Theatre Arts students busy this summer
From Shakespeare in Utah, California, and Minnesota to the Bristol Renaissance Faire; from the Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Lexington Children's Theatre Company to the Kenosha Youth Performing Arts Co. and the Milwaukee Zoo--on stage and behind the scenes--UW-Parkside Theatre Arts students are putting what they learned on campus to use in their careers this summer.
One of the most exciting opportunities is graduate Bobby Johnson's acting apprenticeship at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Theatre Arts Professor Jamie Cheatham compares this highly esteemed apprenticeship program to the Milwaukee Rep's intern program.
"This is especially great, since Bobby will be following in the footsteps of Jon Finnegan, who just completed his yearlong internship and is headed to New York City," Cheatham stated. "Having two actors in two years be accepted to this program is a great achievement for our program."
Other "gigs" for students and graduates include:
Alecia Annacchino, Kohl's Wild Theatre Acting Company, Milwaukee Co. Zoo
Brittany Arndt, Theatre for Young Audiences performer
Haley Cotton, California Shakespeare artistic learning intern
Nick Hurtgen, Bristol Renaissance Faire entertainer
Brenna Kempf, First Stage Academy teaching artist
Katlin Kobernick, Haylofters of Burlington costume designer
Olivia Kraus, Kenosha Youth Performing Arts Co. stage manager
Ken Lafayette, Comedy Sportz Milwaukee performer
Sarah Lord, Busch Gardens Williamsburg dresser
Tiffany Lutz, Lexington Children's Theatre Co stage management intern
Stephen Marquardt, Bristol Renaissance Faire entertainer
Abby Miller, Utah Shakespeare Festival crafts intern
Chris Payne, Great River Shakespeare Festival electrics intern
Michael Pfeiffer, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) teaching artist
Rachel Sandlin, Summer Shakespeare Appleton assistant director
Anne Walaszek, Great River Shakespeare Festival acting apprentice
Maddie Wakley, First Stage Academy teaching assistant
Watch Ranger Today for updates of this article.In the photo, Alecia Annacchino and Bobby Johnson perform a scene from Parkside Theatre's production of "Great Expectations" during spring semester. Both graduates are working in theatre this summer.