2015-2016 Season

The UAA Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce our upcoming 2015-2016 season! Please visit our Productions page for descriptions, show dates, and more. To be added to our mailing list for the season subscriber brochure, please contact our Box Office Manager at uaa_pfa@uaa.alaska.edu or call 786-4849.


Check back often for Theatre & Dance news and announcements, including audition announcements, upcoming productions, and more!


Casting and Auditions


Marie Antoinette: Cast List

Hi! On behalf of everyone involved, I would like to congratulate everyone who has been chosen to be a part of the cast for Marie Antoinette. Everyone did great work. So without further adieu…

Emily Pratt…………………………………Marie Antoinette

Matthew Meyer……………………………….King Louis XVI

Kevin Lee…………………………………..Joseph/Mr. Sauce

Jacob Mayforth……………………………………Axel Fersen

Lisa-Marie Castro…………………………………The Dauphin

Becca Padrick………………Yolande de Polignac/Mrs. Sauce

Alexandra McCall……………....Therese de Lamballe/Royalist

Adi Davis………………………………………...……Sheep

Marcel Drayton…………………………………Revolutionary


Questions? Contact the Director, Nova Cunningham at ntcunningham@uaa.alaska.edu 

Rehearsal Dates: Begin October 12th, through November 18th

Production Run: November 20th through 29th


UAA DANCE in Performance: Cast List

Choreographer: Crystal Dosser
Saquoia Arias
Azja Banks
Olivia Brown
Melissa Downey
Kimberly McGrath

Choreographer & Performer: Arlo Davis

Choreographer: Racin Engstrom
Stephanie Brenner
Jeff Brion
Carly Campbell
AJ Carino
Rebecca Lee
Kimberly McGrath
Courtney Meneses

Choreographer: Taylor Hicks
Jeff Brion
Olivia Brown
AJ Carino
Jocelyn Hanson
Rebecca Lee
Courtney Meneses
Katie O'Laughlin
Katrina Thomas

Choreographer: Brian Jeffery
Saquoia Arias
AJ Carino
Crystal Dosser
Racin Engstrom
Katie Haxby
Rique Hill
Katie O'Loughlin
Carmel Young

Choreographer: Katie O'Loughlin
Taylor Hicks
Katie O'Loughlin
Carmel Young

Choreographer: Carmel Young
Katie Haxby
Rique Hill

Courtney Meneses

Performance dates are November 4, 5, 6, 7 at 8pm, 8 at 6pm

Questions: Brian Jeffery, 786-1688 or bjeffery2@uaa.alaska.edu  


Behind the Scenes with Robert Foran III - 44 Plays for 44 Presidents

Budding journalist Robert Foran III popped behind the scenes of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents to get the inside scoop from cast member and assistant director Taran Haynes, and cast members Kimberly Allely and Jake Beauvais. Find out why this "mixed grab-bag" is a roller-coaster ride of smart political comedy in his article, A Presidential History Lesson You'll Never Forget.

44 Plays for 44 Presidents opens on October 2nd and closes October 11th, 2015.


44 Plays for 44 Presidents: Cast List

(in alphabetical order)

  • Kimberly Allely
  • Jonathan Baird
  • Jake Beauvais
  • Angela Colavecchio
  • Jordan Crenshaw
  • Devin Frey
  • Taran Haynes
  • Alexandra McCall

Please contact Adi Davis (adi.davis1@gmail.com) to accept or decline this role no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 28.

The first rehearsal will be Monday, August 31 from 8-10 p.m. in ARTS 342 (3rd floor conference room/art library). I will give you assignments for characters in each play on Monday.

Regular rehearsals will be SUNDAY through THURSDAY from 7-10 p.m. We will likely have longer rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 7 and 8, since there are no classes. We will finalize those times and discuss the rehearsal schedule at Monday's rehearsal. If you have any conflicts you didn't already provide on your audition form, please tell Adi.

Please watch for emails about scheduling measurements and fittings. Please don't change any aspect of your appearance without checking with the costume department first.

TO ALL WHO AUDITIONED: Thank you so much for your work over the past two nights. I was very impressed by the range of skills and the amount of talent that I had to choose from. I encourage all of you to meet with Ty, Nova, or me to discuss any observations we made about your auditions.

You should all consider auditioning for future UAA shows, including Marie Antoinette (in October, information coming soon). Also the UAA improv group, The Ad-Lib Alchemists, will be having an open rehearsal soon, so if you're interested in improv, look for postings about that.




Bring Out Your Dead! by Robert Foran III

UAA's new play "Land Of The Dead" comes to life

with Director Tom Skore, and students Alex Albrecht and Malcolm Kuntz

Story by Robert W. Foran III - rwforaniii@alaska.edu

Zombies are coming to UAA! For the first time, a Shakespeare-themed play engulfed with historical figures and the living dead is knocking down the doors of UAA's main stage theater.

Director Tom Skore describes the whole thing as "a roller coaster ride of a play!" Skore has extensive experience in theatre, mentioning that Alaska is possibly the fifteenth state he has worked in. Land of the Dead will be his last directorial effort at UAA before his retirement as Professor and Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department. With this play, he took a chance with something new to him, and let it unfold without assumption. When asked how this production will represent him as his farewell play, he honestly replied "I don't think about it. Nothing ever happens as you expect it to, and change is inevitable". But there was a look in his eye, knowing that this was going to be unique, and more importantly, one to remember.

Shakespeare's Land of the Dead | Rehearsal 2015 | Jessica Pervier-Brown/UAA

The way this particular play was brought forth was from student Alex Albrecht who portrays William Shakespeare in the play. When visiting family in Los Angeles two years ago, he came across a theatre-themed book store. Knowing he may not have an opportunity to visit a store quite like that back home in Alaska, he eagerly entered discovering many shelves of books to explore. After rummaging through them, looking for great titles that jumped out at him, he eventually left the bookstore with $100 worth of books and scripts, Land of the Dead being among them. Alex then read the script a number of times trying to interpret it;he recalls thinking, "There were people from history fighting each other, and zombies... it just had a lot of wit." He then wanted to see it acted out, so he presented it to faculty where Tom Skore eventually agreed to look at it, and proceeded to include it into the Shakespearean-themed productions UAA is currently carrying out this season.

Something unforeseen in premiering Land of the Dead is what junior Malcolm Kuntz found.In researching more information, he came upon information that this is not the first time this play was performed in Alaska. It once opened at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. When Alex

Albrecht heard that, he laughed and said, "That's funny, that's my old school."

Shakespeare's Land of the Dead | Rehearsal 2015 | Jessica Pervier-Brown/UAA

Malcolm Kuntz studies in the music program with a concentration on voice. He plays "Richard Burbage," Shakespeare's close friend who helps keep things together during the play. Coming from a history of musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar and Rocky Horror Picture Show, this is Kuntz's first non-musical role and he is excited to experience something different in the realm of theater. He has a passion for being on stage and went through a transition from being in bands into acting. He auditioned for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar and instantly developed a new respect and passion for theater. He specified that it was a great way to relieve his restless spirit saying, "Acting takes a lot of focus, I have a lot of energy so acting is a great vehicle for that." Kuntz gives honorable mention to Tome Skore's acting classes and operatic practice to get the most out of his voice when singing and acting.

Reminiscing at that moment in our conversation, Skore interjects to say how plays and songs used now are still the same as when he was in college and that nothing has changed much. He reflects, "When I was in college over forty years ago, I was listening to Jesus Christ Superstar and could probably sing any one of those roles. If someone now needed an understudy for a night, I could probably go in there in short order and remember all those songs." He then points out, "It's like The Beatles, everyone still knows those songs." Albrecht then jokingly comes back with, "Yeah, it's like that Shakespeare guy", indicating the playwright's timelessness.

Tom, Malcolm, and Alex are excited and prepared for their parts. There is anticipation about how students will embrace Land of the Dead, but due to the awareness of a certain zombie craze that is alive and well with shows like The Walking Dead, the feeling is that they will eat it up! (no pun intended). In addition to being involved with other organizations at UAA, Alex mentions that the Theatre and Dance department helps him "flesh out a personality to be a creative voice", giving him a chance to spread the word across campus about what is embarking in the Fine Arts Building. He shares that students are going to appreciate it, predicting, "History majors, Theatre majors obviously, and people who like to see fighting will love it." He adds, "It's structured like an action movie with reoccurring fights followed by character development." Albrecht then extends his thoughts even further by stating that the audience "grows to relate to the characters so much that you connect with them". This is one of those plays where each character really shines in their moment. Alex lastly reveals the fate of favored characters, hinting that once the second half of the play gets rolling . . . audience members might find themselves saying, "Nooooo, I really liked that person!"

William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead: A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague opens April 10th and lasts through the 26th. It will feature a large cast portraying interesting historical figures not usually associated with Shakespeare. There are going to be laughs, gasps, bloody sword fights, and a wide range of hungry zombies . . . enjoy the ride!

What:"William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead: A True and Accurate Account of the 1599 Zombie Plague"

Where: 3211 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508, UAA Mainstage Theatre (Fine Arts Building, Room 220)

When: April 10 –26, 2015

Showtimes:Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. and Sundays @ 3 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $13 for non-UAA students/seniors/military and $11 for UAA students. Buy yours today at UAATix.com or by calling (907) 786-4TIX.



Backstage with Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

UAA Fine Arts has the pleasure of welcoming Journalism major Robert Foran III to our ranks. This week he went backstage for a behind-the-scenes peek at Rosecrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead which opens tonight!

The show runs February 20 - March 8, Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Get your tickets at UAATix.com


Secretos Bajo La Piel (Secrets Under the Skin)

Two dance faculty, Jill Flanders-Crosby and Brian Jeffery, have collaborated with artists from the US and Cuba to create Secretos Bajo La Piel. Secretos Bajo La Piel (Secrets Under the Skin) is a collaborative, contemporary art installation comprised of performance-based videos, large-scale photographs, large-scale paintings on canvas, contemporary illuminated manuscripts, media, and live performance.Over a period of eight years seven collaborating artists from the US and Cuba have worked conjointly with traditional communities in Cuba, Ghana, and Togo on this artist's investigation It has been exhibited in various forms in Cuba, Ghana, Alaska, and San Francisco.The complete installation will be exhibited at the Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission Street, SF, May 14- June 27, with an artist's reception on May 14, 6-8 PM.

Find out more by visiting the  webpage and viewing the press release.


Broadway World Review

UAA Theatre and Dance featured in the January edition of BroadwayWorld.com See the Article Here!