PENN STATE MUSICAL THEATRE
Welcome Letter from Head of Musical Theatre Programs, Cary Libkin
In a few weeks Musical Theatre at Penn State begins its twentieth anniversary celebration. I cannot think of a better way to commence the celebration than with this inaugural issue of the Penn State Musical Theatre Newsletter. This newsletter will be a wonderful tool for alumni, prospective students, donors and friends, faculty and, of course, current students to stay involved and in the know. I am especially excited about alumni sharing their latest passions and endeavors.
There are too many people to thank who worked to create this beautiful newsletter. But I must acknowledge the terrific work of chief editor Addi McDaniel (’07 B.F.A.). She has worked zealously to create and harness the creative and financial efforts of others.
Please enjoy Issue 1, and allow it to inspire you to contribute to future issues.
MEET THE INCOMING CLASS OF 2018!
It was a year of record-breaking audition numbers. Fourteen were selected to embark on four years of intensive training. From all corners of the country, it's a very exciting crew to welcome to the Penn State family!
“I always dreamed about going to Penn State to study musical theatre.”– Justin Bergson, Class of 2018
“When I visited Penn State and met the students and the faculty, it just felt right. I was struck by the students' energy, enthusiasm, and warmth.”– Allsun O’Malley, Class of 2018
Delius Doherty: Doing it All in New York
“It was just me and Martin Scorsese in an abandoned speakeasy in Brooklyn."
"He says, 'Delius, are you ready to do it?' I say 'Yeah, let's go.' As the music starts, the spotlight is on me, and I think, you know what this feels like. It feels like the stage. I closed my eyes. I started dancing, singing, and when it was over everyone came out clapping. Martin said, 'Delius, that was wonderful. We got some beautiful shots.' It was a wrap. I was shocked and exhausted. That was my TV debut."
Delius Doherty (’10 BFA), in just four years since his graduation, is having a blast doing it all in New York City. In addition to playing a Ugandan general in The Book of Mormon, he has been in five other NYC productions and seven regional theatre appearances ranging from Smokey Joe's Café to A Chorus Line to Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as several commercial appearances.
He spoke recently with Spotlight at a café in Times Square.
To keep up with Delius, follow him on Twitter @dellyd17 or visit his About the Artists profile http://www.abouttheartists.com/artists/358537-delius-doherty.
Penn State School of Theatre welcomes its newest dance faculty members, J. Austin Eyer and Donna Dunmire.
Austin Eyer is a Broadway performer from such shows as Evita, How to Succeed, Billy Elliot, The Little Mermaid, Curtains, and The Secret Garden. He has taught and choreographed all across the country and in Europe. Read his great interview with Broadway Blogspot here: http://www.broadwayblogspot.com/bb101/austin_eyer.html
Donna Dunmire has worked professionally in the fields of dance, theatre, and film as a performer, teacher, and choreographer for over twenty-five years. Her credits include assistant to the choreographer Graciela Daniele in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Marie Christine, and assistant to the choreographer and principal dancer in the films Princess Diaries 2 and Keeping Up with the Steins. More at http://theatre.psu.edu/content/donna-dunmire
PENN STATE POWER COUPLE
Matt Hydzik and Megan Arnoldy started their relationship as classmates at Penn State, and their journey continues. We recently caught up with them, and there’s so much to celebrate!
COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!
Recent graduate Emma Stratton is thrilled to be playing Reno Sweeney in the national tour of Anything Goes, directed by Kathleen Marshall.
Caroline Bowman stars as Eva Peron in the Evita national tour.
Alumni Collaboration - SPARK: Workshop
Over dinner one night, alums Jonathan Flom and Casey Tuma realized that they had something really intriguing in common. They both approach all of their life choices based on how those choices make them FEEL. They looked at so many of their mutual friends who have their eyes on the big prize and either get discouraged in the pursuit of that outcome or reach their dream situation only to ask themselves “now what?”
SPARK: IS AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP DESIGNED TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER ARTISTS TOWARDS PERSONAL FULFILLMENT. Find out more http://www.sparkworkshop.net/
The Art of Auditioning - Jonathan Flom (’00 BFA, ’05 MFA)
Auditions are so often seen as fearful situations by actors, young and old alike, but the key to success is to change the mindset about the entire process. Here are a few quick tips to consider incorporating into your routine:
Check out Jonathan’s great resources for actors, Get the Callback and Act Like It’s Your Business. For more audition tips, visit Jonathan’s website: www.jonathanflom.com
Thinking about going vegan? Visit recent graduate Kimberly Marie's delightful blog featuring creative vegan desserts: ThisSimpleVeganLife.com
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