BTW Produces a Tony Award Winner and other Nationally and Internationally-Recognized Achievers
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jennifer Isaacson (Law/Creative Writing) : Jennifer is a Tony Award winning producer (The Norman Conquests) whose many projects and collaborations include Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps (New World Stages + National Tour), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (37 Arts), and The Road to Ruin (NYMF). Jennifer is currently producing the new Broadway play The Mountain Top starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.


Michael Langan (Theatre Arts / Visual Arts):   Michael is now the Director Mekanism, an award winning San Francisco / New York-based creative company that develops integrated media campaigns combining traditional advertising with interactive and web-based strategies. Mekanism has won three Cannes Gold Lions, two Silver Lions, two Bronze Lions, fifteen Addy Awards, three Clios, and four Webbies. Mekanism’s award-winning campaigns have been utilized by such companies as Nike, Toyota, Sprint, PG&E, Sega, Napster, DKNY, Unilever's Axe, Sobe's Lifewater, Electronic Arts', Harmonix's Rock Band, Tostitos, and Microsoft's Clearification campaign for Windows Vista.


Jonathan Burdeshaw (Technical Theatre):  Jonathan is a highly regarded scenic designer in Hollywood whose work has been featured in such well known movies as Pirates of the Carribean: At Worlds End and Dead Man’s Chest, Big Fish, War of the Worlds, Click, The Santa Clause 3, Blades of Glory, The Bee Movie, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers 3, Cowboys and Aliens, and on the season 3 episode “The Proposal” of Glee!




Christina Williams (Piano):  Christiana is employed by Duke University as a research specialist on the role of nutrition in colorectal and prostate cancer prevention and racial disparities in cancer.




Glenn Howerton (Theatre Arts): Actor, writer, and executive producer, Glenn is best known for his role as Dennis Reynolds on FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He also played Corey Howard 2002 sitcom That '80s Show, appeared in the 2008 film The Strangers, and has made numerous guest appearances on shows such as ER.


 Jennifer Blake (Theatre Arts): Jennifer is a stage and screen actress who recently won the Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical for the role of Susan in the Los Angeles premier of the hit musical Title of Show (StageSceneLA's Best of LA Theatre Awards 2009-2010.) Jennifer has also appeared in the movies The Stepford Wives, Saturday Night, and Zoolander, and on T.V. in Sex and the City, the Late Night Show with Davis Letterman, and Searchlight with Dennis Leary.




Andy Mills (Dance / Theatre Arts): Currently a featured performer in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of Memphis, Andy has also been featured in the national company of Cats and A Chorus Line.




Joey Bradley (Technical Theatre): Resident Lighting Designer, Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi MS




Jimmy Sharp (Visual Arts): Jimmy Sharp, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, is the president of Croydon Finishing Products, a successful architectural design company with offices in several major cities.  Jimmy and his company have been commissioned to do architectural finishing in locations throughout the world for many well-known customers, including Louis Vuitton, Tom Clancy, Flavor Paper, Tourbillon, Donna Karan, DNKY, Christian Dior, Sandra Bullock, Armani, Kenneth Cole and Madonna, to name only a few.  Among his many projects are large department stores such as Macy’s, Saks 5th Avenue and Bloomingdales as well as a Manhattan brownstone featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine.


Jason McCall (Creative Writing):  Jason is now a professional poet whose work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Country Dog Review, Cimarron Review, New Letters, Mythic Delirium, Fickle Muses, and other journals. "Silver" is his first collection, published by Main Street Rag.




Christian Rushing (Visual Arts): Award-winning LEED architect and city planner for the city of Chattanooga, TN, Christian is responsible, in large part, for the 2005 Downtown Chattanooga Plan and the 21st Century Waterfront Plan. Christian has also been a consultant for the downtown Montgomery renovation plan.




Ryan Carroll (Dance): Member of the Broadway production of the Tony Award winning Fosse.




Hunter Brown (Technical Theatre): ABC Production Crew for the television series Ugly Betty




Matt Lashey (Theatre Arts / Dance): Matt was a member of the Tony Award winning Broadway production of 42nd Street, and now an attorney who deals specifically with theatrical issues and performers.




Wendy White Sasser (Dance): Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Principal Dancer with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and Lines.

Brittany Edwards (CAT): Gates Millennium Scholarship Winner




Tripp Oliver (Technical Theatre): Technical Theatre - Mainstage Theatrical, one of only a dozen people in the country tested and certified in all areas of rigging (arena, theatrical, flying)




Taylor Price (Technical Theatre): Lighting Crew - Dave Matthews Band Tour




Whitney Whetstone (Technical Theatre): Production Manager, Venice Beach Theatre, CA




Paisley Vaughn (Dance / Theatre Arts): Currently a cast member in the NBC drama, Harry’s Law. Paisley has also danced internationally via Disney productions, and was a featured dancer in a Beyonce’ music video.




Nancy Atchison Hendrix (Theatre Arts / Dance): Regional Director - Southern Poverty Law Center, also a featured actress in numerous films including Fried Green Tomatoes, and, The Prince of Tides.




Thaddeous Davis (Dance): Thad was featured in Dance Magazine’s January 2002 issue as one of “25 To Watch in The World.”  The premiere of his first choreographic work, “Once Before Twice After," was named one of the top ten moments in dance for 2002 by The New York Times, calling it “reassuring evidence of New York dance’s promising future.”  Thad has danced with numerous prestigious companies including the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He has done residencies at the Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and Butler University.



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