assistant professor of theatre at Vincennes University. Frazier will be teaching theatre appreciation, acting, theatre history and directing. This fall she will direct Once Upon a Mattress, which will open in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on Oct. 24. Frazier also will be responsible for maintaining the department’s NAST accreditation. Frazier earned a Master’s in theatre pedagogy at Virginia Commonwealth University and most recently has been an associate faculty member at IPFW and Manchester University.
Adam Hamilton (’11, theatre) currently is an M.F.A. candidate at Regent University in Virginia Beach and will be the head intern for the inaugural season of Tidewater Stage, Regent’s new professional theatre company in residence, beginning July 2013. The summer 2013 season includes Forever Plaid July 5-14 and Barefoot in the Park Aug. 2-11. Hamilton currently is playing the role of Lord Biron in Love's Labours Lost at the Tidewater Shakespeare Theatre in Virginia Beach through June 1, then will begin work on his M.F.A. thesis role playing Antipholus of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors in October.
Blane Pressler (’09, Theatre) will join the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and receive his equity card when he begins work this summer with the Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, Missouri, just outside St. Louis. He has been cast in The Wizard of Oz, Noises Off and The Diviners. He has also started work as an extra on the Showtime series The Big C starring Laura Linney.
Department of Theatre alumnus Brent Bruin ('09) is now the workroom supervisor for the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, California. Brent manages the costume shop for three theatre spaces including The Kirk Douglas Theater, Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theater. Bruin’s shows include Red, Elephant Room and November.
IPFW alumna Elizabeth Burris (’12) is now settled into her new job as an assistant to the director at the National Theater in Mannheim, Germany. Burris worked on Soul City, an experimental art theater project new to the National Theater, with director Lajos Talamonti. Known as one of the most prestigious theatres in Europe the National Theater began in 1779. Friedrich Schiller’s first major drama, The Robbers, was performed at the original theatre in 1782. The theatre’s current home in Manheim, Germany, opened in 1957. The National Theatre features opera, ballet and a wide variety of programs for all ages.
Brent Bruin (B.A. ’09, theatre) will receive an MFA in costume technology from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on May 6, 2012. Mentored by Associate Professor Craig A. Humphrey and costume shop manager Jeanne Pendleton, Bruin discovered his love of costume design during his junior year of study at IPFW.
Blane Pressler (B.A. ’09, theatre) will join the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and receive his equity card when he begins work this summer with the Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, Missouri, just outside St. Louis. He has been cast in The Wizard of Oz, Noises Off and The Diviners. He has also started work as an extra on the Showtime series The Big C starring Laura Linney.
Aaron Mann (B.A. ’09, theatre) recently completed a national tour of A Christmas Carol for the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. The lavish production has toured nationally since 1979 and featured lavish costumes and special effects for the four fantastic spirits who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve. Mann also is featured on the original cast album.
Breona Conrad (B.A. ’08, theatre) secured work with the Tweetsie Railroad Co. in Blowing Rock, N.C., from May to November following the 2008 Unified Professional Theatre auditions in Memphis, Tenn. She has signed with the Know Theatre of Cincinnati on its national education tour, Calculus: The Musical, which runs through May.
Erica Tobolski (B.A. ’86, theatre) has been appointed as the distinguished visiting professor in the College of Creative and Performance at the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam, Malaysia, which is just outside Kuala Lumpur. She is pursuing this opportunity during her 2008–09 sabbatical from the University of South Carolina. The associate professor of voice and acting is teaching beginning
and advanced voice/speech, advanced acting, and script analysis in Malaysia, where she will also study the traditional southeast Asian art of shadow puppets and masks.
Jane Rebekah Frazier (B.A. ’00, theatre) earned an M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University in August 2008. She is directing the upcoming IPFW production of The Caretaker on April 3 and 4 in Studio Theatre.
Jenn Nickell (B.A. ’05, theatre) is the new drama and arts teacher at Blackhawk Middle School in Fort Wayne.
Eve Escandon (B.A. ’04, theatre) worked as an intern with the San Diego Repertory Theatre in 2008.