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Wesley Barnes '15

In 2019-20 Wesley is appearing in the 50th Anniversary National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2018 he was in the world premiere of the Christopher Durang/Wendy Wasserstein musical Pamela's First Musical at Two Rivers Theatre under the direction of 10-time Tony nominee Graciela Danielle. Other credits: In the Heights at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston TX, Choir Boy at Briggs Opera House in Vermont, and The Scottsboro Boys, Newsies, and Godspell at the Phoenix Theatre. He has also done 3 international tours as a featured dancer/performer with Magic of the Dance in Germany and Taiwan. Wesley is a proud member of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Co (LA/NY) and Actors Equity.

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Jaclyn (Pennington) Bartelt '16

Jaclyn was assistant director for Claudio Quest at the Chance Theater and worked for Looseleaf Theatre Co. on Romeo and Juliet (Balthazar & Properties Designer) and Merchant of Venice (Lady in Waiting).

Marisa (Persson) Beatty '08

Marisa is a SAG-AFTRA actress and voice over artist in Los Angeles. Recently, you have heard her as the voice of Quickbooks, seen her in several national commercials (AT&T U-verse,, ESPN), festival films (Submit at Dances w/ Films, Roadside Fling Burbank Film Festival), the Lifetime movie The Wrong Mother starring soap star Vanessa Marcil and the ION Television film Defending Santa with Dean Cain. Recent stage appearances include The Tempest (Sebastian) at Studio Stage and Bash ( Sue Gaggle of Saints) at Whitmore-Lindley Theatre. She has begun to produce and write some of her own work in film including The Chebo which has been picked up by CryptTV & Facebook Watch. Check out her weekly blogspot and her website

Kelsie Blackwell '08

Kelsie works full time as a parade dancer at Disneyland and has appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Co’s Twelfth Night (Viola) and As You Like It (Rosalind) and Frost/Nixon at the Maverick Theatre in 2013.

Spencer Blair '12

Spencer is in Chicago where he is a writer and improviser. He graduated from Second City’s Conservatory and Writing program as well as the Improv Olympic’s improvisation program. He co-created the Chicago troupe Droday which produces a weekly comedic variety show and he regularly performs with his sketch group – We The Freaks. Previously he appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night (Feste), and As You Like It (William, LeBeau, Oliver Mar Text, Hymen)

McKenna Brand '19

McKenna has been hired right after graduation by Missoula Children's Theatre as a full time Tour Actor/Director.

Haley Brown '13

Haley stage managed As You Like It, and The Comedy of Errors for Looseleaf Theatre Co and at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum A Midsummer Night's Dream. She now works for All for Kidz (or The NED Show) as a touring Edutainer taking a one-person show about bullying and being a champion in school and life. The tour has taken her all across the U.S., to Europe, Japan and Australia!

Aimee Burdette, theatre minor '12

Aimee Burdette appeared in Looseleaf Theatre Co’s production of As You Like It (Jacques) and The Comedy of Errors (Luciana). Other credits include Ghosts (Regina) at North Coast Repertory and Summer and Smoke (Nellie) at New Village Arts. Aimee is now a school teacher in Orange County and makes frequent mission trips to Haiti.

Melissa Cheffers '13

Melissa is living in New Mexico where she is acting for her second year with Sandstone Productions in All Shook Up (Natalie) after playing the title role in Mary Poppins for them last year. She is also directing for Heather McGaughey’s Children’s Theatre and teaching musical theatre at San Juan College. Other recent appearances include Oliver! (Nancy) for San Juan College, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Frances) The Music Man (Marian), and Rock of Ages (Sherrie) for the Durango Arts Center, and Rocky Horror Picture Show (Columbia) for the Strater Theater.

Aurora Culver '08

Aurora's latest endeavors include directing for Unbound Productions, Costa Mesa Playhouse, and acting with the Crescent Troupe for the Fringe Festival. With her company On the Edge Theatre Productions, she has directed Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The 39 Steps among others. She just finished directing her first feature film To the New Girl which will be coming out in 2018.

Kendall Davis '16

Kendall is currently studying at the LCMS seminary in St. Louis to be a pastor. While at Concordia he appeared in the Looseleaf shows As You Like It (Corin) and Romeo and Juliet (Apothecary).

Alexandra Dominguez '15

Alexandra is in New York City making her way as an actress. She recently appeared in String of Pearls for Theatre 68 at the Arthur Seleen Theatre and Lilli Marlene at St. Luke's Theatre.

Andrew Eddins '09

Andrew was the voice of Optimus Prime at Universal Studios theme park. He appeared in the Looseleaf Theatre Co.’s The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio), As You Like It (Oliver) and Twelfth Night (Sebastian). In January, 2018 he became an ordained minister.

Katie Foggiano '15

Katie is in Chicago where she is Marketing Director for First Floor Theatre. Previously she served as an intern at two Tony Award-winning theatres. She was an Arts Administration Apprentice at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (2016-17) where she was honored to assistant direct and produce over 15 new works including a show in the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Before that, she was the Artistic Intern (2015-16) at the La Jolla Playhouse where she worked predominantly with the literary and casting departments. Directing credits include Ozombie Bin Laden in 3-D! for the San Diego Fringe Festival and readings at The Moxie and Point Loma Playhouse.

Jamie (Buster) Foreman, Liberal Studies, Theatre Emphasis '10

Jamie is the performing arts teacher at Three Oaks Public Academy in Muskegon, Michigan.

Becca (Rogers) Geminn ’04

Becca was recently admitted into the MFA in Theatre program at Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked as an adjunct professor at Concordia Bronxville, New York and started a community theatre - VLC Players.

Kate (West) Griswold '08

Kate worked briefly for Gothic Moon Productions as a scenic artist and production assistant. Currently she is Director of Operations for Mastermind Production Group Inc. where she recently assisted on audio and lighting services for events like the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2017), The Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party (2016 & 2017), the world premiere of Disney's Moana (2016), the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage Performance (2015 & 2017), and the MTV Fandom Awards (2015 &2016) as well as other local events in the L.A./Orange County area. Go to:

Chloe Harrison '18

Chloe is the assistant technical director for the Downey Civic Theater and does lighting design, drafting and rendering as a freelancer on the side.

Caleb House '12

Caleb has worked for Disneyland for 10 years both as a character in parades and shows and now in costuming. He worked as a costume assistant on Looseleaf’s productions of Twelfth Night and As You Like It. On the side, he sews costumes and works for a wedding planner.

Zackary Karges '11

Zackary just finished a teaching credential and a Master of Dramatic Arts at Sierra Nevada College.

Jarard Kings '07

Jarard lives in Los Angeles as a SAG-AFTRA actor and has booked roles in television, film, commercials, and theater. He regularly performs improv at ComedySportz LA in Hollywood and is a proud company member of the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica where he appeared in a star-studded production of A Raisin in the Sun. Other roles include ABC’s Modern Family, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Paramount Network’s Nobodies, and NBCs Superstore.

Amanda (Nuckolls) Linhardt '11

Amanda worked as a production assistant and scenic artist for Gothic Moon Productions and currently teaches at Orange County High School for the Arts.

Ryan Lindhardt '12

Ryan works for Theophany films and in production on T.V. commercials. He has designed lights for a number of Orange County venues and has returned to CUI to design lights for the dance concert, Reckless, and All Shook Up

Kierney Loucas '16

Kierney served as an intern for the performing arts department of the University of Thessanoliki in Greece for a year. She stage managed a show in Chicago for Red Tape Theatre and has stage managed Romeo and Juliet for Looseleaf Theatre Co.

Evy Moody '16

Evy is a member of L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre improv troupe in Burbank. She has also done voiceover work for Waba Grill and the media company, Just Call Me Doc. She recently served as the assistant director of Spamalot at La Serna High School and appeared in The Marriage of Figaro for Mysterium Theatre Co. and Footloose (Rusty) for Glendale Centre Theatre.

Dan & Erin Monroe '05

Dan is a director for Christian Arts and Theatre in Corona. In 2009 he received an M.A. in Theatre in Education from Cal State San Bernadino. His directing and acting credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Lucky Stiff (ITL Winner), Mary Poppins, Snoopy, Man of La Mancha (ITL Winner), Cinderella, Peter Pan, CUI’s 2007 Gala of Stars From Broadway to the Big Screen, Tom Sawyer, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (ITL nom), Miracle on 34thSt, and the world premiere of the Civil War play Star of Wonder. He just finished acting in the independent feature film False Hopes which will be released in early 2018. Check it out at . His wife Erin (Gentili) Monroe (2005) (pictured) often serves as Dan's assistant director at CAT Corona on productions like Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Miracle on 34th Street.

Naomi (Rogers) Murden '11

Naomi has appeared on the TV shows Murder Book, True Nightmares, and Tosh.O. She performs all over L.A. with her sketch/improv troupe, The Walk of Shame, which was featured in the Funny Women’s Festival of L.A. She is also a member of the house sketch team, Picture Day, for Second City L.A. and received the Thomas Angel Scholarship at the Upright Citizens Brigade (L.A.). She co-starred in the film Bipolar and Cheese which was accepted at the Cannes Film Festival. She wrote and acted in the sketch The Last Slice which was featured on Elizabeth Banks’ (30 Rock, Pitch Perfect) web platform for funny women - WhoHaHa.

Brock Powell '11

Brock studied with Bill Farmer (voice of Disney’s Goofy) and started a career in voiceover and voice acting. He is the official voice of the Kool-Aid Man for Kraft and has done Kool-Aid commercials and the cross-over KoolAid/Geico Insurance television ad. He has voiced characters in multiple episodes of Milo Murphy’s Law for Disney HD where he has worked alongside his personal heroes Mark Hamill, and ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic. Other voice work includes College Humor and Disney World. He has provided creature and sound effects for master of horror, Eli Roth. He has also worked as an announcer for Stan Lee’s Comikaze and its web-series counterpart as well as the web series
Comics N’ Cocktails. For more information about Brock, read the full story from the CUI magazine.

Ron Rapp '94

Ron has sung in over 51 productions over 15 years with Opera Pacific, and has also appeared with the Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera and with the Pacific Chorale. He attended South Coast Repertory Theatre's Professional Conservatory and appeared in productions there.

Joanna (Beyer) Rogers, Theatre minor '09

Joanna worked briefly for Gothic Moon productions and then worked at the Nechita Center for the Arts at Orange Lutheran High School where she served as the Production Manager. In 2018 she returned to Concordia to work as the Community Engagement Liaison for the Music and Theatre departments.

Jeremy Schlitt '11

Jeremy works full time as a character at Disneyland and has appeared for Looseleaf in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), The Merchant of Venice (Launcelot Gobbo), The Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Ephesus), As You Like It (Silvius), and Twelfth Night (Antonio). Other credits include The 39 Steps and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) for On the Edge Theatre Productions.

Nicole (Salimbeni) Schlitt '14

Nicole works as an assistant stage manager at Disneyland and is a resident artist at the Chance Theater where she frequently stage manages. She has worked as a stage manager of Looseleaf's productions of The Merchant of Venice (2015). Two Gentlemen of Verona (2017), and The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] (2018).

Jacob Schott '15

Jacob moved to NY right after graduation. He’s a member of InViolet Theater Company where he directs, acts, and produces work focused on empowering actors and emerging writers. He is a co-founder of the Improv group The Downtowners. He also directed Turbulence for Network Theatre Company's one-act festival. His "day jobs" have included Operations Manager at Culture Project Theater, audition monitor for Actor's Equity, and assistant company manager for the Bard Summer Arts Festival (2017). He is currently working for the Shubert organization as an assistant producer on their upcoming off-Broadway production of Goldstein the Musical at The New World Stages.

David Schulz '93

Managing Artistic Director of the Star Theatre Company for five years. Some of David's Star credits include: High School Musical, Annie, The King and I, All Shook Up, Woman in Black and Thoroughly Modern Millie. As a performer, David has been blessed to work with an array of amazing actors, producers and directors both nationally and internationally. When not directing at the Star Theatre, David can been seen singing and drumming with his show band Not Fade Away - a tribute to the 50's and 60's. David also runs Studio Schulz, a full-service digital recording studio, which is adjacent to the Star Theatre.

Nicholas Scutti '14

Nick is currently in Chicago writing and performing sketch comedy and doing improv all over town. He recently completed the Writing Program at The Second City and the Improv Program at iO Theater. Before moving to Chicago, Nick sang in the choral ensemble for the U.S. premiere of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse, completed the improv and sketch writing programs at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, and penned the play Ozombie bin Laden: in 3D! at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

Sarah Spenker '12

Sarah appeared for 3 years on the evening news for Sacramento and Lodi for Team MyTeam 58 for KCRA/KQCA Channel 3: MY 58. She has appeared in Lend Me a Tenor (Maggie), Chicago (Annie), and co-directed Mama Mia at Stockton Civic Theatre.

Kylee Sullivan '18

Kylee accepted a full time position as Artist-in-Residence with Ariel Theatrical in Salinas, California where she works with children producing theatre.

Megan Tisdale '13

Megan worked full time for costume services at Disneyland from 2013-2017.

Masako Tobaru '05

Masako has been with the Chance Theatre since 2003, and also serves as the technical director, a resident stage manager and lighting designer. Her Chance Theater credits include Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, and Evita, among others. Her credits outside the Chance include Ganga…Life as a River, Much Ado About Nothing, Cabaret, Medea, Patient A and The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

Justin Jorgensen Vierela '11

Justin holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University where he worked for the Tony-Award Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. He then went on to work for New Village Arts Theatre in San Diego and as Sponsorship and Special Events Coordinator at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He recently became the director of development for The Moonlight Cultural Foundation, a live musical theatre in San Diego.

Makenzie Weatherford '19

Makenzie has been accepted into Northern Illinois University's Master of Fine Arts program in acting with a full tuition assistantship.

Hannah Welter '10

Hannah currently works as a the Director of Production for Go Button Productions, LLC designing and producing theatre, film and live events for the entertainment, corporate, gaming and tech industries. Projects have included work at the Disneyland Resort, San Diego Comic Con, and E3. She has returned to design costumes for Concordia’s shows including the annual Gala of the Stars, Still Life With Iris, Pride and Prejudice, and Hamlet. Hannah also served as Art Director for the interactive horror theatre experience Delusion: His Crimson Queen and continues to assist with their annual show. Go to:

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Brittney S. Wheeler '08

Brittney is an Ovation Award-winning actress and singer who has performed in over 35 professional productions in L.A., Orange County and Ventura County. She appeared in the regional premiere of The Color Purple (as Jarene the head church lady) and in the remount of Coeurage Theatre Company's Failure: A Love Story at the prestigious Kirk Douglas Theatre. In addition to her acting, Wheeler has directed the musical Edward at Long Beach Playhouse and she is a company member and casting associate for Celebration Theatre, an LGBT theatre in North Hollywood.

Lauren Winnenberg '14

Lauren received an M.A. in Arts Politics at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2016) where she received a Lew & Edie Wasserman Research Grant. She is a founding member of Salty Corkscrew Theatre Co and a member of Theatre 68. She recently assistant directed Come Back (Theatre 68) and stage managed for the NYC Women's Work Festival and New York Fringe Festival. She has worked with Culture Project, Untitled Theatre Co. #61, Phantom Projects Theatre Group, and Creative Kids Playhouse of Orange County.

Morgan Yachinich Theatre Minor '16

Morgan moved to New York after graduation where she works as a production assistant (with 2015 grad Jacob Schott) for Distinguished Concerts International New York which works in venues like Carnegie Hall. She has stage managed and worked as a lighting board operator Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Jacob and Morgan also started their own improv group, The Downtowners.

Katie (Braun) Zakkak '13

Katie completed an MA in Theatre Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School in 2016 and is now a drama teacher in the Dehesa School District in El Cajon, CA.