At this year’s 47th annual Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, hundreds of students from across the great lakes region gathered to celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs. During the festival, participating students also compete for scholarships and audition/interview for professional theatre companies and/or training programs. This year, UM-Flint Theatre major Michaela Nogaj (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance) auditioned for one of New York City’s most Broadway-integrated actor training programs in attendance at KC/ACTF, The Open Jar Institute.
We are pleased to announce that Michaela has received an invite to study with them this August! As a student in this program, Michaela will travel to New York City and train in concentrated master classes with some of Broadway’s elite for one week. In addition, she will see a Broadway production every night, take backstage tours, and interact with cast members, all in preparation for her goal to one day work on Broadway. Michaela noted, “I’m overwhelmed with joy. I burst into tears–as any person would who dreams of being on Broadway.”
William Irwin, Chair of Theatre & Dance stated, “This is a great opportunity for Michaela to explore the craft and industry of theatre in NYC. We’re all incredibly excited for her and very proud. This experience will no doubt reinforce and evolve her training at UM-Flint while also putting her closer towards achieving her goals of working professionally on Broadway.”