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Aaron Kirk

Aaron Kirk

Aaron Kirk is an Actor, having received his B.A. in Theater from West Chester University. There he performed in productions such as The Visit (Alfred Ill), House Arrest (Various), and West Chester’s very first devised Zoom show called Unmute Yourself (Aaron). Additionally, Aaron has worked lighting for multiple productions at West Chester, as well as having directed a student written play called The Silence.

Anna Knight

Anna Knight

Anna Knight formerly of Northwest Arkansas is proud to make her Oklahoma City University student debut as she pursues her Master of Fine Arts! She holds a BA in theatre performance from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of Levels I, II, and III of Somatic Voicework ™, the LoVetri Method, as well as Soul Ingredients® Methodology in partnership with Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory in Music. Regional credits include Matilda the Musical (Big Kid 6/Others/Mrs. Phelps u/s) at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, AR. University of Arkansas credits include Heathers: The Musical (Martha Dunnstock), Green Day’s American Idiot (Ensemble), Tribes (Sylvia), She Stoops to Conquer (Bridget), Lilies on the Land (Margie), and Rebirth of Beautiful (Mary). Additional local credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mamma Mia!, Smile, Legally Blonde, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Rocky Horror Show, Young Frankenstein, The Wedding Singer, and Newsies where she used her dance training to serve as choreographer and dance captain for multiple theatre groups. In 2019 she attended an introductory workshop led by Tonia Sina, executive director and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, that offered training on intimacy for the stage. Since 2019 Anna has served as Intimacy Captain for Heathers and plans to progress on her pathway to certification, while continuing to be an advocate for safe working conditions for actors to further the efforts of #MeToo, #TimesUp, and consent culture.

Arnaldo Carrasquillo-Muñoz

Arnaldo Carrasquillo-Muñoz

Arnaldo A. Carrasquillo Muñoz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. After graduating high school, he moved to New Jersey to study acting at Rider university. At Rider, he was part of two student comedy sketch shows, LIVE from Lawrencevile It's Saturday Night and two school's production, Inherit The Wind and A Flea in Her Ear. A year after undergrad, he started in Hairspray as Edna Turnblad. In 2019, moved to New York and started in A Comedy Sketch at the Producers Club. His latest credit is Cinderella's Stepmother in Into the Woods by Taller Artistico de Caguas, Puerto Ricos first live musical after the pandemic.

Ashli Bell

Ashli Bell

Ashli Bell was born and raised in a small town in Kansas. She grew up playing sports with her siblings while her parents were coaches. When she was about 10 or 11 she discovered that she had a passion to be on stage and onscreen. She began to split her time between being on stage and on the court/field. She also participated in Forensics at her school, where she would perform dramatic monologues competitively. She went to state twice and placed both times. Ashli received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Sterling College. Even though she was heavily involved in athletics at the university level, she made time to be involved in as many acting classes and workshops as possible, performing in South Pacific her senior year. She’s looking forward to this amazing opportunity with OCU and is excited to solely focus on acting and honing her skills.

Cassandra Verral

Cassie Verral

Cassandra Verral joins us from East Lansing Michigan where she acquired her BFA in Acting from Michigan State University. Her concentration is in acting, but she also has experience with directing, writing, and makeup design. Some of her past Theatre credits include Michigan State’s Frankenstein (De Lacey), the immersive Thus With a Kiss I Die (Deputy), and MSU and Peppermint Creek theatre’s immersive piece, Framing Device (Coat Check Artist). She’s collaborated on two Second Stage productions Sorry Wrong Number (Operator 2), and Twelve Angry Jurors (Juror 9), and served as assistant director on the department’s productions of Thus With A Kiss I Die, and A Wrinkle in Time. Cassie was also a cast member on MSU Telecasters’ sitcom The Show (Elle Forrest). She also recently co-starred in Evil Twin Digital’s Class Conflict (Mother). More personally, Cassie is a real midwesterner through and through (she says ""ope"" too often and loves ranch dressing). She loves all things geeky and nerdy, and has spent all her life around animals. She grew up riding horses, both English and Western, and has done competitive swimming, fencing, and archery as well! Cassie is looking forward to earning her masters alongside such like-minded and talented individuals as found in her new cohort.

Courtney McLaren

Courtney McLaren

Courtney Anne McLaren is ecstatic to join the Screen Acting MFA program at Oklahoma City University! As a multi-faceted theater artist, Courtney has flourished as an actor, teaching artist, assistant director, house manager, video editor, and more. A proud New England native, she earned her BA from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with concentrations in theatre, music, and arts management. Since that time, Courtney has found artistic homes at theatres such as American Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Berkshire Theatre Group. She has worked everywhere from the tranquil Berkshires of Massachusetts, to the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida, to the rustic Rockies of Colorado. As an actor, some of her favorite roles include: Lydia in Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley, Piglet in Winnie the Pooh, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Additional, career highlights include house managing the pre-Broadway run of Children of a Lesser God, bringing to life the works of student playwrights, and performing alongside Broadway veterans. In addition to acting, Courtney’s interests include upcycling, collaboration, time with family and friends, being an active pen pal, and writing lyrics. Courtney would love to give a major thank you to Oklahoma City University, her parents, and her close friends for their constant support!

Diana Whitcomb

Diana Whitcomb

Diana is from Wilmington, Delaware and is a recent graduate of Concordia College- Moorhead. Her favorite theatre credits include, Macbeth (Macduff), Pippin (Fastrada), Dead Man's Cell Phone (Jean), and Cinderella (Ella). Diana enjoys reading historical romance novels, swimming, and hunting for the perfect pair of mom jeans.

Emily Nash

Emily Nash

Emily is an AEA and SAG actor, singer, and proud Brooklynite. After earning her BA in Drama from Vassar College, Emily spent several years in New York acting in theatre, TV, film, and commercials. Her TV/film credits include co-stars on two brand new series on Disney+ and Apple TV+, appearances on Investigation Discovery, truTV, and the Science Channel, as well as the award-winning indie feature film "Prom King 2010." Theatrically, Emily has appeared Off-Broadway and in regional theatres spanning from Long Island to Montana in shows like "Spring Awakening" (Ilse), "The Deer and the Antelope" (world premiere comedy by Brenda Withers), "The Madwoman of Chaillot" (Gabrielle), and her original mental health cabaret show, "Beta B*tches & Beta Blockers: An Anxious Cabaret." You may recognize Emily from several commercial campaigns, including spots for Facebook, Google, Panera, and Kiehl’s, appearing alongside Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness, SNL’s Melissa Villaseñor, and Michael Strahan. Emily also coaches commercial acting in her spare time and is a commercial correspondent for Backstage. Outside of acting, Emily enjoys doing yoga, watching comedies, exploring Brooklyn, eating sushi, and cuddling with her adorable niece, Naomi. She is ecstatic to be a part of the first ever cohort of OCU’s MFA in Screen Acting! @emilykatenash www.emilyknash.com

John Taylor

John Taylor

John Taylor is an artist who graduated with B.A in theatre and his TESOL certification from Oklahoma State University. He hopes to be able to use his interest in international entertainment, theatre, and linguistics to help show people the cultures around them and around the world. His performance credits at Oklahoma State include Argonautika (Castor & Ensemble), A radio play version of Charlotte’s Web (John Arable & Gander), a reworked version for zoom of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Daniel Singer), and a new work play made by students Walter & Barney (Walter). While at Oklahoma State, John also worked as a tech and the credits include Argonautika (Lift/Movement Captain) Doubt: A Parable (Assistant Stage Manager), Bye Bye Birdie (Stage Manager), and Oklahoma (House manager). He is excited to continue his pursuit in acting and education with the MFA in Screen Acting program at Oklahoma City University!

Joseph Galloway

Joseph

Joseph Galloway is an actor and singer currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. During his time at LMU, Joseph performed in and worked behind the scenes in stage productions on campus, took on acting roles in student film thesis projects, and had the opportunity to study abroad in Bonn, Germany and Moscow, Russia. There he studied with talented artists and professors at places like the Moscow Art Theatre School. In addition, he performed in a production to culminate his time there. Upon his return to the United States, he started developing more of a love for acting in film. He took acting classes in LA and actively auditioned for roles. Then COVID came into play and matters were put on hold. Even though these classes were beneficial to him, he still felt like something was missing. He had always wanted to pursue an MFA and learned of Oklahoma City University’s brand new MFA in Screen Acting program. Joseph is excited and looking forward to learning and working alongside his fellow classmates and see what lies in store with the inaugural program. When he’s not training or at Disneyland, he can be found hiking, learning piano or honing his skills in the exciting world of accounting.

Julia Stypula

Julia

Julia Stypula of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is very excited to be studying with Oklahoma City University where she is pursuing her MFA in screen acting. She received her BA in Musical Theater from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Alongside appearing onstage, she has also been stage manager for The Fantasticks and for Seton Hill University’s fall dance concert. Some of her favorite credits include The Wedding Singer(Angie), Brigadoon (Ensemble), and Young Frankenstein (Ensemble). Julia was also the president of her college’s improv club for one year. She is very excited to be studying at OCU!

Kalvin Etienne

Kalvin

Kalvin Etienne hails from Brooklyn, New York. He is interested in using his talents in guitar, visual arts, and theatre, to involve himself in emotionally deep stories. He is very excited to start working in Indie Dramas, with strong romantic elements. His favorite, and most influential projects, include narratives of interracial dynamics; such as "Jungle Fever", "Dating & New York", and the Amazon Prime series, "Modern Love". He still loves theatre, of course! And plans to keep sharpening his skills in anyway possible, to keep being an asset to the stories he feels matter the most to humanity.

Kenny Lam

Kenny Lam

Kenny Lam, formerly an immigrant and US Army Veteran, is proud to pursue his Masters in Fine Arts at Oklahoma City University. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Buffalo State College with a minor in Theater. He's trained by both David and Linda Laundra from NYC as well as Buffalo State alums Steve Cirbus and LaToya Ebony. Buffalo State College credits include the musical:The Drowsy Chaperone where he played the undercover pastry chef, Othello as an Assistant Stage Manager, and contributions to Buffalo State's Ann Frank project.

Lauren Leigh

Lauren

Lauren B. Leigh is an actor, narrator, and teaching artist. She received her BFA in Theatre: Acting & Directing from Stephen F. Austin State University. Lauren is honored to be a member of the first cohort of Oklahoma City University’s MFA in Screen Acting Program. Lauren’s film career began with the Christian drama A Brand New Kitchen. She guest starred in the web series Apartment 101 and played Katie in the upcoming feature film The Cran. While working in regional theatre, Lauren discovered her love for audiobook narration. Lauren is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring stories to life on screen, on stage, and in your ear. In addition to her work as a performer, Lauren maintains a passion for the education of the next generation of artists. Lauren has served as a theatre educator for the past decade. She has taught people of all ages, skill levels, and abilities. When she's not creating or in the midst of a Star Wars marathon, Lauren enjoys swimming, rock climbing, and reading rom-com novels.

Maddi Caldwell

Maddi

Maddi Caldwell was born and raised in Oxnard, California and is the youngest of four. Growing up she participated in many extracurricular activities varying from soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball to theater, ballet, tap and jazz. Infatuated with music she took piano and voice lessons, was taught to play the shamisen by her grandmother and is self taught on guitar. During her free time she loves to sing and dance to disney channel songs, shop at Target, and try new baking recipes that she finds on Tiktok. In May 2021, Maddi received her BFA acting for stage and screen at the nationally ranked and esteemed Azusa Pacific University. She studied underneath industry professionals such as Andi Chapman, Alexandra Wright, Jill Brennan-Lincoln and David Hadinger. Upon graduating she began teaching musical theater to young actors at a non-profit theater in Ventura, CA. Starting her MFA in screen acting at Oklahoma City University in Fall 2021, Maddi is ecstatic to continue to grow in her craft. She is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to continue her education and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Marissa Nappo

Marissa

Marissa Nappo is a Buffalo native and a recent graduate from SUNY Fredonia, where she holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite theatrical credits include: Nickie in Sweet Charity, Vera in She Kills Monsters, Charity the Angel in Anything Goes, Sheila Bryant in A Chorus Line and she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical at the Kenny Awards for her role Elizabeth Benning in Young Frankenstein. Marissa has had the pleasure of being in two original workshops (Krampus a Winter Suite as the lead Eike and The America Project). In her freshman year at Fredonia, Marissa was cast in the short film Margaret’s Hope as the lead, Margaret. Some of her concert credits include: “ITunes Remixed” Live in concert with Mandy Gonzales & Telly Leung at The Producers Club in NYC, “One Hand One Heart” Live in concert with Kara Lindsay and Telly Leung at the Wild Project Theatre in NYCand the “2016 ATA Performing Arts Opening Gala” Live in concert with Adam Pascal, Mandy Gonzales, Telly Leung, and Priscilla Lopez. When Marissa is not performing, she spends her time teaching. Marissa has taught dance, acting and voice for over 7 years at the ATA Performing Arts center and has taught dance, acting, and voice at Playground Academy for 2 years. Marissa is beyond ecstatic to be participating in OCU’s MFA in Screen Acting program and she can’t wait to grow and flourish, along with the other cohort members.

Nicole Friedberg

Nikki

Nicole Friedberg is a writer and actor who identifies as a nerd and an old soul. Above all else, she is a storyteller who believes that telling stories — whether fictional or true — is how humans can affect change and start important conversations. As a storyteller, her mission is to provide people with escapes, new ways to look at the world, and connections that make them feel less alone. She believes that art is one of the biggest influences on the world and her life’s purpose is to be an artist who wields that power to make the world a better place. Nicole — who will also respond to Nikki, or if your voice sounds like her mother’s, Hershey, or Scout (her dogs’ names) — was born and raised for most of her life in a small northern New Jersey town, where she first fell in love with performance through school plays. At 13, Nicole’s family relocated to a suburb of Atlanta, GA, where she found comfort in writing assignments and at a local acting studio where she took classes in on-camera acting as she became acquainted with her new surroundings. After high school, she went to the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a double minor in French language and theatre arts. Nicole is thrilled to be embarking on her next adventure in LA and London for years one and two, respectively, of her MFA in Screen Acting program alongside her brilliant cohort.

Samantha Nedoroscik

Samantha

Samantha Nedoroscik is an actor whose most notable roles include Worcester in Henry IV Part I and Schwartzy in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, both of which were produced at her alma mater, Clark University. Samantha graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, concentrating in Acting, and a B.A. in English from Clark University. Upon graduation, she began studying at The Hanover Theatre Conservatory under Wanda Strukus and Sharon Hart. Other notable roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Aquata in The Little Mermaid, Glinda and Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz, Young Clyde in Bonnie & Clyde, Gangster #1 in The Drowsy Chaperone, Frenchie in Cabaret, and Juror #4 in 12 Angry Men. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she has always been engaged in the arts. She grew up studying ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, break dancing, and gymnastics, competed in the beauty, model, talent, and photogenic divisions in the All American Girl and Boy Beauty Pageants, and began acting at the age of 13. After dedicating her undergraduate studies to Acting, she is looking forward to continuing her education with an MFA in Screen Acting from Oklahoma City University.

Tabitha Carr-Rhoades

Tabitha

Tabitha Carr-Rhoades is entering the inaugural Oklahoma City University MFA in Screen Acting from Oklahoma City. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Performance Studies with an emphasis in musical theatre and a minor in dance at East Central University while graduating a year early. Some of her cherished academic theatre roles include Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Constance in an original 1950’s inspired adaptation of She Stoops to Conquer. ECU offered unique experiences which she is eager to continue studying in the future including dramaturgy, directing, and studying French. Tabitha has spent her years since graduating supporting the administration of the Yvonne Choteau School at the Oklahoma City Ballet where she found inspiration in witnessing artists developing their craft. She hopes to apply that inspiration to this new adventure fulfilling a lifelong dream of pursuing her passion for film and television. Traveling has been an innate part of Tabitha’s life, living in Okinawa and multiple states, and is eager to engage with the communities in Los Angeles, London, and those within her own cohort. Tabitha is grateful for this opportunity to continue honing her craft with the hopes of approaching mastery.