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Department of Visual & Dramatic Art
Theatre Alumni Spotlight

KimbroRachel Tolbert Kimbro
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Rice University
Houston, TX

B.A., Rice University, 2001, Sociology and Policy Studies
M.A. and Ph.D., 2003-05, Princeton University, Sociology
Rachel Kimbro (Brown 2001) is in her third year as an assistant professor of sociology at Rice.  While at Rice, she was active as a Rice Players Coordinator and acted in a Players show 7 of her 8 semesters (she co-produced MacBeth, a Players/Bakershake co-production, in her final semester).  Favorite roles at Rice include Emma in Pinter's Betrayal, Natasha in Stoppard's Rough Crossing, and Alice More in Bolt's A Man for All Seasons, which was Sandy Havens' final production as Director of the Rice Players.

Although Rachel has 'retired' from theater, she lives vicariously through the directing work of her husband, Rob (Sid '95, also a former Players coordinator), and also enjoys supporting campus theatre.  Even though she no longer acts or produces, Rachel's presentation and speaking skills acquired as a Player come in handy in the classroom, especially in large classes.  In addition, she learned more about managing large projects and working with others during her time as a Players Coordinator than at any other time in her life.

TroyTroy Scheid
Director of Education
Main Street Theatre, Kids on Stage
Houston, TX

B.A., Rice University, 2002, History and Medieval Studies
Troy Scheid (Baker 2002) is entering her 5th season as director of education at Houston’s Main Street Theater, producing the Kids On Stage season for young actors and creating educational events for adult audiences.  The Kids On Stage summer camp, with over 800 students and 4 locations, is Houston’s most popular performing arts summer camp and has twice been recognized by Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Pick Awards. 
As an undergraduate, she was involved with Baker College Theatre (directing Camelot, Sweeney Todd and Pippin for Baker Musical and Twelfth Night for Baker Shakespeare).  After graduation, she returned to Rice Players to direct Terra Nova and Design for Living. As an actor, director, costumer and scenic designer, she has been involved with productions at Main Street Theater (both MainStage and Theater for Youth), Stages Repertory Theatre, the JCC, the Back Porch Players, and Theatre Southwest.  With the theatre group she founded, Collide, she produced three seasons of site-specific work in nontraditional spaces around Houston, including Danton’s Death, Life Is a Dream, The Dispute, and Dido & Aeneas.  
Theatre Collide also produced the world premiere of Byzantium: A New Musical, with lyrics by Troy and music by Steven Jamail, at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival. 
Last season Troy directed the world premiere of …and L.A. Is Burning by Y York for Main Street Theater, which was named by the Houston Chronicle as one of the 10 best productions of 2008.  She is currently preparing to direct Romeo and Juliet for MST’s Theater for Youth and Machinal for Main Street’s MainStage.

  artistic Director Jordan Jaffe
Jordan Jaffe
Artistic Director
Black Lab Theatre Company
BA, Visual and Dramatic Arts, 2012

Artistic Director Jordan Jaffe founded Black Lab Theatre in the spring of 2011. Under Jordan's leadership Black Lab Theatre has quickly grown into one of Houston's most exciting theatre companies.

Jordan's producer credits as artistic director of Black Lab Theatre include the Houston premiere of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's apocalyptic comedy boom, the regional premiere of Theresa Rebeck's scathing satire Our House, the regional premiere of Beau Willimon's political drama Farragut North, and Christopher Shinn's award winning drama Dying City. His acting credits with Black Lab Theatre include Jules in boom, Vince in Our House press secretary Stephen Bellamy in Farragut North, and identical twins Peter and Craig in Dying City.

In addition to his work with Black Lab, Jordan has acted in productions on both the Houston and Los Angeles stage. Jordan is a graduate of Rice University with a BA in Visual and Dramatic Arts, and has also trained at the Atlantic Acting School in New York