We are so proud of our alumni from the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. Our graduates are scattered all over the world enriching the lives of the communities around them. Featured are just a sampling of our talented, hard working graduates representing acting, playwrighting, musical theatre, directing and scenic design!
Josh Krause will be working with Milwaukee Chamber Theater playing as Pip in their upcoming production of Great Expectations. Recently he performed in Children’s Theatre of Madison’s production of A Christmas Carol (Fred) this past December. Other regional credits include Jack of Hearts (Jack) for Milwaukee Entertainment Group; Julius Caesar (Octavius and Caius Legarius) for Optimist Theater; Visiting Mr. Green (Ross) and Jeeves at Sea (Crumpet) for Artists’ Ensemble Theatre; Goodnight Moon for Children’s Theater of Madison. In addition to acting, he is a teaching artist for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater where he teaches Adult Acting and Sunset Playhouse where he teaches Creative Drama. Josh lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife, Rachel and their two cats, Butters and Tweak.
Nathan is currently writing a new play for Arena Stage’s power plays initiative. His play The Wind and the Breeze will have its world premiere at Cygnet Theatre in May 2018. Two of his plays Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea and Nat Turner In Jerusalem are being published by Samuel French this year. Nathan lives and works in New York City.
Emily Kelly is currently in rehearsals for Thoroughly Modern Millie at Goodspeed Opera House where she is in the ensemble. She is excited to share the stage with fellow IU grad Evan Mayer who is also in the cast as the male swing! Emily is based out of New York City.
Emily has been very busy since graduating in 2015. She is currently the standby for Elphaba on the national tour of Wicked. Emily is based out of New York City.
Since leaving IU Rob Heller has continued to work as the Resident Director for Musical Theater at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in NYC. Recently he directed The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa and most recently Urinetown by Hollman and Kotis. For The Wild Party he was joined by IU alum Sarah Wells who served as Assistant Director and for Urinetown he was joined by IU alum Sam Barkley who served as Assistant Director, Fight Choreographer and Stage Manager. Rob also directed productions of two gender bending all female plays at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC: Vrooommm! by Janet Allard and Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus. He has continued his work with the CDP (Collaborative Development Production) workshop series at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program and this year two of the Jonathan Larson Award winners are alums of this workshop series. For the first time this year, CDP is a curricular feature of the New Studio on Broadway’s musical theater training and they are working to create a partnership between graduate writers and undergraduate performers. Rob is also teaching and directing at Montgomery County Community College outside of Philadelphia where they offer theater students affordable, collaborative and challenging theater and life training. Last semester they put up an almost completely student created production of the play Say Goodnight Gracie by Ralph Pape and currently they are producing a short play festival with four student directed pieces and two short new plays which Rob is directing. He chose to direct short plays by IU alums: Space by IU alum Kelly Lusk and Fledgling by IU alum Nathan Davis. He also consulted with IU alum Lee Cromwell who is the Associate Producers of the Source Festival and the DC Fringe Festival for guidance in creating their own festival. Also, he is working diligently to bring the Wet Ink New Play Festival back to Bloomington this summer with brand new readings, workshops and productions by artists who have been part of the Bloomington Theatre Community.
Ian Martin is living and working in Chicago. He is the Artistic Producing Apprentice at Goodman Theatre, which is a yearlong program where he gets to work within the Artistic Staff on various aspects of artistic planning and producing, including casting and artistic personnel selection, budgeting and fiscal planning and special event planning. In February, he and a colleague programmed this year’s Black History Month program series. More info on that at http://www.goodmantheatre.org/BlackWordsMatter
Graham Sheldon won a regional Emmy award for his long-form documentary Crossing Borders, which he wrote and produced. Graham was previously nominated for a regional Emmy in 2012 for the documentary Echoes from Chernobyl shot on location in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Currently he just signed on to shoot, as a producer and director of photography, a film for PBS on genetic mutations. Filming takes place throughout April and May all over North America. He is also developing a comedic scripted series as a producer, in which Minnie Driver makes a cameo in the pilot sizzle episode. During the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention in April, Graham will be appearing on a panel sponsored by Teradek. He also continues to write about all things film related for an online publication called cinema5d.com.
Arian recently closed The Humans at Second Stage Theatre in New York City. In 2011, Arian was nominated for a Tony award for his portrayal of Musa in Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, opposite Robin Williams. As a film/TV actor, Mr. Moayed just finished shooting Barry Levinson’s newest film Rock the Kasbah as a lead opposite Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson. Last year, he starred in Alfonso Cuaron/JJ Abrams’ TV Series, Believe, for NBC. This fall, he will be co-starring in Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater. As an Artistic Director of Waterwell, which he co-founded in 2002, he has helped devise over a dozen original productions including GOODBAR (Public Theater), The|King|Operetta, Marco Millions and The Persians. He is a proud recipient of the Theater World Award, a Drama League and Drama Desk nomination. He currently teaches in and administers the Waterwell Drama Program, which partners with the Professional Performing Arts School, one of the leading high school drama programs in the country. As a filmmaker, Mr. Moayed is currently creating three short films and a full-length feature. His first film, “Overdue”, has screened at some of the best film festivals in America including Palm Springs Film Festival, CineQuest Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival and now, the Noor Film Festival. His second short film, “Day Ten”, stars Omar Metwally and premiered at the 2014 TriBeCa Film Festival.
Since graduation, Kristen has been working for XL Scenic based out of Chicago as an assistant for Kevin Depinet and Todd Rosenthal. They have worked on numerous theatrical designs both locally and nationally, many with the potential of a Broadway debut. She was also part of a major design for a museum exhibit that will showcase in Germany. In her spare time, she freelances her own scenic designs for theatres across the country. Her recent work includes 3 productions for a Chicago performing arts school, Hound of the Baskervilles and The Christians for Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL and The Toxic Avenger for Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI. Next up, she will design Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Colorado and Peter and the Starcatcher for Farmers Alley Theatre.
Stay tuned for the next installment of the occasional Where Are They Now series!