Playbill | Production & Creative Team

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MIA SELF

DIRECTOR

Mia is the assistant director of acting and directing at North Carolina State University. She has a BA in theatre from Catawba College and an MFA in directing from the University of Mississippi. Mia worked as a professional actor, voice and text coach, playwright, and director around the Southeast and Midwest before beginning her career in theatre education in 2004. She is a proud board member of the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

JENNY FLOWERS

STAGE MANAGER

Jenny is a sophomore in business administration with a minor in arts entrepreneurship. Jenny is so excited to be stage managing A Midsummer Night’s Dream! She’s only just started working with UT – having been an ASM in Devised 2020 – and cannot wait to see what the future holds for her within this program. Additionally, she spins in both the color guard and winter guard here at NC State. She hopes you enjoy the show!

MACKENZIE CAYCO

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Mackenzie is a sophomore in exploratory studies. In Corinth Holders High School’s theatre program, she performed as Abigail and Reverend John Hale in an audio-only production of The Crucible as well as Mayella Ewell in their stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird. For University Theatre, she acted in last year’s production of Argo. Mackenzie is excited to once again be involved with University Theatre and looks forward to participating in both present and future productions.

STAR MUEHLBAUER

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

Star is new to University Theatre and assistant stage management. She has worked on shows such as The Drowsy Chaperone, Twelfth Night, Children of Eden, and Alice @ Wonderland. They love working with Shakespeare and can’t wait to see this show through production!

JAYME MELLEMA

SCENIC DESIGNER

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

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LAURA J. PARKER

COSTUME DESIGNER

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 FeverThe Secret GardenAround 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.

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PATRICK MATHIS

LIGHTING & SOUND DESIGNER

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.

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JOSHUA REAVES

PROJECTION DESIGNER

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 JENSEN

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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!