Student Spotlight

Summer Plans

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Well, it’s certainly been quite the season for the Department of Theatre and Dance! Over the past year,
Klein has seen box office blockbusters, world-changing classics, and bold new works. And now,
as this fantastic season comes to a close, we think it’s time to look to the future instead reflecting
on the past. Rather than use our final Spotlight for the year to focus on one student,
we’ve decided to focus on the whole department! A lot of our students have incredible plans
lined up for them this summer, and we’ve got the inside scoop!

Check out our students’ incredible summer plans below!

Snyder in our Spring 2014 production of Always...Patsy Cline

Snyder in our Spring 2014 production of Always…Patsy Cline

Taryn Snyder ’15 will be reprising her role as Patsy Cline as we remount our fantastically successful musical Always… Patsy Cline! She’s already gearing up for another three-week run of singing over 20 classic Patsy Cline hits per night!

Emily Burke ’15 will be reprising her role as Louise Seger in our revival of Always… Patsy Cline! She’s beyond excited to be joining fellow actor Taryn Snyder again for another run of this incredible show!

Taylor Kiechlin ’17 will be returning to work on the stage management team for Always…Patsy Cline! She can’t wait to jump back into this fantastic jukebox musical!

Austin Bouchard ’15 will be spending six weeks in New York City for The Atlantic Acting School’s Summer Intensive program. The course covers script analysis, performance technique, and more; all based around the Practical Aesthetics approach to acting that was started by students of David Mamet and William H. Macy.

Vanessa Borg ’16 has been cast at the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine as one of the sorority girls in their production of Legally Blonde, which runs August 5th through the 16th. She will also be working in their box office full-time until rehearsals for the show start, at which point she’ll be working part-time.

Kate D’Andrea ’15 will be spending her summer working as the Production Management Assistant on Atomic the Musical at the Acorn Theater! Atomic is an Off-Broadway musical about the life and times of Leo Szilard, one of the creators of the Atomic Bomb. She will be working with Production Core, an NYC based production company with ties to the Broadway and Off-Broadway world. This is Kate’s first production management credit and the first time she will be living in New York City.

Mullis stands in front of the set she designed for our Spring 2014 production of Lysistrata

Mullis stands in front of the set she designed for our Spring 2014 production of Lysistrata

Sidney Mullis ’14, the set designer for Lysistrata, will be attending Penn State University for her Master’s in Sculpture, where she’s received a full ride with a stipend! She has also been awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the duration of her two-year program.

Judi Jackson ’15 is elated to be working on 4-time Emmy Award-winner Judy Tate’s new work Slashes of Light at the Kitchen Theatre in New York! She will be playing the protagonist, Sunny, a young 14 year old girl in 1960s Chicago. The show will run 3 weeks with 3 weeks of rehearsals. More information can be found here.

After traveling to Israel in June, Ellen White ’14 will volunteer her time and talents to WXPN’s XPonNential Music Festival in July, with the hopes of gaining some insight into Festival Production. For the long term, she is currently pursuing theatre-related internships and fellowships, primarily in Development. Within the next few weeks, she will decide which offer to accept. So, come August, she’ll be beginning a season-long position, possibly in Princeton, NJ or Washington D.C.!

Production Core, the studio D'Andrea will be spending her summer working for

Production Core, the studio D’Andrea will be spending her summer working for

Nicholas McGovern ’14 has the privilege of attending the American Theatre Wing’s Springboard program this summer for the first two weeks in June.  The program has too much to offer, he’s not sure how they’ll fit it all in!  From master classes in auditioning and networking, acting and singing classes, class trips, Broadway shows, and working the 2014 Tonys, it’s going to be a joyous and fast paced two weeks. The program has brought in huge stars like Tom Hanks and Neil Patrick Harris in years past to speak to students, and Nicholas cannot wait to meet and learn from whomever they have up their sleeve this year!

Reid Moffatt ’15 will be working in Pittsburgh for the first time this summer at the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre! She’ll be working as both a Production intern and an Administration intern, and will be working on two of their productions, Waiting for Godot and Woman and Scarecrow. This is a fantastic opportunity for Reid, and she can hardly wait to get started!

On July 15, Felysia Havens ’14 will begin a year-long apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She will work under the Props Master to help make props for 15 shows during her time there. Felysia is very excited to start implementing all that she’s learned at UMW as she works with America’s oldest theatre!

Samantha Wilhelm ’15 will be working as a Stage Management Intern at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She will be working with 12 other interns as well as Equity Stage Managers from New York City. She will be the assistant stage manager for a play called Mad Forrest and the production stage manager on a musical that has yet to be announced. She can’t wait to get started and have new professional experiences!

Hayden Morrissett ’16 is excited to be working this summer as a production assistant on The Kennedy Center’s upcoming production of Side Show! She will be working under production stage manager, Linda Marvel and one our adjunct professors, stage manager, Brandon Prendergast. As the youngest production assistant the Kennedy Center has ever seen, her main role will be to manage script edits throughout the rehearsal process. This is Hayden’s first professional gig as a member of a stage management team, and she could not be more thrilled for this opportunity! Side Show is directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, the final two Twilight films).

Talk about hitting the ground running! Our students are really on top of their game
this summer, with internships, jobs, and more to look forward to! Who knows what else
they’ll get up to? Stay tuned for an update on how our students’ summers were this August!
And until then, thank you for joining us this season!

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2013-14 Student Spotlights
Maggie Wilder | Kieran Shaw | Julia Wells |Sidney Mullis | Edgar McKewen-Moreno |
Felysia Havens | Covenant Babatunde | Hannah Freedman | Gwen Levey and Maggie Murphy |
Taryn Snyder | Taylor Kiechlin | Ford Torney | Jamie Wilson | Stephen Nickens | Chelsea Raitor |
Nicholas McGovern | Conor McMahon | Evan Crump | Rhiannon Lalumandier | Claire Winkler |
Kelsy Trumble | Katie Gigantiello | Megan Cadenas | Kat Zeringue |

2012-13 Student Spotlights
Emily Burke | Kate D’Andrea | Bess Ten Eyck | Christopher Stull | Alicia Kallen | Karen DeVigili |
Kimberlyn Frost | Anissa Felix | Taryn Snyder | Carole Hall | Wayne Bird | Colin Manning |
Will Chaloner | Reid Moffatt | Peter Mumford and Joshua Culhane | Hayden Morrissett |