Since graduating from BSU in 2012, Emily moved to NYC and has been working full-time as a freelance makeup artist. Her work has been seen on national television, red carpets, and even at the Olympic trials. She has worked with musical artists like Estelle and Imagine Dragons, TV personalities like Tim Gunn and the Impractical Jokers, and actors like Jenna Fischer and Danny Glover. She’s worked with countless esteemed directors, comedians, and world famous athletes. Emily credits the BSU Theatre and Dance Design and Technology program for helping her discover her passion. She is incredibly thankful to the faculty and staff at BSU for encouraging and supporting her non-traditional path, and allowing her to create her own coursework that fostered her talents and interests. She says it was because of how Ball State Department of Theatre and Dance prepared her, and instilled in her such a professional work ethic that she was able to hit the ground running in NYC and accomplish so much in just a few short years.
As a design and technology alumnus, Kevin has designed for venues as prominent as Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The National Theatre of Great Britain, and many more. He also designed scenery for Michael Mann’s Film “Public Enemies” (Universal Studios). He was the Associate Designer for the original Tony-award-winning “August: Osage County,” as well as “MF with the Hat,” and “Of Mice and Men" on Broadway. He is also an adjunct professor of design at DePaul University. Graduate work: Yale School of Drama. Visit his website.
Since graduating from Ball State in 2014 as a design and technology alumnus, Brandon has been a sound designer, composer, and audio engineer working across the country. His design credits include companies such as PlayMakers Repertory Company, American Players Theatre, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Lake Dillon Theater Company, and the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival amongst others. He was previously based in Chicago for over four years where he designed for many of the city’s diverse range of companies. Before jumping into freelance he was an assistant for recognized designers such as Lindsay Jones, Richard Woodbury, Josh Schmidt, Matt Tierney, and Justin Ellington. He was the recipient of the 2019 USITT Robert Cohen Sound Achievement Award for his work since graduating from Ball State. He also been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award as well as BroadwayWorld award. Currently he serves as the resident sound designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company while continuing to design across the country. He earned his MFA in Sound Design & Technology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was an apprentice at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as well as Chautauqua Theater Company. You can visit his website at www.brandonreedsounddesign.com
Christopher (top left) and Justin (bottom left) Swader
Christopher and Justin are New York-based scenic designers and directors. Recent designs include: The Tall Girls (Luna Stage), Dracula (Three Day Hangover), The Tempest (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Clybourne Park (Shadowland Theatre), Jarring (Mason Holdings), Ilsa, Queen of the the Nazi Love Camp (Columbia University), Old Flame (Theater for the New City), Comida de Puta (West End Theatre), A Perfect Ganesh (Luna Stage), Frozen (Essential
Theatre Group), The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy (Company One, Boston), Uncle Vanya (Columbia University), The 7 ½ Mysteries of Toulouse McLane (Trusty Sidekick, Park AvenueArmory), Flamingo (Sanguine Theatre Company, IRT), Firebird (La MaMa), Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and The Seven (Columbia Stages). National Winners of 2011 KCACTF Barbizon Award for Scenic Design (Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches). Their design for The Circus in Winter, based on Cathy Day's novel, won the award for Outstanding Scenic Design at the 2012 National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
Other notable alumni include: Adam Borchers, Andy Catron, Jeff Koger, and Gavin Mosier