Success After Wooster
Life after Wooster
Wooster Theatre and Dance majors choose diverse career paths. Some pursue advanced study at schools such as Yale, Columbia, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, Ohio, Florida State, The University of Illinois and New York University. Some work for professional theatre or dance companies, while others join arts organizations.
After Wooster and further graduate work at Yale University, Ilana Brownstein '98 became a literary manager and director of new play development and commissions at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. Raymond Inkel '88 worked as a technical director at Kalamazoo College and as production manager at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and currently serves as production manager for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Stephen Quandt '85 (MFA NYU) is a professional lighting designer located in New York city and also teaches at Queens College. Patrick Midgley '07 (MFA Purdue University) is currently an actor with the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia. Dance alumni including Rhiannon Fink '00, Alyssa Wilmot '00, Jenifer Hill '01 have earned the M.F.A. in dance at various schools, such as New York University, Mills College, the University of North Carolina, Temple University, and the University of California at Irvine, and they continue to dance and choreograph professionally. Jim Beaudry '01 (MFA Mills College) is is the Executive Director/Producer at Timber Lake Playhouse, the longest-running, professional summer theatre in Illinois. Kellee Roston '07, works in dance administration for Dance USA. Ada Smith '05, received her MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University and has since worked with Glimmerglass Opera and moved to NYC where she has begun a career in Film as an Art Director and Production Designer. Andrea Hiebler '05 is the Literary and Artistic Coordinator at the Lark Play Development Center in New York where she leads the organization's writer selection processes and facilitates artistic programming. Kristen Cooperkline '07 earned her MA in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University and her MFA in Stage Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as stage manager for Bebe Miller Company and an event coordinator for the first ever American College Dance Festival Association's South Regional Conference. She now works at Otterbein University as Production Manager for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Katie Hammond '03, a member of the actors equity, tours the country with musical improv group Broadway's Next Hit Musical and is on a musical house team at The Pit in NYC. She co-wrote a musical, Season, that was produced in London summer 2013. Rachel Kirley '03, go an MA in Arts Administration and now works for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra as their Director of Major Gifts, helping cultivate and solicit gifts from key supporters in the community. Aaron Schwartzbord 03' pursued a career in theatre marketing and management, receiving an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College/CUNY. He's held jobs with The Arca Group (Urinetown, Wicked), The Pearl Theatre Company, Daryl Roth Productions (August: Osage County, Kinky Boots), Seattle Repertory Theatre, and The New Victory Theatre. Currently he's a freelance marketing consultant working with SITI Company in New York City and Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Stefanie Genda '08, completed her MFA in Costume Design at Rutgers and now works as a Freelance Costume Designer in New York. Erin Koster '04 completed her MFA in stage management at Columbia University and has worked with such companies as Epic Theatre Ensemble, The Public, New York Stage and Film, The Atlantic, Classic Stage, and Roundabout. She is also a member of Actor's Equity and Caborca Theatre Company. Currently she is a member of New York Stage and Film. After leaving Wooster, Clayton Drinko '02, received his MA from NYU and his PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies from Tufts University. Clayton has also published his first book, Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Congnition. Kevin McFillen '03 is a playwright and teacher based in Columbia, Missouri. Kevin completed an MA in Theatre at Miami University, and is currently finishing his PhD in Theatre at the University of Missouri.
The broad liberal arts background offered at Wooster and the research skills gained through I.S. prepare students for a wide variety of careers.