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Outstanding Students

These Theatre Arts students not only exhibit academic excellence, but also serve as examples of the mission of College of the Pacific. They have excelled in the classroom and beyond, whether it's through multiple degrees, research, study abroad or service to their communities. They are the epitome of excellence and champions of the liberal arts. Take a glimpse at some of the Theatre Arts department's outstanding students:

Wenona Truong

Wenona Truong

Wenona Truong is graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Psychology. She has recently been nominated for the International Monologue Competition. After graduation, she will be joining the Livermore Shakespeare Festival as an apprentice. Learn more about Wenona>>





Kelly Manlaibayar

Kelly Manlaibayar

Kelly Manlaibayar is a Pacific Humanities Scholar with a self-designed major in Theatre Arts, International Affairs and Commerce, and Robotics. Recently, her humanities background, global mindset, and scientific expertise earned her an internship sponsored by NASA. Learn more about Kelly>>





Shelden Balatico

Shelden Balatico

Shelden Balatico is graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Film Studies. He is heavily involved in the Theatre Arts Department and is Vice President of Theta Alpha Phi, the National Honors Theatre fraternity. Following graduation, he will attend the Moscow Art Theatre program at Harvard. Learn more about Shelden>>





Joy Clark

Joy Clark

Joy Clark is graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts. She is involved in Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Alpha Phi, among other organizations. After graduation, she will attend the acclaimed musical theater MFA program at Boston Conservatory of Music, where she will be pursing her graduate degree. Learn more about Joy>>





Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Student

Each year, the Department of Theatre Arts recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence.

This May, we recognized the exceptional work of one student with the 2016 Outstanding Student award:

  • Wenona Truong

2015 Outstanding Senior: Shelden Balatico

On behalf of the Theatre Arts faculty, we are pleased to congratulate Shelden Balatico, a Theatre Arts major and minor in Film Studies, as our Outstanding Senior. He has been an active part of the Theatre Arts Department. He was an exemplary stage manager for the Fall 2014 production of Tennessee Williams One-Acts, always willing to go above and beyond. As an actor, he was last seen as Bob in the Theatre Arts Fall 2013 production of The Drunken City and Voldemort in Theta Alpha Phi's A Very Potter Musical. Shelden is currently Vice President of Theta Alpha Phi, the National Honors Theatre Fraternity. He also produced a portfolio in makeup design based on the film portion of the department's transmedia production this spring. Last summer, Shelden studied at the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio in Hollywood at their Summer Conservatory. He balances his schoolwork and theatre activities with his on-campus job as a Zumba Instructor. This summer, Shelden has been accepted into the Moscow Art Theatre summer program at Harvard.

Shelden Balatico '15 and Prof. Lisa Tromovitch

Shelden Balatico '15 and Professor Lisa Tromovitch at the 2015 COP Outstanding Senior Award Ceremony.

2015 Annual Student Awards Dinner - Highlights

Every year, Pacific Theatre Arts holds a special dinner that celebrates the department as a whole. We honor the hard work and dedication demonstrated by our students and those involved with productions by presenting them with certificates, gifts, and their names engraved on our proudly-displayed award plaques. We also celebrate the work done by both staff and faculty. For one evening, we come together in the spirit of family and celebration for another year of successful collaboration!

Shelden Balatico - Design AwardShelden Balatico '15
2015 Sandra Persels Design and Technical Theatre Award

Nicole Cherry - Playwriting
Nicole Cherry '15
2015 William J. Wolak Award for Playwriting

Alex DiPeppe - Outstanding Actor
Alex DiPeppe '15
2015 Outstanding Actor

Shelden Balatico - Outstanding Senior
Shelden Balatico '15
2015 Outstanding Senior

For more photos of the Student Awards Dinner, check out the Official Pacific Theatre Arts Facebook page!

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Graduate!

Artist-scholar Joy Clark was involved in academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi and the society for leadership and success Sigma Alpha Phi, and she has been an integral member of an active Theater Arts Department. She is one of those unique individuals who excels in both onstage and offstage arenas. She was the James Jewell  Technical Scholarship recipient for two years, functioning as our costume technician and recently performing as the best stage manager in recent years. More importantly, her strengths as a performer are undeniable; she is a true triple-threat as a singer, dancer, and actor. She is a two-time nominee for the Irene Ryan Scholarship competition to the KCACTFs, she has been featured in three mainstage productions at Pacific:  The Drunken City, The Illusion, and 365 Days/365 Plays, as well as multiple dance concerts. 

Joy Clark has held multiple state pageant titles including Miss California American Coed and won national awards for dance and acting. She was involved in Mortar Board and Theta Alpha Phi, the national theatre honors fraternity. In addition to her academic accomplishments, she served as president of her sorority Delta Delta Delta, was a member of Order of Omega, consistently held multiple jobs (including Theatre Arts Student Representative), and stayed involved in Stockton Civic Theater. 

Joy is a finalist for the prestigious Jason Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award Scholarship, and was accepted into the acclaimed Boston Conservatory of Music, musical theater MFA program where she will be pursing her graduate degree this fall.  

Joy embodies the spirit and practice of the true artist-scholar. She sets a high standard and brings considerable energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to collaboration to all her endeavors. We in the theater department couldn't be more proud or pleased to have been a part of Joy Clark's growth and development these past four years. She will continue to make Pacific proud.

Pacific Seniors to Intern at Livermore Shakespeare Festival '14

Theatre Arts seniors Joy Clark and Erick Ogle from University of the Pacific have been selected to participate in the acting apprenticeship at Livermore Shakespeare Festival for the 2014 summer season. This apprenticeship is a great opportunity for the seniors. They will be able to apply the skills they've learned from the Pacific Theatre Arts program and collaborate with professional actors.

 Joy Clark         Erick Ogle
                  Joy Clark '14                                               Erick Ogle '14

The 2014 LSF season will be Much Ado About Nothing (directed by Lisa Tromovitch) and Pride and Prejudice (directed by Virginia Reed). Lisa Tromovitch is a professor in the Pacific Theatre Arts Department, as well as the founder of the Livermore Shakespeare Festival.

Erick Ogle '14 to Join Honors Fraternity Alpha Sigma Lambda

Congratulations to Erick Ogle! The theatre arts senior has been invited to join prestigious Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honors fraternity for non-traditional students. Being selected is very much an honor, and the Theatre Arts Department at Pacific is very proud of him! 

Ogle says of his nomination, "I am honored and humbled [at this invitation]. It's a wonderful organization to be associated with and I feel lucky that they chose me. I couldn't have done it without the Theatre Arts faculty and staff. I'm proud to represent [Theatre Arts] at the [Alpha Sigma Lambda] ceremonies." 

The induction ceremony will take place March 19, 2014 in the President's Room. For more information on Alpha Sigma Lambda, visit their website at

ASL Badge

Pacific Students at 2014 KCACTF Region VII Festival!

A select few of our Theatre Arts majors are representing Pacific at the 2014 KCACTF Region VII Festival in Boise, Idaho for the week of February 17-21. Students Joy Clark '14, Ryan Gonzalez '14, and Kelly Manlaibayar '17 are participating in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition with scene partners Katie Woerner '14 and Shelden Balatico '15

Joy Clark and Ryan Gonzalez have also been selected for a night of invited scenes, in which they will perform their thought-provoking scene from The Drunken City, produced by Pacific Theatre Arts in Fall 2013.

 Gonzalez Rice Clark

Pictured above are Ryan Gonzalez, Director Michael Wayne Rice, and Joy Clark after their stellar performance of their scene from The Drunken City

Follow the students and faculty on their 2014 KCACTF adventure on the Theatre Arts Facebook page, where you will find photos, news, and more!

Congratulations to the KCACTF nominees for The Drunken City!

The Pacific Department of Theatre Arts is very proud to announce the nominations for the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). For every mainstage production, two of of the students involved in the production are nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Scholarships, which "provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education."  

For Pacific Theatre Arts' Fall 2013 Production of The Drunken City, the following students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Scholarships:

Kelly Manlaibyar Ryan Gonzalez

Theatre Arts Major Kelly Manlaibayar '17                                   Theatre Arts Major Ryan Gonzalez '14                                                      

Theatre Arts Major Jessie George '17 was recognized for her Meritorious Work as stage manager.

New to KCACTF this year is a night of invited scenes, which is "an evening of scenes from Associate or Participating productions nominated by Regional respondents during the year. Scenes are chosen for specific theatrical elements which the respondents felt would broaden the scope of offerings at the Festival and which show ambitious performance styles, unusual aesthetics or diverse cultural origins." For The Drunken City, two scenes were nominated! The KCACTF Invited Scene Participant Nominations for The Drunken City are:

Joy Clark and Ryan GonzalezErick Ogle and Shelden Balatico

Theatre Arts Majors Joy Clark '14 and Ryan Gonzalez '14         Theatre Arts Majors Erick Ogle '14 and Shelden Balatico '15

Set Design by Professor Randall A. Enlow and Costumes by Professor Cathie McClellan

Congratulations to these students and to everyone who participated in The Drunken City for a very successful production! More information on KCACTF Region VII can be found at

Photos by Theatre Arts Major ZiHeng Wang.

Congratulations to 2013 grad Sabrina Willis-Bartram on her new position with the Lodi Arts Commission!

The Pacific Department of Theatre Arts would like to extend a hearty congratulations on our graduate Sabrina Willis-Bartram on her job with the Lodi Arts Commission! Sabrina says of her new job, "In my current position with the city, I work with the Lodi Arts Commission in implementing cultural projects for the public, as well as the distribution of grant monies to deserving arts non-profits. At times I also help run the box office and house manage theatrical productions at Hutchins Street Square Performing Arts Center." More information on Lodi Arts events can be found at  

Willis-Bartram performed in two Pacific Theatre Arts productions, 365 Days/365 Plays and Antigone. She also worked backstage for Arms and the Man. As a transfer student from Delta College, she graduated from Pacific with honors. 

Summer of 2013 was a life-changing summer for the Theatre Arts major and English/Film Studies minor. Not only did she walk across the graduation stage, but she also walked down the aisle and married the love of her life, Michael Bartram, with whom she runs Changing Faces Theatre Company in Lodi, CA. The company produced an island-themed A Midsummer Night's Dream this past summer and also recently put on 24-Hour Theater Dio de Los Muertos, in which writers spent the first 12 hours creating short plays and in the last 12 hours the actors rehearsed and performed said plays. "During the summers we produce large plays," Willis-Bartram says, "[In summer of 2014] we will be staging The Wizard of Oz and Twelfth Night at Jessie's Grove Winery in Lodi." For more information on the company and auditions, visit their website at  

Congratulations, Sabrina!

Sabrina Willis Bartram

Sabrina-Willis Bartram '12 in 365 Days/365 Plays. Costume by Professor Cathie McClellan

Congratulations to our 2013 Outstanding Graduate

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award. 

Lang Trisha Vang, the Outstanding Senior Award winner from the department of Theatre Arts, was born in Thailand and raised in Sacramento. It has been a privilege to see Trisha grow as an actress and a person over the last four years. Trisha's achievement as a serious student of acting has been more than evident to all her faculty, culminating in her moving performance of the ingénue lead in this semester's production of Pierre Corneille's The Illusion

Trisha participated as an actor, crew member, and co-stage manager of seven addition theatrical and dance productions at Pacific, and during the summers performed with Changing Faces Theatre Company and my own Livermore Shakespeare Festival, where she also completed a rigorous apprenticeship demonstrating that she is not afraid of hard work, and values teamwork.  She was twice nominated to the Irene Ryan scholarship competition for actors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VII, and received the departmental Outstanding Actor award for 2012. 

A well-rounded liberal arts student, Trisha will earns a minor in Japanese, held leadership positions in the Hmong Club Association and the national theater fraternity Theta Alpha Phi, and was a volunteer for the Reach Out Community Service program for the CTrisha Vangommunity Center of Involvement. 

Tricia Vang has already earned callback auditions in the Bay Area and will be pursuing work in the professional theater upon graduation. 

Congratulations, Trisha!





Trisha Vang in The Illusion, Spring 2013.
Costumes by Cathie McClellan.

Theatre Arts Alum Receives "Associate Casting Director of the Year" Award

Jenny TreadwellJenny Treadwell
'05 has received the Seymour Heller Award for "Associate Casting Director of the Year" by the Talent Managers Association. This was her third nomination for this award in the past three years, which is impressive in and of it self. Jennifer has been working in casting for the past eight years and is also no stranger to acting herself. From her first role at the age of 8 as The Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, through graduating from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts, Jennifer has starred in Bus Stop; Betty's Summer Vacation; King Lear; Pride's Crossing; A View From the Bridge; The Importance of Being Ernest, and more. During her senior year at Pacific she produced and directed Theta Alpha Phi's annual Revue "Battle of the Sexes," which earned over $2,500.00 for Broadway Cares: Equity fights Aids Foundation, in only ONE weekend, beating the record for the fraternity's past fund-raising efforts. 

Students and Faculty Participate in Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Professors Cathie McClellan, Gary Armagnac and Lisa Tromovitch presented workshops at the annual Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held at Humboldt State University February 14-18, 2011.

  • Professors Armagnac and Tromovitch taught "Working in Production with Shakespeare's First Folio."
  • Professor McClellan presented tips on creating 19th century hairstyles in the workshop "Beyond Braids and Buns," and costume-design tips in the workshop "Straight Lines and Curves, or, That T-Mobile Striped Dress."
  • Theatre Arts student Kristin Bloom presented her Stage Management portfolio for last fall semester's production of Godspell.
  • Theatre Arts majors Alison Koch '11, Katie Woerner '14 and Samantha Cook '14, and Theatre Arts minor Alex Ruano '11 were among the nominees who competed for the Irene Ryan acting scholarship.