DANICA JENELLE JACKSON
Danica (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.
Julia is a senior in art studies with a concentration in music. She is excited to be involved in her second official show at University Theatre. A Case of Salt is Julia’s first show as an assistant director, and she is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the directorial process.
Grayson is a senior in arts studies with a theatre concentration and a minor in arts entrepreneurship. This is Grayson’s eighth show with University Theatre, and he couldn’t be happier to be back! You may remember him as Harry Houdini in the musical Ragtime, or as Peter Quince of the Mechanicals in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is excited to be finally returning to the crew, and this will be his first time as a stage manager with University Theatre. He is incredibly grateful to University Theatre for persevering in the production of shows, and for his family’s unwavering support.
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Gabby is a first-year student in communications – public relations. Gabby has worked with University Theatre in A Midsummer’s Night Dream. She plans to pursue a career as a talent manager after her time at NC State.
Adeleigh is a first-year in technology, engineering, and design education. “In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family.”
Amaka is a junior in arts studies – with a theatre concentration and a minor in film studies.
Jayme is the resident scenic designer, instructor, and theatre artist for North Carolina State University. Selected designs at University Theatre include Ragtime, Men on Boats, Our Town, Bright Star, Cabaret, The Royal Family, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Love/Sick, The Secret Garden, The 39 Steps, Around the World in 80 Days, Little Shop of Horrors, The Burial at Thebes, The Heidi Chronicles, Chicago and Rent. Jayme has also worked as a freelance designer for such venues as The Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University, North Carolina Theatre Conservatory, The Princeton Festival, Wolftrap Opera, The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Guilford College, Duke University, and Calvin University. As a theatre artist and creator, Jayme has also been a projection designer, writer, director, devisor, puppet creator, and an alternative reality experience collaborator. He earned his MFA in Scenic Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and prior to becoming a designer he was a professional scenic artist. Website: www.jaymemellema.com
LAURA J. PARKER
COSTUME, HAIR & MAKEUP
Laura has been with University Theatre since 2010. She 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 instructor of costume design at William Peace University. Her favorite costume design credits for University Theatre include Hay Fever, The Secret Garden, Around the World in 80 Days, and Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. She has done freelance costume design for area theaters including Honest Pint Theatre Company, Sweet Tea Shakespeare, South Stream Productions, and Bare Theatre. She can often be found acting with local and regional theaters, and performs improv comedy with Raleigh’s Village Idiots. Ms. Parker holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology from Georgia State University and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University.
LIGHTING & SOUND
Patrick 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.
Joshua Reaves began work with NC State’s University Theatre in 2011 as the lighting and sound designer before being named director of the program in 2019. He obtained his MFA from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a BFA from UNC-Greensboro. Before arriving at NC State, Mr. Reaves taught at Campbell University and the University of Cincinnati. He has freelanced for local and regional theatres including NCT, Raleigh Little Theatre, Manbites Dog, Justice Theatre Project, Burning Coal, NC Opera Company, The Alley Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, and New Harmony Theatre, among others. He is grateful to work next to such talented colleagues and thanks his wife Athena and two children, Piera and Aidan, for all their support during those long tech weeks.
David has been working at University Theatre since 2002. David 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 theaters in the metro area as well as many exhibit/design shops. David would like to remind everyone that the Arts NC State programs are open to any NC State student—Get involved!