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Theatre Alumni

Ibi Owolabi, Class of 2015, was just awarded the prestigious Drama League two-year directing fellowship. The fellowship offers each recipient $100,000, health insurance support, and professional engagements with Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theater Center, Dallas Theater Center, New York Stage and Film, and Red Bull Theater, in addition to other opportunities. Owolabi will be in residence at Manhattan Theatre Club. Owolabi will also serve as assistant director for the Broadway production of Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living, which Jo Bonney will direct.

Recently, Ibi was a Kenny Leon Fellow at the Alliance Theatre and has directed plays at Actors Express, the Synchronicity Theatre, the University of South Carolina Theatre, Emory, the Kendeda Festival, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, The Black Theatre Festival and produced the Weird Sisters Project. 

Peyton Rowe, Class of 2019, was just accepted to the prestigious Acting MFA program at New York University which is one of the top 3 acting graduate programs in the country.  Peyton recently performed the role of Desdemona in Othello at the Tiny Theatre Company in Atlanta where she also appeared in Romeo & Juliet and Taming of the Shrew.  Since graduating she has also worked for the Democratic Party of Georgia.  

Tajh Oates, Class of  2016, is the Production Manager of The Alley Theatre in Houston which is one of the largest and most well regarded acting companies in America.  He has also worked at Arizona Theatre Company, The Public Theatre in NYC, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Westport County Playhouse.  

Kristyl Tift,  PhD MFA was recently made Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Vanderbilt University.  Her Voiceover narration of Brandy Colbert’s Blackbirds in the Sky (Harper Audio) recently won the Audiofile Earphones award for Outstanding Narration. 

Bailey McClure MFA has recently been made Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at University of West Georgia.  She has been a designer in New York City for many years working Off Broadway, on Sesame Street (PBS/HBO) and the show Everything’s Trash (Freeform & Hulu)

Tsiambwom Akuchu MFA was recently made Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University Long Beach and has taught at Colby College and has performed at DANCENOW at Joe’s Pub in New York, and the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Akil Jackson will act opposite Johnathan Majors in the feature film Devotion this fall and works in Los Angeles as a production assistant for television shows on Amazon Prime, WB, CW, Paramount +, and ABC. 

Elizabeth McCooey a Senior Theatre and Biology major recently was a featured extra in several episodes of Cobra Kai on Netflix

Dylan Richards  a Senior Theatre Major has been getting consistent extra work on Manunter on Apple TV+, Hulu Original The Girl From Plainville , and the feature film Devotion

Last updated: 8/22/2022