Acting Alumni

Amy Shepard graduated in May 2000. After leaving college, she moved to Cincinnati to do live shows and entertainment management. She now lives in Los Angeles and has been a resident for five years successfully living as an artist. She is the owner of EYE KNOW PHOTO (website Her days are filled with photography and The Amy Shepard Show. You can catch her every Friday and Saturday night at Jillians Universal City Walk, doin' it up.

Anthony Montgomery resume

Bill Jenkins is the chair of Ball State University's Department of Theatre and Dance, where he serves as an associate professor of musical theatre, directing, and acting. Since arriving at Ball State, he has directed 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 annually directs Ball State's "New York Showcase" with NY Casting Director Stephanie Klapper.

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 little girl, Catie Rose, and golden retriever, Daisy.

Cathy Burns has been out in LA for two years. She has spent the past two years auditioning, taking classes, and doing extra work. Her current goal is to have an agent or manager by pilot season (which starts in December). She is working as a bartender to pay the bills, and she loves living and playing in LA!

Cathy's Resume (PDF)


Christine Albright resum

Christine Barger is currently a working actress in Los Angeles. She moved to LA after booking her first role in ALONG CAME POLLY while on an exchange program with Cal State LA. She took a break for a little over a year to work at a corporate office of a large real estate company. She was drawn back to her passion of entertaining and gave up her day job to focus entirely on her career in entertainment. 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. Cynda continues to sing and accept quality roles in film and television.

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 (which his Rat Monster bit, got #1 prank of all time...according to VH1, and we know how much VH1 knows about comedy...still, Dave has never gotten #1 before, so he'll take it.)

Last year 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). Recent 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 recently 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 will be back on stage April 3, 2008 in David Wolley's World premier production of Los Desaparesidos (Babes with Blades) at The Raven Theatre in Chicago.
Dustin Spence resume

Jamie Leann Marshall-Bennett was born in Seoul, South Korea, on February 24, 1981. She was adopted by her parents, John and Jana Marshall. Though acting was her major, Jamie discovered quickly that she had many other talents behind the scenes as well. She did it all: assistant stage manager, stage manager, director, writer, producer, assistant director, and light board operator.

Jamie met her husband/soulmate/love of her life at Ball State, Dustin Michael Bennett. Jamie and Dustin 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 found herself at a new show. She is now the production manager for The Insider.
Jamie Marshall-Bennett resume

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.
Jennifer Keller resume

Jillian Rafa is a 2005 graduate of Ball State and hails from Chicago where she currently lives with her husband, Daniel. Favorite Ball State roles include: Female Chorus Leader in Lysistrata, Rengin/Dympha/Cain in Love's Fire and Boo in Blue Window for which she received a KCACTF Irene Ryan nomination. Her post graduate work includes performances with the Side Project An Evening of Tennessee Williams, 20% Snapshots 2007/08 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 now holds the position of company manager. Kate has worked with such companies as 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). She is looking forward to her next Stage Left challenge in Here Where It's Safe Feb. 13- April 3.

Chicago Tribune review of After Ashley

Liz Davito has been working in film and theatre in New York City since she graduated 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 with her theatre company; on stage, online, digitally and internationally, Anonymous Ensemble 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 8 years. She currently tours with The Second City Touring Company. You can catch her regularly at Comedysportz, where she is an ensemble member, and 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 would like to thank her family for their love and support, and her friends and peers who inspire her and make her laugh every single day. She is the founding member of seven8nine productions...check out its comedy videos at!


Ryan Woodle resume

Shelly Koop is a 2005 graduate of Ball State with a BS in acting. While at Ball State, she appeared in The Most Massive Woman Wins (Carly), Lysistrata (Nurse), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! (Woman #2), A Flea in Her Ear (Olympia), Comedy of Errors (Ensemble), and Anything Goes (Evangeline Harcourt). She had an amazing four years at Ball State and is now back in Chicago, Illinois, where she is from originally. Shelly is currently working on the Ball State Chicago Showcase with other recent grads and loves her life as an actor in Chicago!

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 was cast in and is currently a part of the mainstage cast at Boston's Improv Asylum. She has been on the mainstage for over two years now and is happily performing in its 14th revue. She performs 7 shows a week as well as teaching in their Improv Training Center. She is also directing Improv Asylum's developmental cast as well as directing house teams that perform once a week. 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. If you are in the New England Area, you might just hear her voice on the radio or see her in some commercials. If you are in the health care industry, you just might see her pretending to be a doctor in some super hip industrials. Taylor is planning to move to Los Angeles in the New Year and marriage after that.

Todd Lahrman is an accomplished actor in Chicago, IL. where he has performed in Jolly at the Goodman Theatre, and Communicating Doors with the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. Other Chicago credits include: The Caretaker at Mary Arrchie Theatre, Glory of Living, Autobahn, and The Things We Said Today at Profiles Theatre, Line at Oracle Theatre, The Search for Odysseus with the Simple Theatre Company, and The Giver at Apple Tree Theatre. Todd has also performed at The NYC Fringe Festival with Striding Lion Interarts' production of Billy the Mountain. Other Striding Lion performances include: The Giver, I Met by Moonlight, and City Beautiful. Todd attended Ball State University, where he studied theatre and creative writing. He is a former Airborne Ranger and has studied The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique with Mala Powers and Jack Colvin in Los Angeles.

Todd Lahrman resume

Warren Jackson is a proud member of Actors Equity. He earned his MFA in acting from the University of Arizona. Recently, he appeared as a national spokes-model for VERB, a national campaign promoting physical activity for kids. Based out of Chicago, he has worked regionally with Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Arizona Theatre Company. He also worked with theatres like Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, Lifeline Theatre among others. He received a nomination from the Black Theatre Alliance of Chicago for the Ossie Davis Award for Best Featured Actor in a production, for his performance in Victory Gardens Theatre's world premiere of Shoes by Gloria Bond Clunie.

Having received his B.S. in Theatre Performance from BSU in 1996, Timothy Kane began his professional career in Chicago, IL in 1999, after earning his M.F.A. in Acting from Northern Illinois University. Personally, he resides in Evanston, IL and is married to actress Kate Fry with whom he is blessed to share a life and have two sons. Professionally, he has been named Chicago Magazine’s “Best Actor of 2012”, garnered four Joseph Jefferson Award nominations, an After Dark Award and credits both his undergraduate and graduate training for having enabled him to tackle every variety of theatrical opportunity presented him over the last thirteen years as a consistently working professional.

His Chicago credits include: An Iliad, The Illusion, Wild Duck, Titus Andronicus, Uncle Vanya, The Romance Cycle and Hamlet (Court Theatre), The North Plan (Steppenwolf Garage), Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arms and the Man (Writers’ Theatre), The Miser, She Stoops to Conquer (Northlight Theatre) and more than a dozen productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, A Flea in Her Ear, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (CST and at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon), Love’s Labors Lost, King John and King Lear. Regional credits include work at The Mark Taper Forum, Notre Dame Shakespeare, Peninsula Players and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.


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