Kaitlyn Marie Peace



Derek Johnson

B.F.A. Musical Theatre, 2011

After graduating, I headed straight to Matunuck, RI to do my internship with Ocean State Theatre Company at Theatre by The Sea. There, I teched for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and performed in Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, and The Drowsy Chaperone. I stayed after the summer season to understudy their production of The 39 Steps. After that, I headed to Lancaster, PA for a 9 month tour with Prather Entertainment in Me and My Girl with stops in Lancaster, PA, Fort Myers, FL, and Mesa, AZ. Soon after I headed to NYC to assist JR Bruno as assistant choreographer and dance captain for a production of Hairspray at The Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, CT where I obtained my Equity card. After Hairspray, I returned to TBTS to star in Ocean State Theatre company's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as Bud Frump. Afterwards I moved to NYC where I worked on the beginnings of a new musical; The American Dream, music/lyrics/book by Richard Amelius. Soon after, I booked a cruise contract in RWS' inaugural cast on Holland America Cruise Line where we sailed the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Baltic Sea performing five different shows. After returning to the city in July 2014, I will begin rehearsals for a second contract with RWS on Holland America embarking for the Caribbean once again on October 10, 2014!

Katie Berger

B.F.A. Musical Theatre, 2011

Since graduating a semester early from NKU I have been working consistently as a professional musical theatre actress! In the spring of 2012, I moved to Lanesboro, MN where I worked at The Commonwealth Theatre Company. I performed in "The Pillars of Society" (Dina Dorf), "The Philadelphia Story" (Dinah Lord) and "Miss Julie" (Kristine). After living the Midwest life, I traveled to St. Petersburg, FL to perform in my favorite show of all time, "Spring Awakening" at FreeFall Theatre. More than anything, I fell in love with St. Pete and the Tampa Bay Area. I went to New York for a bit because that is what I thought I was supposed to do, and while I loved it, the stars weren't aligned. Since then I have moved back to the sunshine state, where I recently starred in "The Burnt Part Boys" (Frances) and will soon be going "Into the Woods" as Little Red. I hope to one day return to the Big Apple, but for now I live on the beach so I can't really complain. Other than musical theatre, I love playing my ukulele, hiking, and devouring libraries one book at a time. "Keep looking up and head for the sun."

Tina Diaz

B.F.A. Musical Theatre, 2009

Upon graduating from NKU, I moved to NYC where I spent 2 years pursuing a career in Musical Theatre. I worked on various projects including the workshops of 2 new musicals: James and the Giant Peach, and Bigfoot and Other Lots Souls. I performed off-broadway in the musical Dear Edwina, and played Antiphalus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors. Over time, my interest turned to on-camera work. I now live in Los Angeles and am signed with Coast to Coast Talent Group. I have several commercials running on major Spanish networks, including one for Mercury Insurance and coming soon a spot for the Ford Fiesta, and have a holiday Bing commercial running on the English networks. I am proud to be an NKU alum and am grateful for the preparation the theatre department provided me with to take on this exciting (and crazy) career!

Sarah Drake

B.F.A. Musical Theatre, 2005

Since those good ole college days, I have pursued many different avenues of entertainment including the following: singing on cruise ships while narrating the sites of the New York harbor, was the voice you heard on MTV in a Starbucks commercial for the MTV Movie Awards, starred in several productions across the US and abroad, including NKU's CTC and I am working on a series of children's book recordings. My current project (since 2009) is a group I have co-founded and the Business/Company Manager for, The Manhattan Dolls. I perform with the Dolls as our main Alto and I am the writer and co-producer for all of our shows. We have traveled all over the States and Europe performing in concert venues, theaters, and jazz and supper clubs. Thank you to the Theatre + Dance Program at NKU. I am forever grateful for the lessons learned and the opportunities I was given both as a student and as a professional performer. I am proud to be an NKU Alum!

John Gardiner

B.A. Theatre, 1998
M.F.A. University of Alabama, 2002

John plays Tommy DeVito in the National Tour of Jersey Boys. John hails from Edgewood, Kentucky. As a singer/songwriter, John’s CD “The Way We Weren’t” is available on iTunes. Before Jersey Boys, John played Timon in the national tour of The Lion King. Regional: Big River, Much Ado About Nothing, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Christmas Carol, The Tempest. Television: All My Children. BFA, Northern Kentucky University. MFA, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. John’s favorite roles include: Hamlet, Jean Valjean, King Lear, Othello & Darth Vader… and someday he hopes to play them.

Aaron LaVigne

B.F.A. Acting, 2005

Kong, Gangster, Travis, Viper Executive, Ensemble Broadway Debut! Off-Broadway: RENT. National Tour: RENT. Workshops: American Idiot, Dirty Hippie Jam Band Project. Regional: Civil War; tick,tick…BOOM!; JC Superstar. Acclaimed singer/songwriter: Twitter: @Aaron_LaVinay. Facebook.com/aaronlavignemusic. B.F.A. Northern Kentucky University. Thanks family, Sarah, & Rachel at Telsey.

Derek Shipman

B.F.A. Acting, 2005

After Graduating from NKU, I moved to Las Vegas to study at The Second City Las Vegas. I studied sketch and improv comedy and eventually performed with the Scriptless show weekly on the Strip. I then went on to perform with The Second City on Norwegian Cruise Lines, doing shows on the Spirit, Star, and Dawn. I came home from the high seas and toured the nation with The Second City Red Touring Company. Now I am understudying the ETC stage and living in Chicago with my beautiful wife, who also works for The Second City. I am so proud to be an alumnus of NKU, and will always be grateful for the lessons learned there.