Acting Alumni bios

Nathan Stark is a 2012 graduate. He most recently appeared in Lincoln Center Theater's Broadway production of Macbeth and he plays a recurring role on CBS' The Good Wife.



Dee Dee Batteast is a 2006 graduate.  She received her MFA in acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Regional appearances include In The Next Room, A Raisin in the Sun, and Henry VI at Playmakers Rep. She has performed at various theatres in New York and Chicago, and was hired in Fall 2014 as an assistant professor of acting at Ball State.  She will appear in the Ball State mainstage production of A Raisin in the Sun in Spring 2015.



 Joe Lino is a 2013 graduate.  Recent credits include understudying the Chicago production of This is Our Youth (dir. Anna Shapiro), and Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville where is a member of the 2014-2015 Apprentice Company.



Jonathan C. Whitney (BFA, Acting, 2013) currently lives in New York City.  Since graduation, he has signed with Atlas Talent, and has appeared in the shows, One Man Two Guvnors at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster, Massachusetts, and I Like To Be Here at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC. He has also appeared in a few web series pilots, music videos, and print ads.


Anthony Montgomery resume

Bill Jenkins is the chair of Ball State University's Department of Theatre and Dance, where he serves as a full professor of musical theatre, directing, and acting. Since arriving at Ball State, he has directed Doubt, 42nd Street, Baby, The Laramie Project (which was selected as the national alternate for the KC/ACTF Competition), A Flea in Her Ear, A Little Night Music, The Philadelphia Story, Cabaret, and Orpheus in the Underworld. Mr. Jenkins also directs Ball State's annual New York Showcase.

Professor Jenkins is an active professional director whose experiences includes extensive work in Chicago with the Noble Fool Theatre (Ruthless, Musical of Musicals: The Musical, and Roasting Chestnuts), Famous Door Theatre Company (The Living, which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Production), and work with the musical theatre group Cabarrah including the 2006 Sondheim Celebration at Millennium Park, Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Knight of the Burning Pestle and Fifteen-Minute Hamlet, among others), Summer Studio Theatre Company at the Krannert Center (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Educating Rita, Born Yesterday, This Property is Condemned, and An Unsatisfactory Supper), Nebraska Repertory Theatre (Measure for Measure), and Ball State's professional summer company Shakespeare Under the Stars (Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet). In addition to his directorial credits, Professor Jenkins serves as the President of the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC) and is active as an evaluator for the acting auditions through the University/Resident Theatre Auditions (U/RTA) in Chicago.

Prior to his arrival at Ball State, Bill served as the head of directing at the University of North Dakota. While at UND, his production of How I Learned to Drive was the first ever production from that institution selected for performance at the Regional KC/ACTF Competition. He received his MFA in directing from Illinois State University, and also holds master's and bachelor's degrees from Ball State University in speech communications and acting. His greatest role is that of husband to his beautiful wife, Sarah, and father to his beautiful children Catie Rose and Teddy.

Christine Barger moved to LA after booking her first role in ALONG CAME POLLY while on an exchange program with Cal State LA. To find out up to date info go to



Cynda Williams began a professional life of acting and singing after relocating to New York from her native Chicago. Her debut film Mo' Better Blues, directed by Spike Lee, was a critical and commercial success. Blessed with a role that also required singing, her song Harlem Blues went #1 on the R&B charts. That film opened the door to her next performance in Carl Franklin's One False Move-the true icebreaker for Cynda's career. This break out independent film appeared on many Best Film lists and Cynda was nominated for the coveted Spirit Award.

Cynda has since appeared in numerous films including: Salvador Litvak's When Do We Eat, Billy Wirth's MacArthur Park, P.J. Castellante's Relax...It's Just Sex, Darin Scott's Caught Up and Wesley Strick's The Tie That Binds. She has also performed memorable quality television roles including: BET's Hidden Blessings, Lifetime's The Courage to Love, HBO's Dorothy Dandridge, Oprah Winfrey's ABC miniseries, The Wedding, and PBS' Tale of the City.

Cynda presently resides in Los Angeles with her producer husband Roderick Plummer and Sophia Gabrielle, their daughter.

Dave Storrs (actor/writer/director) lives in Los Angeles, CA. TV credits include ER COME TO PAPA, BREAKING UP WITH SHANNON DOHERTY, and SCARE TACTICS (in which his Rat Monster bit, got #1 prank of all time...according to VH1).

Dave wrote, acted and directed on the second season of Hi-Jinks for Nick at Nite. He has written and performed his One Act play INBETWEEN, with Kristen Wigg (SNL). Film projects include INIGMA WITH A STIGMA, and JAPAN, starring Peter Fonda. His short film FLOAT A BRIEF STORY, showcasing him in his "whitie tighties," had its West Coast debut at LA shortfilm festival...a lot of people vomited at all the hair. Currently Dave is working on a new NBC show THANK GOD YOU'RE HERE, set to air in early April. You can catch him on the Internet series PROM QUEEN, produced by Michael Eisner. You can catch him online at or go at his website

Dustin Spence is a resident Chicago actor and lighting designer. Dustin has appeared in Robert Ayres' North American premier production of The Castlecomer Jukebox (Shapeshifters Theatre), and Thomas Murray's World premier production of The Wall Reader (City Lit Theatre). Dustin's Chicago design work includes Karen Kessler's production of War (Seanachai Theatre), and Joe Slowik's production of The Time of Your Life (Provision Theatre). Dustin appeared in David Wolley's World Premiere production of Los Desaparesidos (Babes with Blades) at The Raven Theatre in Chicago.

Jamie Leann Marshall-Bennett was born in Seoul, South Korea.Though acting was her major at Ball State Jamie discovered quickly that she had many other talents behind the scenes as well:  stage managing, directing writing, and producing.

Jamie met her husband, Michael Bennett at Ball State, Dustin Michael Bennett, and they were wed on February 1, 2004, at the Court Theatre in Los Angeles. Soon after, Jamie landed her first entertainment job at Entertainment Tonight as a production assistant. While she was at ET, a new show called The Insider started up, and Jamie soon became the production manager for The Insider.

Jennifer Keller has been living and working in Los Angeles since 2005. A proud member of the SAG, Jennie can be seen on TV in a National Commercial for American Express, on the web with the Gieco Caveman in the "Caveman's Crib Party" at and on video in student films and corporate industrials for companies such as AAA and Canon Printers. While a student at Ball State, Jennie was crowned Miss Ball State University, and after graduation, went on to compete in her home state in The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program, where she was the 4th Runner Up to Miss Ohio 2004. She was awarded the Miss Ohio Spirit Award as well as the prestigious Miss America Community Service Award for her work in raising awareness on college campuses about dating violence. This honor is given by MAO to only one woman per state. In her spare time, Jennie enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband Lincoln Skinner; taking classes at The Actor's Space; and hanging out with fellow BSU alums, Jamie and Dustin Bennett.

Jillian Rafa is a 2005 graduate of Ball State and hails from Chicago where she currently lives with her husband, Daniel. Her work includes performances with the Side Project and Center Stage Arcadia theatres. Jillian is an ensemble member of Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre and a proud founding member of Strangeloop Theatre. (

Kate Black (aka Kate Lumpkin) graduated Ball State in 2008 and moved to Chicago in July of the same year. Since then she has been in Stage Left's production of After Ashley, where she played Julie. The play received great reviews and upon closing, Kate was invited into the Stage Left ensemble, where she became company manager. Kate has worked with A Red Orchid Theatre, Strange Loop, and Chicago Dramatists. She also hosted a local TV series called Chicago/Live which showcased and supported the live local music scene in Chicago. Favorite roles for Kate include: Skinhead Girl (Polaroid Stories), Dinah (Philadelphia Story), Julie (After Ashley), and Pumpgirl (Pumpgirl).

Liz Davito has been working in film and theatre in New York City since she graduated from Ball State in 2001. Theatrical productions around the city include work with LaMama, The John Houseman, The Blue Heron, Gorilla Rep, Makor Theatre, and The Ontological. She is most often found performing (on stage, online, digitally and internationally) with her theatre company, Anonymous Ensemble which produces the multimedia political rock show, The Best. Liz is featured in Four Eyed Monsters (Two Spirit Award nominations, winner of indieWIRE's Sundance Channel Audience Award). Her voice can be heard on several commercials and as a frog-loving kid Ted. (

Robyn Norris has been a working actor and improviser in Chicago for over ten years. She has toured with The Second City Touring Company, and she appears regularly at Comedysportz, where she is an ensemble member, as well as at iO playing with the Signatures. Robyn has written and performed in three original sketch shows with the very talented Hans Holsen. She also formed the sketch group Waste Management and has performed with Profiles Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, Shaking the Tree, Fox Force Five, Serendipity Theatre and WNEP. Robyn is the founding member of seven8nine productions...check out its comedy videos at!


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Taylor Burris has studied improv and sketch comedy in Chicago at Second City and IO. After performing with an IO house team and in several sketch shows around Chicago, she joined the mainstage cast at Boston's Improv Asylum. She has been on the mainstage for over two years and is she performs 7 shows a week as well as teaching in their Improv Training Center. She can also be seen in her two person sketch show Taylor Loves Harry that is performed at Improv Asylum and was a part of the Boston Comedy Festival. Taylor has appeared in numerous commercials (radio and TV) and industrials.

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