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Current Design Students

Miriah Bordon (Scenic/Lighting Design)

Miriah is a lighting designer from deep in the heart of Texas with education in theatre and art. She has two bachelor’s degrees from Texas State University where she is also pursuing my MFA in Theatre Design. Credits include Lighting Designer for are Elephant Man (StageDoor Manor), The Rivals (Texas State Univ.), and Cabaret (Texas State Univ.). As a visual designer, her forte is bringing color and texture to sensitive stories about life’s truth. She is drawn to the heart-wrenching stories that make people reflect on the world around us.

Madison Cagle (Costume Design)

Madison is a third-year MFA Costume Design student. She is from The Woodlands, TX, and graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University in Waco, TX. Her work with Texas State University includes Lyon’s Den, Tales of the Lost Formicans, The Crucible, Turn of the Screw, and Hansel & Gretel. Madison’s portfolio can be found on her website,

Stacey Herrison (Costume Design)

Stacey is a third-year graduate student pursuing her MFA degree in Costume Design at Texas State University. She received her BA in Theatre from Henderson State University in 2016. Selected costume design credits include: A Chorus Line, The Rivals, and The Tempest at Texas State University, And Then There Were None and What I Did Last Summer at Henderson State University, and The Who’s Tommy, The Fantasticks, and Richard III at Arkansas State University – Beebe. She was awarded the Barbizon Award for Excellence in Costume Design in 2018 for A Chorus Line and worked as a draper for Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s Henry V. You can view her work at

E. S. Lavespere (Scenic/Costume Design)

E. S. is a Theatre Design graduate student with a focus on scenic and costumes. Her education background includes an Associate of Fine Arts in Studio Art/Illustration from Lone Star College, and a BFA in Costume Design from the University of Oklahoma. Her work experience includes employment as an assistant to the costume designer at Musical Theatre Wichita, and as a costume craftsperson in the OU costume studio with experience in millinery, thermoplastics, and puppet-making. Her theatre design credits include Noises Off, Hand to God, We Are Proud to Present..., Alice in Wonderland, and the opera, L'Enfant et les Sortileges.

Andrew McDaniels (Lighting)

Andrew McIntyre (Lighting Design)

Andrew is a lighting and projection designer for live entertainment. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Texas State University. His past productions include Hamlet, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and Tales of the Lost Formicans at Texas State, and Goodnight Moon at the ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX. Projection credits include The World According to Snoopy at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, TX, and the COCO Dance Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Andrew enjoys designing for dance and contemporary plays, as well as classics performed in a modern context.

Carlos Nine (Lighting Design)

Carlos is a second-year MFA in Lighting Design student. He was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Slidell, Louisiana when he was 5 years old. Carlos got a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Lighting Design from The University of Southern Mississippi. Before coming to grad school Carlos worked at Kings Dominion Amusement park in Doswell Virginia serving at their Lighting Designer and Tech supervisor. Texas State design Credits include The Tempest, The Crucible and Speech and Debate.

Abigail Van Scoy (Scenic Design)

Sidney Rhiannon Smith (Lighting Design)

Ryan Sozzi (Costume Design)

Ryan is a second-year MFA costume design student. He worked at Texas Shakespeare Festival this summer as the assistant wig master. His professional worker includes Singin’ in the Rain at the ZACH theatre, A Chorus Line, A Christmas Story the Musical, Evita at the John W Engeman Theatre. His graduate work includes Speech and Debate (Costume Designer), Rivals (Wig Master), Ragtime (Wig Master), Mr. Burns, A Post- Electric Play (Costume Designer). He attended Texas Lutheran University for his undergraduate degree in Dramatic Media.

Alexander Stearns (Costume Design)

Alexander is a second-year costume design graduate student. Originally from California, he received his degree at Humboldt State University. He was the recipient of the Barbizon Award for Excellence in Costume Design in region 7 of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2017, as well as the recipient of a Certificate of Excellence in Costume Design from Southwest USITT this year.

Gary Thornsberry (Scenic Design)

William Ward (Costume Design)

William is a first-year MFA student in Costume Design. He is the youngest of two and is originally from Corbin, Ky. William holds a BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology with an emphasis in Costuming from Northern Kentucky University. William’s production credits for TXST include Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play (Draper), Cabaret (Draper), and References to Salvador Dali Makes me Hot (Costume Designer). For the past two summers, William has worked for the Music Theatre of Wichita as a Stitcher, a first hand, and an Assistant Costume Designer.