Each year as the winter semester draws to a close, the halls of UM-Flint get quiet. The majority of our students are off campus–some spending a summer at home, others are working, some are doing internships or spending time abroad for study.
The students and faculty of the Theatre and Dance Department are hard at work honing skills, gaining real-world experience, and letting their talents shine as they join companies and productions across the country. When they return in the fall, they will have a season’s worth of insight they can apply to their courses and 2015-2016 productions. Some of our alums are also active in the industry, putting their degrees and experiences to work in their professional lives.
Congratulations to the following Theatre and Dance members on their summer positions:
Lydia Parker – Stitcher at Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona, MN
Paul Docter – Carpenter at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, PA
Lucas Moquin – Performer/Carpenter (George in Drowsy Chaperone) at Thunder Bay Theatre, Alpena, MI
Maria Oakley – Asst. Costume Designer at Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, MI
Kelsey Knag – Asst. Costume Designer at Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, MI
Corey Boughton – Sound Designer at The Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Chazz Irwin – Performer at Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, MI
Dominque Hinde – Assistant Stage Manager at Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, MI
Madaline Harkema – Assistant Stage Manager at Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, MI
Alex Ghattas (BFA 11) – Performer at The Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Allison Kimber (BFA 14) – Performer at The Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
Bridgid Kelly Burge (BS 14) – Assistant Props Master at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Bloomington, IL
Jessica Wilkowski (BS 15) – Scenic Artist at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Bloomington, IL
Kaitlyn Pitcher (BS 15) – First Hand/Jr. Draper at Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona, MN
Zach Kentala (BS 15) – Assistant Preparator at Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Michelle Hathaway (BS 15) – Wardrobe Supervisor at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Dillon, CO
Cat Boss (BS 12) – Costume Coordinator at Flint Youth Theater, Flint, MI
Natalie Sevick (BFA 11) – Performer (Sally Bowles in Cabaret) at Riverbank/Snug Theatre, Marine City, MI
Matt Coggins (BA 15) – Performer/Sound Designer at Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, MI
Kenn Hopkins (BFA 13) – Performer (Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice) at Houston Shakespeare Festival, Houston, TX
Special congratulations to UM-Flint Theatre & Dance alumna Erin Darke (BFA Theatre Performance, 2005) on her successful Off-Broadway opening in the new play, The Spoils, starring alongside Jesse Eisenberg (Social Network) and Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory). When hapless Ben (Jesse Eisenberg) learns that his grad school crush, Sarah (Erin), is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back. The Spoils is playing at the Pershing Square Signature Center/Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in NYC until June 28th. You can also see Erin in the Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) biopic, Love & Mercy, opening nation wide June 5th. Erin was last seen in the Oscar winning film, Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore. Congratulations to Erin on all of her success! Watch the UM-Flint News for more information on Ms. Darke.
For more information on the Theatre & Dance Department and the ways our students are prepared for careers on and off the stage, visit umflint.edu/theatredance.