Communication, Theatre Arts and Innovative Media

Alumni of Note

You’ll find our graduates in impressive positions across the country, using the kind of knowledge and creativity that make people take notice. Graduates of the program have entered respected graduate schools, and you’ll find graduates of the theatre program acting in New York and Los Angeles, teaching, and working as lighting technicians, stage managers, designers, and production managers.

Below is a partial listing of Theatre graduates from the past decade:

Nick Bius – lighting designer – Weekend Theatre, Little Rock, AR

Georgeann Burbank – professional actor – Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, Little Rock, AR

Matthew Burnett – professional actor – Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, Little Rock, AR

Jordan Burns – dance instructor – Southwest Synergy Dance, Chicago, IL

Sarah de Rueda – Creative Director – Plant Circle City, Indianapolis, IN

Britni Dumas – stage manager/lighting designer – Studio Theatre, Little Rock, AR

Joseph Farley – Assistant Technical Director – Houston Grand Opera, Houston, TX

Tyler Felton – MFA graduate studies in costume design – University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Madison Gallagher – costume designer/seamstress – Denver Bespoke, Denver, CO

Jeffery Gilmore – adjunct professor – Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, OK

Whitney Glover – scene painter – Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, NM

Stacey Johnson – MFA graduate studies in costume design – Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Jennings Johnson – MFA graduate studies in lighting design – Ohio University, Athens, OH

Ethan Jones – Assistant Lighting Supervisor – North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA

Anthony McBride – professional actor – Arkansas Arts Center Childrens Theatre, Little Rock, AR

Brittany McCarter – store manager/seamstress – Bell and Sward, Conway, AR

Andrea McDaniel – Executive Director – Weekend Theatre, Little Rock, AR

Michael McMahen – MFA graduate studies in technical direction – Ohio University, Athens, OH

Stephanie Ouimet – box office manager – Jefferson Performing Arts Society, New Orleans, LA

Evan Park – Technical Director – Stage Door Productions, Memphis, TN

Luke Perkinson – professional standup comedian/producer, Hot Springs, AR

Taylor Pittman – professional actor – Traveling Lantern and Pulse Theatre Companies, Chicago, IL

Jacey Russell – MA graduate studies in acting/directing – Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

Joshua Simpson – caterer/professional actor, Chicago, IL

Brandyn Smith – Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance – Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

Caitlin Stoddard – Assistant Stage Manager – Houston Grand Opera, Houston, TX

Bethany Weed – stage manager – Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, MA

Jill Woodward – MFA in stage management, Columbia University; freelance stage manager, New York, NY

A partial listing of recent Mass Media graduates:

Morgan Acuff – Digital Content Producer – THV11, Little Rock, AR

Josh Briggs – Editor – Saline Courier, Benton, AR

Alex Durham – CBS - WLKY-32 – Producer/Anchor, Louisville, KY

Josh Berry – ABC Columbia – Producer/Anchor, Columbia, S.C.

J.D. Roberts – CBS - THV11 – Producer, Little Rock, AR

Cherith Cobbs – KTVE 10/ KAED 14, Producer, Little Rock, AR

Heath Herring – Fashion and adventure photographer (Stetson, Wrangler, etc.), Bismarck, AR

Elizabeth Lau – SSN Media Gateway, Editor/Producer Little Rock, AR

Jacob Lankford – SSN Media Gateway, Editor/Producer Little Rock, AR

  • MFA student – UCA graduate program in Digital Filmmaking

Chris Ingram – Newsradio 102.9 KARN – News Director, Little Rock, AR

Arshia Khan – Staff Photographer – Arkansas Life magazine, Little Rock, AR

Martha Myrick – WESH2 – Producer, Orlando, FL

Jonathan Canaday – Southwest Arkansas Radio, News Director, Nashville, AR

Sarah Williams – Dallas American Heart Association – Associate Communication Manager, Dallas, TX

Tara Houser – Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission, Hot Springs, AR

Jamie Fuell – iHeartMedia Inc., Little Rock, AR

Ryan Klare – CBS THV11 – Cinematographer, Little Rock, AR

Julie Robinson – FOX Sports Radio – Host, Hot Springs, AR

Derrick Sims – Fabled Motion Pictures – Producer/Cinematographer/Instructor, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Michael Taggard – Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau – Communications Coordinator, Little Rock, AR

Derrell Young – 103.7 The Buzz, Producer/Host - Little Rock, AR

Jessica Childs – KATV Channel 7 – Producer, Little Rock, AR

Brandon Tabor – KASU Public Radio – Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

Breanna Wells – Creative Director – VIP2 , Little Rock, AR

Partial Listing of Mass Media graduates who have returned to speak to Henderson students:

Bobby Bones (Mass Media 2002)

iHeart Media

Hosts most popular country radio show in America, carried by over 100 stations.

2018 winner, Dancing With the Stars on ABC.

Brandon Scott (Mass Media, 2004)

Syracuse University

Master's degree in Journalism, 2015 – 2016

Oaklawn Jockey Club

Assistant Director of Marketing, 2009 – Jun 2018

Hot Springs, AR

Cari Elliott (Mass Media, 2012)

Arkansas State University

Masters of Science in Media Management, 2018 – 2019

Experience

National Park College

Graphic Artist, Apr 2016 – Present

The Sentinel-Record

Assistant Editor, Oct 2013 – Apr 2016

Malvern Daily Record

Reporter and Photographer, 2012 – 2013

Summer Intern, May 2014 – Aug 2014

Doug Kramer (Mass Media, 1997)

iHeartMedia

Mornings Big 94.9, Jan 2017 – Present

Clear Channel Radio

on air personality, 1993 – Present

Hosea Sanders (Journalism 1997)

Primetime anchor for ABC-7 Chicago since 1994

Previous television news broadcast in Los Angeles,

Dallas and Little Rock

David Doggett (Mass Media 1991)

Production Specialist

Self-employed, 1997 – Present

Little Rock, Arkansas Area

Noalmark Broadcasting

Operations Manager, 2007 – Aug 2010

Jeffrey Cerino (Mass Media, 2012)

See Spot Run Productions/GWL Advertising

Producer/Project Manager, 2017 – Present

Little Rock, Arkansas

Hortus, Ltd/P Allen Smith Companies

Field Producer, Oct 2014 – Jul 2017

Red Shutter Media

Field Producer/Editor/Camera Operator/Social Media Manager, Feb 2013 – Oct 2014

Jennifer Godwin (Mass media, 2001)

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - ALSAC

Public Relations Liaison, Aug 2017 – Present

Memphis, TN

Little Rock Zoo

Marketing and Communications, Mar 2017 – Present

City of Little Rock

Communications and Marketing Manager, Jul 2015 – Mar 2017

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Associate Director of Digital Strategy/Web Communications Manager, 2012 – Jul 2015

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

News Editor, Oct 2006 – May 2012

Copy Editor, Nov 2001 – Oct 2006

Ronna (Ross) Pennington (Mass Media, 2000)

Henderson State University

Master of Liberal Arts, 2013

College of the Ouachitas

Distance Education Support Specialist, Sep 2017 – Present

Self-employed consultant

Writer, Public Relations, Graphic Design, 2005 – Present

Horizon Publications/Malvern Daily Record

Editor, Nov 2013 – May 2015

Benjamin Franks (Mass Media, 2011)

Petit & Keet Bar and Grill

Beverage Director, Feb 2017 – Oct 2018

Little Rock, Arkansas

SO Restaurant-Bar

Manager / Server, Oct 2015 – Feb 2017

Turn Key

Brand Ambassador, Jun 2014 – Oct 2014

Amanda (Vance) Proffitt (Mass Media, 1994)

AbbVie

Immunology Sales Specialist, Feb 2013 – Present

Abbott Laboratories

Senior Sales Rep, Nov 2007 – Jan 2013

Solvay Pharmaceuticals

Senior Sales Rep, Jul 2006 – Nov 2007

Janssen Pharmaceutica

Professional Sales Rep, Apr 2001 – Jul 2006

KARK-TV

Advertising Sales, Dec 1994 – Apr 2001

Cheryl Hilser (Mass Media, 2008)

Bismarck School District

Paraprofessional, Aug 2008 – Present

Tucson Newspapers

Graphic Designer, 1991 – 2005

Arkansas Gazette

Advertising Traffic Controller, 1988 – Sep 1991

Los Angeles Herald Examiner

Paste-Up Artist, Apr 1982 – Nov 1988

Ben Dial (Mass Media, 2004)

Malvern Public Schools

Assistant Principal High School, Jul 2015 – Present

Malvern Middle School

English and Social Studies Teacher, 2012 – 2015

Zachary Noga (Mass Media, 2015)

Augusta School District

Teacher/ coach, Jul 2018 – Present

Benton Parks & Recreation

Program Planner, Aug 2017 – Jul 2018

Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club

On field Promotions/ Ticket Sales, Apr 2016 – Aug 2017

Patrick Laxson (Mass Media, 1994)

University of Phoenix

MBA in Technology Management, 2003 – 2005

Pulaski County Special School District (Mills University Studies High School)

Oral Communications Teacher / Debate Coach, Aug 2014 – Present

PLX Media

Owner, 2011 – Present

Jay Jackson (Mass Media, 2004)

Little Rock, Arkansas Area

Arkansas Army National Guard

Information Technology Specialist, 2006 – Present

Little Rock, Arkansas Area

Heifer International

Digital Marketing Editor, 2013 – May 2018

Little Rock, Arkansas

Cumulus Media

News Anchor, KARN/KIPR, 2011 – Aug 2015

Little Rock, Arkansas

THV 11

Web Editor/ Community Content Producer, 2011 – Jul 2013

Little Rock, Arkansas Area

Kaitlyn Kitchens (Mass Media, 2015)

The Sentinel-Record

Sports Page Designer, Jul 2015 – Present

Lara Crane (Mass Media, 1995)

Stephen F. Austin State University

MA in Communications, 1995 – 1997

Windstream Communications

Consultant - Benefits & Wellness, Aug 2014 – Present

Sr. Benefits Administrator – Wellness, Oct 2008 – Present

HR Manager, Jun 2006 – Oct 2008

Pulaski Technical College

Adjunct Professor, Business, 2010 – 2013

Alltel

Manager, Staffing, Jan 2005 – Jun 2006

Recruiter, Mar 2002 – Dec 2005

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Adjunct Professor of Speech Communications, 2004 – 2005

Alltel

Communications Specialist, 1999 – 2002

Advertising Specialist, 1997 – 1999

Brooke Balding (Mass Media, 2012)

Arkadelphia Radio

Sales Executive, Jul 2012 – Present

James Leigh (Mass Media, 2006)

The Sentinel-Record

Sports Reporter, Oct 2016 – Present

Nevada County Picayune

Editor, Jan 2015 – Oct 2016

Daily Siftings Herald

Editor, Jan 2015 – Oct 2016

Sports Editor/Social Media Editor, Aug 2011 – Jan 2015

Gurdon Times

Editor, Jan 2015 – Oct 2016

Malvern Daily Record

Reporter, Nov 2009 – Aug 2011

Reporter/Managing Editor, Jul 2005 – Aug 2008

Casey Penn (Mass Media 1995)

Creative Director, Pennwords Writing & Design / songwriter, singer

Diana Harbour (Mass Media, 2005)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Media, Public Relations, Speech Communication, 2010 – 2012

KATV

Good Morning Arkansas Producer, Jun 2008 – Present

Saturday Daybreak Producer, Jan 2008 – Jun 2008

Production Assistant, Jan 2007 – Jan 2008

Torii Cloud (Mass Media, 2016)

Family in Spain

Au Pair, Jul 2018 – Present

Family in Spain

Au Pair, Jan 2018 – Jul 2018

Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

North American Language and Culture Assistant, 2016 – Present

Katie James (Mass Media, 2014)

See Spot Run Productions

Producer, Jan 2017 – Present

Associate Producer, Sep 2015 – Dec 2016

Production Assistant, Dec 2014 – Sep 2015

Andy Mayberry (Mass Media, 1992)

State of Arkansas

State Representative, Jan 2017 – Present

Mayberry Advertising/The East Ender

Owner, Mar 2000 – Present

State of Arkansas

State Representative, Jan 2011 – Jan 2015

Alltel

Corporate Communications Manager, 1997 – 2001

Mary Lee Downey (Mass Media, 2004)

Asbury Theological Seminary

M.A.X.M. in Christian Servant Ministry, 2009 – 2012

Henderson State University

M.A. in Liberal Arts/Art History, 2004 – 2006

Community Hope Center, Inc.

Executive Director, Aug 2012 – Present

Community Presbyterian Church

Director of Missions & Congregational Care, Aug 2011 – Present

Florida United Methodist E-Review

Freelance Reporter, 2008 – Jun 2012

Helping Others Make the Effort

Deputy Director, Aug 2009 – Aug 2011

Development Associate, Aug 2008 – Aug 2009

First United Methodist Church

Program Director, 2006 – 2008

El Dorado News-Times

Feature Writer/Designer, 2006 – 2006

Joe Phelps (Mass Media, 2008)

Henderson State University

Master of Arts in Teaching, 2011 – 2012

GateHouse Media

Page Designer, Aug 2015 – Present

Rainwater, Holt & Sexton

Direct Mail Contractor, Jun 2014 – Present

Saline Courier

Staff Writer, Feb 2015 – Aug 2015

Daily Siftings Herald

Lead Reporter/Multimedia Editor, Jul 2008 – Feb 2015

The Gurdon Times

Managing Editor, Feb 2008 – Jul 2008

Colbie (McCloud) Jones (Mass Media, 2014)

Mangan Holcomb Partners

Account Executive, Jun 2018 – Present

Arkansas Minority Health Commission

Media Specialist, Dec 2016 – Jun 2018

The Sentinel-Record

Staff Writer, Nov 2015 – Dec 2016

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Accounts Receivable, Feb 2015 – Oct 2015

Data Entry, Jul 2014 – Feb 2015




Partial Listing of Mass Media graduates who have returned to speak to Henderson students:

Ken Goodman (Communication, 1994)

Ken Goodman Entertainment

Owner, Vocalist, Entertainer, Emcee, Mar 2010 – Present

Murry's Dinner Playhouse

Professional Actor, Jul 2014 – Aug 2016

Little Rock, Arkansas Area

The Vienna Theatre

Owner/Entertainer (Vocalist, Humorist, Raconteur), Mar 2010 – Mar 2013

Hot Springs, AR

Holley Little (Communication, 1993)

FirstStaff

Vice President, 2002 – Present

Little Rock, Arkansas Area

Prostaff/Staffmark

Director of Operations/Recruiter/Staffing, 1994 – May 2002

Greta Goslee (Communication, 2018)

CJRW

Associate Social Media Coordinator, 2018 – Present

Little Rock, Arkansas

Shannon Simmons (Communication, 1998)

FamilyLife

Administrative Project Coordinator, 2015 – Present

Executive Assistant to VP (Chief Marketing Officer), Jan 2012 – Mar 2015

Simmons Organized Solutions

Owner, Jan 2009 – Feb 2012

Justin L. Wise (Communication, 2005)

CENTRAL ARKANSAS VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE CLINIC INC DBA HARMONY HEALTH CLINIC

Executive Director, Feb 2017 – Present

Little Rock, AR

March of Dimes

Division Director, Nov 2015 – Present

American Cancer Society

Senior Manager, Relay For Life, Nov 2015 – Present

ITT Technical Institute

Director of Recruitment, Admissions, Jan 2013 – Apr 2015

Keesha Johnson (Communication, 2000)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Master of Education in Systems Technology, 2009 – 2011

College of the Ouachitas

Director of Admissions/Registrar, 2013 – Present

AdvoCare

Sales Associate, Jun 2015 – Present

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Assistant Dean, Jul 2009 – Jun 2013

Associate Director of Admissions, Sep 2000 – May 2009

Christi Nation (Communication, 1991)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Master of Arts in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication, 1992 – 1994

Louisiana State University-Alexandria

Director of Continuing Education and Community Outreach, May 2017 – Present

Henderson State University - Hot Springs

Executive Director, Nov 2013 – May 2017

Levi Hospital

Vice President for Development and Marketing, Jul 2002 – Nov 2013

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Director of Foundation Development, May 2001 – Jun 2002

Cole McCaskill (Communication, 2013)

Hot Springs Metro Partnership

Vice President of Economic Development, Jan 2017 – Present

Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce & Hot Springs Metro Partnership

Downtown Development Director, Jun 2014 – Jun 2017

Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

Director of Customer Service, Nov 2013 – Jun 2014

Nichola Whitley (Communication, 1999)

RE/MAX of Hot Springs Village

Assistant Realtor, Mar 2010 – Present

Scott Starkel (Communication, 90s)

Northwestern Mutual

Associate Financial Advisor, Sep 2017 – Present

El Cortez Hotel and Casino

Blackjack Dealer, Mar 2013 – Apr 2013

Banc of America Investments

Stockbroker, Dec 2007 – Jul 2012

Online Banking Specialist, Oct 2006 – Dec 2007

Glen Beedle (Communication, 1999)

University of Arkansas

Master of Education in Human Resources/Workforce Development, 2009 – 2011

Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center - USDA

Program Support, May 2016 – Present

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

Southeast AR Area Coordinator, Aug 2015 – Apr 2016

Finance and Accounting Branch Manager, Feb 2014 – Jul 2015

Dept. of Homeland Security Program Coordinator, Aug 2012 – Aug 2014

City of Arkadelphia

City Treasurer/Human Resources, Oct 2004 – Aug 2012

Grants Administrator, Aug 2000 – Oct 2004

Jim Miller (Mass Media 2009)

Director of Marketing, Mid-America Science Museum

Matthew J. Hass (Communication 1998)

Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association