College of Fine Arts and Design

Alumni Achievements

Theatre Performance

Terren Wooten Clarke: Graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts in December 2006. Some of his favorite roles from his time at UCO are those from musicals and straight theatre alike: Fences, The Pajama Game, The Learned Ladies, Hot N' Cole, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Wild Oats, Shakespeare's R&J, and several others. Terren was twice an Irene Ryan Acting Competition Nominee, and in 2006 won the competition's Molly Risso Classical Acting Award. In addition to his work onstage, Terren also served as president of Alpha Psi Omega for the 2005-2006 academic year, and had his first attempt at playwriting, "A Single Lotus," chosen as a participant of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's Developmental One-Act Play Program. He also dabbled in the technical side of theatre and worked as the Assistant Scenic Designer for UCO's production of Pterodactyls.

Since graduating, Terren has been fortunate enough to have had a remarkably consistent work with critical acclaim. He has gotten work with several regional theatre companies across the country including: Theatre at Monmouth, College Light Opera Company, Temple Theatre, The Show Palace, The Deckhouse Cabaret, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Granbury Opera House, Galveston Island Musicals, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and others. Recently, Terren originated a principal role in the successful run Off-Broadway run of a new rock-opera entitled "The New Hopeville Comics." His voice is also featured on the cast recording.

Terren now lives in New York City and is working on a new rock musical as the lyricist and book author. He continues to take classes under the likes of Dan Gettinger, Dave Clemmons, Bob Cline, and Jason Robert Brown. 
 
Sara Craig: Graduated with her BFA in December of 2006.  While enrolled the Theatre Arts department she performed in numerous productions and was the recipient of several Irene Ryan nominations.  She also frequented the stages of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.  Sara now lives in Lincoln Nebraska and is the artistic director of a locally run theater company there while her husband, fellow UCO alum, Daniel Gilbert pursues his masters degree at UNL.  After his graduation she plans to move to Chicago to further pursue a career in theater. 
 
Sean Scrutchins is from Shawnee Ok, and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in '07. He is currently attending the University of Southern Mississippi in pursuit of his MFA. His time at UCO helped him understand every aspect of play production ranging from backstage to onstage.  One of the more challenging characters Sean approached at UCO was Tommy from "Pterodactyls".  He challenged himself with the profound emotions within a controversial script and felt an artistic breakthrough in his artistic abilities.  Presently at the University of Southern Mississippi, the focus of study revolves around a wide variety of processes for an actor/actress, ranging from Suzuki, Grote, Lessac, and Linklater.  Sean is very thankful of what he's learned from UCO, helping him achieve such demanding roles such as Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard, and Garry/Roger in Noises Off, from his first year in Grad School.  Looking back Sean is deeply grateful for the amount of growth he attained as an actor and as a person. Upon graduating, Sean hopes to build a professional acting career within Rep Companies throughout the Denver area.

David Neher: Moved to Los Angeles after graduating in 2003 and began surviving as an actor a couple years later doing television commercials and comedy for the internet.  He's done tv commercials for:  Playstation (2006), Nissan(2005), Godaddy.com(2008),  GE(2007),  FedEx(2008), Fox Reality(2006), and Verizon(2007).

In 2007 he had a pretty big role in an indie film called "The Love Shack" directed by Michael Silver.  He's also done two plays in Los Angeles with a company called Big Head productions: Macbeth in 2004 (several small roles), and an ambitious and well received production of "Saint Joan" in 2005 where another actor and myself played all of the characters (something like 30) while one woman played Saint Joan.

He was also the lead role in a music video for a band called Cursive in 2009. Between 2005-2008 he was employed by Turner Broadcasting and created over 50 sketches for their comedy website "superdeluxe.com". He has studied improvisation at the Improv Olympics in 2004 and the 2008 Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. He is currently making comedy sketches for funnyordie.com with my sketch group Honor Student, and performing live at the UCB theatre in Los Angeles.  He is represented by the United Talent Agency.

Theatre Education

Collin Andrulonis: Graduated from UCO in May 2008 with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Education in Theatre.  While at UCO, he performed onstage in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Royal Family, The Passion of Dracula, Anne of Green Gables, The Adding Machine, and numerous student-directed one acts.  As a freshman he was awarded the Brawny Award for "Rookie of the Year." As a sophomore, his original play entitled Rehab won the campus-wide playwriting contest and was produced in the one-act showcase.  As a junior, he won the KCACTF Irene Ryan Award for "Best Partner."  During his senior year, Collin directed Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, for which he received the CAMD Award of Excellence.  Collin served as secretary of Alpha Psi Omega for one year, and worked as the design office assistant for two and a half years.  Currently, he is the drama teacher for two middle schools in the Putnam City school district, Cooper Middle School and Mayfield Middle School.  He continues to perform at regional theatres in Oklahoma and is working on his Master's Degree in Secondary Education at UCO.
 
Lorryn Finnell: is a spring 2009 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma's Theatre/Communication Education Program. She had four mainstage roles in her time at UCO, one of which- Olivia in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"- earned an Irene Ryan acting nomination enabling her to travel to San Marcos, Texas to compete in an ACTF theatre scholarship competition. Other theatre positions she had the opportunity to hold were costume crews, stage manager, and director of a one act play, presented in the fall of 2008. She has had field experiences in several high schools in the Oklahoma City area, with her Student Teaching being done at Classen School of Advanced Studies under Michael Payne, Oklahoma City District Teacher of the Year 2007. She will be teaching theatre, speech, and debate at Deer Creek High School beginning in the fall of 2009. "Thank you to the Theatre/communication Education program at UCO for giving me the best training in my field that this state has to offer. The faculty were so open and eager to assist me in achieving my goals, the opportunities they offered me in developing hand-on experience in my field will be invaluable to my future career. If you love teaching theatre, UCO is the place to be!"

Sharin Burke: Graduated in 2008 after working on the theatre/communication education program.  She has enjoyed the fun and excellent education experience at UCO.  The shows were wonderful, and she learned a lot from the talented professors!

She is currently teaching at Integris Fun & Fit and is working on MA in Drama, focusing on dramaturgy, at OU. She is active with Oklahoma City Theatre Company (acting, stage managing).

Theatre Design and Technology

Alan Edward Schwanke's graduated from UCO in 2005 with a BFA Desgin and Technology with an emphasis in Set Design.  His most recent design credits include Mad Forest (Northwestern University TIC); John & Jen (Apple Tree Theatre - Highland Park, IL); Walt Disney's Aladdin (Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire, IL); Willy Wonka - The Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier); the world premiere of Knute Rockne: All American (Theater at the Center - Munster, IN); the world premiere of The Chicago Sound Connection (B&B Promotions and Northwestern University Summer Series); Pippin (Northwestern University TIC); the world premiere of Tonight at Eight(Northwestern University Summer Series); Suitcase (Northwestern University TIC); The Bacchae (Northwestern University TIC). 

Alan has also been an associate designer for Tony Award Winning scenic designer Todd Rosenthal on The Cook (The Goodman Theater - Chicago, IL) directed by Henry Godinez and Glengarry Glen Ross (Milwaukee Repertory Theater) directed by Kate Buckley.  Other design credits include Ain't Misbehavin' and The Odd Couple (the Pollard Theater Co. - Guthrie, OK); Little By Little and the Oklahoma premiere of The Last Five Years (Leland Productions - Edmond, OK); The Cottonpatch Gospel (Oklahoma City Repertory Theater Co.); Wild OatsFencesThe Accidental Death of an Anarchist andInto the Woods (the College of Arts Media & Design). 

Alan has received commendations from the American College Theater Festival for "excellence in design" for his work on Wild OatsFences and The Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Upcoming projects include Walt Disney's High School Musical for the Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire, Illinois; Getting To Know You for the Broadway Rose Theatre Co. in Portland, Oregon; To Kill A Mockingbird for the Salem Repertory Theatre in Salem, Oregon; and Footloose for the Theater at the Center in Munster, Indiana. In the Spring of 2008, Alan was invited to display his work at both the USITT Young Designer's Forum in Houston, Texas and Ming Cho Lee's "Clambake" in New York City.

Alan has just completed his final year of graduate school at Northwestern University and currently lives and works in the Chicago area.
 
Justin DApolito: Graduated from UCO with a BFA in Theatre Arts in2004.  He shortly thereafter moved to New York City to pursue a career in technical theatre. He spent several years doing freelance work all over New York City, and is now employed full time as Production Manager/Technical Director for STREB "Extreme Action" based in Brooklyn, where he also lives.  In his time with STREB he has had the opportunity to tour all over the country and also overseas.

Brad Poarch: Graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in May of 2002 with a BFA in Theatre Arts and minors in Broadcasting and Business Administration. Currently, Brad oversees the rental and production departments at Cory's Audio Visual Services, Inc and has held this position since his graduation from UCO.  Over the past seven years, Brad has been involved with a Varity of challenging productions and events including The Oklahoma Creativity Project Kick-Off, The Governor Brad Henry Inauguration Ball, The Oklahoma State of the Schools Address and most recently, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Awards Dinner and Banquet slated to air on OETA throughout the state of Oklahoma. Brad has also been actively involved with many local and regional theatre productions including many UCO Theatre, Music Theatre and Broadway Tonight Productions.  Brad is married to fellow UCO alum Megan Day-Poarch and recently welcomed the newest member to their family, James Thomas in September 2008.
 
Sachiko Komuro: From Yokosuka, Japan she is currently studying for her Master's Degree in Costume Design at the University of Connecticut .   In 2008, she completed her undergraduate degree in Theatre Design and Technology at the University of Central Oklahoma , where she was Class Marshall.  In 2007 Sachiko won the Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design Excellence in Costume for Region Six at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Her design credits at UCO include: Heritage, Il Signor Bruschino, The Old Maid, Conviction, and The Pillowman, While in Oklahoma , she also designed the costumes for Cyrano de Bergerac, which was produced for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.  Most recently in 2009, Sachiko designed for Pericles Prince of Tyre for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
 
Shannon Dedman:  
After graduating from UCO in 2002, she attended California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), receiving an MFA in Properties Design, Management, and Fabrication. During her time at CalArts, she was props master for several original works as well as many interesting re-imaginings of classics. Her thesis Props Management assignment, the world premiere of French playwright Michael Vinaver's controversial 11 September 2001, played at REDCAT theatre in downtown Los Angeles and then had a run in Dijon, France. While at CalArts, she cultivated an interest in puppetry and spent as much time as she could learning how to fabricate and operate puppets and other moving objects. Shannon also worked as a graduate assistant for the Properties Technology class for 2 years, as well as working as an artisan/fabricator for numerous productions that were prop managed by her fellow students. Finally, she worked on a few film and animation collaborations as an art director and puppet fabricator.

In addition to working for several theatres in Oklahoma during her years at UCO (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Lyric Theatre, and Pollard Theatre), she has also had the great opportunity to work at several theatres in the state of California. She spent a summer as a props artisan at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and two summers at Sacramento's Music Circus as both a props artisan and props master. For a year following her CalArts graduation, she was the shopper/buyer for the props department at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA. She then returned to Los Angeles and spent a year freelancing as a props master for several independent short films. During that time she also worked as a foam sculptor for the "Finding Nemo" ride, a current attraction at Disneyland. In March 2007, Shannon was hired to be on the staff at Pasadena Playhouse, California's State Theatre. She is still happily employed there as the Props Manager. 

In her occasional free time she hones her baking and sewing skills and sometimes still works on small freelance jobs, most recently working as the puppeteer/puppet wrangler for singer Kerli's "Walking on Air" video. She is also a member of the Los Angeles-based puppet troupe The Little Fakers, who perform a serial puppet drama with marionettes entitled "The Sunset Chronicles". Their most recent installment, Episode 5, was a rock opera.  Here are some links to her work.  

Links: http://www.mtv.com/videos/kerli/233515/walking-on-air.jhtml (PUPPETEER)
http://www.thewingedman.com/ (PROPS MASTER)