Texas State performing arts alumni
take the stage in Austin and beyond
Texas State University’s theatre and music programs are known for attracting talented young artists.
Thanks to seasoned professionals who lead the university’s programs and the performance experience students gain while completing their degrees, many graduates quickly establish themselves in the performing arts.
Here are some of their stories:
Edi Patterson was born and grew up in Texas City, and she earned a BFA in acting from Texas State. She is a member of the Main Company at the Groundlings Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles, where she performs and writes sketch comedy. She previously worked with Austin Theatresports.
Travis Emory, a graduate of Texas State University’s theatre program, recently was featured in the San Marcos Daily Record as the newest addition to a traveling production of The Taming of the Shrew with Kentucky Shakespeare. The play will be performed for middle and high school students as an educational production. He previously worked at Austin Shakespeare, performing in The Tempest in November 2010.
The Texas State acting graduate starred in Love’s Labour’s Lost with Austin Shakespeare at Zilker Park from May 5-29. He also appeared as Puck in Dream! A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2010. McDonald-Villareal recently performed at the Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre in Sleeping Beauty and Goldilocks, Poison Apple Initiative’s Sometimes Callie and Jonas Die, and as Bottom in The Baron’s Men’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2010.
Will Hollis Snider
Will Hollis Snider also performed in Love’s Labour’s Lost with Austin Shakespeare at Zilker Park. His previous theatrical credits include directing the B. Iden Payne-nominated Orestes for Cambiare Productions and the Austin Critics’ Table Award-nominated The Nina Variations by Steven Dietz. Snider also has directed an original musical, Intermission, as well as Sophocles’ Electra and the original play, Searching… He studied at Texas State University, and has a BFA in theatre.
Stacia Stroder is a Texas State graduate with a BFA in theatre design and technology and costume design. Since graduating, she has worked on various projects with Austin Shakespeare Festival as a junior designer, assistant designer and stitcher. Her stitching handiwork was featured in Zilker Park musical productions including Annie and The Music Man.
Alexx Guinn has been acting in community theatre since the fourth grade, starring first in children’s theatre (Charlotte’s Web, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever) and expanding to musical theatre (Godspell, Chicago). She is a recent graduate of Texas State’s theatre department and has studied at Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts and Sam Houston State University’s musical theatre department. Guinn, who sings, dances all forms and plays the drums, has a single, “Here and Now,” available on Amazon.com. Guinn plans to take intensive Shakespeare courses in Stratford-Upon-Avon before making her home as an actress in Austin.
Michael Hamilton is a performing artist and singer at the Dallas Opera, registration coordinator and event planner at Texas Credit Union League, and owner of Hamilton & Associates. He also teaches private voice, piano and theory as a private music teacher. In addition to performing numerous roles with Austin Lyric Opera Chorus during the 2009 through 2011 seasons, the tenor has performed the roles of Normanno and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring, Peppe in Pagliacci, The Prince in The Student Prince, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Danillo in The Merry Widow, Ralph in HMS Pinafore, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Jamie in My Fair Lady, Mordred in Camelot and Edward Dunlap in The Music Man. He holds a master of music degree from Texas State and a bachelor of arts in art and performance from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Compiiled by Catherine Harper