UT Committee is the governing body and public face of University Theater. As elected representatives, we are responsible for approving, scheduling and supporting student productions. We relate the needs and concerns of our community to TAPS staff and the Center for Leadership and Involvement, ensuring the stability and continuity of theater and performance on campus. 

2016/2017 University Theater Committee

Adam Johnson (Chair) is a fourth-year in the College, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Art History. Previously with University Theater, he has acted, directed, dramaturged, and liaised. This is his second term on Committee.

Alex Hearn (Treasurer) is a fourth-year in the College studying Public Policy. He mostly acts but sometimes directs. Acting credits include By the Bog of Cats (Ghost Fancier/Young Dunne) and Suburbia (Jeff). Directing credits include Noises Off and Rumors. He is known for clowning around.

Dee Nitz (Secretary) is a fourth-year TAPS major, serving her third term on UT Committee.  She is a member of the Dean’s Men and the 28th Generation of Off-Off Campus.  Her acting credits include Hamlet (Gertrude), Cowboy Mouth (Lobsterman), the Angels in America Workshop (Prior), and Theater[24] (Director).  Dee costume designed After the Revolution and is also very proud of her credits in Berlin.

Katy Surhigh is a third-year English major. UT credits include Mr. Burns (Nelson), Winter's Tale (ASM), The Seagull (ASM), and Urinetown (Billy Boy Bill). Outside of UT, she has stage managed for UChicago Commedia. She is also involved in a cappella on campus, serving as the vice president of AcaCouncil and the vice president of her a cappella group, Rhythm and Jews.

Brandon McCallister is a third-year in the College double majoring in TAPS and Comparative Human Development. He has served as a stage manager for Twelfth Night and Apsara Navarasa: Reimagined, the assistant stage manager for Henry V and Richard II, the director of A Weekend of Workshops: The Monkey's Paw, assistant director on Love's Labour's Lost, and as the scenic/props designer for Romeo and Juliet

Margaret Glazier is a second year studying Political Science and English Literature. Her credits include Hamlet (Claudius), Romeo and Juliet (Sister Laura) and Merchant of Venice (Shylock).

Ellen Wiese is a fourth-year BA/MAPH student majoring in English and Creative Writing. Her credits include Comedy of Errors (Props Designer), Ex Libris (Stage Manager), and West Side Story (Floor Manager). She is currently working on Mr Burns, a post-electric play as the Music Director.

Natalie Pasquinelli is a third year in the college studying Sociology. She has acted in Noises Off (Belinda), Miss Julie (Julie), Rumors (Claire), and Closer (Anna) with University Theater. This is her first term on Committee.


Jacob Goodman is a second year majoring Comparative Human Development and Visual Arts. In UT Jacob works as an actor and a director. His credits include Twelfth Night (Duke Orsino), The Seagull (Konstantin) and the Comedy of Errors (Director).

Val Bodurtha (Off-Off Campus Rep) is a third-year classics major in the college, and a member of the 29th Generation of Off-Off Campus.

Lexi Turner (Dean’s Men Liaison) is a fourth-year Theater and Performance Studies major and Classical Studies minor. In addition to her UT Committee position, she also serves on Student Staff as Event Coordinator and is president of U of C Commedia. She has participated in many UT shows as actor, director, and liaison.