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Department of Theatre and Dance


MFA in Acting

MFA Acting Class of 2019

Kimbery Braun

Kimberly Braun

Kimberly Braun is from Minnesota. Regional Credits include: Barter Theatre, Cabin Nite Dinner Theatre, Great Plains Theatre, Iowa Theatre Artists Co, Minnesota Fringe Festival, St. Croix Festival Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Wayside Theatre. BA, Gustavus Adolphus College.

Gabriela Castillo

Gabriela Castillo

Gabriela Castillo obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Northern Kentucky University. She blames her love for the performing arts on her parents' ability to transform every blackout in Havana, Cuba, into a night of music and storytelling under the stars.

Kaleb Edward Edley

Kaleb Edward Edley

Kaleb Edward Edley is from Swansboro, NC. He attended The University of North Carolina Wilmington where he received his B.A. in Theatre Performance. Follow Kaleb on Instagram and Twitter @kedley23.

Kimberly Gaughan

Kimberly Gaughan

Kimberly Gaughan received her BA from the University of Notre Dame where she performed with the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. After graduating, Kimberly served as a costume designer and adjunct acting professor with Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television and Theatre. In the summer of 2016, she trained with the Kita School of Noh and Theatre Nohgaku in Tokyo, Japan.

Libby Hawkins

Libby Hawkins

Libby is a Texas native who graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and has her BA in Theatre from Texas A&M University. Favorite past roles include - Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (Santa Maria, CA): Elinor U.S., Sense and Sensibility, Featured Ensemble/Charlotte U.S., "Cinderella," Elizabeth, "Laundry and Bourbon," Ursula/2nd Watchman, "Much Ado About Nothing;" Stolen Shakespeare Guild (Ft. Worth, TX): Mae Pollit, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Perdita, "The Winter’s Tale;" Level Ground Arts (Dallas, TX): Roger, "The Lord of the Flies;" LIP Service (Ft. Worth, TX): Darlene Henshaw, "The Diviners;" Artisan Center Theater (Ft. Worth, TX): Simeon’s Wife, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat;" TAMU (College Station, TX): Helena, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream;" Lil Bit, "How I Learned to Drive."

Darrell Johnston

Darrell Johnston

Darrell is an actor and guitarist originally from Leon, IA.  He has been performing across the country since 2010 at venues such as; Festival Theatre (WI), Barter Theatre (VA), Great Plains Theatre (KS), Maples Rep (MO), Wayside Theatre (VA), SECCA (NC) and Alaska Cabin Nite (AK).  In 2011 he co-founded Highway Walkers Media, a documentary film team. His films can be seen on Public Television and the Oscar nominated websites ShortsTV and the Emmy nominated Dudes On Media. Follow on Twitter @DarrellJohnst0n and check out his work on FB @ Highway Walkers Media.

Donavon St. Andre

Donavon St. Andre

Donavon St. Andre is a second year MFA acting candidate from Lafayette, Louisiana. He received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.  Theatre credits prior to USC include LSU productions of "The Electronic Nigger," "Eiffel Tower: Revisited," "La Pecera," "The Dutchman," "Stick Fly," "Dionysus of the Holocaust," and "Outworks 2014."  Donavon has also been involved in New Orleans productions of "The Jungle Book" and "The Ugly Duckling," working with both Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre and Rivertown Theatre. He wants to thank all who have supported him through this journey as he continues to pursue his terminal degree in performance. He also wants to add that he is available.

Nicolas Stewart

Nicolas Stewart

Nicolas Stewart is originally from Buffalo, NY, and graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Studio Art.  He was recently cast in Reginald Hudlin’s "Marshall" as one of Chadwick Boseman’s stand-ins and a film extra.  For HWS Theatre he last appeared as Captain / Priest in "Twelfth Night" and as the Duck / March Hare / White Knight in "Alice in Wonderland." Other favorite roles include Mark in "DNA" (HWS Theatre) and Seaweed J. Stubbs in "Hairspray" (Nardin Academy Theatre).