Spotlight on Alumni
Alexis Dascoulias '95
Alexis Dascoulias is the Executive Director of Maui OnStage. Bringing with her a rich history in theatre and education, Alexis is proud to serve as the Past President on the Wailuku Community Association and act as the Youth Programs Chair for the Rotary Club of Kahului. Prior to moving to Maui, she served as the Executive Director for Seacoast Repertory Theatre (SRT) and was the President for the Board of Trustees for Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy: a Public Charter High School. Alexis was also the Theatre Department Head at Dover High School (in NH) and she served as the Artistic Director for Hackmatack Playhouse in Maine as well as the Executive Director for Piscataqua Youth Players in New Hampshire. Alexis has worked as a producer, teacher, director and manager for many New England theatres including: Seaglass Performing Arts, American Stage Festival, The Bell Center for the Arts, Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts and Garrison Players. She is currently the camp director for Camp CenterStage, a two week performing arts camp in Maine. Her goal is to bring this camp program to Hawaii in 2012. Alexis has directed The Wizard of Oz, Godspell, Chicago, The King and I, The Sound of Music and To Kill A Mockingbird for Maui OnStage. Other directing credits include; The Sound of Music, Once On This Island and Seussical (Seacoast Repertory Theater), The Nerd and Godspell (Hackmatack Playhouse) as well as productions of Oliver, The Miracle Worker, The Odd Couple (Female Version), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Fiddler on the Roof and Quilters (all in New England).
David S. Leong ’73
David S. Leong ’73 was the first student to graduate from UNH with a degree in Children’s Theatre. Forty years later, his career is still going strong. David shared some thoughts on his long career and the many ways his theatre degree from UNH prepared him for a lifetime of success.
Bio: David S. Leong’s academic and professional career spans more than three decades in higher education and professional theatre. Since 1996, he has held the rank of Full Professor and the title of Chair and Producer of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Theatre. Throughout his career, he has coached hundreds of people who went on to experience success on Broadway, TV and film, regional theatre and universities across the United States. He has served on hundreds of search committees for Deans, Chairs, Program Directors and Faculty as well as coached professional actors On and Off Broadway and regional theatres. Over 75 former students and clients currently hold faculty appointments on college and university theatre faculties. David also devotes his time to coaching executives in the areas of public presentation: elevator pitches, power point, conducting Q and A’s, and interviewing skills. His clients have included include CEOs and managers from Hamilton Beach Brands, Federal Reserve Bank, Altria, The Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group, the daVinci Center for Design and Innovation, and many more. In the field of higher education, David serves as an accreditation consultant and evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Theatre Conference. In April 2013, David will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center. Investiture is reserved “to honor distinguished service and notable accomplishment by individuals of recognized national stature.” As an educator, David has held faculty appointments at the Juilliard School, Brandeis University, University of Maryland, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Montevallo in addition to teaching master classes and workshops for college and university programs across America. In the professional arena, David has coached movement or choreographed the fights for 16 Broadway shows including Billy Elliot, The Civil War, Carousel, Hamlet, and Macbeth. His work has been seen on the stages of most every regional theatre in America. Stories on David’s work have been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Washington Post and the Today Show on NBC.
Brian Swasey '95
Alum Brian Swasey stopped by the Newman Dance studio in March to teach a few musical theatre choreography classes. Brian was gracious enough to answer some questions we had about his days at UNH and what he's been doing since he graduated in 1995.
Brian Swasey is a graduate of The University of New Hampshire with a degree in Musical Theatre and Dance. Directing and Choreography credits include Forever Plaid, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Altar Boyz, Sweeney Todd, Lucky Stiff, Footloose, A Christmas
Lindsay Joy Murphy '02
Lindsay Joy Murphy is a Brooklyn based playwright. She is the Artistic Director of he LabRats Theater Company in New York City. (www.thelabratsnyc.com)The Rats are producing her new full length play, "The Rise and Fall of a Leilani Luv" in the spring of 2013. Her play "The Unearthing" was a part of the newTACTics festival in the summer of 2012. She frequently works with aMios Theater company for their monthly short play bonanza, SHOTZ , at the Theatre Under St. Marks. Her short pieces have been seen all over the country- from the Bowery Poetry Club to the Boston Playwright's Theater. Her full length play, "Severance" was produced by the Barracudas in the spring of 2010. Her collaborative piece "The Apartment: a Play with Four Sides" was featured in the 2011 NY International Fringe Festival. In 2001, Lindsay won the award for best short play at the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival for her piece "Life, Love and a 7-11". She is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire.
Harmony Stempel '06
Harmony Stempel ('06) is an actor whose work has been seen over the past 15 years in New England, upstate New York, New York City, The Czech Republic, Amsterdam as well as Hong Kong. New York experience: "The Secrets of Saco," The Barrow Group Theater; "Fit" at the New York International Fringe Festival; "Dollface," Theater for the New City; "I'm From Outer Space," Ars Nova ANT Fest. Her solo show "Human Fruit Bowl" won the Creative Award for best production at the Prague Fringe Festival in 2011 and subsequently toured Fringes in Amsterdam and Hong Kong by invitation. www.harmonystempel.com