Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 scholarship recipients!

Nate Jorgensen

A senior at UNI, majoring in Communication & Theatre Education and minoring in English, Nathan Jorgensen aspires to student teach in the Midwest and in pursuing graduate school.

At UNI, Nathan has been cast in productions such as: She Stoops to Conquer, The Yellow Boat, Die, Claudius!, and has been Assistant Director in Bat Boy: The Musical and Lysistrata. He has worked on the Stage Management team for Merchant of Venice (BEACH!), Guernica, and Mad Forest. Also, he has worked on various stage crews such as Light Board Operator and Sound Board Operator, and in the Costume and Scenic Shop.

He has been a member of APO-TAP since his freshman year and has served on the board as Treasurer for the past two years. He has recently directed UNISTA’s production of How I Learned to Drive. For the fall 2013, Nathan will Assistant Direct The American Way of Eating and is currently working as Thespian Festival Student Coordinator for the 2013 Iowa Thespian Festival hosted by UNI in November.


Sean Klippel




A senior theatre major with an emphasis in Theatre for Youth, Sean Klippel’s future ambitions include obtaining a Masters in Theatre for Youth and continuing to pursue a career in youth theatre by creating new work, teaching, and performing.

During his undergraduate career, Sean has been cast in a number of productions at UNI: Mad Forest, Bat Boy, Lysistrata, Playful Inventions, and UNISTAs production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Also, he has done backstage work for Urinetown: The Musical, On The Verge, and Merchant of Venice (BEACH!).

For the past three years, Sean has been the Speech Coach at Waterloo West High School for the Iowa High School Speech Association. He spent the summer of 2012 working as a counselor, teacher, and lifeguard for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan. Also in 2012, he was a Guest Artist for the Iowa Thespians Festival. He has worked closely with faculty member Gretta Berghammer as a Grant Research Assistant for a year-long project funded by the Autism Speaks Grant. And he continues to be a teacher for Sturgis Youth Theatre’s Spectrum Theatre program.

This past summer, Sean worked for the Omaha Theatre Company as a Summer Theatre Intern where he taught a variety of classes, directed a number of youth productions, and was in charge of publicity for all summer works. Currently, Sean is a Teaching Artist for the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center’s Kaleidoscope Series. He will also be working as a Teaching Assistant for the Fall 2013 Creative Drama course alongside Greg Holt.



Jessica Kray

Jessica Kray is a senior and is working towards becoming a professional stage manager after graduation with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from UNI.

In her time at UNI, Jessica has stage managed projects such as Sissy’s Sircus and The Warmth Project. Jessica has held the role of Assistant Stage Manager for Mad Forest, Bat Boy: The Musical, and The Yellow Boat, as well as the Properties Master for Merchant of Venice (Beach!). She also worked as the Theatrical Photographer for Merchant of Venice (Beach!), How I Learned to Drive, Sissy’s Sircus, November, Lysistrata, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bat Boy: The Musical, and The Yellow Boat.

Last summer Jessica worked as a Stage Crew Intern for the Des Moines Metro Opera and photographed three shows during their summer season: Don Giovanni, La Rondine, and Eugene Onegin. In 2012 Jessica served as the Student Festival Coordinator for the Iowa Thespians Festival held on UNI campus as well as the Box Office Supervisor for the Strayer-Wood Theatre. For the current season Jessica is the Stage Manager for Spring Awakening, Sissy’s Sircus Presents: Sissy’s Time Machine, and is the Iowa Thespians Festival Consultant. She is also the Vice President of the National Theatre Honor Society Alpha Psi Omega.

Jessica is very grateful for the opportunities that the UNI Department of Theatre has given her and is excited to start a new chapter in her life after graduation in the spring of 2014.


Anna Zimney

Anna Zimney is a senior theatre major emphasizing in both Theatre Design and Production and Theatre for Youth.

During her undergraduate career Anna worked as a scenic painter for Mad Forest, Dying City, Bat Boy: The Musical, Lysistrata, November, and Playful Inventions. She also served as Assistant Master Electrician for UNI’s production of Guernica, and Assistant Lighting Designer for Bat Boy: The Musical. With a focus on theatre education and outreach, Anna has spent the past two summers as an Education Intern at the Des Moines Playhouse, and works with the Gallagher-Bluedorn’s education program during the academic year as both a Student Educator and the administrative office’s Education Assistant. As a Creative Writing Minor, Anna recently received the G. Erlene Hubley Memorial Writing Award for Short Fiction, and was published in UNI’s student literary magazine “Inner Weather”.

Throughout her senior year she will continue to serve as the Social Chair for Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society, as well as design, direct, and tour a production of Tomato Plant Girl, thanks to receiving the Jo Hern Curriss Fund for Student Performance Award. She plans to use the skills she has gained at UNI, as well as the never ending support from her professors, friends, and family to pursue theatre education and outreach post-graduation.