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The University of Oklahoma, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts

Alumni News - Fall 2013

Kristen Beth Williams

Kristen Beth Williams

Kristen Beth Wiilliams made her West End (London) debut as leading lady Dale Tremont in the musical Top Hat this spring.

On Broadway, she could be seen kicking up her heels alongside Matthew Broderick in Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her other Broadway credits include the revivals of Anything Goes and Promises, Promises. Off-Broadway, Kristen Beth has been featured in The Marvelous Wonderettes, Follies, Face the Music and Applause.

She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall in New York and the Hollywood Bowl and can be heard on several original cast albums. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma and sits on the National Council of Actors’ Equity Association.

Sterling Gates

Sterling Gates, CFA alumnus

Sterling Gates earned a degree in Art from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in Film and Media Arts. After moving to Los Angeles, Sterling worked as writer’s room production assistant on TV’s “Blade: The Series,” later becoming assistant to comic book industry giant, Geoff Johns.

Since selling his first story to DC Comics in 2007, Sterling has written for such DC titles as GREEN LANTERN CORPS, WORLD’S FINEST, ACTION COMICS, ADVENTURE COMICS, FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST, and the New 52’s HAWK & DOVE, but he is best known for his critically acclaimed run on SUPERGIRL.

Alongside writers Geoff Johns, James Robinson, and Greg Rucka, Sterling co-wrote the New York Times best-selling “Superman: New Krypton Saga” graphic novel series, including SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON, SUPERMAN: THE LAST STAND OF NEW KRYPTON, and SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE SUPERMEN.  Sterling currently writes JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA’S VIBE every month for DC Comics and is serving as creative consultant/writer for the live action, teenage superhero webseries, “The Posthuman Project.”



Julia Wilkinson Manley

Julie Wilkenson Manley, CFA Alumnus

Julia Wilkinson Manley serves as the Colorado Conservatory of Dance School Director.  Manley began her training with Cristina Munro (London Festival Ballet, Eliot Feld) in Corpus Christi, Texas. Julia attended the Boston Ballet Centre for Dance Education and the Houston Ballet Academy. At the University of Oklahoma, she earned a BFA in ballet pedagogy and danced soloist roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Miguel Terekhov’s Four Moons, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker as Sugar Plum Fairy, as well as numerous solo roles choreographed for her by Mary Margaret Holt (Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet). She toured with Ballet Ireland under the direction of Günther Falüsy, and performed with David Taylor Dance Theatre and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Her choreographic work has been performed by numerous companies, including Corpus Christi Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. In 2009 she served on the committee to rewrite the Colorado Academic Standards for Dance for the Colorado Department of Education, and in 2012 Julia was named as a finalist for the Rocky Mountain PBS Be More Award.