Department of Theatre
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What our Alumni are doing locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally!
Neil Dreher (BA)
Neil Dreher (BFA theatre ’05) is a globetrotting stage technician who has worked on some of the most sophisticated productions in the world. But lately, he is best known for what he did behind the scenes during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Dreher is a theatrical automation specialist, the person who is responsible for “moving scenery, flying performers, anything that is mechanically moved,” he says. “The industry is small but the projects are big.” Now at the height of his career, Dreher has reached a whole new pinnacle of responsibility. caring for a loving canine who would not have survived without him.
Rachel Massaro (BFA/MT 2011)
I am the director of youth theatre for two theatre companies in Charleston, South Carolina (one that just received 1 of 7 national theatre grants from the American Theatre Wing and will become the first professional LORT theatre company in the LowCountry); director of the children's chorus, the POPS!Kids in association with The North Charleston POPS! Orchestra (And will be performing with Mary Wilson of the Supremes next week!); the lead keyboardist for Songs For Seeds - Charleston (voted NYC best children's music class) as well as 24 private piano, voice and acting students.
James King (BA, 2007)
I have represented clients as a public defender, I have presented oral arguments in front of federal judges, and I have taught young attorneys breathing techniques for trial. I am currently awaiting bar passage in the city of New York and will practice tax litigation.
Karah Britton (BA)
Besides my acting career pursuits, I got hired at The Falcon Theatre box office, out here in Burbank, CA because of my Theatre degree. Woohoo!
Sarah Huyck (BA)
I have toured, I have worked with famous bands. I moved to New York City where I have worked things such as the super bowl, fashion week, the New York philharmonic. I currently work as the head electrician for the blue man group in New York City. All for lighting!
Quaintance Hawthorne (BA)
I teach dance and perform on stages all over the state and some neighboring states. I still live for the stage and my theatre experience plays into the choreographies I do. I still hear Cookie telling us how we've staged ourselves in a lovely tableau, every time I direct my dancers.
Christina Marie Koch (BA)
My husband and I own and operate the Virginia City Players theatre company in Virginia City, Montana. I have written some scripts that we have produced, we design and build the sets and costumes, we hire actors, direct & perform in the shows etc. We have done so well over the last five years that we were able to buy a home and some acreage, and this summer the Montana Heritage Commission signed us to a 20 year lease to continue running our theatre company! Thank you to the amazing MSU Denver program and faculty for the education and opportunities that led me to where I am today!
We have also been able to employ some other Metro students/alumni. Pictured below are Danielle Sather, Kalond Irlanda, Logan Custer, and myself.
Erika Bush (BA)
After spending over a year post-grad traveling as a designer between Denver, Seattle, Dallas, and Chicago, I now am the Technical Director of Telluride Theatre Company in Telluride Colorado. The company started 10 years ago with Sasha Sullivan on $68. Today, with unprecedented technical achievements that have been accomplished this past year since my being accepted as an ensemble member, and a drive to continue to stretch the imagination of what is possible, our company is building a legacy on phishing out local talent while providing training and encouragement for development. Come to Telluride this December (17TH-23RD) and see the magic unfold in our historic Sheridan Opera House with PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.
Sarah Roshan (BA)
I constantly find that my theatre degree is one of the most valuable things. I'm a professional high end wedding photographer. I tell people all the time that theatre was a good base because I used to set up stage pictures (levels, interest) and now I just set up real pictures. I see light differently than most because of theatre light, know how to talk and build confidence in my subjects from directing actors, as well as talk to employees and give them direction. I write better blogs because we essentially have an English degree. Overall I feel like theatre is one of the most effective ways to have compassion for other people. No better way than literally walking in people's shoes. I know that because of my degree I received lots of other jobs at Denver Center, Arvada Center, and a handful of other theatres. I say WWCD (what would Christy do) so much when I'm directing people. The lessons I learned are lifelong and I'm thankful for them and don't ever regret them.
Tracey Wood (BA)
I'm teaching MS drama grade 6 at a premier IB international school in South Korea. I'm also assisting with the management of our theatre spaces and resources. I love my job and look forward to work everyday. I'm also running a stage combat club (11 members) for the middle school and am the fight choreographer for our productions.
Rob Jansen (BFA/MT, 2007)
Performer in Denver, received strong reviews for his performance in "tick tick boom" at th Boulder Dairy Arts Center.
Larry Mitchell (BA)
Production manager at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, and professional actor in movies and on stage. MetroMagazine MSU Denver published a feature about Larry Mitchell & Melissa Wimbish in the Metro Magazine – VOL 26, Spring 2010.
"After several years away from theatre, I am so excited about being a part of the ‘ensemble’ at MSU Denver Theatre…it’s almost like being a wizard at Hogwarts!"
non-traditional returning student (B.A. 2021)