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Ana Mercado (she/her)

Technical Director

Ana is a junior studying Cinema and Media Studies with a minor in Theater. When she’s not at Boy in the Bubble rehearsal, she’s either sleeping, drinking a Dr. Pepper, or watching SNL.

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Jacob Jackson (he/him)

Music Director

Jacob is a junior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. When not doing MT, he can be found playing soccer, eating French fries, or watching the bachelorette.

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Kate Glaser (she/her)

Artistic Director

Kate is a rising senior BFA Musical Theatre student with a minor in arts management. This is her third year serving on the UP Board and her second year in the role of Artistic Director. In her free time, she loves to cook, workout, and do aerial circus acts.

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Mikayla White (she/her)

Social Media and Website Director

Mikayla is a Sophomore pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. In her free time she could be found designing graphics, binging a TV series, or enjoying some Mac and Cheese!

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River Epperson (he/they)

Director of Development and Intimacy

River is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Theatre & Drama with a minor in Film Production. When he isn’t in rehearsal, he can be found writing, reviewing films on letterboxd, or remembering the time “they sang that on Glee!”

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Sydney Greene (she/her)

Social and Membership Director

Sydney is a third year in the BFA Musical Theatre program, and is pursuing a minor in Arts Management. She loves baking, Disney, and The Bachelor. 

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Bella Brown-Sparks (they/them)

Director of Literature and Drama

Bella is a senior studying Theatre and African American African Diaspora Studies. They are passionate about 90’s actor Will Friedle and their dog.

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Justin Tidd (he/him)

Assistant Production Manager

Justin Tidd is an incoming junior in the B.F.A. Musical Theatre program with an additional minor in Stage Management. Justin is from Indianapolis, IN.

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Katelyn Connor (she/her)

Director of Choreography & Movement

Katelyn is a senior undergraduate student at IU from Westfield, IN pursuing a BFA in Dance, BA in Media, and Minors in Arts Management and Dance Pedagogy. She enjoys collecting books faster than she can read them, eating ramen with lots of sriracha, and feng shui-ing her apartment at 4 AM.

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Nicolette Julien (she/her)

Social Media and Website Director

Nicolette is a junior pursuing a BA in Theatre and a minor in Film Production. Her passions include traveling the world, Disneyland, and drinking (overpriced) lattes.

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Sarah Mansfield (they/she)

Assistant Technical Director

Sarah is currently a Sophomore double majoring in Theatre and Gender Studies. Sarah is a stage manager for IU and has props designed for UP in the past. They are looking forward to being the Assistant Technical Director UP’s 2022-2023 season!

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Connor Vincek (he/him)

Production Manager

Connor Vincek is currently a Junior studying Arts Management with a minor in Theatre. Connor is excited to be UP's Production Manager for the 2022-2023 season!

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Kabir Gandhi (he/him)

Managing Director

Kabir is a senior pursuing his BFA in Musical Theatre and minor in Business. This is his third year on the UP Board! If he has free time, you will most definitely find him snuggled up in his bed binge-watching something (on YouTube or Netflix) or meal prepping in the kitchen.

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Matthew Baker (he/him)

Financial Director

Matthew is a Junior BFA Musical Theater Major with a minor in Arts Management. He is from La Cañada California and you can find him binge watching Netflix and crafting Spotify playlists.

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Olivia Sarvello (she/her)

Director of Choreography and Movement / House Manager

Olivia Sarvello is a rising senior at Indiana University earning her BFA in contemporary dance with a minor in business. She is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, University Players, and Movement Cooperative. Her favorite activities include playing tennis, biking, or attending cycling classes in her free time.

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Sierra Shelton (she/her)

Social and Membership Director

Sierra is a Junior studying Theatre with a focus in Acting & Directing. Some of her favorite things include her dog Winston, The Great British Baking Show, and (of course) The Singing Hoosiers.

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