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Theatre Alumni

We believe that the value of UIndy's theatre degree lies in both lifelong connections and career success, proven by our many graduates who have gone on to become professional actors, directors, theatre educators, administrators and more. Others have applied the connections they've made in the classroom and on stage to forge their path in a variety of other fields. Alumni often return to UIndy to not only assist with productions, but to provide students with knowledge and mentorship. Wondering where a theatre degree could take you? Below is a sampling of accomplishments from UIndy theatre alumni.

AARON SEELIG '06
Aaron is currently the technical director at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. His credits have included:

  • Resident lighting designer for Eisenhower Hall Theatre in New York, at the United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Lighting designer for Clay Aiken and B.B. King
  • Lighting designer in The Wailin' Jennys, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The 5 Browns, The Polyjesters, and America – all at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Event master electrician
  • Draftsman at Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana
  • Electrician at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre
  • Lighting technician/programmer for Stage Tech in Fortville, Ind. 

AMBER MARTIN '97
Since graduation, Amber has pursued a career in stage management. Her credits have included:

  • Stage manager for Barry Manilow at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas and stage managed Manilow on Broadway at the St. James Theatre
  • Tours extensively with numerous artists such as Dave Koz, Beck and others
  • Staff production stage manager at Stage One in Louisville
  • Stage manager for Hamlet at UIndy and A Different Journey at The Phoenix Theatre
  • Stage manager/assistant stage manager in theatres across the country, including Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Stage One in Louisville, the Portland Stage Company in Maine, New Girl Productions in Louisville, The Walker Theatre in Indianapolis and the Chautuaqua Conservatory Theatre in Chautuagua, N.Y.
  • Joined Actors Equity and worked on numerous "light rock" tours

ARIANNE VILLAREAL '12
Arianne recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career. Her credits have included:

  • Worked as an actor/interpreter at the Indianapolis Children's Museum
  • Performed in The Tortoise and the Hare at the Lilly Theater in The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
  • Performed in Death for Sydney Black with NoExit Performance, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Phoenix Theatre, The Playground at The Vagabonds' Bridge Theatre Company, Nevermore with Acting Up Productions, and 4000 Miles at the Phoenix Theatre
  • Performed in the Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre production of The Taming of the Shew at White River Park
  • Performed in the ensemble of the 1-Minute Play Festival and Bless Me, Ultima, both at the Phoenix Theatre
  • Performed in the Tribe in Hair at BOBDIREX
  • Performed in The Great Bike Race, a smash hit at IndyFringe in 2014
  • Performed with Girlz on Top with Defiance Comedy around Indianapolis

JENNI WHITE '97
Jenni joined Coburn Place Safe Haven in October 2010 as the transitional services director, working with survivors of domestic violence and fulfilling her passion of helping those in need. Since graduation, her other roles and activities have included:

  • Active involvement in a community theatre in Evansville, Indiana
  • Actor, director and stage manager for River's Bend Playhouse
  • Actor and stage manager for Evansville Civic Theatre
  • Actor for Repertory People of Evansville and Actors' Playhouse.
  • A member of the Chautauqua Conservatory Theater Company in western New York
  • Grants accountant with the Department of Natural Resources
  • Associate director of resource development with the Damien Center
  • Program facilitator and office manager for Leadership Evansville
  • Executive producing director for Tales & Scales, Inc. 
  • Awarded the Governor’s Award for Tomorrow’s Leaders by the Indiana Humanities Council
  • Performance in the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival with the theatre group Theatre Non Nobis

BRENDA BARRIE '02
Brenda has had numerous roles in the theatre industry. Some of the highlights of her career include:

  • Cast as the title role in Mariette in Ecstasy at Lifeline Theatre, Chicago. The production received seven Joseph Jefferson award nominations for Production, Director, Ensemble, Scenic Design, Set Design, New Adaptation and Actress in a Principal Role
  • Was named one of Chicago Theatre's "Rising Stars" by Chris Jones, theatre critic at the Chicago Tribune
  • Was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role for her portrayal of Eva/Brenda in Memory at the BackStage Theatre Company
  • Understudied Sex with Strangers at Steppenwolf Theatre and portrayed Mary Swanson in the Steppenwolf production of Middletown by Will Eno
  • Portrayed Lady Mary Stanley in Elizabeth Rex at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, directed by Barbara Gaines
  • Performed on stage as Portia in Julius Caesar with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, directed by Jonathan Munby
  • Has performed roles in two productions at The House Theatre in Chicago, where she is a company member: Lady Olympia in The Crownless King and Martha/Quite Scary Rat in The Nutcracker
  • Played Jenny in Okay, Bye at the Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Played Robin in Downpour directed by Erica Weiss at Route 66 Theatre in Chicago

ALEX OBERHEIDE '10
Alex is currently national account coordinator at West Coast Business Development at NEOGOV and manager associate at Hassman Fitzgerald Entertainment (talent management). His other roles and accomplishments have included:

  • Recently completed his MFA in acting at UCLA
  • Films: My Bloody Wedding (2010), The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards (2014), and Enhanced (2015)
  • Was a varsity soccer player at UIndy
  • Personal trainer and strength coach at UCLA

CHRISTINA (ROBINSON) SCHWINN '12
Christina is currently a lighting designer in Los Angeles and is owner of Schwinn Lighting Design. Her other credits have included:

  • Has been a lighting designer for Sacred Fools Theatre Company, Los Angeles
  • Worked for Acting Manitou, Oakland, Maine
  • Worked on Spring Awakening at Wallis Anenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Los Angeles), Trevor at Circle X Theatre (Los Angeles) and Company at Scherr Forum Theatre (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)