Senior Showcase 2017


Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
410 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
RSVP to 817-257-4196 or via email.

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Jerita Foley Buschman Theatre, Ed Landreth Hall
TCU Campus, 2800 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129
RSVP to 817-257-4196 or via email.

The TCU Senior Showcase is presented in collaboration with Actor’s Connection.

This production is also made possible, in part, with the generous support of our 2016 College of Fine Arts Gala Donors. 

**If you would like to see more information on one of these young actors,
please click on their name to go to their website.**


Chase Ainsworth
Chase Ainsworth is a trained performer from Prairie Village, Kansas and a senior at Texas Christian University pursuing his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting. Chase expects to graduate in May of 2017 and continue his career as an actor. He currently lives in Fort Worth, performing academically (seen in 7 TCU Main Stage productions), professionally (for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival), and as a voice actor for various animes produced by FUNimation and Okratron 5000. For more information about Chase Ainsworth, visit his website:


Devin Berg
Devin Payton Berg is a singer/actor/dancer from Southlake, Texas. She will be graduating from Texas Christian University with her B.F.A. with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Regional credits include: American Idiot, Dogfight (OhLook Performing Arts Center), Jekyll & Hyde (OnStage in Bedford), You Never Know (Orchard Theatre). TCU credits include: Pippin (Catherine), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Doatsey Mae), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Blanche Morton). She also appeared in TCU’s 2016 national ad campaign, including television and print work. Beyond performance, Devin is also a blossoming playwright whose most recent work, Mister Major and the Minor Wife, will be produced as part of Theatre TCU’s Spring 2017 season. For more information about Devin Berg, visit her website:


Jordan Crites
Jordan Crites is from Little Rock, Arkansas. Since living in Dallas/Fort Worth, Jordan has performed professionally in Anything Goes (Ensemble) at Lyric Stage. While at TCU, Jordan has appeared in their productions of Pippin (Charles), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Danny Shapiro), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Usher), Guys and Dolls (Ensemble), We Need a Little Christmas (Dancer), and Spring Awakening (Ensemble/Reinhold). Jordan has also acted in films for TCU’s Student Filmmakers Association and has done voiceover work for FUNimation. Jordan is also a member of the EMC program. For more information about Jordan Crites, visit his website:


Abigail Gardner
Abigail Gardner is an EMC performer originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a senior earning her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. While at TCU, Abigail has appeared in Pippin (Ensemble), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Dawn/Angelette), Everyman (Ensemble), and Guys and Dolls (Hot Box Girl). Regionally she has appeared in Anything Goes (Angel) at Lyric Stage. For more information about Abigail Gardner, visit her website:


Rachel Gifford
Rachel Gifford is a Dallas/Fort Worth based actress from Portland, Oregon. This May, she will graduate from Texas Christian University with a B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Recent credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Miss Prism), The Real Inspector Hound (Mrs. Drudge), The Women of Lockerbie (Chorus), and The Secret Garden (Rose). Rachel looks forward to a lifetime of creating art and spreading joy with other people. For more information about Rachel Gifford, visit her website:


Emma Goldberg
Emma Goldberg was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Film at Texas Christian University. Outside of Theatre TCU, Emma has most recently worked with the Granbury Theatre Company playing Rose in Meet Me in St. Louis. She is currently working on her first short film, Cadenza by Gabriel Gutiérrez. Aside from theatre work, Emma holds a staff position as a worship leader at Church at the Crossing in Aledo, Texas. After graduation, Emma plans to continue to pursue acting, film, and music. For more information about Emma Goldberg, visit her website:


Sydney Kirkegaard
Sydney Kirkegaard is from Franklin, Wisconsin and is pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. Sydney has appeared in Theatre TCU productions of Pippin (Leading Player), The Women of Lockerbie (Olive), The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden (Ma), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Kate), Anton in Show Business (Casey), Sez She (Principle), and Stop Kiss (Callie). Professionally, Sydney has appeared in productions for the Skylight Music Theatre (Music Man – Zaneeta; White Christmas – Susan Waverly), Fireside Theatre (Fireside Christmas Show  – Host), Milwaukee Repertory Theatre (A Christmas Carol – Smudge, Fan, Martha Cratchit), and Lyric Stage (Anything Goes – Featured Dancer/Dance Captain).Sydney plans to pursue performing professionally after graduation in May. For more information about Sydney Kirkegaard, visit her website:


Faith Lawrence
Faith Lawrence, originally from Memphis, Tennessee, is currently a senior B.F.A. Theatre major with an emphasis in Musical Theatre at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. At TCU, Faith recently performed as the Leading Player in Pippin and as Jewel in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In the DFW area, Faith’s credits include the New Play Reading Festival at Stage West. In March 2017, Faith will play the role of the Ring Master in the world premiere of Mister Major and the Minor Wife at TCU. In addition to performing and growing as an artist, Faith enjoys dancing, writing, leadership opportunities, and mentoring others. Faith’s plans after graduation include performing and graduate school. For more information about Faith Lawrence, visit her website:


Claire McCreight
Claire McCreight is a senior from Greenville, South Carolina, who is pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting and is a recipient of TCU’s Nordan Fine Arts Award. She has performed in TCU’s productions of Pullman Car Hiawatha and Spreading the News, as well as on campus in The Vagina Monologues and Bard on the Rocks. Claire recently had her Directing debut with TCU’s Kaleidoscope production of Savage Love by Sam Shepard. Select skills include training in Shakespeare, dialects, and stage combat. Claire is passionate about teaching yoga, as well as experiencing other cultures through travel and work abroad. Claire hopes to write and choreograph theatre for education and social impact in the future. Claire is currently working on film projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and plans to seek out further film acting opportunities upon graduation. For more information about Claire McCreight, visit her website: http://claire–


Meghan Newton
Meghan is a senior from Thomasville, Alabama, who is pursuing her B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre. She has appeared on stage for Theatre TCU in The Women of Lockerbie (Chorus), A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Bodey), Bard on the Rocks (Witch), and Riders to the Sea (Reader). In the DFW area, she has appeared in Plaza Theatre Company’s production of Shrek the Musical (Gingy/Fairy Godmother) and Artisan Theater Center’s production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious). After graduation, Meghan plans to continue making good things with good people and be a part of the theatre in any way possible. For more information about Meghan Newton, visit her website:


Stephen Rosenberger
Stephen Rosenberger is a native of Houston, Texas. In Dallas/Fort Worth, Stephen has appeared professionally in Stage West’s production of Orlando (Archduke, et al.) and in Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mustardseed) and The Winter’s Tale (Captain). At TCU, Stephen has appeared in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Eugene), The Real Inspector Hound (Simon) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Aggie/Ensemble). Stephen has also done voiceover work for FUNimation Productions. Stephen is a member of the EMC Program. For more information about Stephen Rosenberger, visit his website:


Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith is an actor/writer/improviser from Denham Springs, LA.  He is currently pursuing his B.F.A. degree with an emphasis in Acting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. While studying, he has performed in various productions, including Guys & Dolls, Measure for Measure, and The Real Inspector Hound.  Outside of school, he has performed in The Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Trinity Shakespeare Festival.  He is also a member of TCU’s premiere comedy improv team, Senseless Acts of Comedy who are the back to back regional champions of the College Improv Tournament (2015-16, 2016-17). For more information about Cameron Smith, visit his website:


Celeste Spangler
Celeste Spangler is a senior B.F.A. Musical Theatre major from Lake Oswego, Oregon. Celeste’s TCU credits include Pippin (Ensemble), Pullman Car Hiawatha (A Maiden Lady), Everyman (Ensemble), Guys and Dolls (Ensemble), and Three Sisters (Nurse). At TCU, Celeste has also actively performed with Alpha Psi Omega in their benefit concerts with the TCU V-day Campaign. In the Fort Worth area, Celeste has performed with Artes de la Rosa in The Vagina Monologues, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pepa’s Conceirge), and Welcome to Arroyo’s (The Crew/Dance Captain). Celeste plans to pursue a career in performance after graduation. For more information about Celeste Spangler, visit her website:


Carly Speno
Carly Speno is originally from El Dorado Hills, California. She will graduate this Spring from Texas Christian University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and a Business minor. At TCU, Carly has performed in several Main Stage productions including We Need a Little Christmas (Female Dancer), Guys and Dolls (Ensemble), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Ensemble), and Pippin (Ensemble). This March, she is excited to debut the premiere of a new drama for TCU’s studio season, Mister Major and the Minor Wife, as the title character of the Minor Wife. When not performing, Carly enjoys practicing yoga, being outside, and exploring other cultures through travel. She fiercely believes in the power of the theatre to tell the stories that need to be heard and plans to pursue her passion for the arts as a way to celebrate people and inspire community. For more information about Carly Speno, visit her website: 


Jesse Elgene Thomason
Jesse Elgene is a senior B.F.A. Acting major from Midland, Texas who has appeared on stage for TCU eleven times. Some favorites include his portrayals of Bernie in Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Boss in a concert version of Side Show. Additionally, he has appeared in Stage West’s production of The Heir Apparent as Eraste. Outside of theatre, Jesse does voice-over work, writes original music, and performs stand up and improvisational comedy. For more information about Jesse, visit his website: