David DeVita is a second year graduate student at Miami. Previously he studied theatre with Carol Stewart at Bellarmine University where he graduated in 2013. He worked as an intern for the U.S. Navy Child & Youth Programs in Georgia, Tennessee, and Sicily before he continued his theatre interests at Miami University. He is most interested in Italian theatre, particularly Luigi Pirandello and Dario Fo, and its capacity for beauty, hilarity, and insight. He has studied adaptation theory, Thomas Leitch & Linda Hutcheon, which is central to his thesis production, The Latest Show.
Kayla E. Loree is a second year graduate student pursuing her MA in performance, theatre, and practice at Miami University. While at Miami, she has served as both the production management and the stage management graduate assistant. Prior to her work at Miami, she stage managed professionally in Philadelphia in addition to completing her undergraduate degree as a theatre minor at Lehigh University, where her theatre studies began. Her thesis project investigates innovative representational tactics regarding the portrayal of mental health on stage and aims to both minimize stigma and promote conversation about mental health on Miami’s campus.
Jeffrey K. Miller is a second year grad student in pursuit of a M.A. in Theatre at Miami. He received a B.A. in Theatre from Northern Kentucky University. A teaching theatre artist, musician and performer for 18 years, Jeffrey has performed with a variety of theatre companies in over 75 productions in the Cincinnati region. For his work, Jeffrey has been recognized with a Cincinnati Acclaim Award for Ensemble Acting in Darker, Cincinnati Director’s Competition Winner for Footprints of the Polar Bear, and his work in Acapulco will be presented at the National AACT Conference in April. His thesis entitled, Colors and Shadows, seeks to explore the ways in which performance with and for youth can provide an important dialectic space about societal pressures. Jeffrey seeks to pursue an MFA in Theatre for Youth, Acting or Acting Pedagogy and further explore the methods in which performance can enhance civic dialogue with youth.
Natasia Reinhardt is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Theatre at Miami University. Natasia completed her undergraduate degree in theater at Miami, and has been performing for over ten years. Her main areas of study include Shakespeare through a feminist lens, trauma theory, and solo performance. Natasia will be performing her original work titled For Remembrance, Rosemary.