Josh (he/him) began work with University Theatre in 2011 as the lighting and sound designer before being named associate director in 2014. He obtained his MFA from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and his BFA from UNC-Greensboro. Before arriving at NC State, Mr. Reaves taught at Campbell University and the University of Cincinnati. He continues to actively freelance as a lighting designer for local theatre and dance companies.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Performance & Academics
Mia Self (she/her) is the assistant director of acting and directing at University Theatre. She also coordinates the academic program and is the liaison for patron accessibility services. Mia has an MFA from the University of Mississippi and a B.A. from Catawba College with an emphasis in directing and performance. Her interests are focused on the educational benefits of theatre and drama across all disciplines, particularly as expressed through playwriting, devised theatre and collaborative performance. Ms. Self also serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Theatre Association (NCTC) and works with K-12 and college programming for the organization.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Performance
Danica Jenelle Jackson (she/her) is an award-winning director and educator with more than 20 years of professional theatre experience in a multitude of environments and positions. Danica holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Memphis, an MSEd from Nova Southeastern University, and a BA in theatre from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With specializations and interests in acting, dialect coaching, devised theatre, stage movement and community-based theatre, Danica is passionate about honest and respectful inclusion of historically excluded people, including BIPOC artists, persons with cognitive and physical diversities, and the entire LGBTQ community. She also enjoys experimenting with a variety of artistic mediums, and is the co-creator and co-host for the celebrity livestream show, Talkulture. www.danicajenelle.com
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Scenic Design
Jayme (he/him) holds a masters in scenic design from The UNC School of the Arts. He has designed productions for The Peabody Opera Instistute at Johns Hopkins, The NCT Conservatory, The Princeton Festival, Duke University, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, The UNC School of the Arts, The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, and others. His professional interests lie in projection design, puppetry and collage.
Laura J. Parker
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Costume Design
Laura J. Parker is University Theatre’s costume designer and costume shop manager, and she began working at University Theatre in 2010. She has taught classes in costume design, fashion history, costume construction, stagecraft, and stage makeup design and application. Her interests are focused on the intersectionality of historic clothing, fashion history, theatre, and education. She was previously the resident costume designer and instructor of costume design at William Peace University, and she has designed costumes for many area theatres, including Honest Pint Theatre Co., Sweet Tea Shakespeare, BARE Theatre, NRACT, and South Stream Productions. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from Georgia State University and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University.
Adrienne McKenzie (she/her) began her career with University Theatre as a student technician in the Costume Shop. She has interned with six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long at his studio in New York City. Now, as the full-time costume technician, she holds a B.A. in creative writing from Seattle University and a bachelor of art + design – fibers and master of art + design – fibers from NC State University.
In addition to her work at University Theatre, Ms. McKenzie serves as a guest lecturer for the College of Design’s Art + Design Department where she has instructed courses on fashion illustration, period inspired garments, and sewing and construction. She is thrilled and thankful to be practicing her two passions in life, costuming and education, professionally each and every day!
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – Lighting & Sound Design
Patrick (they/them) holds an MFA in Theatre Design and Technologies from Utah State University and a BS in Information Science and Technology from Mercer University. They have worked in theatre and live entertainment across the nation and internationally in the areas of technical theatre, as well as lighting and media design. Outside of their academic and theatre focused work, Patrick is the founder and CTO of the Entertainment Engineering Collective, a group of international artists focused on bringing streaming and media support to emergent artists and theatre companies. Patrick is also a proud partner and tech specialist at subTEXT Solutions Dramaturgy, a member of CITT/ICTS, USITT, and Actors Equity. They are beyond excited to be a part of the NC State family and take part in the magic being made at the University Theatre.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – PRODUCTIONS
David (he/him) has been working at University Theatre since 2002. He attended Appalachian State University and UNC-Greensboro, where he studied theatrical design and production. He worked in Atlanta for seven years as a freelance theatre carpenter and technical director at most of the theatres in the metro area as well as many exhibit/design shops. Mr. Jensen would like to encourage anyone interested in theatre production to get involved with University Theatre.
ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – PRODUCTIONS
Michael (he/him) holds a BFA in technical production from UNC-Greensboro. Before arriving at NC State, he worked as the associate technical director for Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA. Michael also worked as an entertainment technician for Busch Gardens Tampa and as stage operations at The Des Moines Metro Opera.
OPERATIONS & EVENT COORDINATOR
Andrew (he/him) is responsible for managing rental events and facilities for University Theatre. He holds a degree in business management from NC State. Contact Andrew if you are interested in reserving space in Stewart Theatre or Thompson Hall.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Event Operations
Known by many as DJ (he/him), David’s main focus is supporting on and off-campus groups that utilize the Stewart Theatre facilities. As a student at NC State, David worked part-time on the tech crew at Stewart. Upon graduation he worked with the National Opera Company before returning to NC State.
ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Event Operations
Kevin (he/him) began working for University Theatre in 2001 as a sophomore in the College of Management. Upon graduation, he continued to work part time at Stewart Theatre while freelancing in technical theater throughout the Triangle. In 2012, Mr. Wright became the assistant technical director of Stewart Theatre. He enjoys working with the student crew and specializes in sound design and engineering.
ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR – Event Operations
Trameeka (she/her) began working for University Theatre during her sophomore year in 2008. She graduated from NC State in 2011 with a BA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in theatre. Upon graduation, she continued to work at NC State in addition to other theatre houses and venues around the Triangle.
MARKETING – Special Projects & Graphic Design
Ron (he/him) is a graduate of NC State in business management. He has worked in the NC State departments of Music, Athletics and Student Activities. His current responsibilities include marketing, photography, videography and other special projects.
BUSINESS – University Program Specialist
Emilie (she/her) holds an MFA in Production Design from Michigan State University and an MBA from Western Carolina University. With a background encompassing costume design, jewelry design, teaching, and business management, Emilie Wood is pleased to join the University Theatre team. She believes participation in the arts is imperative for students’ future success, regardless of major or occupation, and is excited to play a role in supporting and promoting the arts on the NCSU campus.