Our students’ education in theatre doesn’t end when our classes do! Over this past summer, many of
our theatre majors and recent alums took their passion out into the community both locally and overseas.
Participating in everything from working at children’s camps to taking part in professional productions,
our students were able to gain real-world experience before coming back
to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Check out what they’ve been up to!
Chelsea Raitor ’14 studied abroad in London, England for contemporary drama and film acting. Days were full of classes, and nights were full of theatre performances including: Once, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Taming of the Shrew. Chelsea also met Daniel Radcliffe after the performance of The Cripple of Inishmaan.
Judi Jackson ’15 participated in CAP21, Collaborative Arts Program, in NYC where she took classes ranging from dance to acting, and scene study to business of theatre. Throughout her stay she made sure to take in the city around her and what it can offer including seeing shows like Once and dancing all night long in Latin Clubs.
Nicholas McGovern ’14 attended Atlantic Acting School’s 6 week summer intensive program in NYC. The school teaches the Practical Aesthetics acting technique, which was created by William H. Macy and David Mamet.
Sidney Mullis ’14 studied abroad in Berlin, Germany for a graduate art course called Studio Based Inquiry: Research as Practice and Theory. She created performance art about the contemporary notions of intimacy, in which she conversed with herself using sappy text messages on an iPhone.
Jessica Lane ’15 worked as an intern and camp counselor for the City of Fairfax Theatre Company and the School of Performing Arts in Richmond. Jessica taught children ages 4-14 in the areas of art, music, dance, and acting during these camps.
Will Chaloner ’13 worked as the Production Assistant for the 2013 Totem Pole Playhouse summer stock theatre. He helped to produce 7 different productions that each were rehearsed for two weeks, and then performed 16 shows during two weeks.
Christopher Stull ’15 worked at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts camp in New Millford, Connecticut as a scenic design counselor and designer. He got to experience designing three shows, including The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Anissa Felix ’13 participated in The American Theatre Wing’s SpringboardNYC program this summer, where she studied with and was lectured by Diana Paulus, Alan Cumming, and Tom Hanks. She attended the 2013 Tony Awards as a seat-filler. Anissa has also been auditioning for theatre, commercial, and film since graduation.
Emily Burke ’15 studied abroad at the Gaiety School of Acting- the National Theatre School of Ireland. Emily worked hard in classes by day, and enriched herself in Irish theatre by night.
Emily Edgerton ’13 moved to NYC after graduation to pursue a career in the theatre, where she worked as a production and stage management intern for the New York Classical Theatre. She helped them provide Off-Broadway in New York’s parks. She now works at the Daryl Roth Theatre as an usher for Fuerza Bruta.
Katy Ellis ’14 worked at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia as the assistant to the Community Liaison Officer for the Department of State and the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Coordinator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. While there she reached out to the Executive Director of the B4 (Burning Barriers, Building Bridges) Youth Theatre Program, which educates Liberian youth through the arts. She offered to help with planning a fundraising event, which she is still in the process of developing.
Kate D’Andrea ’15 studied abroad at the University of Westminster in London, England studying Television Production. During the three week intensive, Kate filmed, edited, and directed different documentaries about London and it’s inhabitants. Some of the subjects ranged from the oldest public cinema in London to an exotic food documentary. She was swiftly immersed in the television industry, and came out more knowledgeable than she would have ever dreamed.
Despite the great summer our students had, we’re glad to have them back!
This season is looking more promising than ever, and once it winds down
we can’t wait to see what these students move on to do next summer!