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Alum Matt Vogel the New Voice of KermitPhoto of Kermit

Alum Matt Vogel is the new voice of Kermit the Frog. Matt steps in for Steve Whitmore who had voiced Kermit for 27 years. Matt becomes only the third person to voice the iconic character. Walt Disney Studios published a “Muppets Thought of the Week” video online to YouTube and social media platforms on Monday. Kermit's thought for the day: "Dreams are how we figure out where we want to go. Life is how we get there...I'm headed this way."

Scott Wins Australian Award For AladdinPhoto of Michael James Scott

Alum Michael James Scott, who plays Genie in Aladdin's International Tour in Australia, won the award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the 2017 Helpmann Wards in Sydney. Michael has been seen in other Broadway productions including Something Rotten, Book of Mormon, and Hair.

Worley Is Honored With the Gypsy Robe on Bandstand!photo of Kevin Worley

Alum Kevin Worley was honored by receiving the Gypsy Robe at the opening of the Broadway Musical Bandstand!. "The Gypsy Robe began in 1950, when Bill Bradley, in the chorus of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, borrowed a dressing gown from Chorus member Florence Baum and sent it to a friend in Call Me Madam on opening night Oct 12, 1950 saying it was worn by all the Ziegfeld beauties and would "bless" the show. A cabbage rose from Ethel Merman's gown was added and the robe was passed along to the next Broadway musical on opening night. The tradition evolved so that the robe is now presented to the "gypsy" who has performed the most Broadway musicals on a chorus contract. Along the way, the robe is decorated, painted, patched, stitched, and signed by everyone in the show, becoming a fanciful patchwork for an entire Broadway season."

Alums Soper And Gaines Work American HousewifePhoto of American Housewife

Alumna Alicia Soper (pictured above center) had a guest spot on American Housewife for ABC. When letting other alums know to watch she discovered that fellow Conservatory grad Alex Gaines is the Art Director for the show. Webster has always had a strong foothold in Los Angeles and it grows each year.

Alum Richard is Assistant Stage Manager on HamiltonPhoto of Hamilton

Stage Management alum Cody Renard Richard has just begun serving as Assistant Stage Manager on Hamilton Broadway. Cody had recently served as Stage Manager on NBC's Hairspray Live! Cody had the honor of calling Hamilton for the last few shows of 2016.

Webster Playwright and Director in Festival
Photo of Jake Keverick

Playwright and World Drama major Jake Keverick is participating in Winterfest 2017 Theatre Festival at Hudson Theatre Guild in Manhattan. Jake's play Two Conceive is being directed by directing alum James Kolditz. Two Conceive is about the battle between our age old affiliation with religion vs. the growing advancement of technology. Read more at the Huffington Post.

David Stewart Makes American Theatre Roll Call ListPhoto of American Theatre

In this months issue of American Theatre, Conservatory alum (stage management) made a list that the magazine describes this way: "From a Taekwondo artist turned production manager to a costume and scenic designer inspired by figurative painting, here are some theatre folks to have on your radar." David is the Production Manager at The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.

Davis in Sweet at The National Black TheatrePhoto of Tre Davis in Sweet

Alum Tre Davis appears as George in The National Black Theatre: Institute for Action Art's production of Harrison David River's play Sweet. Directed by Ruelle Myrick-Hodges the play is "Set on the outskirts of an all-black town in rural Kansas, Sweet is a coming of age story about the sacrifices we make to hold on to the ones we love."

Sullivan Serves as NBC Analyst in RioPhoto of Katy Sullivan

Alumna Katy Sullivan, who ran track in the 2012 London Paralympics, was invited to serve as an analyst for this year's Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to being an athlete and actress, Sullivan is a speaker and works as a National Coordinator for Hanger Clinic’s AMPOWER Program, a resource and community for amputees.

York in Holiday Inn at RoundaboutPhoto of Holiday Inn

Alum Borris York appears in the company of Holiday Inn at the Roundabout Theatre in New York. Directed by Gordon Greenberg, sharing co-book writing credit with Chad Hodge. "Jim leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance.

Erica Stephan in Wonderful Town at the GoodmanPhoto of Erica Stephan

Directed by nationally renowned director Mary Zimmerman, the production of Wonderful Town is being produced by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Erica Stephan (pictured above) appears as an ensemble member making her Goodman debut. Wonderful Town is Leonard Bernstein’s 1953 classic, a song-and-dance filled ode to New York City that “fizzes and pops and rhumbas with timeless energy” (Variety).

Riordan to Play Hero in Forum at GEVAPhoto of Forum

Alum Robert Riordan will make his GEVA debut playing Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The production is directed by Melissa Rain Anderson. Melissa has directed for the Conservatory in the past and will return in Spring 2017 to direct The Drowsy Chaperone. Playing Philia opposite Robert's Hero is actress Anna Bucci.

Alum Ann Kreitman Leads Creative Project: Les InnocentsPhoto of Chicago project

Directing alum Ann Kreitman led a creative team to create an devised theatre piece in Chicago entitled Les Innocents. Acting in the piece is is alum Lara Dohner. The production photo was taken by another Conservatory alum Cody Jolly. The director describes the project this way: Travel with us seven stories below the City of Light to the Catacombs of Paris. Home to over six million skeletons, famously nicknamed "l'empire de la Mort", or The Empire of the Dead. We follow Gui, a composer on a search for answers about his lover Mathilde's untimely death. Eccentric guests emerge to derail Gui's mission into utter pandemonium, begging the question, what if death absolves us of nothing?

Earley and Baxter in Empire: The MusicalEmpire the Musical

Alums Kevin Earley and Michael Baxter are performing in Empire: The Musical. The majesty and grandeur of 1930's New York City are brought to life in Empire, an original musical love story. The stock market has crashed, but two inexperienced builders, Gov. Al Smith and John J Raskob push forward with their ambitious plans to build the tallest building in the world. Empire is about the dreamers and doers who changed the face of Manhattan forever.  Book, lyrics, music by Caroline Sherman and Robert Hull, Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.