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 (NCTC).
DIANE C. PETTEWAY
Diane is a veteran Triangle musical director. She is delighted to be with University Theatre after wonderful experiences with Ragtime, Bright Star, Cabaret 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!
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.
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 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 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 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/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!
Kat is a junior in criminology with a minor in forensic science. Kat is a transfer student from Central Piedmont Community College. She has six years of prior theatre experience but this will be her first show with University Theatre. She is very excited to work on this production and hopes to work on future productions as well!
Assistant Stage Manager
Nic is a junior in civil engineering with a minor in political science. They have some experience acting as well as directing light and sound in productions outside of NC State. Within UT, they acted and served as a movement coordinator for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Assistant Stage Manager
Gabby is a first-year in public relations. She is delighted to be returning for another production at University Theatre. Her most recent credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Case of Salt.
Assistant Stage Manager
Gabi is a first-year student in middle grades math education. She is very excited to make her University Theatre debut as an assistant stage manager for The SpongeBob Musical. When she isn’t working backstage, Gabi is hanging out with her wonderful friends and family. Gabi would like to thank them for their never-ending support, the amazing cast and crew for their incredible hard work, and the audience for their dedication to the arts.
Assistant Stage Manager
Rebecca is a first-year student in math. This is her second production at NC State, previously having worked as a production assistant on the 2021 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Rebecca is excited to continue working with University Theatre on this production of The SpongeBob Musical.