Staff

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John C. McIlwee

Director of University Theatre
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John C. McIlwee, director of University Theatre, has worked extensively throughout the United States as an actor, director, costume designer, scenic designer, makeup artist and playwright. He holds a master’s degree in theatre and an MFA in theatre design from West Virginia University. A recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts, Mr. McIlwee is also a national award-winning fashion designer and a two-time winner of the National Arts and Letters Council Award for children’s playwriting. He continues to lecture extensively on the history of couture and costume and works with the University Theatre staff to create varied and exciting theatrical experiences available to all university students.

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Associate Director
Lighting and Sound Instructor/Designer
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Joshua Reaves 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.


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Mia Self

Assistant Director
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Mia Self is the assistant director of acting and directing at University Theatre and coordinates the academic program. She 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.

rachel-klemRachel Klem

Acting Coach and Instructor
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Rachel Klem has been teaching at NC State since 2004 and has recently joined the University Theatre staff full time. She teaches a variety of classes for University Theatre, directs main stage productions and is the resident acting coach for students participating in our UT productions.

Ms. Klem has been directing theatre in the Triangle since 2001. She moved here after receiving her MFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. While in Chicago, she acted and taught theatre for Navy Pier, Chicago TheatreSports, University of Illinois at Chicago and the City of Chicago. She has directed over 40 productions in North Carolina, including Six Degrees of Separation (Ghost & Spice Productions), Macbeth (NC State’s University Theatre), and City of Medicine, the Series (Common Ground Theatre).

Ms. Klem writes and adapts plays, and has received national attention for her work on The Bowling Show, set in a Chicago bowling alley. She has published over 10 plays for children and is the co-writer of the local smash A Trailer Park Christmas.

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Costume Shop Manager/Associate Designer
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Laura Parker began working at University Theatre in 2010, and has been designing and creating costumes for theatrical productions and historic re-enactors since 1999, with a focus on historically accurate clothing reproductions and historically inspired fantasy costuming. Previously, Ms. Parker was the resident costume designer and taught costume design at William Peace University. Her favorite costume design credits include Around the World in 80 Days for NC State University Theatre, Macbeth for Bare Theatre and Into the Woods for William Peace University.

Ms. Parker holds a B.A. in anthropology from Georgia State University and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University. In her copious free time, she does freelance costume design for area theatres and acts, and she can often be found performing improv comedy with Raleigh’s Village Idiots.

adrienne3Adrienne McKenzie

Costume Technician
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Adrienne McKenzie 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 professionally practicing her two passions in life, costuming and education, each and every day!

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Technical Director, Thompson Theatres
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David Jensen 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.

 jaymeJayme Mellema

Scenic Designer/Scene Painter
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andrewAndrew Korhonen

Operations and Event Coordinator, Stewart Theatre
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Andrew Korhonen joined University Theatre a few years after graduating from NC State with a degree in business management. After working as the assistant technical director for two years, he transitioned into managing the facilities and operations of University Theatre. He is excited to be back working at NC State.
When he’s not working, Mr. Korhonen enjoys playing with his daughter and two horses.

jonesDavid Jones

Technical Director, Stewart Theatre
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kevinKevin Wright

Assistant Technical Director, Stewart Theatre
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Kevin Wright 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.

 ronRon Foreman

Marketing, Special Projects and Graphic Designer
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Emilie Wood

University Program Specialist
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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.

Ms. Wood holds an MFA in Production Design from Michigan State University and an MBA from Western Carolina University.