Busy summer for Theatre Arts students
For nearly two dozen University of Wisconsin-Parkside students and recent graduates, this summer is an opportunity to turn their education into career advancement. From Kenosha, Milwaukee, Spring Green, and other Wisconsin theatres to venues in Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon, California, and elsewhere, our Theatre Arts students are on-stage and backstage at professional theatres.
A trio of UW-Parkside students will help the renowned American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., stage "Hamlet," "Dickens in America," "All My Sons," and other classics. Graduate Kevin Nelson serves as APT's deck chief this summer before entering Indiana University's master's program in scenic design. Current students Ethan Hall will serve as an APT production assistant and Tayler Varney will be a staff member.
Shakespeare is also on the playbill for Michael Dalberg and Brenna Kempf. Dalberg is an acting apprentice at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn., while Kempf apprentices at Iowa's Riverside Theatre and will serve as lead teacher at First Stage Academy in Milwaukee.
Students Abby Miller and Elliot Mahoney are spending summer at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, Cal. Miller is a scenic art intern; Mahoney is a carpentry intern. Up the coast at the Portland Playhouse in Oregon, Michael Pfeiffer is an acting apprentice.
Jazmin Medina and Shanna Theiste will dress others for success this summer. Medina serves as assistant costume designer and on the wardrobe crew for the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre productions of "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Othello" among others. Theiste will serve as costume assistant during Greendale Community Theatre's performances of "Les Miserables."
At Shadowcliff Lodge in Colorado, Laura Chartrand and Natalie Emmerich will be part of the staff. Holly Thompson will work at the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware.
Closer to home, graduate Rachel Sandlin recently made her professional acting debut in Liz Duffy Adams' play "Or" at Milwaukee's Carte Blanche Studios. She is an assistant teacher at First Stage Academy. Graduate Hayley Cotton also is a First Stage Academy assistant teacher and she will serve as a team leader at the CLIMB Children's Theatre in Minnesota.
Stage management will be a priority for student Christine Smith at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and for Lindsey Talbot at the Kenosha Youth Performing Arts Company. Olivia Kraus is a production assistant at KYPAC. In Gurnee, Spencer Gray is a performer and Chris Payne an assistant lighting designer at Six Flags Great America. Payne is also a freelance electrician for MRD Lighting Design of New York City.
The award winning UW-Parkside Theatre Arts Department is recognized as a premier undergraduate theatre program in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest.In the photo, UW-Parkside graduates Brenna Kempf, left, and Rachel Sandlin, pictured in a scene from Parkside Theatre's recent production of "Twelfth Night," are among those working in professional theatre this summer.