Strictly Speaking

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University Theatre hosts professional theatre makers to speak about their work, their industry and their journey within the arts.

Speakers will take questions from attendees during this one-hour interactive zoom conversation. Pre-registration required for each speaker. Zoom links will be sent to attendees the beginning 48-hours prior to the event.

Registration closes at 12 noon EST on the day of the event. Please contact University Theatre with any questions about registration needsuniversitytheatre@ncsu.edu




Alejandro Fajardo

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Colombian lighting designer based in New York City. Works include designing plays and musicals, directing dance tours and festivals, lighting fashion shows, music festivals, escape rooms, and other live events. www.fajardodesigns.com 

April 27 | 6pm EST

Andy Señor

Director & Actor

Currently serving as the associate director a La Jolla Playhouse.

April 29 | 6pm EST


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Past Speakers

Matthew Miller

DIRECTOR

Chicago based director, casting director & TV executive producer.

Co-creator and director of TV Land’s Teachers. Commercial Director for Got Milk?, Crest, Eggo, and Lowe’s and has directed in theaters such as Steppenwolf, Second City and Lifeline Theatre

February 2 | 6pm EST

Chris Chalk

ACTOR / FILMMAKER

Chalk is known for television roles such as  Lucius Fox on “Gotham”, journalist Gary Cooper in HBO’s “The Newsroom”, Marine Tom Walker in “Homeland”, and murderer Jody Adair in “Justified”. He has also been in multiple Law & Order episodes. Other credits include roles in the 2010 Broadway play Fences, and the films 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)

February 4 | 6pm EST

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Ryan Moller

COSTUME DESIGNER

Chicago based award winning costume designer for companies such as The Metropolitan Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Norwegian Cruise Line, and many more. Dresser for 25 broadway shows including: Hamilton, Rock of Ages, Memphis, Head over Heels, Mean Girls, Miss Saigon, American Psycho and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

February 11 | 6pm EST

Stephanie Trigg

COMPANY MANAGER

NYC based Event and Entertainment Producer and Company Manager working in theatre and the immersive world. More than a decade in the industry with seven years of experience working with Emursive and Punchdrunk International, developing Sleep No More in New York City. 

February 16 | 6pm EST

Seth Starr

Lighting Test Specialist

Former Field Service Engineer and current Acceptance Test Specialist for Electronic Theatre Controls. Facilitate User “Beta” Testing of ETC products before going to market.

February 18 | 6pm EST

Jackson Cooper

Major Gifts Officer

Major Gifts Officer for Pacific Northwest Ballet working concurrent on marketing and communications to donors. He is also an MFA in Arts Leadership candidate at Seattle University where his research focus is the decolonization of fundraising principles and entering the arts career field in a post-COVID world.

February 23 | 6pm EST

Anthony Shou

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT

Acoustics consultant in performing arts related venues and academic facilities focusing on architectural acoustics, sound isolation and noise vibration control to ensure great acoustics is accessible to everyone.

February 25 | 6pm EST

Shauna Johannesen

Writer/Actor/Filmmaker

Vancouver-based award-winning writer, actor, and filmmaker. Her plays have been produced across Western Canada. Her short film , “Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story,” garnered numerous accolades on the festival circuit, including Leo awards for Screenwriting and Best Female Actor. 

March 2 | 6pm EST

Registration opens late January 2021

Jessica Holcombe

Owner/Charge Artist

Scenic painter and owner of Majestic Scenic in Winston-Salem NC, a full service scenic art company.

March 4 | 6pm EST

Heather Strickland

Executive DIRECTOR

Theatre and nonprofit executive, currently Executive Director of Raleigh Little Theatre, as well as a sometimes artist with experience in fight and intimacy choreography, acting, directing, and teaching.

March 9 | 6pm EST

Joel Veenstra

STAGE MANAGER

Professional AEA stage manager, production manager, producer, & improviser. Theatres include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse and many more. Currently Associate Chair of Production and Co-head of the Stage Management Program for University of California’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts

March 16 | 6pm EST

Audrey Hoo

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Production Manager at the Tony Award-winning theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater and former production manager of A.C.T. and La Jolla Playhouse 

March 18 | 6pm EST

Elizabeth Mak

LIGHTING & MEDIA DESIGNER

Singapore-born NYC-based lighting and media designer. Her practice as an artist is rooted in using various forms of visual storytelling to create immersive and experiential works that address issues of social justice

March 23 | 6pm EST

Jay Machado

Virtual Art Department Supervisor

LA based VES award winning hard surface modeler for Industrial Light & Magic. Currently supervising the Virtual Art Department on an upcoming Star Wars TV series

March 25 | 6pm EST

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Lauren Van Hemert

Arts Journalist

CEO of Beltline To Broadway (formerly RDU on Stage) and former Contributing Editor for Broadway World Raleigh, covering over 50 shows in the Triangle and conducted over 50 interviews, including profiling Kristin Chenoweth and William Ivey Long. Member of the American Theatre Critics Association.

March 30 | 6pm EST

John McIlwee

DIRECTOR, ACTOR & DESIGNER

Retired director of NC State University Theatre

April 1 | 6pm EST

Emily Tadlock

TV NEWS ANCHOR & MMJ

Award winning multi-media journalist and primetime anchor for Bangor, Maine’s WABI TV 5 – 5 p.m. newscast

April 6 | 6pm EST

Abby Tutorow

FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER

Factory-based Field Service Engineer for ETC lighting controls systems. Abby works with programming, troubleshooting, implementation, and training.

April 8 | 6pm EST

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Kaitlin Gill Rider

LIGHTING DESIGNER & SALES

RTP based freelance lighting designer with over 10 years of experience in dance, theatrical, worship, and architectural lighting design. Director of Outside Sales for WHOCO Lighting and Controls, INC.

April 20 | 6pm EST

Jen Dasher

COSTUME DESIGNER

Principal designer and founder of J.Dasher Creative, a creative studio that has produced designs for Cirque du Soleil, Taylor Swift, Paula Abdul, Glimmerglass Opera, The Washington Ballet, Ford’s Theatre, PBS, Ballet X and a selection of Broadway and Off-
Broadway works. Currently Assistant Professor of Costume Design at The University of Florida,

April 22 | 6pm EST

 

Elisheba Ittoop

Sound Designer/Composer
NYC based designer, composer, & noisemaker.

August 20 | 6pm EST

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Haley Clair

Voice Actor/Singer
NYC based voiceover artist, singer, and actor who has voiced commercials for Kohl’s, David’s Bridal, Michael’s, Canva, Spotify, and more!

August 25 | 6pm EST

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Kara Harmon

Costume Designer
Costume Designer living in NYC whose work has been seen in theatre, film, television, commercials and events.

August 27 | 6pm EST

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Ryan Wineinger-Schattl

Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering
Disney Imagineer with 10 years experience in Theatre & Theme Parks.

September 1 | 6pm EST

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Porsche McGovern

Lighting Designer, Researcher
Lighting designer and author of the Howlround series, “Who Designs & Directs in LORT Theatres by Pronoun”.

September 3 | 6pm EST

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Josh Tower

Actor/ Singer
Broadway actor and singer currently playing Burr on the first national tour of Hamilton.

September 8 | 6pm EST

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Hillary Hart

Executive Director
Executive director for Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Texas

September 10 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVED VIDEO HERE

Sun Hee Kil

Assistant Professor/Sound Designer
NYC based Theatre Sound designer/Professor, from South Korea

September 15 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVED VIDEO HERE

Eric Tysinger

Stage Manager
AEA stage manager for the first national tour of Hamilton.

September 17 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVED VIDEO HERE

Nathan Crocker

Assistant Professor / Voice and Dialect Coach
NY/NJ based actor and accent and dialect coach. Currently voice and speech professor at Rutgers University.

September 22 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVED VIDEO HERE

David Tompkins

Executive Director
Arts and Culture Executive and Film, Television, Live Concert, and industrial show Production Manager, and Event Producer.

September 24 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVED VIDEO

Rasean Davonte Johnson

Projection Designer and Video Artist
Video artist and designer of projections for theatre, film, and installations.

September 29 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Edred Utomi

Actor
Professional actor currently playing the role of Alexander Hamilton on the Angelica tour or “Hamilton”

September 30 | 7pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Charles Murdock Lucas

Scenic and Integrated Media Designer, USA 829
International scene and media designer, member of USA 829, and Head of Scene Design, Projection & Integrated Media Design for the BA and M.F.A. programs at San Diego State University.

October 1 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Tara Faircloth

Opera Stage Director
Freelance opera stage director for companies large and small.

October 6 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Alan Campbell

Actor
Tony nominated actor with nearly forty years experience in stage, film, television and concerts.

October 7 | 7pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Quentin Fears

Fashion Consultant
Celebrity Stylist & Host Based in Los Angeles, Ca.

October 13| 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Stephanie Umoh

Actor/Performer/Angelica Schuyler
NYC based Broadway/TV/Film/Commercial actor for over 12 years currently playing the role of Angelica on the national tour of “Hamilton”

October 14 | 7pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Jenny Ely

Associate Project Manager
Project Manager for ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive media division.

October 15 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO NOT AVAILABLE

Angie Hays

Executive Director, NCTC
 

October 20 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Rob Eastman-Mullins

Scenographer, Assoc. Prof. of Design & Production
Scenographer–designing scenery, lighting, and costumes–for over twenty years, and associate professor of deign & production at Wake Forest University.

October 22 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Lex Liang

Founder/Principal – LDC Design Associates
Founder of LDC Design Associates a multi-disciplinary design and production house, specializing in experiential, live event design and bespoke interiors.

October 27 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Lauren Kennedy Brady

Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Raleigh
Broadway actress and Artistic Producing Director of Theatre Raleigh

October 29 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Pornchanok Kanchanabanca

Sound Designer/ Composer
Female Thai artist, sound designer, musician and composer.

November 5 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Sharon Huizinga

Lighting Designer
Head of MFA Lighting Program at CCM, Sharon is an international lighting Designer and programmer in many genres, from theatre and live music to corporate events and television.

November 10 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO

Ken Maruyama

(Retired) Vice President, Artist Management & Academic Relations , Sony Pictures Imageworks
Retired Visual Effects Production executive from Sony Pictures Imageworks and Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic

November 12 | 6pm EST

ARCHIVE VIDEO