About the Company

Pepperdine Scotland is the multi award-winning cultural and artistic exchange between Pepperdine University’s Department of Theatre and leading members of the Scottish Theatre Community.

In February 2012 the inaugural project saw playwright Peter Arnott and actor/musician John Kielty travel to Pepperdine’s Malibu campus to meet with Los Angeles industry professionals and work with students on our first commission, Why Do You Stand There In The Rain?

That summer, 27 of Pepperdine’s best and brightest theatre students spent seven weeks in the Highlands, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. During their residency, Pepperdine Scotland students rehearsed, took classes, and worked alongside some of the leading individuals and institutions in Scottish Theatre. The project culminated in the world premiere of Why Do You Stand There In The Rain? alongside the UK premiere of Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Following its Fringe First win, Why Do You Stand There In The Rain? returned to Scotland in 2013 as a touring production, which opened at the Traverse Theatre.

In 2014 Pepperdine Scotland presented its second world premiere, Forget Fire, devised by the company with J C Marshall.

2016’s The Interference by Lynda Radley earned us our second Fringe First Award, this time accompanied by a Broadway Baby Bobby Award and our second appearance on the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award Shortlist. The Interference subsequently transferred to the Hollywood Fringe Festival in co-production with Rogue Machine Theatre.

2018 Company Members

Cast

NOAH ARCHIBALD will graduate from Pepperdine in 2020 with a B.A. in Theatre and Music. Previous credits include Pirates of Penzance, Rhinoceros, Big Fish, The Yellow Boat and The Women of Lockerbie for Pepperdine University.

NATE BARTOSHUK will graduate from Pepperdine in 2020 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Previous credits include Medea, Big Fish, The Interference, and Crazy For You for Pepperdine University. Nate was the playwright and assistant director for Call Center, a student production, also for Pepperdine University

ALDEN BETTENCOURT will graduate from Pepperdine in the Spring of 2019 with a B.A. in Music and Theatre. Previous credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Big Fish, The Women of Lockerbie, Eurydice, Crazy for You, and South Pacific for Pepperdine University. Alden has also been a member of Contempo- a musical theater revue, and the Chamber Singers in his time at Pepperdine.

MORRIS CHEN will graduate from Pepperdine in 2020 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Previous credits include Rhinoceros, Medea, as well as a 10-minute scene from Miss Julie as part of another student’s directing project, all for Pepperdine University.

WILL CRAIG will graduate from Pepperdine in 2018 with a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in acting. Some of his Pepperdine credits include EurydiceCircle Mirror Transformation, Crazy for YouHeritageThe Threepenny OperaAlmost MaineThe Servant of Two Masters, and  Doubt: A Parable. In 2016, Will traveled with Pepperdine Scotland to premiere The Interference at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 2017 was a part of the U.S. premiere of the same show as well as performing it during the summer of 2017 at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

LEYLA DILLIG will graduate from Pepperdine University in 2021 with a B.A. in Theater Arts. Previous credits include The Pirates of Penzance and Rhinoceros at Pepperdine University and The Little Mermaid, The Outsiders and August: Osage County at Cathedral City High School, California.

JACQUELYN ASHLEY FERGUSON will graduate from Pepperdine in 2019 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Previous credits include The Yellow Boat, The Interference, and Medea at Pepperdine University. Jacquelyn Ferguson completed the American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Training Congress in 2016.

MARCELA FERRARONE will graduate from Pepperdine in 2021 with a B.A. in Theater and Media Production. Previous credits include Big Fish at Pepperdine University and Spoon River Anthology, To Freedom Fighters Everywhere, and Aladdin at Barrington High School, Illinois.

CHRISTINE KAY GALYEAN will graduate from Pepperdine in 2019 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Previous credits include Hedda Gabler, Circle Mirror Transformation, Almost, Maine and Eleemosynary for Pepperdine University

AUDREY MCKEE will graduate from Pepperdine in 2019 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Previous Pepperdine credits include Medea, Big Fish, The Threepenny Opera, Women of Lockerbie, and Crazy for You. Some of her other credits include Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Two Shakespearean Actors, and 42nd Street. McKee won the Tommy Tune Award for Best Leading Actress in 2015 and competed in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City.

GEORGE EDWARD PRESTON IV will graduate from Pepperdine in 2021 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Previous credits include Medea for Pepperdine University.

KATHRYN ROSE SEMPLE will graduate from Pepperdine in 2019 with a B.A. in Theatre and Music and a B.S. in Computer Science/Mathematics. Her previous credits at Pepperdine University include Crazy For You, Big Fish, Medea, and Women of Lockerbie. Kathryn has also been an ensemble member of Contempo for two years and a member of Pepperdine’s Chamber Choir for three years.

Production Team

MELANIE ALLEN (Production Manager/Company Manager) will graduate in 2018 with a B.A. in Production Design for Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management. Her previous Pepperdine credits include Stage Manager for Dance in Flight 2018, Hedda Gabler, Songfest: All Aboard, Eurydice, and The Magic Flute, Scenic Designer for Circle Mirror Transformation, Dance in Flight 2017, The Women of Lockerbie, Props Master for Big Fish and The Threepenny Opera. She was also the stage manager for the world premiere of The Interference at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016, which won a Fringe First Award and a Broadway Baby Bobby.

JULIA ROSE DONLON (publicity/wardrobe head) will graduate in 2019 with a B.A in Production Design for Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management. Her previous Pepperdine credits include: Assistant Stage Manager for Crazy For You and Die Zauberflӧte: The Magic Flute, Hair and Makeup Designer for Big Fish, and Stage Manager for The Good Prisoner, The Women of Lockerbie, and Medea.

EMMA GRACE INGLEHART (stage manager) will graduate in 2020 with a B.A. in Production Design for Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Stage Management. Her recent credits include Stage Manager for Pepperdine’s Desperate Acts, Circle Mirror Transformation, and Rhinoceros, Assistant Stage Manager/Deck Manager for Pirates of Penzance, Deck Manager for Big Fish, as well as Hair/Makeup Designer for Hedda Gabler.

CHRISTOPHER JERABEK (scenic designer/assistant director/props master) will graduate in 2021 with a B.A. in Production Design for Theatre with an emphasis in Scenic Design, and a minor in Studio Art. His previous Pepperdine credits include Scenic Designer for Rhinoceros, Scenic Designer for Call Center, Assistant Props Master for Big Fish, and Assistant Stage Manager for Medea.

KATELYN PI (sound designer) will graduate from Pepperdine in 2020 with a B.A. in Production Design for Theatre Arts with an emphasis in sound design. Her previous Pepperdine credits include sound designer for Hedda Gabler and The Pirates of Penzance, assistant costume designer for Medea, and assistant stage manager for Big Fish.

MATTHEW K. WESTMAN (technical director/lighting designer)will graduate in 2018 with a B.A. in Production Design for Theatre with an emphasis in sound and stage management. His previous credits include A2 for Into the Woods, Assistant Stage Manager for The Yellow Boat and Don Giovanni, Assistant Sound Designer for Crazy For You, Sound Designer for Big Fish, and Stage Manager for The Pirates of Penzance.