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Careers in Theatre

Theatre Wesleyan students get hands-on training in the industry to prepare them for many different careers. And not only in their specific emphasis in acting, design and technology or musical theatre, but in all aspects of theatrical and entertainment production. Students will be ready to put on a show onstage, backstage and behind-the-scenes!

Local Theatre

There are theatres and organizations outside Texas Wesleyan with decades-long histories of working with our students onstage, backstage, behind-the-scenes and as staff members. Theatre Wesleyan is a proud member of the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County which consists of over two dozen local producing organizations. Other member theatres include:

Alumni Projects

Our alumni can be seen working locally in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, New York, Los Angeles, on tour and more. Here are just a few examples of our shining stars and some of their past projects they've worked on.

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  • Jorge Flores '18 - drafter at StageWorks Design Company; sound design for A Doll's House, Part 2 at Stage West
  • Kaitlin McGehee '18 - cast in Beau Jest at Artisan Center Theatre
  • Michelle Phillips '18 - cast in Man of La Mancha at Tarrant Actors' Regional Theatre
  • Holli Price '18 - stage manager for Beau Jest at Artisan Center Theatre
  • Crystal Salazar '18 - theatre teacher at W. A. Meacham Middle School, Fort Worth ISD
  • Trey Cardona '17 - cast in Table Manners at Music Place Mansfield Studio Theater
  • Tyler Guse '17 - costume technician for Disney Cruise Line's Aladdin (Disney Fantasy)
  • Clarissa Murillo '17 - costume technician for Disney Cruise Line
  • Akira Owens '17 - Dallas fashion model
  • Jasmine West '17 - a student at Dallas Comedy House; employed at ITC Cutting Edge Print & Design
  • Carlos Brumfield '16 - cast in Kiss Me, Kate at Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas; scene shop staff at Watertower Theatre
  • Cameron Byerly '16 - director of Beau Jest at Artisan Center Theatre; stage combat trainer
  • Deja Chase '16 - theatre teacher and director at Baxter Junior High School, Everman ISD
  • Kelsey Manuel '16 - staff member at Irving Arts Center
  • Heather O'Donnell '16 - special FX makeup artist and props designer; art department at Ripley's Believe It Or Not
  • Logan Rodgers '16 - cast in Beau Jest at Artisan Center Theatre
  • Giselle Saucedo '16 - executive assistant at Red Productions
  • Chris Willmer '16 - master electrician and theatre production technician at Texas Christian University
  • Jacob Rivera-Sanchez '15 - graphic designer and director/stage manager
  • Spencer Baker '14 - sales representative at The Stone Collection
  • Jeremy Beck '14 - teacher at Chisholm Trail High School, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
  • Jimbob Brown '14 - production manager at First Baptist Burleson
  • Brittani Evans '14 - a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt, Master of Arts - MA, Educational Theatre; instructional associate for drama at TCC Northwest
  • Katherine Sandifar '14 - currently working on Masters at University of North Texas
  • Michelle Tennyson '14 - customer relations representative for American Airlines
  • Cassandra Beltran-Vaughn '13 - staff member at Granbury Opera House
  • Allen Dean '13 - cast in Loop The Loop at Hip Pocket Theatre
  • David Vaughn '13 - theatre teacher at Sam Rayburn Elementary School, Grand Prairie ISD
  • Kristi Taylor '13 - actress/singer, now based in Atlanta, Georgia; currently working on a sitcom and various TV/film productions; second studio album in-the-works
  • Parker Fitzgerald '12 - a member of the board for Theatre Arlington; touring with Dallas Children's Theater
  • Jeremy Jackson '12 - admissions counselor at Texas Wesleyan University
  • Sarahi Salazar '12 - pursuing MFA Film & TV Producing at Chapman University; currently working on grad thesis films, Blocked and Stuck; freelance UPM and AD 
  • Joshua Sherman '12 - cast in the world premiere musical, The Cuban and the Redhead at Pegasus Theater
  • Joy Millard-Hatcher '11 - theatre teacher at North Crowley High School, Crowley ISD
  • Andrea Allmond '10 - sound design for Gloria: A Life off-Broadway; MFA in Sound Design from UCI; freelance sound design
  • Chris Hatcher '10 - technical theatre teacher at Trimble Tech High School, Fort Worth ISD
  • Jennye James '10 - scene shop foreman at Texas Wesleyan University
  • Nicholas Mims '09 - a staff member at Texas Wesleyan University's counseling center, working towards state licensing exams; Masters in Science Marriage and Family Therapy '16
  • Austin Rose '09 - theatre teacher at Summit High School, Mansfield ISD
  • Eric Briggs '08 - crew member on the national tour of the Broadway musical, Waitress
  • Rhealyn Carter '06 - director of development at Dallas Theater Center
  • Emily Cherry '04 - theatre professor at University of North Dakota; MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University
  • Amanda Davis West '03 - director of production at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas
  • Bryan Stevenson '01 - theatre department chair and professor at Theatre Wesleyan; MFA in Design from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Cyndi Woodward '00 - director of fine arts for Southwest Christian School; Masters in Theatrical Production and Design from Southern Oregon University
  • Glenn Franklin '99 - owner of Gesploosh Productions; screenwriter for Severed; staff member at a full-service marketing firm, Look Locally
  • Dana Schultes '98 - executive producer of Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth
  • Renee Norris '96 - theatre teacher at Haltom High School, Birdville ISD
  • Shirin Tinati '95 - New York City photographer
  • Laura Campbell Skipper '94 - theatre teacher at Northwest High School; currently working on Barefoot in the Park and the musical Tuck Everlasting; Masters from Texas Woman’s University
  • David Kersh '93 - theatre teacher and tech director at Fossil Ridge High School (25th year); currently working on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Meredith Lucio '93 - Tony Award-winning producer for The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess on Broadway
  • A Ray Newburg '93 - chair of theatre program at Amarillo College (2-year institution) and freelance event designer/consultant with Parie Designs; MFA in Theatrical Design from Tulane University
  • Jodi Schoenbrun Carter '93 - four films and two TV shows in development; Virginia Tech MFA in Arts Administration with concentration on directing; founder and CEO of 1022m, a talent management and production company
  • Tamlyn Wright '92 - Emmy Award-winning production designer; projects include Taylor Swift's REPUTATION stadium tour
  • Lynda Christine Rodriguez '91 - teacher at Saint Rita school; school theater club sponsor; MEd from TCU; MA from Texas Woman’s; featured in Renegade Showmen and Angels: a History of Theatre in Fort Worth
  • Shannon McGrann '89 - recently cast in Hand to God at WaterTower Theatre; cast in A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Stage West
  • Cheryl Penland '88 - theatre teacher at Trimble Tech High School, Fort Worth ISD
  • Tami Adams '82 - guest director at Grapevine High School for productions including Little Women, The Outsiders, and Disney's Newsies
  • Melissa Benton Wallis '80 - theatre teacher at Boswell High School, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
  • Deborah Brown '78 - a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1986; 15 years in the resident acting company at Casa Mañana; recipient of the Live Theatre League Of Fort Worth & Tarrant County’s Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mike Skipper '78 - Tony Award-winning producer for In The Heights on Broadway
  • Anne Street '78 - a member of the board for Graham Regional Theatre; currently working on Talkin' Tombstones
  • Scott Cannon '77 - events manager at Texas Wesleyan University
  • Regina Sanders '77 - vice president of Santerra Commercial Property
  • Al Grab '70 - Retired in 2012 after almost 50 years in live Theatre; member of IATSE local 127; 12 years as Property Master with Dallas Summer Musicals  
  • J. David Ford '67 - screenwriter for I'll Never Let You Go; MA, Baylor University '70, President of J. David Ford & Associates, Inc., media development company