Senior Showcase

Senior Showcase

Seniors from Theatre TCU’s graduating class of 2020 perform for industry professionals in a performance showcase of singing, dancing and acting!


Thursday, March 12th, 2020

5:30 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.
Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
410 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Please RSVP to 817-257-4196


Thursday, March 12th, 2020

11:30 P.M.
Feinstein’s/54 Below
254 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tickets and information are available at:
$20 Cover Charge; 2 Drink or $20 Food/Beverage Minimum



Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
5:30 P.M.
Hays Theatre in the Walsh Performing Arts Center
TCU Campus
2800 South University
Fort Worth, TX 76129
and open to the public



Brooke Arnold smiling headshotBROOKE ARNOLD is an actress from Parker, Colorado who will graduate with her B.F.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Acting, from Texas Christian University in the spring. Some regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Trinity Shakespeare Festival) and Twelfth Night (Trinity Shakespeare Festival). Her TCU credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice Hubbell) and Silent Sky (Annie Cannon), three TCU directing projects, and the Student Film Associations original film buddy girl (Riley). Beyond performance, Brooke is also involved with directing, stage management, and film. See more at:


Kevin Bodee smiling headshot

KEVIN BODEE is from Chicago, Illinois and will be graduating from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Theatre Acting. In Chicago, Kevin has had representation and has done commercial, film, and voiceover work. While at TCU some credits include Laurent in Tartuffe, Harry Webster in The Interminable Life of Perennial Peonies, and Basil Bennett in The Diviners. Kevin has also been involved in playwrighting, directing, and The Student Film Association. Upon graduation, Kevin plans to pursue a career in acting in New York and/or Los Angeles. See more at


Rebecca Carroll smiling headshotREBECCA CARROLL is a Kansas City native who will graduate from TCU with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Some regional credits include Claire in Mirette with Lyric Stage Dallas, Ensemble in Pippin with MTKCPro, Maggie in A Chorus Line and Katherine in Newsies both at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and Estella in West Side Story with Spinning Tree Theatre. Selected TCU credits include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Daisy in Selections from Sideshow, and Ensemble in Pippin. Commercially, she has appeared as a lead in a NEBO Flashlight regional commercial. See more at:


OLIVIA CARTWRIGHT is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and will be graduating from TCU in May with her B.F.A. in Theatre, emphasis in Musical Theatre. Olivia is a proud horned frog and has enjoyed performing on stage with Theatre TCU and locally in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Some regional credits include On the Town (Stolen Shakespeare Guild), Into the Woods & Les Misérables (Performer’s Warehouse). Collegiate credits include Bare: A Pop Opera (Nadia), Batboy (Lorraine), and Sister Act (Mary Theresa). At TCU, she is a member of Alpha Psi Omega and is also a resident assistant. See more at:


Ryan Caviola headshotRYAN CAVIOLA is a Las Vegas native and will be graduating from TCU with a BFA in Acting. Performing around the world has always been his dream. As an actor, he has worked professionally in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Recent regional credits include Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Garland Summer Musicals) and a Muleteer in Man of La Mancha (Lyric Stage). Ryan is a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy Program. Aside from acting on the stage, Ryan has been dabbling in composing and working on his reel as a voiceover actor. See more here:


Jacob Clemmons HeadshotJACOB CLEMMONS, originally from Lubbock, Texas, is a theatre artist and student based in Fort Worth. Jacob will graduate in the spring from Texas Christian University with his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Jacob has been seen on stage regionally in Dogfight (Boland) and Man of La Mancha (Ensemble). Some selected TCU credits include Sweeney Todd (Anthony Hope), Buried Child (Bradley), and Bat Boy (Ron Taylor). He also has a passion for film and voice-over work. Aside from performing, Jacob loves playing guitar and songwriting. See more at:


Alli Franken HeadshotALLI FRANKEN is a Kansas City native who will graduate with a B.F.A in Acting from Texas Christian University. Regionally, Alli appeared in Garland Summer Musical’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ensemble). Some Theatre TCU Credits include: The Diviners (Jennie Mae Layman), 42nd Street (Female Swing), and Bat Boy (Dancer). Alli recently was choreographer for TCU’s mainstage production of Sister Act and Assistant Choreographer for 42nd Street and Fiddler on the Roof. Alli can also be seen performing weekly with TCU’s improv team, Senseless Acts of Comedy. See more at:


Tasia Jewel smiling headshotTASIA JEWEL is a Fort Worth native who lived in Kansas City for a few years and is where she got her big push to pursue theatre. Tasia is a current TCU student in her fourth-year, earning a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre as well as a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Although she is primarily a musical theatre actress, Tasia also enjoys costume design, stage management, writing (mostly poetry) as well as work centered on women and gender studies. Tasia is an incredibly passionate performer but also an incredibly passionate person who has the desire to work hard, share joy and live life. See more at:


LANCE JEWETT is a senior Musical Theatre student from Kansas City! You may recognize him from the LINK Program showcase with The Growing Studio in January! Recently, he’s been seen as Gabe Rubenstone/Man #1 in First Date (Stage West Theatre). Some other professional credits include Davey in Newsies, Sky in Mamma Mia, and Curly in Oklahoma! (Starlight MT); Henry Grunbaum, et al in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Casa Mañana); and ensemble in Disaster! (Uptown Players). Some favorite TCU credits include Jason in Bare: a Pop Opera, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Sid in Pajama Game, his final TCU production. See more here:


JACK KAPPLE is a Kansas City native who will graduate with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Texas Christian University in the Spring. Some regional credits include Big River (The Culture House), and Little Women (The Culture House). While at TCU, Jack’s credits include Black Comedy (Harold Gorringe), Bare (Peter Simmonds), The Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Bat Boy: The Musical (Ned) and Sweeney Todd (Ensemble). Beyond performance, Jack is also involved in directing, film, costume design, and photography. See more at:


Grant Lattanzi headshotGRANT LATTANZI is a B.F.A. acting major and sociology minor from Colorado Springs, Colorado graduating from TCU in May 2020 with honors distinctions. Onstage for TCU, Grant has appeared in The Crowd You’re In With (Dwight), Pericles (Lysimachus/Knight/Tyrian Sailor), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), and Black Comedy (Colonel Melkett). He also served as director for Theatre TCU’s production of Silent Sky. Additionally, Grant has extensive experience with long and short form improvisation. See more at:


Grace Martin HeadshotGRACE MARTIN is a Memphis, Tennessee native who will graduate from TCU with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre. Grace will be playing Mother Superior in Sister Act at TCU in November. Also at TCU, she has appeared as ensemble in Batboy and as a soloist in the Songs of Kurt Weill. Other select credits include Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden, a role she was nominated for at the NHSMTA Jimmy Awards and Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me with Brothers on Stage. See more at:


Lauren Messemer headshotLAUREN MESSEMER is a Chicago native, currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Acting from Texas Christian University. While in school, Lauren has performed both in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and Chicagoland areas; some of her favorite roles include Henrietta Leavitt in Silent Sky, Felicity Cunningham in The Real Inspector Hound, Nina in Nina in the Morning, Elle in Legally Blonde, Lady in Waiting in Twelfth Night, and Lady Montague in Romeo & Juliet with Trinity Shakespeare Festival. During her time at TCU, she has been a part of seven short and feature films, became a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program and attended the Yale Conservatory for Actors. Offstage, Lauren enjoys yoga, meditation, writing for her blog Folklaur, and being a member of both the Alpha Psi Omega Fraternity and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. See more at:


Canali Miller smiling headshotCANALI MILLER is a senior musical theatre major from Waxahachie, TX. At Theatre TCU he has been seen as Melvin in The Diviners, King Antiochus in Pericles: Prince of Tyre, Clem in Bat Boy: The Musical, Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof, and Ensemble in Sweeney Todd. Regionally, he was in the Ensemble of Evita at Lyric Stage in Dallas. Outside of theatre, he enjoys working with student affairs as he was a director for TCU Frog Camp 2019 and Resident Assistant on Campus. Canali is super excited to head to New York, and take in all of the opportunities in store for him! See more at:


MATTHEW PARKER is from Papillion, Nebraska and will be graduating from TCU this spring with a B.F.A in Theatre, with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Professionally Matthew has worked with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival in productions of Romeo & Juliet (Peter) and Twelfth Night (Valentine), as well as performing for Cedar Point Live Entertainment in Lusty Lil’s French Revue (Dan). While at TCU Matthew has appeared in Sweeney Todd (Beadle Bamford), Fiddler on the Roof (Avram), Tartuffe (Orgon), Bare: a Pop Opera (Matt Lloyd), 42nd Street (Abner Dillon), Sister Act (Monsignor O’Hara), Rehearsal at Versailles (Bejart), Songs from ‘Side Show’ (Jake), Navel Gazing (Nurse/Photographer/Cashier), and The Songs of Kurt Weill (featured soloist). Beyond performing, Matthew is involved in playwriting and directing. See more at:


Rachel Poole smiling headshotRACHEL NICOLE POOLE, a Dallas, Texas native, will graduate from TCU with her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Some of her regional credits include: Judy Bernly in 9 to 5 (NTPA), Cheryl in Stickfly (Jubilee Theatre), and Lourdes in Luna Gale (Circle Theatre). While at TCU, Rachel has been seen in Fiddler on the Roof (Yente) and Bare: A Pop Opera (Sister Chantelle). Beyond performance, Rachel created an affinity group for the black students within Theatre TCU called, Theatre TCU’s Black Excellence and a university wide organization called, TCU Black Artists Coalition. See more at:


Elizabeth Ross headshotELIZABETH ROSS is a BFA Acting Major from Shreveport, Louisiana. At TCU, she has appeared as Ensemble in Sister Act, Shaindel/Ensemble in Fiddler on the Roof, Ensemble in Songs of Kurt Weill, and the Bearded Lady/Ensemble in Songs from Sideshow. She has also been featured in TCU Directing Projects as A in This is Not A Play. In Shreveport, she performed in regional/community theatre, playing roles such as Jo March in Shreveport Little Theatre’s production of Little Women: The Musical. See more at:


Collins Rush smiling headshotCOLLINS RUSH is a working actor currently based in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, originally from Houston, Texas, who will graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre this spring. While at TCU, Collins has been seen in 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Pericles (Pander), Bat Boy (Pan), Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), and Pippin (Ensemble). During his time at TCU, Collins has performed professionally in First Date with Stage West; Hello, Dolly! with Casa Mañana; Guys and Dolls with Lyric Stage; A Chorus Line, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Spring Awakening with Uptown Players; and most recently a season with Maine State Music Theatre! See more at:


LIBBY SMITH is a Weatherford, Texas native who will be graduating from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. While at TCU, Libby has performed in shows such as The Mental Health Monologue show (Christie), The Songs of Kurt Weill (Narrator), Banana Meat (Elaina), The Office (Woman 2), and Between 2 Friends (B). She has also acted in a student film called Caged Fortune (Patty) through the TCU film school. Beyond theatre, Libby has a passion for various types of comedic performance and film. See more at:


JT Snyder Head ShotJ.T. SNYDER is a B.F.A Theatre major with a Musical Theatre emphasis who was born in California; raised near the windy city (Barrington, IL).  His mother taught him to sing when he was two years old and has been his biggest fan ever since. Middle school brought his first real taste of theatre but it wasn’t until competing in the Illinois Chapter of the Jimmy Awards, in high school, that he knew he needed to live a life full of performing. These days you can find J.T.  in the gym or on the stage trying to make the art of telling stories a lifestyle. See more at:


RACHEL SOBOL is an actor from Lake Zurich, IL, who will be graduating with a B. F. A. in Musical Theatre from TCU. Some regional credits include Spring Awakening with Uptown Players in Dallas (Martha Bessel) and On the Town with Stolen Shakespeare Guild (Diana Dream). During her time at TCU, she has been seen in Sister Act (Mary Patrick), 42nd Street (Maggie Jones), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma Sarah), Bat Boy (Ensemble), and Songs from Side Show (Ensemble). Rachel is grateful for the support from her family and friends as she pursues a career in the theatre. See more at:


ASHLIE WHITWORTH is a tried and true Texas native, born and raised in Arlington, Texas. She is currently receiving her B.F.A. in acting from Texas Christian University and will be graduating in May 2020. She has recently been seen in several shows around the DFW area including Shakespeare in Love at Shakespeare Dallas and was a part of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival in 2018. Aside from theatre, Ashlie has a passion for Film/TV/Voice Over. She also has a love for American Sign Language and plans to get her interpreter’s certification very soon. See more at:


EVAN WOODS is a Hattiesburg, Mississippi native who will graduate with a B.F.A in Acting from Texas Christian University. Some regional credits include The Lifespan of a Fact and Like a Billion Likes (Stage West), Richard III and Measure for Measure (Trinity Shakespeare Festival), Pride & Prejudice (Shakespeare Dallas) Summer & Smoke (The Classics Theatre Project), Straight (Uptown Players), In the Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play) (Imprint Theatreworks). Some selected credits while at TCU include: The Diviners, Everyman, and The Importance of Being Earnest.  Evan is represented by The Kim Dawson Agency for the DFW region. Upon graduation, Evan plans on moving to New York to pursue a career in acting. Evan is so thankful for his supportive community and is excited about what the future holds. See more at: