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Sam Jaeger '99

Sam Jaeger

BFA '99

Sam Jaeger portrays Joel Graham on NBC's drama series "Parenthood.”  The show, which is scheduled to air its final epdisode on September 25th after six seasons, was a feature story on a recent Access Hollywood. See Sam and his costar, Erika Christensen, discuss their experiences here: Sam Jaeger on Access Hollywood

Jaeger has an extensive film resume as well. He played Dennis opposite Jennifer Garner and Kevin Smith in "Catch and Release" and Nick Fisher opposite Bruce Willis and Josh Hartnett in the indie hit "Lucky Number Slevin," which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. Additionally, Jaeger appeared in the TV movie "The Riverman," opposite Carey Elwes and Bruce Greenwood.

He got his television start with a series of strong guest roles and eventually landed as a series regular on the popular and enlightening ABC legal drama "Eli Stone." Starring opposite Victor Garber and Johnny Lee Miller, Jaeger played Miller's arrogant and combative co-worker. Success has also found Jaeger behind the camera with his critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film directorial debut "Take Me Home." Jaeger also wrote and starred in the movie along with Amber Jaeger, Victor Garber and Bree Turner.

Jaeger began his professional career by landing a guest-starring role on "Law & Order." He also spent several seasons doing theater in New York before making the move to Los Angeles, where he was cast in the feature films "Traffic" and "Behind Enemy Lines." After those standout roles, he won a powerful part opposite Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell in "Hart's War." In the years following, Jaeger built up an impressive television resume, including roles in such hits as "ER," "CSI," "The West Wing," "NYPD Blue," "Scrubs," "That's Life" and "Girls Club."

Daniel Knechtges '94

Daniel Knechtges

BFA '94

Dan Knechtges is directing the Off-Broadway play, Tail! Spin!, which opens on September 18th at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project.  

Dan is a Tony Nominated choreographer and director working in theater, opera, concert dance, television, film and music videos. Dan has directed and choreographed for numerous theatres across the country and internationally on shows ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Rodgers and Hammerstein to Brecht. Dan’s Broadway credits include Lysistrata Jones (Direction & Choreography), Xanadu (directed by Chris Ashley, Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination),Sondheim on Sondheim (directed by James Lapine), 110 in The Shade (starring Audra McDonald) and The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (directed by James Lapine.) Dan had the blessedly rare occurrence to have three shows running simultaneously on the Great White Way in 2007. Dan also choreographed the Off-Broadway incarnation of The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at Second Stage, which earned him a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. Off-Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along for Encores! at City Center (directed by James Lapine), Vanities at Second Stage and directing and choreographing Lysistrata Jones for the Transport Group. 

TJ Gerckens '88

T.J. Gerckens

BFA '88

T.J. Gerckens (Theatre & Dance-Lighting Design) is excited to return to his alma mater, Otterbein University and the Department of Theatre and Dance, as Faculty Light Designer. As a freelance lighting designer T.J. has been part of the design team for the Tony Award winner and MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Mary Zimmerman for the last 21 years. His lighting designs have been seen at regional theatres across the United States, on and off Broadway, and at the Metropolitan Opera. Internationally, he has designed in London, Melbourne, Australia, and at the LaScala Opera in Milan, Italy. He has received numerous awards for his designs including New York’s Drama Desk Award and Lortel Awards for his lighting of Metamorphoses on and off Broadway,  Jefferson Awards for The Odyssey  andMetamorphoses in Chicago, and an award for “Exemplifying the Art of Collaboration” given to the Zimmerman design team by Entertainment Design Magazine.  You can see his designs for Lucia di Lammermoor and La Sonnambula on DVDs released by the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to his teaching work, upcoming projects include The Fall Dance Concert and Into the Woods here at Otterbein, White Snake (the Chinese legend, not the hair band) at the Guthrie Theatre, San Diego’s Globe Theatre, and the WuZhen Festival in China, Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a yet-to-be announced opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. T.J. comes to Otterbein after two years at the University of Toledo, and prior to that he spent 17 years in production and executive management at CATCO. T.J. holds a BFA from Otterbein University and an  MFA from Boston University. He is married to set designer, scenic artist, and Otterbein adjunct instructor Stephanie R. Gerckens. They have two children and live in Plain City.

Aaron Ramey

Lindsay Nicole Chambers

BFA '02

Currently playing the role of Lauren in the National Tour of Kinky Boots. Credits: Broadway - Lysistrata Jones (Robin), Hairspray (u/s Penny, Female Authority), Legally Blonde (u/s Enid, Serena, Kate/Chutney). National Tour - Kinky Boots (Lauren), Hairspray (u/s Penny, Female Authority), Elf (Jovie). NYC Theatre - Sex Tips for Straight Women From A Gay Man (Robyn), Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!, Tiassic Parq ​(Velociraptor of Science).

Robyn Henry

Robyn Henry

BA Theatre '00

Robyn Henry, class of 2000, Associate Producer for Production Glue, a special events production company in the heart of New York City. Henry spent during Super Bowl XLVIII helping Nike to create memorable experiences for fans, managing obstacle and 40-yard dash courses, building interactive Nike product displays, staging news conferences and symposiums with the likes of Kobe Bryant and Bo Jackson, and hosting fan-friendly track competitions with former Ohio State NFL standouts, such as Pittsburgh Steeler Will Allen. / read the spotlight story

Peter Sichko

Peter Sichko

BFA Design Technology '09

Peter is an Audio Technician with Maryland Sound International based out of Baltimore, Maryland, which handles sound reinforcement needs for anything from a small meeting to Inaugurating the President of the United States.The highlights of his work thus far: working at both the Capitol and the Biden Home States Ball for President Barack Obama's Inauguration, White House Easter Egg Roll, Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, Alli Dew Tour, July 4th on the Mall, All Points West Festival, Tunnel to Towers Run NYC 2009. 

In the News

Peter Dean '97 has just left his position at the New York Public Theatre to begin his new job as Production Manager at Bekeley Repertory Theatre. He leaves behind Otterbein grads Samantha Fremer '12 and Shelly Vance '13, both Production Assistants for the Public's Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear, which featured Jeremy Bobb '03 as Oswald.

Jeremy Bobb
'03 is featured in the new Cinemax show The Knick and Cory Michael Smith '09  is playing the role of The Riddler on FOX's Gotham  Check out the interview the local paper recently printed about them both: 
http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/westerville/news/2014/08/19/catch-otterbein-grads-on-small-screen-this-fall.html

Daniel Everidge '06 has been cast in the new Hunter Bell musical, Found, to be staged at the Atlantic Theatre Company's Linda Gross Theatre. The production, and original musical based on scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been 'found' in the real world by every-day people, has an ensemble cast of 10. 

Kolby Kindle '10 has been cast as Curtis Jackson in the National Tour of Sister Act

Sandy Vojta '10 is a tailor for the NBC show The Blacklist, and rumor has it that she recently dressed Robert DeNiro!

Michelle Leibrock '11 just finished working the wardrobe/wig crew for the Off-Broadway show Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story.  

Jacob Ramey '13 has been hired as Technical Director for the Village Academy theatre program here in Columbus.

Maria Archer '14 was hired by FringeArts in Philidelphia as Office Manager. Maria completed her internship with the organization last fall. 

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