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WHO IS UNIFIED THEATRE COMPANY?

Committed to immersive theatre through education and activism

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KAYDAN FERGUSON

Founder, Artistic Director

Kaydan is a recent graduate of Longwood University with her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education. In her time at Longwood she sound designed, stage managed and directed and is now incredibly excited to begin this journey as the artistic director for Unified Theatre Company. Here is to conquering mountains and performing great theatre!

HALEY MIZELLE

Executive Director

Haley Mizelle is a recent Longwood University graduate, with a degree in Theatre and a double minor in Music and Music Theatre. Along with theatre, Haley has also practiced Makeup Design and Artistry for both the stage and film. She has use both her makeup and acting skills this summer in California, while also working as a Production Assistant on the set of the Halloween Cast Party Special of Disney Channel’s Original Movie “Z-O-M-B-I-E-S.” Haley is excited to be working with Unified Theatre Company and to be working with an amazing group of people!

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Caitlin as Ruth

CAITLIN ELIZABETH

Administrative Director, Production Intern Director

Caitlin graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a major in Theatre and a minor in Criminal Justice. After graduation, she has been working closely with Waterworks Players, both as an actor and as a director. Most recently she has performed as Ruth Condomine in Waterworks Player's production of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. She is looking forward to the opportunities Unified Theatre Company will bring, and can't wait to take on the world with an amazing group of people!

AMBER CRAIG

Financial Director

Amber's passion for theatre began when she was a freshman in highschool. She was taking a chorus class through her highschool and was persuaded by her teacher to try out for the musical that year (which was Annie). She was cast in the production and though this experience built self confidence and found a love for Theatre. Thought the rest of her time in highschool she was in every production possible and took theatre as an elective. Once she graduated from High School she enrolled in classes at my community college into the Business Administration program which consisted of classes related to economics and business. This lead me to my interest in business however my passion for theatre did not subside and once she transferred to James Madison University she decided to major in Management with a Concentration in Human resources and Minor in Communications.This minor in communication is the way that she has incorporated the public speaking skills she gained from theatre into her degree. As the Financial Director of Unified theatre Company she is able to combine these two passions by being in a theatrical setting while using business skills she has gained and continue to gain to help keep track of company accounts.

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ALEXANDRA SHAPIRO

Marketing Director

Alex has been involved in theater since the beginning of her high school career. She enjoys tech work like wardrobe, makeup, and stage management, but acting is her main passion. She has participated in many shows with Heritage High School such as Les Mis, Beauty and the Beast, and Ragtime. She is excited to be working with UTC and looking forward to organizing fun and meaningful events for the theater community!

ZACHARY ZAHAND

Marketing, Publicity Director

Zachary Zahand holds his Bachelor’s in Theatre and Associate’s in Education. Within the last fourteen years he has been an actor, director, and choreographer. Selected credits include Hatfields and McCoys (Theatre West Virginia), Miss Electricity (Illyria Theatre Company), A Funny Thing…Forum (Longwood University). Zachary is excited to create art with such a great group of people!

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RILEY PORTER

Production Director

Riley is a Lynchburg native who grew an interest for theater when he was in 7th grade. His passion for this art grew while he attended Brookville High School under the mentorship of Megan Emanuel and the encouragement of his fellow classmates and family. Riley is now enrolled at Central Virginia community college and pursuing a career in education so he will have a chance inspire the next generations of today and to come. In his spare time he can be found in the dance studio, on the stage, or hanging with his friends.

ABBY BURNETTE

Board Member

Abby Burnett has enjoyed theatre all her life, but her passion wasn't ignited until she joined theatre in middle school. Since then, it has been one of her biggest joys. She will graduate from CVCC Spring '19 and enroll in Lynchburg College in the fall. Her intended major is Secondary Education with a Minor in theatre. Her favorite role is Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray.

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BRIANNA SAHADAK

Board Member

Brianna Sahadak was born and raised in Lynchburg. She has always been intrigued by theatre and entered the theatre community in the sixth grade and has continued her pursuit throughout high school, during that time she not only fell in love with performance, but also the many technical aspects and intricacy of theatre. Thanks to the mentorship of Megan Emanuel, she was inspired to pursue theatre as a career, currently enrolled at Central Virginia Community College with plans to major in Performance Arts and English education in order to become an educator to instill a love of theatre into the future generations.

ZOE FLIPPEN

Director of Inclusion and Diversity

Zoe Flippen is a sophomore Theatre major at Longwood University who is so excited to be UTC's Director of Inclusion and Diversity. Zoe has previously worked with Spectrum: a theatre company for LGBTQ high school students and can't wait to continue to work towards a more inclusive experience in theatre.

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