- Curtis Edward Jackson (’10) had a busy year in Chicago in 2015: playing Luke in Steep Theatre Company’s US premier of Alistair McDowall’s BRILLIANT ADVENTURES, playing Micah in Rivendell Ensemble’s midwest premier of Catherine Trieschmann’s HOW THE WORLD BEGAN (for which he received a BroadwayWorld Chicago Award nomination for “Best Actor in a Play”), and starring in TEACHER a short film directed by Adam Dick. He is currently playing Trip in OTHER DESERT CITIES at Farmer’s Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI, and will be returning to Chicago in the spring to play Harold in Alan Lester Brooks’ A SPLINTERED SOUL.
- Congratulations to Jenny Cooper (’08) who is doing incredible collaborative work at Lawrence Academy: The Making of “The Armed Man”
- Bravo to Hannah Hammond who has just finished her MFA at VCU and now is a visiting assistant professor of theatre at Berry College in Rome, GA! She is teaching acting, musical theatre performance, and intro to theatre, as well as directing “The Nerd” and “Cabaret” in the spring.
- BEN CESARE: Nashville Country Singer/Songwriter, Ben Cesare’s In-Studio Music Video of “Radio Love Song” off his new Album of the same name! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqyVubXMe_U
- Curtis Jackson performed at Jeff Awards in Chicago on June 2, representing Griffin Theatre Company in their production of “Letters Home.” Griffin Theatre Company received a special award for “its dedication to provocative and transformational theatre for Chicago audiences as well as its touring theater.”
- Congrats to Natalie Roy who was selected to be in the opening of a new Royal Caribbean ship alongside Kristin Chenoweth.
Natalie performed in an ABBA medley, as the ship prepared for the opening of MAMMA MIA.
- Congratulations to alum Brent Baldwin, artistic director of the Texas Choral Consort, who production of “Mozart Requiem Undead” won an Austin Critics’ Table Award.
- Tom Stevens, BS Music Education: congratulations to Tom Stevens who was recently honored as the NH Teacher of the Year!!
Matt Wellmann, BS Music Education 2012:
“I’ve landed a new job teaching music in Dulce, New Mexico, home of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.”
Adrienne Pollner, music ed 2009: I have just opened up my own music studio, and am teaching children and adults instrumental lessons around the county. It’s so rewarding to be able to use what I learned at PSU to help those around me become closer to music. I am also the Wellness Coordinator at a Hospital, and am an intern/counselor at an addiction treatment center. I have recently completed classes for my certification as a drug and alcohol counselor, and will be sitting for my boards this year.
Kevin Asselin, MTDalum and former cast member of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been named executive artistic director of the company following a national search. BRAVO!!!http://www.montana.edu/news/12323/asselin-named-executive-artistic-director-for-montana-shakespeare-in-the-parks
Holly Erin McCarty, BA Theatre Arts 2006: Holly founded Theater Under the Stairs in 2010 and the company has since produced eight shows: three original family shows featuring a cast of children and adults, four small black box style productions and one full length original Holiday Musical. Now in their fourth season, TUTS is busy writing their next summer family show titled “The Kind of True Story of Mona Coyote.” In addition to writing, producing and directing with TUTS, Holly also teaches after-school theater classes for teens, and performs regularly at area theaters. Recently, she performed in three back-to-back productions of “Avenue Q,” including one run at the Geva Theatre Center in NY and totaling over 100 performances. Right after college, Holly toured the country for two years with The National Theatre for Arts and Education. In 2011, Holly was named a Cape Cod Times critic’s pick for best performance in the role of Medea in Euripides’ “Mede a” (Theater Under the Stairs) AND for her multiple roles in “Anton in Show Business” (Counter Productions). www.TheaterUnderTheStairs.com
MTD alumna Catherine Dwinal has been named the Teacher of the Year by the organization Technology in Music Education. Details at the link below!
- Upcoming event for 1996 alum Audrey Drake:
- Exciting news from Katherine Robinson:
Michael Martinez is proud to announce An Evening of Music and Comedy XI at Don’t Tell Mama on October 8, 2013. This showcase and variety show will feature singers Gabriella Marie Antonino, William Hartery ( Disney’s Villains Tonight), Natasha Repass, Michelle Ricciardi and Katherine Robinson (Disney’s Villains Tonight, Sesame Street Live! ). Producer Michael Martinez has previously presented showcases at Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama and T. Schreiber Studio in New York City. These showcases feature emerging stars of comedy, music, and theatre. Michael has also promoted concerts and productions in venues across the country including B.B. Kings Blues Club, Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, La Mama Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, The Paramount Theater in Asbury Park and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.Read more about AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND COMEDY XI Set for 10/8 at Don’t Tell Mama – BWWComedyWorld by www.broadwayworld.com
- Congratulations to Eric Bonnett who is leaving soon to teach at the American school in Kuwait, general music pre-K to five!!
- Congratulations to Rob St. Cyr (’05) who has accepted a position as choral teacher at Hampstead Middle School! Rob will continue his work as chapel organist at Phillips Exeter Academy and has accepted a position as organist/choir director at Bethany Convenant Church in Bedford, NH. Rob and wife Natalie (Shaw, ’05) welcomed their first baby, George, on July 20, 2013!
- Curtis Jackson writes: I just got back home to Chicago after a 5 week national tour of a show called Letters Home with the Griffin Theatre Company. The show was a collection of letters written by military service men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 – 2005. It was a really amazing experience getting to perform for both veterans and school students as well as the general public. I also had the opportunity to see much of the country I had yet to experience including the Grand Canyon! This coming April I will be playing Brandon in the Chicago premier of the play Next Fall with the Aston Rep Theatre Company. I also just got a new bike and can often be seen zipping around the city.
- Mervin Marvey (’12) writes:Mervin Marvey graduated this past spring with a BA in Musical Theatre and started working at New London Barn Playhouse performing Lead and supporting roles in Ragtime, Oklahoma, Legally Blonde and Hair. Mervin also performed an equity reading of “Inexperienced Love” a new musical that won numerous awards and recognition at the 2012 New York Music Theatre Festival produced by iLove Productions.Shortly after the summer season, he was hired by Boylin Musicals in Boston, to originate the leading role” Miles” in Miles to Amelia. He will continue in the new year playing the role alongside seasoned New York actors at the New York Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neill Festival and Goodspeed Musicals.Mervin is now on a national tour, highlighting Las Vegas, TN and other states as a lead singer/dancer in Pigeon Forge, TN. Following this current contract, he will be moving to NYC to further pursue his career.Mervin thanks the music, theatre, and dance department specifically Beth Cox, Kathleen Arecchi, Dan Perkins, Lisa Travis and all the wonderful professors and students of PSU.
- Allyson Smith Thorpe writes:I am currently working in education at Hesser College in Concord, but continue to feed my creative side by acting as the Artist in Residence for the Concord School District. Additionally, I am a Master Teacher of the following dance subjects: Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Music Theater and Creative Movement. I am also a judge for the National Performing Arts Competition, Elite Dance Challenge.
- Matt Posner is about to open in Fiddler as Lazar Wolf plus understudy of a couple of roles at an Equity Theatre in the Seattle area. http://matthewposneractor.yolasite.com/about.php
- Chris Lukos is performing in NY in Voca People:
- John Lynes: http://johntlynes.weebly.com/index.html
- Lindsay Jarvis is a new member of BoSoma Dance Company in Boston, MA
- Kathleen Pantos is the Assistant Director of Urbanity Dance Company, Boston MA and has recently moved to NYC to perform as a freelance artist.
- Erin McDonough has accepted a full-time dance teaching position in Lebanon, NH.
- Matt Berky
Matt’s work as been acknowledged by the Silver Microphone Awards, the prestigious Telly Awards for his music scoring and the Communicator Awards for his radio production technique. His musiccan be heard around the world on radio, television, medical animations, corporate videos, films, and documentaries.
Matt’s acclaimed music score for The Inner Life of a Cell produced byHarvard University has brought Massive Productions world-wide acclaim. Featured on ABC World News with Charlie Gibson, the video has circled the globe, helping teach biology students all of the world by pairing animation with Matt’s innovative sound design and composition.
Visit Matt’s website:
- Derrick Cram
Derrick currently owns his own DJ Service titled Primary Instinct.Derrick has toured the world with his company providing a unique blend of music and sound design.
Visit Derrick’s Website:
- Ryan McGonagle
Ryan is currently working at Rainbow Production Services, doing Sound Design and Shows throughout New England, the United States,
- Dan Glynn
Since graduation Dan has played bass for Carnival Cruise Lines, a national tour of The Wedding Singer, and numerous musical theatre shows. Dan is currently playing bass full time for the Gold Unit of theRingling brothers and Barnum and Bailey touring Circus.
- Carl Wishneusky
Carl is currently club pianist at the Commodore Club aboard theCunard Cruise Lines. Carl had also been a resident performing pianist for the Norwegian Cruise Lines.
- Nick Antolini
Nick is currently living in Salmiya, Al ‘Āşimah, Kuwait where he is performing and teaching music at a private international school.
- Jon Barnes
Jon owns his own recording studio doing outside mixing and recording projects, writing, arranging, and composing music. Jon has also started his own website development company.
- Molly Finkel (’12) who just graduated from PSU as a music major, has just started a Masters degree in bassoon performance at Miami University in Ohio. The Miami ensembles will be performing at Carnegie Hall this October, and Molly just wrote to tell me that she has been selected as first bassoon in both the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Miami for the Carnegie performances.
- Rachel Carlson (’12) lands a teaching position in Berlin, NH! She writes:
I will be teaching general music classes 3-5 at Hillside Elementary School, chorus at Berlin Junior High School (grade 6-8), and Chorus at Berlin High School. I will also help run the a cappella group “Shockapella”.
- Stephen Colby (’11): Recently, I was offered, and have since accepted, a position as a Band Director at McClellan Magnet High School in Little Rock. There I will be co-teaching Marching Band, Jazz Band, Woodwind Class, Brass Class, and two sections of Concert Band. Thanks to my colleague, who was the director last year, the program has grown from 20 people at the end of last year, to 100 signed up for Band camp tomorrow. I’m honored and privileged to join such a fast-growing program in a community that has historically had limited resources. Mr. Dana McEwen and I will be working together as co-Band Directors this year due to the tremendous growth thanks to his dedication to the students, commitment to success, and passion for musical excellence.
- Jake Josef (BA Theatre Design and Technology) – Recently was promoted to Technical Director for Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY. Will begin his second year of Graduate studies in Technical Direction at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
- Emily Thorner (’10) has great news!
- Krystal Morin (’11) was hired as the choral music teacher at ConVal Regional High School beginning fall 2012.
- Robert St. Cyr (’05) was just hired as choral director and chapel organist at Phillips Exeter Academy beginning fall 2012.
- Bobby Salerno (’11) will begin a masters degree in trumpet performance this fall at the Boston Conservatory!!
- John Lynes (’08):I have been fortunate enough to perform all over the country since graduating Plymouth. Based out of NYC, I’m currently starring as our 26th President, Teddy Roosevelt, in the musical Teddy and Alice at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT. Once the run of the show ends, I’ll be reprising my role at Shadow Lawn Theatre in New Jersey for the summer.
You can check my website at: www.johntlynes.weebly.com
- Erik Barry ’09 just graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with the degree MFA – Lighting Design
- Curtis Jackson, Theatre ’10is up for a Jeff Award (Chicago’s Tony award) EnsembleShakespeare’s R & J – Idle Muse Theatre Company
- EMILY THORNER ( ’10) just completed a run as Mme. Silverpeal in Mozart’s “The Impresario” with Florida State Opera Outreach.
- JENNIFER COOPER (’08) has been accepted into the Master of Music (Choral) program at the University of Southern Maine. Jenny is currently in her third year teaching at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine and also sings with and serves as VP for the NH Master Chorale. Congrats!
- This was the weekend for the NATS-Boston Art Song and Aria Competition at Boston University. Four of Dr. Kathleen Arecchi’s students entered (Laura Daigle, Mike Dodge, Hannah Judas, and Claire Kaiser), and Allan DiBiase was the pianist for all four. They were all in Div. 2, which had just over 30 entrants performing in the Preliminaries on Saturday.
MIKE DODGE was among 9 semi-finalists in that division, and was 1 of the 3 invited to sing in the Finals! He placed 3rd and received a $150 prize. The 1st and 2nd place winners were students at New England and Boston conservatories.
- On Saturday, February 11, 2012, DANNY BREVIK (currently in the graduate program at New England Conservatory) performed in Offenbach’s “La Perichole.” He had a principal, comic role and did a great job! The review in Edgeboston.com was very positive:
- CURTIS JACKSON has had a busy start to the new year beginning work with ChicSpeare Production Company. As an Actor/Educator he brings the magic of Shakespeare to high school students through workshops on scene study and stage combat. Curtis is also currently working on an all male adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with the Idle Muse Theatre Company in Chicago titled Shakespeare’s R&J, in which he plays Student 1 (Romeo and others), which will run through the end of March. This summer he will join the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre to play Sebastian in Twelfth Night and several roles in Richard III.
- JOHN LYNES was seen on a CT Fox station promoting (speaking/singing) a production of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.” Check out the link below.http://www.ctnow.com/videobeta/a7ff3d19-f3c6-443d-a0c0-417c0effdc06/News/Smokey-Joes-Cafe-At-Seven-Angels-Theatre-12-2
- BRADY LYNCH http://artsandleisurenews.com/www.artsandleisurenews.com/off=broadway.html
A review in which PSU ’11 Alum Brady Lynch’s singing is reviewed (her NY Off-Broadway debut). See
3 Ghosts Scene
Based on A CHRISTMAS CAROL, was certainly not acting like a scrooge at the Beckett Theatre– pouring out
the talent, creativity and bringing the true meaning of the holiday season to the stage. Come to see this true gift
presented by the Pipe Dream Theatre, running through 12/23.
Through original routines and a youthful energy that impressively adds spirit to the play, this 90 minute/no
intermission production is a pleasure to watch. Ebenezer is played to a“Dickenson would be proud” perfection
by Elio Lleo and hearing Brady Lynch sing her part, Belle, is worth the ticket alone. The song sequences
roll out quickly and flow as the cast ensures it is a festive time with no dragging parts.
Chains, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Not at All The Same — are dance acts carried out with a freshness
that had the audience smiling and engaged. While 3 GHOSTS may have a high school production feel to it– it
complements rather than hinders its essence.
Grab a ticket before the holidays are over and let this spectacular 40 person cast delight you with fun for the
holidays through their version of a true holiday classic.
Reviewed by Karen White
FYI: Brady has already signed a contract for a job with Disney Cruise Lines that will take her to South America,
Hawaii, et. al. for a number of months. She goes to Toronto for rehearsals in January.
- Curtis Jackson (’10)
Since moving to Chicago in late 2010 Curtis Jackson has been involved in several productions around the city as well as in North West Indiana including Quake (Brian, Roger, Nice Man) at the Gorilla Tango Theater, Good Boys and True (Justin Simmons) at Theater Wit, as well as a summer of Guerrilla Spectacle performances with the Chicago institution Redmoon Theater. This fall Curtis will be understudying two roles in a production of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, then closing out the year at Towle Theater in the musical A Fabulous 50s Christmas.
- Kaela Raku is living and working in Cairns, Australia. She writes: “Things here are going really well! I’m teaching part time at an elementary school as their music teacher…. and also teaching voice at a dance studio as well as privately, which is wonderful!!! Performing as much as I can too! Singing in the choral society here in Cairns and doing their shows and such. I just got a gig as the female vocalist in a band here!!! So exciting!”
- Jennifer Cooper is entering her third year as director of vocal studies at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. She serves as vice president on the board of the NH Master Chorale (nhmasterchorale.org), with whom she also sings. She also serves on the board of the Mahoosuc Arts Council. (mahoosucarts.org). She is webmaster for both of these organizations, and has designed other websites, including the Manchester Choral Society (mcsnh.org).
- Jennifer Stevens Solari: “I teach elementary general music grades 1-3 full time at Biddeford Primary School in Biddeford, Maine. Close to finishing my master’s degree in Literacy Education from USM where I have focused my research on the music-literacy learning connection. I also started my own very small business teaching Music Together- an early childhood music ed. program for kids ages birth-6 yrs and their caregivers.
- Three of our May 2011 graduates begin graduate school this fall in Vocal Performance: Jennifer Fijal at North Carolina Greensboro, Heather Jacques at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and Danny Brevik at New England Conservatory.
- Lauren Keefe Matava is teaching 4th grade at Broken Ground School in Concord, NH.
- Christian Labnon is running a voice studio in northern New Hampshire. He was also a featured soloist in the 2011 Bach Fest in Gorham and Berlin New Hampshire.
- Pam Prince Pedrick has just completed her masters degree in Integrated Arts at Lesley University (8/2011), and is entering her 11th year of teaching music in the Rochester (NH) public school district.
- Kristen Bushway is teaching for a 5th year in Berlin, NH. Her HS chorus will be performing at Carnegie Hall in April 2012. Last year, her group performed for the NH charitable foundation and toured the UK performing in the capitol cities of England, Ireland, and Scotland (including Belfast).
- Robyn Morse Langmead just received her masters degree in reading from Bridgewater State College in May 2011. She is beginning her 5th year of teaching 3rd grade in Falmouth, MA.
- Derrick Landano is entering his 4th year of teaching general music and strings, grades 1-4 in Goffstown, NH. He also sings and serves on the board of the Manchester Choral Society (mcsnh.org).
- Andrew Morrissey has one more year left to finish his masters degree in stage music composition from Catholic University in DC. “Trying to play for as much musical theatre as I can and working on my thesis, a one act musical!”
- Emily Brennan just completed a one year ( leave of absence) instrumental teaching position at Colchester Middle School in VT. “The teacher I filled in for resigned, and now grades 6-8 band, jazz band, general music and school musical are all mine!”
- Ken Dickerman previously worked sound board for The Wicked Smart Horn Band throughout New England area as well as backup vocals… “Currently working on my 4th year as a sound editor for a dance instructor in Concord, NH, who also happens to be an alum from PSU!”
- Arron Capron was recently the tenor soloist for the Cape Cod Chorale: Felix Mendelssohn’s Lauda Sion
- Kyle Masterson has just been appointed Director of Music at the New Hampton School, after three years at the Tilton School. He completed a master’s degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory and currently is adjunct performance studies instructor at PSU, and sings with the NH Master Chorale and as a soloist throughout New England. He lives with his wife and two sons in Canterbury, NH.
- Rob St. Cyr has completed his master’s degree in choral conducting at Louisiana State University (May 2011). He and his wife, Natalie Shaw St. Cyr, have just returned to live and work in New Hampshire.
- Royce McIntosh is currently performing in a national tour of South Pacific.