PENN STATE MUSICAL THEATRE
“There are an increasing number of institutions that offer performing arts training, but we have always been pleased with Penn State alums. Just seeing Penn State on the resume puts us at ease—the only question being, will we have a role appropriate to the candidate we have before us.”
THE GRADUATING SENIORS ARE READY FOR THEIR NEXT GREAT ADVENTURE
Penn State’s Class of 2015 shares a little insight on what they’ll miss most, some advice for future students, and what they’re dreaming of next.
Musical Theatre alumna Julia Freyer was part of Penn State's talented 2010 class of 13 graduates. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, she lives in the Astoria section of Queens, sometimes with fellow classmate Dan Gleason, who is currently on the national tour of Wicked. Addi McDaniel joined us for this interview, conducted in New York.
Spotlight: Being from Michigan, how did you end up in our program and not Michigan's?
Julia: I went to a very small high school with 64 in my class and knew I wanted to go to a big college, with football and all the things my high school did not have. So I looked at Michigan and Penn State and bigger programs, rather than smaller conservatories. I toured all of the schools a second time, after I was accepted, and Penn State's students were so warm and welcoming. I remember that feeling. I remember Jason Sparks taking me around to all the classes and to lunch. I remember feeling so accepted immediately even though I hadn't decided to go there yet. That was a feeling unlike what I got at other schools.READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE!
HEAR FROM ALUMS FROM ALL FACETS OF THE INDUSTRY DURING #psuSTAGES
On April 19, the School of Theatre Alumni Program Group will host a day-long festival in State College titled #psuSTAGES. The day will consist of panels and master classes with over 20 working theater professionals from Broadway and beyond who will help students bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds. These classes are open to anyone in town for Blue-White Weekend! SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE AND BIOS HERE!
SAVE THE DATE: MAY 4, 2015 7:30 p.m.
After 25 years, Cary Libkin has announced his retirement, effective December 2015.
In honor of his service and to celebrate the many successes of the Musical Theatre program, we will have a retirement party for him on May 4, 2015, in New York City.
Jenny (Lebowitz) Niederhoffer ('98) will graciously host an evening of music and merriment, complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres.
RSVP to email@example.com for the NYC location.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME GREAT NYC RESOURCES
YOUTUBE SPACE NEW YORK
Do you have a YouTube channel? Have you considered it? We all know having an online presence is more important than ever. It creates employment opportunities, it creates credibility, and now there’s an even more exciting reason to share your creativity on YouTube.
In November 2014, Google opened the YouTube Space New York. YouTubers with 5,000 subscribers or more now have a state-of-the-art, FREE place in which to work. This stunning 20,000-square-foot facility is sprawling with sound stages, editing rooms, makeup rooms, voice-over recording rooms, RED cameras, even sets that include a permanent 1950s diner and a New York City subway car! You can literally create the music video of your dreams, record your voice-over reel, film a web series, and anything else you can dream up. If you’re new to the YouTube scene, and don’t have the first clue on how to create a subscriber base, YouTube offers free workshops and classes to learn how to get started.
Did you know that New York City is planning to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next ten years? The Actor’s Fund offers two-hour seminars for performing arts and entertainment professionals that provide an overview of government-subsidized housing in New York City, which is available for low, moderate, and middle-income households. Complex information is broken down into simple, straightforward steps. While demand for these affordable units exceeds the supply, this seminar will help you get organized and prepared to take advantage of opportunities to apply, as well as help you avoid common mistakes.
SEE A PENN STATER NEAR YOU THIS SUMMER
THIS SUMMER Penn Staters are taking the country by storm, performing in almost every state!
Check this ongoing list to see if they’ll be in a city near you! http://bit.ly/1GedT39
ENTREPRENEURIAL ALUMNI: CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PENN STATERS
Rebecca Miller (’06) has created an exciting new business model that can help grads who are looking to book part-time work for corporate gigs, weddings, and everything else under the sun. She is one of the most hardworking, dedicated, and creative women you’ll ever meet!
What inspired Event Music Concierge?
The idea came about as more and more of my friends were getting engaged, and had no clue where to start in booking music. It dawned on me that most people have never gone through that process before. When you come from a performance background, you have a certain vision of how things will sound in certain scenarios, and are familiar with the performance contracts. I realized a need to create a service that bridged the gap between artists and those looking to book them, a truly transparent agency.
What kinds of artists are you looking for?
An infinite range of artists! Event planners will come directly to me asking for new acts; I am most valuable to them when I can present them ideas they have not even thought of. The more incredible people I can draw from, the better off everyone is. So anything from a super tight cover band to a DJ/drum duo to a swing band, to non-musical entertainment like dancers, live painters, photo booths.
What advice do you have for Penn Staters working in the industry?
There is so much you cannot control in this industry, but the one thing you can control is your reputation. Be someone people are psyched to work with! It's not just about showing up on time, showing up prepared; it's about bringing ideas to the table, keeping away from the drama, and making yourself valuable. And just as important, whatever this means to you—make a conscious choice to be grateful.
BUILDING AN EMPOWERED COMMUNITY with Nikol Peterman
“Performers often get stuck believing their art is not good enough, and they spiral in self worth, equating a bad audition to being a failure as a person. There is a constant reaching outside themselves for recognition and this roller coaster sabotages growth, and the overall quality of their work. I want to offer tools for wealth as a performer, and let others know they are not alone. As we build community, we can build strong networks to support each other, and create from a place of abundance instead of taking jobs that don’t pay the bills, and leave us starving financially and emotionally. Mindset is the beginning, middle, and end, and it’s time to include that in the education of an artist.”
People are so busy with their lives that it’s difficult sometimes to step back and have a minute for yourself. Nikol Peterman (’98) is committed to creating a community for artists to do just that. She describes it as “a little treat that I can offer people to step out of their schedules for a moment and reconnect with an adventure or experience, feel good, and come back to center. It's something I love to do and it's my way of giving back.”
You can sign up at http://eepurl.com/Tcg0n to access Nikol’s weekly newsletter, which will have all sorts of meditations on art, intention, change, authenticity, and our basic intrinsic commonalities. Contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
54 BELOW CONCERT A SUCCESS
School of Theatre alumni reunited for a special concert on Sunday, April 12, organized by fellow alumnus Mike Karns. "The Great Blue and White Way," held at 54 Below in New York City, featured Caroline Bowman, Marcus Paul James, Alan Wiggins, and Natalie Weiss. Other performers included Penn State alumni Gilbert Bailey (Book of Mormon), Rachel Fairbanks (First Wives Club), Jeremy Greenbaum (Newsies), Jim Hogan, Paul Jordan Jansen, Katie Murray, Lexi Rhoades, Sam Sefarian, Laurie Veldheer (Newsies), and Ryan Vona (Once).” The evening was directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, with music direction by Roberto Sinha. "The event was a total success. We had a loud, enthusiastic crowd supporting the alumni on stage. This evening of songs and stories only further solidifies the School of Theatre's place as one of the elite programs in the nation," said Karns.
PENN STATE STRONG
Our industry, like many others, is built on relationships. If we each do our part to stay connected, we can continue to make new, exciting connections, inspire others, promote collaboration… the possibilities are infinite!
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