Meet the hardworking artists that make this company run smoothly!
“GO INTO THE ARTS. I’M NOT KIDDING. THE ARTS ARE NOT A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING. THEY ARE A VERY HUMAN WAY OF MAKING LIFE MORE BEARABLE.” -KURT VONNEGUT, JR.
Chloe McDowell is the Artistic Director of Sundown Collaborative Theatre. 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, and most recently Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. Apart from Sundown, Chloe is a producer of Glitterbomb, Denton’s weekly queer variety show, the Co-Producer of the Texas Queerlesque Festival in Dallas, and is a visual artist. She enjoys the challenges that her multiple performance positions afford her and looks forward to her future with the company.
“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.
“‘LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY.’ YOU KNOW WHAT I DO WHEN I SEE THAT? … I OBSTRUCT.” – GEORGE CARLIN
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 Grimm’s Fairy Tales as the Gremlin/Jake and Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange as several different characters who all got beat up quite a bit. He has also played the roles of Dylan and Roger in Sundown’s production of Raised in Captivity, and 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. Most recently, he was Autolycus in (The Winter’s Tale) and Todd in Far Away. He was the Assistant Director of Sundown’s production of Savage/Love. He has written, directed, and performed for Sundown’s first two short play festivals. Outside of Sundown he has played Friar Laurence/Teobaldo in McKinney Repertory’s production of The Eternal Romeo and Juliet and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. At UNT, he appeared in productions of Baby with the Bathwater as Daisy, Three Sisters as Tuzenbach, and The Rocky Horror Show as The Narrator. 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.
“ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE SOUL THE DUST OF EVERYDAY LIFE.” – PABLO PICASSO
Lindsey Hall is the Marketing Director for Sundown Collaborative Theatre. She graduated from UNT in 2011, with a concentration in theatre performance and theatrical makeup design. She has been going to Sundown shows since the company’s inception in 2008 and has performed in several productions (Cafe Des Artistes (2011), Paperbacks (2014), Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns (2016), and Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (2019)). 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.
“THE AIM OF ART IS TO REPRESENT NOT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF THINGS, BUT THEIR INWARD SIGNIFICANCE.” -ARISTOTLE
Ryan Davila is the Technical Director of Sundown Collaborative Theatre. He is working on his BA in Theatre at Texas Woman’s University focusing on both acting and technical theatre, specifically lighting, sound, set, and props. Ryan was first introduced to Sundown Collaborative Theatre when he played Big Stone in Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. Ryan really enjoyed working with Sundown and is thrilled to be able to continue working alongside them as a committee member. Ryan currently works as a Theatre Attendant at the MCL Grand Theatre in Lewisville and as a Theatre Tech with Stage Corps. He is also a founding member of the TWU Improv Troupe. Ryan is also working on getting his stage combat certification and hoping to be a fight director and an acting teacher someday so he can use theatre to inspire others the way it has inspired him.
“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 is proud to serve as an artistic associate in Sundown Collaborative Theatre. She was introduced to the company through performing in Eurydice, and has since been involved in multiple productions, most notably directing The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, her favorite play, in 2018. She loves what silence feels, sounds, and looks like when it is introduced on stage and she enjoys art that truly punctures the heart and brain and leaves you with something to think and feel for some time after you’ve seen it. She is currently working on completing her degree at Texas Woman’s University with studies in theatre and psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, playing around with music, reading, and eating sugar.
“ART SHOULD COMFORT THE DISTURBED AND DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE.” – CESAR A. CHAVEZ
Melanie Barth is excited to serve as an Artistic Associate for Sundown Collaborative Theatre because she had so much fun getting to know the company during her first production with them – A Smashed Mashup: 2017 Short Works Festival. She holds an Associate of Arts in General Studies from North Central Texas College and previously studied theatre at Texas Woman’s University and Grayson County College. She has been heavily involved with Denton Community Theatre since early childhood in almost every way imaginable as an actor, director, and technician, most recently directing their main stage production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2017). She currently works at DCT as Box Office Assistant and serves as Secretary on their Production Board.
“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.” -ROBERT CRUMB
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. Audio production, comedy, karaoke, weeping openly at art, engaging with queerness, and navel-gazing are among his many hobbies.
“THEATRE IS A FORM OF KNOWLEDGE; IT SHOULD AND CAN ASLO 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, perform with Glitterbomb and The Tuesday Tease, try to organize their community, and sing at every opportunity.