Here you will find a collection of video blogs ("vlogs," if you will) by Clemson theatre students, both past and present. Participants of various backgrounds (acting and design) are asked to keep a video journal of their adventures in theatre. They discuss how their production studies in performing arts degree has helped them professionally and what it can offer prospective students.
Christopher Joel Onken - Class of 2011
Christopher Joel Onken, California-born, got the theatre bug early, having a family interested in the arts. After moving to Greenville, South Carolina, Chris joined the ranks of the South Carolina Children’s Theatre and became heavily involved in productions at Southside Christian School. He came to Clemson University with the purpose of nurturing a craft and was fortunate enough to find professors interested in fostering this desire. While at Clemson, Chris portrayed Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Jacques in As You Like It, Mirabell in The Way of the World, Jerry in Betrayal, and Phillip in The Shape of Things, among many other roles. He also participated in the two-year creative inquiry that created the play The Power Behind the Palette. Chris even got a chance to perform in the Botanical Gardens as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. One of his proudest memories was developing And All the Clothes Productions—a theatre company designed to produce other work alongside the Clemson Players season.
His professional career has taken him to Colorado with Thin Air Theatre Company as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Arles Struvie in Greater Tuna, and Squire Rodney in Hazel Kirke, to name a few. It also sent him to Iowa to the Stephen Sondheim Center, and Greenville, where he worked with the Upstate Shakespeare Festival and the Distracted Globe Theatre Company. Chris was also fortunate enough to return multiple times to the Warehouse Theatre. His favorite roles at Warehouse include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Orpheus in Eurydice, and John Merrick in The Elephant Man, as well as Poe in the touring production of Lamplight and Shadow.
Chris is currently an Associated Company member at Playhouse on the Square, in Memphis, where he has undertaken the roles of Ken in Red, Clifford Anderson in Deathtrap, Jim in Clybourne Park, and, currently, Trip in Other Desert Cities. He knows Clemson was instrumental in launching his career and has nothing but gratitude for the staff and faculty there who strive for the same excellence in theatre he hopes to always embody. He’s one thankful Tiger.
HUNTER SPANGLER - Class of 2014
Hunter Thomas Spangler was born in Richmond, Virginia. His acting career began when his 8th Grade drama teacher convinced him to audition for Guys and Dolls Jr. Hunter took on the challenge and got the lead role of Sky Masterson. Ever since, Hunter has been hooked on theatre . He performed in his high school shows and then decided to continue his training at Clemson University. Since then, he has been seen in roles such as Waitwell in The Way of the World, Orlando de Bois in As You Like It, the Fire Captain in The Bald Soprano, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Hal Dobbs in Proof, William Barfee in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Henri Durand in the Clemson original production of Ensemble, and Jason in Medea. His professional credits include Guy Phillips in the world premiere of You Are Here at Centre Stage Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina; Frid in A Little Night Music and Lucas Brickman in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, both at the Warehouse Theatre in Greenville. Hunter is also a talented musician and plays guitar, drums, bass, harmonica and piano. He sings and plays guitar at restaurants, clubs and parties in Richmond. He has just landed a role in Clemson’s production of Working, which begins rehearsals soon.
DEVARIO SIMMONS - Class of 2013
Devario Simmons was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Coming from a family highly influenced by fashion, Devario learned countless things about men's and women's fashion. Through grade school, he was that kid who would rather sit on a swing than play kick ball so that he would not get his clothes untidy. Through the years, he became very interested in fashion and design through research of different designers' styles. Devario's senior year in high school allowed him to make an evening gown for his senior project. Following graduation, he attended Clemson University where he graduated with a production studies in performing arts degree, with an emphasis in costume design for theatre. He most recently completed an internship at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV).
CLAIRE RICHARDSON - Class of 2016
Claire Richardson is currently a sophomore production studies in the performing arts major with a concentration in theatre. She is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and discovered her love for theatre in high school when she played a vivacious, enchanted wardrobe in a production of Beauty and The Beast. Claire is grateful to Clemson's theatre department for giving her the opportunity to study acting and further improve her craft.
Wishbone Theatre Collective - Various Classes
Wishbone Theatre Collective is a supportive community of artists in Chicago, Illinois. It is dedicated to exploring the un-trodden path, the strange and the unknown - the thrill of chance - through group collaborations, re-imaginings of existing works, and new plays. No matter the outcome, Wishbone seeks the journey. It was founded in January 2009 by nine Clemson University alumni and one University of Virginia alumnus.