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Successful Graduates

Brian Glick

Brian Glick graduated in 2013 with a major in theatre arts. He is the founder and artistic director of Revival Theatre Company in Cedar Rapids. During the past 10 years he has directed more than 30 stage productions, earning him high praise for his dynamic and highly detailed productions. In recent seasons, Brian has directed the Midwest premiere of "Dogfight" and staged the Iowa premieres of "White Christmas" and "Violet." He has developed musical pieces in non-traditional spaces, creating intimate and contemporary experiences for the actors and the audiences. As a freelance director, Brian has worked on operas, musicals and plays. He spent nine seasons with Starlighters Theatre, has worked with Theatre Cedar Rapids and Orchestra Iowa (Collaboration Award Winner), as well as the Cedar Rapids Follies. He has served as a designer and stage manager for Jim McDonough's Holiday Grande Tour. In 2015, Brian was honored to work with The New York Drama League, where he worked with Tony-nominated director, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and on "Opal" with Broadway composer and lyricist Robert Lindsey-Nassif.

"I was seeking a liberal arts college with a focus on excellence and a place where I could succeed. I wanted to be part of a college with a vibrant history and credibility; Coe College gave me those opportunities and so much more. The Coe Theatre Department gave me the knowledge to fully understand what I needed to know in order to be successful and work alongside those at the highest level of their craft in the theatre industry. My professors taught me valuable lessons I use every day. After living in New York for a short period of time, I realized that Cedar Rapids has a vibrant arts community and I wanted to help shape that scene. Starting my own company, where I get to apply what I learned at Coe, is something I value every day. I am forever grateful for the skills and the experiences Coe gave me." - Brian Glick '13

Brandon Palmer

Brandon Palmer graduated in 2011 with a double major in theatre and psychology and a minor in creative writing. Since graduation, he has put his theatre and creative writing education to good use, acting all around Colorado, from Denver and Golden, all the way out to the mountain towns of Evergreen and Breckenridge in shows such as "Pitmen Painters," "All My Sons," an original play about the 10th Mountain Division of World War II entitled "The 10th, The Cripple of Inishmaan," "A Doll's House," and many more. He wrote and co-directed a full production of an original script entitled "Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Murders" in the fall of 2013. He is currently the owner and artistic director of Ripple Effect Theatre Company, based in Denver. As those who may be pursuing a degree in the arts will know, a full-time day job is often necessary to supplement an artistic career, and Brandon has found an unexpected outlet for application of his psychology degree, working as a certified funeral director for All Veterans Burial & Cremation, bringing what solace and comfort he can to those grieving the loss of a loved one.

"When I was applying for colleges, I didn't have any grand plan for my life's path. If you had told me as a freshman at Coe that I would be doing all I am now in just three or four years, I'd have probably laughed aloud; but Coe gave me the freedom to explore my interests and find the path that I'm on, and for that I can't be more thankful." - Brandon Palmer '11

Katherine Blanchard graduated in 2010, double majoring in theatre and political science. She works for the Smithsonian Science Education Center in Washington, DC as the Professional Services Coordinator. She organizes and implements professional development and systemic leadership development programs for educators, administrators and community leaders around the country and around the world. Upon graduating from Coe in 2010, Katherine accepted a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Serbia, where she taught English at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade and studied theatre with Dah Teatar, whom she was introduced to through a Coe College May Term in Serbia with Dennis Barnett. After returning to the U.S., Katherine worked for DNAWORKS, a performing arts organization in Sata Fe, NM before moving to Washington. Katherine is also currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Education at The George Washington University.

“My time at Coe College not only helped to shape my future, but led me to the position I am in today. My well-rounded liberal arts education, and majoring in two diverse disciplines, clearly helped me to develop broad perspectives and be comfortable living and working in a different culture.” - Katherine Blanchard '10

Adelin Phelps

Adelin Phelps graduated in 2009 majoring in theatre, with an acting emphasis. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and after graduating from Coe, she immediately moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she has been living for the past five years. She has been a professional actor since August 2009, focusing mainly on stage work, but also working in film and voice work. Adelin is a founding and corps member of the theatre company, Transatlantic Love Affair, and has appeared with over 15 different professional theatre companies. She continues to study under Raye Birk, a master teacher with the Guthrie Theatre.

"Coe College is the place that made me an actor. I knew I wanted to go there to do it, to study it, to pursue it, but I had no idea what would happen when I got there. The most extraordinary things happened there. The classes, the books, the plays, the students and the professors (oh my goodness, the professors!) were exceptional, and I learned more than I could ever explain. But, deeply, Coe let me be who I fueled my passion, my drive, and challenged me as a student, as an actor, and as a person. It is the place where I found my craft. I am forever indebted to Coe and the people who make it. Because of my experience, I will be a student forever. I have found what I want to do with my life, and it is emblazoned on my heart." - Adelin Phelps '09

Caitlin Staebell

Caitlin Staebell graduated in 2009, with a major in political science and a minor in theatre. Originally from Glenwood, Iowa, she has been fortunate to call many places home. Caitlin had the opportunity to work for Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C., and most recently lived in London where she earned her MFA in acting from East 15 Acting School. She is the co-founder of Glass Moon Theatre Company, through which the group took its devised play, "The Sacred Obscene," to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Additionally, she is a co-creator with Infinite Experience Arts Company, and has shared "Welcome Home," an immersive theatre experience, in London and Leicestershire, England, and Black Rock City, Nevada.

"Coe embraced my restless spirit and has served as the foundation for my lifelong pursuits.  It was the place that gave life to my driving mantra, anything is possible. I was able to dive into the diverse opportunities provided by Coe, from interning in Washington, D.C., to studying theatre in London. With the guidance and understanding of my professors, I began the development of my acting craft, something I continue to strive for today. Coe unlocked my love of experience, which makes me excited for what is next to come." -  Caitlin Staebell '09

Katie Becker Colón graduated from Coe in 2007. She is an actor and director with the Duke City Repertory Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to the Duke Theatre Katie worked for three years at Barter Theatre, a historic repertory theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. At Barter, Katie acted in 17 productions, directed 3 productions for young audiences, assisted Casting and New Play Development, and founded a theatre education program in a local juvenile detention center. She spent the summer of 2011 teaching Classical Scene Study at the Springer Theatre Academy in Columbus, Georgia.

“Coe College was my land of opportunity. The resources available within the theatre department, in other departments, on-campus, and off-campus were diverse and plentiful. I embraced the educational opportunities at every turn and they became the building blocks of my professional and personal life." - Katie Becker '07

Lillian Vince Lillian Vince '07 is a make-up artist and SFX designer living and working in Los Angeles. Her unique approach to makeup blends traditional beauty makeup with SFX concepts and body painting to create unique, memorable characters and looks, that encompass the ethereal to the sinister. She has worked on set for features and shorts that include small budget passion projects to larger budget features. This includes projects from notable writer/directors like Rachel Feldman, to contributing pin-up girl makeup to FX's Fargo. She also works regularly with California's leading mermaid entertainment company to design underwater makeup and characters for live events and underwater photography. Before studying make-up design, Lillian ran a small business, directed off-Broadway theater productions and designed props and art installations for theatrical performance.

Emily Dussault, originally from Blaine, Minn., graduated in 2006 with a major in theatre art and has been an actor in the Twin Cities since graduation. She most recently appeared as Ballet Girl in "Elephant's Graveyard" with Theatre Pro Rata. Emily has also worked with Bloomington Civic Theatre ("Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park With George"), Savage Umbrella (Rain Follows the Plow, The Ravagers) and The Moving Company ("Come Hell and High Water"), among others.

"Studying theatre at Coe was one of the best decisions I ever made. From day one, I was challenged and inspired. The Theatre Department at Coe gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue my dreams after college." - Emily Dussault '06

Matthew Hemesath '01 is a freelance Costume Designer in New York City and member of United Scenic Artists. His theatre credits include working as an assistant designer for Broadway's 2007 production of "Cymbeline" and the Second National Tour of "Jersey Boys." He has designed "Little Shop of Horrors" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" for Paper Mill Playhouse among numerous regional and Off Broadway productions.  Television/Online credits include Assistant Designer for "All My Children," "America's Got Talent," "One Life to Live," and "Saturday Night Live." Most recently, Matt worked as assistant designer on the pilot episode for "Gotham" (FOX - fall 2014), assistant designer on "John Wick" a Keanu Reeves action film, and he's currently assistant designer on "Mozart in the Jungle" an online series for Amazon Prime.

Mo Moos

Mo (Bayles) Moos, originally from Andrew, Iowa, graduated from Coe in 1989 with a major in theatre (acting emphasis). She went on to earn her master's degree in communications from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she also performed on stage and worked as a jazz announcer for the local NPR affiliate. After moving back to the Midwest, Mo began work in the college admissions field while also coaching three different high school speech teams in Iowa and Minnesota over a 10-year period.

In 2006, Mo began to build her own freelance voiceover business, based in the Twin Cities, under the name Veronica March Voiceover ( Working through talent agents in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York City as well as other smaller markets, she has amassed a body of work that includes local, regional and national television and radio commercials as well as many other voiceover applications such as web video narration, phone messaging systems, audiobooks, e-learning projects, etc. Mo works from her professional home studio as well as studios around the Twin Cities.

“As a prospective student who was pretty set on attending a large university, sitting in on a scene study class at Coe where two actors were performing from Sam Shepard's 'Fool for Love' was a turning point for me. It occurred to me that I might actually be able to continue acting at a school like Coe where I knew it would be extremely difficult at that large university. I was sold! And I never once looked back. My four years at Coe gave me the confidence to do something later in life as crazy as starting a voiceover career in my late 30s, something I never even knew existed as a college senior! My Coe professors became true friends and my Coe friends became true family. Those four years stand out as my most transformative and I will be forever grateful for my time at Coe!"

  • Jeanne T. Arrigo, Singer/Songwriter with a self-produced album released in 2005 (; actor and self-employed school psychologist in two suburban districts, Chicago, IL.

  • Melanie Bishop, Professional Stage Manager, Chicago IL.

  • Brandon Burton, Teacher-artist with the Shakespeare Society in New York City. He is currently acting in two short films and this past summer has acted in two productions at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

  • Kristi Cockrell is in her second year of graduate school at the University of California San Diego. She recently joined Actors' Equity, a union for professional actors and stage managers. Earlier this year she worked on the La Jolla Playhouse production of Most Wanted with Michael Greif. Currently she is working on the winter dance show.

  • Aaron Dayton graduated in 2012 and now is a freelance Production Manager and Technical Director living and working in New York City. He has served as the Production Manager for London's Globe Theater Company's American tour of King Lear in the fall of 2014 and the off-Broadway productions of Every Day a Visitor and Banana Monologues. He has also served as the Assistant Technical Supervisor for the Tony-winning Broadway productions of the Globe Theater Company's Twelfth Night and Richard III, starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry, and The Trip to Bountiful, starring Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Vanessa Williams. He was the Technical Director for the off-Broadway premiere of The Hatmaker’s Wife by Lauren Yee (which was the winner of the Coe College Playwriting contest several years ago under a different title). For the past five seasons, Aaron has been an Assistant Production Manager and Lead Carpenter with Bernhard-Link Theatrical for New York City's biannual Fashion Week in February and September, working with Designers such as Hugo Boss, Jason Wu, Rodarte, and Band of Outsiders. He additionally works with Showman Fabricators building sets for theatre, film, and television shows - including The View, late night talk shows featuring Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, HBORealsports, ESPN SEC, and CNN.

  • Keith Dixon, Director of Production for Wesley Morris Enterprises, Burbank, CA.

  • Beth Hoffman Faeth, Pastor at UCC Congregational Church, River Falls, WI.

  • Ginny Finn, Lawyer, Milwaukee, WI.

  • Cherie "Rhubarb" Gallinati, Estimator and Project Manager at Gopher Stage Lighting, as well as a Freelance Lighting Designer for theatre, film and dance in the Twin Cities and surrounding area.

  • Brian Glick, founder of Revival Theater Company, Cedar Rapids.

  • Wendy Hamilton, Special Events Manager for Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

  • David Hoth, Prop Carpenter for the Denver Center Theatre Company.

  • Satchel Jones, Voice Over Assistant at CESD Talent Agency in New York City.

  • Josh Odor, a 2000 sociology grad who minored in theater and religion, plays University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal in the "The Express," a motion picture about Ernie Davis, the Syracuse running back who in 1961 became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

  • Dean Packard, Technical Director, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

  • Randall Presswood, Manager of Performing Arts Center, Bloomsberg, PA.

  • Kathy Schmitt, Resident Actress at Conklin Players Dinner & Starlight Theatre, Bloomington / Peoria, IL.

  • Beck Sloca, Director of Law and Business Affairs for MTV, Santa Monica, CA.

  • John Suchomel, Managing Artistic Director for Temple Circle Theatre, Temple, TX.