Ball State alumni work on Broadway (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Mean Girls, SIX: The Musical, Ink, Aladdin, Chicago), Off-Broadway (Fiddler on the Roof, Nantucket Sleigh Ride), regional (Fly, Diana), national tours (Jesus Christ Superstar, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Miss Saigon), prime-time television (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Mindhunter, Modern Family, Empire, Shameless, Chicago franchise), feature films (The Shape of Water, Lady Bird), and in nationally televised commercials.

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Meghan “Collins” Conley

After graduating with a BFA, Meghan moved to New York City and took the stage name Collins while joining Actor’s Equity. Collins is currently performing in Mean Girls the musical on Broadway where she made her Broadway debut in 2018 as Lizzie Therman, Caroline Krafft, and “Sexy Corn”! Before her work in Mean Girls, she played Ashley in the world-premiere production of The Prom at the Alliance Theatre prior to its Broadway run. Recently she acted as choreography assistant on Casey Nicholaw’s new production of Some Like it Hot where she was thrilled to finally put her tap skills to good use! Outside of performing, Collins teaches tap for The Growing Studio, coaches Mean Girls workshops, and loves doing talk backs with young aspiring performers. Growing up she was a competitive dancer, science nerd, and enjoyed tapping around the country as a member of the St. Louis Hoofer’s Club. This early skill set, along with her BSU training, laid stepping stones for her success. She continues to train in NYC and uses her love of science for daily fun facts in the Mean Girls dressing room; she promises they’re a hit!

Dylan Cole Passman

DCP is a New York City-based performer, choreographer, and director and a proud graduate of Ball State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. DC’s work as a performer and choreographer have been seen Off-Broadway and in Regional houses around the country. Some of his favorite credits include; The Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, The Fulton, Gateway Playhouse, and Maine State Music Theatre. He recently finished choreographing a successful Off-Broadway run of “The Drowsy Chaperone” as well as an immersive production of Lippa’s “The Wild Party” in conjunction with The Yale School of Music. Proud member of AEA. 

Adam B. Shapiro
Adam has appeared Off Broadway in both English and Yiddish in such shows as Bastard Jones, The Golden Bride, The Mikado Re-imagined, Death of a Salesman (in Yiddish), The Boys From Syracuse, Gimpel the Fool, and in the Award-Winning Yiddish language production of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Joel Grey, in which Adam played the Rabbi and understudied Tevye and Lazer Wolf. In TV/Film, Adam has appeared on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Master of None, Friends from College, 30 Rock, The Mysteries of Laura, and played the role of Bella in HBO's Emmy-Winning film, The Normal Heart. Adam is also a MAC Award winning cabaret artist and has performed his solo work all over NYC, including Lincoln Center as part of the Mabel Mercer Cabaret Convention. He can be heard on several albums with Stage Stars Records and his debut single "Warm As Winter" is available on all streaming platforms.
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Grace Rex

Grace currently resides in Brooklyn where she makes her own work and collaborates with others. The musical theatre alumna acts on stage and on screen and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Her film credits include “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty;” “Ruth and Alex” (starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival; “Song One” (starring Anne Hathaway), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival; “Women Who Kill;” “5 Flights Up;” “Guilty;” “Contagion;” “The Dilemma;” and “The Comedy.” Her television credits include “E.R.,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Blindspot,” “Master of None,” “Elementary,” “Biker Bar,” “State of Romance,” and “Underemployed.” She has also been seen on the stages of The Denver Center, Steppenwolf, and A Red Orchid Theatre, among others. Visit her website.

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Matt Glassner

Upon graduating from Ball State with a musical theatre degree, Matt moved to Chicago where he was the casting intern at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Upon completing his internship at Steppenwolf he decided to pursue casting full time and moved to NYC and interned with Telsey + Company and then Manhattan Theatre Club (as an Artistic Production Intern). Since completing these internships, he has begun working full time in casting, first for Innovative Artists and now, for Barden/Schnee Casting. 


Other notable alumni include: Kayla Davion, Kirsten Hodgens, Lincoln Clauss, Evan Duff, Monica Ramirez, Megan Farley, Danni Smith, Jeff Lawhorn, Betsy Farrar, Michael Ferraro, Tony Howell, Shelby Putlak, Laura Sportiello, Krystal Worrell, Allison Sill, Caleb Donahoe, Nick Abbott, and Tommy Bullington. 

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Jessica Ervin

Upon graduating with her acting degree, Jessica moved to Chicago where she soon landed a role in the Rivendell Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of “Dry Land.” The Chicago Sun-Times stated the following regarding the performances given by Jessica and one of her fellow actors: “… two young actresses, Bryce Gangel and Jessica Ervin, under the unflinching direction of Hallie Gordon, are giving such raw, fearless, excruciatingly soul-bearing performances that you forget they are acting — you can only be shaken and awestruck on every count.”

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Talley Beth Gale 

Upon graduating from Ball State, Talley attended the M.F.A. program in acting at The Old Globe/University of San Diego (Shiley Graduate Theatre Program). Credits include The Last Match (understudy, The Old Globe), This is Our Youth (understudy, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, dir. Anna D. Shapiro), and El Stories: Love Train (Waltzing Mechanics). MFA credits include The Seagull, As You Like It, and Acquainted With the Night (The Old Globe/USD). 

Other notable alumni include: Erin Neufer, Maggie Morgan, Dee Dee Batteast, Pearl Rhein, Christine Barger, Peter Corey, Taylor Del Vecchio, Nancy Hale, Joe Lino, Katie Mazzini, Cynthia Nesbit, Nathan Stark, and Derek Grabner.

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Tyler Ring

Tyler Ring is a native of Muncie, Indiana, where he graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Ball State University. He has also studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Visceral Dance Chicago. As a performer, Tyler has danced new works by James Gregg, Banning Bouldin, Sidra Bell, Amy Miller, Dianne McIntyre, Monica Bill Barnes, and David Shimotakahara. After one season as a performing trainee with Thodos Dance Chicago, he danced with GroundWorks DanceTheater in Cleveland, Ohio from 2017 to 2019 where he also served as Interim Education Outreach Director coordinating a curriculum of dance for inner city elementary schools in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, he spent one year as an Adjunct Professor with the Cleveland State University Theater and Dance Department creating new work for his students. In 2019 Tyler wrote a grant for Cleveland Public Theatre's annual DanceWorks Series, where he was selected as one of nine local contemporary dance companies to present an evening length work. 'Transcription Beta' premiered in June 2019 at the Gordon Square Theater. Presently Tyler is serving on the faculty of the Dance Institute at the University of Akron, and is also part of The CODA Collective.

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Billy Blanken 

Billy graduated with honors from Ball State with majors in acting and dance performance. After graduation, he was invited to attend the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City on full scholarship. He started his professional career as a principal with the Amy Marshall Dance Company before he joined Les Ballets Grandiva. Selected credits include: principal guest artist with Brooklyn Ballet, guest artist with CoDa21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dances Patrelle, Catherine Gallant Dance, Atlantic City Ballet, Mobile Ballet, Flexicurve, Northwest Florida Ballet, Lane & Co Arts, Sun Valley Ballet, the East Village Dance Project, Northeastern Ballet Theatre, Neville Dance Theatre, isadoraNOW, Ballet Mink Colbert, and performing Michael Foley’s work in the Howl on the Road Festival at Lincoln Center.

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Jen Donohoo

Since earning a degree in dance, Jen has appeared in the Jeff Award winning “Follies” (Ghost Showgirl/DC) at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Gary Griffin and choreographed by Alex Sanchez. She has since worked on “A Chorus Line” directed by Mitzi Hamilton, “Timon of Athens” at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, “Brigadoon,” and “A Christmas Carol.” She has also performed in numerous industrials and commercials around the world as a principal dancer for the Lions Club, CSO’s “Welcome Yule!,” “Dance For Life,” “Duets for My Valentine” and “Chicago Takes Off” among others. She has also served as guest faculty at Joffrey Ballet, Lou Conte Dance Studio and Ruth Page Centre for the Arts. Within the last year, Jen worked on “Deployed” (assistant director) for NYMF and “Soul Doctor” Off-Broadway (assistant choreographer/assistant director) both under the direction of Mindy Cooper. She also assisted Devan and Janki on “Fly Guy and Other Stories” and has since taken over setting this regionally touring show. This past spring, she worked on “Guys and Dolls” at Goodspeed Opera House under the direction of the brilliantly talented Don Stephenson. She is a member of AEA and AGMA.

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Cristina Gustaitis 

Cristina is a professional dancer in New York City and has performed throughout the US and abroad with companies Treeline Dance Works and MachineHistrionica Dance since she received a degree in dance. In addition to performing, she is a choreographer and dance teacher in her neighborhood of Brooklyn.



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Chadaé McAlister

Dance alumna Chadaé has performed regionally in "Showboat", "Little Shop of Horrors," and many others. She was on the First National Tour of “Motown the Musical.”

Other notable alumni include: Rachel Lou Redding

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Kevin Depinet

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.

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Emily Amick

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.

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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  

Justin Swader - headshot Theatre and Dance AlumniTheatre 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: Andy Catron, Jeff Koger

Shannon Golden (Stage Management)
Shannon Golden is an Equity stage manager and since graduating has worked in Chicago at many theaters including: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and A Red Orchid Theatre. She just opened Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as the Production Stage Manager. She is grateful for the hands-on production experience she received while at Ball State, as well as the high level of professionalism that all of the shows in the department met. Her best advice for young artists is to find the type of work that they are passionate about. And to take the opportunities that come their way, while being adamant in the worth of themselves and their time.

Catherine Del Castillo (Theatre Education)

Since graduating BSU in 2012, Catherine earned her MA in Applied Theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies in New York. She spent 8 years as a New York-based teaching artists focusing on using theatre to strengthen literacy and social emotional skills. In the fall of 2019, Catherine moved to New Brunswick, NJ to join the education team at George Street Playhouse as the Manager of Tour and Academy Programs. She is passionate about using theatre education as a tool to help communities and classrooms work towards social change.

Coral Opem (Stage Management)

Since graduating in 2015, Coral has worked in Film/TV production in Chicago and Los Angeles. Production credits include Chicago P.D., The ChiShamelessOffice Christmas Party, Animal KingdomI Feel Bad, and AJ and the Queen. She currently works at Universal TV in development for CannyLads Productions and freelances as a producer.

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Emil Thomas (Directing)

Upon graduation from the directing program, Emil accepted the position of producing artistic director at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square in Marietta Georgia. With six fellow Ball State alumni, he created the resident company Actors Theatre of Georgia. This new project is currently in its second production season, producing a variety of works including Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa,” an adaptation of Richard Wright’s “Native Son,” and Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie.”

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Allyson Beheler (Stage Management)

Upon graduation, Allyson was hired by Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA as a Company Management/Stage Management Apprentice. She will be the Assistant Stage Manager for three shows, and the Company Management Apprentice for four shows.

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Marcus Carroll (Stage Management) 

After graduating, Marcus was a Stage Management Intern at The Goodman Theatre on their productions of A Christmas Carol and 2666. He has also worked with Emerald City Theatre and Jackalope Theatre. He currently resides in Chicago.

Other notable alumni include: Tayor Peterson-Burke (Theatre Education), Shannon Golden (Stage Management), Andrew Kramer (Theatre Creation) 

Alumni Reunion

Held approximately every 18 months, our alumni reunions allow you to reconnect with friends, network with professionals, and celebrate the proud past and bright future of the Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition, you can share and connect with current students to further establish the Ball State Theatre and Dance network.

During the 2019 reunion weekend, we honored the accomplishments and contributions of Beverly Bautista, Priscilla DavisBilly MurphyDanni SmithDoug Stark, and Beth Turcotte. Events included a departmental awards presentation, a surprise alumni performance for Beth Turcotte to celebrate her work in the Department, and the department’s production of “Gypsy,” Beth’s last show before her retirement in May 2019!

Our next alumni reunion will be in the Fall of 2020. 

We look forward to seeing you! 

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Theatre and Dance Alumni Society Board

  • Dee Dee Batteast
  • Beverly Bautista
  • Amy Bouril
  • Matt Gibson
  • Laura Jansen
  • Bill Jenkins, Ex Officio
  • Sarah Jenkins, Ex Officio
  • Jonathan Jensen
  • Melissa Jones
  • Doug Long
  • Billy Murphy
  • Thomas Murray
  • Andrea Prestinario
  • Amy Rafa
  • Margaret Reeder
  • Kim Ruse
  • Shawn Stoner, President
  • William Surber
  • Kate Walker
  • Christie Zimmerman, Ex Officio

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