Meet the hardworking artists that make this company run smoothly!
“A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” -Albert Camus
Julia Bodiford has been a proud artistic associate of Sundown Collaborative Theatre since 2017 and recently stepped into the role of Co-Artistic Director at the end of 2020. She’s been involved in multiple company productions, more notably directing The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh in 2018 and The Woman in Black adapted by Stephen Mallatratt in 2019. She holds a BA in Theatre from Texas Woman’s University and has acted in multiple productions in and around the DFW metroplex. She has two gremlin cats that listen to her make music sometimes and she currently is working on an art series by the name of The Dauphin. Sundown sits at the bottom of her heart, in the most comfortable place where home is located. Mr. Rogers once said that you don’t have to do anything sensational for people to love you and she’s pretty tickled to be doing sensational art with people who love her for who she is. She believes that Sundown is complied of artistically adaptive people that can do anything and she’s very excited for the future.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
Lindsey Hall serves as co-Artistic Director for Sundown Collaborative Theatre. She graduated from UNT in 2011, with a concentration in theatre performance and theatrical makeup design. She has performed in several productions including Cafe Des Artistes (2011), Paperbacks (2014), Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns (2016), and Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (2019), as well as Love Stories (a working title)(2020), a devised piece that she conceived and guided collaboratively. She also serves as standby makeup designer for any shows involving blood/gore (Gruesome Playground Injuries (2013), BUG (2017) and The Pillowman (2018)). She is thrilled to have found and be able to create with this theatre family that has such heart for collaborative and innovative processes and performances.
“I MAY NOT HAVE GONE WHERE I INTENDED TO GO, BUT I THINK I HAVE ENDED UP WHERE I NEEDED TO BE.”– DOUGLAS ADAMS
Tiffany Khampheenuwat Hillan is a University of North Texas graduate with a BA – French and a Theatre minor. Tiffany is the Managing Director of Sundown Collaborative Theatre and President of the Board. She has worked as Stage Manager for Sundown’s productions of Fool For Love and Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, on the Run Crew for The Shape of Things, as Costume Designer for True West, as Properties Designer for Raised in Captivity and Women and Wallace, and Director of Rabbit and Stop Kiss. Aside from Sundown, she has also gained invaluable experience as Stage Manager for McKinney Repertory Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors, and Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Rover Dramawerks’s The Star-Spangled Girl and Greater Lewisville Community Theatre’s Side Man.
“Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”
― Stephen King
Secretary & Grants Director
Robert Linder is the Grants Director and Secretary of Sundown Collaborative Theatre. He graduated from the University of North Texas in 2009 with a BA in Theatre and English Creative Writing. Robert became passionate about Sundown in late 2008, joining the company in 2009. He has appeared in Sundown’s production of Raised in Captivity as Dylan and Roger, and as Larry in Mr. Marmalade. He was an Actor/Creator for Sundown’s devised piece (il)logical. He played Maurice in Deathwatch and the roles of Duncan/Porter/Seyton in Macbeth. He played the role of Rumpel in Happily Ever After at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival in August 2011. He appeared in Sundown’s production of Carter Stubbs Takes Flight, a new play written by Brad McEntire specifically for Sundown. He portrayed Henry, the Lawyer, and a vicious Tiger. He portrayed Autolycus in (The Winter’s Tale), Todd in Far Away, and Robot in Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train. More recently, he enjoyed playing Professor Down in Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns, Michal in The Pillowman, and Actor in The Woman in Black. He was the Assistant Director of Sundown’s production of Savage/Love. He has written, directed, and performed for many of Sundown’s short works festivals, most notably as Lizard Boy, a character created by Brad McEntire. Robert is very grateful to Sundown for giving young artists a truly unique outlet for their talents, and he hopes to be a part of this company for a long time.
“Theatre is the art form of the present: it exists only in the present, and then it’s gone.”
― Simon McBurney
Kelsey Smith is excited to serve as Marketing Director for Sundown Collaborative Theatre. She holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Writing & Rhetoric and is currently working on her Master’s degree. Having fallen in love with theatre in high school, she sought the stage after her move to Denton where she happily stumbled upon Sundown. Her first appearance was in A Smashed Mashup: 2017 Short Works Festival, and she returned in 2019 as props master and stagehand for The Woman in Black. She worked on and performed in her first devised piece in Love Stories (A Working Title) in 2020, and shared her first piece of poetry in Tiny Apocalypse: An Online Shortworks Fest (2020). In her spare time, she writes short fiction, knits poorly, bakes too much banana bread, and reads a copious amount of fanfiction.
“We must thank the gods for art, those of us who have been fortunate enough to stumble onto this means of venting our craziness, our meanness, our towering disgust.”
Kurt Van Zandt is a misguided dilettante who, after recently testing the waters of theatre, has found its embrace invigorating and inspirational. He is honored to be working alongside the incredible hearts and minds at Sundown Collaborative Theatre. He holds a BA in Literature from the University of North Texas and has interned with NPR’s Ask Me Another. His first major role was in the 2018 production of The Pillowman, after which he went on to star in 2019’s The Woman In Black, for which he also designed the eerie, haunting soundscapes. He spearheaded Sundown’s first ever online production Tiny Apocalypse, which he also hosted, directed and co-wrote. Audio production, comedy, karaoke, weeping openly at art, engaging with queerness, and navel-gazing are among his many hobbies.
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” -Kurt Vonnegut
Chloe McDowell served as Artistic Director of Sundown Collaborative Theatre from 2016 until November of 2020. She now serves as an artistic associate on the marketing committee. Chloe has worked as Set Designer for Sundown’s productions of 4.48 Psychosis and Carter Stubbs Takes Flight, Props designer for Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns, designer/creator for done/undone, and Stage Manager for (The Winter’s Tale), Far Away, BUG, The Pillowman, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, The Woman in Black, and most recently Love Stories: A Working Title. Apart from Sundown, Chloe is is a working visual artist and the the Press Operations Manager for The Gracious Mind Counseling and Wellness Center. She enjoys the challenges that her multiple positions afford her and looks forward to her future with the company.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
Ryan Davila served as Technical Director for Sundown Collaborative Theatre from 2017 to 2020. He is now happy to step into the role as an Artistic Associate. He is working on his B.A. in Theatre at Texas Woman’s University. Ryan was first introduced to Sundown Collaborative Theatre when he played Big Stone in Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. Since joining Ryan has performed in Sundown’s Short Works Festival and has designed lights for BUG, Pillowman, and Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. He also worked on the lights and special effects for The Woman in Black. Outside of Sundown, Ryan has taught improv and stage combat for Theatre Denton’s youth education program. Ryan is hoping to be a theatre teacher someday so he can use theatre and art to inspire others the way it has inspired him.
“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.”
– Augusto Boal
Jo Hargis has been an artistic associate at Sundown since January 2019. Before officially joining up as a member, they appeared in a handful of plays in Sundown’s 2017 and 2018 Short Works Festivals and starred as Agnes in Sundown’s 2017 production of BUG. For their first production as a member, they were props-master for Sundown’s 2019 production of Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. When not on or behind Sundown stages, they play with Spiderweb Salon, try to organize their community, and sing at every opportunity.
“The mission of theatre, after all, is to change, to raise the consciousness of people to their human possibilities.”
Brandy Townsend has loved and lived theatre since high school. She joined Sundown Collaborative Theatre in December 2019 because it felt like home after doing just one show. She has performed with the Company in the 2019 Short Works, Love Stories and the 2020 Virtual Short Works.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso
Jacob Drum graduated from TWU with his Bachelor’s in Theater in 2014. Notable past roles include Lurch in The Addams Family Musical, Quincy Morris in Dracula the Musical, Diggory and Sir Charles Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, various roles in Sundown’s original production Love Stories, and a writer for Sundown’s online show Tiny Apocalypse. He loves to participate in any production, no matter the role, and looks forward to many future shows with Sundown.
“Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.”
Matt finding Sundown was like Olivander giving Harry his first wand. A warm light shone over him and he felt the wind rush his hair back as the company greeted him with the truest form of kindness. Matt hopes to use his eclectic music and acting skills to give back to Sundown and enjoy a life of storytelling.