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Brittany Rappise at window

Brittany Rappise, '10

Brittany V.A. Rappise is currently a freelance Wig & Make-Up Designer specializing in Opera, Theater and Film. After graduating from UWF in 2010 with her BA in Theatre, Brittany attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts to earn her Master's Degree in Wig & Makeup Design. She has remained very busy since receiving her MFA in 2016 and has had the privilege to design for Sarasota Opera, Opera Delaware, Pensacola Opera, Brevard Music Center, Amarillo Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Charleston Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Tulane Summer Lyric, Opera Project Columbus and Flat Rock Playhouse. She has also had the opportunity to teach workshops and build custom wigs for world renowned entertainment companies including Disney, Busch Gardens, NBC and Cirque Du Soleil. In the summer of 2019, Brittany will be making her New York City Opera debut, designing wigs & make-up for the world premier of Stonewall, a new work based on the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village. Brittany owns her own business, The Makeup Wigstress, which is based out of Pensacola, FL, where she offers design services, wig rentals, custom wig building, SFX makeup fabrication, as well as hair styling and makeup application for theatre, film and editorial needs. She also loves to give back by building custom wigs and hairpieces for people who experience hair loss from medical conditions like alopecia and chemotherapy treatments. More information about Brittany can be found on her website

Rocky Sansom, '03

Rockford Sansom is currently an actor and theatre artist based out of New York City. After his time at UWF, Sansom gained admission and won a fellowship to attend the highly selective Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program at the University of Central Florida. Sansom has worked as a resident Associate Artist at Seaside Music Theater-one of the South's largest and most respected regional theatres. At Seaside, he performed numerous principal roles; his favorite shows include "The Threepenny Opera," Singin' in the Rain," and "Sunday in the Park with George." All the while, Sansom was the Assistant Director for the south's regional premiere of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," and he served as a faculty member in Seaside's Educational Program.

In all of his program biographies, which have been seen by hundreds of thousands of audience members across the world, Sansom proudly acknowledges his training at UWF.

Brent A. Denison, '01

A 2001 BA Theatre Arts graduate and member of the Alpha Psi Omega Omicron Theta cast of 2001. I continued my education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with a graduate assistantship in their Theatre Department Stage Management Graduate program. While working toward my MFA degree at UNLV, I worked as Box Office Supervisor for the Celine Dion A New Day production at Caesar Palace in Las Vegas. I obtained my M.F.A degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Stage Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on December 2004. I relocated to the state of California shortly after graduation with my MFA degree, where I currently work as the Box Office & Patron Services Manager for the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons in the county of Los Angeles. I am also the Production Stage Manager for the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre mainstage productions. I have also participated as an actor or Stage Manager in several productions of the Theatre Department at College of the Canyons including South Pacific and Cabaret. A member of INTIX. GO Argonauts!!

Headshot of David MacDowell Blue - '85
David MacDowell Blue, '85

David MacDowell Blue, '85

After graduating from UWF, David MacDowell Blue completed his training at the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC, where he played several classic roles off-off Broadway (including Malvolio in "Twelfth Night"). Currently he is a playwright, director and theatre critic in Los Angeles. He was recently featured as a panelist at a "Meet the Critics" forum for the Los Angeles Theatre community sponsored by He is also the Dramaturg of Actaeon Players as well as Co-Artistic Director of TheatreANON. In Spring 2019, he directed a radical edit of Shakespeare's "Richard III" on Hollywood's Theatre Row. Likewise, his adaptation of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Gothic class "Camilla" has had six productions across the country so far. Updates as well as his theatre theatre reviews can be found on his website. He has also directed "Heartbreak House" by George Bernard Shaw, a series of dance shows for Troupe Zaghareet, and several stage readings of various works including some of his own plays. The piece "Noah's Cove", which takes place during a hurricane was very much shaped by his growing up in Pensacola.


Martha Cooper, '70

A tenured Associate Professor of Costume Technology at FSU. A theatrical costumer for over 30 years, Martha has worked as a designer, draper, and shop manager at many professional theatres, including Seaside Music Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Jekyll Island Summer Music Theatre Festival and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. She trained as a young draper at Opryland U.S.A., helped open and managed the costume department at Fiesta Texas Theme Park and headed up the costume team at the Coca Cola Olympic City Theme Park for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.


Class of 2019

Benjamin Bailey - actor Winter Park Playhouse

Cassidy Beal - cast member, Walt Disney World

Joshua Birdsong

Michael Butler

Marianna Carisse

Branden Ellington

Reynaldo (Rey) Garcia, IV

Hannah Hiers - Wigs & Make-up, Seagle Music Colony

Brittney Lester - Stage Manager, Busch Gardens (current); Stage Manager, Seaside Repertory Theatre (summer 2019)

Katrina Lundquist

Victoria O'Dell - Marketing Director, PenARTS; Acting/Musical Theatre Instructor, PACE Studio

Dakota Scarborough - Actor, Emerald Coast Theatre company, Miramar Beach, FL

Maranda Straub

Class of 2018

Caitlin Artrip - Actress & Educator, Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Miramar Beach, FL

Michele Barber

Elizabeth Blanco Saenz

Alyssa Bramwell - Assistant Stage Manager, Universal Orlando Resorts

Alexandra "Alex" Brookins

Timothy Colee - Escalus, "Measure for Measure", Brown Box Theatre Productions (Summer 2019); 2019 Holiday tour, Bright Star Touring Theatre (Fall 2019) - based in Boston, MA

Amanda De Benedetto

Hope Englestad - Drama Teacher, Alamo Junior High School, Midland, TX; Tybalt, "Romeo & Juliet", Midland Classic Theatre; Grad School  - MBA program, UWF ('23)

Tyler Frayer - Technical Director, UWF

Dylan Garofalo - Actor, National Theatre for Children - Minneapolis, MN (Fall 2019); Actor, Blue Gate Musicals - Shipshewana, IN (Summer/Fall 2018)

Mary Wisdom Harris

Kira Houser - Scareactor, Universal's Halloween Horror Nights (Fall 2018)

Jericka Hunter

Aletta Kemp - Actor, "Romeo & Juliet" - Florida Shakespeare Theatre (Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019)

Elaina Keyes

Elise Money

Johnathan Perez - Intern, American Stage, Saint Petersburg, FL

Cherry Rendel - Acting Apprentice - New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS

Tareca Siplin

Mason St. Germain - Performer, Oceania Cruises;  Adolfo, "The Drowsy Chaperone" The Tent Theatre, Springfield, Missouri (Summer 2018); Actor, Blue Gate Musicals (Fall 2018)

Garrett Summitt

Eleanor Sweeney - MA Mental Health Counseling - Specialization in Play Therapy - University of Holy Cross (Fall 2018)

Class of 2017

Thamara (Tammy) Babich Jorquera - Production Assistant "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part"

Emily Carff

Chantelle Cognevich - National Tour cast - "Escape to Margaritaville" - Freelance Actor - New York, NY

Kendall Dayton - Grad School - Cincinnati Conservatory of Music - MFA Costume Design candidate; Des Moines Metro Opera, Wardrobe Supervisor (Summer 2018)

Mallory Maiberger

Nastassia (Renee) McGee

Alexa McKnight - Associate, Digital Partnerships - IPG Mediabrands

Garrett Metzler - Freelance Actor - Chicago, IL

Will Patrick

Joshua Thomas - Freelance Actor - New York, NY

Cory Tucker - Resident Technical Director, Emerald Coast Theatre Company

Raymond Vervoort - Sterling Renaissance Festival

Elizabeth Watson - Fifth Grade Teacher, Escambia County School System

Class of 2016

Sara Bond - Performer, Hong Kong Disneyland

Kayleigh Campo - The New London Barn Theatre - Director of the children's show & Camp Counselor

Darian Canton

Jason Choate - Scareactor, Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando (Fall 2018)

James Eisman - Freelance actor, Chicago, IL

Gabriel Esmurdoc - International Coordinator, Univ. of West Florida

Gabriella Fernandez - Freelance Actor, Chicago, IL; Lifeline Theatres National Tour "Giggle, Giggle, Quack" (Fall 2018)

Annastasia Fiala - MFA - Acting, The University of Hawai'i at Manoa; Graduate Assistant - Academy of Creative Media and Theatre Department (current)

Jared Gibson - Actor - Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama (Summer 2017 & 2018); Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)

Kathleen (Kat) Gold - Freelance Actor - South FL (2018 - Carbonell Award nomination; 2017 - Silver Palm Award - Outstanding new talent)

Hayley Heath - Law School, George Washington University (current)

Michaela Jones - Project Coordinator, Shirley Home Pro (Seattle, WA)

Melissa Lashbrook

Kieannah Marshall

Kayla May - Camps Director - New London Barn Playhouse (summer '19); Board of Directors, Arrant Knavery, Theatre Company, Pensacola, FL

Kimberly McCroan - Entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort

Kerry Sandell - MA - Strategic Communication/Leadership, UWF ('18)

Matthew "Matty" Schnitker - Freelance Actor, Chicago, IL; "Man of La Mancha" Madkap Productions (Fall 2018), "Bunnicula" Lifeline Theatre (Fall 2018)

Baron Simmons - Lighting Lead - MABE Production and Installation

Andrew Terwilliger - Firefighter/EMT - Panama City Fire Department

Joanna Warner - Actor - Sterling Renaissance Festival, Sterling, NY

Christopher "Topher" Warren - Company Member, The Basement Theatre - Atlanta, GA

Class of 2015

Ashlee Ballew - Theatre teacher, Manatee School for the Arts

Shanaya Dixon - Operations Coordinator, Modis

Melissa Ezell - Youth Staff, Royal Caribbean International

Amy Fenicle - Actor, Thingamajig Theatre Company, Pagosa Springs, CO

Allison Horton

Dominic Johnson - Assistant Designer/Technical Director - Ballet Pensacola

Zach Kuhl - MFA - Technical Direction, UMKC ('20); Asst. Technical Director Arkansas Repertory Theatre (Summer 2019)

Robin Lawshe - Technical Director, Chaffins Barn Dinner Theatre & Stagehand for Crew One - Nashville, TN

Heather Lee 

John Marks (IH-Arts Admin) - CFPA Coordinator, University of West Florida

Emily Merritt - MA in Theatre Education,

Tiffany Nelson - Fashion Institute of Technology - Full Scholarship

Jean-Michel Newberg

John Rawlings - Technical Director, UNC-Chapel Hill, undergraduate department

David Sandford

Destinee Steele - MFA, Wig/Makeup Design, North Carolina School of the Arts ('18)

Nethaneel Williams - Actor/Dance Teacher - Venice Theatre (Venice, FL)

Sam Yelverton - 

Class of 2014

Jessica Abney

Cayman Bone - freelance Actor, Los Angeles, CA

Aileen Cleaver - Master Electrician, Weston Playhouse (summer 2018); Asst. Master Electrician, Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Amanda Cook

Heather Edelman

Larissa Gonzalez

Lauren "Nikki" Hartung - MA, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London ('15)

Jonathan Maisel - Guest Experience Manager Entertainment - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Rebecca Moeller - Music Teacher, Sherwood Elementary School, Melbourne, FL

Chelsea Sorensen - Costume Designer, Creede Repertory Theater, Creede, CO

James "Alex" Squires - freelance Stage Manager, NY, NY; Production Assistant, Arkansas Rep

Kearney Starr - Wardrobe Supervisor - off Broadway production of "The Play That Goes Wrong", New World Stages, NYC

Keegan Stull - Performer - Universal Studios Japan - Osaka, Japan (2+ years)

Alexa Teebo - Freelance Actor, NYC & NJ; Theatre Facilitatro - JSDD's WAE Center; Owner of Alexa Teebo Voice Studio

Christian Williams - Teaching Artist, Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Class of 2013

Taryn Bagdasarian - Freelance Actor/Dancer, Los Angeles, CA

Katherine Bollone

Toni Bonaccorso

Nicole Castro

Alexander Cihanowic - Freelance Actor, NYC

Lisa Eash - MFA - Costume Design/Technology, University of Florida ('16); Designer/Technician (CNY Costumes), Syracuse, NY (summer 2019)

Maygan Eldridge

Erin Finnegan - Prop Shop Supervisor, PCPA - Pacific Conservatory Theatre

Christopher Frazier - Theatre teacher, Manatee School for the Arts, Bradenton, FL

Kyle Golden

Jordan Irvine

Lauren Johns

Joshua Kolapo

Ashleigh-Dawn Kriegh-Fleming - Heartland Scenic Studio & Freelance Stage Manager, Omaha, NE; MFA - Stage Management, UMKC ('15)

Barbara Koha

Marquez Linder - freelance actor, Los Angeles

Jenna Luchkiw - Scenic Painter, SRO, Associates

Cassie Martinez

Michael McCoy - Performing Arts Assistant, Pyramid, Inc., Pensacola

Melissa Moore

Sean Taylor

Sydney True - freelance actor, Los Angeles

Daniel Williams

William Shannon Williams - freelance actor, Florida - upcoming film - "Son of a Gun"

Class of 2012

Caroline Atkinson - Drama Teacher, Lemon Bay High School, Englewood, FL

Linda Barnhart - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Jessica Benitez - freelance actor, Atlanta, GA

Colin Cook - Costumer, DisneyWorld

Kelley Finn - freelance Designer, Los Angeles, CA; MFA - Lighting Design, SUNY-Purchase ('14)

Annie Godwin - Patron Servies Associate, Pensacola Opera

Emily Haggerty - crafts artisan - Utah Shakespeare Festival; MFA- Costume Design, The University of Alabama ('16)

Brandy Hooper - M.A. Vocal Performance, LIU Post (current)

Kelly Milligan - 

Christopher Sanders - Swing - PJ Masks National Tour; freelance actor, New York, NY; Past: actor, Nebraska Theatre Caravan (tour)

Savannah Simerly - MFA-Acting, Univ. of Florida (current)

Joshua Taylor

Nathan Toepfer

Leonar Elaina Walton - MFA, Univ. of Florida ('20)

Nick Wilson

Class of 2011

Jason Daw

Nicole Dickson - freelance actor

Daniel Emerson - Scene Shop Foreman - South Dakota University; MFA- Scenic Design, Temple University ('14)

Rashawnda Foster - Sr. Fraud Analyst - Bank of America

Ashley Macko (IH-Arts Admin) - Board President - Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre; Stage Manager/Props - Jacksonville, FL

Shelia Mettetal - Volunteer Engagement Coordinator - Hands On Greenville, Greenville, SC

Leighann Miller

Michael Patrick

Laura Rondinelli

Laura Sebastian - Adjunct Professor, Pensacola State Colle; MFA - Acting, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Rachel Shepard

Shaun Sizemore

Nathan Simmons - Musician, The Offer

Corey Stano - Scenic Painter - Universal Studios Orlando

Elizabeth Timan

Class of 2010

Serjevah Davis

Mark Duggar - freelance Sound Designer

Bianca Gomez - freelance actor, Chicago

Martin "Randy" Hozian

Andrew Hubbard - freelance actor, Los Angeles - MFA- Acting, Roosevelt University ('13)

Ashley McGlothren

Meghan Miller - MFA-Costume Design/Technology, University of Memphis ('13)

Kyle Morrison - Lighting Operator, Norwegian Cruise Lines

Meagan Parker, freelance actor, New York

Katherine Pursell - Production Manager - Opera Omaha; Technical Director/ATD Atlantic Theatre Company, New York City

Brittany Rappise - Wig & Make-up Specialist, Busch Gardens Williamsburg; MFA-Wig/Make-up Design, North Carolina School of the Arts ('16)

Mary Katherine Tanner

Ashley Turner

Tara Whalen

Class of 2009

Tiffany Eddins

Lamar Edwards

Ashley Elliott

Jessica Godwin

Tristian Luysterburg- Private Voice/Piano Teacher, New York, MTCA

Tammy Mills

Stevie Neale - Teaching Artist, Philadelphia Young Playwrights

Will O'Donnell - Carpentry Department Manager and Install Manger-Artistic Entertainment Services

Andrew Pascoe

Lynsey Price - Choreographer, Studio Playhouse, NJ

Lorelie Sandberg

Jaira Torchia

Class of 2008

Chris Blackmon

Laura "Lanie" Camferdam

Heath Carroll - Drama Teacher, Ponce De Leon High School, FL

Alex Dagg - freelance actor, New York, NY

Justin Dickieson

Gabrielle Glaze - MA-Theatre, Missori State University ('11), Ph.D.-Theatre, Texas Tech 

Barbara Krantz (Martinez) - Teacher, Parkway Middle School of the Arts, Ft. Lauderdale; MA - The Royal Centeral School of Speech & Drama (London), 

Arabella Spotts

Class of 2007

Victor Aminger - freelance actor, Los Angeles; English Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District

Jennifer Bossa - MA, Education & Human Development, George Washington University ('19)

Christina Curtis

Courtney Fell

Nicole Luciana

Samantha Strom

Natasha Ticotin

Heidi Warriner - Costume Designer, Pensacola Children's Chorus

Toni Weaver

Class of 2006

Brian Guerrero

Christina McAlpine

Harrison "Riso" Straley

Class of 2005

Wendell Colston

Laura Crolla

Christien Fontaine - MFA - Theatre, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Cindy Kawasaki

Catherine "Katie" Mack - Performing Arts Faculty, The Harbour School, Annapolis & Baltimore, MD

Christine Tebo

Rachel White

Class of 2004

Helen Abell

Marie Fink

Jamie Lynn Gouthro

Deirdre Grizzell

Rebecca Gross

Tony Gunn

Kelley Turnbow

Class of 2003

Elizabeth Fulghum-Riegle

Michael Hutchison

Erica Lamb

Rockford "Rocky" Sansom

Heather Showerman

David Sousa

Class of 2002

Robert Brown

Janet Cook

Sarah Farmer

Linda Kubitz

Leslie Richardson

Taunya Shelton

Michele Taveirne

Class of 2001

Theresa Culbertson

Brent Denison

Tierney Hinch

Darcy Jamison

Anna Lee

Class of 2000

Lillian Cassidy

James Earley

Irene Hansell

Robin Lowe

Jason Lucas

Darryl Thompson

Teresa Van Ess

Class of 1999

Philip Barnhart

Andrea Boccanfuso, MFA - SUNY, Purchase (Lighting Design), Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies - Brevard College 

Amy Jessup

Charnette Messe

Karen Meyer

Nancy Phillips

Sarah Sever

Class of 1998

Robert Bechtol

Mary Dedge

Linda May

Matthew Myers

Class of 1997

Selena Ambush

Hrefna Hallgrims

Nicole Paulina

Jennifer Waters

Class of 1996

Robert Thompson

Eden Whited

Class of 1995

Kamlyn Atteberry

Jennie Kinsey

John Kuhn

Stacy Phillips

Mallory Scarritt

Class of 1994

Patricia Burch

Jennifer Carl

Dorothy Doerrer

Norma Fields

Robert Holder - Talent Manager, The Talent Express, NYC

Class of 1993

David Edgar

Ladonna Williams

Class  of 1992

Claudia Ansbro

Jacqueline Bennett

Cindy Fain

Sandra Lutes

Class of 1991

Mary Berry

Billy Buff - Theatre Teacher, West Florida High School

Bonnie Clark

Peggy Carnley

Crystal Walker

Waylon Wood - Playwright

Class of 1990

Candice Barber

Charles Newton

Thomas Roush

Class of 1989

Stacey Albaugh

Patricia Brown

James Pettis

Scott Winn

Heidi Workman

Class of 1988

Sophia Kerrigan

Alicia Rodwell

Class of 1987

Fred Baldwin

Amy Bruner

Class of 1986

Desa Lindsey

Bobby Mathis

Elliott Stegall

Class of 1985

Macdowell Blue - Playwright, Director & Theatre Critic - Los Angeles, CA

Therese Hunter

John Jackson

Class of 1984

Shelly Adcox

James Farrell

Susan Flake

Eleanor Lukitsch

Andrew Rogers

John Sweet

Phyllis Taylor

Judith Warthen

Toni Whitfield

Class of 1983

James Bowden

Marvis Wilson

Class of 1982

Cheryl Catalano

Keith Fox

Angela Shepherd

Class of 1981

William Bertram

Rebecca Castle

Linda Hamel

Wendy Manderson

Barbara Marsh

Stephanie Mathis

Nan Wells

Class of 1980 

Paul Delo

Janis Dickinson

Roger Garman

Meghan Jones

Terry Jones

Brenda Poucher

Candace Stein

Troy Taylor

Michael Turner

David Westcott

Class of 1979

Amelia Broome

Thomas Ferrin

Gregory Frye

James Kay

Gerard Longe

Deborah Lord

David Matthews

L Mauldin 

Class of 1978

Douglas Brown

Joseph Crews

Clay Davis

Henry Davis

Kenneth Kay

Richard Lees

Michael Moore

Roger O'Neal

Arthur Riley

Class of 1977

Nancy Brady

George Buck

Patricia Golob

Karol Gorman

Jonathan Jackson

Patricia Thomas 

Class of 1976

Stuart Byham

Diane Sipala

Bruce Smock

Monica Snyder

Larry Spann

Kay Wieder

Mona Williamson

Class of 1975

Carolyn Hart

Mary Kemp

Tancy Trammell

Miriam Williams

Class of 1974

Barry Angevine

William Gibson

Nancy Hasty - Playwright

Michael Kilhefner

Barbara Macon

Lydia Mahan

Jennifer Miller

Elizabeth Taylor

Wanda Unterspan

Lawrence Westfall

Theodore Whitmore

Class of 1973

Alita Brooks - Theatre Teacher, Pensacola High School

Edward Ciolfi

Priscilla Cooper

Edward Douglas

James Holler

Melvin Gragido

Judith Peeler

Class of 1972

Kerin Ashley

John Averyt

Edward Murphy

Teresa Solomon

Nelda Taylor

Bette Vondracek

James Zachow

Class of 1971

Robert Bell

Rickey Cotton

Stanley Dean

Donna Flournoy

Marie Fuller

Cheryl Hein

Sheryl Hughes

Donovan Silvest

Brian Winfield

Class of 1970

Joyce Bliss

Martha Cooper - M.A. Univ. of Illinois, Champagne - current: Florida State University, Associate Professor of Costume Technology

Stephen Sheetz

Class of 1969 Dolores Monaco
Class of 1968 Kathleen Hirsch