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Theatre Alumni

Please email the Production Manager, coffeyr@hartwick.edu, if you would like your information added to our list!

KC/ACTF Awards & Nominations:

2010 - Irene Ryan Acting Nomination to Lauren Cipriano '12 for her role as Tuploski in The Pillowman.
2006 - Irene Ryan Acting Nominations to Sara Jane Salloum '09 and Maria Beaudoin '09 for roles in You Never Can Tell.
2005 - Scene 7 from The Shape of Things recommended for regional festival.
2005 - Irene Ryan Acting Nominations to Ryan Olsen '06 and Samantha McGrath '06 for parts in The Shape of Things.
2005 - Office Scene from Rhinoceros selected to go to festival in 2006.
2005 - Certificate of Merit to Ryan Jones '07 for Props Design on Rhinoceros.
2005 - Certificate of Merit to Rich Brown for Directing Rhinoceros.
2005 - Irene Ryan Acting Nominations to Kerry Spring '07 and Brenna Hanrahan '05 for parts in Rhinoceros.
2005 - Barbizon Design Award Nominations to Amanda Jensen '06 for Light Design, Chrissy Greco '08 for Sound Design, Anna Baldino '05 & Jillian Borden '05 for Costume Design, Samantha Green '07 for Makeup Design on Rhinoceros.
2004 - Irene Ryan Acting Nominations to Kamarra Chamberlain '05, Christian Hegg '05, and Anthony Holte '06 for parts in A Question of Mercy.
2004 - Barbizon Design Award Nominations to Amanda Jensen '06 for Light Design, Nicole Costanzo '05 for Sound Design, and Liz Martin '06 for Costume Design on A Question of Mercy.
1998 - Certificate of Merit to Kyle F.P. McGann for set design on Endgame.
1991 - Meritorious Achievement Award to Ken Golden for scene design on The Taming of the Shrew.
1990 - Meritorious Achievement Award to Ken Golden for lighting design on The Ghost Dance.


Other Noteworthy Accomplishments:

2013 - Keir Alexander '13 received an award for Exceptional Creativity in Theatre.
2012 - Ian Olsen '11 brought a team of six to Waterville and created a show in a month through the Horsehair Strike Team production. They managed to raise $10,000.
2005 - Aimee Doyle '05 adapts book Let Me Listen to Your Heart for the stage and is produced by Leatherstocking Theatre Company, Cooperstown, NY.
2005 - Samantha McGrath '06 (Theatre/French/Political Science Major) named a John Christopher Hartwick Scholar. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and character, the JCH Scholarship is the highest distinction the College can confer upon a student


Internships/Apprenticeships of our Theatre Students:

2014 - Lauren Cipriano '12, Casting internship with Avanit Talent as a casting assistant.
2013-2014 - Blair Coppola '11, Stage management intern for The Juilliard School of Dance, Drama, and Music. 
2013-2014 - Keir Alexander '13, Interned for independent film company, "Troma Entertainment" of Long Island City, NY 2013; Interned for History Channel's "Pawn Stars" produced by Leftfield Pictures of New York, NY 2013; Marketing Intern for "The Westport Country Playhouse" Westport, CT 2014.
2011-2012 - Ian Olsen '11, Intern at the National Theater Institute, Waterford CT .
Summer 2005 - Sam Green '07, Production Intern at Santa Fe Opera.
Summer 2005 - Ryan Jones '07, Technical Staff at Glimmerglass Opera.
Summer 2004 - Amanda Jensen '06, Lighting Intern at Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Summer 2004 - Ryan Jones '07, Stage Op Intern at Glimmerglass Opera.
Summer 2002-04 - Sara Gorsky '04, Ticket Office Intern at Glimmerglass Opera.
Summer 2003-04 - Nik Kourtis '04, PR & Marketing at the Public Theater.
Summer 2003 - Amanda Jensen '06, Stage Op Intern at Glimmerglass Opera.
June 2002-May 2003 - Kate Ahern '02, Apprentice at Goodspeed Musicals.
Summer 2001 - Kate Ahern '02, Apprentice at Mount Washington Valley Theatre Co.
Summer 2000 - Jessica Bien, PR & Marketing Intern at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Summer 2000 - Eric Covell, Intern at Bay Street Theatre.



What Our Graduates Do After College:

Keir Alexander '13. Theatre Major. After graduating, Keir has been interning for various film, radio, television, and theatre companies. He is currently a teaching assistant at the Jacob Burns Film Center Media Lab teaching children how to make stop motion movie  projects. 

Lauren Cipriano '12. Theatre Major. Upon graduating, Lauren was given the opportunity to act for the Complete Theater Company in New York City for two years. She then worked as a casting assistant for Avanit Talent. Recently, Lauren has made appearances in popular television shows such as Law and Order: SVU, The Carrie Diaries, The Leftovers, Power, and the feature film: A Winter's Tale.

Nedia Venece de Shong '12. Theatre Major. Over the past year and a half, Nedia has been working as a coordinator, managing the office for MAKE UP FOR EVER USA owned by luxury holding firm LVMH - Moet & Hennessy.

Jessica Schwartz '12. Theatre Major. Works as the production assistant in the valuations department at Sotheby's in Brooklyn. She prepares and edits valuation documents used in auction, estate sales, and insurance appraisals.

Lita Bailey Benson '12. Theatre and English Double Major. Lita is curently a teacher for the Drama Kids of the Capital Region. She is also helping Harmony Kids in Albany with developing their Enrichment Program and started teaching drama to toddlers and PreK kids.

Blair Coppola '11. Theatre Major. Following graduation in May of 2011, Blair went on to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology with a concentration in Stage Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During her 2 year stay, Blair was able to work with UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance on their Opera productions as well as their concerts and special events, as well as the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. Following grad school, Blair was accepted into the Professional Intern Program at The Juilliard School of Dance, Drama, and Music as a stage management intern for their 2013-2014 season. Blair is currently an assistant stage manager at the Sarasota Opera in Sarasota, Florida.

Ian Olsen '11. Theatre Major. Interned at the National Theater Institute in Waterford CT.  In 2012, Ian produced The Horsehair Strike Team presentation of "Musings" in Waterville ME. Ian is now in Chicago making a living as a technical director.

Amanda Jensen '06. Theatre Major. Internship at Longwharf Theatre in New Haven, CT.

Christian Hegg '05. Theatre Major. Editorial Coordinator at Baseline Development Group in Boston, MA. Also performs on the side.

Sara Gorsky '04. Theatre Major. Year-long Apprentice at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. Now works full time as Box Office Manager/Program Assitant for Smithsonian's Discovery Theater in Washington, DC.

Katherine M. Ahern '02. Theatre & Art History Major. Stage Carpenter at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.

Timothy Charles Browne '02. Theatre Major. Adjunct Professor at SUNY Stony Brook teaching Theatre 101 and lecturing in drama. Also adjuct at Dowling College teaching Western Theatre History.

Erin Dougherty (Davis) '02. English & Theatre Major. MFA student at University of North Caroline in the Sceneography program. Also a Graduate Assistant in the costume and scene shops.

Jessica Bien Covell '01. Theatre Major. Executive Assistant to the Senior VP & COO and Access Coordinator at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, Mass.

Eric Covell '01. Theatre Major. High end carpet installer for Design Installations and owner of Easter MA territory of Contain A Pet (dog fence company).

Kyle McGann '01. Theatre Major. Scenery Production Staff at CenterStage in Baltimore, MD.

Damon Runnals & Meg DeSciorio '01. Theatre Majors. Founded theatre company: Swandive Theatre. Swandive Theatre will perform it's first show in August '05 at the MN Fringe Festival with "Bliss: three one-acts" ("English Made Simple" by David Ives, "Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room" by Christopher Durang, and "Let Us Go Out Into the Starry Night" by John Patrick Shanley).

Joel Patterson '96. Theatre Major. Associate Producer - CBS News 60 Minutes in New York, NY. Also does acting and writing on the side.

Amy Lowe '95. English Major and Theatre Minor. Project Manager at Deluxe Digital Studies (DDS).

Michael Coniaris '94. Political Science & Theatre Major. Freelance Writer.

Amanda Cizek '93. Theatre Major. Senior Administrative Assistant with Bernstein Investment Research and Management.

Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell '91. Theatre Major. 10 years at Vineyard Theatre in NYC. Now Executive Director.


Are you a theatre major alumni? E-mail us and let us know what you're up to!!