Alma College Theatre Alumni
Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, MI, was an Acting Instructor to youth in Metro Detroit as a contracted Theatre Artist with All The World’s A Stage and Water Works Theatre, and served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Youth Theater – now known as Full Impact Theater. She has done staged readings and workshops with the Purple Rose Theatre and Williamston Theatre, and has acted in roles on the stages of Williamston Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, 1515 Broadway in Detroit and works seasonally as an actor at Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford.Hallie Bee Bard – Hallie graduated in 2000 with a Religious Studies major and a Theatre minor. While at Alma, she appeared in ten productions, was props designer for one production, and directed a one-act play. Since graduating, Hallie has been an Apprentice at the
Hillary Sea Bard – Hillary graduated in 2008 with a major in Theatre and a minor in Communication. She appeared in seven productions, was the assistant director for four productions and directed two one-act plays and a full-length play. While she was a student, Hillary apprenticed at the Summer Studio Theatre Company in Illinois and did an internship at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute through the New York Arts Program. After graduating, she was an apprentice at Purple Rose Theatre Company for one year and was hired as our Theatre Intern. She is in her third year of pursuing her M.F.A. in Directing at the University of Montana where she is also an adjunct instructor teaching acting. She has worked at Tipping Point Theatre, Planet Ant Theatre, Box Fest Detroit, Montana Repertory Theatre and Opera House Theatre Company in Phillipsburg, Montana.
Tara Bouldrey – Tara graduated in 2011 with a Theatre major. She appeared in 15 productions and directed a one-act play at Alma. She is currently pursuing her dream of working in Theatre as one of the original resident company members at What A Do Theatre in Battle Creek. She has also appeared in two productions with the Great Escape Stage Company in Marshall, and had a supporting role in an independent film called Masks in the Sun.
Kay Capasso – Kay graduated with a major in Theatre in 2006. She worked professionally in Chicago, as well as participated in several touring productions, before she relocated to New York City. There, she earned her M.F.A. in Acting at Actors Studio Drama School in 2012. She has worked on over thirty productions, including Off-Broadway and regional theatre. Some of the places she’s worked are At Hand Theatre Company, New Light Theater Project, The NYC International Fringe Festival, Kaliyuga Arts, The Dirty Blondes, The Gallery Players, The Survivalists, Between Us Productions, Coffee Black Productions, Ex Libris Theatre, The Forge, and Looking Glass Theatre, as well as the New York Film Academy.
Amanda Ewing – Amanda graduated from Alma in 2011 with double majors in English and Theatre and a minor in music. She appeared in 11 productions, was the dramaturg for one production, and worked in numerous other areas such as stage management and props management. She spent one semester abroad studying at Goldsmith’s College, where she focused on Grotowski Lab Theatre and early American literature. After graduating, Amanda returned to London to pursue a graduate degree at King’s College London, where she received her MA in Theatre & Performance Studies for her dissertation “An Utterance Unheard: Examining the Rhetoric of Community Art in Detroit.” She is a co-founder of the Detroit based performance experiment RUMPUSROOM. Her work with RUMPUSROOM has appeared in residence at Matrix Theatre and will also be featured at the Detroit Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts in August. Some of the performance companies she has worked for include: Turtle Key Arts, University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor Dance Works, Tipping Point Theatre, Matrix Theatre Company, A Host of People, and Puzzle Piece Theatre. Amanda is an Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidate, a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and an Alumni Epsilon member of the international English Honorary Sigma Tau Delta.
Megan Gallagher – Megan graduated with a Theatre major from Alma in 2008, and moved to Chicago in 2009. Since then, she has stage managed for Appetite Theater, New World Repertory, Mortar, Redtwist, and, most notably, Provision Theater. Through her work with Provision, she is an Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate. When she’s not stage managing, she’s usually photographing, working freelance since 2012 under the name Singing Raven Photography shooting bands, live theatre and burlesque. She has also been a member of Vaudezilla productions and burlesque since 2012.
Joe Johnston – Joe graduated with a major in Theatre in 1997. He appeared in 10 productions, directed a one-act play and directed a full-length play. He was a charter member of Alma’s chapter of Alphi Psi Omega, the national theatre honorary. After graduating from Alma, Joe developed a career as a freelance writer and independent filmmaker. His short films and screenplays have received jury and audience awards on the regional festival circuit, including the New York City Queens World Film Festival and the Lansing Capital City Film Festival. His poetry, prose, and video literature have appeared in such publications as Rawboned and Iron Horse Literary Review. Joe is currently writing a full-length play along with fellow Alma College Theatre alumnus Jonathon Musser ’05 which will workshop in Brooklyn in the fall of 2014 as well as working on a documentary about the history of boxing in Detroit.
Ryan Kaiser – Ryan graduated from Alma in 2012 with a Political Science major and a minor in Theatre. He will graduate with a Joint Degree (J.D.) from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing this January and take the Bar Exam in February. He has worked at the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, in the domestic violence unit and as an intern at Sixty Plus Elderlaw Clinic in Lansing. He also worked as a teaching assistant for legal ethics and is an associate editor for the law review. He is especially interested in a career in litigation. “I cannot even begin to express how important my experiences in the theatre program have been in my litigation based courses. Many students struggle with memorizing opening statements, and thinking quickly on their feet. But, these skills have come fairly naturally to me. Obviously I have a whole career ahead of me to learn more about trying cases, but I had an excellent head start thanks to the theatre program. Anyone interested in working as a trial attorney would greatly benefit from the experience and skills gained in the theatre program.”
Brian Kilday – Brian graduated with a major in Theatre in 2008. He appeared in nine productions at Alma and has worked in many fields since graduation including education, sales, music – and happily in theatre and film. He was a co-artist/founder of the Page to Stage program. This program gave an opportunity to high school students to create a one-act play. It introduced students to the creative and collaborative process of theatre, guiding them from the inception of the play through the performance of the student work. He has also worked professionally in Chicago, New York City and the greater new England area as an actor, musician, director and production consultant. He resides in New York City and is working on a production of Carousel with the Greensboro Arts Alliance.
James Kuhl – James was a theatre major who graduated from Alma in 2001 and served as our Theatre Intern for two years. He was involved in all areas of our program with a primary interest in acting and directing. At Alma, he appeared in 12 productions, directed four productions and wrote two one-act plays that we produced. He was an Apprentice with Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan after graduation and has appeared in roles at Purple Rose Theatre Company, Boarshead Theater, Croswell Opera House, Michigan Shakespeare Festival and Spotlight Theatre. He earned his M.F.A. in Acting from Wayne State University as part of the Hilberry Theatre Company and is currently the Producing Artistic Director at Tipping Point Theatre.
Quest Theatre Ensemble, Appetite Theatre, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, and Project 891 Theatre Company. Darek is currently working with an a cappella group called Big Treble in Little Chi-Town as an alto/soloist.Darek Lane – Darek graduated from Alma College in 2005 with a major in Theatre. While at Alma, she appeared in seven productions and stage managed four productions. After graduation, Darek attended Wayne State University in Detroit, where she earned her M.F.A. in Stage Management. She has since worked for theatre companies in Montana, North Carolina, Michigan, and Illinois. In 2009, Darek moved to Chicago where she works in the finance department at Surgery Partners during the day while pursing her love of stage management at night with such companies as
Michael Moody – Mike is a 2006 Alumnus with a major in Theatre. He acted in 10 productions and directed a one-act play at Alma. He is the co-creator of The Duelists, a stage combat and fight choreography touring show.
CR Mohrhardt – CR graduated from Alma in 2013 with a major in Theatre. He appeared in 14 productions, directed a one-act play and was assistant stage manager for two productions. He also served as casting director for Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honorary, from 2012-2013. When not in rehearsal, CR worked in the Heritage Center as a stage technician for Michael Sheldon. During one summer at Alma, CR had the opportunity to continue his training by studying at Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City. CR now spends his summers as the Resident Stunt Man and a Company Member with Tecumseh!, an Outdoor Drama in Chillicothe Ohio, and his winters as an Entertainment Technician with SeaWorld Parks in Tampa Florida where he also acts with Jobsite Theater.
Jonathon Musser – Jonathon graduated from Alma in 2005 with a major in Theatre. At Alma, he directed three productions, was assistant director for six productions, acted in nine productions and composed the music for one production. After graduation, he was hired as our Theatre Intern for one year and then moved to New York City where he earned his M.F.A in Directing from Brooklyn College. He has worked at Culture Project, Signature Theatre, and Atlantic Theater Company in New York City, Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida, Alley Theatre in Texas, and Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut. In Chicago he produced and directed original work in collaboration with a group of other Alma Alumni and toured the Midwest in a children’s theatre production.
Brandon Newton – Brandon graduated with honors from Alma College in 2013 as a Theatre major with an emphasis in Scene Design. He acted in four productions, was an assistant stage manager for one production, stage manager for a one-act play, costume designer for two one-act plays, assistant scene designer for one production and scene designer for a full-length play. During his sophomore year he did a Spring Term class in London studying Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre and then did another Spring Term class his senior year in London doing research on directing and design at The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Globe Theatre. He is now an Apprentice at Tipping Point Theatre in their Professional Apprenticeship Program where he was given the opportunity to design the scenery for The Red King’s Dream. At Tipping Point he was also Props Designer for Murder at the Howard Johnson’s and for The Kings of Unionville written by Alma alumni James Kuhl.
Joshua Olgine – Josh is an Alumnus from 2010 who majored in Theatre. He acted in 15 productions, was the director of three productions, the assistant director for three productions and then was hired as our Theatre Intern for one year. He now acts and designs scenery with What A Do Theatre in Battle Creek.
Logan Ricket – Logan graduated from Alma College in 2011 with a major in Theatre. After serving as wig master for a production his freshman year, Logan went on to appear in 12 productions at Alma as well as serve as Casting Director for the theatre honorary, Alpha Psi Omega. After graduation, Logan was an Apprentice at Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor for a year, was then promoted to Company Manager and then to Associate Development Director. He has appeared in professional productions at Performance Network, Tipping Point, Jewish Ensemble Theatre and the Detroit Raw Festival. This winter Logan will begin the two year Professional Conservatory program at Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York City.
Emily Roberge – Emily graduated from Alma in 2014 with double majors in English and Theatre. At Alma, she appeared in 14 productions and spent a semester in London where she studied at Regent’s College London. She is currently in New York City pursuing her dream of acting and working in Theatre.
Natividad (Salgado) Uehara – Nati graduated from Alma with a major in Theatre in 2011. She worked as our Theatre Intern for one year after she completed a one year Professional Apprenticeship with Tipping Point Theatre. At Alma, she appeared in five productions, was the assistant director for five productions, directed seven one-act plays and a full length play. She completed a summer internship in directing in Greece and is currently working at Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado. In August 2014 Nati begins her full time position as the Box Office Manager of Cleveland Public Theatre where she will have a few opportunities to direct plays as well.
Ashley Sawatzke – Ashley was a Theatre and English double major who graduated from Alma in 2006 and served as our Theatre Intern for three years. At Alma, she appeared in many productions, directed four productions, and was assistant director on nine plays that we produced. She earned her M.A. in Theatre and Film from Bowling Green State University in 2010, and stage managed an opera while she was working on her degree. Ashley just finished coursework on her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in Theatre History. While at Texas Tech, Ashley was the Stage Manager for one play, and served as the Box Office Manager for two years, while teaching several classes, including Introduction to Cinema and Theatre Appreciation. She now lives in Arlington, TX, and is starting work on her dissertation.
Okwara Uzoh – Oak graduated from Alma in 2010 with double majors in Theatre and Computer Science. He acted in 15 productions at Alma and did a summer internship with Free Street Theatre in Chicago where he traveled to different parks in Chicago performing for children between five and twelve years of age. “I have been in Chicago for four years currently working for the University of Chicago as a Database Administrator. I just concluded a Masters Program at Northwestern University studying Information Systems. I am also involved with the Yoga For Trade program at CorePower Yoga where I work the front desk signing people in, interacting with them and giving them any information pertaining to Yoga. I practice Yoga at least four times a week – it allows me to stay connected with myself and to live in the moment. Having a Theatre major has helped me to communicate with people effectively – especially with interviews and meetings. Without it, my dialect would be down the drain. My awareness has increased and it has helped me become the person I am now. Even though I am in a position that’s not Theatre related, I still get involved with the Community Theatre in my neighborhood, I connect with Yoga, and I see plays whenever I get a chance. Now that I am done with grad school, I have more time on my hands to explore other avenues of Theatre in the city.”
“All that I have to offer as an artist is the revelation of my soul.” ~~ Eleonora Duse, Actress