An empty auditorium with red seats, looking at a black stage. The stage has a spotlight in the center and both gold and red curtains hanging. In the spotlight reads “Act One: A First Year Exhibition”.

Act One: A First Year Exhibition

An empty auditorium with red seats, looking at a black stage. The stage has a spotlight in the center and both gold and red curtains hanging. In the spotlight reads “Act One: A First Year Exhibition”.

Act One: A First Year Exhibition

Co-Directed by Ben Dibble & Cory Walker


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Lussi Pearl | “Here I Am”, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (she/they) is a Freshman Musical Theatre major. Previous credits include Footloose (Rusty) at The Norshor Theater, Freaky Friday (Ellie), and Eurydice (Eurydice) at Duluth East Highschool. Lussi will be taking next semester off to be in The Prom at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Giavanna Marino | "Where Am I Now”, Lysistrata Jones (she/her) is a Freshmen Musical Theater major. And is so excited to be making her UArts debut! she sends love to all her friends and family back home, GO PITTSBURGH!

Cate Goddard | "Wherever He Ain’t", Mack & Mabel (she/her) is a Freshman Musical Theater major. Past credits include The Music Man and Crazy For You (Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute), Legally Blonde, and Chicago. Endless thanks to the faculty, staff and students at UArts for making this first semester so memorable.

Winnie Milisavljevic | "I'll Show Him", Plain and Fancy (she/her) is excited to make her UArts debut! She hopes you enjoy the show!

Val Giesey | Combat scene from Naruto

Jordan Eaddy | Combat scene from Naruto

Selena Luca | “A Lovely Night”, Cinderella (she/her) is a Freshman Musical Theater major. She was involved in 2 musicals: Into The Woods (Ensemble) and The Wiz (The Messenger) at CAPA Highschool. She also performed in the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C. and was apart of MyVision Theater, performing in Culture Shock and Everything Ok in There? As well as that, was apart of Tindley Temple Hansel’s Messiah and Hannibal Lokumbe “First Breath, Last Sigh” Premier.

Rocco Pugliese | “Raise A Little Hell”, Bonnie & Clyde (he/him) is a Freshman Musical Theater major. He will be in “The Untitled Cherry Orchard Project” as his first credit for UArts in the Spring. He has extreme gratitude to all his friends and family that have supported him this far.

Lolly Lynch | “Right Hand Man”, Something Rotten (she/her) is a Freshman Musical Theater major. This is her first production here at UArts! She has multiple credits with TheatreCHS including Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Ladybug in James in the Giant Peach, Pepper in Crybaby, and more. She would like to thank her folks for coming all the way from Virginia to come see this amazing show and she hopes you enjoy!

Delaney Ford | “Woman”, Pirate Queen (she/her) is a Junior transfer Musical Theatre major, who transferred from Suffolk County Community College. Her past credits at Suffolk include Dee Daye in Phases, Georgeanne in Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, and Alice/Bourbon in Henry V.

Hazel Foley | “No One Else”, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Mandie Nico Perez | “Diva’s Lament”, Spamalot (he/they) is a first year Musical Theater major. He is excited to make his UArts debut! They are grateful to their professors, friends, and family for their endless support.

Giovanna Johns | “I’m Here”, The Color Purple is a Freshman Musical Theater major. Her past performances include Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast (MOT) The Dragon in Shrek the Musical (MOT). She thanks her parents, Tim and Monique Johns, and the rest of her family and friends for their support throughout her 15 years of MT.

Alexis Castro | “My Unfortunate Erection”, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (he/him) is a first year Musical Theater major. This spring, you will be seeing him in Felipillo (Martinillo) and Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical (Firs). He is thrilled to be making his UArts debut!

Sophie O’Hara | “Come Out of the Dumpster”, The Wedding Singer (she/her) is a freshman musical theater major, and is so excited to be making her UArts debut!

Paige Mullen | Monologue from Space Girl by Mona Harris, is a Freshman Acting major. Past credentials include work with Gamut Theater Group as well as Directing, Filming, and Acting in pieces with Susquehanna Township High School and it's School of the Performing Arts.

Sophia Parsons | Monologue from Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith (she/her) is a freshman at UArts. 

Brooke Dusseau | “That’ll Show Him”,  Forum (she/they) is a Freshman Musical Theatre major. She is very excited to be making her UArts debut! They’d like to thank their friends, family, professors, and all who continue to support her!

Lizeth Lopez | "Come to Your Senses", Tick, Tick… BOOM! (she/her) is a Freshman Musical Theatre major. Some past credits include Addams Family and West Side Story. You can find them in the UNTITLED CHERRY ORCHARD MUSICAL next semester for Polyphone! Thank you to my family and friends for their endless support. So excited for what comes next!

Osyrus Brewer | "Make Them Hear You", Ragtime (he/him) is a Freshman Musical Theatre major from Douglasville, Georgia who loves to perform and create music.

Company |  “Song of Purple Summer”, Spring Awakening

Spencer Boyce | Playwright (he/him) is a Freshman DPP major. He originally wanted to reenact all 22 minutes of “Fantasmic!”, but was told that was too long. So, he settled for writing an original scene. Follow Spencer on Instagram @spenceradrianboyce.

Production Team

Ben Dibble (Co-Director)

Cory Walker (Co-Director)

Matthew Bock (Stage Manager)(he/him) is a Junior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major and a Film minor. Past credits at UArts include his play, Pump to Pump, being produced as part of the Equinox 2021 Festival and Stage Managing on musicals buried and This Beautiful City. He'd like to give a super special thanks to his sister, Madelyn.

Kai Scott (Assistant Stage Manager)(they/them) is a Junior Acting major with a minor in Photography. Part UArts credits include I Want A Country, Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea (Assistant Stage Manager), and Woyzeck.

Emma Price (Assistant Stage Manager)

Hayden Eric (Scenic and Props)

Keris Richmond (Lighting Design) My name is Keris Richmond and I am a Junior Design Technology major. I recently did the lighting design for a show apart of the Fall Festival called This Beautiful City. I’ve also worked on Sometimes The Rain, Sometimes the Sea, Rhapsody of The Progress, Pippin, All At Once, Manifesting Destinies Exhibition: First Year Event.

V Perlah-Hard (Sound Design)

Amanda Carano (Costume Design)

Teayra Bowden (Season Dramaturg)


University of the Arts

David Yager, President and CEO 

Kikau Alvaro, Interim Dean, Ira Brind School of Theater Arts 

Aanika Allen, Assistant Dean, Ira Brind School of Theater Arts 

Krista Apple, Interim Program Director, Acting 

Amy Dugas Brown, Program Director, Directing, Playwriting, and Production 

Jacob Brent, Interim Program Director, Musical Theater 

Natalie Robin, Program Director, Theater Design and Technology 

Quinn Bauriedel, Program Director, Pig Iron School MFA in Devised Performance 


Nick Embree, Associate Professor 

Sarah Sanford, Assistant Professor 

Fadi Skeiker, Associate Professor 

Rob Tucker, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Leah Walton, Visiting Assistant Professor 

Madison Claus, Senior Administrative Assistant 

Lindsay Cram, Associate Producer 


Joe Fasciano, Technical Director

Troy Martin-O’Shia, Production Electrician 

LeVonne Lindsay, Costume Shop Manager 

Larry Fowler, Sound Practicum Instructor

Chris Haig, Technical and Props Practicum Instructor

Millie Hiibel, Costume Practicum Instructor


Content Disclosures: Language, Sexual Innuendos, Staged Violence