Ford Center Staff

Julia Aubrey (

Interim Director

Julia Aubrey, associate professor of music, teaches voice, serves as director of opera theatre, and assistant chair of the Department of Music at the University of Mississippi. She earned a master of music in vocal performance and a master of arts in theatre from the University of Missouri – Columbia. In January 2012 Ms. Aubrey was elected president of the National Opera Association. She served as NOA president-elect from 2010-2012, vice-president of regions from 2008 – 2010 and governor for the Southeast Region from 2001 to 2007. In 2011, The Ole Miss Opera Theatre Ensemble won first place in the NOA Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition and third place in 2010. In 1999, her opera ensemble won first place in the NOA Opera Production Competition with two one-act operas, Amelia Goes to the Ball and Gianni Schicchi. Professor Aubrey’s research project Living Masterpieces: An Improvised Opera Exercise has been featured on tours, festivals, and was selected for presentations at NOA national conventions in Philadelphia in 2001, Kansas City in 2004, and was one of three programs invited to perform at the Mid-West Opera Festival in 2003. Professor Aubrey served as the Guest Artist Opera Stage Director for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska from 2003 to 2005. Before her tenure at the University of Mississippi, Julia staged operas for the Quad City Mozart Festival and opera and operetta productions at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Professor Aubrey has written a pastiche operetta Topsy Turvedom, or Things Are Seldom What They Seem that will be published this year. Other research in preparation is a textbook, Creative Exercises for the Stage, designed for university opera programs. Ms. Aubrey is also a member of NATS and Opera America.

As director of opera theatre at the University of Mississippi, Aubrey’s productions include Orpheus in the Underworld, The Crucible, Cosi fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Street Scene, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Magic Flute, Tartuffe, The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Marriage of Figaro, Too Many Sopranos, La Perichole, Carmen, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, The Gondoliers, Die Dreigroschenoper, and L’elisir d’amore. In 2015, Julia served as Artistic Director and Stage Director for the world premiere (Ford Center) and European premiere (Prague, Czech Republic) of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.  Written by alumna, Dr. Nancy Van de Vate, this new work included professional guest artists, faculty, and graduate students in leading roles and in the orchestra, and a professional staff of designers. The process of producing a new American opera will be seen in a documentary produced by MPB and Southern Documentary.

Ms. Aubrey was associate artistic director of the Oxford Shakespeare Festival, serving as stage and musical director forThe Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, Iolanthe, The King and I, Camelot, and The Sound of Music. She has also served as musical director for the UM Department of Theatre, assisting in productions of West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, How to Succeed in Business, The Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, Chicago, Anything Goes, The Rocky Horror Show, Footloose (as conductor and musical director), Company, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Julia and her husband, Robert H. Aubrey, offer a Youth Music Theatre Workshop each summer, designed for students age 10 to 17 to encourage skill development in singing, acting, and movement for music theatre. The performances of the group include original works and children’s versions of operetta and musicals.


Kate Meacham (
Marketing Director

Kate Meacham is a graduate of Clemson University with a BA in History and a minor in Theatre. She previously worked in development for YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities and Marymount School of New York in New York City. Kate has also worked in customer relations with Advanced Drainage Systems and in store management for Kirkland’s, Inc.

Matt Zerangue (
Technical Director

Matt earned a BFA in Performing Arts with a focus on Theater Design and Technology from the University of Louisiana, in 1999. Matt is Cum Laude graduate. While a student at UL, Matt served as the Theaters Scene Shop Forman and Assistant Technical Director.

Prior to coming the Ford Center, Matt was the Technical Director for the Angelle Hall, The University of Louisiana’s Concert Hall. He has worked as designer in both scenic and lighting areas for several shows including the UM Opera performance of Dei Fledermaus in 2007, the UL Opera performance The Medium in 2004, UL Theatre ‘s State of LaDanse and Evening of Dance, and most recently the Oxford Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 season.

He is an U.S. Army Veteran. Having served four years of active duty and four years in the Louisiana National Guard, Matt worked as a Medical Specialist. Duties performed during his enlistment ranged from Medical Assistant on the Organ Transplant Ward of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, to the Treatment Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Forward Aid Station for Louisiana’s Mechanized Infantry Battalion. Matt earned several awards and recognitions during service including the Expert Field Medical Badge, Soldier of the Year recognition twice awarded, and several Army Achievement Medals.

Jennifer Pardoe (
U. M. Box Office Supervisor

Jennifer Pardoe joined the UM Box Office staff in 2011.  Prior to coming to the Box Office, she held the position of Senior Staff Assistant at the Ford Center.  She had held this position since January 2003.   She earned a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from the University of Mississippi.