Natchitoches, LA (KMSS) — Sixteen current Northwestern State University theatre and dance students and recent graduates spent the past three months in summer stock productions around the country or began graduate study.
“We love for our students to go out into the ‘real world’ to put the training they received from our program to practical use,” said Coordinator of Theatre and Dance Scott Burrell. “Not only do they mature as professional theatre/dance artists, but they also give testament to the quality of NSU and our program. We have a number of professional theatre and dance companies across the nation who love our students and the talent, training and professionalism they bring with them.”
Lauren Bovia was to be a house management intern at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass., while Brandy DiMatteo was a scenic charge/props assistant at Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg, Ky. Katherine Hustmyre was stage manager and production stage manager at Endstation Theatre Company in Sweetbriar, Va. Myesha-Tiara McGarner was at New Venture Theatre in Baton Rouge as assistant stage manager. Nicholas Lena joined the Interlochen Center for the Arts as production lead audio technician.
Coryn Lee Bourgeois, Kwame Lilly and Latresia Stormer Lilly were part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre in Missoula, Mont., as a stage manager, director and performer. Alisha Munds performed in “Miss Saigon” at the Western Playhouse in St. Joseph, Mo., and Taylor Morgan performed for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
Also performing this summer were David Brumfield at Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Bigfork. Mont., Sharla Mills with Hershey Parks in Hershey, Pa., and at Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield, Mich. Addie Wilson was a performer/choreographer at Canterbury Summer Theatre in Michigan City, Ind., Kristie-Anne Lyons was with the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. Sarah Folkins is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in acting at The New School for Drama in New York City and Timothy Callais will work toward a MFA at the University of Hawaii.