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Emery plays Lara Featherstone in AMC's PreacherPhoto of Preacher

Alumna Julie Ann Emery plays Lara Featherstone in AMC's Preacher. The series "tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer is accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis, the infant of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon."

Scott Returns to Broadway as Genie in AladdinPhoto of Aladdin

Alum Michael James Scott, who plays Genie in Aladdin, returns in the role to Broadway. "Ainsley Melham and Michael James Scott, standout stars of the Australian and London productions of Disney's Aladdin, will head into the hit Broadway production at the New Amsterdam Theatre beginning in February."

Sullivan as Ani in Cost of Living to play LondonPhoto of Cost of Living

Katy Sullivan, who created the role of Ani in the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Manhattan Theatre Club production of Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living, will repeat her work when the Pulitzer Prize-winning play makes its U.K. premiere at the Hampstead Theatre.

Johnson in Asolo's Music ManPhoto of Music Man

Alum Liam Johnson appears in The Music Man at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. The production is directed by Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Paul McGill. 

Alum Hershey in Puerto Rico with HamiltonPhoto of Hamilton

Chad Hershey, Head Carpenter, is on tour with Hamilton in Puerto Rico. Challenged to move the show from one theatre to another, the technical crew moved into overdrive and successfully remounted the production. Chad has worked on many Broadway productions. Lin-Manuel Miranda appears in the Puerto Rican production in support of the arts.

Stephan is Belle in Drury Lane Beauty and the BeastPhoto of Beauty and the Beast

Erica Stephan appears in Drury Lane Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast as Belle. Directed by Alan Souza, Erica plays opposite Brandon Contreras Beast. The Sun Times said that Erica's Belle was notable for "projecting wit and strength."

Bohmer Appears as Louise in GypsyPhoto of Gypsy

Alumna Austen Danielle Bohmer appeared as Louise in Sacramento Music Circus production of GypsyMultiple Tony nominee Carolee Carmello takes on ultimate stage mother Rose in Sacramento, California. The production is directed by Glenn Casale. This landmark show, with a celebrated score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, is based on the life of burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee.

Seib Directs National Tour of Million Dollar QuartetPhoto of Million Dollar Quartet

Alum Tim Seib has helmed the National Tour production of Million Dollar Quartet. The production begins its tour at the Laguna Playhouse. Produced by Gershwin Entertainment, with Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, who also Conceived and first Directed.

Johnson in Theatre Under the Stars Production of MemphisPhoto of Memphis

Alum Liam Johnson plays a number of roles in the Theatre Under the Stars new production of Memphis with Book by Joe DePietro and Music by David Bryan. "From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love." 

Alum Eaton Awarded Emmy for SNLPhoto of SNL

Jameson Eaton, Webster Alum, was on the winning Emmy team for best hairstyling for a variety series for his work on Saturday Night Live. Eaton has worked as a hair stylist for a variety of tv shows and films including The Wolf of Wall Street, The Carrie Diaries, Nerve, Ocean’s Eight, and Portlandia

Associate Costume Designer On Bandstand A Webster GradPhoto of Bandstand

Alumni Tina McCartney was the associate costume designer for Broadway’s Bandstand which opened in April 2017 starring Laura Osnes. Pictured above, one of the costumes that was featured in Vogue magazine.

Alum Rosebery On Tour With Gentleman's GuidePhoto of Ben Rosebery

Alumni Ben Roseberry is in the National Tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder portraying "Chief Inspector Pinckney" as well as working in the ensemble. This production has been touring nationwide since September of 2015.

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."

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."

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.

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."

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.