Amy Coyle graduated from Southeast with her B.A. in Dance and a minor in Fine Arts Entrepreneurship in May of 2015. She moved to St. Louis where she is currently working at Wildwood Dance and Arts as the director of their competition team, as well as teaching Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Ballet. Amy is also a member of Ashleyliane Dance Company, a local company owned and directed by Ashley L. Tate. She hopes to create and explore her choreography on dancers in the company over the next couple of years.
Carrie Kesler (BFA Dance, spring 2013) is currently an apprentice with Leverage Dance Company in St. Louis. She is also the Dance Competition Director and a dance teacher at Full Out Dance and works as an independent choreographer of dance competition routines in the St. Louis area.
Crystal Lewis graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and continued on with her dance education at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in performance and choreography. Crystal has been teaching dance as adjunct faculty at various colleges since graduating with her MFA. She is currently living in Arizona teaching at Paradise Valley Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Conversion Dance Project. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Redford University in Redford, Virginia.
Kristin Diering graduated from SEMO with a BFA in Dance in May of 2009. After graduating, Kristin became a full-time dance instructor and choreographer for L.A. Dance Center (the studio she grew up in), and has been teaching ever since. She has had the privilege of showcasing some of her pieces at numerous dance festivals in St. Louis, including Dancing in the Streets and National Dance Week. Aside from teaching, Kristin has found a passion for running. She will be participating in her seventh half-marathon this coming November in Orlando, FL at Disney World. Though she enjoys running the 13.1 miles, her main focus is 2018, where she will be running her first 26.2, a full marathon. While becoming a “functioning Forest Gump” (a nickname her boyfriend calls her), Kristin went back to school to pursue a degree in Interactive Media/Web Design at Lindenwood University. She graduated, Cum Laude, in May 2013 and is now a full-time Marketing Associate for a company in St. Louis, MO. Her next venture is to start her own business in media design and photography; an art she has loved since she was little. Her work can be found on her business page on Facebook, Kristin Diering Media Design & Photography.
Mary C. Woll earned her B.F.A. in Theatrical Design and Technology and B.A in German from Southeast Missouri State University in 2007, and is currently working toward her M.F.A. in Costume Design & Technology at the University of Minnesota. Recently she has work as wardrobe head for The Piano Lesson with the Olney Theatre Center, served as the assistant costume designer for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (2012-13 season), stitched for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park on shows such as Always, Patsy Cline, Merrily We Roll Along, and Thunder Knocking on the Door. Main-stage design credits from across the country include most recently A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where she earned the 2013 Broadway World award for best costume design; Lend Me a Tenor, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Crucible (Ozark Actor’s Theatre)’; Married Alive! (Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Bigfork Summer Playhouse). A St. Louis native, she has designed for the New Jewish Theatre’s children’s theater program, as well as worked on productions with the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, and Stages St. Louis. She has toured nationally with Church Basement Ladies where she was the wardrobe/wig head. A stage manager with the Actor’s Equity Association, she has also stage managed several tours of Church Basement Ladies, including the 2009 tour starring William Christopher from TV’s M*A*S*H. Other stage management credits include an international tour of Babes in Toyland , To Kill a Mockingbird , The Comedy of Errors, and the 2007 Medora Musical and Bully!. www.marycwoll.com
Eileen Engel graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre in May 2012. After graduation, she performed in the NYC Senior Showcase with her fellow SEMO graduates. Since then, she has consistently worked professionally in the St. Louis, MO, area as a performer. She worked with Tony Award Nominee, Lara Teeter, in Variety's "Annie" as Cecille. She has also worked at Stray Dog Theatre as Linda in "Evil Dead: The Musical", Emma in "Funny Girl", Frenchie in "Cabaret", Agnes in "Gypsy", and will be playing the role of Marcy in their upcoming production of "Dog Sees God". She currently works as an actress for Murder Mystery USA locally in St. Louis and also with their touring group. She has performed in many cabarets and musical reviews as a soloist and dancer. Aside from performing, she works as a stitcher for the Muny St. Louis, works full-time at Veiled Prophet's costume shop for the 4th of July Parade, and has been hired as a stitcher and curtain-draper at Stray Dog Theatre. She continues to study by taking private voice, dance, and acting lessons and classes in the St. Louis area. She has been called back for leading roles on five national tours and looks forward to seeing what the future brings.
Since graduating in May of 2013, Joe Hartz has signed a contract with West Model and
Talent Management of Saint Louis, where he recently obtained his first professional
commercial shoot. In his free time, Joe enjoys writing, and has completed several
plays, one-acts, and short films, as well as articles for Paul Russell's "Answers
for Actors" and Cracked.com. While saving up for a move to Los Angeles, Joe has made
several contacts on the the West Coast performing arts industry, including some referred
to him by the great Joel Grey.
In June of 2014, Joe became engaged to Shannon Walton, another successful alumni of Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Theatre and Dance.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Stephanie graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from SEMO in 2012. Since graduation, Stephanie made the move to the Big Apple and has been fortunate enough to work at several theatres around the country. She has worked as an actor for Peach State Summer Theatre in Valdosta, Georgia, Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, Hamstead Stage Company in Center Barnstead, New Hampshire, and most recently The Days of '98 Show in Skagway, Alaska. She has been so lucky to be able to combine her love for travel and performing and can't wait to see where her next job takes her!
Chance Hill (BFA in Dance, 2013) is a freelance dancer in New York City and has danced with Nijawwon Matthews as a principle dancer for his up and coming company, XY dance company. Chace is currently training at Broadway Dance Center, Gibney Dance, 3 Hairy Legs Dance company, and Aerial Arts NYC. He is a certified personal trainer and Zumba Zin instructor.
Keith Johnson (BFA in Musical Theatre, 2013) was just cast in the Equity production of Cats: The Musical, produced by the San Diego Musical Theatre in California.
Kelcey Matheny (BFA Dance, 2013) was just accepted into the Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Sarah Tochtrop (BFA in Musical Theatre, 2012) is a Dancer at Princess Cruises and is currently on a world tour.
Rissa Crozier graduated from SEMO in 2008 and since then has worked as a costumer for many different companies in the St. Louis area including Stages St. Louis, Westport Playhouse, Upstream Theatre and The Muny. In 2009, she worked as the Costume Production Assistant for the movie "Up In The Air" starring George Clooney. Rissa also has designed costumes for three shows at Crossroads College Preparatory School and more recently co-designed costumes, alongside fellow SEMO alum, Megan Ligeti, for "Shepard's Daughter," produced in Chicago by The Paradeigma Collective, and written by another SEMO alum Whitney LaMora. Rissa also worked on wardrobe crew for Opera Theatre of St. Louis's 2010 and 2011 seasons, and she just finished her 3rd season as a stitcher in their costume shop. Currently, Rissa is about to start her 3rd season as the Mainstage Head of Wardrobe for The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.