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Conservatory of Performing Arts

M.F.A. in Acting Class of 2014

In the biographies below, meet Point Park University's M.F.A. in Acting class of 2014 candidates. The M.F.A. program is designed for self-directed professional actors seeking to further explore their artistic potential while becoming qualified to teach at the university level. Audition times and locations for the next incoming class will be posted once they are available. Point Park accepts six students to this program.

Jodi GageJODI GAGE holds a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory. She was most recently seen as Becky in Becky’s New Car for The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company. This summer she will play Lady Windermere in Lady Windermere’s Fan with Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre. Last summer, she had the opportunity to take part in SITI Company’s summer intensive where she studied Viewpoints, Suzuki and devised theatre with Anne Bogart and SITI company members. Other acting credits include Crimes of the Heart (Meg) at Theatre Factory, Dutchman (Lula) Point Park workshop, A Musical Christmas Carol (soloist) at Pittsburgh CLO, Orpheus and the Underworld (Diana) at Oberlin Conservatory and Working (housewife) in Hamilton, Scotland. At Point Park, she has co-taught an experimental theatre class with fellow M.F.A. candidate Curtis Jackson, co-directed a production of Lulu: A Silent Black and White Play with Tonika Todorova and assistant directed for Monica Payne on Huck Finn for Playhouse Jr. She also had the great pleasure of working in opera for many years before coming to Point Park, most notably assistant directing for Francesca Zambello on The Ring Cycle at San Francisco Opera. She has been a member of Actor’s Equity since 2007.

 

Curtis.JacksonCURTIS JACKSON, of Milwaukee, received his B.A. in theatre from Columbia College Chicago. Co-founder and company member of the Silent Theatre Company, Jackson appeared in Noir: A Shot and a Chaser, A Charlie Chaplin Christmas (Artist of Excellence Award) and the national tour of Lulu: A Silent Black and White Play (New York Fringe Best Play Award). He recently appeared in The Golden Dragon (Quantum Theatre), became a finalist for Project Pop Up Pittsburgh, co-produced/co-starred in Lulu: A Silent Black and White Play and Dutchman at Point Park. Selected theatre credits include Carter's Way, A Separate Peace and Superior Donuts (Steppenwolf Theatre), School Night (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Harper Regan (Steep Theatre) and Hizzoner (Prop Theatre). Television and film credits include Live Your Best Life (opposite Oprah Winfrey, Bette Midler, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Tracy Chapman), TLC's The Cake Boss, AMC's MadMen and The Walking Dead. He is an adjunct faculty member in the theatre department at Point Park.

 

 

Paul.ReynoldsPAUL REYNOLDS spent several years working for Reagle Players of Boston. Some of his many achievements include working with the director of youth programs and Reagle Players summer musical theater camp to create a safe place to learn all aspects of the stage. He was part of a high school program to bring actors into the classroom to help take the fear out of Shakespeare and other classics, helping to give students a better understanding of the language. He spent more than nine years in Los Angeles where his focus was primarily on film and television. Before that he spent 12 years in New York working with regional theater companies across the U.S., as well as a European tour of West Side Story. Selected performances include West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Broadway Bound, Biloxi Blues, Fifth of July and Beauty and the Beast. TV and film credits include George Lopez, Norm, Good Morning Miami, Striptease and Daddy Day Care. He is an adjunct faculty member in the theatre department at Point Park.

 


Elizabeth.RuelasELIZABETH RUELAS
, of New York City, received her B.A. in drama from the University of Arkansas. In New York, Ruelas acted in several Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions, as well as various tours. In Pittsburgh, she has played Ivy in August: Osage County at the Pittsburgh Playhouse (directed by John Shepard) and has directed A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Unrehearsed Cue-Script Technique for Unseam'd Shakespeare. She has taught acting and workshops in the Unrehearsed Cue-Script Technique. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and an adjunct faculty member in the theatre department at Point Park.

 

 

 


Rachel.WolfeRACHEL WOLFE is originally from Southern California, where she co-founded Troubadour Theater Company, and was a company member of Classical Theatre Lab and Sacred Fools. She trained at UCLA, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, The Groundlings and with Alfred Molina. Her television and film appearances include CSI, Unsolved Mysteries, 8MM, The Real Old Testament, Rubbernecking and Badsville. Stage appearances include The Two Gentleman of Verona, Shrew!, Clowns’ Labor’s Lost, Fast ‘n’ Loose, Twelfth Dog Night, Hello Out There!, The Three Cuckolds, Icarus and Aria, Private Battle, Julius Caesar, Dubya 2000, Cyrano De Bergerac, Trojan Women, The Deceived Ones, Measure for Measure, Celestina, Othello x 3, A Month in the Country, Prometheus Bound, The Iliad, House of Blue Leaves and Trelawny of 'The Wells.'  She is a member of the unions, Actor's Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. She is an adjunct faculty member in the theatre department at Point Park.