- Abbey Plankey 2012Technical TheatreSpokane, WA
Abbey spent three years working backstage, as a carpenter and props artisan Off-Broadway in New York City. She worked on shows such as Old Hats at The Signature Theater, Fly By Night at Playwrights Horizons Theater, 39 Steps at Union Square Theater and Hamilton at The Public Theater. She spent two summers working as a carpenter for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. She was hired as the Technical Director at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and has been there since 2015.
The Music, Theatre and Dance department at PSU helped me to understand that being a theatre maker isn't just about putting up productions, but about creating a family of like-minded and passionate people who help you grow as an individual and as a professional. It was an experience that made me who I am today.June, 2017
- Alexandra Fischbein 2013Stage Management & Arts AdministrationHartford, CTSubscriptions Manager at the Tony-Award Winning Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT. Spearheading the StagePass subscription program at Hartford Stage, an initiative to cultivate new modern audience members (ages 21-35). Serving on the New Britain Arts Commission, the Mayor's arts advisory board for the city of New Britain, CT.I highly recommend PSU because it allows students to work in a hands on environment. I always felt welcome to explore any theatre pursuit and was never limited in my academic scope.June, 2017
- Alicia Garside 2009Music Theatre PerformanceNew York City
Actor in New York, NY. Recent work includes work with the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), various workshops of new shows, and appearances in shows such as Gossip Girl and The Big C.
Deciding to go to Plymouth State as a Musical Theatre major was one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you are looking for an education where teachers give you individual attention and endless opportunities to hone your craft, this is the place to go!2012
- Allyson Smith Thorpe 2005Music Theatre PerformanceManchester, New Hampshire
Assistant Director of Admissions at Seacoast Career School. Formerly with Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia; toured the country for 3 years with Sesame Street Live as Jenny the music teacher in Elmo Makes Music; and then as Zoe Monster in Elmo's Green Thumb. Has been Artist in Residence for the Concord School District . Currently teaches tap jazz and ballet at Concord Dance Academy and is also an adjudicator for 2 national performing arts competitions- OnStage America and Elite Dance Challenge.
Plymouth is small enough to make you feel connected but big enough that you can spread your wings. I guess you could say it allows you to be a "big fish in a small pond"... But more than that, you can be any fish you want and the faculty and staff embrace and encourage you to showcase your talents and uniqueness in the best and super fun way possible. Oh, and the skiing is pretty rad too. .2012
- Amanda Beranek 2000Acting and Theatre Design & TechnologyChicago, IllinoisStage Manager and Artistic Associate for New Leaf Theatre, ChicagoI would certainly recommend the Theatre program at Plymouth because of the hands on experience and the wide range of opportunities you I wouldn't get in another school. The teachers there become mentors who encourage and help you find where you fit best. I would have never known what I was capable of or what natural talents I had with out the PSU teachers. They are the ones that set me on this path in stage management which has lead to a happy (busy) theatre career. They work hard with you to make sure you have the tools to enter the professional world with confidence.2012
- Amanda Munton 2001Music TheatreNew Hampshire
Owner and voice instructor at the Munton Voice Studio in Stratham, NH. Amanda is a frequent recitalist throughout New England and has additional performance experience as a recording artist for various composers and bands including the Grammy nominated Lamb of God, Rik Pfenninger, Red Cloud Revival, and Of Jarring Seeds.
If you have the drive to forge a path in the arts, PSU’s MTD faculty will give you the tools you need and help you find the opportunity along the way.2014
- Amy Dresser Hartle 2010ActingNew Hampshire
After graduating from Plymouth State, Amy went on to pursue graduate study at the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland. She graduated in 2013 with a Master's degree in English. Since then, Amy has become her own boss and works as a full-time freelance writer. Most of her work involves copywriting for businesses, but she also owns and runs a successful travel blog alongside her husband, Nathan. The blog, Two Drifters, focuses on couples travel, relationships, & lifestyle. You can follow their adventures here (https://twodrifters.us). Amy resides in New Hampshire, but there's no telling what country she'll be jetting off to next.
Not only did Plymouth State give me wonderful experiences as a theatre and dance student, it left me with the best memories of my life and some amazing friendships. This is a warm, intimate environment in which to pursue your education, and I can't recommend it enough.2017
- Angela Hope Smith 2009ActingNew Hampshire, Boston
Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA; working in theatre, film, industrials and commercials throughout New England.
Represented by Andrew Wilson Agency in Boston.
Some regional work on-stage:
Chamber Theatre Productions (ENCORE!!)
Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. (CORIOLANUS)
Zeitgeist Stage Co. (LIFE OF RILEY, MY WONDERFUL DAY)
The Barnstormers Theatre (STEEL MAGNOLIAS; ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, others)
Advice To The Players (MACBETH, ROMEO & JULIET, HAMLET, JULIUS CAESAR, others)
Disney's THE FINEST HOURS (Catherine Paine, dir. Craig Gillespie)
CHAPPAQUIDDICK (Maryellen Lyons, dir. John Curran, coming in 2017)
THE LAST POKER GAME (young Sister Elizabeth, dir. Howard Weiner)
Angela has done regional and national broadcast commercials such as for General Electric. She's also worked in industrials for companies like IBM and Skillsoft.
PSU is a supportive community of professors and classmates who quickly become like family. It's the place to go for state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by nature. For acting, it's a place to focus on craft and push your own limits, while still feeling right at home.June, 2017
- Angela Pitrone 1998Directing and CostumingNew HampshireEnglish and Drama, Belmont High School, NH Freelance Costume Design and DirectorI often recommend PSU to students for several reasons. PSU offers the opportunity to work in a professional environment with professional expectations. A really valuable part of being a PSU student is that you get to be a part of the whole experience of theatre, regardless your focus or specialty. I made many great contacts through PSU and found that I rarely had to apply for a job; through my associations and experiences, the calls just rolled in.2012
- Anneliese Friend 2008ActingExeter, Devon, UKMasters Student studying The Staging of Shakespeare University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, UK. Formerly a freelance costume designer.If I was to recommend Plymouth to a high school student I would say that Plymouth is unique because it will give you a well rounded theatre education. You will experience all aspects of producing a show, not just acting or tech work etc. Also the spaces that we have access to are amazing and there are a large amount of performance opportunities so you would always be busy.2012
- Ariel Couture 2013Acting, costume designNew HampshireCostume expediter, stitcher, and draper for Tracy Theatre Originals. Attended Florida State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She graduated in 2016 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Costume Design. While in Tallahasse she was heavily involved in costume, props, and story production for a live-action role-playing events. In 2017, she will be guest-designing at Plymouth State and joining the faculty as a teaching-lecturer.What impressed me most was that as I began to focus in on my specific area of study (costumes) the faculty and staff worked with me to create special topics classes that hadn't existed, so I could learn the detailed aspects of that field. At the same time I was able to explore and gain experience in as many different areas of theatre as I wanted to, so long as I also got my homework done!June, 2017
- Bill Viau 2008Theatre History & LiteratureSalem, New Hampshire
Headed into his 4th year as the Theatre Coordinator, Theatre Teacher, and Director for Granite State Arts Academy, a public chartered high school in Salem, NH. Spent the previous 4 years as an English teacher, guest director, and fight choreographer at Salem High School in Salem, NH. Occasional summer actor and teaching artist for a Shakespeare company called Advice to the Players in Sandwich, NH (currently run by two other PSU alumni!). Two-time finalist for Best Supporting Actor in a Professional Drama/Comedy Production at the NH Theatre Awards (as Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Advice to the Players, 2005 & as Feste in Twelfth Night, Advice to the Players, 2015).
I often, and fondly, look back on my 4 years at PSU, and always speak highly of it to my current high school students. It's the perfect university for an artist of any stripe -- much more affordable than private colleges, small enough to be personal and collaborative, large enough to provide a variety of opportunities and vast network of valuable contacts, with fresh air and quaint brick schoolhouses that provide respite from fast-paced and cramped urban living. The faculty are passionate, active professionals who made a huge difference in my own life, and some of whom I still see a few times each year. It's been the foundation of everything I've accomplished since.June, 2017
- Brady Lynch 2011Musical TheatreNew York City
Brady's been living in New York for 6 years now, with stints aboard Disney Cruise line and London. She also performed off-Broadway and worked with Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family) and Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton) on a reading of Lippa's newest musical- The Man in the Ceiling. Brady worked in several Broadway production offices and has now landed in the world of media, working as an Executive Assistant. When not running people's lives, Brady performs with The Blue Hill Troupe in Manhattan and just closed their spring musical- City of Angels- where she played Donna/Oolie.
Bloom where you're planted. Make your own opportunities if none come to you. Plymouth gave me so many, but I created my own too. The faculty are really there for you, so create relationships, be open and honest. Communication is key to success!June, 2017
- Brandee Peglow 2011Musical Theatre & DanceOrlando, Florida
A Cappella Singer at Disney Springs
Singer/Dancer at Universal Studios
Singer/Dancer/Vocal Captain at Legoland Florida Resort
Model/Actress at BMG Models
Former Production Vocalist at Princess Cruises & Holland America Line
An intimate program that will enable you to facilitate closer learning relationships with your friends instructors and peers.June, 2017
- Brian Dembkoski 1998Acting / PlaywritingSouthern New HampshireM.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Humboldt State University - 2002 Regional Finalist for KC/ACTF - 2000 and 2003 (as Playwright) Produced playwright in the Los Angeles and Northern California areas. Former member/teacher of Interact Children's Theatre - North Hollywood, CA Former Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College - Glendale, CA Current Adjunct Faculty at Southern New Hampshire University - English and Literature Department Current Adjunct Faculty at Nashua Community College - Humanities and Communications Dept. -Faculty Advisor for NCC Theatre Arts GuildIf you like Theatre, attending PSU will make you love it. The opportunities provided are varied and many, with the option to create your own opportunities... which may be the most important of all. You'll have instructors who believe in you, and when you graduate you will justifiably believe in yourself.June, 2017
- Brian Quiricone 2008Lighting Design & TechnologyMassachusettsHead Electrician at Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre. Past Professional Credits include Goodspeed Musicals, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Assistant Technical Director at Colgate University.Plymouth State gives you everything you need to jump start your career in Technical Theatre and Design from a professional faculty and staff that know what they are talking about. Plymouth State is one of the very few universities that promotes and educates you in theatre safety at an undergraduate level. Which, gives yourself the upper hand when applying to jobs.2013
- C. Robin Marcotte 2000BS Interdisciplinary Studies: Music Theatre PerformanceNH SeacoastPhysical Theatre Performance training at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Spent 12 years in Philadelphia as an actor with his theatre company, Hotel Obligado Physical Theatre, as well as, Mum Puppettheatre, 1812 Productions and Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, among others. Former School Director of The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Devised over 30 productions, including his solo show that toured the U.S. Won Best Choreography in Philadelphia Weekly for the original production of Beauty Is. Taught and toured around the world and currently teaches physical theatre and movement at PSU and Boston Conservatory. He directs and choreographs around New England.I'm a big believer in the philosophy "you learn by doing" and that's exactly what PSU does. The faculty guides you through the discovery of all that you have to offer. It's a safe place to dig deep and unearth the best version of yourself.June, 2017
- Chase Perkins 2015Acting, Design/TechBlue Lake, CAAttending graduate school at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre for an MFA in devised ensemble theatre. Working summers as an assistant technical director at Dell' Arte's Mad River Festival in Blue Lake, CA.Plymouth State Theatre gives you the tools to go out into the world with the capacity to think for yourself and never stop learning what you love.2017
- Christopher Lukos 2007Acting and Music Theatre PerformanceNew York City
I Currently am working as a Broadway/Off Broadway performer at New World Stages. My previous work includes several regional productions, National and North American tours. Immediately after graduation I worked over seas in South Korea writing and directing ESL children's musical theatre. This job paid my student loans.
If you're willing to work Plymouth State University will be your greatest asset. All the tools are there; it is what you chose to get out of it.2012
- Curtis Edward Jackson 2010ActingChicago, Illinois
Curtis is currently a Chicago-based actor but is originally from Philadelphia. In addition to his training at PSU, he is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. His Chicago credits include: Hand to God (Victory Gardens Theatre); a workshop production of Titus Andronicus (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre/Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Tribes, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); A Splintered Soul (ARLA Productions); How the World Began (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); the US premier of Brilliant Adventures (Steep Theatre Company); Men Should Weep, (Griffin Theatre Company); Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) (Jackalope Theatre Company); Shakespeare's R&J (Idle Muse Theatre Company); Good Boys and True (Kokandy Productions). Regional credits include: King Charles III (Cardinal Stage Company); Other Desert Cities (Farmer's Alley Theatre), Richard III, Twelfth Night (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre); two national tours of Letters Home (Griffin Theatre Company). Film: The Falls: Covenant of Grace (Breaking Glass Films); Teacher (Boson Productions). Curtis has also appeared in commercials for Miller Lite, and West Suburban Bank. Curtis has recieved two BroadwayWorldChicago Award nominations for "Best Actor in a Play" and a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for "Best Ensemble".
The Music, Theater and Dance department at Plymouth State provided me with a safe environment to explore how I fit into the world of Theatre and then gave me the tools and support to nurture my specific talents and interests.June, 2017
- Dan Hopper 2012Lighting DesignAlton, NH
After PSU I went on to attend the University of Florida (UF) to obtain my Master's of Fine Arts in Theatrical Lighting. I graduated with my MFA from UF in 2015. While at UF I was able to work several times at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL as an Assistant Lighting Designer to Chicago and New York Designers. After graduation I went on to work in The Villages, FL as the Lighting Director of the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. The Sharon is a touring road house theatre that housed everything from the National Tours of Beauty and the Beast and Mama Mia To Michael Botlon, Kenny G, Stomp, and The Czech National Orchestra. During my second year The Sharon opened a regional black box theatre (Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol). I continued in my roll as the Lighting Director and designed 3 of 4 inaugural season shows. After 5 years in FL, I left my position at The Sharon in mid-2017 and moved back to NH to start as the head of the lighting department at Rainbow Production Services (RPS). RPS handles regional and nation concert touring productions. Our credits/clients include Boston Calling Music Festival, Godsmack, Major Lazer, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (formerly Meadowbrook), and Dropkick Murphy's. That is where I am now. Loving life and ready for NH seasons again!
Plymouth State University is a second home. It gave me the skills, space, critical thinking skills, and mentors to be successful upon leaving the university. I still keep regular contact with several of my professors and MANY of my fellow alumni. I could not imagine going anywhere else. I would even meet with our retired alumni in The Villages through the PSU Alumni Association events who all said that they consider Plymouth a second home and also OWN second homes in the area. I highly recommend Plymouth State to any and all who are thinking about it. The faculty, staff, students, and community all work together to help a student achieve their goals.2017
- Dane Grigas 2007ActingBoston MA
Boston area actor. Stage shows, 48 hour film festivals, and film extra. Works with high school and middle school programs for English and Drama. Dane is teaches and performs magic., and is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Plymouth's theater program is so rich, and I felt as if I could really explore in depth any field of study I wanted to, and the professors had the knowledge to accommodate my wants. Plymouth is also a wonderful place for students unsure of which area of theater they would like to pursue, because unlike other colleges, Plymouth allows you to explore multiple fields in theater at the same time. I was stage-managing a show, working as an electrician, and acting in a show in the same year, and I loved that I had that opportunity.2012
- Deana Trapani Oswald 2001Arts ManagementBoston MADonor Relations & Events Manager at Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Formerly Business Manager for the Theatre Company at the University of Detroit Mercy. Studied in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre after graduate school.I loved my experience at Plymouth. The program was excellent and just the right size. I was able to do it all, which really helped me find my niche, in Arts Management.2012
- Eric St. Cyr 2011ActingPortland, OregonCurrent Associate Artist with Bag&Baggage Productions in Portland, OR.Plymouth State University gave me the tools I needed not only to develop professionally as an actor, but to be a strong and respected voice in the city I work/live in.June, 2017
- Erik S Barry 2009Lighting DesignChicago, Illinois
Erik is a Chicago Freelance Lighting designer. He has designed for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Underscore Theatre (Non-Equity Jeff nomination) and Congo Square Theatre. He is the resident LD for Chicago Gay Men's Chorus (Harris Theatre, North Shore Performing Arts Center.) He has designed for the contemporary musical ensemble "eighth blackbird" (The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in DC, Museum of Contemporary Art) and assisted on their world premiere for Hand Eye (Carnegie Hall, University of Austin, University of Richmond.) He frequently collaborates with Chicago Dance Crash, and has done frequent event work with ILC and PRG Chicago. He is a frequent Design Assistant with Hershey Felder Presents.
Plymouth gave me a great, well rounded education in Theatre. The faculty really electrified a passion within me and pushed me to be the best theatre artist I could be. I took for granted how integrated the MTD department really was, having attended a Graduate school where they were in separated buildings. I encourage exploring as much in these separate disciplines, as well as exploring multiple options within the theatre degree.June, 2017
- Erin Downey Capron 1998Acting and Costume Design & TechnologySandwich, Massachusetts
Mom of 3, Interior and Costume Designer. Director and Owner of Capron Interiors. Design Consultant. M.F.A. in Theatrical Costume Design, Temple University. Design resume includes New Jersey Shakespeare Festival and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
I would recommend PSU because of the diversity of available courses that allow you to tailor your educational experience. Professors treat you like peers and genuinely care about your success. Collaborating with the professors on projects gives real world experience seldom available at larger institutions. Smaller universities allow for more opportunities to participate from the freshman level on up.2012
- Fran Page 2005Acting , Directing, Musical TheatreNew HampshireFran completed hisMFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with an emphasis on Theatre for Social Change in 2011. He is a professional performer and director regionally in New England. He is currently a Teaching Lecturer of Theatre at PSU. He teaches across all of his areas of expertise, and regular directs university productions, especially musicals.Plymouth was the perfect fit for me. I needed a supportive close-knit community to learn and grow. PSU afforded me that experience. It's a privilege to be able to give back to the community that fostered me as a young artist.June, 2017
- Hannah Hammond 2005Music TheatreRome, GA
MA - Musical Theatre Performance, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MFA - Theatre Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University Professional actor in NYC and the UK, most recent roles include the national tour of Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Queen Victoria in the world premiere of Alice Formally of Wonderland by Emmy Award winner Mark Saltzman. Recently published articles in the New England Theatre Journal and Musical Theatre Today. Currently Visiting Professor of Theatre at Berry College in Rome GA teaching acting and musical theatre.
One of the most eye-opening things about becoming a professor was realizing how lucky I was to be at Plymouth for my undergraduate degree. Having a department of music, theatre and dance housed in one building is a rare find in colleges these days. This one fact allowed me to explore my interests not only in musical theatre but non-musical theatre, opera, choral music and various styles of movement making me a well-rounded performer and now an informed teacher. I was able to take a class not only in my specialization but in all aspects of theatre, voice, music, and dance. The smaller class sizes allowed for more individual attention than I would have received at a larger school. I firmly believe in teaching or studying theatre that we are also learning and teaching life skills and by inspiring brilliant acting, we are inspired to live brilliant lives, the core of those beliefs started at Plymouth. The faculty at PSU pushed me to find my own artistic voice and encouraged my journey.2017
- Heather Hamilton 1999ActingMankato, Minnesotra
Assistant Professor of Acting/Directing, Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty, Minnesota State University, Mankato; published writer, and award-winning actor.
Plymouth combines the best theatre training in the region with warm, caring professors who bring out the best in their students.2012
- Holly Erin McCarthy 2006ActingBarnstable, Massachusetts
Founder & Exectutive Director, Theater Under the Stairs (Est. 2010) Published author of The Epic Adventure of Lulu's Lemonade Stand - and playwright of half a dozen original comedies for children, including the play upon which her book is based (Lulu) and Snow White & Rose Red which was named a 2015 Best Production by the critics of the Cape Cod Times. Critically acclaimed actor; performed in 3 national tours and many New England Regional Premieres (Avenue Q, Jerusalem, et al) and was a CCT critics pick for Best Performer in 2011. Former Production Coordinator at NTAE and Company Manager for Connecticut Free Shakespeare. Freelance costume design for theaters throughout Massachusetts, including Boston Children's Theatre. Producer/Creator/Director of The ABCs of NYC a Broadway musical revue which has been twice revived at Cotuit Center for the Arts. Directed Stage Kiss at PSU, 2016.
I recommend PSU all the time! The professors will challenge you in all the right ways. As a student in the MTD department, you will get the support you need to feel comfortable learning, growing, and making mistakes. The professors and staff really care about their students and their talents. The training and opportunities they provided (both on stage AND OFF) have been invaluable in my pursuit of a career in theater.June ,2017
- Ian Martin 2015Live Sound Design & EngineeringPortsmouth NHAssistant Technical Director House Audio Technician, The Music HallLearn all you can, from everyone willing to teach or guide you. Everyone is there to help you succeed, even if it's not your major.2017
- Jaime Mancuso 2016Light Design/Stage ManagementOpera SaratogaGraduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film (full tuition plus stipend)This is a great place to learn both technical theatre skills and acting skills. One aspect is not overly stronger than the other. Everyone works well together and the end products are high quality theatre.June, 2017
- Jake Josef 2008Theatre Design & Technology and Vocal Performance & PedagogyUpstate New YorkTechnical Director for Glimmerglass Festival in Upstate NY, MFA candidate in Technical Direction at Southern Illinois UniversityThe opportunities you will get as an undergraduate in the Theatre Design & Technology program at PSU are limitless. The facilities, faculty, and small class size will really allow you to progress quickly and get ahead in your field. Since there isn't a masters program in TD&T at PSU, you will have opportunities to design or technical direct that you normally wouldn't get until pursuing a MFA.2012
- Jakob Stone 2017Musical Theatre Performance, Acting, Singing, Voice Over, Music CompositionNew HampshireCurrently, Jakob is working as a Marketing Team Member and the Concessions Manager for Jean's Playhouse in Lincoln. This Fall he will joing the theatre company TIGER as one of their Actors, and he continues to work as a Freelance Voice Artist/ Actor and Singer.Plymouth State has so much to offer, but what makes it most special (particularly for an artist) is the individualized attention. Each young artist is given the specific attention they need to grow as a unique artist, giving them the chance to truly stand out in their field.June, 2017
- Jennie Gratton Ingram 2003Costume Design & ConstructionNashville, TNAfter graduating from PSU, Jennie earned her M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as the costume shop manager at Williamstown Theatre Festival, resident costume designer & shop manager at the Peterborough Players, and a costume design assistant at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She spent six years teaching and serving as the costume shop manager at Western Kentucky University. Jennie currently owns and operates a successful Etsy shop in Nashville, TN.At Plymouth State you will get the chance to learn, and make, and do all the things you've dreamed about trying in the theatre, and quite a few you never even knew you wanted to try. You will be surrounded by fantastic educators who will help you create great art, and who will teach you to think critically and creatively in all aspects of your academic and professional lives ahead.June, 2017
- Jeremy Tannenbaum 2006Theatre Design & TechnologyDenver Colorado
Asst Tech Director/intern; Norfolk VA Virginia Arts Festival 2006-2007
Mohegan Sun Casino; Uncasville CT Entertainment Technician. 2006-2014.
AT&T Performing Arts Center; Dallas Texas Event Coordinator 2014-2015
DesignWorks; Denver Colorado Warehouse/General Labor 2017
Plymouth gave me a great education and foundation to survive in the real world over a wide range of professional occupations.2017
- Jessie Earl Chapman 2009Stage Management, Directing, & Theatre HistoryLakes Region, New Hampshire
Returned to NH as Managing Director at Advice To The Players & Teaching Lecturer at PSU. Jessie holds a Masters Degree in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College. During her time in NYC Jessie worked in Programming and Development at Brooklyn Center for the Peforming Arts,
General Management for Theatre for a New Audience, and helped launch and administrate a new Shakespeare education program with Lincoln Center Theater. Jessie has additional training in Shakespeare performance and education from Shakespeare & Company, where she worked for several years as a teaching artist, company manager, and stage manager.
I value the theatre education I received at PSU because it was versatile and the program had enough flexibility to allow me to pursue multiple interests. The opportunities I received as a student and the network I built there started me on leadership path in theatre I walk today.2017
- Jessie Riley 2003Theatre Design & TechnologyHartford, CTFull time Technical Director/Light Designer for the Roberts theater at the Handel Performing Arts Center for the University of Hartford.I was employed by the University of Hartford 5 months after graduation, and I would highly recommend Plymouth State as a place to meet and work among very friendly talented individuals along the path to finding a career!2011
- John T. Lynes 2008Music Theatre PerformanceNew York, NY
After traveling around the country performing for about five years, John received his Equity Card performing in the Off-Broadway Revival of Tony n’ Tina's Wedding. During this time he was also the Company Manager for Dance Molinari for three years in NYC. Since then, he just celebrated his two year anniversary working for Actor’s Equity Association in Times Square as Rep. Assistant for Workers’ Compensation & Unemployment. John currently resides in Queens, NY.
What I loved the most about Plymouth State University, particularly the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, was the size of the program and opportunity to perform. You are not just a number and do not get lost in the shuffle of a sea of students. This allows for excellent training in small classes with ample opportunities to perform each semester.2017
- Josh Coleman 2011ActingPoughkeepsie, New YorkActor for film and stage. Currently at the Powerhouse Theater on an Acting Apprenticeship with Vassar College.Plymouth has great staff and opportunities to help find your passion and help you further your life goals.2013
- Juely Siegel 2005Acting and Stage ManagementWashington, D.C.Freelance Stage Manager in D.C. since 2007. Currently a graduate student at George Mason University for Arts Management.Plymouth offers a wide range of disciplines and activities that make college life interesting and prepare you with a knowledge base so you can sound intelligent during an interview or networking event.2012
- Julie-Anne Whitney 2008ActingBoston MA
Marketing & Operations Manager for the Theatre Department at Boston College. Julie-Anne is also a playwright with two adaptations for the stage inspired from the works of literary giant, Virginia Woolf (A Precipice Marked V, and A Pressure of Rapture). Motivated by the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, she wrote a documentary theatre piece, Monologue for Many Voices, which highlights the diverse experiences of eight members of the LGBTQ+ community (the raw material of which was adapted from real stories).
PSU Theatre was where I found myself. My experiences in the classroom, in rehearsal, and on the stage challenged and motivated me in ways that truly changed my life. I not only learned about my strengths and weaknesses, my fears and my passions, but also what to *do* with them; how to harness them and use them for good. The professors were thoughtful and caring, and always seemed to know how and when to push us harder, or to teach us something new which not only made us better actors, but better people, too.June, 2017
- Karielle M. Anzaldi 2016Music Theatre Performance and Makeup DesignNew HampshireKarielle is now a working actor and freelance model in NH. She is a proud member and performer in Concord NH's newest theatre space - The Hatbox, where she recently world premiered a one-woman-show written by G Matthew Gaskell of Portsmouth, NH.If you want to know more than one thing about your chosen field, (and trust me you do) Plymouth State is your greatest option. You will learn to not only become better at what you already love, but be really good at something you didn't know you loved.June, 2017
- Katie Lenhart 2011ActingNew York CityCurrently a performer with 277DanceProject. Since moving to New York, Katie has performed at the Duplex Cabaret, in addition to frequent extra work on Law and Order SVU.If you want a place small enough for individual attention, but big enough for multiple opportunities, consider PSU. The Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty members are not only gifted professors who dedicate themselves to supporting their students, but also experienced and respected performers in their fields, constantly contributing to the growth of Plymouth's culture. The faculty constantly expanded my boundaries and inspired my creativity, opening me to paths and opportunities I had never considered for myself.2014
- Kristine Silver 2005Theatre Design & TechnologyNashville, TennesseeProduction Manager, Owner of SilverGate Productions, Nashville, TennesseeMy fondest memories of Plymouth State are the relationships I was able to build and maintain with my classmates and professors. Small class sizes allowed my professors to get to know each student on an individual level and fine tune skills based on talent and interest. I would recommend the Plymouth State theatre program to anyone with a passion for production or performance. The faculty cares about each and every student and offers their support to help develop the best degree plan and career plan possible.2011
- Laura Cole 2008Music Theatre PerformanceTouring
Freelance teaching artist/performer and teacher with Hawaii Department of Education. Former includes Stagecoach USA in New York City. and multiple national tours with Missoula Children's Theatre.
There are so many opportunities to embrace that you may not have going to a larger university...and because of this, you have so much room to grow as a performer. The faculty also takes the initiative to know their students as people, not solely actors...and that's important!2012
- Lauren Burbank 2009Music Theatre PerformanceNew York CityActor in New York, NY. • National Tour- ArtsPower's Harry the Dirty Dog • Audition technique classes with Bob Cline and V.P. Boyle • Studying voice with Kara BoyerI would recommend PSU because of the diversity of available courses that allow you to tailor your educational experience. Professors treat you like peers and genuinely care about your success. Collaborating with the professors on projects gives real world experience seldom available at larger institutions. Smaller universities allow for more opportunities to participate from the freshman level on up.2012
- Liz Nelson 2012Sound DesignChesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore, MDBox Office Associate, Group Sales Coordinator, and Marketing & Public Relations Assistant at Chesapeake Shakespeare CompanyFor me, finding Plymouth was finding my tribe. Every member of the faculty welcomed not only me, but every student with open arms. Time and time again I saw faculty members going above and beyond for the students in our department. I grew exponentially while I was there, and I was supported every step of the way. After starting at a different school, getting to Plymouth I went, "Oh. This is what college is supposed to feel like."2017
- Lyndsay Freeman McCaffery 2006Musical Theatre PerformanceChelmsford, MALyndsay received a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College. After a surgery left her unable to physically perform anymore, she decided to focus more on teaching. She has been running a drama program for the Bright Start After School (K-5) in Arlington, MA for the past four years. She currently lives in Chelmsford, MA with her husband and two sons.The teachers and friends I made at Plymouth have made a lasting impact on my life in many ways. Some of my happiest years were spent there and the education I received shaped me into a confident, prepared and creative performer and educator.June, 2017
- Marni Rachael Balint 2011Acting and Tech/designChicago, IllinoisMarni Balint is a designer and educator. A native of New Hampshire, she graduated in May of 2014 with her MFA in scenic design from The Ohio State University. Marni spent a summer researching and interviewing Czech Scenographers, and she volunteered at World Stage Design 2013 in Cardiff Wales. She has a BA from Plymouth State University in Theatre with options in Acting and Technology/Design, with a minor in Piano Performance. After graduating with her masters, Marni spent a year teaching English as a Second Language in Israel. She used her background in theater to start an English Speaking Drama Club to bring the arts to underpriveleged children. Moving to Chicago, Marni co-created a theater company called Shut Up! and had its world premier at the Chicago Fringe Festival last fall creating an original children's production called Definitely No Ghosts Here! They will be performing again this year with a modern cabaret version of Titus Andronicus. She also works at local libraries as a freelance teaching artist, teaching theater workshops for all age groups culminating in small performances. Marni designs for local storefront theaters, and works as a freelancer costumer, carpenter, and painter. She became an Artistic Associate with the Right Brain Project and was most recently the designer for the world premiere of The Dancing Plague, and the designer for the North American premiere and first English speaking performance of Electra Garrigò. Marni is also currently working with Jean's Playhouse as the scenic designer for The Addams Family.Plymouth gave me the tools to appreciate every facet of theater and the passion to make it my own. I have grown exponentially because of the background and education I received here and cannot recommend it enoughJune, 2017
- Matt Posner 2005Music Theatre PerformanceSeattle, WAFreelance Equity Actor in the Seattle, WA area. Currently working on Damn Yankees with the 5th Avenue Theatre. Formerly with the national tour of Camelot.I would highly recommend PSU to any aspiring high school artists. Having experienced different educational venues, you tend to find teachers in the arts who are still trying to be artists themselves and as a result their teaching is a convenience while they're waiting for their next gig. At Plymouth you have a staff of dedicated professors and teachers who are there to teach because its what they love to do2012
- Matt Rosensweig 2005Theatre Design & TechnologyLas Vegas, NevadaLighting Technician at Cirque du Soleil: KA, at the MGM Grand in Las VegasI really enjoyed how closely we worked with our professors both on class work and productions. Matt Kizer and the other professors were always available to help us out with pretty much anything, from bouncing ideas to figuring out specific problems and I really appreciated that.2012
- Matt Whiton 2004Theatre Design & TechnologyBoston MAProduction Manager for the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and Freelance Scenic DesignerPlymouth State's Theatre Program is an environment where you can try out a lot of different specialties. In my time there I was able to learn carpentry, run crew, stage management, and execute multiple scenic and lighting designs. This gave me a chance to find my real passion and a broad skill set to take into the professional theatre community.2012
- Maxx Finn 2014Lighting DesignBoston MAGraduated in 2017 with an MFA from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film in Stage Design with an emphasis in Lighting Design (full tuition and stipend). Maxx recently worked with Opera Omaha as an assistant lighting designer and is currently lighting galleries for the International Quilt Museum.I would recommend Plymouth State University to anyone who wants to explore their passion for theatre and grow as not only a student but as an artist.June, 2017
- Meagan Becker 2004Design and TechnologyBoston, MAHead of Wardrobe and Make-Up Department Blue Man Productions Wardrobe and Make-Up supervisor for Blue Man Group BostonI would definitely recommend PSU to a high school student who is trying to pick their future college. The theatre department at PSU allowed me the freedom to explore different areas of technical theatre and get the hands on experience that has allowed me to excel in the field.June, 2017
- Meg Anchukaitis 2015ActingBoston to NYCMeg is currently acting in Boston with the Boston Actors Theatre and the Boston Playwrights Theatre. She recently was the Publicity Manager for the Psych Drama Company based out of Boston. In 2013, she was a featured actor in a Dunkin Donuts Commercial. In the fall of 2017, she will be moving to Washington Heights in New York City with another Plymouth State Alumna, Bradleigh Bleecker.Plymouth State is the perfect place to explore your passions. You are treated as a young professional and have so many opportunities to grow into the person you want to be! If you work hard and put in lots of effort and dedication, you will see nothing but open doors for your future.2017
- Melissa Dallon 2005Theatre Design & TechnologyLas Vegas, NevadaLighting Director for Golden Nugget Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaFrom the moment I started in the theatre department at PSU I was given a hands on educational experience. That ‘real world’ approach is one of the many reasons I will always recommend Plymouth and is something I'm eternally grateful for. I learned more from working alongside my professors than I could have ever expected.2012
- Melissa Nelson 2003Theatre Design & TechnologyConnecticutCarpenter and stage manager in most of the theatres in Connecticut, including Long Wharf Theatre and Hartford Stage. “I have taught the ways of carpentry and theatre to kids. I stage-managed for a children's group of 40 kids between the ages of 5 and 13 for a few years. I'm currently the technical director for a small company called Theatre4, based out of New Haven. “The education and the experience I gained at PSC was amazing, I felt really prepared for working in a lot of different areas of the theatre and had solid building blocks for my theatrical career to date.2012
- Michael David Stoddard 2001 and MEd in 2008Musical TheatreMiami, Florida
Michael currently resides in Miami, Florida where he directs regionally and works fulltime as the Director of Theatre at Palmer Trinity School. Previously he lived in Milwaukee and Chicago and was the Director of Theatre for The Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre at DSHA School where he directed and choreographed over thirty productions in eight years and was a five time winner of the Tommy Award for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Direction. He was also the creator and director of Community Theatre Works, one of Milwaukee’s largest educational summer theatre programs today. In the last seventeen years he has directed and choreographed over fifty productions with theater organizations located in six countries and fifteen states throughout the U.S. including Split Stage Productions in Pittsburgh, All In Productions in Milwaukee, Dream Big in Chicago and ShangKat in Shanghai. When not directing, Michael still performs with companies located throughout the country. Recent performance credits include, Jeff in Title of Show, (LCT), Jerry in The Full Monty, (GCT), Lord Farquaad in Shrek, (ETC), Jamie in The Last Five Years, (All In Productions), Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q, (Split Stage Productions), and Leo Frank in Parade (GCT). michaeldavidstoddard.com
PSU was a smaller program that allowed me to get a well rounded theater education in acting, music, dance and technical theater though hands on work and one on one time with professors. The diversity in my studies gave me the tools to become a knowledgeable director, choreographer and actor who works easily and efficiently with designers, producers and other directors.2017
- Natalie Roy 2007Music Theatre PerformanceRoyal Caribbean International CruisesSinger/Dancer Royal Caribbean International CruisesPlymouth State University Gave me the outstanding opportunity to have the one on one attention and guidance, that larger colleges aren't able to give. I grew so much over four years as a student and a Performer! It prepared me very well for my life after college, and I have been consistant with work since!2012
- Neil Anderson B.A. in Theatre, 1997Emphases in Acting and Design & TechnologyAtlanta, GAFreelancee Lighting Designer. M.F.A. in design, Indiana University. Formerly Assistant lighting supervisor for A.R.T., and Resident lighting Designer for Rialto Center for the Arts. Neil has designed productions for many theatres around the country.A great school that gives you a well rounded education. You will leave with the tools needed to succeed.2012
- Rachel Dulude 2005ActingProvidence, Rhode IslandRachel is currently working as an Audiobook Narrator with Tantor Media, Inc. and has been working professionally as an actor in Providence, RI since 2012. Rachel is a member of the Actors Equity Association. Before becoming an actor full time, She worked as a costume assistant at Trinity Repertory Company for 10 years.The theatre department at Plymouth State was the foundation for my understanding of what it meant to be an actor. It allowed me the courage I needed, forced me to take risks on stage, and to focus on my specific strengths and weaknesses. I gained my voice as an actor. I fell in love with playwrights. I became part of a community. Plymouth gave me all the tools and skills I needed to build my life as an artist and then some.June, 2017
- Ryan Sturgis 2006ActingMankato, MinnesotraProducer at No Alternative Films, Writer/Director/Producer at True Facade Pictures. current projects: ~directed, filmed and edited a newly released documentary on Lisa Kelly of the Ice Road Truckers and the Blue Angels called "Lisa Kelly and the Blue Angels" ~is Co-Creator and Executive Producer on an original show in development featuring Lisa Kelly called "Boundless with Lisa Kelly" ~ is doing writing and post production for a movie featuring Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno called "A Stranger In Paradise" ~is producing a project in development called "Vivian" to which Academy Award nominee and Tony award winning actress Viola Davis is attached. ~is producing a project in development called "Beatrice Creek" to which the terminator guy Robert Patrick is attached. ~directed the award winning short "The Unheard". Also, working on MA in Vocal Performance at Minnesota State, Mankato.Plymouth is both a nurturing and challenging atmosphere with incredibly talented professors who care about the talent of their students.2012
- Sarah Lorraine Edmunds 2003Design/Tech and ActingNew HampshireSarah is currently an English teacher and director of the school theater troupe, The Andover Players. She recently received an EdD. Her dissertation explored the relationship between participation in theater arts and self-efficacy in adolescent women. Prior to joining the crazed world of education, Sarah toured as an electrician with multiple shows (union and non) in the US, Canada, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and Trinidad.The Plymouth State University Department of Theater, Music, and Dance is a fantastic choice. I had some of the best experiences of my life at PSU. The faculty are kind, provide a rigorous academic experience, and can help motivate you to do more than you thought yourself capable of. PSU prepared me for theater jobs in the real world. Let's face it. We are not all going to end up in positions with massive budgets for giant productions. You have to learn to create high quality productions no matter where you are and how much money you have. In public educational theater, there is often little to no money and a perhaps a small, volunteer crew. Work like this requires a good understanding of every aspect of theater and an intense love of the art form. My education at PSU allowed me to be the person that can make it happen. I think back to the days of props class "trash projects" and basic flat construction in Stagecraft Fundamentals and I thank my lucky stars I chose to study theater at Plymouth State University. There is no doubt in my mind that choosing PSU will make you happy and thankful as well.June, 2017
- Sue MacCorkle 2002Costume Design & ConstructionBaltimore, MDSue received an MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a draper for Center Stage, the state theater of Maryland and Baltimore's largest professional producing theater. She is currently working for Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise. She also works with Glimmerglass Opera, and Baltimore Annex Theatre. She has formerly worked with the Sante Fe Opera in New Mexico, Stages in St. Louis, the Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory, and many more.PSU’s Theatre department gave me the tools, environment, and opportunity to create successful collaborative work. Learning to make theatre there helped shape me into a strong and capable costumer.2017
- Tania Taylor 2006Music Theatre Performance and DirectingMassachusettsFounder and Director of SkyRise Children's Theater, A traveling children's theater company in Massachusetts. Skyrisechildrenstheater.comPlymouth state is a place where you can really understand what you want to do with your future. The guidance and friendships you make with the professors are incredible.2012
- Tito Fleetwood Ladd 2004DirectingBoston MACurrently an Account Executive for theatre and events at High Output. Previous credits include Directing, Production Design, Production Manager and Lighting Designer with credits across the US and the globe. Recently designed lighting for a 20,000 sqft pop-up theme park called International Princess World in Shanghai, China, Directed the critically acclaimed West Coast premiere of Trey Parker's Cannibal the Musical! and Production Managed the North American Tours of Veggie Tales Live!, Chuggington Live!, Scooby Doo Musical Mysteries Live!, And toured as an Audio Engineer with Yo Gabba Gabba Live! and Thomas the Train Live!Plymouth offers a well rounded and in depth theatre program in an atmosphere that encourages feedback and growth.June, 2017
- Tom Fetera 2003Lighting Design & TechnologyHartford, CTMaster Electrician, Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford. Freelance designer and electrician; client venues include: Hartford Stage Company and the Goodspeed Opera house.There is a lot of opportunity for practical experience and one on one interaction with the professors because of the theater program's size. This is great and allows the professors to assess each students needs and work with them individually.2012
- Tyler Rich 2007ActingChicago, IllinoisActor and fight director in the Chicago area. His credits include productions at Chicago Shakespeare, First Folio Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and most recently at the American Players Theatre in WI.Plymouth gave me the opportunity to perform, and grow in a safe and enjoyable environment. I had the chance to be onstage every semester, and that is where so much learning happened.2013
- Vicki Miller 2005Acting and Lighting Design & TechnologyNew York CityLighting Designer & Technician, working Off-Broadway in New York City and New England. M.F.A. Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.The faculty is strong; the spaces are good; and the opportunity to work with outside productions was invaluable.2013