Alumni

Theater Alumni

Check out the alumni career resources at The Henry C. Piper Center for Vocation and Career

What are you doing now? Send us an update using our online form and we’ll add you to our web page.

2013

Hattie Andres recently relocated to the Twin Cities after spending her summer in Seattle teaching at Seattle Children’s Theatre, furthering her Suzuki training under the instruction of Steve Pearson and Robyn Hunt. She served as assistant to the producer of One Coast Collaboration, a new play festival and assistant directed the regional premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. She is currently choreographing HONK! Jr. for Stages Theatre Company with director Scotty Gunderson ’10 and scenic designer Abby Warmboe ’10. Next up: returning to St. Olaf to choreograph Oh What a Lovely War with director Gary Gisselman.

Kelsey Hall is an Education Apprentice at Imagination Stage, a theatre arts organization for young people in Bethesda, Maryland.

Sofia

Sofia Galloway is a freelance director living in St. Paul. She recently presented at the CTAM (Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota) and in the fall of 2013 is Assistant Directing with Frank Theater in Minneapolis. For more information about Sofia’s adventures, feel free to visit her website sofialgalloway.wix.com/sofiawithanf


Lance Melin
will be starting work at the Penumbra Theatre Company Scenery Shop, working the Mill City Project, after which he plans to continue hunting for jobs and internships as an actor and scenic carpenter.

Kari Nelson was cast as an essential in the Guthrie Theater’s December 2013 A Christmas Carol.

2012

Jason Andrews followed in the footsteps of many Ole theater alumni, spending the summer of 2012 as an acting apprentice with the Great River Shakespeare Festival. After working on King Lear and All’s Well That Ends Well in Winona, Jason is pursuing acting in Minneapolis.

Lauren Bartelt spent most of 2012-2013 as an Acting Apprentice at the Portland Playhouse, in Portland Oregon. Now back in the Twin Cities, she serves as Artistic Associate at Minnetonka Theatre.

Gus Connelly is teaching secondary math at Craigmont High School in Memphis, TN as a Teach for America corps member. He will also be coaching soccer, and hopes to start a theater group at the school.

Ryan Evans is working at Emerge in North Minneapolis as an ex-offender reintegration specialist. He was awarded the Anna K. Bonde Memorial Career Advancement in Theater to debut his post-graduate theatrical composition work- composed for St. Olaf’s April ’13 production of The Tempest.

Ben Golden is attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is pursuing an MFA in Theatre with a specialization in Lighting Design. In addition to his studies, he works as a Teaching Assistant at the University. His recent work can be seen at www.goldentheatricaldesign.com.

Clara Kundin is working as a freelance actor in Paris, after studying physical theater at the Ecole de Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. She assists with classes at the Ecole du Jeu and is working on a production of Threepenny Opera with Marianna Araoz. She plans to move to NYC in the fall. www.clarakundin.com

2010

Megan Hadley along with Kelsey Cramer (’08), Tom Frank (’10), Lauren Vick (’10) and Dionne Laviolette (’07) founded Buoyant Theater Collective in the Twin Cities. Since the summer of 2011, they have produced John Kolvenback’s Love Song, Featuring Jason Andrews (’12), Cramer, Josh Vogen (’07), Emily LeClair (’08) and David Middlecamp (’01). They staged the original performance piece Mama’s Boy, created and peformed by Scotty Gunderson (’10), with Clara Kundin (’12) as co-director/stage manager. In January, 2012 they staged Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters, directed by Laviolette. FInd them at Buoyant Theatre.

Eric Heimsoth has been acting in the Twin Cities since graduation. Recent productions include performances in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the Jungle Theater, The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins at the Children’s Theatre Company, Playing Tony in West Side Story for Anoka Community Theater and Cousin Kevin in Paul Bunyan Playhouse’s The Who’s TOMMY. Currently he is performing as Horton in Seussical the Musical at Stages Theatre Company..

Devin Horne spent the first year after graduating from St. Olaf teaching English in Germany. He began taking classes at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York last winter. Currently Devin is working in front of the camera in student films and a web series.

Tim Otte, Using his background in both Theater and English, Timothy is pursuing art as a playwright, and critic in addition to working full time in the tea industry. He spends his days drinking and selling tea, while his nights are filled with books and ream upon ream of paper. His criticism can be seen on Hazel & Wren, and his poems and plays have appeared in The Alembic, Paper DartsTwin Cities Metro, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Hannah_Titus_WebHannah Leigh Sorenson is a rising third year M.F.A. cting Candidate at the Yale School of Drama. At the end of the ’12-13 academic year, she will complete her training with an acting showcase in New York City and Los Angeles commencing a new beginning to her career! Her most recent roles and productions include: Hannah Pitt Angels in America: Perestroika, Tamora Titus Andronicus (YSD); Helena All’s Well that Ends Well (Shakespeare Quartets); Mina Dracula, Diana Carnival/Invisible (Yale Cabaret). This summer you can see Hannah perform at the Yale Summer Cabaret in repertory productions of Secret in the Wings by Mary Zimmerman and Of Ogres Retold a devised movement and puppetry piece by the ensemble. If all goes well this fall Hannah hopes to make her YSD directorial debut… more info TBA www.Yaledrama.digication.com/hannah.sorenson

Molly Trucano relocated to Los Angeles in late 2013 to work for true[X] media, a digital advertising agency. She is pursuing her yoga teacher certification in 2014.

2009

Jack Adams is currently in the agent training program at Creative Artists Agency, the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles, CA. He works in the motion picture department specializing in book-to-film adaptation.

Angela Gulner graduated from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University in 2011. Currently working as an actor in Los Angeles, she has appeared as Viola in Janos Szasz’s production of Twelfth Night and is appearing in the upcoming feature film Oh Sophia.

Ross Lambrecht, after working as a directing intern at the Guthrie Theatre, Ross traveled to Germany in 2011 to work as a directing intern and performer at the National Theater Mannheim. In January he moved to New York City to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Martha Stuckey, I am continuing my studies into the second year of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance training Program. Also, I am a new company member of the Groundswell Players in Philadelphia and am now devising and performing in their production about ghosts, death, and the afterlife titled Hackles.

2008

Kristyn Art is the Head of Arts at Sotogrande International School in Sotogrande, Spain.

Maren Searle is an MFA acting student at UNC-Chapel Hill. Fall of 2012 she was in Imaginary Invalid starring Steven Epp and directed by Dominque Serrand.

Colin Christie, Since graduating with the St. Olaf Theater degree, Colin has worked in the professional theater as an actor, designer, and stage manager with several theater companies in three different cities: Minneapolis, Nashville and Chicago. Colin made Chicago his home in 2009, shifting gears to a career as a freelance artist and graphic designer, working with several theater companies designing scenery, show posters, logos and marketing materials. In a recent note Colin tells us, “The training and education I received pursuing the St. Olaf Theater major taught me, most importantly, to be a well-rounded artist. The liberal arts approach to the Theater major allows all students to experience every facet of the stage, from acting and directing to design and technical production. Professors encourage students to pursue all of these fields with passion, and it is one of the many reasons I feel that my St. Olaf Theater education has prepared me to be an “Artist in the Real World”.

Shayna Melgaard, An American Studies major, is finding that her heavy involvement with the St. Olaf Theater has blossomed into a career in arts administration. Shayna is the Associate Manager of Production and Theater Operations for the Varsity Theater of Minneapolis. She writes, “I work in an old Art Deco Theater that has been transformed into a live music and entertainment venue. We have theater ghosts too – just like at St. Olaf!”

Nick Sahli has primarily turned his creative energy toward visual arts under the pen name ‘Rossi’ and has found success through several art shows in Minneapolis. His featured galleries appear on ambigram.com and tessellations.org, as well as his own website www.thatrossiart.com. Continuing with his theater interests as well, Nick finds time for improvisation at The Brave New Workshop Union on a weekly basis.

2006

Megan Hughes, after graduating from the New School for Drama with an MFA in Acting in 2011, Megan has been focusing on expanding the film portion of her resume. In the past year she has worked on the set of two short films (most recently Hotel Pennsylvania with director Marc Milkins in NYC), a webisode series, and a few MTV promos. She could not be more thankful for her time in the St. Olaf Theater Department.www.megankayhughes.com

Eva Nelson served as an acting apprentice at the Great River Shakespeare Festival after graduation. She also worked at a number of Minneapolis theaters including Frank Theatre and the Gremlin Theater. Shifting gears toward a career in education, Eva is currently pursuing a MEd (Life Science) degree. Her stage time will serve her well with a daily audience of high school science students soon to come!

Matt Trucano is the Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Chicago’s Bricklayers Theater Company. Matt tells us, “My work in the theater department and in the college as a BA student prepared me really well for many of the ins and outs of working in the theatre, specifically in the young life a of a professional ensemble.” In the spring of 2011 the Bricklayers traveled from Chicago to Minneapolis for a run of their production of Mother Courage, featuring Barbara Berlovitz and directed by Marianna Araoz, focusing on extensive mask work with her Paris company.

Max Wojtanowicz, After earning his theater major at St. Olaf, Max spent two years in the performing apprenticeship program at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. He works as a freelance actor and singer in the Twin Cities. Recent credits include Cliff in Frank Theatre’s production of Cabaret, Arnold Beckoff in Torch Song Triology with Workhouse Theatre Company, and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz for the Children’s Theatre Company. Max also coaches the speech team at Lakeville North High School; works with Prosody, a songwriting initiative that pairs local composers and lyricists for the purpose of creating new music theater songs; and is writing and producing a new musical for the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival! maxwojtanowicz.weeby.com

2005

C._Ryan_Shipley-webRyan Shipley has been fortunate to steadily work wih several Twin Cities theatre companies including Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Minnetonka Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Actor’s Theatre of Minnesota, Urban Samurai and Theatre Or. Ryan is also a former board member for Minneapolis Musical Theatre. Ryan is entering his third year at a youth development non-profit organization called Project SUCCESS . He works as a classroom facilitator in several Minneapolis public middle and high schools, helping students focus on their goals and dreams using theater as a means of exploration.

2004

Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri recently moved to Columbia, Missouri for her husband’s position at the University of Missouri. Early spring 2011 she performed in a production of Proof directed by St. Olaf alum Emily Rollie, a Ph.D candidate in the Theatre Department at MU. Elizabeth is also employed by TRYPS Children’s Theatre where she teaches classes and has directed Seussical, The Musical and As You Like It.

Maren Bush is a freelance actor based in New York City. Theater credits include working at LaMaMa etc, The Guthrie Theater, The LaJolla Playhouse, Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Florida Studio Theatre. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego. in July and August 2012 she is played Sally Talley in Talley’s Folly at the Florida Studio Theatre.

Kira Lace Hawkins is completing her third and final year toward the Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Penn State University. She plans to jump into the Chicago Theater scene after graduation. Through the Penn State program, Kira has studied for a month in London, performed in the National Arts Festival in South Africa and studied film for two weeks in Toronto. Last year Kira received Penn’s Manuel Duque Award for excellence in acting.

Laura Holway is a freelance choreographer and arts educator living and working in Minneapolis. She was the recipient of the 2011 Red Eye Theatre Isolated Act Award, through which her evening-length work entitled I Like You was produced.

2003

Karen Dabney received her MFA in Directing from New School for Drama, NYC and is currently working towards a PhD in Theater History at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Recalling her time at St. Olaf, Karen says, “Being a part of the theater community, even though I wasn’t a theater major, meant the world to me. I didn’t have the confidence to pursue a BA inTheater, but since St. Olaf, my world has revolved around theater. Thanks for starting the fire!”

Kristin Franklin-Hammergren, has performed at a variety of regional theaters and festivals around the country including the Guthrie Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Pangea World Theater, Chicago’s Akvavit Theater Company, The New York Fringe Festival and The Humana Festival. She also performed as an associate company member for the Asolo Repertory Theater in 2009-2010. Kristin received her MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in 2010. Also a playwright, one of the plays Kirstin co-wrote “Life in the Middle” is published by Playscripts, Inc. She is currently living and working in Chicago and writing her third play.

Alex Morf is playing Private David Taylor in the first Broadway National Tour of WAR HORSE, touring 30 cities between June 2012 and June 2013. A busy professional actor, Alex received Theater and English degrees from St. Olaf and an MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s ACT conservatory program.

David Wagner followed his St. Olaf Theater degree as an acting apprentice with the Actors Theater of Louisville. Since then, he has earned a master’s degree in international education while serving as Associate Dean of Admissions for St. Olaf College. Dave played a big part in the inauguration of the St. Olaf Merit Scholarship in Theater, new in 2010.

Erik Wallin, Shortly after graduating from St. Olaf, an internship at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Arts turned into a key position on the performance currating staff. This position took Erik around the world scouting cutting edge works to bring to American Audiences. In 2010, Erik became General Manager of New York’s famed St. Anne’s Warehouse Theatre, another leader in innovative international theater programming.

2002

Kristina Mitchell received her graduate degree in acting from the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA) and is now acting in Los Angeles. She also produces the Vagina Monologues each year (her first production was part of St. Olaf’s Quade One Act Festival) the proceedes of which go to various charities. Last year she raised over $3,000 for Darfur.

2001

Julie Lachance, after graduation from St. Olaf, Julie moved to New York City and spent four years acting regionally and in Off-Broadway shows. She then received her MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, which included a year as an associate company member. Now, she lives in Colorado with her husband and finally has her dream job as the Director of Theater at Legend High School. She says, “I couldn’t be more thankful to the St. Olaf Theater department and particularly Dona, who have made such an impact on my life.”

2000

Kurt Anderson is a Los Angeles based actor who has appeared on Ugly Betty, Big Love, Veronica Mars and Parenthood, among many other television shows. He was also seen in the fourth installment of the Die Hard Series, titled Live Free or Die Hard. Kurt continues to be involved in Parson’s Nose Productions, a theater company that adapts classic theater (Shakespeare, Moliere, etc.) to 50 minute productions and then tours to elementary schools. It is a very popular program that is funded and run by the Geffen Theater, where the pieces also perform as part of their Saturday Series for young audiences. Additionally, Kurt produces through his company, Should Productions. Check out more on hisIMDBpage . From Kurt, “Thanks so much to all of you for the continued support and love that you send me. I feel truly blessed to have all of you in my life.”

1999

Todd Coulter is an Assistant Professor ot Theatre and Dance at Colby College in Waterville, ME.

1990

Doug Scholz-Carlson earned an MFA in acting from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1994. He is Associate Producing Director, acting company member and Fight Choreographer for Winona’s Great River Shakespeare Festival. Doug’s work as a fight choreographer has also been featured in Minnesota Opera’s world premier of Silent Night. The St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote of his work, “…the opera’s opening battle, which is one of the the most vivid and breathtaking pieces of stagecraft to ever grace the Ordway Stage.” Upcoming projects for Doug include sirecting Lucia di Lammermoor for Austin Lyric Opera of Texas, playing Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, and working on King Lear and The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) for the Great River Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 Season.