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.
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.
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).
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 Innocents
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?
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.
Alumnus Danny McCarthy is appearing at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Annie Baker's The Flick. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "the very gifted actor Danny McCarthy is doing the best work of a New York and Chicago career."
Alumna Nicole Mangi Kramer appeared in ABC's The MIddle in an episode entitled "The Rush" in which Sue works to get into a sorority, but makes a good friend instead. Read more about the Heck Family.
Gotta Dance, a new musical based on the acclaimed 2008 documentary of the same name about professional basketball’s first-ever aged 60-and-older dance team, officially opens Dec. 28 after previews that began Dec. 13 at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre. Directed by Webster alumnus Jerry Mitchell, the show stars Andrea DeShield, Stefanie Powers, and Georgia Engel.
Alumnus Michael James Scott has jumped from the new Broadway musical Something Rotten into the role of the Genie in the Australian production of Aladdin. Michael was in the original cast of Aladdin, serving as the Genie understudy. He takes over the role as his own in Australia.
Pierce Wins Emmy
Alumnus Steven Pierce has won an Primetime Emmy Award for his Graphics work on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.