Playbill | Creative & Production Team

Danica Jackson

DANICA JENELLE JACKSON

Director

Danica (she/her) is an award-winning director and educator with specialties in movement, accent coaching and community-based theatre. As one of the newest members of the creative staff at NC State, Danica currently serves as Assistant Director: Performance at University Theatre. Danica is a proud new member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), and the proud co-host of Talkulture, the celebrity livestream. Danica is thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with such an exceptional caliber of artists for her inaugural production at UT. www.danicajenelle.com

DIANE C. PETTEWAY

Musical Director

Diane is a veteran Triangle musical director. She is delighted to be with University Theatre after wonderful experiences with RagtimeBright StarCabaret and Rent (and many more. So many more shows!). Diane thanks her husband Bernie, her friend Mia, the amazing creative team at NC State, and this beautiful ensemble of students and musicians. What a gift to do the thing that we all love together again!

HEATHER J. STRICKLAND

Fight Director

Heather has worked in the Triangle area for 20 years as a director, actor, and dance/fight/movement/intimacy choreographer. Recent fight/intimacy choreography credits include NRACT’s Bonnie and Clyde, NC State University Theatre’s Ragtime, and Raleigh Little Theatre’s Pippin. Favorite projects include director for Bare Theatre’s all-female Titus Andronicus and EverScape, director for RLT’s What We’re Up Against, choreographer for Justice Theatre Project’s Oliver!, movement director for RLT’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Sonorous Road’s The Wolves. Heather has a degree in theatre arts and is trained by the Society of American Fight Directors.

JAYME MELLEMA

Scenic Design, Projection Design

Jayme is the resident scenic designer, instructor, and theatre artist for North Carolina State University. Selected designs at University Theatre include RagtimeMen on BoatsOur TownBright StarCabaretThe Royal FamilyDr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeLove/SickThe Secret GardenThe 39 StepsAround the World in 80 DaysLittle Shop of HorrorsThe Burial at ThebesThe Heidi ChroniclesChicago 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, and Makeup Design

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.

PATRICK MATHIS

Lighting and Sound Design

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/ICTSUSITT, 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.tellus. Phasellus viverra nulla ut metus varius laoreet.

DAVID JENSEN

Technical Direction

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!

GRIFFIN JAMES

Stage Manager

Griffin is excited to be back with TheatreFEST at NC State for this killer musical! Griffin’s most recent stage management credits include Food For Thought and ASBX Shorts – two audio drama collections with the Artist Soapbox Podcast, The School For Scandal with Sweet Tea Shakespeare, as well as Ragtime and Cabaret with University Theatre. When not stage managing, Griffin can still be found in stage blacks, but pursuing other interests including writing, directing, and watching horror movies with their cat Mr. Mocha Latte. If you are interested in hearing more from Griffin, they are a guest host on the Artist Soapbox Podcast where you can listen to them interview Triangle area artists! Griffin would like to thank Skylar and Jackson for their contributions, his parents for making an almost 2-hour drive to see all of their shows, as well as Lormarev Jones, Rachel Klem, and Teal Lepley for their friendship, support, and inspiration.

JACKSON GRIFFIN

Assistant Stage Manager

Jackson is a rising third year at NC State majoring in history with a minor in theatre. Jackson has been in a couple University Theatre productions, most recently The SpongeBob Musical, and he is excited to be a part of Assassins as an assistant stage manager! 

SKYLAR SKINNER

Assistant Stage Manager

Skylar is excited to make her stage management return for TheatreFEST! While she is usually onstage, she also enjoys being behind the scenes. Skylar would like to thank her parents for always supporting her, and her cat Biscuit for being so cute.

GAVEN BELL

Assistant Stage Manager

Gaven is a senior at NC State majoring in biological sciences with a concentration in integrative physiology and neurobiology with minors in science communication and theatre. In addition to stage management (and related roles), Gaven is an actor and award winning playwright. She hopes that you enjoy the show!

KAI WILLIAMS

Assistant Stage Manager

Kai is a rising junior at NC State majoring in textile engineering and communication with a concentration in media. She is excited to participate in her first TheatreFEST production! They have assisted backstage as a member of set crew and deck crew in a variety of productions over the years. Outside of their studies, they enjoy volunteering and helping others. Kai would like to thank everyone in the scene shop for their continued support and the folks at UT for an amazing opportunity and community at NC State!