Class of 2012

MFA Class of 2012

Gustine Fudickar, Naropa University studentGustine Fudickar is a Los Angeles-based theatre artist.  She received her BA in 2000 from Eugene Lang College with a concentration in theatre/writing.  Her background includes 10 years of work in the Los Angeles dance community as a three year member of Common Actions Dance Company, as well as an avid participant in Simone Forti's weekly workshops, Dancebank Mover. She performed in Without Risk of Excessive Loss with Rae Shaolan Blum and Beth Leister, and was a choreographer for Earth Sucks: A Musical.  She has worked with master teachers at Big Sur Theatre Lab, SITI Co., Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg founders of Body Weather Laboratory, Teatr Zar and Bryan Brown.  

Joe Gill, Naropa University studentJoe Gill: A native New Yorker, Joe has directed, performed and produced in many Los Angeles venues such as: Highways Performance Space, Hudson Theatre, and Stella Adler Theatre. Joe co-produced and performed in Los Angeles Theater Company's Tosca Jumps!, as well as the critically acclaimed 20th anniversary of Robert Chesley’s Jerker at Moving Arts. Most recently he directed Baggage Claim and Michael Kearns’ Comeback. Joe co-founded Mijo Productions and is also a member of Moving Arts and Shumka Dance/Theatre Company. Joe has studied Viewpoints with Mary Overlie and has taught acting as adjunct faculty at California State University/Los Angeles,where he received a Masters degree in 2005. 

Myles Goldin, Naropa University studentMyles Goldin: Originally from Arizona and Florida, Myles has spent the last ten years performing in New York City, where she has worked extensively with the Messenger Theatre Company and Stage Left Studios in New York City. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from Florida State University and has created solo performances that include improvisation and audience participation.  A six-week clown intensive training in Toronto, Canada prompted her to seek further exploration of her art, which she is happily pursuing at Naropa University. 

Tristan Grigsby, Naropa University studentTristan Grigsby: is interested in following his idea of Creative Kindness which he defines as: any sincere attempt by an individual to answer the sleepless gnaw of struggle and tumult that occurs within one's self in order to make a pathway toward the human spirit to allow fulfillment of its natural ability and inclination to radiate good fellowship to all.



Peter Heeringa, Naropa University student

Peter Heeringa:  Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota where he was a member of the Sandbox Theater, Peter worked actively with Eden Prairie High School for the past nine years.  In 2007 he had the privilege to act as artist-in-residence at Fairfield University performing in RAVENOUS and teaching elements of ensemble creation. From 2005 to 2008 he arranged for, and performed with, the barbershop quartet, Bello(w). Peter graduated from the University of Saint Thomas with a BA in Theater.


Scott Manelis, Naropa University studentScott Manelis: Born and raised in Mountain View, California, Scott began his performing career as a terrified kindergartener in an eskimo costume watching his class perform It’s a Small World without him, and he has been striving to prove himself ever since. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Drama and recently he spent time farming and studying with a monk in Thailand.  


Rebecca LehrhoffRebecca Lehrhoff is an artist, performer, director, teacher, and perpetual student, graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Theater in 2005. She studied Shakespearean text and performance at The British American Drama Academy in London. Throughout the years, opportunities to combine her love of acting and art have given her the most joy. In Museum she created the paintings in the set and played the roles of Kate Siv, Francois, and Julie. Upon graduation she founded The Modus Operandi Collective, incorporating physical theater and Shakespeare. She acted as Artistic Director at Saratoga Summer Stages, a children's musical theater program and also taught art to Pre-K through Middle School children in Wellesley MA. In the future, Rebecca hopes to combine her love of art,performance and farm animals.


Haruna Tsuchiya, Naropa University student

Haruna Tsuchiya: A performing artist, creator, translator, and teacher, since 2006, Haruna has been deeply involved with the true story of Hana's Suitcase, in which she has served as an interpreter/interviewer for the film, and producing the special screening. She initiated the Annual Shimoda Youth Festival, flourishing international artistic exchange between Japanese children and American artists. She continues to create projects that speak strongly to people’s hearts. Haruna is a native of Japan, and holds BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia.


Kevin Vaught, Naropa University studentKevin Vaught:  Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kevin holds a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University.  His performance experience includes musicals, plays, opera, dance theatre, children’s theatre, co-created works, film, commercial, and voice over work.  He finds great joy in singing and in writing songs, verse, and prose.  In recent years, Kevin has used theatre at camps, in the classroom, and the developmentally disabled community to meet various goals, primarily, to draw out each person’s innate joy.