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Susan Williams-Morrison has joined the University of Memphis as costume shop supervisor. Susan received a BA in Theatre from Indiana University at Indianapolis.

Kenneth Ellis was appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Kenneth has extensive experience in the performing arts having designed scenery for more than 125 productions in film, television, and major media events.


Professor Emerita Gloria Baxter spent three weeks in July in Jackson Hole where Voices of the South played at Center for the Arts. 

Professor Sarah Brown’s one-woman show, Shooting Stars in Jordan, played in New York City at the New Ohio Theater this past August. The show got a rave review on by writer Michael Mraz. Mraz stated that the play is filled with “witty juxtaposition of seriousness and absurdity,” and that “because the writing has such heart beneath it- the comedy is all the more effective.”


Cassie Beck (BFA ’99) made her Broadway debut in the revival of Picnic in Roundabout Theater Company’s 2012-2013 season. Cassie’s fellow cast members include Maggie Grace of the Taken movies and Sebastian Stan of Captain America: The First Avenger and the TV show “Once Upon a Time.”

Jenny Smith (BFA ’00) has been nominated for four regional Emmy Awards. Jenny was the executive producer of marketing at WMC TV 5, and received nominations for PSA spot, Promo Spot Image, Promo Spot News Image, and Director-Short Form. These nominations bring Jenny up to a total of 11 nominations, including two past wins. Jenny now works as the Marketing Director for KSLA News 12 in Shreveport, LA.

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko (BFA ’98) was appointed president/CEO of The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Tania previously served as executive director for the Germantown Performing Arts Centre and as the director for the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center, both in the greater Memphis area.

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