Seniors from Theatre TCU’s graduating class of 2021 perform virtually for industry professionals in a performance showcase of singing, dancing and acting!
Check out the video below to learn more about this year’s showcase.
JOHN BADAR grew up in Allen, Texas, and will be graduating from TCU with his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. At TCU, John played Tartuffe in Tartuffe, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Dodge in Buried Child, and a few others. Aside from theatre, John is the co-president of Senseless Acts of Comedy (SAC), TCU’s improv team. It has always been a dream for John to be able to perform professionally. Aside from theatre, John loves watching movies, playing the ukulele, and tossing around the frisbee with some friends.
MARY BURCHILL is from Stillwater, MN, and will graduate with her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Her theatrical credits include Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (Texas Christian University), Woman #2/Allison in First Date (Stage West), Margaret White in Carrie (Casa Mañana), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (TCCT) and Tara (Maggie u/s) in A Chorus Line (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts). Outside of theatre Mary has performed in National Commercials for companies such as Best Buy and IWireless, as well as recorded multiple voiceovers for Plato’s Closet commercials. See more at: www.maryburchill.com
BAILEY COCKERHAM is an actress from Overland Park, KS, who will be graduating from Texas Christian University with her B.F.A in Theater, emphasis in Acting. Some of her regional credits include Seven Sinatra Veronicas with Hip Pocket Theater and Finding Family with Theater of North Texas. While at TCU, she has been seen as Clea in Black Comedy, participated in several Playwright’s Stage and Directing Projects performances, and, most recently, performed in the collection of sonnets titled My Love is As Fever. Bailey also has extensive stage electrics experience and has worked on the lighting team for most Theater TCU shows. Alongside her passion for theater, Bailey is deeply invested in studying Spanish language and Religion and will be graduating with minors in each of these fields. See more at: www.baileycockerham.com
EMMA COLWELL is an actress from Fort Worth, Texas, who is graduating this spring from TCU with a B.F.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Musical Theatre. Some regional credits include Penny/Amber in Hairspray (Plaza Theatre Company), Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Plaza Theatre Company), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet (TTYP), Snow White in Snow White and the Prince (Casa Mañana), Wendy in Peter Pan (Casa Mañana), Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music (Lyric Stage), and Sleeping Beauty in Into the Woods (Lyric Stage). Her TCU credits include The Melody Lingers On (Ensemble), Miss Molly (Genevieve), Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert), BARE (Diane Lee), and Bat Boy (Ensemble). Emma will be moving to Los Angeles after graduation to pursue theatre, film, and voiceover. She hopes to inspire human connection through the arts. See more at: emmacolwell.me
INDIGO CRANDELL is from Alpharetta, Georgia, and will graduate this spring from Texas Christian University with a B.F.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Musical Theatre. While at school, Indigo has worked on various shows, including A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella Kowalski), 42nd Street (Lorraine Flemming/Dance Captain), Pericles: Prince of Tyre (Marina), Bat Boy (Ruthie Taylor), and a few others. She has also been able to work alongside her director on choreography for The Pajama Game. Indigo hopes to further pursue choreography and performance post-graduation. See more at www.indigocrandell.com
CHRISTINA CRANSHAW is an actor from Fort Worth, Texas. She graduates with her B.F.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Acting, in the fall semester of 2020 from Texas Christian University. Her regional credits include: Ensemble member of the Hip Pocket Theatre from 2014 to present. Her TCU theatre credits include Miss Furnival in Black Comedy, Halie in Buried Child, and Ensemble Member in My Love is as a Fever. She recently starred in Make Something Beautiful’s short film, The Twilite Hour (winner Best Drama at the Los Angeles Film Awards – August 2020). Offstage, Christina enjoys browsing her local library, consuming copious amounts of film and television series, pretending to be a Master Chef, and making art just a little bit funkier. See more at: www.christinacranshaw.com
MILES DOLNEY is graduating as a B.F.A. musical theatre major, originally from Houston, Texas. Miles’ most recent performance was in Theatre TCU’s production of My Love Is as a Fever (Ensemble). He has also been seen in many other TCU shows like BARE: A Pop Opera (Ensemble), The Songs of Kurt Weill (Ensemble), Naval Gazing (Clovis), Mr. and Mrs. (Steven), Unsinkable (Officer Lowe), and Perspective (Gabriel). Beyond musical theatre, Miles takes great interest in voiceover work, costume production and design. See more at: www.milesdolney.com
SARAH JONES is a Chicago native who will be graduating from TCU in the spring with a B.F.A in Acting. At TCU, Sarah has appeared as a member of the ensemble in The Songs of Kurt Weill, Shelly in Sam Shepherd’s Buried Child, and a soloist in My Love is as a Fever. Offstage, Sarah enjoys playing tennis and volunteering at the local dog shelter. Sarah is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and is a member of the Kappa Pickers’ acapella group. See more at: www.sarahvirginiajones.com
RACHEL ELIZABETH MADDY originally hails from Norman, Oklahoma. Growing up, Rachel thought there was a tiny robot organizing the files in her brain. This was not correct, because she obtained a passion for the arts, so it was probably Bob Ross tidying up the files instead. After making the impulse decision to pursue a theatre degree, Rachel decided to cross the Oklahoma/Texas border and attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. There she discovered a newfound joy for comedy and visual arts. Upon graduation, Rachel hopes and dreams of moving to a big city in order to pursue scenic painting, comedy, directing and a part-time job. See more at: raemaddy.squarespace.com/home
AUDREY FALLON is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a senior at TCU, graduating with her B.F.A. in Theatre Studies. Most recently, Audrey completed her internship on the internationally loved CBS soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, in Los Angeles, California. She performed at the Vassar Powerhouse Theatre in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, was featured in an improvisational ‘soundpainting’ performance, Keep Your Head Above Water, and collaborated with artists on original plays. Some of her favorite projects include performing in My Love is as a Fever, a virtual sonnet performance and portraying Sophie in Triangle. Audrey is a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program and has completed the Yale Conservatory for Actors program. When she is not performing onstage or on camera, she can be found outdoors, writing, reading, creating acrylic paintings, photos, and videos, or teaching herself guitar. See more at: www.audreyfallon.com
BRITTON MELTON is a Fort Worth, Texas native and will graduate from Texas Christian University with a B.F.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Acting. During his time at TCU, Britton became a member of the Equity Member Candidacy program and has appeared regionally in Stage Kiss (Circle Theatre), All I Want for Christmas (Six Flags Over Texas), and Damn Yankees (Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre). He also had the opportunity to act in the new Disney Plus TV show Encore! (Episode 2: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast). One of Britton’s passions is getting the opportunity to be in new works such as Jack Frost: The Musical (Casa Mañana) and Devices: The Musical (WOW Entertainment). Upon graduation, Britton hopes to move to New York City or work for Cruise Lines and Theme Parks. See more at: www.brittonmelton.com
CAROLINE NORTON is a Fort Worth native who will be receiving a BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University in May 2021. While Caroline was at TCU, she performed in Pericles (Thaisa), The Songs of Kurt Weill (Ensemble Member), and My Love Is As a Fever (Ensemble). In the DFW area, Caroline has performed in Arcadia Darling (Tinker Bell) and Seven Sinatra Veronicas (Veronica Sloth) at Hip Pocket Theatre, as well as in the reading of Jack Frost: A New Musical at Casa Mañana. Caroline looks forward to pursuing a career in performance after graduation. See more at: www.carolinecnorton.com
RACHAEL MARIE is an actress, singer and songwriter based in Dallas, Texas. Following her passion for musical theatre, she will graduate with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from TCU. While at TCU, Rachael has appeared in Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier), Diviners (Goldie), and BARE: A Pop Opera (Kyra). Although Rachael loves being on the stage, she has directed two original musicals with Diversity in The Arts based in Houston, Texas. Beyond theatre, Rachael is the president of an organization for Black students to share their passions in the arts on TCU’s campus called Theatre TCU Black Excellence. Being a singer/songwriter she also has original music to be released very soon. See more at: www.rachaelmariejenae.com
BRAYDEN RAQUENO is a McKinney, Texas native who will graduate from Texas Christian University with a B.F.A in Theatre, emphasis in Acting. Some regional credits include Krampus in The Naughty List (Stage West) and Lazarus Salamon in Ellis Island (Bass Hall). Some selected TCU credits include Buddy Layman in The Diviners, Peter Shaw in Silent Sky, Damis in Tartuffe and Aloysius Thurston in Miss Molly. Brayden also serves as one of the presidents of TCU’s improv troupe, Senseless Acts of Comedy and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega. See more at: www.braydenraqueno.com
BRETT RAWLINGS is a Kansas City native who will graduate from TCU with a B.F.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Musical Theatre. Some regional credits include Tango Dancer/Ensemble in Evita and Havana Dancer/Gambler in Guys and Dolls with Lyric Stage Dallas, and Ensemble in Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Uptown Players. Selected TCU credits include Lucas in BARE: A Pop Opera, Konstantin in Fiddler on the Roof, and Ensemble in 42nd Street. At TCU, Brett is President of Alpha Psi Omega, a Resident Assistant, and an award-winning choreographer for his a cappella group, The Horned Tones. See more at: www.brettrawlings.com
DANIELLE SMITH is an actress from Portland, Oregon, who will be graduating from Texas Christian University this Spring with a B.F.A. in Theater, emphasis in Musical Theatre. She has appeared in TCU productions such as: The Melody Lingers On (ensemble), 42nd Street (ensemble), the original student work Congenital (Samantha), and multiple Directing Projects. At TCU, Danielle is also a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and serves as a Fine Arts Representative in Student Government Association. She hopes to pursue a professional career in Musical Theatre.
ALEXANDRA STOUT, originally from San Diego, California, will be graduating from TCU in the spring with a B.F.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Musical Theatre. Onstage for TCU, Alexandra has appeared in Sister Act and BARE as a member of the Ensemble and has performed as a soloist for The Songs of Kurt Weill. While in school, Alexandra has also performed in productions around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex including Little Red in Into The Woods (RSM). Alexandra has also appeared in 2 SFA original films and has a passion for songwriting, meditation, and film/TV acting! See more at: www.alexandrastout.com
SAM STURGEON spent most of his life in Hickory, North Carolina before moving to the DFW area for high school. He will be receiving his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting from TCU. Sam has been seen on stage in Theatre TCU’s Tartuffe (Loyal), Buried Child (Father Dewis), and My Love Is as a Fever (Ensemble). He has also been involved in numerous staged readings for new works throughout his time at TCU, both as an actor and playwright. Writing everything from plays to poems is Sam’s greatest offstage passion. See more at: www.samsturgeon.com
CAMERON VANCE is a B.F.A. acting major from Wichita, KS graduating from TCU in May 2021 with honors distinctions. Recently, he has been seen as Frankincense in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Garland Summer Musicals), Muleteer in Man of La Mancha (Lyric Stage), as well as performed as a lead in Wow! Entertainment’s workshop of Devices. Some other professional credits include James the Lesser U/S in Jesus Christ Superstar, ensemble in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and ensemble in Hello Dolly! (MTWichita). Some favorite TCU credits include Valère in Tartuffe, Joey in Sister Act, and Irving Berlin in their recent production of The Melody Lingers On. See more at: www.cameron-vance.com
GARRETT WEIR is a native of San Diego, California, graduating with upper- and lower-division honors. At Theatre TCU, he has been seen in 42nd Street (Bert Barry), Pericles (Leonine), and featured/ensemble roles in Batboy, A Streetcar Named Desire, and My Love is as a Fever. Regional credits include Dallas Theater Center’s world-premiere play The Supreme Leader (Roger), directed by Kevin Moriarty (cancelled, COVID-19). Additionally, Garrett embarked on a Theatre TCU study abroad program to attend the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space to study the foremost in multi-media theatrical innovation being produced worldwide. Outside of theatre, he has performed in three short or feature films and is a proud leader of the TCU spirit group, The Dutchmen. Garrett is highly passionate about fitness as well as creating original music and film content. See more at: www.garrettweir.com
ANNABELLE GRACE WOODARD is an EMC dancer, singer, actress, and improvisation comedian hailing from Athens, Georgia. She has performed (Man of La Mancha, Evita, Mirette) and choreographed (Mirette) professionally with Lyric Stage in Dallas, Texas and plans to continue her professional career of creating/performing in other major markets in the years to come! She is a member of TCU’s award winning improv team “Senseless Acts of Comedy” and thanks her parents for raising her on Saturday Night Live since the age of three. Amongst other things, she trained for ten years as a competitive figure skater, dabbles in horseback riding, lyra hoop/silks performance, and baton twirling. See more at: annabellegracewoodard.com