Design & Technology Alumni Achievements

UB Design & Technology alumni are working internationally, nationally, and locally in disciplines ranging from environmental and stage design, dance management, television and live event production, safety coordination, design and production education, as well as technical direction.

They have consistently earned scholarships and assistantships to pursue Master of Fine Arts degrees in design, technology, and production. In the past decade alone, our students have gone on to graduate programs in premier institutions including:

Brandeis University
California Institute of the Arts
California State University, Long Beach
Florida State University

Illinois State University,
Indiana University
Northwestern University
Ohio University
Purdue University
Southern Methodist University
University of California-Irvine
University of Connecticut
University of Florida, Gainesville
University of Iowa
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Missouri Kansas City
University of Oregon

UB Alumni, Noteworthy in 2011-2012

Significant Job Placement:

  • Meghan Raham, BA, ’02, Named Assistant Professor of Design, Department of Performing Arts, American University; Washington, DC.
  • Chelsea Warren, BFA, ’03, Teaching at Columbia College, University of Chicago and DePaul University.
  • Jonathan Shimon, BFA, ’07, Named Assistant Technical Director, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Dyan Burligame, nee O’Connell, BA, ’04, accepts two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship at University at Buffalo.

Professional Productions:

     Broadway – Benjamin Weill, BFA, ‘06, On A Clear Day, Lighting Assistant to Kevin Adams

     National Tours – Darcy Engel, BA, ’06, Head Properties at Phoenix Entertainment

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Distinctive Achievements

  • Collin Ranney, BFA, ’07, 2012 Helen Hayes Award in Outstanding Scenic Design Nomination, A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD, Adventure Theatre, Washington, DC
  • Collin Ranney, BFA, ’07, MFA Stage Design, University of Maryland-College Park, ‘12
  • Collin Ranney, BFA, ’07, Designer & Curator (1 of 3), EMERGE: The USITT/USA 2011 Prague Quadrennial USA Student Exhibit, June 2011
  • Rachelle Beckerman, BA, ‘02, Designer & Curator (1 of 3), EMERGE: The USITT/USA 2011 Prague Quadrennial USA Student Exhibit, June 2011
  • Julie Rautenstrauch, BFA, ’09, MFA Stage Design, Brandeis University, ‘12
  • Anie Smith, BFA, ’09, MFA Stage Design, University of Oregon, ‘12
  • Meghan Raham, BA, ’02, LA Ovation Award Nominations for VENICE, Best Costume Design and Best Scenic Design
  • Chelsea Warren, BFA, ’03, 2012 Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, The Michael Merrit Awards for Excellence in Design & Collaboration, Chicago
  • Izumi Inaba, BA, ’06, Jeff Award Recipient, Artistic Specialization, Makeup Design, Izumi Inaba, Cats - Award Year 2011 - Non-Equity, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in association with Michael James.
  • Chantal Calato, BFA, ’05, PROJECT MIST, Writer/Director/Museum Curator, Co-created with Lynne Koscielniak and Dyan Burlingame, London/New York/Ontario, 2011-Present. Canadian, American, British collaboration to create a “living museum”, using film installation on the natural wonder Niagara Falls.
  • Kathleen Gilliland, BFA, ’09, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, elected office, Vice Chair of Programming, USITT Upstate New York Section.
  • Jennifer Lamastra, BFA, ’03, Oregon-Based Junk to Funk Artist, GLEAN Artist In Residence.
  • Kate Palame, BA, ’04, Display Coordinator for Anthropologie.
  • Alumni Lighting Designers collaborate with Alumni Choreographers on the BACK TO BUFFALO dance concert, UBCFA.


Alumni Bios

Class of 2002

Meghan Raham is a Chicago based Set and Costume Designer with a strong interest in the development of new work. Recent design work includes: CLAY (Lincoln Center Theater LCT2, Kansas City Repertory Theatre 2008), The Borderland (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Wedding Play (About Face and Steppenwolf Theaters), A Big Blue Nail (Victory Gardens Theater). She is a Company Member at The Building Stage in Chicago, where she has designed costumes for MOBY-DICK and co-production designed NOIR. Upcoming work includes: costume design for the Hypocrites' adaptation of Frankenstein, produced in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art, set design for J. Nicole Brooks' FEDRA at Lookingglass, and both set and costume design for Venice, directed by Eric Rosen and being co-produced by the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles. Ms. Raham holds an MFA from Northwestern University. Her work was exhibited at the 2006 USITT Young Designers' Forum, and she received a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Costume Design Fellowship. She is a recipient of a 2009 Princess Grace Foundation Theater Honorarium.

Class of 2003

Chelsea M. Warren holds an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. She is an Adjunct teacher at Northwestern University and Columbia College. Career Highlights include: USITT Young Designer's Forum; Michael Merrit Scholarship for Design; Sceneographie, Woman in the Dunes, with Parisian Company Unikaji in residence in Zagreb Croatia; Production Design, Stones/Air with Director Sally Goers Fox, for the Unveiling Event for the Barossa International Sculpture Park in Southern Australia; Production Design for Acis & Galatea, with director Joanie Schultz with the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Stage, Chicago; Set Design, Separate Peace at Steppenwolf for Young Adults.

Class of 2004

Scott C. Chapman is a visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre: Lighting & Scenic Designer at Ashland University; A native of Buffalo, NY, Scott is actively designing both academically and professionally. He recently designed Scenery for "Measure for Measure" and Set and Lighting for "Equus" at Ashland University; Lighting for "Angel Street", "Bye Bye Birdie", and the North Carolina Premier of "Suite Surrender" with BRSC; Set and Lighting for "Urinetown the Musical" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Set Design for the National Amateur and Collegiate Premier of "Curtains The Musical" for Iowa Central Community College in Ft. Dodge, IA, and Lighting for "Peter Pan", "Leading Ladies", "The Immigrant" and "8-Track, Sounds of the 70's" with BRSC (Blowing Rock Stage Company) in Blowing Rock, NC. He also was Lighting Designer for "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" for the Rocket Players Youth Theatre. Prior to joining BRSC, for the Summer 2008 Season, Scott designed Sets and Lighting for "The Wager", "The Man Who Came to Dinner", and "This Is Our Youth", at MDC in Miami , FL where he also taught Theatre Appreciation, Stagecraft, Lighting, and Intro to Stage Management. Scott received his MFA in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Dyan O'Connell Burlingame's work has been seen at The Manny Fried Playhouse, Shea's, Irish Classical Theatre Company, Rockwell Hall, The Alt Theatre, University at Buffalo Center For the Arts, The Tralf, The Town Ballroom, Mohawk Place, and The New Phoenix Theatre. She is regularly involved with: Neglia Ballet Artists, Configuration Dance, Subversive Theatre, Pounds per Square Inch Productions, Advanced Production Group, and RPM Productions. Dyan's fine art has been exhibited at Hallwall's Artists and Models Annual Event at the Buffalo Central Terminal and her graphic art includes poster design and cd cover designs for local bands Lazlo Hollyfeld, Beamer, and the Tim Clarke and Matt Felski Quartet. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas and is a guest lecturer at Niagara University.

Class of 2006

Craig Chapman is the Production Manager for BAV Services in Buffalo, NY, a firm handling video design and production and conferences and special events nationwide.

As part of Big Walk Up Artist Management, he has been a tour manager and audio engineer for 10,000 Maniacs & Cowboy Junkies; he has handled the sound system design and installation, acoustic room treatment design and installation and curtain rigging and fabrication for Asbury Hall at Babeville, opening to the public in 2008. As a set designer, he has worked with Road Less Traveled Productions and the Irish Classical Theatre Company.

Class of 2007

Scott Laurentz is a recipient of an ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls) 2009 LDI (Lighting Design Institute) Student Sponsorship award. As a current graduate student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, he studies lighting design and has taught Introduction to Light and Sound classes. Scott's designs include the lighting for shows such as Hair for the Florida Players and Glengarry Glen Ross for the University of Florida. He also worked as a master electrician at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.

Jon Shimon has held positions as Assistant Safety Coordinator, Santa Fe Opera, Santa FE NM; Technical Director, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Weston VT; and Safety Coordinator, Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown NY. He currently is the Sound Designer/Associate Technical Director for the Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, FL and a MFA Candidate in Technical Production at Florida State University.

Class of 2009

Jessica Fialko's credits include production design for the off-off-Broadway production of bash by Neil Labute (Eastcheap Rep); set and lighting design for Subversive Theatre's production of Widows; and an Emerging Artist Apprenticeship in Set and Lighting Design for Neglia Ballet Artists production of The Nutcracker, premiering at Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, 2009.

Collin Ranney received the United States Institute for Theatre Technology W. Oren Parker Scene Design Award in 2008. He serves as a Designer & Curator for the USITT 2011 Prague Quadrennial USA Student Exhibit. He has held positions as Lab Company Scenic Designer, Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY; and Scenic Design Assistant, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) CA. He is an MFA Candidate in Design, University of Maryland College Park.

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