Current Students

M.F.A. in Design and/or Technology

Yi-Tai Chung


Yi-Tai Chung, originally from Taiwan, received his B.F.A. degree from Taipei National University of the Arts and is currently enrolled in the lighting design program at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been working as a freelance lighting designer, technician, and stage manager in theatre productions in Taiwan for the past five years. He specializes in mixing different lighting sources such as LED, moving, and fluorescent lighting to create a suitable atmosphere for a particular scene. As demonstrated in his portfolio, he has established his own unique way of lighting design utilizing varied sources as a creative approach. He is also currently exploring opportunities to strengthen his current design style. 

Camryn DeWet

Camryn DeWet (Scene Design) attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her designs for Vive Les Arts Theatre include And Then there Were None and Legally Blonde. She worked as a film set dresser for Last Girl Standing and Bioshock Infinite both with Blue Goggles Productions. She worked as an assistant technical director for Vive Les arts and Glow Lyric Theatre before deciding to return to graduate school.

Elliot Gardner

Elliot Gardner (Scene Design) hails from Penn State University where he designed Spring Awakening. Gardner is interested in design for haunted houses and received the Oliver Smith award for his design for Dead State Haunted House. He also designed for The Rage of Stage Players, Throughline Theatre and Keystone Oak High School. 

Caitlin Graham

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Caitlyn Graham is an M.F.A. in Design and Technology candidate with a focus in costume design. She comes to The University of Texas at Austin from New York City where she worked with Tony Award-winning costume and scenic designer Tony Walton as his design assistant for Julie Andrew's directorial debut of Mousical - The Great American Musical at Goodspeed Opera House. Her most recent work has been in film, commercials and tech start-ups based in New York City. In her hometown of Oklahoma City, Graham became enthralled by theatre at a young age and worked on regional and community productions. During her undergraduate experience at Elon Univeristy she designed musicals, original works and contemporary plays. Upon graduating with degrees in performance and technical design and production she worked at La Jolla Playhouse in the artistic direction and special events departments. 

Jon Haas

Jon Haas (Integrated Media for Live Performance) holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts, Minor in Anthropology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Haas is a multi-disciplinary artist whose interests and passions have led him through the realm of theater, film, dance, studio art, anthropology and social justice. He was awards for the designs for Best of Enemies and Nocturne and for the multi-media production of Secrets I Never Told My Mother. His Art piece Moment exhibited in Praxis and James Franco’s MONA: The Museum of Non-Visible Art show (2011). He was a Contributing Videographer for the award-nominated documentary Life in a Day (2011) produced by Ridley Scott. 

Alex Hanna

Alex Hanna (Lighting Design) previously went to the University of Northern Colorado and has worked at The Little Theatre of the Rockies designed extensively at University of North Colorado but also brings along skills in stage management and carpentry. He has seven years of flute performance and is fluent in music theory.

Bruno-Pierre Houle

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Bruno-Pierre Houle is a first year M.F.A. Candidate in Scenic Design. Originally from Montreal, Canada, he earned a B.F.A. in Film Production from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema where he fell in love with production design. This lead him to complete a B.F.A. in Theatre Design at Concordia University. His work in film and theatre design has brought him to experiment with the differences and similarities that can exist between these two worlds. Recent works include art direction for the feature film Sarah Prefers to Run and scenic design for the play The Islands of Love (D.B. Clarke Theatre). He is excited to continue exploring design with UT's great theatre community!

Ananda Keator

Ananda Keator (Costume Technology) went to Florida State University but has spent more than a decade working in the Theatrical Costuming industry. Her professional credits are vast and include stints at Wolf Trap Opera, Folger Theatre and Parson-Meares Ltd in NYC. At Parsons-Meares she laid hands on some of the great designs and productions happening in NYC and around the world.

Jacqueline Landsman

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Jacqueline Landsman is an M.F.A. candidate in the Costume Technology program. Jacqueline got her start in costuming at California State University Northridge. After graduation she joined the opening team for Universal Studios Singapore, in which she supervised the costume technology department for two years. From there she opened the world tour of DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular as part of the wardrobe and dragon skin team. Upon returning to the US she has worked as a stitcher and first hand for PCPA Theatrefest in California and has been running her own business designing and fabricating handmade wool felt toys. 

Chain-ann Lu

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Chain-ann Lu is an M.F.A. candidate in Lighting Design. He received his B.A. from National Taiwan University. He has been working in theatre as a freelancer, including lighting design, moving light programming, and as a master electrician for 7 years. Previous projects include work with productions such as Cats, Jekyll and Hyde, and Fuerzabruta, as well as work with performance artsits such as William Forsythe. He has extensive experience in theatrical lighting and an interest in photography. 

Robert Mallin

Robert Mallin (Integrated Media for Live Performance) holds a B.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal Canada. He also has a CEGEP degree in Creative Arts with a focus on Film and Television. He was the designer for the startup company Lifelong Productions. He won a Frankie Award for Best Production Design for his work with Lifelong. He also works as an Emergency Medical Technician in a hospital in Montreal.

Mercedes McCleary

Mercedes McCleary (Lighting Design) graduated from Sam Houston State where she won awards for her designs of Our Town and Can't Help Loving. She has worked at Texas Repertory Theatre, Midland Community Theatre and Clinton Area Showboat Theatre. She is fluent in Spanish and MIG welding. 

Lirit Pendell

Lirit Pendell (Costume Design) went to Earlham College in Pennsylvania where she graduated with college and departmental honors. Pendell was the Theatre Club president and a Teaching Assistant in the costume shop. She designed for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Studio10 Richmond Civic and the Wilkinson Theatre. She has a wide range of skills including custom jewelry (enameling, plate metal and wire, stone setting).

Alison Reid

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Alison Reid graduated from New College of Florida in 2009 with a concentration in Literature and Theatre. She is a costumer with professional experience creating costumes for the Sarasota Opera and Florida Studio Theatre. Alison also has experience in the softgoods department at Feld Entertainment’s Hagenbeck-Wallace Prop and Scenic Shop. While at Feld, Alison worked on Disney on Ice and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. After moving to Austin in 2012, Alison worked at the ZACH Theatre as the Assistant to the Director of Production. Alison is thrilled to be an M.F.A. candidate in Costume Technology at UT! 

Kelsey Vidic

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Kelsey Vidic is an M.F.A. candidate in the Design and Technology program with a focus in costume design. Her undergraduate degree was a B.A. in Theatre with the Florida State University. She recently arrived from Santa Fe, NM where she was working in the costume shop for the Santa Fe Opera in her second season with the company. Other notable internships included fashion design with Patricia Gomez-Gracia in London, the costume shop with the Janiec Opera Company in North Carolina, and also an internship with STAGES St. Louis. She is so excited to be attending the University of Texas at Austin and can't wait to get started collaborating with the incredible students and faculty.

Marika Wynne

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Marika Wynne is an M.F.A. in Design and Technology with a focus in costume technology. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX. Wynne has worked as the staff stitcher and first hand in the costume shop at SMU, served as a stitcher and the wardrobe supervisor at Shakespeare Dallas, interned at The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York, worked as a stitcher and crafts artisan for the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas and, most recently, held the positions of first hand and wardrobe supervisor for Zilker Theatre Productions in Austin, Texas.