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, designer/creator for done/undone, and Stage Manager for (The Winter’s Tale), Far Away and most recently BUG. Apart from Sundown, Chloe is the emcee 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 been a cast member of three shows with the company: Cafe Des Artistes (2011), Paperbacks (2014) and Jacob Monroe Hates Clowns (2016). She has also acted as makeup designer for three other Sundown shows: Carter Stubbs Takes Flight (2013), Gruesome Playground Injuries (2013) and BUG (2017). She took a two-year hiatus from theatre in order to earn an AAS in Sign Language Interpreting. She is thrilled to be getting back to art, and particularly to be doing so with a theatre company that has such heart for collaborative and innovative processes and performances.
“LOVE THE ART IN YOURSELF AND NOT YOURSELF IN THE ART.“-CONSTANTIN STANISLAVSKI
Nolan Chapa is a senior drama major at Texas Woman’s University with an emphasis in acting and directing, and will graduate following the next fall semester. For years he has been active in community theatre in the DFW metroplex. Performing with Kids Who Care, Dragstrip Courage, Amphibian Stage Productions, Runway Theatre, and Fight Boy Theatre, as well as being in collegiate productions at TWU and TCC. Born and raised in Fort Worth Texas, Nolan has been performing and working on theatrical productions consistently since his freshmen year of high school. During his senior year of high school, he performed as a semi-finalist in the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare competition. Nolan also has a bit of experience teaching. Thanks to Amphibian Stage Productions, he has spent time teaching middle school students in Fort Worth how to walk on stilts.
“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 thrilled to join as an artistic associate to Sundown Collaborative Theatre. She was introduced to the company when auditioning and performing in Eurydice, and is excited to learn different aspects of theatre and gain new knowledge and experience in this new chapter of her life. She is currently studying theatre and psychology at Texas Woman’s University and has been seen in several productions at the TWU Redbud Theatre. She was also one of the founding members of the TWU Improv Troupe. Julia’s prime focus has been in performance and scenic painting, but she is very interested in immersing herself in all possible areas and feels very grateful to be a part of a group of creative minds that encourage that. In addition to school, she also currently works at the MCL Grand Theatre in Lewisville.
“THE AIM OF ART IS TO REPRESENT NOT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE OF THINGS, BUT THEIR INWARD SIGNIFICANCE.” -ARISTOTLE
Ryan Davila is an Artistic Associate and is on the Tech Committee for 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.
“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.
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.